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    November 6, 2014
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    July 23, 2014

    Blues Let Fans Ask Coach Ken Hitchcock Questions on Twitter, Things Get Crazy

    It's summer. There's no hockey anywhere, and puck fans are desperate for hockey news. So the Blues decided to do their fans a solid and hold a Q&A on Twitter allowing their fans to ask head coach Ken Hitchcock questions by using the hashtag #AskHitch. But instead of asking about hockey, many Blues ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2014

    Scottrade Center: St. Louis is Better for Watching Hockey than Chicago, New York, L.A.

    Die-hard fans, an exciting atmosphere and relatively cheap snacks and tickets make Scottrade Center the sixth best hockey stadium in the country, says Stadium Journey Magazine. The magazine ranked the home of the St. Louis Blues at No. 6 between the New York Rangers' Madison Square Garden (No. 7) a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2014

    Free Money: Someone is Hiding Cash, Leaving Clues in St. Louis

    Someone in St. Louis with too much time and money on their hands is hiding wads of cash throughout the city and leaving clues for treasure-seekers on Twitter. And the next big drop is happening today. One lucky winner, Chris Heck, already found an envelope full of cash from the anonymous group, w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 20, 2014

    How T.J. Oshie Won Over America, Our Hearts and (Maybe) the Cover of EA Sports' NHL 15

    St. Louis fans have loved him for years, but Blues forward T.J. Oshie wasn't exactly a "star" around the rest of the league. Before the end of this season, his best year was 19 goals and 54 points. (He bested that by a few points this year.) And although he brings much more to the Blues than points, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 6, 2014

    St. Louis Blues Take Out Newspaper Ad to Remind Fans How Disappointing Playoffs Were

    St. Louis Blues chairman Tom Stillman wrote a heartfelt letter to fans and season-ticket holders this weekend. In it, he came awfully close to apologizing for the team's playoff performance without actually using the words "I'm sorry." Stillman took out a three-quarters ad on the back page of the S ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 21, 2014

    Evangeline's Owner Don Bailey on Bailing Hay, Playing Music and His Dream Last Meal

    When Don Bailey spoke with Gut Check about the opening of Evangeline's Bistro and Music House (512 North Euclid Avenue; 314-367-3644), he was adamant that he does not consider himself a chef. Be that as it may, the Millstadt, Illinois, restaurateur knows how to cook up some serious Cajun food, honin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2014

    St. Louis Blues Fans Pay the Most for NHL Playoff Tickets

    Are you a Blues fan? Want to catch a first-round playoff game? It'll cost you.

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    April 17, 2014

    Twitter Confusion: St. Louis Blues Hashtag Looks Gay But Isn't

    St. Louis Blues fans are blowing up Twitter this week as the team prepares to face the Chicago Blackhawks in the NHL playoffs. But one hashtag in particular is causing some confusion between hockey fans and casual tweeters.

  • Blogs

    March 13, 2014

    Summer Rocks Music Festival Bill Passed By Aldermanic Committee

    St. Louis is one step closer to rocking this summer -- the ICM Partners way. Wednesday afternoon, the aldermanic convention and tourism committee passed a much-amended Board Bill #328 -- now known among locals as the "Summer Rocks bill," which proposes to bring two multi-stage music festivals per y ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2014

    Winter Olympics: Five Absurd St. Louis "Sports" We'd Rather Watch Than Curling

    We think the Winter Olympics are great. That overtime shootout where Blues forward T.J. Oshie scored a crazy between-the-knees goal to win it all for team U.S.A? Wow. Just, wow. Instant classic. Alas, other "sports" at the Winter Olympics are decidedly less exciting. (We're looking at you, curling, ... More >>

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    January 23, 2014
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    December 26, 2013
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    December 19, 2013
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    December 17, 2013

    Premiere: The Glass Cavalry Releases New Music Video for "Black Disaster"

    In this weekly column, RFT Music gets to know local creatives, musicians and their missions. Get a slice of the local scene, complete with a snippet of sound and info about upcoming releases and shows. Stick around to see what St. Louis artists have to say whenever they Fill in in the Blank. When a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2013

    5 St. Louis Blues Who Look Like Actors, French Philosophers, and Bill Nye the Science Guy

    They are questions that have been on the mind of every Blues fan. Was David Backes in that Netflix movie I just watched? Which French intellectual does Darren Pang remind me of? Why does Jaroslav Halak make me want to smoke meth? Well, don't worry, because Daily RFT has figured it out for you. H ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 13, 2013

    Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, the Avett Brothers, Ben Folds and More in This Week's Show Announcements

    Here again: every newly announced show for the week! On page one you'll find a quick list of shows that particularly caught our attention, followed by embedded YouTube videos; there, you can check out some of the artists you may not be familiar with. Page two contains our complete listing of new sho ... More >>

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    October 3, 2013
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    June 26, 2013

    Sports Blogger Asks: Which is Worse -- Blackhawks or Ex-Girlfriend Porn Star?

