OK, but why would NBA teams play a preseason tournament?
The plan to repeat is to return a championship team that has several younger players capable of giving more. With a full year of good goaltending, they should get into the bracket again. From there, they will take their shot. The odds of repeating are bad, of course, but this team should contend for several years.
I would not be surprised if she got the same consideration that the staff gets. Tom Stillman has done a great job of taking care of everybody to this point.
True, there are lively summer leagues with top prospects getting experience playing against men and lots of fringe veterans trying to get contracts. Vegas is a hotbed with Zion making his debut before 17,500 fans. But by the time you get to preseason play, teams are testing their depth and trying to avoid injuries.
This is definitely a positive sign. Mizzou is not going to land ton of 4- 5-star guys off the national recruiting stage, so regional success is paramount. Once you make those inroads, you can build a pipeline that provides consistency for a program. Odom has worked this area very, very hard.
No idea and no idea. I haven't been in the Dome in ages, no have I been out by the old complex. I wonder what Kroenke will do with that land once he gets it back?
He was at the news conference to announce Berube's contract, so I would not be surprised if he stays in his current role. I'd still like to see the team add a power-play specialists to the coaching staff, but it's tough to pick nit with a Cup-winning head coach.
It's that time of year. Can't wait for college football! Mizzou will be competitive, whether the NCAA likes it or not.
Yeah, that punishment looked like an overreach. Mizzou won't go quietly into the night if the NCAA does scale back the punishment. After all, SEC has a rich history of paying guys to play the money sports. And you will step on Missouri for one rogue tutor? Please.
Leake was a different guy. He was always an odd fit here. Molina is deadly serious. Mike Matheny set that tone -- and Tony La Russa set it before him. Go back to Chris Carpenter. Go back to Darryl Kile. That was the culture for a long, long time.
No, because there is almost no way for this team to fall out of the playoff race. But we have been writing the same stories over and over for months. At least Tommy Edman gave us something different to ponder.
There are players who fervently believe that managers cannot help a team win games, they can only cost their team games. That's ridiculous, of course, but that's the life of a manager. These guys take disproportionate blame when their players can't measure up to their opponents. Sometimes a manager will hold a guy back or overexpose him needlessly, but for the most part they give players a chance to succeed. They either do or they don't.
I agree with you. In the salary cap era, most really good teams don't enter ea summer expecting to get better. Most good teams have spent to the cap. They are going to lose players for cap reasons and they must offset those losses. You will almost never see a Cup championship team possess enough cap space to keep every single key play and also add significant talent. If that team had cap space, it likely used it to add rental players before the trade deadline.
Players want to play on winning teams. Some guys (like Artemi Panarin this year) want to play in a huge market, but a lot of guys just want to win. Having said that, it may be a long, long time before this team has the flexibility or need to chase a top free agent. The Blues are set up to contend for a long time, assuming that Jordan Binnington and Alex Pietrangelo lock in for the long haul.
It wouldn't take much for the Cardinals to come out of the NL Central pack, since the Cubs and Brewers are seriously flawed as well. Adding another starting pitcher (for protection against Wainwright and/or Wacha eroding or breaking down) and getting a couple of current hitters to perform to previous levels might be enough to get into the bracket.
Hitchcock did leave his mark on this team. He is arguably Berube's biggest mentor and what we saw this spring was exactly what Hitch envisioned for the Blues. He has to be thrilled for the Chief. As for Ron, I have many stories. Doug MacLean, who went on to coach the Florida Panthers and run the Columbus Blue Jackets, lived in fear of Ron tossing his laptop onto the ice. In the old Chicago Stadium, where the press cox was quite cozy, Ron would scream insults about Dirk Graham's heritage and Denis Savard's wife. Can you image that today? No you can't.
Yes. This is July. Goldschmidt is not in a slump, he is having a bad season. And he is having a bad season at an age where such months-long struggles can be a sign of permanent decline. Not saying it is, but I'm saying it could be. And imagine what that would do to the franchise.