I'm going to be up front and encourage you to turn the page. The Cardinals, the Cubs - I mean, how much more can I regurgitate at this point? It's the middle of August, school is starting and the sports content is, well, lacking at this point. So, you know what that means. Time for some golf…

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The Cardinals are 'all in' on 2019. Yep, we've heard that somewhere before, haven't we. The rotation needs a fresh arm and an innings eater? Nah, we're good. You got an outfielder tearing it up at Memphis, hitting over .350, ready for a chance to help the big league club? Nah, we're good. Ma…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder what excuse John Mozeliak will use to justify the Cardinals not making the playoffs this year, if that is the ultimate result of this season…

As the calendar turns to August, the National Football League training camp and preseason 'madness' is upon us. And I'm fixated on one issue at this point - the Bears' place-kicking situation. So far, all the talk is positive. The two combatants (Eddy Piñeiro and Elliott Fry) are blasting 60…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I try to prepare myself for another school year since August arrives next week…

'Just when I thought I was out...they pull me back in...' Yep, the Cardinals are a whopping six games over .500 as I finish this week's diatribe, one-half game behind the Cubs in the mediocre, but competitive, N.L. Central. Michael Corleone may have said it better, but I guess I should start…

I have made a safe and glorious return to central Illinois after spending three nights in the heart of bourbon country in Kentucky. Just in time, of course, for the big heat wave coming here this weekend. So, how about some news and notes from Bardstown and Louisville? I know you're just dyi…

Hello from warm and finally drying out in July in central Illinois, and as you read this, your favorite columnist will be away for a couple of days to visit bourbon country in Kentucky. There isn't much on the sports calendar that interests me these days, unless you want to dissect why the C…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I am loathe to admit that summer is basically half over already…

Another big week for our state and county, as we celebrate higher gasoline taxes, higher cigarette taxes, a higher sales tax and on and on. I can hardly wait to see what's next, can you?...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I cannot wait for the heat and humidity of this weekend to show up…

Hello, everyone. It's time for your weekly dose of head-scratching, confusion and laughter before you angrily turn the page. And I certainly aim to not disappoint this time around...

How do you celebrate winning a Stanley Cup championship? Well, check out the members of the St. Louis Blues in the last week. It's been one day of partying after another, and at last check the team was living it up in Vegas. And, I mean, who can blame them?...

The story was too good to be true, of course. A Sunday night home game to win the franchise's first-ever Stanley Cup, finishing off the hated Boston Bruins with three straight victories in the process. The city of St. Louis was going crazy, there were thousands of people downtown watching on…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I admit I could get used to this June hockey thing…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I, along with thousands upon thousands of Blues fans, get over the major letdown from Sunday night…

It's one of those weeks where it's just time to let it out, vent the frustrations and wait for all the angry phone calls, e-mails and social media posts. It's time to go random and go hard...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how bonkers St. Louis will be Saturday night with the Blues hosting Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final and the Cardinals hosting the North Siders…

Track meet after track meet after (track meet?) is taking its toll on your favorite columnist, who has nearly been eaten alive by bugs in the past couple of weeks. If it flies and it bites, it finds me. A lot. But I will press on, so enjoy the rants...

Thoughts for all to ponder while we hope Timmer’s Cubs don’t run away with the Central Division race before Memorial Day…

I just want to clear one thing up - there is no truth to the rumor that the Chicago Bears have called me to inquire about trying out for their vacant place-kicking job. I have told my agent to reject any such offers as well. I feel it is my duty to not participate in the farce that is curren…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how the hair spray companies will survive now that ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. will go back into hibernation..

Just when I was depressed, I wasn't feeling well and I'm staring at another week where it rains every day...I get re-energized. I know I live a life few would want to copy, but I was able to function normally on Monday. Millions of folks around the globe, apparently, were not, because some e…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I hope to hear Laura Branigan’s song “Gloria” 12 more times in the Stanley Cup playoffs…

One thing you never thought you'd get tired of reading in this space (since it appears rather infrequently) is hockey. Well, it might be time to turn the page. The Blues are now the favorites to win the Stanley Cup (cue the jinx narrative - not my fault for pointing it out, sorry) by some od…

Tiger Woods is a major champion again, and it's pretty much all anybody is talking about right now. My issues with Woods are well documented, but I think you have to give credit to a guy who has returned from a debilitating injury and also rehabilitated his personality and demeanor...

