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Posted: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:30 pm | Updated: 1:13 pm, Wed Oct 9, 2013.

Five games can say plenty about sports teams.

After five games of the NFL and college football season, how do you feel about the Missouri Tigers and the St. Louis Rams? I bet it’s not the same.

What will happen in Game 5 of the NLDS between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night at Busch Stadium?

Yes, the Rams won last Sunday over Jacksonville, improving to 2-3 on the season.

But anyone who has watched the Rams this season would agree that things aren’t right.

Nothing is clicking on offense, defense or special teams.

“We have to improve, yes. Obviously, you correct wins, losses, and you have to move forward, but I think we can,” said Rams Head Coach Jeff Fisher. “I think we did some things we can build on, scheme-wise on both sides of the ball. Defensively, we have to tackle better and we need to learn to rush better with our backers.”

Special teams have been a disaster with one penalty after another.

“Special teams, obviously, the penalties are of a concern, but we addressed it this morning (Monday), each and every one of them,” Fisher said. “It’s frustrating for our returner (Tavon Austin) in that there’s been a number of quality returns called back.”

I’m hearing a lot of talk about Sam Bradford, and if he’s living up to his high expectations.

For Bradford to be successful, he needs help around him. I still have faith, but everyone around him, offensive line, running backs, receivers and coaches, needs to be better.

Five games into the season, I’d have to say the prospects aren’t good for the Rams.

Will they win another division game this season? With a Monday night home game against Seattle (Oct. 28) and road contests against the 49ers, Cardinals and Seahawks, it seems unlikely.

Plus, the Rams have games remaining against Indianapolis, Chicago and New Orleans, just to name a few.

“It’s not easy winning games in the NFL, especially with some of the issues we’ve had in the past month,” said Rams defensive end Chris Long.

It’s not easy winning games in the SEC either, but Mizzou is off to a good start after last week’s 51-28 thrashing at Vanderbilt.

The Tigers have done exactly what they needed to, win their first five games.

Business really picks up starting Saturday with an 11 a.m. kickoff at Georgia. After that, there are consecutive home games against Florida, South Carolina and Tennessee.

Sticking with our five-game theme, the five key games down the road for Mizzou are those three home games and road dates at Kentucky and Ole Miss.

Winning three of those games would be nice, four would be great.

I’m throwing out this week’s Georgia game and the season finale at home against Texas A&M. If you win one or both of those, that’s icing on the cake.

Even if you lose to Georgia and Texas A&M, win three of the five key games and Mizzou is 8-4 and going to a nice bowl game. Win four of those five and the Tigers are 9-3 and playing in a New Year’s Day bowl game.

It will be interesting to see how James Franklin and the Tigers hold up during this rugged SEC stretch.

Five games will decide this Cardinals-Pirates NLDS we’re all enjoying.

With Adam Wainwright on the mound and the Cards at home, you have to like their chances.

The Cardinals have to find a way to get to Pirates rookie Gerrit Cole, who shut them down in Game 2 at Busch Stadium.

The key for the Cardinals offense is leadoff batter Matt Carpenter. He’s had a great season, but has struggled in this series. He needs to get on base and set the table for Carlos Beltran, Matt Holliday and friends.

The winner of Game 5 advances to the National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers. Game 1 is Friday night, hopefully at Busch Stadium.


Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North



Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter


Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1




Pool 2


North Tech


Monday, Nov. 24

CBC 77, Washington 52

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Cardinal Ritter vs. Rockwood Summit, PPD

Washington 63, Soldan 62

Borgia 83, Union 50

Wednesday, Nov. 26

Carnahan 71, Normandy 46

Pacific 64, Rockwood Summit 22

North Tech 67, Union 37

Thursday, Nov. 27

McCluer North 95 Carnahan 68

CBC 82, Soldan 55

Borgia 50, North Tech 45

Friday, Nov. 28

McCluer North 93, Normandy 39

Pacific 70, Cardinal Ritter 57

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation — Rockwood Summit 47, Normandy 38

Gold Consolation — Soldan 78, Union 59

Gold Third Place — North Tech 63, Washington 57

Blue Third Place — Cardinal Ritter 71, Carnahan 46

Blue Championship — McCluer North 64, Pacific 58 (OT)

Gold Championship — CBC 67, Borgia 66

Boys Basketball

Monday, Dec. 8

Lutheran S 64, St. Clair 48

Borgia 61, Carnahan 51

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Lafayette 44, Washington 35

Friday, Dec. 12

Potosi 72, St. Clair 45

*Washington 69, Ft. Zumwalt North 65

Montgomery Co 62, New Haven 61

*St. Mary’s at Borgia    6:45 p.m.

