August 21, 2014

Man’s love for Missouri River kayak race runs deep. Those strong enough to make it to Jefferson City can enjoy Wilson’s Serenity Point (VIDEO)

The shoreline is quiet as Jefferson City waits for the next round of kayaks to come through.

The shoreline is quiet as Jefferson City waits for the next round of kayaks to come through.

You won’t catch Jefferson City resident Joe Wilson out on the Missouri River in a boat with a paddle.  He told me any boat he gets into will have a motor on the end of it.  That doesn’t cut short his admiration for the near 300 individuals and teams who set out on the daunting task of paddling 340 miles from Kansas City to St. Charles.

Ever since the Missouri River 340 kayak race pushed off nine years ago, Wilson (as he prefers to be called) has been involved from the shoreline ever year.

He took it upon himself to help spruce up the area around the Noren Access Ramp in Jefferson City to help those competing have a safe haven along their route.

Last year, Wilson had pontoons with showers and restrooms.  He even had a taco barge set up on the banks.  This year, his boat is standing by in case a racer needs help.  Last year, Wilson came to the rescue of a Columbia man who was knocked out his kayak by an Asian Carp.

Wilson has done so much for the race and land around the access point, it’s now also known as Wilson’s Serenity Point.

Wilson shares his love and passion for the MR340 from the shore.  Enjoy the video.

Hard to find another hitter who complains more at called third strikes than Holliday (VIDEO)

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday argues a called third strike with home plate umpire Mark Ripperger in the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on August 5, 2014. Holliday was ejected from the game. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

St. Louis Cardinals Matt Holliday argues a called third strike with home plate umpire Mark Ripperger. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

Oh this is sure to get Cardinals fans all riled up, but I’m only calling it like I see.  To me, that was strike three last night against Matt Holliday in the bottom of the seventh with the go ahead run on second base.  Plus, he absolutely should have been thrown out of the game for throwing his bat.

After the pitcher was making a living at getting the outside pitch called for a strike in that at-bat, Holliday had to expect the Sox to continue to pound the corner and instead of trying to fight off the pitch, Holliday watched it, then pouted and spent the rest of the night in the clubhouse.

I’ll break down the video to explain my side of the story.

Plus, now all of the sudden, Tony La Russa is against the bean ball.  You kidding me?

Don’t expect big deals to come rolling through for the Cardinals as the trade deadline approaches (VIDEO)

Justin Masterson

Justin Masterson

I’d be really surprised if the Cardinals made another deal before the 3 p.m. CT deadline.  Expect John Mozeliak to keep his top young players like pitcher Carlos Martinez and outfielder Oscar Tavares.  Don’t expect the Cardinals to land a big hitter.  There’s not much out there.

The big deal for the Cardinals is acquiring Justin Masterson.  Is it a good move?  How will it pay off this season?  I share my thoughts, plus share the thoughts of Mozeliak who appeared on Fox Sports Midwest before yesterday’s Cardinals-Padres game.

Masterson was actually born in Jamaica, but grew up in Ohio. He was a 2nd round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2006. He was traded to Cleveland in 2009 and will be a free agent after the season. For his career he’s 57-69 with an ERA of 4.16. Last year, he was an All-Star, winning ten games before the All Star break. This season, just 4-6. He had right knee issues that landed him on the DL earlier this month and he’s made two rehab starts before the trade. GM John Mozeliak thinks Masterson is healthy enough and is hoping he can deliver consistency.

Yeah, just because you played a little ping pong down in your friend’s basement, does not make you an expert (VIDEO)

Ping pong or table tennis...whatever you call it, this is amazing.

Ping pong or table tennis…whatever you call it, this is amazing.

I’m back into the swing of things at work after a nice 10-day vacation.  So are my videos.  The best part about vacation as a sports guy is I’m not ashamed to say I completely shut myself off from the sports world.  I didn’t follow Twitter, I didn’t post stories, I didn’t check ESPN or local papers for stories.  The closest I came to sports was watching my daughter play in the Show Me Games and coaching a rec softball team.

Anyway, it took me a couple of days to get back into “work” mode.  Today I share my thoughts on the suspension of Mizzou wide receiver Levi Copelin, not so much on his absence, but what the Tigers have at that position.

Plus, if you haven’t seen it yet, one of the best table tennis rallies you will see.  This isn’t down in your buddy’s basement ping pong…this is world class table tennis between some of the world’s top talent.

Missourinet @ SEC Media Days 2014: Arkansas coach Bret Bielema (VIDEO, AUDIO)

Phil Kornblut is in Hoover, AL this week for SEC Media Days and will preview each team following the head coach’s appearance in the media room. Here’s a look at the Arkansas Razorbacks.

Below you can listen to some of what Bret Bielema had to say about the upcoming season for the Razorbacks.