Part two of my conversation with Tom Dore, the former voice of Chicago Bulls TV. The former Missouri Tiger basketball player shares more thoughts on The Last Dance, plus…did Michael Jordan regret playing with Washington and could the Bulls have won a 7th NBA title.
Hear from Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy and DC Steve Spagnuolo. A great take on whether Patrick Mahomes should never run a QB sneak again.
Kansas is getting a different appeals process than Mizzou. I’m just asking aloud why Missouri didn’t get the same chance?
The Chiefs new touchdown song will sound better if we can have 80,000 screaming fans.
Kentucky’s cheerleaders putting the “wild” in Wildcats
Plus, a new way to kill time at home during the coronavirus lockdown with a St. Louis company that makes sports board games.
Here’s a trivia question. Name the Missouri basketball player who never played in the NBA but sat next to Michael Jordan for years on the Chicago Bulls team bus?
The answer: Tom Dore. Tom played for Norm Stewart and was a senior the year that Steve Stipanovich and Jon Sundvold were freshman.
Dore finished up at Missouri and went to play overseas and when he returned got into broadcasting. He worked at KCMO radio in Kansas City and did some radio play-by-play on the Tigers broadcasts and actually partnered with Mike Kelly, the current voice of the Tigers! You’ll hear a little bit of that story later.
I was born in Chicago and there for the Bulls first three titles with Michael Jordan, then moved and was here in Missouri for the second three-peat and I thought it would be cool to talk to Tom, a Chicago guy himself—and we have that Bulls and Missouri connection. Tom got in right at the start of Bulls mania and had a front row seat to Michael whether it was near the court or on the team bus or plane.
The other day I dialed him up and we pick up the conversation of when he gets the gig to announce for the Bulls.
MLB owners like a plan, they need the players to approve but there are going to be many hurdles. First and foremost, the safety of everyone involved with getting a game played…from players to stadium staff to those who will be in contact with players outside the stadium.
Secondly, the owners and players are already squabbling over how they’re going to make money. Sad to think that greed could ultimately derail a return to sports.
Third and of least importance perhaps but a great distraction…the introduction of the DH in the National League. If and when baseball resumes, the DH will be used in NL ballparks.
Who are the best candidates for the job on the Cardinals roster?
Gene Bess is retiring with 1,300 victories, the most of any college basketball coach. The 85-year-old has been the Three Rivers, Missouri Junior College coach for 50 years. He has 143 more wins than NCAA Division One leader Mike Krzyzewski of Duke. He has won two national junior college championships. Bess guided the Raiders to national titles in 1979 and 1992. His son Brian, a longtime assistant, will replace him who will be just the third coach in program history.
Bess grew up on a farm near Jackson, Missouri. He went to high school at Oran, graduated from Southeast Missouri State University and started coaching high school basketball in 1957. His 1969 Oran team finished 34-1, losing the state championship game after a late controversial call.
From 1978-84, the Raiders won at least 30 games and had an 83-game home winning streak that set a junior college record. In the early ’90s, they went on another five-year tear and averaged a 32-5 record, including their second national title. Each run included a future NBA player.
Marvin “Moon” McCrary was on the Raiders’ first national championship team and went on to play at Missouri before being drafted in the fifth round by the Phoenix Suns.
Latrell Sprewell, who still holds several Three Rivers scoring records set in 1990, went on to Alabama and a 13-year NBA career.
Fellow NBA players Tyler and Ben Hansbrough and Otto Porter Jr. were regulars at the Three Rivers summer camps growing up.
Read more on the legend of Gene Bess.
Three Rivers is located in Poplar Bluff.
When is the right time to let young kids and teens play baseball and softball? One tournament in the St. Louis area believes it’s this weekend.
I spoke with Rob Worstenholm of Game Time Tournaments and he explained the rules and safety measures being put in place for over 40 teams that have agreed to play in the event. I also pressed him on if it’s too soon to host an event with so many people in attendance.
While stay-at-home orders are being lifted, is it too early for organized little league baseball tournaments? St. Charles and Jefferson Counties will be hosting tournaments this Mother’s Day weekend.