I'm not going to pick on Iron Mike until he wins his current health battle, prostate cancer. His behavior was ridiculous here, but I wish him the best in this fight. As for points for Thomas and Kyrou, Robert plays the whole season mostly in a fourth-line role. Unless that changes, he is a 30- to 35-point guy. Kyrou is getting some scoring line looks due to injuries, but he could swing back and forth to the AHL. So, again, I wouldn't expect more than 30 or 35 unless a number of key veterans suffer significant injuries.
I don't see where a smaller stadium makes a difference. All that does is allows the team to charge more from the fans who do show, due to scarcity. Busch III isn't as big as Busch II -- and while I agree that a host of factors could keep driving attendance down, I believe the part is still right-sized. Maybe some additional seats will give way to more party plazas and such. And maybe the franchise will have to make the cheap seats even cheaper to get folks through the gates. Going back to those family-friendly, young adult-friendly days would be smart.
That would NOT be a good idea for the game at Alabama . . .
The Blues are still building chemistry, but the massive personnel upgrade can't help to make things better. That will start with O'Reilly winning offensive zone draws to start the process. Bozak is a good PP guy, as is Perron. Maroon adds the net-front element. As it stands, guys will have to fight for PP time on the two units. A guy like Blais was born for the PP, but look at all the guys he is battling for the chance.
Not at all. Obviously LA is a better market than St. Louis and only utterly incompetent NFL leadership kept that market barren for a couple of decades. But lack of support didn't drive the Rams from the STL, the city's unwillingness to abide by an admittedly bad lease through the exit door open.
I just went on the Blues site on my laptop and I could buy tickets there. Ticketmaster and the Enterprise box office also mentioned as outlets. Did I miss something?
That is a GREAT face he is making. Photos of him with any sort of expression appear to be rare.
I'm sure of the last game held at the Concrete Circle of Death, as Reggie Bush would call it.
That would some Hall of Fame speech . . .
Ah, managing is not so easy, is it? Now he gets the second-guessing Matheny. Cards were still whining about Matheny's lack of experience after 6 1/2 years and four postseason trips. I believe Shildt has done fine, but a lot of pitching gave out at the same time and Matt Carpenter cooled off. But it will be interesting to see if can match Matheny's .555 winning percentage and four playoff berths.
Mizzou caught a break at Purdue with a call that I believe was right, thanks to one very good camera angle. At Georgia there was no such helpful angle. That said, the Bulldogs win that game with or without that score.
Matheny had guys that he believed in and guys he didn't have as much faith in, just as La Russa and Herzog did. And, for the most part, it worked great. Mozeliak believe Matheny had run his course -- message fatigue and so forth -- but now it will be interesting to see if this regime accomplishes more. It will be up to Mozeliak to undo some of his mistakes, most notably the Dexter Fowler Contract, to give Shildt more to work with.
Fun movie? Slap Shot. More serious movie? Miracle.
I must say, everything is working against them. All the teams ahead of them are trending better, including the Cubs. This team has had easier paths to the postseason than this one, that's for sure.
Yes. Baseball dipped after all of the work stoppages. Now, is it as popular as it was 6 or 7 years ago? No.
These guys are great prospects, as they proved by carrying the Cards back into the race after Wainwright, then Wacha and Martinez broke down. Flaherty is a guy every other team covets. Weaver imploded, but Hudson moved well ahead of schedule and Gomber held up better than most anybody anticipated. The group ran out of gas, but it's a group that is the envy of nearly every other franchise.
Job one is to find a closer and free agency has proven to be a generally bad place to do that. It will be interesting to see what evolves in the market. Teams are stressing bullpens more than ever, in some cases at the expense of the rotation. So maybe the Cardinals have look internally. But that is the No. 1 key. Ideally one of their elite third base prospects pans out within three seasons. Maybe the Cardinals find an interim guy (Moustakas? Donaldson?) to add some offensive heft. Fowler gets another chance in right field, but if he isn't dramatically better at the plate and in the field, then he's got to go sooner than later next season. If that means eating almost $50 million, so be it. Trading Jose Martinez doesn't excite me, since he has been one of the best and most consistent hitters all season. Trading Carlos Martinez with his stock low isn't a great idea. Ozuna should put up bigger numbers, so that is a plus. Alex Reyes returns, so that is good. I could see the pitching staff taking a big collective step forward and positioning the team to make an in-season move for offense as needed.
People from the county come to Blues and Cardinals games, so will come to the MLS. It is a different demographic but a good one. More young adults, fewer grayhairs. Also, the attendance threshold to succeed in the MLS is certainly reachable. Tap the massive youth soccer market and you're halfway there.
No, no, I suffered enough on those Rams chats.