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Five Reasons the Blues Are Enjoying a Western Conference Standings Resurgence

By Randy Karraker | March 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

The Blues were reeling from five-game losing streak on the morning of March 5, sitting with a 32-27-5 record, good for 67 points and trailing the Nashville Predators in the Central division by six. Worse than that, they were a point behind the Los Angeles Kings for the final wildcard spot, so with 36 days …

As Playoffs Approach, Blues Show Multiple Personalities

By Randy Karraker | March 13, 2017 | 2 Comments

As the wildly inconsistent Blues head out west to try and maintain a hold on the second wild card spot in the NHL’s western conference, there are several points fans can feel good about heading into the final fifteen games of the season. As the trip to Los Angeles, Anaheim, San Jose, Arizona and Colorado begins, …

Blues’ Season Is Just the Latest Case of the Club’s ‘Insanity’

By Randy Karraker | March 6, 2017 | 2 Comments

Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results-Albert Einstein I will admit that I am insane. And, unfortunately, so is Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong. The organization saw a Blues core quit on coach Andy Murray and get him fired in January of 2010, thinking that would spur his group …

Berglund Is the Big, Defensive Center the Blues Need in the NHL Central

By Randy Karraker | February 27, 2017 | 1 Comment

We got word late Friday morning the Blues had re-signed center Patrik Berglund to a five-year contract extension worth $19.25 million, a raise from his previous average annual value of $3.7 million to $3.85 million. The new deal makes Berglund the 49th highest paid center in the NHL, one spot behind the comparable Mike Fisher …

Blues Should Sell Shattenkirk to the Trade Deadline’s Highest Bidder

By Randy Karraker | February 20, 2017 | 2 Comments

We are down to single digits in days remaining until the NHL trade deadline on March 1, and Blues General Manager Doug Armstrong has a conundrum. His team has been red hot since the coaching change that promoted Mike Yeo and jettisoned Ken Hitchcock. After a loss at Buffalo on Saturday, the Blues are 7-2 …

Matheny Should Lose the Excuses and Let the Leaders Lead

By Randy Karraker | February 13, 2017 | 6 Comments

Cardinal manager Mike Matheny made headlines, especially here at 101Sports.com last week in an interview with our friend Mark Saxon of ESPN.com. Colleagues Bernie Miklasz and Kevin Wheeler took the skipper to task for some of the things he said about his young players, and his criticism of the media. I will admit that I’m …

Kurt Warner’s Hall of Fame Nod is a Reminder of NFL Star Power St. Louis Has Had

By Randy Karraker | February 5, 2017 | 2 Comments

The Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee had their vote for 2017 inductees on Saturday, and on his third try, former Rams quarterback Kurt Warner was elected.  Warner, along with LaDainian Tomlinson, Jason Taylor, Terrell Davis and Morton Andersen comprise the modern players group, joined by former Seahawks safety Kenny Easley. As it turns …

List: 7 Cardinals’ Pipeline Prospects Who Should Help For Years to Come

By Randy Karraker | January 30, 2017 | 0 Comments

Major league baseball recently released their 2017 Top 100 Prospects list. Like last year, Alex Reyes is listed as the best Cardinal prospect, with Carson Kelly, Luke Weaver and Delvin Perez also cracking the rankings. We saw a good deal of Weaver last year. Kelly rocketed up the rankings, after having been the Cardinals eleventh …

Five Key Moments in Sunday’s NFL Conference Championship Games

By Randy Karraker | January 23, 2017 | 1 Comment

The Super Bowl is set.  The New England Patriots will play in their ninth, and try for their fifth Super Bowl win.  They’ll be opposed by the Atlanta Falcons, who will play in their second Super Bowl and will try for their first Championship.  Here are five key moments or sequences in each of the …

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 …