It has been a fun week for St. Louis sports. March Madness is about to begin with all the field being picked this Selection Sunday. The Blues are on a role and going for the best record in hockey. Oh yeah, the Cardinals are about to break Spring Training camp soon. March is by far the best month for sports but it’s full of news stories that some people let fall through the cracks, so this is a week in review for all of you busy bodies that didn’t get a chance to watch all the games, news, and highlights.
Saint Louis University (SLU) and Mizzou took an early exit in their conference tournaments. SLU got upset by St. Bonaventure, while Mizzou was trounced in the second round by Florida. Though SLU looks to make the field, a week ago they were rated as high as a 4-Seed, today many believe they are somewhere near a 7-Seed. But when the selection committee made their pick, SLU got a 5th-Seed in the Midwest region. A region that host Wichita State, Duke, Michigan, and last years national champions, Louisville. Ouch! Mizzou did not make the field of 68 teams.
Meanwhile NFL free agency continues and the St. Louis Rams benefited from the Raiders having buyers remorse. The Raiders signed Roger Saffold for 5-years/42-million, then said he “failed” his physical… So he returned to the Rams and took a 30-million dollar deal for the same amount of years. Thanks Oakland for helping the Rams save 12-million over five years.
Just barely a week ago the Blues brought in Ryan Miller and Steve Ott via trade and are 7-0-1 since the two arrived in St. Louis (Miller is 6-0-1 since the trade, Brian Elliot is 1-0-0 since trade). The streak has moved the Blues to first overall in hockey in the standings with a 46-14-7 record. But not all is good for the Blues. Vladimir Tarasenko is expected to be out for six weeks with right wrist surgery.
Oh and there is that one team that is about to start its season…what’s their name again..Oh Yeah! The St. Louis Cardinals! Who are wrapping up Spring Training soon, but before doing so they signed a young Cuban prospect in Aledmys Diaz at shortstop. He made his debut at camp this week and is expected to start at AA Springfield this season so he can get acclimated to not only America, but playing competitively since he was suspended last year for lying on his documentation. Also, Joe Kelly is in a battle for the final starter spot again. This time Kelly is battling Carlos Martinez for the spot, both will make the big league squad, but it is yet decided who is the final starter. Lance Lynn struck out eight straight in a row in his last start, he most likely solidified the 4th starter spot.
So now you are caught up on what has been one of the busiest weeks in sports, the question of the week (or probable month), what team will win the NCAA Tournament? And what teams are going to pull off the upset. Tell us!