Since the forced departure of Chief Illiniwek in February 2007, the University of Illinois has been mascot-less. While their Big Ten rivals have fielded ancient Greek warriors, oversized and suspiciously cuddly hawks, badgers and wildcats, not to mention whatever the hell Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye ... More >>
On a day when they narrowly escaped with a tight and oftentimes frustrating win over Bucknell by the score of 66-64, the Missouri Tigers got another big bump in their own personal standings, by dint of some brilliant Big Ten play and the flat-out byzantine machinations that is the college basketball ... More >>
Ah, March Madness. It's the period of time when gamblers around the world have hopes and dreams crushed by random, random schools. Basketball sometimes gets lost in the pomp and circumstance of college sports. It's become increasingly commonplace, for instance, for fans of schools to go a little o ... More >>
Wale is Grandmaster of the sports reference. No musical artist brings as much wit, depth and knowledge to the craft. For instance, in the recently released ode to the former St. Louis baseball hero, "Albert Pujols," Wale slangs this gem: "John Rocker, Atlanta Bravest knows that I'm awesome/ Bett ... More >>
The University of Missouri Board of Curators emerged from a four-hour, closed-door meeting last night to announce that they'd unanimously approved a decision to allow the school to shop around for a new athletic conference. Speculation is rife that the university will now leave the Big 12 for the ... More >>
I actually dressed up like this to write this post. I predict the itching of this beard will soon drive me to madness. Just a bare handful of hours, now, until the Cardinals' 2011 season gets underway. Plenty of ink and bytes have been spilled talking about what the season may bring, lots of it r ... More >>
Purdue coach Matt Painter could soon have two million reasons to smile.University of Missouri's athletic director Mike Alden hopes to land a replacement for the departed Mike Anderson today during a meeting in Florida with Purdue basketball coach Matt Painter. Painter, the 40-year-old phenom who' ... 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 >>
Here's betting tailgaters continue drinking beer even if the Big 12 does become the "Old-Fashioned Conference."Dan Beebe, commissioner of the Big 12, held a conversation stand-up act yesterday at the conference's football media day in Irving, Texas. Asked whether the Big 12 (soon to have ten team ... More >>
Of the legions of stories this month on the shake-up of the Big 12, I've yet to come across one article discussing what the athletic conference will be called now that it consists of just ten teams. Sure, I suppose the conference could keep the name Big 12. After all, the Big Ten kept its moniker ... More >>
Mike Alden the new face of Big 12 expansion.The University of Missouri Board of Curators held another meeting last night to consider the future of the school's Big 12 athletic conference. The meeting was the the third in four days and like previous gatherings yielded no answers, though its beginn ... More >>
Mizzou Tigers -- like this kitty -- are on the outside looking in.The University of Nebraska board of regents voted 8-0 today to leave the Big 12 Conference for the Big Ten. The move will go into effect in time for the 2011 football season. Meanwhile, University of Missouri officials were holding ... More >>
Fast-talker Will Leitch last night at Left Bank Books.It's just after after nine o'clock Thursday night at Left Bank Books downtown, and Will Leitch is still going strong. The writer-turned-blogger-turned-writer-again is seated at a desk in front of cookbooks and to the left of glossy-covere ... More >>
So the commissioner of the Big Ten came out yesterday to deny the rumors -- started this week by a Kansas City radio station -- that it plans to add University of Missouri (or University of Nebraska) to its conference. Whatever. That went away when the Big 8 became the Big 12.Commissioner Jim Del ... 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 >>
Image ViaNot even the mascot expected SLU to be this good.Shhh! Don't tell anyone. We don't want to jinx it but the SLU Billikens are just a few wins away from an NCAA tournament berth.You may not have noticed since the Bills' games are rarely televised locally (and even when they are, they somet ... More >>
A spectacular lightning storm delayed the Aerosmith show by about 45 minutes, which likely explains why the quintet's tour kick off was somewhat shorter than it should have been. But did the wait kill the buzz of the crowd at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater? Hell no -- not even when most of the la ... More >>
In perhaps the biggest sports media coup in history, the worldwide leader got the leader of the free world to post his March Madness bracket on ESPN.com rather than the site for NCAA tournament sponsor CBS.Obama agreed to the deal way back in October during an interview with ESPN's Andy Katz and the ... More >>
So what if March is still two months away? It certainly hasn't stopped ESPN's Joe Lunardi from updating his highly addictive Bracketology feature and projecting the entire 65 team NCAA tournament field despite the fact that most teams have only played one or two conference games and perhaps a pushov ... More >>
But will they win?
(Me, with my vintage WMMS T-shirt. 100.7 FM is Cleveland's legendary classic rock/new music station.) I'm a firm believer that you can never truly know a person until you know from whence they come. And as everyone knows, I'm a Cleveland gal, loud and proud, born and raised. I have so much Ohio pri ... More >>
African-American ballplayers are getting rarer than a triple play.
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A panel of experts handicaps the Final Four the old-fashioned way: According to the coaches' fashion sense
Oh, those wacky Final Four campuses!
Championship prediction: Big Ten dark horse gallops to victory
Skiing in the dark
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The latest St. Louisan to hop aboard the reality-TV juggernaut sees nothing but green
Week of April 16, 2003
The stereotype is all about cheap beer, fast cars and fat girls. But there's a little bit of hoosier in all of us.
Faded soccer glory seen in a U.S. World Cup team without St. Louis talent