If this was just another strike or lockout, that would be one thing. We've been through that before and we shrugged it off. This shutdown is part of life as we knew it changing dramatically. In some ways it may change for good. So are all dealing with anxiety these days. It would be nice to be able to see Harrison Bader swing and miss at another two-strike slider off the plate just to make things seem normal again.
Mike Shildt is not going to play guys who can't hit ahead of guys who can hit just because they have a big contract. We saw that late last year when it got down to crunch time. And the Cardinals will send away useless players in their final contract year and eat the money. Ask Jhonny Peralta about that. Or Greg Holland.
I will tag in for BenFred on this one. We get second-guessed and critiqued all day on message boards and through the various social media outlets. I did a couple of decades in local sports talk radio fending off the haters. For a while story comments on our site tended to be a blood sport. So we don't get away unscathed. It's true that we don't have fans yelling at us while we write. Right now I'm in the home office with my Pixies channel playing on Pandora. It's all good here. I'm not sure how I would fare if the tables were turned and suddenly the Antlers were badgering me from the stands.
Indeed, in the bad old days for the Cardinals (1990) Tom got 52 games in with our heroes. He went 0-6.
While it's unfortunate we lost the Rams, let us not forget that we stole the Rams from LA. So the owners returning the Rams to their rightful home made sense. That stunk for us, but what went around came around.
I caught exactly one big fish in my life. Sort of. My grandpa handed me his rod at the end of a day on the water. And it hit on a huge bass! Of course, grandpa had to take the rod back and get the fish in. That one moment of glory, and a few fill-in shifts of doing the old Post-Dispatch Fishing Report is the limit to my experience. These days I cannot tell you what is hitting on stinkbait and what isn't.
No guess on the MLS team name. I have not spent any time comparing the stadium drawings, but my past experiences tell me that plans tend the get more basic the closer team owners get to actually spending money to build the thing. Bells can be costly, as can whistles. The architecture tends to be less fanciful by the time shovels hit dirt.
I don't that there is any particular difficulty. The free-agency leverage Scott has allows him to max out bonus structure, but I imagine the Blues can deal with that. Might he want to go to a lesser team where he could a sport more quickly? Or does he want to get to the best organization? That's up to him. His interaction with the team has been positive to this point, but we'll see where this goes.
I don't see Belichick ever paying retail prices because he has never had to do that in New England. If he can contend without Brady, his reputation as a genius is cemented forever and ever. If the Patriot crash and burn, the Belichick retires to life of shooing people off of his lawn. Those seem to be the two outcomes.
He was held accountable after winning another division title and reaching another NLCS. That's why he got his extension. If the Cardinals start posting losing records year after year, then Bill DeWitt Jr. will have a different sort of response.
And that could happen. But the Blues have kept a good relationship with him and they are the defending Cup champions, so that should ultimately give them an edge.
The NBA was gone for 20 years by the time I got here, so I don't know Bob Pettit from Gus Gerard. I'd probably take Faulk over the other GSOT greats in a close call and sub Ozzie Smith for Petit in that Mount Rushmore. Whiteyball starring Ozzie transformed the Cardinals and elevated baseball's place in our lives here.
I don't see any NHL teams going under any time soon. Most of this season was played and most of the revenue has been collected. Now, if the country is plunged into an economic depression that lasts for several years, we could see the NHL lose teams in iffy market like South Florida, Arizona and Carolina -- even though those teams currently have wealthy ownership. In those dire consequences other leagues could shrink as well.
At this point, players had an entire offseason plus much of spring training to get ready. They were down to the fine tuning. If baseball returns, they will make up the lost weeks of work and get back at it. Given the massive uncertainty facing the whole nation, it makes sense for teams to let players return to offseason mode until its safe to resume work.
The big issue for the Rams was the franchise's rush to extend players still under rookie contracts. That was especially true for Tavon Austin who, at no time at any point in his NFL career looking like anything but a kick returner with limited offensive value. The Rams repeated that mistake over and over and it limited their ability to sustain a winning nucleus.
It will be interesting to see how the economics of the Mayor Butts Memorial Stadium play out over the long haul. Stan may take a big hit on this, but he can afford to take that big hit.
I don't believe shorter periods would make a huge difference in ice quality. That ice goes bad pretty quickly in warm weather. As for formats, we could see lots of novel ideas. How about this one for play-in games: Two games with the higher seed hosting. If the teams split the games, then sudden death overtime decides which teams advances. How fun would that be?
Yes, sports decided by judging are still sports. It's the same with boxing or any other combat sport that goes to a decision. And, yes, I suppose it's the same with rhythmic gymnastics even if very few of us can figure out what's going on out there.
Carlos has a 3.36 career ERA as a starter. When healthy, he is a very good No. 2 or No. 3 starter. So his shoulder holds up with him in the rotation, that is where he belongs.
My distaste for the NCAA and that whole "student-athlete" ruse has gotten more severe over the years. I expect to see big changes in the industry with athletes increasing their above-board compensation and ending the current exploitation. This free enterprise, after all, not a higher education exercise.