Good afternoon from 900 N. Tucker Blvd. 314 is in the house. Mizzou and SLU got a couple of big wins on the court, but my oh my what's going on off the court? Jake Allen (remember him?) will be back in the net for the Blues tonight. The Cardinals are about ready to get rolling in Jupiter. And I think Sophie Cunningham can kick the arse of any athlete on the local sports scene. Those are a few of my thoughts. Now let's hear yours. Send me some questions and let's chat it up for a bit. But be warned, you flip any bats and I will put one in your earhole. Let's get it on.
Regressed every year since 2012? Short memory. I believe they appeared in the World Series in 2013. Just the facts.
JT and TT are a dynamic duo. Thanks for the nod to their work. As to the Blues playoffs chances ... I concur that Hutton can't continue to stand on his head. But I think he's a lot better than he's often given credit for being. I think to expect any kind of run you are going to need two things: 1) Hutton AND Allen both playing big roles, and, 2) this team has got to score more goals. I think the Blues run out defensive pairings that are as good as any team in the league. If they keep getting it done in front of their netminders and the Blues can put a few more in the net success will follow.
Good memory. Given the fact that I am, indeed, a White Sox fan makes me wonder why anyone thinks I know anything about baseball. But to your question: Yes, I do believe the Cardinals have done enough to make it back to the postseason (via the wild card). Love the Ozuna trade, Mikolas intrigues. But what gets them that extra 5-7 wins it likely takes to qualify for postseason play? The coaches that have been put around Matheny. Maddux, Oquendo and McGee will be that difference.
Oh, hell yeah. Coming or going. My team can stop the run defensively or get the three yards and a cloud of dust if called upon to do so. You wanna game, let's set it up.
I couldn't agree more with you. And in a bruising division like the Central where the Blues play it becomes even more unbalanced come playoff time. Change can be good. This isn't an example of it.
Boy, it's sure hard to bet against Tom Brady. But I like the three-headed RB monster Philly throws at opponents, Foles has shown he "can" get it done (but will he?), and Philly's defense is sneaky good. I'll take Philly with the 4.5 points.
I agree there has been regression the past three seasons. But keep in mind they were in the postseason in 2014 and were not eliminated from postseason contention the past two years until the season's final weeks. I understand fans ALWAYS want to win. But that's not how it works. Many long-suffering fans of other teams would be very happy to watch a team that is in the running every year. Postseasons and championships ... it ebbs and flows, man. You can't win 'em all. I do think changes could be afoot if the team falls out of contention early this year or misses the playoffs entirely. Occasional mediocrity should be expected. Consistent mediocrity should signal change.
I disagree with the premise that our writers haven't held the front office accountable. When they need to be hammered we bring down the mallet. But I don't think we can be reactionary and bang on them every single time something doesn't work out or go the way fans want it to. My philosophy: Be fair in your reporting, tell the truth. We're not fans, we're here to tell the fans what we know.
I don't like either. I think it's often a sign of lazy writing. Just hit the hole.
If I thought it would help circulation, yes.
Just kidding. Absolutely it was important to inform the public that its government was not telling them the truth. No more non-sports questions for me.
They don't call Gordo "The Hockey Guy" for no reason. He's seen it all and doesn't get blinded by smoke and mirrors. His chats are fabulous. We haven't talked about the chats for next season but if ain't broke ...
The concept is that you ask me questions and I answer. Don't try stealing the show.
I don't do chats as often as I should. I enjoy bantering with our readers. But there isn't often a need as we have a stable of strong and informed reporters/columnists who step up to take on the chats. To answer your question: They don't help our circulation ... that is purely a print edition issue. But they do accomplish two things: 1) Chats bring readers to our web site and keeps them engaged for awhile. That has value to our digital operations. And, 2) More importantly (to me anyway) chats give us a chance to interact with our readers ... something we don't get to do enough. An exchange of thoughts and ideas tightens bonds and loyalty ... and there is great value to that.
It's hard to say we give them too much coverage when all we really do these days is pick up wire stories (exception: Jim Thomas has a piece going up later today on Isaac Bruce's HOF chances). But I will say this, if it's wire copy, people still click on stories about the Rams ... especially so if it's a negative story (heh heh heh).
I can't address the marketing or partnering side that may take place on other floors in our building because I don't know really know anything about that. But when it comes to the sports department we do not market or partner on anything with the Cardinals. We are an independent news organization and have to keep it that way so we can report accurately and without bias.
I would say there is "fandom" only in the sense that it is more fun to cover a winning team than a losing one. But we certainly don't cheer lead. Ask any sports reporter what they are rooting for while covering a game and they'll invariably tell you "a fast game."
It would probably be the Blues. And that's because hockey players just seem to be less coddled and arrogant and more down to earth than other athletes I've been around.
Agreed. I would have ridden Hutton tonight in the Hub and given Allen a greater chance at success on Saturday against Buffalo. Had this discussion at lunch today. Another editor disagrees with me, contending the best way for Allen to get his confidence back is to go play a big game against a good team.
I haven't read The Athletic so have no informed opinion about it.
I'd say probably yes ... to start the season. And I'd think most would get a little leash. But at some point if all the club sees is diminishing returns I believe such a pitcher, including Waino, would be removed from the rotation.