He has quite a bit of pull because he's been around the block a few times and he's built a lot of relationships. The Cardinals are one of the more successful franchises with arguably the steadiest management. But when you look at the Yankees and Dodgers and the revenues those franchises generate, you know that Rob Manfred listens intently to those teams.
Woody was a great guy. Yes, I was working during that period. Like so many other Mizzou coaches over the years, he was at a competitive disadvantage with facilities. He had some bad luck. At critical points in his tenure, he had huge near-misses. Had his 5-6 team finished 7-4 and earned a bowl bid, then perhaps he could have gained traction. Alas, he a very good football coach who was not a great head coach. And only a great head coach can get big results at Mizzou.
NHL teams are lining up August dates, so, yes, that is possible. The league would love to resolve the playoffs without pushing back the next season, so this could be quite a challenge.
Any site-shifting will occur for health reasons or logistics, like weather for baseball teams without a retractable roof. And as noted earlier, there is a chance some of this may occur in empty buildings.
That assumes that those three are in the outfield and those three don't elevate their production. I have maintained all along that the outfield could remain fluid this seson. Perhaps Tommy Edman, Lane Thomas and Dylan Carlson could start in the outfield.
When revenues keep soaring in a particular sport, it's easy for the commissioners to feel popular. They work for the owners and the owners have been pretty happy. Revenues have soared in all the sports at an impressive rate. Manfred is aware that his sport was starting to develop an attendance issues and he has been working to address that.
Not necessarily. Soccer is a growing spot and now the STL has a MLS team. The Blues are a respected franchise and never bigger in this market. The Cardinals have a successful and stable operation. Maybe we won't see short span like the one that saw the Cardinals, Rams and Blues excel all at once, but the sports future here is still bright. And who knows, maybe this will become an economic growth market at some point.
Gretzky would have been a star in today's game because he was a wizard with the puck and he had unreal vision and anticipation. He would have needed more muscle for sure and he would have had to adapt to the world of 3-2 games instead of the 7-5 games he played in.
I believe he should at least show bunt in every single game. He can apply a lot of pressure on fielders by becoming even halfway decent at bunting. And if that helps him see more fastballs, all the better.
Bill Laurie wanted that team for the STL and would have made it happen had he just played along with the NBA for a few years. Now? An owner would have to look long and hard at the market and whether there was enough corporate support to pay the freight. Selling premium seating and sponsorship deals are huge priorities.
Kyrou has speed and a great feel for the offensive game. What I don't know is how good his finish is because we haven't see enough of him against NHL players. Maybe he could be a Nikolaj Ehlers-type forward scoring points off the rush as a 60-point scorer. The Blues would take that. I haven't seen enough yet to suggest he can be more than that.
The Cardinals have the pieces to make that trade (Gorman or Carlson and Liberatore). But we're looking at a partial season in 2020, which moves Arenado ever-closer to his opt-out. The Cardinals are looking at a huge loss of revenue for at least this year. That's another point. So I could see the Cardinals using this year to burn through a year of bad contracts while knowing that Gorman could be on the radar screen late next season. He is legit long-term option who will be making entry-level coinage.
Um . . . no emotions there. The Rams were terrible on Gurley's watch. And then the team left. And now Gurley is gone. So what?
Ah, call-in shows. Those were the days. The late, great Caller Lou pounding on the Cardinals day after day after day. We've had a few Call Lous in the chat, but I can delete them . . . . so I like this more. Although I really do miss Caller Lou, RIP.
Good question. It's funny, the Missouri Valley Conference had a bunch of classical low-post behemoths. But at the major college level, there are fewer true low-post beasts. Positionless basketball is becoming a thing. There are monsters in the NBA, but how many points are scored on the block by a center who parks there? I don't watch a ton of NBA, but my impression is that the world has changed.
No. I mean, who cares? That would be worth a mention and no more.
That's hard to say. Bron Bron has a massive following, especially with younger people. He is all over the TV. But in the STL, Molina is an iconic figure. And a lot of people who pay little attention to the NBA love the Cardinals. So that's a tough call. I would vary quite a bit by age demographic.
The Cardinals haven't hesitated to play guys right away. They weren't going to lose a bunch of games just to stall Carlson's start time. And this team needs outfield production. It's not a luxury, that commodity is needed.
Of course. Crowd noise is worth a lot in both sports. Playing in empty buildings would be weird. Emotion is huge in both sports. How about throwing down a monstrous dunk on your home court and hearing crickets? Or stopping a breakaway and just hearing skates scraping the ice as players head the other way?