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Reading Time, Five Minutes

In Baseball, Basketball, Football on February 1, 2014 at 8:11 pm

Crim Del Harris’s weekend update of the week’s top sports stories. 

Jeff Goldblum has a great line in the 1984 film The Big Chill that all bloggers should take to heart. Talking about his dead-end job at People, Goldblum’s “Michael” discusses the magazine’s one editorial rule: “You can’t write anything longer than the average person can read during the average crap.” It’s with that sentiment in mind that CDH debuts an irregularly recurring feature — Reading Time, Five Minutes. Borrowed from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s Bernie Miklasz, RTFM will give you a run down of the big stories in sports, with some witty comments and a funny Vine, or something. We haven’t quite figured it out yet. Anyway, let’s begin!

Earlier this week Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced the league’s actions to protect pitchers from line drives. Beginning in spring training later this month, pitchers will have the option of wearing a cap with extra padding around the cranium to protect against head trauma and brain injury. While the league’s effort to protect players is admirable, these caps look…pretty terrible. [Cue Great Gazoo joke.] Read the rest of this entry »

Manufacturing Points

In Football on January 8, 2014 at 4:06 pm

Frequent flier miles with your season tickets? It could happen if Ian Brickey’s economic development plan went through.

If you’ve followed St. Louis media at all in the last few weeks, you’re probably aware of the effort to land (wow, what a pun) Boeing’s 777X passenger jet manufacturing contract. With labor unrest in Washington — Boeing’s manufacturing hub — both city and state leaders sought to entice the aerospace behemoth to the Show-Me State.

After weeks of closed-door meetings and negotiations, the state and the city each offered tax concessions of nearly $1.8 billion a piece for Boeing to build a new factory in St. Louis County. But those efforts were not, as machinists in Washington approved a new labor deal Saturday ensuring the work would stay in Seattle.

With St. Louis’s bid effectively over, I can now reveal my own part in the Boeing bonanza. You see, a few weeks ago, I got a call from Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon. It was a surprise to say the least. Jerry — I call him Jerry — and I haven’t spoken in a while.

“Ian,” he says, “I want you in on the Boeing thing.” Read the rest of this entry »

Big Trouble Right Here in River City

In Football on February 16, 2013 at 4:41 pm

The St. Louis Rams want a new stadium. Here’s why St. Louis shouldn’t pay for it.

There’s a quote from the film Gladiator that says, “The beating heart of Rome is not the marble of the senate, it’s the sand of the Colosseum.” It conjures images of grand architecture, exciting battles and the splendor of one of the world’s great cities. Now, try and substitute “St. Louis” for Rome and “Edward Jones Dome” for Colosseum. The picture changes: bland architecture, bad football and an unappealing airport connection. Doesn’t really have the same impact, does it?

Most people would agree that the Edward Jones Dome, home of the Super Bowl XXXIV Champion St. Louis Rams,[1] needs to be renovated, and it’s not hard to see why. The sightlines are terrible, the seats are cramped, the scoreboard is tiny, the sound system vacillates between inaudible and jumbo jet exhaust, and the ambient light is practically non-existent. The Edward Jones Dome is like the cave you visited that one time as an elementary schooler, except there’s beer and you paid $200 to get in. Unfortunately for the denizens of St. Louis, they might be on the hook for a lot more than a new scoreboard. Read the rest of this entry »

Temple of Dome

In Football on February 1, 2012 at 10:48 am

At least the tickets were free. That was the one saving grace. It had started to rain as I drove downtown, and I had to walk five blocks to get to the stadium. A guard patted me down at the gate — I half-expected him to say, “Welcome to Shawshank” as I went inside. I got lost in the labyrinthine hallways and staircases as I searched for my seat. It’s easy to find the cheap seats at a baseball stadium; you just keep going up until you see the sky. But there is no sky in the Edward Jones Dome — only drab, gray sound-absorbing panels…

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