    Edit note: Um, yeah. Ladies and gentlemen, these are dark days we're living in. Dark, awful, apocalyptically dark and awful days. Did I mention the dark part? What about the awful part? I'm pretty sure I did. The Chicago Blackhawks are Stanley Cup champions. Again. Okay, deep breaths. Easy, now ... More >>

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    April 11, 2013
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    February 14, 2013
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    February 7, 2013
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    February 4, 2013

    50 Photos from January 2013: Seized Cash, Sexy Plumbers, Craft Beer and More

    Pics, pics, pics, pics: They make the Internet run. Here are some our favorite photos from the month of January, published within the pages, deadtree and digital, of the RFT.

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2013

    Vladimir Tarasenko and the Defenders: State of the Blues Offense

    The other day, I wrote a quick little piece about the Blues looking tired and hitting a bit of a wall in their last game Sunday night. Thanks to an error in utilizing the calendar function on my phone (I would like to blame Samsung for a grand conspiracy to make me look foolish, but it probably has ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 29, 2013

    The Blues Back at It Tonight

    Sunday night, it looked like the Blues might have hit a bit of a wall. Right about the time the second period opened, the Minnesota Wild just seemed to start pushing the Blues around. Watching the game, I thought to myself, "Wow. I knew it was going to happen at some point, and here it is." The 'i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2013

    Game Notes: Blues 3, Predators 0

    It was a night of important rebounds for the Blues -- two of them, to be exact. The first is relatively easy to spot, as the team rebounded from their first loss of the season, a tough 3-2 defeat by the Blackhawks in Chicago, by beating the Nashville Predators last night 3-0. Back home at the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 22, 2013

    The Blues Through Two: Woo!

    The St. Louis Blues have played exactly two games this season, which is more than enough for me to say this, without equivocation: The 2013 St. Louis Blues are the greatest hockey team in the history of having a history of hockey teams. No, no. Don't argue with me. You can't. After the shellack ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2013

    "I Bitched About It a Lot on Twitter" and Other NHL Lockout Coping Strategies of Blues Fans

    The most recent NHL lockout became a memory on Saturday as the Blues blanked the Detroit Red Wings 6-0 at the Scottrade Center. While covering the first of this 48-game season, photographer Jon Gitchoff asked these fans how they spent the lockout. Here are their responses, which include crying, curs ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 19, 2013

    A Big Blue(s) Preview

    Tonight, at the Scottrade Center, the fated, the long-awaited, the eagerly anticipated 2013 Blues season will get under way. Okay, so it was really supposed to be the 2012-2013 Blues season, and all the Don King hype and rhyming in the world isn't going to entirely take the sting out of this la ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2013

    What to Like in Shortened Blues Hockey Season

    The powers that be in the National Hockey League finally got together, pulled their collective heads from their collective asses, and got a new collective bargaining agreement hammered out. (You like the repeated use of collective there? That's the kind of topnotch journalism you pay for with the RF ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 20, 2012

    Is Lockout History Repeating for the St. Louis Blues?

    So the NHL has apparently failed to learn its lesson. In a big, big way. See, the National Hockey League has this problem, wherein all the owners say they're not making any money, while the players all go, "Nuh-uh!" and everybody just keeps yelling at the other to quit being such a bunch of gre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 13, 2012

    The Paul McCartney St. Louis Presale is Happening Now!

    Paul McCartney has just announced a St. Louis show -- it's on November 11 at the Scottrade Center. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Friday at 10 a.m. via Ticketmaster, BUT the presale started at 10 a.m. this morning! Show some hustle! Update: 9/13/12, 10:30 a.m. We've done some cursory ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2012

    Blues' Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliot Named Top NHL Goalie Tandem

    I wrote yesterday about the Blues' brain trust of head coach Ken Hitchcock and General Manager Doug Armstrong both winning awards for themselves at the NHL Awards this week. And certainly, having those two names out there as the tops in their respective jobs brings plenty of prestige to the Blues or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 18, 2012

    Blues Give Chris Stewart a One-Year Deal

    Late last week, the Blues came to terms with forward Chris Stewart on a one-year deal worth $3 million, a slight pay cut from his salary of $3.25 million last season. And with the way he played last year, the only real shock could be how modest the pay cut actually was. It's funny to look back ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 30, 2012

