July 30, 2015

Mizzou ranked 23rd in Coaches Preseason Poll. Too much credit to the SEC with eight teams in the top 25

Gary Pinkel discusses the SEC Championship game down in Atlanta

Gary Pinkel’s Tigers are ranked 23rd in the coaches preseason poll

Coming off their 11-3 season and back-to-back SEC Eastern championships, the Missouri Tigers were picked 23rd in the Coaches Preseason Poll.  Mizzou is one of eight teams from the SEC to make the poll, most of power five conferences.  The Pac-12 was next with six, while the Big Ten, Big 12 and ACC each have three.  Notre Dame and Boise State are also in the top 25.

Ohio State grabbed 62 of the 64 first place votes, with TCU finishing just ahead of Alabama.  Baylor, and Oregon round out the top five.

I believe Auburn is getting too much credit at 7th as well as Notre Dame at 11th.  Coaches also expect big things from a pair of 7-6 SEC teams in Arkansas and Tennessee.

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Male tandem team from Texas finishes first overall in the MR 340. Ryan Slebos finishes second as a solo

It can be lonely out on the river as the pack spreads out.

It can be lonely out on the river as the pack spreads out.

The leaders of the pack paddled into St. Charles Wednesday evening, less than 40 hours after they started their 340 mile journey down the Missouri River from Kansas City.  A two-man team from Texas, known as Riverfitness finished as the overall winner of the MR340, finishing with a time of 38 hours, 38 minutes.

They passed through Jefferson City, not stopping at the checkpoint at 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning, reaching the Capitol City in 24 hours, reaching 223 of the 340 miles in one day.  Just behind them was solo Ryan Slebos who followed into St. Charles at 7:43 yesterday evening, winning the top solo spot with a time of 36 hours, 42 minutes.

This year the winning tandem time was over two hours faster from last year.  A faster current may have played a role, but this year’s participants also had to deal with 100 degree temperatures on Tuesday.  Slebos beat last year’s solo winner by 2.5 hours.

The race is known as the world’s longest non-stop river race.

431 boats entered the race and as of Thursday morning, 48 hours after the start, more than 170 had dropped out of the race.

Top ten finishes:

1 6638 Riverfitness Men’s Tandem 9 – St. Charles OUT 7/29/15
6:34 PM
9.855 34:34
2 1976 Ryan Slebos Men’s Solo 9 – St. Charles OUT 7/29/15
7:43 PM
9.187 36:42
3 1300 Joe Mann Men’s Solo 9 – St. Charles OUT 7/29/15
8:57 PM
8.979 37:56
4 9963 J. Glenn Phaup Men’s Solo 9 – St. Charles IN 7/29/15
10:32 PM
10.586 39:32
5 4101 E. Sutter Men’s Solo 9 – St. Charles IN 7/29/15
10:32 PM
8.594 39:32
6 1845 Lone Star Gals Women’s Tandem 9 – St. Charles IN 7/29/15
10:43 PM
8.322 38:43
7 3247 Osage Paddle Sports Men’s Tandem 9 – St. Charles IN 7/29/15
11:54 PM
8.575 39:54
8 0018 Wayne Anderson Men’s Solo 9 – St. Charles IN 7/30/15
12:06 AM
8.392 41:06
9 0724 Gerry Mitchell Men’s Solo 9 – St. Charles IN 7/30/15
12:14 AM
8.235 41:14
10 5555 OMMFG Mixed Tandem 9 – St. Charles IN 7/30/15
12:17 AM
8.885 40:17

 

Mizzou stamps it’s print in the Atlanta area, landing one of the area’s top linebackers

Tobias Little (photo/mayraidersfootball.com)

Tobias Little (photo/mayraidersfootball.com)

Missouri defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski landed a good recruit from deep in SEC country.  In fact, hitting right in the heart of prime Tiger real estate, getting a commitment from Mays High School in Atlanta, Georgia to play for Mizzou.  247 recruiting missed the mark on this one with their crystal ball prediction naming Clemson as the can’t miss prediction.

