Bobo's here. Looks like there is plenty of pushing and shoving with a big crowd trying to get in, so we'll get started.
Yeah, Minnesota is 7-1 in 3-on-3 overtime and the Blues are 1-7. The Blues have such a high-skilled team, so that failure has been baffling. The Chief has had no explanation. But like you say, it won't be a concern come playoff time. I have to think the Blues' unusual offensive depth could pay off once the postseason grind begins.
There are different standards for sure. My guess is the NFL would have welcomed Bauer back once he was cleared of criminal liability. In this case, not only is MLB reluctant to take Bauer back as an entity, but there will be individual teams shying away due to "clubhouse culture" concerns if MLB gives the green light.
I would be surprised if the NCAA taking away this title because the alleged infractions took place so long ago. But since the NCAA has already stepped on the other schools in that federal probe, it's inevitable that it will try to nail Kansas with forward-looking sanctions. But KU has sent clear signals that it will fight this to the death in court if that time comes. So NCAA has to be sure when it drops the hammer and it must be prepared to see this whole matter drag out even longer.
Yep, Keith went into the Cardinals HOF last year.
The fans can demand all they want, but owner Robert Nutting isn't going to consistently invest in that team. The franchise got used to losing. That proceeded his family gaining control. The fan base withered. So from a business standpoint, the Pirates can run low payrolls for long stretches and collect huge profits while "rebuilding with youth." That might lead to a few good years, but another selloff/rebuild will likely follow. That is a business model many of the less-ambitious teams follow.
If you can't stand it, don't watch it.
If Tony La Russa believes the current front office of the Cardinals is toxic, then he should spell out exactly what he means. Meanwhile the string of winning seasons and the perennial playoff contention has continued.
Blashill seems likely to get capped, but there is a lot of chatter in Motown about Igor Larionov replacing him. That would make sense, since Steve Yzerman brought back another living legend, Nicklas Lidstrom, to his front office.
Molina has been in a world of hurt these past few years trying to play every game. Maybe he is finally listening to his body barking at him.
It's early to draw conclusions on fan unrest over the lockout. The regular season was set back just a week after all of that angry posturing by the owners and players. A bigger issue might be life in the post-pandemic world. People got used to doing things differently -- work, play, everything. Some folks will be eager to get back out to concerts and sporting events and others may have gotten used to NOT spending huge dollars on either. The retail and restaurant worlds have had to adapt and maybe the live entertainment world will as well.
I expect the Blues to use the traditional 12-forward, 6-defensemen alignment come playoff time with some rotation on the fourth forward line and third defensive pairing from game to game. Within that configuration Craig Berube can still condense lines to feature his top centers. Calle Rosen has helped himself for sure, but the physical nature of postseason hockey should add value to both Robert Bortuzzo and Niko Mikkola.
Ah, good question. This is a question to raise to Derrick or the Commish. The blue glove was his thing. We all need our own thing.
Knowing Simba, he would appreciate that comp.
Good one! Parayko is plus-26 in the past three months playing the hardest minutes for a defensive corps which lacks the overall strength of previous units. Zadorov is playing just 17 minutes a night. He's fine for third-pairing-plus-penalty killing role, but he's no Parayko. The same goes for Soucy. who is another supporting cast guy -- not a primarly defender.
I would take the elite recruiter capable of finding emerging talent, getting in early on players and building lasting relationships on the grass roots circuit that later lead to transfer gets. Recruiters who do all of that can find great program fits and build numbers. And some of those kids will hit big. Having money to buy players is great, but a coach needs to build a strong foundation and a steady talent flow before those sorts of high-end purchases really pay off.