Bourbon 75, Union 74

Glendale 63, Pacific 46

Saturday, Dec. 13

New Haven 46, Barat 40

Nixa 56, Pacific 46

Tuesday, Dec. 16

*Pacific 70, New Haven 35

*Hermann 67, St. Clair 49

*Ft. Zumwalt South 61, Washington 50

*Union 81, St. James 74

Friday, Dec. 19

*Owensville at St. Clair    4 p.m.

Washington vs. Parkway Central, GAC/Suburban Shootout, St. Charles Family Arena, 5:30 p.m.

*St. James at New Haven    6 p.m.

*Pacific at Union    7 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

Owensville vs. Rockwood Summit, 11:30 a.m.

St. Clair vs. Lindbergh, 1 p.m.

Jefferson City vs. Jackson, 2:30 p.m.

Washington vs. Lutheran South, 4 p.m.

Borgia vs. Poplar Bluff, 5:30 p.m.

Sullivan vs. Affton, 7 p.m.

Girls Basketball

Saturday, Dec. 6

Cor Jesu 63, Borgia 60

New Haven 46, Moberly 39

Monday, Dec. 8

Pacific 73, Rolla 40

St. Clair 68, Dixon 37

Washington 54, New Haven 15

Tuesday, Dec. 9

*Borgia 59, Rosati-Kain 38

Union 53, Northwest 44

Thursday, Dec. 11

*Borgia 60, Notre Dame 53

Union 81, Bourbon 53

Friday, Dec. 12

New Haven 45, Principia 30

*Washington 59, Ft. Zumwalt North 32

Saturday, Dec. 13

West Plains 76, Pacific 37

Monday, Dec. 15

*Pacific 46, New Haven 28

*St. Clair 59, Hermann 50

*St. James 64, Union 37

Sullivan Tournament

Cuba 48, Principia 27

Borgia 68, Patriettes 29

Sullivan 56, Pattonville 43

Owensville 78, Farmington 54

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Sullivan Tournament

Farmington 61, Pattonville 39

Sullivan 68, Owensville 64

Principia 55, St. Louis Patriettes 42

Borgia 56, Cuba 38

Thursday, Dec. 18

*St. James 72, New Haven 21

*Union 49, Pacific 48

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Francis Howell    7 p.m.

Sullivan Tournament

Seventh Place — Pattonville vs. St. Louis Patriettes, 4 p.m.

Consolation — Farmington vs. Principia, 5:30 p.m.

Third Place — Owensville vs. Cuba, 7 p.m.

Championship — Borgia vs. Sullivan, 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 20

Union at Waynesville    5 p.m.


Monday, Dec. 8

Maplewood 48, Borgia 30

Brentwood 47, Borgia 36

Winfield 48, St. Clair 36

St. Clair 42, St. James 40

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Pacific 55, North County 10

Jackson 63, Washington 12

Farmington 63, Washington 6

Wednesday, Dec. 10

Borgia 36, Lutheran St. Charles 34

Winfield 54, Borgia 30

Thursday, Dec. 11

Union 72, Ft. Zumwalt East 9

Union 52, Principia 30

Union 54, Winfield 27

Saturday, Dec. 13

Union Tournament    9 a.m.

Borgia at McCluer S-Berkeley Tny    9 a.m.

Pacific at Farmington Tny    9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 16

Owensville 61, St. Clair 16

Union 48, Owensville 27

Union 65, St. Clair 18

Friday, Dec. 19

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Saturday, Dec. 20

Washington at Raytown S Tny    TBA

Union at Cape Central Tny    TBA

Pacific at Ft. Zumwalt E Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Monday, Dec. 8

Washington at Eureka    4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 9

Washington at Nerinx Hall    4 p.m.

LSC/OFC 134, Borgia 101, St. Dominic 83

Monday, Dec. 15

Borgia at Notre Dame (Forest Park)    4 p.m.

Kennedy 88, Washington 84

Wednesday, Dec. 17

Lindbergh 128, Washington 48

*Conference Games