That was overdue for sure. Ted was one of those guys who did not build support from the sportswriters of his era. But his offensive numbers have stood the test of time. Simmons has an impressive post-playing career and that didn't hurt him. People realized he was one of the sharpest guys to play the game.
As I note every week, the success or failure of the XFL or any other minor league football team will have little effect on this city's NFL future. If some multi-billionaire wants to bring a team here some day for some reason and is willing to bankroll a stadium, then it could happen. Otherwise . . .
Vincent is a great guy, easy-going and self-effacing. And, no, he was not a Stanley Cup-caliber netminder. But few are. And he has built a very nice second career as a goaltending mentor.
Eichel is a great player, on the level of Tavares or Matthews across the bridge. But McDavid's freakish acceleration puts him on a slightly higher level. Nathan MacKinnon might be on that higher level now too.
Yeah, and the whole Aresenal thing has gone badly too. At least Kroenke has the Avalanche threatening to win something big for him. So his sports properties are not beyond redemption.
The Cardinals would take Ozuna back at the right price as protection. Because he's better than Corey Dickerson. And if at some point this team has a surplus of good outfielders, it can always trade one.
So Paul Goldschmidt is not a big name? He is at or above the level of all the players you mentioned. The Cardinals are running the same way they have always run under DeWitt.
No, but then I don't know a whole lot of season-ticket holders. Do I sense the long-discussed Great Fan Boycott will finally happen this season? No, I do not.
Actually, we are seeing some interesting reinvestment in the city. Not sure we're going to be a ghost town in 10 years.
Well, it appears there will be an opening . . .
Some fans around are still hung over from June . . .
Probably not. The man hit .260 last year. Christian Yelich he was not.
XFL -- definitely not. MLS -- Maybe not. There are only so many sports dollars in the STL.
Turek didn't do much with his career after the playoff failure. He was a different guy and perhaps not well-suited to goaltending. As for Allen, no, he is not likely to fetch a gigantic trade package. At his peak he was a mid-level NHL starter.
I would put that as worse than Stan's death, given the circumstances.
We'll see who gets the bigger contract this winter. I'll bet on Ozuna.
Hockey is so grueling that the "it" factor has to be there. Even the Oilers had it with great leaders and chemistry. Maybe back in the Original Six days an all-star Canadiens team could win on talent. but then again those teams had legendary coaching.
Every GM would take McDavid over Eichel without hesitation. That's no slam on Jack, but McDavid is another level up.
OK . . . Well there is no NFL and that is a big thing. No offense to the MLS, but there is no replacing the NFL on the landscape. The Blues are better off than they were, but the NHL is not the NFL. The ever-expanding Busch/Ballpark Village complex is nice, but, again, there is no NFL.