Well, we all couldn't wait for the start to the major league baseball season, right? Things are going swell for both the Cardinals and Cubs, so there's nothing to complain about. Life is great! It's Masters week, it never stops raining around here, golf courses are full of mud and it's going…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how many home runs Christian Yelich will hit against the Cardinals this season….

One series into the season and I'm off the rails. But when you see things already playing out that you've been harping on for months and months, I'm sorry. I just have to vent, so here it goes...

Spring Training is over (finally), and it's time to play baseball games for real. The Cardinals have signed Paul Goldschmidt to an extension, Kool-Aid is being swilled at life-threatening levels by some 'BFIBers' and, magically, the lineup will suddenly become one of the most feared in baseball...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder if we are truly done with winter around these parts…

A lot to get to this week, but I have to say, I was shocked Sunday when I saw that the Fighting Illini were left out of this year's NCAA Tournament field! What the...yes, nevermind. The smart-aleck columnist is just joking, people...

We're two weeks away from the start of the Major League Baseball season, and there are at least signs of spring weather in the offing here (although it's beyond wet and muddy). In any event, you got a week break from me, so it's time to remind you why it's probably best to turn the page now...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how many points I could have scored last week against the putrid Illini defense…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how much longer we can handle waiting for Bryce Harper to sign his overpriced deal…

Time to once again ruin a good sports column, because my goal is to upset as many people as I can each week. Well, not really. But I am beyond fed up with this state, the politicians and our new billionaire Governor who seems to have all the answers. Gridlock never looked so good, I'm tellin…

It's tiresome to complain about the weather, but my goodness. We're about to finish four full months of winter, since we got an early start last year in November. I mean, I know where we live, but come on. We can't have a week of 40s or some highs in the 50s once in a while? Every time you t…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wish the Illini basketball team could have a couple of mulligans and get back some of those games they lost…

It's Giorgi Bezhanishvili's world, and we're all just living in it. The young man who was barely recruited out of high school is now a freshman star for the Fighting Illini. These are the kinds of 'diamonds in the rough' that help rebuild a program, and head coach Brad Underwood and all of I…

After a week of not making you go crazy reading whatever nonsense my mind cooks up, you might have to turn the page quickly this week. I'm locked and loaded and feeling rather abrasive, though many would concede that's how I normally am all the time anyway. Good luck...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how many live shots the local news needed to show how cold last week…

Hello, Kris Bryant. You are a star in Chicago and your contract might be the next 'big thing,' bordering the Bryce Harper mania we are currently having to deal with. You might have been joking around and having fun, but you did purposefully dump all over a city (St. Louis). There was really …

Yep, I knew we were all gonna pay for it. After all, it's January in Illinois. What was our punishment for being able to play golf the previous weekend? Well, how about a foot of snow, topped off with some freezing rain early Tuesday and maybe lots more snow to come this weekend. People can …

As a newly-minted 'bandwagon' Bears fan of a couple years, Sunday's loss hurt. But in no way will I try to act like I know the pain the die-hards feel. I know all about that from the 'St. Louis' Rams days, etc. This one was tough to swallow, but in the past, my week, month and maybe year wou…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder if we should just pencil in Alabama and Clemson for the 2020 national title game and save everybody lots of trouble…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I am SHOCKED, just SHOCKED, that Facebook violated the privacy standards of its gazillion users…..

I may as well make the last missive of 2018 a doozy, right? And I'm planning on ringing in the new year with a bang, and I might be out of state (???), so if you don't see my byline in this space next week, someone may not have bailed me out of jail just yet. But hey, we all gotta hit rock b…

It's official, the Chicago Bears are back in the playoffs, and they will get at least one home game. And that No. 2 seed is within reach, if the Bears can win their last two games and the Rams stumble one more time. With that carrot still out there, which would include a first round bye, you…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder if Josh Whitman has the cojones to pull the plug on the poorly attended United Center Illinois basketball game in the future…

If you weren't sure how good the Chicago Bears defense was, well, what do you think now? This is a complete unit, with a really good coaching staff, and they all shined on the biggest stage on Sunday Night Football. The vaunted Rams offense was stymied, QB Jared Goff had no chance and Golden…

Controversy in college football? Yeah, that's surprising. The Bears lose a game they were supposed to win? Illini basketball is 2-6 and playing in the deepest conference in the country? The Packers fired Mike McCarthy, the Bulls fired Fred Hoiberg and (gasp!) Nelly is trying to help Mo out? …