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Posted: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 8:00 am | Updated: 9:43 am, Wed Jun 6, 2012.

While events such as American Legion baseball and swim meets usually make up much of the area sports scene during the summer, football also has become more of a summer activity.

It looks as though it’s going to be another successful season of American Legion baseball.

All three of the Washington Post 218 teams are off to solid starts and should be in the thick of things come postseason time.

When you have plenty of quality pitching at your disposal, like all of the Post 218 teams seem to have, it’s usually going to be a good season.

The number of American Legion teams in the immediate area along with the Ninth District is down this summer, but Post 218 seems to be as strong as ever.

The Pacific Post 320 Freshmen also are off to a solid start to their season.

Post 320 doesn’t play as many games as Post 218 does on the Freshmen level, but the team usually is more than competitive in most of their games.

It should be another good summer of American Legion baseball in our area.

Can the same be said about the St. Louis Cardinals?

The Redbirds have fallen on hard times.

Not surprisingly, injuries to key players are an issue.

The offense appears to be on summer vacation. Five runs scored and three shutouts in a four-game series at New York is unacceptable.

The starting pitching is inconsistent. It may take Adam Wainwright a full year to return to his old form. Will Chris Carpenter even pitch this year? Kyle Lohse, Jake Westbrook and Jaime Garcia need to step up and be better.

The bullpen is over-used and not very good at times.

We keep hearing that Shelby Miller and Carlos Martinez are waiting in the wings in the minors. But Miller is only 4-4 with 4.99 ERA for Memphis this season.

If things don’t improve for the Cardinals, it’s going to be the Cincinnati Reds running away with the National League Central.

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It’s an exciting time for football fans.

The Missouri Cyclones of the Great Midwest Football League won their season opener last Saturday and play their first home game of the regular season against the Midwest Chargers Saturday at Borgia High School at 6 p.m.

The Cyclones are hardly a pushover. They can play. They shut out the Illinois Firehawks 24-0 in their season opener after going 14-2 and reaching the national championship game last season.

Hopes for at least better success are high for the Rams with new head coach Jeff Fisher in place.

The Rams minicamp takes place June 12-14. Training camp begins in late July.

Most of the news involving the Rams has involved the team negotiating with the CVC (Convention and Visitors Commission) for renovations to the Edward Jones Dome.

The Rams rejected the CVC’s $120 million proposal. The CVC rejected the Rams $700 million counter proposal.

Arbitration begins if no agreement is reached by June 15. The arbitration process could last through the end of the year.

The dome needs a lot of help. It certainly has to be considered one of the poorest stadiums in the NFL.

In a perfect world, the Rams would build a new outdoor stadium at the old Chrysler Plant in Fenton, but that would come with a huge price tag and some would complain that the team shouldn’t move away from downtown. The way I look at it, Fenton is better than Los Angeles.

Unfortunately, the Fenton Rams probably will never happen.

The Seventh Annual East Central Football Camp takes place June 15-16. Coaches Dale Gildehaus of Borgia and Jeff Duncan of Parkway West have done a great job running the camp over the years.

A total of 32 teams will take place in the high school football camp this year.

The venues will be Borgia, St. Clair, Parkway West, Ft. Zumwalt East and Ft. Zumwalt West.

On June 15 starting at 3 p.m., Borgia, Washington, Pacific and Owensville play at Borgia. St. Clair, Union and St. James play at St. Clair.

On June 16 starting at 3 p.m., Borgia, Washington, Union, Pacific and Owensville play at Borgia. Washington meets Borgia at 7:10 p.m. St. Clair and St. James play at St. Clair High School.

Considering the price and the level of competition, this camp has become one of the top high school football camps in Missouri.

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