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Cardinals, Clemens and $6 cotton candy

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September 26, 2013

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“Cold beer! Eight dollars! Get your cold beer right here!” The sounds and smells of “America” filled the crisp fall air; hot dogs, $8 Budweiser, and the sharp crack of a bat. I went to my first Major League Baseball game this past week, a 4-3 Cardinals’ win over the Washington Nationals. Between checking the Monday Night Football score on my phone and worrying I might get a parking ticket, I actually watched some...

The things we don’t talk about

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September 19, 2013

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This is not another commentary about the NCAA. This is a commentary about the institutions that perpetuate the stranglehold of power that the NCAA has on America’s “amateur” athletes and college sports. Another piece of “investigative journalism,” this time from Sports Illustrated, has apparently lifted the curtain on rampant impropriety within Oklahoma State University’s football program. Included among the allegations:...

More than just a game

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April 25, 2013

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Sports have always been an integral part of my life. As a kid, I was the player that hated to lose more than anything. This fiery competitive attitude has been with me ever since those days, and it has molded me into the die-hard sports fan that I am today. Occasionally my emotions would get the best of me when I was growing up. When they did, someone would always try convincing me that “it’s only a game.” Despite the...

Crews’ control= sustained success?

Crews’ control= sustained success?

April 18, 2013

Jim Crews was the right hire for Saint Louis University men’s basketball team, but… Crews was named interim head coach at the beginning of the 2012-13 season when it was announced that Rick Majerus...

Reflections from the road: A new rivalry for SLU?

Reflections from the road: A new rivalry for SLU?

February 27, 2013

For the first time in a long time, a school was actually excited to play Saint Louis University. Students lined up outside Hinkle Fieldhouse for two hours to get a seat in the “Dawg Pound.” The historic...

Reflections from the road: Lessons from Hinkle

Reflections from the road: Lessons from Hinkle

February 27, 2013

There are few places in collegiate basketball like Hinkle Fieldhouse. Built in 1928, the now 10,000-seat venue was once the largest basketball arena in the United States. In 2006, ESPN named it “Indi...

Is Carp ready to hang it up?

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February 14, 2013

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Near the end of the 2011 film “Moneyball,” Bill Beane wonders, “How do you not get romantic about baseball?” Baseball, in all its fun and excitement, in all its myth and magic, is indeed a romantic sport, but it can be a dramatic, sad and devastating one at the same time.   Fans all across Cardinal Nation were greeted by General Manager John Mozeliak at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday with some very bad news: Cy Young...

Can SLU grab their dancing shoes?

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February 7, 2013

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After the magical run that saw the Billikens upset the No. 8 seeded Memphis Tigers and nearly upset the No. 1 seeded Michigan State Spartans in the third round of the NCAA tournament last year, Billiken fans are understandably excited for the this years tournament to start. A quick look at the most recent Bracketology update from ESPN’s bracket guru Joe Lunardi shows the Billikens sitting at a 12 seed. Not exactly a lock....

Rotnei Clarke: Butler guard relies on God, family for support

Rotnei Clarke: Butler guard relies on God, family for support

February 7, 2013

It’s unusual and extraordinary for me to use my column space to rave about an opponent. After all, is not the whole philosophy behind competitive sports to destroy, dismantle and embarrass your opponent?...

An ode to ‘The Perfect Knight’

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January 24, 2013

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There are a few moments in your life that you’ll look back on with sad fondness. The passing of Stan Musial is one of those moments for me. I have been a fan of the St. Louis Cardinals since I understood what the game of baseball was all about. There’s a passion and a romance for baseball around this area, something that speaks to generations in different but parallel truths that can be ill-defined. It’s something...

Breaking down the BCS battles

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December 6, 2012

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Orange Bowl: No. 15 Northern Illinois vs. No. 12 Florida State, Jan. 1 Fret not, BCS bashers--a Cinderella candidate has arrived to the ball. The Northern Illinois Huskies snuck into the Orange Bowl, finishing in the top 16 of the final BCS standings behind a 12-1 record. Florida State lands here by virtue of being the Atlantic Coast Conference champion, finishing the regular season with an 11-2 record. The Seminoles, l...

Stern’s kingdom sinking in the sand

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December 6, 2012

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Under Commissioner David Stern, the NBA has evolved into America’s third most popular professional sports league, behind the NFL and MLB. The NBA has greatly expanded their reach into foreign countries, most aggressively in China, and the league has added 10 new teams since Stern took over. More recently, he has instituted a player dress code and just this summer addressed the problem of flopping by instituting a series...

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