Hello Mr. Ed. I haven't heard anything concrete, so now it's just completely speculation. But it's a fascinating storyline, in this particular regard -- Travis Ford has a stranglehold on local recruiting. Goodwin. Gordon. Thatch from Sikeston. He's got Corey Tate on his staff, and Corey is connected to the big AAU program here. I'm not saying Mizzou would hire Ford -- or that Ford would truly leave SLU and the "Jewel of Midtown," Chaifetz Arena, after one season (and become hated my SLU fans forever). But it's an intriguing debate indeed. One thing that caught my eye was Jeff Gordon's online piece today about Indiana's struggles. If Tom Crean is available, I get the Brinks truck and Fredbird to entice him to come to our state (he's a big Cardinals guy, I've heard).
Hello. And yes, after a crazy roller-coaster ride, we're an April 4th vote away from having the stadium bill pass -- which essentially means MLS. I've been a big proponent of getting MLS here in my writing and radio-ing and tweeting, and I look at it like this: This is our ONLY chance -- one shot, one opportunity -- to get a MLS team. So many other cities want a team. But the league is into us, right now. If we blow this, we'll look back on this as a travesty. Another way I look at it is -- this is kinda like the NHL coming here in 1967. A popular league looking to expand, which playing a sport that'll continue to grow in the coming half-century. No one is looking back and saying "why did we get the Blues?" So let's get the "Outdoor Steamers."
Bahahahah - I got that from my guy Chris Gardner from 920 AM. But he is a Ramsey friend. Also, what ever happened to the mustached Mike Ramsey?
I hear ya! And that's why this Shattenkirk this is so tricky, because there are so many aspects to it. Like you said, a team looking to get its name on the Cup would/could trade a couple young guys for Shatty as a rental, but the Blues will/should be looking to maximize the haul -- and the way they do that is find a team that wants to sign Kevin long-term (and a term Kevin wants to sign long-term with). Agree to that deal, and that's how the Blues could get a haul for 22
OH -- yes, I TOTALLY want the name of the MLS team to be FC Confluence, with the STL flag across the jersey.
1876? It's all about 1904! Make it 1904 again, right?!? Nah, I hear ya, but in the short-term, it appears that all of our favorite sports things won't get a dime from the county, where many fans live.
Ha let's do it! OK, let's talk about all of this (or as the Cards beat writer Derrick Goold says, "unpack" this): First of all, yes, Jake is vital. It was getting stupid with how ridiculously he was playing -- but not only has he bounced back, but he's lookin like Cujo of late (Curtis Joseph, not Curt Jones of Festus). Jake must be able to keep the Blues in games. I don't see him as the type of goalie that a team can ride to the Cup Finals. But he surely shows the prowess to make keep a club in a game. Like everyone, it's fun to watch the Blues with Yeo as coach. Their new zone defensive set up seems to be working, the lines seem to be jelling and they're winning games. But I still think some of this is because of the "Yeo Jolt." Let's see how the team finishes off this bonkers stretch of games. As for prediction, I say STL loses in the second round.
But at least that means they win a playoff series!
If I was a Cardinals fan, I'd do whatever I could to meet Adam Wainwright. They just don't make em like him that much. A star pitcher with a sparkling personality. He just lights up and that's infectious. I bet he'd be fun to meet as a fan.
And those here in the chat, feel free to ask questions about Cards, Blues, Mizzou, SLU, the TV show This Is Us, Hamilton, Master P or, of course, Seinfeld.
That's the interesting thing -- the Wild have been SO good this season, and a lot of it is because of players who Yeo had in his doghouse. Are the Wild a better team just because Mike Yeo ISN'T their coach, just like the Blues are a better team just because he IS their coach? Sport psychology is interesting -- how much can a coach motivate a team?
That should be a fun trip in the town where I used to be a sports columnist. Things to do in downtown Denver: get breakfast at Snooze at Union Station, get a burger at a place called My Brother's Bar (there's no sign in front, but map should get you there), check out the huge REI and get a beer at Falling Rock Tap House -- they've got, approximately, seventy bazillion beers on tap. And if you have a car, check out the brewery tours in Fort Collins.
Hello WP. Third vase is interesting. We'll see Jhonny and Jded battling it out all spring, but the reality is, I'm not thaaat excited about either guys at that marquee offensive position. There is much pressure on Mike Matheny to balance their playing time and maximize the matchups. This of course leads to two storylines -- 1. Can Matt Adams be so off-the-charts awesome in spring that he forces Carp to third base? 2. Will the Cardinals have a new third baseman come the trade deadline? Todd Frazier is looming over on the South Side. And of course Evan Longoria is Dr. Awesome.
