Join Jeff Gordon for his live STL sports chat at 1 p.m. Friday

Join Jeff Gordon for his live STL sports chat at 1 p.m. Friday

Bring your Cards, Blues, Mizzou, SLU and MLS questions and comments, and talk to columnist Jeff Gordon in his weekly live chat.

    In Jim Thomas' chat he said the Blues could end up out west. The central is better suited with the Blues than the Wild. So, the Central Division are the following: Based on everything pulled up.
    St. Louis Blues
    Nashville Predators
    Chicago
    Detroit Red Wings
    Columbus Blue Jackets
    Carolina Hurricanes
    Florida Panthers
    Tampa Bay Lightning
    That seems to be the consensus of where the Blues would land, aligning more with teams currently in the East. In terms of Eastern Conference vs. Western Conference, that would depend on the placement of the Canadian division, Although four Canadian teams currently play in the Western Conference, the NHL could want the storied Toronto and Montreal franchises to stay on their current side of the league.
    Which sports little brother do you think will have a better career - Eli Manning or Lamelo Ball? In their respective sport obviously.
    Eli played a long time, put up big counting numbers, won two Super Bowls and earned MVP honors in both. For all abuse he took as the Lesser Brother, his accomplishments are impressive, He may not rank among the NFL's all-time greats, but he can flash those rings at his doubters.
    LaMelo is a heck of a prospect, but will he play as long Eli and win two championships? That's a tall ask. He will have to land in the right situations and stay healthy.
    What do you think of the Toronto Raptors temporarily relocating to Tampa Bay due to Canadian covid restrictions? Reading inbetween the lines, this makes me think 2 things. First, the NBA isn't looking to expand any time soon. Tampa Bay isn't much of an NBA relocation/expansion target so putting a team there makes more sense than Seattle, KC, STL, Vegas etc. Second, the NBA might be looking at Montreal or Mexico City for their next franchise. What are your thoughts on America's second, soon to be first, most popular sports league?
    Seattle is a great NBA market. With its arena issues resolved, I can see that city getting a team. Vegas is also an exciting market, which the NHL proved. Once the economy in that city recovers -- something that could take several years -- I believe it would be a no-brainer for a relocating team or expansion.
    Mexico City? Meh. I can't see anybody wanting to play there. Montreal? This is the first time I have ever heard anybody suggest it could be a viable NBA market. Kansas City has a great building but a small market, I believe K.C, would need a really wealthy person to force a team there, ala Oklahoma City.
    It’s a good thing I no longer get FSMW after cancelling my Hulu live. I wouldn’t give a single cent to any gambling institution. I’m no prude but my money can better be spent or invested elsewhere. Any suggestions on where I can watch my Cardinals this year without having to deal with the gambling stuff?
    No, because most of the games will be televised on that outlet. If anybody else knows of a workaround, feel free to chime into this chat. I believe the MLB package is still limited to out-of-market games.
    As a Cards fan, I look at the aughts and I see an aggressive owner who was focused on bringing in talent and had a reciprocal relationship with fans. They showed up in droves and he supplied a top notch product. Now fans still show up in droves but it seems like DeWitt's drive to win championships has waned. I'm not questioning his desire to own/run a franchise that wins, that is financially beneficial to him. But does he still have the desire to reach that level of success that was once the standard under his ownership or is the bar lowered to just making the playoffs and hoping for some breaks?
    His commitment to winning is exactly the same as it's ever been. His business approach is exactly the same. He wants the team to be in the playoff chase every season. He does not want the team to rise and fall, rise and fall like most clubs. Now that he has made huge investments in adjacent business, DeWitt is even more commited to that model. Going the tank-and-rebuild route would kill Ballpark Village.
  • With all the gambling in sports being promoted, how far away are we from games being played with the spread being implemented in the game itself? For example, say the New York Jets are a 10 point underdog. How would you feel if the Jets were given 10 points at the start of the game? This would be done to decrease blowouts.
  • I do not see those whole gambling/point spread thing going that far.
  • Are the New York Jets worse than any St. Louis Rams team?
  • What would Tony La Russa say, tied for first? Having endured the nightmare of thos really bad Rams team and endured game day chats during those ordeals, I will have a hard time asserting that another football team is worse than the Rams at rock bottom. I will say it's impressive for the Jets to be THAT bad in that market.