    A Stanley Cup Prediction -- And a Question of Interest

    The Stanley Cup Finals begin tonight in New Jersey, with the Devils of the Garden State taking on the Los Angeles Kings, a hockey team we Blues fans are all too familiar with. I've actually watched a ton of the playoffs this year, even after the Blues were eliminated, which is a little unusual ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2012

    Tom Stillman Finally Owns the St. Louis Blues

    At long last, the Blues ownership matter is settled. The NHL board of governors unanimously approved the sale of the team yesterday for an estimated $130 million to the ownership group headed by local businessman Tom Stillman. Other local luminaries in the group include former Senator John Danforth, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 7, 2012

    The Blues' Final Stand

    The word 'unceremonious' comes to mind at times like these. It's a good word, unceremonious; it is perfectly evocative of it's intended meaning. Whatever it is you're describing, whatever it might be that has happened, you know that there was no pomp, no circumstance, no fancy, no schmancy, no party ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2012

    The Blues Get Embarrassed at Home

    It's been a great season for the Blues. A really, really great season. They started off slow under Davis Payne, but ever since making a coaching change and bringing in Ken Hitchcock, the Blues have been among the best teams in the NHL. For long stretches of time, in fact, it looked like the Blu ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    The Blues Dig Themselves Into a Hole -- Again

    For the second series in a row, the Blues have put themselves behind the eight ball by coming out and playing one of their worst games in the opener. Worse yet, they've done it both times while playing at home in the Scottrade Center, where they were the NHL's best home team this season. Of cou ... More >>

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    April 30, 2012

    Ken Hitchcock Nominated for Jack Adams Award

    St. Louis Blues head coach Ken Hitchcock was today officially announced as a nominee for this year's Jack Adams Award, which is given to the NHL's head coach who has "contributed most to his team's success." Considering the dramatic turnaround in the team's play once Hitch was hired in early Novembe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2012

    It's St. Louis Blues Day, And Actual Useful Hockey Information

    Mayor Francis Slay officially proclaimed today to be St. Louis Blues Day, because the Blues won the Central Division, their first round of playoffs, and set a new franchise record for home wins. It's a nice honor, sure, but it seems kinda premature. Let's say the team wins this next round -- do we g ... More >>

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    April 25, 2012

    St. Louis Blues Go Full Wonka, Hide Free Playoff Tickets for You to Find

    The first two games of the Blues vs. Los Angeles Kings second-round playoff games don't have set dates yet, but they're guaranteed to be at the Scottrade Center. They'll set you back a tidy $65 to $442 a pop, plus service fees of course, and they're going fast. You could, however, win a pair if you' ... More >>

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    April 23, 2012

    Up Next For the Blues: Quickly Come the Kings

    The St. Louis Blues, having defeated their aquatic foes in round one of the playoffs, are now resting quietly, recuperating mind and body to prepare for the next challenge. It's a little like the dialogue screen from Mike Tyson's Punch-Out, where the opponent would hurl some insult at Little Ma ... More >>

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    April 22, 2012

    The Blues Go On, The Sharks Go Home

    Ah, the sweet smell of victory. The air this lovely Sunday morning seems a little fresher, a little cleaner, a little...well, sweeter. Birds are chirping, squirrels are, um, making whatever noise it is squirrels make, hungover hockey fans are groaning and moaning as they smack the snooze button for ... More >>

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    April 20, 2012

    Blues Push San Jose to The Brink

    You know, I really love that phrase. The Brink, I mean. On the brink or to the brink, I really like it. Although On the Brink sounds suspiciously like a movie from the 80s to me, maybe with Moira Kelly in it or something. Still, it's a cool word, and I don't think it's used nearly often enough.  ... More >>

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    April 19, 2012

    The Blues and Sharks Gear up For a Pivotal Game 4

    You know, most of the time when you're talking about a seven game series, the odd-numbered games are the really big ones. Game one sets the tone for the series. Game three could put a team up 3-0 or break a 1-1 tie. Game five often breaks a 2-2 tie and puts one team on the verge of victory. Game sev ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 17, 2012

    Blues Take 2-1 Lead With Brilliance in San Jose

    In the first game, the Blues dominated most of the way, minus occasional lapses, but were unable to solve Antti Niemi. They lost in double overtime 3-2. In the second game, the Sharks dominated the first period but put one in their own net. Jaroslav Halak stood on his head early, then was force ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 16, 2012

    Blues and Sharks Knotted at One Game Apiece; Head to San Jose

    The Blues will be in San Jose tonight, continuing their first round playoff series against the Sharks, with the series tied up at one game apiece. The first game took over 80 minutes to be decided, finally ending in the second overtime period when the Sharks snuck a goal past Jaroslav Halak to steal ... More >>

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