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Seven Coaching Candidates Who Could Help Mizzou Back to the NCAA Tournament

By Randy Karraker | January 9, 2017 | 2 Comments

Last week, University of Missouri Athletic Director Jim Sterk deemed it necessary, because of numerous requests, to issue a statement regarding the future of basketball coach Kim Anderson. With losses and defections mounting, Anderson’s job status has become the only topic of conversation around the team. The statement, in part, read: “I clearly understand where …

Why the NFL Will Never Return to St. Louis (And That’s Okay.)

By Randy Karraker | January 1, 2017 | 13 Comments

St. Louis will never get another NFL team. With the one-year anniversary of the league ripping the Rams franchise from the region despite a viable stadium plan coming next week, the question of the NFL’s future here has been asked of me many times. And the answer I always give is, no chance. There are …

Three NFL Head Coaches Rumored to Be Vying for the Rams Job

By Randy Karraker | December 19, 2016 | 3 Comments

I’m sure as time goes on, my intense hatred of the Los Angeles Rams will wane, and I’ll root against them in the same dispassionate way that I root, for no good reason, I might add…against the Detroit Lions and the Philadelphia Eagles. Of course, that won’t happen until COO Kevin Demoff and owner Stan …

Six Reasons Why Signing Dexter Fowler Makes Cardinal Sense

By Randy Karraker | December 12, 2016 | 1 Comment

The Cardinals signed Dexter Fowler last week, and upon hearing of the $82.5 million deal over five years, I asked myself if this makes sense. The more I looked, the more I liked, and here are six reasons why… 1) Can you win with him in center field? Of course you can. He was the …

Rams Show Commitment to Losing with Fisher and Snead Extensions

By Randy Karraker | December 4, 2016 | 7 Comments

Most St. Louis sports fans got a double dose of great news Sunday, with the revelation the Rams had given Jeff Fisher and General Manager Les Snead contract extensions, followed by a 26-10 loss at Foxborough to the New England Patriots. It’s not just the extensions that make me happy. It’s the knowledge that the …

Making Mizzou Football Competitive Again: Six Easy Fixes

By Randy Karraker | November 28, 2016 | 0 Comments

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

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

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

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

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 …