Dave G! Come on man, Crean isn't a complete fraud! Yes, Dwyane Wade carried that team -- his triple-double in the 2003 Elite Eight was one of the greatest performances in NCAA hoops history -- but Cream has accomplished some stuff at Indiana, going to the Sweet 16 twice. This year, if the kid from Jeff City didn't get hurt, they'd still be in the hunt. And, if Mizzou gets him, we can make a bunch of Wu Tang Clan references a la C.R.E.A.N. But yeah, as for the Mizzou gig, hopefully Sterk is looking at Kevin Keatts. I also would love Cuonzo Martin, but his Cal team is proving to be just too good this year.
I see what youre sayin, but if you're talking about just the No. 5 spot in the rotation, to "share' with Alex Reyes during the course of the year, you really just need to hit on one of these guys. See what you've got before kicking tires (I'm not ruling out kicking tires, but I'm all for seeing through the plan)
Whats up Rob... the one thing about Kroenke out there is -- they've been grumbling about him for a decade. So the sportswriting vitriol is spread-out, as opposed to here, where it's timely -- he kicked STL in the stomach, so STL is mad. And as for that family being in it, or not, it's weird. I got to know the dad and son somewhat well in my time out there. Clearly, they care. They're passionate sports fans. Josh works long hours. At one of the Rams road games in 15, the press box was right by Stan's box, and you could hear them screaming. But yes, the Avs and Nuggets are perennially "rebuilding." One good thing is the Nuggets' Jokic, who last night had a triple double of 17-21-12 (17-21-12!!). And against the Warriors (the Warriors!). But yes, I think it's more of a malaise there -- it's a numbing, frustrating city to be a fan once football ends.
I know right! It's funny, we talk ad naseum about UFA Shattenkirk, but not much about Bergie (dang it, now I can't get that Fergie song out of my head where they're spelling her name). I don't think we truly know what was the switch that got him going. He's a deflecting machine. But if he keeps up this high-scoring play through April, then you gotta reevaluate.
Bahahahah. Nah, Dave is a sweetheart. I do think back at 2016 spring training, Derrick Goold once tried to put a headlock on me while sleeping.
I'm more optimistic about the bullpen because of these following things: 1. Brett Cecil is a stud. 2. Rosenthal is supposed to be rejuvenated. 3. Siegrist got his $$ and is a lefty hoss. 4. If Tyler Lyons returns good as new, he can be effective (and was, for much of 16). 5. Eugene Koo
hahaha - as for smokin, he does have Coolio in his name
I was at Mizzou's womens game on Sunday -- so much fun. I don't know about dynasty, but they've got a heckuva young nucleus. It's worth going to a game just to see Sophie Cunningham play.
OK - as for these Reyes Qs that are coming in, I'm not in Jupiter with the team, so I can't tell you any news. The only thing I'm seeing is that Matheny is telling reporters he'll get an MRI. Be sure to follow stltoday.com all afternoon -- Jesus and Derrick and Hummel are all down there covering it
Thanks so much, and I think Greg will make the team -- also, check out his stats last year, they're better than a lot of people might remember. I'm a big Garcia fan.
OK here's an update on Reyes from MLB.com's Jen Langosch on twitter: #STLCards have not specified what the area of concern is with Reyes, but Matheny did say: "There must be a significant reason to do this."
I've received a few Shatty-trade Qs in here. I hate to say it, but I think they still need to look to move him, to build this team for future years. I'm a huge fan of Shatty the guy and the way he plays the game, but they have to look at him as an asset.
I hear ya in regards to the WBC. I'm not as worried about getting injured in WBC (you can get injured anywhere) but it's just the idea of maximizing your spring training, especially for the younger guys like Reyes (though this could all be a moot point if the news is indeed bad). There's clearly something cool about playing for your country though.
Right away -- we don't have any definitive news on Reyes, but clearly, to answer your question, this would hurt the Cardinals big-time. That's 150-175 innings from a young fire-balling phenom you no longer have. And there are questions with Wacha and Rosenthal (can they be sturdy starters?). So yea, this could stink.
The tweets out of Jupiter are that Alex Reyes is going to get an MRI. And Jen Langosh of MLB.com shared this Matheny quote: Cardinals have not specified what the area of concern is with Reyes, but Matheny did say: "There must be a significant reason to do this."
Jesus Ortiz just tweeted from Jupiter that Mo said it's right elbow discomfort for Reyes that led to the MRI
It's a very complex topic, to be sure. Some smart baseball writers have done studies that show that a manager's impact is minimal. Clearly, in any sport, talent is vital (The old line that says "It's not about Xs and Os, it's about Jimmies and Joes). But especially on the college level, coaching is such an important thing, because the players are still developing, the egos aren't as big as in the pros and the coach is building a program, not just coaching year to year. Hockey is fascinating because a coach can change the lines and the strategies, but a lot of times, it comes down to effort.
OK I've gotta run, but thank you all for participating in this week's chat! And of course, keep checking out stltoday.com/sports for the latest on Alex Reyes' MRI.