May 22, 2015

Over 65 Missouri born student athletes now competing for national championships in baseball or softball (VIDEO)

Central Missouri Jennies are back in the D-II College World Series (photo/UCM Athletics)

Central Missouri Jennies are back in the D-II College World Series (photo/UCM Athletics)

There is a very good chance that Mizzou and Missouri State baseball will find spots in the NCAA tournament, but there are three softball programs and two baseball programs that are already making plans to compete for a national title starting this upcoming weekend.  Between Mizzou, Central Methodist and Central Missouri softball and Truman State and Webster University baseball, over 65 student-athletes who are from the Show Me State will be competing for national titles.

Mizzou softball heads to UCLA this weekend for Super Regionals.  It will be a tough test, but one that head coach Ehren Earleywine feels his team can handle.

Pat Reardon the head coach for Central Methodist softball is leading his team on a historic season for the Eagles. Winning a record 44 games and now on their way to Sioux City, Iowa, to open up Friday against Campbellsville, Kentucky.

Webster University is back in the D-III College World Series (photo/Webster Athletics)

Webster University is back in the D-III College World Series (photo/Webster Athletics)

Former Jennies softball player Susan Anderson played on the last team to make it the College World Series.  Now she’s the head coach.  She tells us about the similarities and differences between this year’s experience and what she went through back in 1994.

The Jennies hosted the regional tournament, and beat Missouri Western and Henderson State to get to Super Regionals where they went on the road to Augustana South Dakota and swept that best of three series.  UCM tied a school record with 49 wins and Anderson says her team is hitting their stride.

 

For baseball, a tale of two very different programs.  On the D-II level, Truman State hasn’t had a record above .500 since 1982, yet the Bulldogs and longtime coach Dan Davis are headed to Cary, NC for the World Series. Why has Davis stuck around through so many lean years to see this thing through?  You’ll be impressed by his answer.

On the Division III level, we may have the closest thing to a dynasty with Webster University.  This is the third time in four seasons, the Gorloks will be playing in the Division III College World Series and 7th time in 9 seasons for head coach Bill Kurich, that they’ve made it to postseason.

Win a prize pack to check out the Springfield Cardinals and make plans to take trip to the middle of it all in Springfield. (Google Hangout)

Check out a Springfield Cardinals game this summer (photo/Springfield CVB)

Check out a Springfield Cardinals game this summer (photo/Springfield CVB)

It’s spring time, the weather is warming up and we’ll be getting our families out of the house to enjoy the outdoors.  Whether you’re planning a day trip, a long weekend, maybe even a family vacation, you don’t have to look very far.  In fact, you can find some cool things to do right here in Missouri.

One area you should look at is Springfield and it’s surroundings.

Springfield is the third largest city in the state and Susan Wade, Public Relations Manager of the Springfield CVB,  tells us in the Google Hangout below, they have plenty to offer from museums, professional sports, and great restaurants.

“Springfield has a lot to offer, everything you would expect from a big city, but small enough that you’re still comfortable,” says Wade.

Whether your family is into sporting events, like the Springfield Cardinals, shopping at Bass Pro or checking out a museum, or spending the afternoon at a spa or golf course, Springfield has much to offer.

“Minor league baseball is all about the experience,” says Dan Reiter, Director of Sales and Marketing Springfield Cardinals.  “Our staff is trying to give people an experience, right from the moment they walk in.”

We want to help kick start your summer by giving you can chance to win prize package.  The winner will be chosen on Tuesday, May 26th, but the winner will receive:

– 2 nights at the Best Western Plus Coach House

– $100 Bass Pro Shops Gift Card

– 4 Springfield Cardinals tickets

– $100 to Gilardi’s Ristorante

CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP

Susan Wade and Dan Reiter join me on this Google Hangout to talk more about making Springfield your next getaway destination.

Why the St. Louis Blues have a great chance of winning a playoff series this season (Google Hangout)

The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane (88) for 12 weeks UPI/John Boman Jr

The Blackhawks will be without Patrick Kane (88) for 12 weeks UPI/John Boman Jr

The St. Louis Blues are in Winnipeg tonight with a firm handle on 2nd place in the division and if the standings remain the same, they Blues will face the Chicago Blackhawks again in the first round of the playoffs and could finally get past their rivals this postseason.

Nas–89 pts
StL–80 pts
Chi–77 pts
Wpg-73 pts

The Blues got knocked out of the playoffs Chicago in six and a rematch could favor the Blues this year.  Patrick Kane, tied for the NHL lead in points, is out 12 weeks after surgery to repair a broken clavicle and would miss a potential first round playoff series with the Blues.

Since the 2002-2003 season, the St. Louis Blues have won just one playoff series, going 1-6 in their last seven playoff series.  In five of the six seasons the Blues made the playoffs in that time, they were knocked out in the conference quarterfinals.

Watch our Google Hangout as we look ahead to a potential Blues playoff run.

The St. Louis Blues playoff results since 2001-2002

Blues playoffs

How St. Louis fans can play a part in keeping an NFL team in the city. (VIDEO)

A view of the seating arrangements from inside the proposed stadium.

A view of the seating arrangements from inside the proposed stadium.

Rams fans could be getting an NFL survey in the form of an email asking for their thoughts on the proposed new north riverfront stadium plans.  The NFL is sending market surveys to 185,000 local football fans.  How St. Louisans answer could go a long way in determining if Missouri is home to two NFL franchises.

According to Fox 2 St. Louis, the NFL says the emails would be out by Tuesday morning.

Governor Jay Nixon’s stadium development team of Dave Peacock and Bob Blitz are helping on the survey as well and the Rams gave the league its list of season ticket holders as well.

If the surveys come back unfavorable, it could mean the end to the NFL in St. Louis.

As I share thoughts in the video below, I think the Rams are going to L.A.  If the public is not interested in the new stadium plans, all hope can be kissed goodbye of trying to land another NFL franchise.

Why the Mayor of Chicago needs to butt out when it comes to Little League’s decision (VIDEO)

Jackie Robinson West t-shirts are still available to buy on E-bay.  Could be a collector's item some day?

Jackie Robinson West t-shirts are still available to buy on E-bay. Could be a collector’s item some day?

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, city Mayor Rahm Emanuel made a last ditch plea to Little League International to allow Jackie Robinson West to retain their national championship.  His idea for a form a punishment is laughable.  He wanted these players to be allowed to keep their title, yet punish potential teams from the JRW territory in the future, (who may have a legitimate chance to compete in the tournament with legitimate players) suffer by not letting them play.

The Mayor had a ten-minute phone conversation with the CEO of Little League.  Stephen Keener is sticking by his decision.

I find it disgusting that politics has crept into this situation.  Rules are rules.  It was determined that JRW organizers and coaches broke those rules.  I completely agree with the CEO’s decision to strip them of their championship.

Is this sad for the kids?  Sure, but there is no way they are to shoulder the blame.  All they did is play the game, however, some number of those kids shouldn’t have been allowed to play.  Tough life lesson to learn, but I hope it makes them better men when they get older.

Instead of lawyers and community activists and angry parents fighting for the right to keep something they don’t deserve, I just wish someone associated with that program would own up to the mistake, apologize to their players and apologize to the players from Philadelphia, South Dakota, Washington State, Rhode Island, Texas, Nashville and Las Vegas for not giving those teams a fair shot at winning a championship.

We make mistakes. We’re humans.  We also know how to forgive, but when those that cheat than treat themselves as the victim, that’s when I lose my patience.