Like I noted last week, Thomas needs to play in the Top 9. But like you said, the team is winning and some of the blue-collar guys are doing the best work for Berube. The Chief is a direct coach who likes direct players.
Berube is coaching the team he has. He doesn't have Matthews, Tavares and Kadri down the middle and Marner down the wing. And by the way, the Maple Leafs could use some sturdier play. That 17-11-1 mark at home is surprising for a team with that kind of firepower.
I believe MLB needs a faster pace, more actual action and more personality. It will never offer the sort of speed and action the NBA and NHL does, but it must stop the flow of fans fleeing games in the seventh and eighth inning.
Come on, that is too much work. I'd say MLS is the most likely development and Harper signing here is the least likely,
They were in the Super Bowl, so it's not that embarrassing. And they got beat by the Patriots, so that's not embarrassing either. The game was awful and Kroenke didn't get to hoist to trophy, so there was some satisfaction in that.
If the Hawks never left and won all those titles here, then the NHL doesn't pick St. Louis as an expansion city. And Saskatoon still would not have gotten a team.
As noted earlier, that seems to be the right course right now. They don't have spots in the lineup for pretty good players now, so I don't see them adding a rental. Since they traded their first-round pick for O'Reilly, they can't afford to go there in a big way anyway. And making a major bailout trade also makes no sense with this team built to win now.
Yeah, the Giants probably needed to tank and rebuild because their farm system has been so unproductive.
A Dead Teams Memorial somewhere around Kiener Plaza might be nice. How about a statue of Bernie Bickerstaff holding the IBL Trophy? Maybe there could be a Hall of Fame of Squandered Talent, a shrine for all the all-time greats who passed through town quickly without accomplishing anything here.
Please no. My P-D colleague David Carson is already hard to live with.
Mikolas, Flaherty, Wacha, Martinez and Wainwright.
I had a nice Comets hat for a while. And I used to hoop at the Kirkwood Y with the dude who owned the Hummers.
I would not expect anything major. The team is finally playing well and it has ample depth.
There may be any number of knock-off leagues that come along over the years. Arena football, outdoor football, maybe even football on a barge. I don't see the XFL as any sort of referendum on St. Louis as a football town.
I'm old enough to remember the younger Ali. He was so dynamic that my dad was a fan -- and my dad couldn't care less about most sports.
Nothing. Having a team or not having one comes down to owners. St. Louis had a bad one in Bidwill, got another bad one in Frontiere, thought it had a great one in Kroenke and then got betrayed. St. Louis would have gained a NBA team if Bill Laurie didn't screw up his Grizzlies purchase. Conversely, the city still has the NHL because Harry Ornest stepped up back in the day and the Dave Checketts and Tom Stillman groups stepped up more recently.
I don't see either guy getting the Calder. Elias Pettersson is the best rookie by far. He's insanely talented. Hart and Binnington are similar stories, although Hart arrived with far more fanfare.
I felt for the announces. Black sweaters with black numbers . . . not sure what the Lightning were shooting for there.
Super teams are great for business, because they draw ratings and such, but it makes life depressing for most fans in most cities. The NBA has built is success on super teams.
That could be problem if that team regresses. Folks in SoCal can find a lot of reasons not to trudge into Inglewood for a football game.