  • MLB.tv it still out of market games. You can use a VNP to make it look like your IP address is out of market. www.comparitech.com
  • As always, any reader suggestions are to be taken in that spirit and they are not the editorial position of Gordo Live Chats.
  • The Rams never did go 0-16 unlike your hometown Detroit Lions. As well as the Cleveland Browns. So it is possible to be worse.
  • One of my old high school friends remained a diehard Lions fans through the worst of times. He kept his season ticket year after year. I can't imagine that. And the Cleveland Browns were an epic failure.
    What's crazy about NFL failure is that league is set up to create parity and allow for quick turnarounds. For some teams (like the latter-day Rams here) to stay terrible . . . well, that level of incompetence is impressive.
  • What is particularly sad about the 2021 Cardinals roster is that if you removed the top 6 highest paid players, aside from Goldy, so CMart/Carp/Fowler/Miller/Mikolas this team is really no worse off. Mikolas may bounce back but the other 4 are at best replacement level players. Those 4 salaries could be Springer and a third basemen.
  • That is the dilemma for the 2021 team. Bill DeWitt Jr. can't wait to get next season over with so Matt Carpenter and Dexter Fowler will quit eating up so much payroll. There's a pretty good chance the team will be able to move Carlos Martinez. And if Miles Mikolas recovers from surgery, he will at least add quality depth to the rotation. 
    Come 2022, revenues should be significantly restore and the dead money will be off the payroll. Getting from here to there will be, um, interesting. The Cardinals can only hope to find affordable offense in what should be a depressed marketplace this winter.
  • Why do you think the World Series had record low TV ratings? Is it an aberration or a sign of things to come?
  • You had an abnormal mini-season season without fans in the stands. That left a big mark on the industry. It will come back, but it could take several years to make a full recovery. And baseball can certainly NOT afford a work stoppage after next season.
  • Players who try to rig the game by using PEDs get suspended. It is a shame that players who attempted to rig the game by electronic sign stealing did not.
    Players have "rigged" games with naked eye sign-stealing forever, just as players used chemistry (uppers, pain-killers, excessive cortisone shots and various anti-inflammatory substance abuse) before steroids and HGH became a thing. Players will also seek an edge. That edge-seeking gets more advanced over time. Some people believe teams cheat by using extreme fielding shifts. Where do you draw the line?
    Personally I am OK with suspensions for PED bans but I wasn't bothered by the lack of suspensions over the sign-stealing.
    There was an interesting discussion on 101ESPN the other day that I would like to get your thoughts on. They brought up how, in the NBA, players run the show. James Harden for example is demanding a trade out of Houston. Anthony Davis demanded a trade out of New Orleans. Do you think this player empowerment is good for sports? Its good for the players obviously but is it good for fans or the league as a whole? Is it good for baseball that Mike Trout is still on the Angels? Or that Nolan Arenado is on the Rockies?
  • In the NBA, superstars can call the shots. If they are happy with their team, they can recruit new teammates looking for the right fit to win. If they are unhappy, management has litlte choice but to trade them before they exit as free agents or ruin the team during their remaining contract years. The NBA is unique since a couple of compatable stars along with the right mix of role players can bid for titles. The best of the best NFL quarterbacks have that sort of clout, too, but does anybody else have that sort of leverage in team sports? 
    Mike Trout is in Anaheim because he committed there rather than using his free agency to move. Arenado stayed in Colorado for the time being because he got the money he wanted. But now he is not happy and there's a good chance he will move along in a trade. Arenado is one of those players who gained control of their fate with an opt-out clause, but I doubt he will use it because I doubt he could get more money as a free agent.
  • Any word if Wong really turn down a multi year offer, and how much it was for?
  • Apparently he did have an offer, but I have not seen figures reported.
  • Everything says Cano is suspended for the next season. Are these suspensions a season or is it really 162 games? If 2021 if only 60 games again would he be able to play on Opening Day 2022 or would he still have a suspension to server.
    I have bargained some collective bargaining agreements. I'm guessing the players association will consider Cano's one-season suspension is a one-season suspension unless there was specific language covering the shortened-season scenario. If there is no language to that effect and MLB tried to extend the 162-game suspension into a second season, I imagine that could end up with an arbitatrator ruling on the intent of the language.
