I gotta start with our two state championship teams, so congratulations to our friends in the Rochester and Williamsville-Sherman areas. That's some pretty incredible stuff. Conditions were less than ideal up at Northern Illinois University, to say the least, but we are #blessed to have two …

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Thoughts for all to ponder while I prepare to see Santa many times in the next couple of weeks…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I hope the Blues don’t lose any more forwards to injury…

I've seen a whole bunch of high school football games in my glorious life on Earth, but after last Saturday, I can confidently say I've never seen a more talented team with as much speed and size as the East St. Louis Flyers. And yeah, I'm just gonna say it. No team in this state, regardless…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how long Matt Nagy will stick with Mitch Trubisky…

Ah yes, my favorite time of the year! Check the weather every day to see how many layers to wear, leave for work in the dark and come home in the dark! It just doesn't get any better, does it? Oh wait, another week, another Bears loss. But that's normal, right?...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder why people don’t remember how to drive in snowy weather in these parts, because it happens EVERY DAMN YEAR…

There's nothing better than a white knuckle drive home and drive in to work commute in early November; it's simply the best. Settle in for our six months of winter, folks. At least I'm in full driving on ice mode a few months ahead of time; I mean, you've always got to look at the positives...

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how history will remember the pathetic Robert Francis O’Rourke presidential campaign…

Hello again, everyone. The beginning of our six months of winter season is here (do we really even have spring and fall anymore?), and that is depressing enough. But we all must soldier on, and I am finally planted for a few days back in the homestead area after trips to Jacksonville (twice)…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I cannot wait to see the white stuff fall on HALLOWEEN!…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how the Illinois football team will play the rest of the season after one of the biggest upsets in recent college history…

The Illini are trending up, and the Bears are trending way down? Yep, life comes at you fast. Almost as fast as a Springfield-area motorist who decides a right-hand turn is their God-given right, you know, no matter if the light is red and there is oncoming traffic going 55-plus miles per ho…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder where the real Paul Goldschmidt is and who was the impostor that was wearing No. 46 in the Nationals series...

How much can happen in a week's time? Well, how about your Cardinals putting up a 10-spot in the first inning to finish off the Atlanta Braves last Wednesday, and here we are on Tuesday night, just six days later, and the Washington Nationals have finished off a dominant sweep of the Cardina…

Thoughts for all to ponder while we are glad that Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman was not an inch taller…

Time for the return of some quick hot takes, which I know so many of you have missed. And once again, for the cheap seats, if you don't understand sarcasm, I may not be your particular cup of tea. Enjoy the rantings...

I'm not gonna lie, I figured the Cardinals would finish off their dumpster fire of a final week by needing a one game playoff for the division title (with a loss), then trudging into Washington Tuesday night (with no pitching left, virtually) for a beat down in the wild card game. It made pe…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I hope we are done with hot weather until next spring…

Thoughts for all to ponder while we count down the days until Joe Maddon is fired in Chicago…

Four straight one run losses to your arch rivals. Yeah, that's pretty tough. They came into the series hoping to inch closer or even take over first place, and instead, your Chicago Cubs have been completely ousted from any chance at a division title and are just about done in the wild card …

Thoughts for all to ponder while we wait for Antonio Brown to blow up on Bill Belichick in New England…

I remember the days (not so long ago in this space) that I didn't believe the Cardinals could get to 10 games over .500. However, with this late season surge, the team is poised to get to 20 over (if they aren't already there). It's a remarkable turnaround, and sure they've beaten some bad t…

If you are a professional football fan, and specifically a fan of the Bears or Packers (I would wager that the majority of the audience likes one of those two teams), you are very excited as a new NFL regular season begins this week. The Bears and Packers slug it out on Thursday night at Sol…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder how often we will see Michael Wacha in September after the rosters expand…

There aren't many things most everyone can agree on anymore, but the uniforms worn by major league baseball teams last weekend were simply awful. You can call it marketing, but you can also call this venture a complete failure. Having teams wear all white and all black uniforms for a full we…

Thoughts for all to ponder while I wonder if the Cardinals could play Andy Becker’s Pirates and the hapless Royals in every series the rest of the year…

I expected some shrapnel to come my way after going political last week, and maybe it will arrive at some point. I'll try harder to not offend anyone this week, but I doubt that goes well. Job duties are ramping up (once again), and certain people just continue to make my life difficult. The…

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…

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…