The NHL doesn't have the broad fan base the NFL has and I get that. But this title bid, given its context, is amazing stuff. We might never see anything like it again.
The team did not come together at all under Mike Yeo. His fretful coaching style -- constant lineujp shuffling -- didn't help. It took Berube's strong and steady approach to finally rally the group and get guys playing for each other instead of themselves. Now you see guys diving around, blocking shots and doing whatever they can to win.
Well, they are playing for the Stanley Cup, so they are getting global coverage.
Fair point. This will be their great challenge, to get focused and simplify their game. Given the focus on officiating, they need to remain especially disciplined and not get caught up in anything.
They have used this Cup bid to do lots of advance selling for next season. This run will also help on the sponsorship side. The bandwagon will expand and get more expensive.
Patrick Sharp could be a bit edgier, but he is new. I don't mind J.R., but maybe that's just because he so awesome with the media as a player. J.R. is just being J.R. with his bits.
One projection with him will be whether his shoulder will strengthen or worsen over time. He is a big guy, too, and that will factor into how deep into his 30s this team or another will want to go with him. Will he stay in shape? Will he fight injuries?
The extra day will make it more challenging for the Blues to get focused on the task at hand. On the other hand, as I noted earlier, Ryan O'Reilly looks more like his old self after getting these extra days of rest. So that is a big benefit.
Well, we'll see. If the Cubs are right, they could make another deep playoff run.
Like I said earlier, his Game 5 theft moved him to the top of the Blues' list. To win this thing the Blues will need another great game from him and that could be his clincher.
No, the Cardinals philosophy is to contend every year while the Cubs are OK with the tank-and-rebuild approach. Both paths have led to parades.
For sure. Blues fans are always waiting for the floor to fall out.
Um . . . I can speak for the boss there. Not in the budget. Sorry.
That signing and the Carpenter extension were a bit odd, given the harsh turn the marketplace took against free agents. Usually the Cardinals err on the side of being cautious.
When it's raining you might say that, but there are not 20,000 no shows most nights. Not everybody sits glued to their seats for nine innings. When I took my kids when they were little, we were there for three innings tops.
Fans in most small to mid-sized markets have the same complaints. Fans are sensitive by nature.
Well, there is no NFL or NBA team here, so how are people supposed to view the city? Experts realize that St. Louis had a series of bad NFL owners, but most people just notice that there is no team here.
Anybody who saw that NBA series might have a tough time remembering what he or she ate for lunch Thursday.
He went into concussion protocol because he went down like he stepped on a landmine and a spotter had him removed.
The NFL made a lot of money here, despite brutally incompetent management that subjected fans to a decade of despair. As for the NBA, I am skeptical that there are enough dollars to support both the NBA and NHL during the winter.