St. Louis' neighborhoods are gems in their own right: full of history, great people and, as far as Gut Check is concerned, fantastic food. Each week we'll take you into a specific neighborhood and point you in the direction of the best places to grab some bites. View Midtown in a larger map As its ... More >>
"Some guys smoke. Some guys drink. Some guys chase women. I'm a big barbecue-sauce guy." -- Rick Majerus Rick Majerus loved to eat. That was no secret. But what were some of his favorite St. Louis eateries? Last week Gut Check caught up with several local restaurateurs whose tables often served ... More >>
Editor's note: Jonathan Gold is a third-year law student at Saint Louis University. He penned this story on Sunday after learning of the death of the man he referred to simply as "Coach." It was a little less than six years ago that I had my first encounter with Rick Majerus. I was finishing my so ... More >>
Saint Louis University basketball coach Rick Majerus, who led the Billikens to a 95-69 record over five seasons, died today of heart failure in Los Angeles. He was 64. Majerus had stepped down as head coach in late August, citing health problems. Back in 2007, when Majerus was still new in town, R ... More >>
As you've no doubt heard by now, Rick Majerus stepped down as head coach of the Saint Louis University Billikens on Friday for health reasons. But nobody really knows what those health reasons are -- not exactly. ESPN 101 reported late Friday that Majerus is experiencing "serious heart issues," and ... More >>
This morning at 10 a.m. Frank Haith is expected to arrive at Room 200 in City Hall where Mayor Francis Slay will bestow the Mizzou basketball coach with a key to the city. A press release sent out yesterday from the Mayor's Office notes that Haith "led the Tigers basketball team to one of their best ... More >>
If you were to look back a few weeks at the Missouri Tigers, you would think things were going really well for them. They had an historically great season, they won the Big XII conference tournament, and were looking at a top seed in the NCAA Tournament. They had perhaps the best guard corps ... More >>
Harry Keough, the soccer great who was a defender on the legendary 1950 U.S. World Cup team and who went on to become the longtime coach at Saint Louis University, died yesterday morning at home in St. Louis. He was 84. Keough was one of five St. Louisans on the U.S. national team that beat 500-1 o ... More >>
This is the man Cuonzo Martin will be replacing. One can only hope he'll be able to do better at least from a fashion perspective. You can check Cuonzo Martin off your list of potential coaching hires for the University of Missouri. The former Missouri State basketball coach has accepted a job wi ... More >>
John H. TuckerDavis struck out only once last year.It's often said that the most difficult thing to do in all of sports is hit a round ball with a round bat. Think about it: Even if you fail seven out of ten times, you've still got a batting average high enough to land you in Cooperstown. So ... More >>
Former Saint Louis University basketball star Willie Reed is providing details for the first time about the sexual encounter that led to his suspension from the university, along with teammate Kwamain Mitchell. Willie ReedDaily RFT was not able to verify Reed's account. Police have refused ... More >>
Jay BevenourRev. Raymond BurkeYesterday Pope Benedict XVI promoted former St. Louis archbishop Raymond Burke to the rank of cardinal -- the fourth-highest status in the Catholic church. In honor of Burke's ascension up the hierarchy, here are a few of the cardinal's actions over the years that we ... More >>
photo by Keegan HamiltonRick Majerus and Kyle Cassity are not looking forward to a season without Kwamain MitchellLate yesterday afternoon, the Saint Louis University athletic department released a brief and cryptic statement saying that two star basketball players -- point guard Kwamain Mitchell ... More >>
St. Louis Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce announced yesterday that she would not seek criminal charges against three SLU basketball players arrested and questioned for an on-campus sexual assault Saturday. Joyce called the allegations against the athletes "extremely serious" but said there was "i ... More >>
Three Saint Louis University basketball players are being investigated for the sexual assault of a 20-year-old female student. The woman said she was attacked in between 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. Saturday inside a dorm at the Grand Forest Apartments.Police have questioned three male basketball players ab ... More >>
Image via the Seattle Times These nets could've been yours, St. LouisFull disclosure: The author is a graduate of the University of Washington, a four-year member of the school's student rooting section the Dawg Pack (aka Romarville) and one of the most rabid Husky fans on the planet. Now ... More >>
Let the Madness begin! Mizzou is dancing (despite their stumble in the Big 12 tournament) but unfortunately the slipper did not fit for the SLU Billikens, who were pummeled by Rhode Island in the Atlantic 10 tournament and left out of even the lowly NIT, where they could have faced an Illinois te ... More >>
slubillikens.comIf you haven't seen it yet, Deadspin had a pretty incredible (as in unbelievable) item the other day about SLU basketball coach Rick Majerus.What's so outrageous about the story? Well, let's just say it stinks. Stinks like what? Well, you know, like a turd wrapped in a locker-room ... More >>
Jon GitchoffBlack Francis at the Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, 11/20/2009Last Friday night in Chicago, the Pixies managed to make the gimmick of playing an entire album from start-to-finish feel fresh. The amount of fun they appeared to be having had a lot to do with this: All smiles, the band me ... More >>
photos by Keegan HamiltonThe Saint Louis University basketball team tried hard on Saturday against La Salle, they really did. They clawed for every rebound, dove for every loose ball and hustled themselves to exhaustion on defense, erasing any lingering doubts about whether they have bought into Ric ... More >>
It was a big weekend at Saint Louis University's Chaifetz Arena. On Saturday night, the long-suffering Billikens basketball team beat George Washington 63-59 in a to-the-wire game (which almost erased the memory of last year's humiliating 49-20 loss to GW). The atmosphere wasn't quite as h ... More >>
SLU won't say what it has in store for the Locust Business District.
Basketball by the Book, Part 4
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Faded soccer glory seen in a U.S. World Cup team without St. Louis talent
The Cardinals' promises are worth as much as the Kiel Partners'
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