Bobo's here, where's all the ballplayers?
I was at the game live, so I missed out on that "fun" that Blues fans had with the broadcast. The NHL will always be playing catch-up to the NBA, so you would think the league would demand more of its national TV product.
A playoff game can be worth $1 million in revenue, plus the marketing power that carries forward with merchandise sales and future ticket sales. Tom Stillman's group spent to the salary cap again this season, so this postseason revenue is most welcome.
They call Alex "Petro" for a reason. His name is really not that hard to pronounce, although even Doug Armstrong wants to make it harder sometimes. Whichever way you say it, he certainly has salvaged this season and then some after a tough start. As for the talent depth, I am will touch on that again in my Saturday column that's in the works. All four forward lines on this team are dangerous. Over the course of a tough seven-game series that depth could be the edge.
I see Mike Shildt trying to win games to get back in the playoffs. So if Ozuna, Fowler and Martinez are all hitting, they will all play a lot. He's made that clear. Bader will have to wait his turn -- working in here and there, especially for defense -- and O'Neill could see some more Triple-A time. The Cardinals will worry about next season after this one is over.
Those elite Stars forwards will produce at points in this series. They were dangerous a lot in Game 1, but the Blues blocked some shots and those guys just missed on some shots and passes. Radulov is a load! As Ryan O'Reilly said, the Blues did OK on them but they will have to be better.
I assume you are just joking about the NBA thing, given the fact that a few people keep asking about that dead STL topic in these chats. As for the gymnastics event, that is another reminder of what it is important to update your sports facilities. These buildings draw events that have an economic impact.
Obviously NBC is trying to load up the games on the NBC Sports Channel, since farming those games out doesn't do that channel's branding any good. NBC paid good money to get the games and prop up that channel with as many games as possible, so here we are.
The NFL is not going to put its games on a fringe channel like the NBC Sports Channel. When it comes to TV power, the NHL is a secondary sport by a mile.
Jaden Schwartz sure took his time in that once chance after taking a cross-ice pass. Some of that is the need to settle the puck. Dallas does a nice job of blocking shots, too, so the Blues are going to have to change some shot angles to get pucks through, As for Bishop, he is so big and he covers so much net just by holding his position it would make since to fire some pucks low.
Yeah, it's weird. It some ways it's still hard to believe that St. Louis lost not one NFL team, but two. The fact the Rams were so poorly run and so awful to watch made losing the franchise a little easier. And some a selfish standpoint, it was nice to have my Sundays free during the fall.
I believe he needs time, so like I noted in Tipsheet today the drop will cost him money but it might extend his career. He could end up sitting for a couple of seasons while polishing his skills. The absence of failure is a powerful marketing tool for quarterbacks and he should have that on his side when he is more prepared to run a NFL offense.
Maybe a preseason game could return here at some point. Fans in NBA towns couldn't care less about those games, so it can make sense to take the show on the road.
Alex slid down to block the shot, then he started to get back up and that caused the "low bridge" effect. I suppose Alex could have stayed down to be polite, but his job is to get up and get back into the play -- and to eliminate the shooter. He did his job.
The first half of the NHL doubleheader ran long, keeping the Blues off the NBC Sports Network. This sort of thing happens all the time with college basketball on ESPN.
No. And even if the XFL beats the odds and somehow last for a while, it will be marketing to a somewhat different audience.
I picked the Cubs to win the division, since they were awfully good last season despite suffering a LOT of adversity. Manager Joe Maddon is in "must-win" mode and that franchise has the resources to add what it needs as the season progresses. The Small Bears are getting better starting pitching, but there is still reason to fret about that bullpen.
This could happen again in the series. Let's hope the network is better prepared for that. This is the inherent risk in scheduling doubleheaders. Imagine if this happened to a New York team!
The Blues discussed the need to be much better with the puck. They got away with a number of mishaps in their zone in Game 1. Dallas brings a hard forecheck and they came within inches of converting that several times in that game. As for No. 91, yes, this is something the Blues have been imploring him to do more of. He has a higher gear he can shift into to get the corner and then he has the strength to hold off a defender.