Ratings down in LA, playoffs in full swing, coaching carousel, and a looming soccer debacle shows Rams move wasn't all Stan Kroenke's fault. Nothing to talk about here. . . .
I think we're all wondering if Snead is still around after all is said and done this offseason
If nothing else, I think the soccer fiasco shows how amazing it was that so much progress was made by Peacock and compnay on the NFL front. As much as we'd like to blame Kroenke and Demoff for everything _ and believe me, they deserve most of the blame _ the lack of vision and unity in the St. Louis region continues to astound me. In many ways, the soccer fiasco is more embarrassing than botching NFL expansion in the early 90s, or losing the Rams a year ago. Because in this case, the MLS clearly wants to be in St. Louis and there's a committed ownership group in place.
The dominoes will start to fall by the end of this week around the NFL. Unless Demoff has a trick up his sleeve, it doesn't look like the Rams are going to reel in a "name" coach or someone with lots of experience. And if Denver wants Kyle Shanahan, well, he's probably going to end up there. In the end it doesn't matter if the next coach is good _ and can bring in a good staff. But at this point, it doesn't look like the Rams are going to make a splash hire.
If I had to bet a dollar _ and only a dollar _ I say Raiders move to Los Vegas and Chargers gets a one-year extension on that option to join Malibu Stan in Inglewood.
In the Super Bowl? No, I think the winner of Sunday's Pittsburgh-Kansas City chance has more than a puncher's chance of beating the Patriots.
Pretty amazing, isn't it? Randall Cobb wasn't even the "intended" receiver on the play. He was supposed to box out to let Davante Adams jump up and get the ball. But strange things happen in those scrums, and those high-trajectory moon shots from Rodgers are difficult to track.
Perhaps, but you're going to have to wait a year or two _ aren't you _ until he's draft eligible. Wasn't he a true freshman?
But I think there are more people _ including myself _ who wouldn't mind using their tax dollars to support major league soccer. I view helping to pay for a soccer team or an NFL team as investing in the quality of life in St. Louis. Just like I'd pay to support the art museum, Forest Park, the symphony, the zoo _ places I don't go to very often. In the grand scheme of things, the amount of public money involved in an MLS team is peanuts compared to the investment in the NFL. And unlike the NFL, owning an MLS team isn't a license to print money. The profit margins are pretty small. So let's continue to think small, think divisively, and let other cities and markets continue to pass St. Louis. Soccer will never be the NFL, but it's a growing sport. It attracts millennials. Did you happen to notice the crowds for the MLS playoff games in the US and Canada? And if the money is coming out of a motel-hotel tax, it's not even coming out local pockets. How many nights have you spent in a hotel room in St, Louis over the past couple of years?
If you're talking about baseball, that's next week. If you're talking about football, that's Feb. 4 _ the day before the Super Bowl. Now, the Greater Peoria Sports Hall of Fame announces it annual award winners today, but I don't have any details on that announcement.
So not exactly gripping television, eh? Thanks for the report.
Apparently, they do not understand that this is case.
You know, I'm not sure what the reaction would be in San Diego to the Los Angeles Chargers _ which is actually where the Chargers started in 1960. (So, I guess like the Rams, the Chargers would be "returning home" to LA.) Now, in the case of a Chargers move, you're not talking about moving halfway across the country. You're talking about 100 miles. So that may lessen the number of Chargers fans who decided to boycott the Chargers or the NFL, since they would still be in the same neighborhood.
Yeah, get back to me when voters approve a hotel-motel tax for schools or roads.
I'd like to see it come to a vote in St. Louis city, St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Jefferson County. Why not at least try. I wonder what the state will do, the next time Kansas City wants money to improve its stadiums.
Not sure what your point is here other than you don't like soccer.
Yeah, somehow the anti-stadium people are forgetting about the $10 million a year in taxes from players that was paying about half the dome debt that no longer is there. But by all means, continue to think small; continue to think divisively.
Agreed. And certainly it doesn't look good for Scottrade and dome improvements.
On this week's 2-SportTown NFL podcast, Ben Frederickson and I make our playoff picks. Surprisingly we're the same on all four games: New England over Houston; Seattle over Atlanta; Kansas City over Pittsburgh; and Green Bay over Dallas. That's two road victories (Seattle and Green Bay).
Please explain the "optics" to a construction worker who might have gotten a couple of years of work on a stadium project.
I don't think the Rams mind sharing the stadium with the Chargers. I think it's a different dynamic than having the Raiders sharing your house.
I think the Chiefs have been underrated all season long, and I think they have a very good chance of beating Pittsburgh. The biggest concern is containing Le'Veon Bell and that's a tough task without Derrick Johnson in the lineup. But I like the Chiefs secondary and pass rush in this matchup. They're going to need to come up with a couple of turnovers. Tyreek Hill gives KC a home-run threat. And the Chiefs are very healthy.
And here you have it: Congrats to the Greater Peoria HOF 2017 inductees. . . .