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Making Mizzou Football Competitive Again: Six Easy Fixes

By Randy Karraker | November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments
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For the first time in fifteen years, Mizzou’s football team will spend back-to-back years not making a trip to a bowl game. Barry Odom’s first edition finished strong, picking up wins against Vanderbilt and Arkansas in their final three games, but there are a lot of items to be cleaned up if the Tigers are …

Six Reasons the Blues Have Turned Things Around in a Hurry

By Randy Karraker | November 21, 2016 | 1 Comment
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It’s amazing how quickly things change in sports. Last Tuesday, before the Blues beat the Buffalo Sabres, they were in fourth place in the Central Division and had picked up just seven of a possible twenty points their previous ten games. Now, they have a three game winning streak and have moved into the Western …

Six Observations From Mizzou’s 26-17 Win Over Vanderbilt

By Randy Karraker | November 14, 2016 | 1 Comment
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Your Mizzou Tigers had a lot of “first’s in a long time” in Saturday’s 26-17 home win over Vanderbilt. They snapped an eleven game SEC losing streak, they turned in their first shutout quarter in eleven quarters going back to the Florida game, and they allowed their fewest points to an SEC foe since last …

Five Reasons the Blues’ Weekend Could Lead to a Nice Stretch of Games

By Randy Karraker | November 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Well, that escalated in a hurry. After a stretch which the Blues picked up three of ten points in a five-game span, they started a three-game home stand with weekend wins over the Blue Jackets and Avalanche. Here are five areas that turned things around. 1)    They played harder. As Ken Hitchcock said after a 5-1 …

The Early Season Good News and Bad News On Your St. Louis Blues

By Randy Karraker | October 31, 2016 | 4 Comments
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Let’s begin with some good news about your St. Louis Blues. As someone who breaks seasons down into segments as I do, after the first tenth of their season the Blues are in good shape. I have several mileposts, with “mini seasons” of eight games (the Blues have played nine), twenty, which is the quarter …

Barry Odom Is Unlikely to Recover From Mizzou’s Loss to Middle Tennessee St.

By Randy Karraker | October 24, 2016 | 4 Comments
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As a lifelong Mizzou fan, there have been several games in which I’ve wondered after a particular loss “how does the coach recover from this.” Unfortunately for coaches, usually when fans, media and the administration reach the point of asking that question, the answer is pretty clear. They don’t. In 1986, Woody Widenhofer’s second year …

Six Things That Must Happen for the Blues to Be in the Stanley Cup Hunt Again

By Randy Karraker | October 10, 2016 | 1 Comment
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The Blues start their season Wednesday night in Chicago before coming back to Scottrade Center for Thursday’s home opener against Minnesota. Once again the North American media isn’t picking the Blues to appear in the Stanley Cup Finals next spring, but if certain things happen, they could get there. The first order of business is …

Top Six Losses that Cost the Cardinals the 2016 Postseason

By Randy Karraker | October 2, 2016 | 1 Comment
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You may have gotten tired of me saying in The Fast Lane during the season, “if the Cardinals miss the playoffs by a game, we’ll look back on that one.” Well, the Cardinals missed the playoffs by a game. These are my top six losses to look back on in which the 2016 Birds missed …

Looking to Adopt an NFL Team? St. Louisans Should Consider the Colts.

By Randy Karraker | September 26, 2016 | 11 Comments
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If you’re a disenfranchised NFL fan that has completely bailed on the league because of the Rams relocation process, I completely understand.  But, this piece isn’t for you. If you’re still a fan but don’t have a team yet, allow me to introduce you to the Indianapolis Colts. The Colts are still in Indianapolis because …

Mizzou Showed Saturday That They Can Compete With Any Team on the Schedule

By Randy Karraker | September 19, 2016 | 1 Comment
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There was certainly a school of thought Saturday before Mizzou hosted Georgia on that the Bulldogs’ history, tradition and name gave them a decided advantage. But as we saw, Mizzou can play with Georgia and it’s now reasonable to think they can compete with their entire schedule. With that, a six pack of observations of Mizzou’s 28-27 …