Tobias Little chose Mizzou over 11 other schools who had offered.  The Tigers also beat out the Gamecocks and Mississippi State.  247 did list him as the 28th best linebacker in the nation.

In an article with ShowMeMizzou.com, his high school coach Corey Jarvis called him a freak when it comes to Little’s athletic ability.

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Cardinals pick up Cleveland first baseman Brandon Moss. All-Star in 2014, hitting .217 this year with the Tribe

Brandon Ross

Brandon Ross

The St. Louis Cardinals announced this morning that they have acquired left-handed hitting outfielder/first baseman Brandon Moss from the Cleveland Indians in exchange for minor league left-handed pitcher Rob Kaminsky.   Moss is expected to the join the Cardinals for their game this evening (6:15 p.m. CDT) against Colorado.

Moss, 31, was batting .217 with 15 home runs and 50 RBI in 94 games with the Indians this season, ranking 8th among American League outfielders in home runs and 10th in RBI.  The left-handed hitting Moss, who was an All-Star for Oakland last season, has hit 20 or more homers in each of the past three seasons (2012-14), including a career-high 30 for the Athletics in 2013.

The 6-0, 210-pound Moss owns a .243 career batting average with 106 HR’s and 346 RBI in 718 games with Boston (2007-08), Pittsburgh (2008-10), Philadelphia (2011), Oakland (2012-14) and Cleveland (2015).

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Cardinals rolled the dice with playing an unhealthy Holliday and now are left scrambling close to the trade deadline (AUDIO)

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday is attended to by trainer Chris Conroy as he sits on the floor of the dugout after injuring his leg in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 29, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday is attended to by trainer Chris Conroy as he sits on the floor of the dugout after injuring his leg in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 29, 2015. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

Matt Holliday and the Cardinals training staff knew his right quad was not 100% healed when he returned on July 17th, roughly one month after he crumpled to the turf in left at Coors Field back on June 8th.  The club took a chance they could keep Holliday’s bat in the lineup while he nursed his way back from injury and the plan backfired.

Now, with the trade deadline on Friday at 3 p.m. CT, GM John Mozeliak is left scrambling trying to find a bat to fill Holliday’s spot in the lineup as this latest setback could be an even longer stay on the DL for Holliday, when they had the time to be a little more cautious.

I can’t recall many times since his return, when it looked like Holliday was letting loose with his running.  He wasn’t pushing himself on routine outs.  The club wanted Holliday to be cautious and Mike Matheny admitted as much with his comment following the Cardinals 1-0 loss to the Cincinnati Reds on Thursday.


I’m not even sure what the last part of that statement means from Matheny?

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday pulls up as he touches first base in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 29, 2015.Holliday then left the game with a leg injury.    Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday pulls up as he misses first base in the first inning against the Cincinnati Reds at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on July 29, 2015.Holliday then left the game with a leg injury. Photo by Bill Greenblatt/UPI

“We didn’t see anything that was leading in the direction that we thought this might re-occur if he was able to monitor what it felt like, but that didn’t work.”

How could a player monitor what it would feel like as he’s in the heat of the moment running down to first trying to beat a throw, unless it was something that he could monitor through sprints during pre-game warmup.

I’m guessing, Holliday knew he couldn’t give full exertion, but its hard to tell yourself to ease up on plays like that.  Holliday, like any competitor is going to push.   I also think Holliday knew it, Matheny knew it, the training staff knew it.  He was not even close to 100% healthy.  The one time Holliday dug deeper, pushed a little harder, BAM, the pain returned.

If this were September in the thick of a playoff race, yeah, trot Holliday out there, and take your chances with a guy who might be 70, 75 or 80% healthy.  However, there was no need to rush Holliday back after the All-Star break.  The Cardinals panicked.  Their lead heading into the break was cut from nine to 2.5 games by the Pirates.  They felt they needed Holliday’s bat in the lineup and they were wrong.  The lead shot back up to seven games and now is at 4.5 and Holliday really has not been much of a contributor.  He’s hitting .207 since his return with three doubles, a homer and five RBI.

With the best record in baseball and a comfortable grip on landing a playoff spot, the team could have and should have afforded Holliday more time to heal.