I think at least a chunk of it will go toward improving and updating The Dome. It brings events, people and revenue into the region. It's also about the only thing the RSA can likely spend its portion of the settlement on. After that, who knows. That the three parties -- city, county and RSA -- did not have a predetermined agreement about who gets what opens the door for speculation that there will be some infighting about allocation and how it's spent. Hopefully the decision-makers prove that speculation wrong. We'll see.
At least check, the governor was floating the idea of wanting to talk to the league about expansion when he discussed this topic publicly, so I would not overestimate his impact on the situation. Upgrades to the dome was always a likely outcome with at least some of the money.
For the same reasons most places are either struggling to enforce such rules or giving up trying entirely. Lack of compliance. Eating/drinking loophole. Politicization of issue. Molten-hot anger on both sides of the issue. Etc.
He will need to find the right quarterback first. An offensive-minded coach isn't winning 10 without one who can do more than Connor Bazelak showed this season.
He's making up ground at a rapid rate, but is probably a couple years away still, based on what I've read this time around. I do think he gets in eventually, and he should.
Mozeliak's current contract is up after the 2023 season. The closer that expiration comes without another extension, the more folks will wonder what's next for him, whether it's a scaling back, walking away, new challenge, etc. I'm not sure what you mean about hearing noise about the Cardinals firing him. That's not been something the team has hinted at or shown signs of recently. The most recent example suggested the exact opposite, a winning manager getting fired for clashing with the front office, not the other way around. Mozeliak's moves have put more pressure on him to be right, but he's in pretty good shape with chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. as far as I can tell.
I don't think college coaches would go for the elimination of free market driving bigger and longer contracts -- even if players eventually get to experience the same.
The scores and stats page seems to be having an issue. I sent a note along. Thanks.
Thanks. The Billikens did me no favors by turning around and dropping both games that Saturday. The downside of planning I suppose. But the point stands. SLU is in a good spot in an uncertain time for college sports with the latest wave of realignment. To your question, I would answer, why not take all three? That would put the Big East at 14 with a better case for more NCAA Tournament bids, an improved basketball product and, perhaps most importantly to this equation, more games to offer in negotiations in the next TV package. Live sports are making money, and having more teams means more games to sell. That's the benefit of adding to get to 14 instead of adding one to get to 12. The Billikens are on the cusp of being an obvious fit basketball-wise, but they've gotta start winning a big game now and again. It seems like every time they get right up on the edge of it, they fall back. Ford hasn't beaten a top-25 team yet. That's hovering over him to a degree. A breakthrough is needed but it seems to be relatively close.
Hard for me to disagree. They did themselves a big favor by getting out to a hot start. That's benefitting during this slog. It's just hard, and kind of disingenuous, to try to take a meaningful snapshot of a team that is a hodge-podge of what it should be so many nights due to COVID roulette.
That's a strange way of looking at it. Not every Ohio State receiver is created equal, and Alabama's offense and Mizzou's are not exactly comparable at this time. For one, look at the quarterback. Bryce Young is going to win the Heisman. Also Jameson Williams is a more experienced and older player than Mookie Cooper. Cooper caught 16 passes in his first season at Mizzou. I'm not ready to call him a flop just yet. He's played seven games. Jameson Williams played 18 before he played his first one for Alabama this season. Yes, Saban and his staff are really, really good. But I'd give Cooper some time before bailing on him.
I'm doing a Kroenke cleanse. It's healthy.
Thanks a lot. I enjoyed covering it and hope the money gets put to good use. Decision-makers should use the money to do things that are the opposite of what Kroenke stands for. Use the head and the heart to do something that creates a lasting legacy of good. That's my wish. Easier said than done, but I'd rather the region has the money in whatever way, shape or form than the NFL.
The hope is that there will one day be multiple local players from all different STL backgrounds and neighborhoods playing for the big club. That's the cornerstone of the bottom-up plan for the team, starting with the youth teams that are already up and operating. There will be from-the-outside additions, of course, but the farm system for lack of a better word will be important, and it's all based here in STL.
The lack of mobility sure seems to be affecting him negatively, but it can't explain some of the bad decisions he made with the ball this season. At best, he has been a good game manager who makes smart decisions and avoids costly mistakes. At worst, he has been a turnover-prone immobile QB who can't get the ball down the field. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle. Maybe Drinkwitz wants Bazelak and Brady Cook to battle it out in bowl practices to see who starts, or maybe he's leaning toward Bazelak as usual but wants to do what he can to decrease the chance Cook transfers? There are multiple games being played around this time of year with the transfer portal buzzing, and Drinkwitz could be looking there too to see what upgrades -- Spencer Rattler? -- might be available. Point is, Bazelak did more this season to make the position up in the air moving forward than he did secure it.