Live in St. Louis? Don't like sports? Still want to have a social life? Here's why everyone in town has athletics on the brain lately: 1. Rams: After the St. Louis Rams lost the game and their quarterback to an injury Sunday, the NFL Network says the team could be eyeing Tim Tebow, also a Heisman T ... More >>
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 >>
In January Riverfront Times published its annual "News Challenge" -- 78 multiple-choice questions testing how well readers paid attention to current events over the past twelve months. Within a week, more than 100 of you submitted your answers to us. A few weeks later a dozen readers e-mailed a simi ... More >>
As the NCAA Tournament prepares to kick off, we're in a remarkably exciting position this year here in the Gateway City. Our very own Billikens are getting national hype from all corners as a team with the potential to make a deep tournament run, and just a couple hours to the west, the somewhat con ... More >>
Last night, the Arizona Wildcats won the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, putting an end to the hopes for a third straight national title for South Carolina. It's the fourth national championship in school history for the U of A, their first since 1986, and caps off a magical run that saw th ... More >>
It's been right about two weeks since the 2012 edition of the MLB First-Year Player Draft; the Cardinals have had time to come to terms with the majority of their selected players already. It was a remarkably interesting draft for the Redbirds, and one I've had kind of a tough time getting my head w ... More >>
The Major League Baseball first-year player draft is just a few hours away, taking place in New York City and beginning at six pm central. The Houston Astros have the first overall pick, and are expected to take Mark Appel, a right-handed pitcher out of Stanford, with their selection. Appel isn't a ... More >>
The blurb by Richard Russo on the front cover of Joe Schuster's new book The Might Have Been declares it "surely destined to join the ranks of transcendent baseball novels." And it is. But what are those other transcendent baseball novels, you may ask? Here are a few, selected by Schuster himself an ... 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 gift of life and the gift of winning.October 28-30, 2011, may just go down as the greatest weekend for Missouri sports ever. On Friday the Cardinals won their 11th World Series title in one of the greatest come-from-behind stories ever in sports. On Saturday the struggling Missouri Tigers tra ... More >>
And so we come to the final push, dear friends. The very last gasp of the draft class. The final group of players taken by the Cardinals for 2011 contains a couple very intriguing talents, including a tough sign from St. Louis who could wind up with as high a ceiling as any player drafted this ye ... More >>
We're starting to get into territory where the names are hard to find and the scouting info thin on the ground, ladies and gentlemen. Of the 10 players the Cardinals drafted between the 11th and 20th rounds, there were only four whose names I had heard before the draft. Which, I'm somewhat sorry ... More >>
When we last saw our red-clad heroes, they were trapped deep in the bowels of the 2011 draft, having just attempted to extricate themselves with the help of a polished sinker-y righthander from Oregon State named Gaviglia. He was the first pitcher taken by the Redbirds, after a truly bizarre run ... 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 >>
Hey, sports fans! As of yesterday, you officially have a new online destination where you can fritter away your working hours. SBNation, a national community of sports blogs, launched its St. Louis site Tuesday, a one-stop repository of news and opinions -- for what value is a conversation about spo ... More >>
commons.wikimedia.orgAdmit it. That's a creepy effing mascot. The Cardinals travel to San Diego tonight to begin a series against the surprising Padres, who sit atop the NL West. Looking over at the other dugout, the Cards just may see a mirror image of themselves, a team succeeding mostly on ... 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 >>
Well, at least I had Duke. I suppose one could put that squarely in the Good News column. Kind of sparse column, but not entirely empty. The Bad News column, on the other hand, that bitch is full. Overflowing, even. Going into the NCAA Tournament this year, I felt really, really good ab ... More >>
Wikimedia CommonsAs miserable as the past seven days have been in the St. Louis sporting world, local fans can take solace in the fact that it could be a hell of a lot worse.Take Seattle and their unfathomably depressing 2008: the Mariners lost 101 games, the Seahawks went 4-12, the once-proud Un ... More >>
Opening Day is finally here. Winter has loosened its grip on our little corner of the world (well, sort of, anyway), and spring is beginning to bloom. Our annual ritual of renewal and rebirth is a few scant moments away, after the months of waiting impatiently for it to arrive. I could giv ... More >>
photo by Keegan HamiltonIt wasn't played by the Cardinals (you'll have to wait till Monday, when the Pirates come to town to see the Redbirds in action) but by the Mizzou and SLU. The Tigers trounced the Billikens 19-6.If a confused spectator had wandered into the stands, there was zero chance of co ... More >>
(The eyes have it! Here are the Top 10 most-read stories online, which were published in 2008 by the RFT. After the jump, we also included a few stories that came back from the dead in '08 because of timely news -- earthquakes and college basketball among them. Below, RFT Editor Tom Finkel ... More >>
It's tough being a St. Louis sporting figure these days. Whether you're calling out your players for poor play, making demands for an $11 million luxury, or just trying to make sense of what you just saw happen to your team, life is flat out hard. But you know what can make it all better? Why, ... More >>
African-American ballplayers are getting rarer than a triple play.
Week of December 21, 2006
Ethical issues take a back seat to synergy and branding in local sports media
Somebody forgot to tell Emil Williams Jr. that bowling is for fat, beer-guzzling honkies
Strategy, heartbreak, and joy inside the mind of a minor-league hitting coach
No Final Four tickets? No problem -- just grin and bar it!
The Year in Review: A Quiz
The Street Soccer Cup USA is taking it to the, um, streets
Some Lou denizens feel dissed by Miss USA (but Unreal still loves her!), a Pattonville student is treated criminally, and an 84-year-old grandma praises the Rams in song; plus, we clock local athletes on our gaydar
Our commander in chief takes to the mound, Missouri gets its very own dinosaur, an Old Kid on the Block remembers when he was New, and Unreal learns a little something about love and basketball
Are chin music for MLB
The year in review: A quiz (For answers, see last page)
Almost-Blues and faded Stars
Hoop dreams die hard for coach John Campbell and his Sanford-Brown Indians
Baseball coach Jim Brady has been fighting his bosses in the UMSL athletic department for seven years. And he thought colon cancer was a pain in the ass.
Faded soccer glory seen in a U.S. World Cup team without St. Louis talent
Cardinals owner Bill DeWitt Jr. has a knack for making money without risking his own. Meet the guy who wants you to cough up $250 million for a new stadium.
Francis G. Slay wants to push a troubled city to the future, and he doesn't think "politics" is a dirty word.