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There's not a lot of positive things going on right now, but let's start in that direction before we bring some big-time heat and many of you who are easily offended, or want to be offended, might want to turn the page...

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Well, baseball is back! But, of course, things hit a huge snag on Monday, with the cancellation (or postponement?) of a couple games and the virus outbreak with the Marlins. Who knows what else has happened by the time you read this, as we are living in an era where things change rapidly. It…

Well, I had a column already done this week and it was so dreary and negative that I had to scrap it. We're all tired of the virus talk, and it's just a constant thorn in our sides. Let's hope this attempt is a little better...

I don't know how else to say it, but this is frustrating. Where's the light at the end of the tunnel? We're all being told to stay home, so many businesses are closed and people are out of work and not receiving pay checks and there's no hope for when this is going to change. I'd love to go …

The Bears have made some moves (Nick Foles?) and they continue to stockpile ex-St. Louis Rams players, which in 2020 may not be such a good idea, since the Rams last played in St. Louis in 2015. In any event, I don't think writing about the NFL or other sports and ignoring what's going on ri…

I hope everyone is doing the best they can, as there is no question we as a country are in an unchartered waters right now. In general, I think we all would benefit from being as positive about the current situation as we can, because I don't think panic or screaming and yelling solves anything.

It appears that fears over the spread of the coronavirus are taking over this country, hour by hour and day by day. I'm not making light of the situation nor am I qualified in any way, shape or form to pass judgement, but the impacts cannot be ignored. Every time you check for news updates, …

No, I'm not trying to jinx anything, but as the calendar turned to March and I found myself on a (very crowded) golf course last weekend, it sure feels like we've turned the corner from winter to some semblance of spring. I'm not asking for much, but a windy day in the 50s feels pretty good …

Ladies and gentlemen, batting clean-up for your 2020 St. Louis Cardinals.........catcher, Yadier Molina!!!! Oh man, can you just imagine if that's how Mike Shildt's lineup will look to start the season? Stay off the message boards and social media, that's my advice...

I'm so ready for spring I cannot control myself anymore, so enjoy the golf talk and baseball drama. Oh, and the Illini had a very disappointing run of four straight losses to good teams, but roared back with a vengeance Tuesday at No. 9 Penn State. Ayo is back, and Ayo is really good. In Ayo…

The Super Bowl has come and gone, the 60 degree temperatures are a distant memory, and by the time you read this missive, we're all supposed to be buried in snow. Yep, it must be February in Illinois. And yes, I'm supposed to be used to it, but I'm tired of it. Somebody, please get me out of…

The tragic accident that took the lives of Kobe Bryant, his daughter and seven others on Sunday has gripped the nation and many parts of the world. There are so many questions, and so much speculation. It's just an unspeakable tragedy...

Kansas City Chiefs fans, your wait is over. Fifty years after the franchise's last Super Bowl appearance, the Chiefs are heading back to the Big Game after taking down Tennessee this past Sunday in the AFC Championship Game. The Super Bowl trip is well-deserved and earned, as the Chiefs and …

The Brad Underwood era at the University of Illinois has officially gained some traction, with the Fighting Illini off to a 4-2 start in Big Ten play and earning a national ranking for the first time since 2014. Yes, that's a long time, and way, way too long, in fact. The gut-wrenching loss …

I don't know about you, but it's good to get back to some sense of normalcy. The last two weeks have involved major alterations to how we do business and what days we are working, due to the holidays and non-negotiable schedules from our printers. And with all the other variables going on, y…

The Christmas Grinch is back to steal all of your fun, so turn the page quickly, or you might have to run. Yep, I know, not very good, but I tried. In any event, please contain your excitement as I'll try to entertain you for a couple of minutes as you finish your holiday shopping...

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 …

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…

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?...

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...

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)…

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…

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…

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…

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 …

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…

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…

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…

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…

'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…

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?...

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…

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...

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...

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…

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…

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…

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...

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...