    Great Tipsheet mention of Indiana University 2020 season. I graduated from high school in west central Indiana in 1967, the year of their last very very good teams. I remember their Rose Bowl trip in January 1968 as a result of that season and John Pont's leadership. My question to you since you grew up in Michigan I believe, Did you root for Michigan or Michigan State growing up? Also, what is going to happen to Jim Harbaugh after this season you think, good bye or riding out the last year?
    I am happy for KMOX's Tom Ackerman, who still has the Hoosiers in his heart. Other than routinely beating Missouri, Indiana had few football highlights over the years. As for Harbaugh, I could see him agreeing to exit after this season. I can't see him getting another contract and the school would be best off seeking a fresh start. Going the lame duck route is almost always a bad idea.
    Gordo, with Herrera and Rondon added to the 40 man roster, who are the Cards exposing in the Rule 5 draft? Also, with one spot open on the 40 man, how do they make room for the possible returns of Waino and Yadi and another bat?
    Which players might other players take in the Rule 5 draft? There is an outside chance somebody might take Julio Rodriguez as a back-up catcher. He was a nice find, but is well behind Ivan Herrera and Andrew Knizner. Jhon Torres has some upside, but he has played just 21 games above the short-season level. He is so raw that it would be pretty stunning to see a team hide him on a big league roster all season. Pitcher Alvaro Seijas is a more likely pick, but he already passed through waivers this summer when most teams were scrounging for pitching help. Maybe a team takes Evan Mendoza as a utility player, but teams usually want a veteran in that role and not a prospect with so-so upside. 
    As for the 40-man roster, John Nogowski and Rangel Ravelo are depth guys, not prospects. They profile as Triple-A guys who can fill in. I would put Austin Dean and Justin Williams in the same place. Moving forward, John Brebbia and Dakota Hudson come off that roster and onto the 60-day DL as they recover from surgery. So nobody us losing sleep in the front office over the 40-man roster management.
    Jeff, what is it about football that makes the sport so popular in the U.S.? In the average NFL game, the ball is in play for only about 15 mins, but it takes over 3 hours to play a game. You get 60 mins of action in hockey in a game that takes about 2 1/2 hours to play. Hockey is just as fast, just as physical, and you're less likely to see a guy lose a limb (though probably a few more teeth.) Yet one sport is on the fringe and the other a titan of broadcasting. What gives?
    Football is not an overnight sensation. It took decades of building to become as popular as it is today at the college and pro levels. It's easy sport to watch on TV and it's an easy sport to bet on as well. Back before video games turned kids into couch potatoes, we all played football in the back yard,
    The NHL expanded deeper into the U.S. in fits and starts, decades after football was entrenched coast to coast. It does not translate well to TV and it is not easy to bet on. And how many people grow up playing hockey?
    Who do think deserves to be captain for the Blues? Everybody automatically thinks it should be OReilly,but,is there another one to think about? Has the MLB ever had captains like other sports?
    Captains are not as big a thing in baseball, although Derek Jeter was an exception to that during his Yankees run. As for the Blues captain, Ryan O'Reilly is the easy the choice. He did more than anybody to build the winning culture here once the team moved on from Mike Yeo.
    Will the Cardinals still have an ownership stake in the TV station after the sale? If they do isn't it hypocritical to come down on players for gambling, but owing a station devoted to it? How can you trust the integrity of the game? It's not like front offices don't have issues with morals. Some teams have even been known to break the law by doing things like hacking into another teams evaluations. Why should we trust that there won't be manipulation?
    For decades pro sports tried to keep its distance from gambling. But the money has become too great to turn down. MLB took the first step by taking money was high-stakes daily fantasy sports companies -- which was essentially gambling. Now the sports leagues are lining up to take sports gambling money now that legalization of that industry as spread. Will there be issues as a result? Of course. But the big sports leagues are willing to accept those issues as the tradeoff from a lucrative new revenue stream.
    Europe has been dealing with those issues for years. Now it's our turn. We'll endure the occasional scandal for sure.
    If they have to choose, I think they should trade O Neill over Bader. If you take away Bader, then you have lost your top 2 defensive players.
    At worst, Bader is a terrific defensive center fielder who can cover for more limited corner outfielders. O'Neill now covers a lot of ground in left field, but he can't offer the same sort of protection in center field.
    But . . . if Tyler ever puts it together, he could hit a LOT of home runs in the big leagues. There is a real value in that. So it's a closer call than one might think, but I would keep Bader if I had to make that choice.
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