Why don’t NFL players get asterisks?

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The topic was the Mitchell report and illegal drug use in Major League Baseball. The question came on ESPN radio Friday morning from Sean Salisbury to Peter Gammons: Should fans feel betrayed by the players mentioned in the report? Part of Gammons’ answer — do NFL fans feel betrayed by Shawne Merriman?

“It’s a good point,” conceded Salisbury. Yes, it is. Let’s explore. (more)

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Edmonds out - is Rasmus in?

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The trade of Jim Edmonds to the San Diego Padres for minor league prospect David Freese answers some questions about the 2008 St. Louis Cardinals and raise several more. This move, along with David Eckstein’s signing with the Toronto Blue Jays, is clear evidence the Cardinals are finally cutting ties with the past and accelerating the rebuilding process.

I like the move from this perspective: trading a former All-Star center fielder for a guy who doesn’t even crack the Padres top 20 prospects list is a concession that giving Edmonds an extra year on his contract was a serious mistake. (more)

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Remember the Alamodome

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First of all, congratulations to the Oklahoma Sooners. They beat Missouri in Norman. They soundly defeated the Tigers Saturday night in San Antonio. They have bigger, stronger and faster athletes — just better football players. They wore down Mizzou in the second half. They were better coached and better prepared. Coach Bob Stoops and staff showed Gary Pinkel and crew, that while they’ve made considerable progress up the mountain, there’s a long way to go to get to the summit. (more)

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Tigers, Jayhawks, and a secret confession

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During the week of the biggest football game in the 116-year rivalry between Missouri and Kansas, I have a confession to make As a Missouri grad and lifetime Tigers fan, I’d rather beat Illinois than the Jayhawks. It’s true. The sport doesn’t matter — football, basketball, ping pong — you name it. Beating the Illini is just better.

Yes, I know, Missouri and Illinois are not conference rivals, so a victory doesn’t have the same impact. And, obviously, this year’s MU-KU game has significantly higher stakes. But it’s the way I feel. (more)

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More impressive - KU’s 76 or Mizzou’s 45-point win?

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The 76 points Kansas put on Nebraska Saturday afternoon is sucking up a lot of media oxygen, but the Missouri Tigers 55-10 victory over Colorado was just as impressive - probably more so. Consider the following:

  • Kansas, playing at home, beat Nebraska by 37 points.
  • Mizzou, playing on the road, defeated the Buffaloes by 45. (more)
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    La Russa, Centaurs, & Icebergs

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    On the same day the St. Louis Cardinals trumpeted the return of manager Tony La Russa, baseball guru Bill James was heralding a “historic bubble” in Major League Baseball. What do the two have to do with one another?

    One is about the fate of an organization. The other is about the future of the game. (more)

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    Can the Tigers run the table?

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    Mizzou number 13 in the latest BCS standings That’s more like it, isn’t it? After a fourth quarter meltdown in Norman, Oklahoma last weekend, the Missouri Tigers routed Texas Tech 41-10 on Saturday afternoon. The last two games at Faurot Field, against (at the time) ranked Big 12 opponents, Missouri has outscored the opposition 82-16.

    At 6-1 on the season, the Tigers are now the number 13 ranked team in the country (pdf). And as the Kansas City Star points out, Mizzou should be favored to win every game leading up to the matchup against undefeated Kansas (number 9 in the BCS) in late November.

    Given all the upsets in college football this year, I’m not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse. (more)

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    Shaken, not stirred - Jocketty, the Cards and the future

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    A series of events converged in the mid 1990’s and the St. Louis Cardinals have reaped the dividends ever since. All the following took place in the 1994-1996 timeframe.

  • A. Walt Jocketty was hired as the GM
  • B. Tony La Russa was brought in to manage the team
  • C. The franchise changed ownership from Anheuser-Busch to a group led by Bill DeWitt.
  • D. Baseball added a division in each league and St. Louis moved from the National League East to the Central Division.Since all those elements have been in place, the Cardinals have enjoyed postseason play seven times, played in two World Series and won one. Whatever piece was most important to this puzzle, we’re about to find out. (more)
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    Who stays, who goes? Why 2008 may not be any better

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    The headlines reveal another season-ending surgery and another pitcher with a sore shoulder. Just a typical day with the 2007 St. Louis Cardinals. Last night’s loss to the Phillies was a perfect microcosm of the season. Given up for dead after being buried with a huge deficit, the club stages an improbable rally only to come up short.

    Time to look toward 2008. This is one messy jigsaw puzzle. Whether it’s Walt Jocketty and Tony La Russsa or another GM/Manager combo, they have a lot of work to do. (more)

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    La Russa as Hamlet - the St. Louis soap opera

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    The Cardinals may be in the midst of a five-game losing streak but the soap opera that stars the players and manager of the baseball team in St. Louis is still spinning out interesting episodes. There are the cast members whose roles have been cut short this season — Chris Carpenter, Scott Rolen, Juan Encarnacion, possibly Chris Duncan and others long since written out of the story line (Preston Wilson was the opening day right fielder).

    There’s the off-field behavior that’s led to death (Josh Hancock), the restricted list (Scott Spiezio) and plenty of questions (Rick Ankiel).

    Finally, there’s the palace intrigue surrounding the leading man more torn about his fate than Hamlet. (more)

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