August 28, 2015

#Mizzou A.D. Mack Rhoades seems to be adjusting to life in Missouri just fine (VIDEO)

Mack Rhoades and Bill Pollock catch up before the football season (Photo/Kayla Thoenen)

Mack Rhoades and Bill Pollock catch up before the football season (Photo/Kayla Thoenen)

Mack Rhoades, the new Director of Athletics for Mizzou, was in Jefferson City this week to talk with the executives from Learfield Sports, the marketing partner for the Tiger Network and Mizzou Sports Properties.  Our company has had a long and prosperous relationship with the University of Missouri’s athletic department and it was an opportunity for both sides to get to know one another better.

After their meetings, a brief reception was held for Mack and he was gracious enough to take a few minutes to chat with me on camera.

It sounds like he and his family have adjusted to life in Columbia, and he’s bringing some fresh ideas and a great approach to continue to move Mizzou athletics in the right direction.  You’ll see for yourself, he’s a pretty down to earth guy.  After visiting, I’m excited about the future of Mizzou Athletics.  Enjoy our visit in the Learfield Lounge.

Time for St. Louis football fans to face the reality that the Rams are heading to L.A. (VIDEO)

From the very beginning of this whole saga of whether or not the Rams would stay in St. Louis, I’ve been predicting that Stan Kroenke would pull the team out of Missouri and move them back to Los Angeles.  When the St. Louis Sports Commission and the team were miles apart on how many dollars it would take to upgrade the dome, to Kroenke purchasing land in Inglewood, now to his latest P.R. move, it doesn’t take a genius to connect the dots.

I’m amazed that I’ve never heard one person raise suspicion about how odd it seemed that the Rams would spend a few days practicing with the Dallas Cowboys about an hour west of where Kroenke wants to build a stadium and move the team.

It was a brilliant move by Kroenke.  ESPN and the L.A. Time reported thousands of fans showed up with chants of “L.A. Rams” as the team got off the bus.  Tight end Jared Cook said they had more fans there than the Cowboys at their regular training camp site. Kroenke even showed up and met with the Rams players.

The guy knows what he’s doing and when his team is jockeying for an L.A. address with San Diego and Oakland, he goes out and gets Jerry Jones on his side. He shows the rest of the NFL owners, the L.A. fans want their Rams back.

It’s gonna happen.

Read more on the Rams’ practice in L.A. from Sam Farmer of the Los Angeles Times

NHL going to 3-on-3 in OT, conspiracy in MLB’s All-Star Voting and can anybody stop the Cardinals (VIDEO)

3-on-3 hockey in NHL's OT will look like a goofy video game

3-on-3 hockey in NHL’s OT will look like a goofy video game

On this edition of the Sports Directors, it’s just the Bill’s.  Wisconsin Radio Network’s Bill Scott talks with me about the NHL’s new overtime rules, how the Royals are getting screwed over by Major League Baseball with the sudden “throwing out of votes,” and what really makes the Cardinals so much better than other teams.

I think the NHL should just go straight to shootouts after a tie in regulation.

Funny, how Royals starters go from eight to five after MLB throws out some votes…proving even more their system for voting is a joke.

The Cardinals success is much deeper than stats and all those hokey sabermetrics (did I even spell that correctly?)

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

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