November 28, 2014

According to report, Indy would host Rams-Raiders on Monday if game would need to be moved

St. Louis Rams

St. Louis Rams

With the unrest in the St. Louis area, the NFL has developed a contingency plan for Sunday’s St. Louis Rams home game with the Oakland Raiders according to the Indianapolis Star.  From indystar.com;

If the St. Louis Rams’ game against Oakland on Sunday needs to be relocated because of the tense situation in nearby Ferguson, Mo., Indianapolis would serve as the host, according to an NFL source.

The source said the league considers it a “remote possibility.”

Indianapolis was chosen for its proximity. The Colts would provide infrastructure including ticket distribution, concession workers and even the sideline chain crew, but the game would be considered a league event and not a profitable opportunity for the Colts. Several concession workers have told The Star that they are on call for Monday night. Public safety officials in Indianapolis say they are prepared if the game were moved.

The Buffalo Bills moved their game with the New York Jets to Detroit last Monday due to snow. There were 67,000 tickets distributed for free with 56,044 fans attending the Bills’ 38-3 victory, according to media reports. The Bills provided full refunds to all ticket holders, with approximately 12,000 season-ticket holders attending the game.

Freshman lead the way as Mizzou grabs seventh place in Maui Invitational

NCAA Basketball: Maui InvitationalMizzou Men’s Basketball kept host school Chaminade at an arm’s length throughout the Tigers’ final game at the EA Sports Maui Invitational, outrunning the Silverswords down the stretch for a 74-60 victory on Wednesday, Nov. 26.

Head coach Kim Anderson’s squad (3-3) was led in scoring by two freshman Tiger guards in Namon Wright (21) and Montaque Gill-Caesar (19). Wright had a season-best outing in impressive fashion, shooting 7-for-7 from the field and 4-for-4 from three-point range.

Gill-Caesar continued his strong start to his collegiate career with a 5-of-11 FG shooting performance, including 4-of-8 from three-point territory. He also grabbed four rebounds.

As a team, Mizzou shot 48.0 percent from the field (24-of-50) inside the Lahaina Civic Center, while Chaminade shot 33.9 percent (19-of-56). The Tigers held the rebounding advantage decidedly, 41-27.

Wright was red hot to start the game and throughout for Mizzou, hitting from deep on his first three shot attempts, the third staking the Tigers to a 24-11 lead at the 7:49 mark in the first half. [Read more…]

Mizzou volleyball ends season with five set loss to Alabama on senior night

MU VB seniorsMizzou volleyball closed its season with a 3-2 (27-25, 25-23, 21-25, 21-25, 12-15) loss to Alabama on Wednesday night (Nov. 26) at the Hearnes Center. The Tigers were led by sophomore Carly Kan (Honolulu, Hawaii), who tallied her 19th double-double of the season, matching the school record for double-doubles in a season during the 25-point set era. She finished with 18 kills on .340 hitting with a career-high 24 digs in the loss. The loss wraps up the storied careers of seniors Whitney Little (Keller, Texas), Sarah Meister (San Diego, Calif.) and Emily Wilson (Omaha, Neb.), who finish with a four-year record of 91-43.
“We really showed a lot of fight tonight against a really good Alabama team but it is always tough to send seniors out after a loss,” head coach Wayne Kreklow said. “We had opportunities late in each set we lost but didn’t make enough plays and some calls didn’t go our way. It was a tough way to end the season.”
Aside from Kan, Mizzou got a nice performance from its senior class, highlighted by 13 kills and two blocks from Wilson. Meister pulled in 14 digs and Little pitched in six kills on .400 hitting with five blocks. Sophomore middle Julia Towler (Blue Springs, Mo.) pitched in seven kills on .286 hitting and freshman Kasey Reuter (Sioux City, Iowa) added six kills and four blocks with a career-high four aces as well. [Read more…]

I finished the training, got my gear and permits, and now it’s time to hit the field for my first hunt (Google Hangout)

Bill Pollock sets his sights on a potential harvest as sunset nears in Gasconade County.

Bill Pollock sets his sights on a potential harvest as sunset nears in Gasconade County.

It was “D-Day” for me…as in deer.  After spending the last couple of months becoming a certified hunter through the Missouri Department of Conservation, and hitting the range for practice, I got my warm clothes and hunter orange, picked up my tags and now I’m finally ready for my first hunt.

I was joined by Kyle Lairmore, Hunting Education and Shooting Range Coordinator from the conservation department, as we headed out to Pigg Hollow Farms in Gasconade County.

We set out in the afternoon after lunch and got set up in our elevated blind just after 2 p.m.  After we got settled into the blind, I tried to take in my surroundings, using landmarks, such as trees, or different shades of coloring in the field to help determine distances that I knew would be within my shooting range of 150 yards and closer.

Then I scanned the field looking for any deer movement and kept my own movements and talking to a minimum.  In our third Google Hangout of this series on Adult Onset Hunting, you’ll hear Kyle and I talk about how perceptive deer are of their surroundings.  When you enter their environment, they are very in tune with things around them.

The biggest question I was asked by my family and friends was if I was nervous when I set my sights on my first harvest.

Yeah, I was excited, but I have been waiting for this opportunity.  For the last few weeks, I’ve visualized how I would approach my first attempt.  Constantly reminding myself to stay calm, control my breathing and to remember the most important aspect of a hunt is to go for a quick, clean, harvest.

My biggest concern was that I didn’t want to rush a shot, or take a bad shot with a low success rate to where I would just wound the deer and that’s not what I wanted to do.

I was more excited seeing a buck through the brush and then when I saw three yearlings and a doe behind us, but once I decided to make an attempt, I actually felt calm and confident for my first harvest.

How would things actually workout?  Watch our Hangout as we take your through my first day of hunting from start to finish.

Blues squander two goal lead in shootout loss to the Ottawa Senators

blues logoAlex Chiasson’s goal with 41 seconds left in the third period tied the game, and Bobby Ryan was the only player to score in the shootout of Ottawa’s 3-2 win over St. Louis.

Senators goalie Robin Lehner made 27 saves in the win. Blues goalie Brian Elliott made 16 saves on 16 shots before leaving with a lower body injury, and he was relieved by Jake Allen, who made 15 saves on 17 shots.

“This is a real momentum builder for us,” Sens head coach Paul MacLean said.

Ian Cole and Erik Condra scored their first goals of the season for St. Louis and Ottawa, respectively, and Alexander Steen scored a Blues power play goal in the second period.

Late in the second period, the puck remained loose in the crease after a Chris Neil shot, and as players from both teams converged, the Senators eventually forced the puck across the goal line.

The play was reviewed, and the initial no goal call on the ice stood due to incidental goaltender interference.

That incidental interference also knocked Elliott out of the game. He was slow to get up with the traffic around the net, and after a brief stoppage, Allen entered the game as Elliott skated to the locker room. [Read more…]