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Championship Sunday Picks: New England and Atlanta Will Advance to Super Bowl

Nothing that happens Sunday will surprise me. There is too much firepower and star power to take any of these teams lightly. There’s too much talent, and pedigree, to assume we’ll see softness and early surrenders. The AFC and NFC Championship matchups feature prolific, creative attacks that rank among the top nine in the NFL for most points scored on ...

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Atlanta Falcons Evoke Memories of St. Louis Rams and The Greatest Show on Turf

Domed stadium … Loud crowd … fast track … Flurries and blizzards of points … Overwhelmed visiting-team defenses …  Sound familiar? The Atlanta Falcons, who will host the Green Bay Packers in Sunday’s NFC Championship at the Georgia Dome, are bringing back some memories.  I enjoy watching the Falcons because they remind me of a wonderful time in St. Louis ...

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Free Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens! 10 Takeaways From MLB Hall of Fame Results

Here are my 10 takeaways from the 2017 Baseball Hall of Fame voting… 1. The results reflected the increasing influence of advanced analysis, alternative and more enlightened baseball writing, and the ability to use social media to campaign for a cause. The election of Tim Raines was long overdue, but at least he made it, getting into Cooperstown just in ...

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Yo, Mike Matheny: I Got Your Back On the Latest Yadier Molina Playing-Time Debate

One of the most boring sports topics in town over the last few years concerns Yadier Molina’s playing time, and yeah, I’ve participated in many of these discussions, mostly with good intentions. But I’ve also come to realize that it doesn’t matter what I say, or what you say, or what GM John Mozeliak has to say. The only votes ...

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As the Cardinals Look In the Dumpster For Outfield Depth, How Important is Tommy Pham?

The Cardinals’s annual Winter Warmup didn’t generate much news, not unless you were enthralled by the 143rd rehash of Kolten Wong’s psychological state of mind and the team’s high hopes for him in 2017 … well, at least until Mike Matheny benches Wong after a 1-for-11 series in April. But there was one noteworthy bit: Randal Grichuk had knee surgery. He didn’t ...

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Sad: Post-Kroenke Hatred Is Damaging Effort to Bring the MLS to St. Louis

A year later after the local NFL team moved to Los Angeles, here’s my biggest concern about the post-Rams sporting life in St. Louis: the mission to secure an Major League Soccer franchise has been damaged by the lingering bitterness and resentment over the Rams’ relocation. The idea of using public money to defray the cost of the proposed stadium ...

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One Year Ago Today, the NFL Approved the Rams’ Move to LA. Twelve Months Later, How Are You Feeling?

A year ago today, Jan. 12, the NFL owners voted to approve the Rams’ relocation from St. Louis to Los Angeles. A corrupt process was rigged through the final hours, when the normal rules and protocol were changed to allow the owners to vote anonymously as part of a successful ploy to pick up votes for Rams owner Stan Kroenke. ...

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Friendly Advice to Sean McVay: Beware of the Rams and Club Demoff

Based on multiple media reports, it appears that the Los Angeles Rams are moving closer to offering their head-coaching job to Washington Redskins’ offensive coordinator Sean McVay. That certainly would be interesting. By all accounts McVay has done a good job as the Redskins’ OC. He comes from an impressive NFL blood line; grandfather John McVay was VP and director ...

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An Unpleasant Truth: The Blues’ Brutal Goaltending May Require Emergency Action by GM Doug Armstrong

I don’t overreact to regular-season hockey. The 82-game schedule encourages patience. It’s best to stay level and see how things evolve. It’s best to avoid leaping to conclusions when 50 percent of the games haven’t been played. That said … After another bad loss — with the Blues exhibiting little urgency and energy in Tuesday’s 5-3 home defeat to Boston ...

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