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Craig's Corner: Great Time For Sports in Missouri

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Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 10:00 am

What a last two months it’s been for many of our college and professional sports teams in Missouri.

The St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs and the Missouri Tigers all are the talk of the state.

Game 1 of the World Series between the Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox is Wednesday night at Fenway Park.

It’s a rematch of the 2004 World Series, where Boston swept the Cardinals, celebrating its first championship since 1918 at Busch Stadium, which ended the “Curse of the Bambino.”

Maybe the Cardinals will return the favor and celebrate at Fenway in game six or seven this season.

Or maybe the Redbirds will win in five games at home. Heck, let’s just really return the favor and sweep the series.

I like the Cardinals’ chances.

Adam Wainwright and Michael Wacha are pitching the first two games in Boston, and then the series moves to St. Louis on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Allen Craig is returning to the lineup, and will be the designated hitter for the games in Boston.

Both teams have strong bullpens. The Red Sox have solid starting pitching, but not as dominant as Wainwright and Wacha are capable of being.

Joe Kelly and Lance Lynn will pitch Games 3 and 4 at home, which should help them. With Wainwright back for Game 5 and Wacha set for Game 6, I’m picking the Cardinals to win in six games.

If the series goes to seven games, it will be on Halloween night in Boston.

How about what we’ll have in St. Louis on Monday night? Game 5 of the World Series (if necessary) and Monday Night Football between the Rams and the Seahawks both will be taking place. I think the Rams will finish second in that contest.

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Never did I think Mizzou football would be in the position its in after seven games.

The Tigers are 7-0 and have a two-game lead in the SEC East with a 3-0 mark.

A win over South Carolina Saturday and you can almost pencil the Tigers in the SEC championship game in Atlanta. Unbelievable.

I had my doubts about this team at the beginning of the season, but I’ve been proven wrong. The defense has been playing well. They’re great at rushing the passer.

The loss of James Franklin to injury was tough, but Maty Mauk stepped in and did well last week against Florida, one of the top defenses in the country.

The offense is deep at running back and receiver and the line is holding up.

At this point, my goal for Mizzou is to win the East, play Alabama in the conference title game and go on to play in a New Year’s Day bowl game.

If they keep winning, we can bump that goal up to maybe a BCS game at the end of the year.

It sounds crazy to think, but a 10-2 record is a definite possibility. And who knows, it could be even better. I’m cautiously optimistic about the remainder of the season.

Speaking of Mizzou, I have to give a shout out to the volleyball team that has a 23-0 record and beat Florida, ranked No. 2 in the country, last Sunday.

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I’ve never been a Chiefs fan, but I’ve always liked head coach Andy Reid, so it’s cool to see them 7-0.

Did you know that Reid was Mizzou’s offensive line coach from 1989-91? Maybe that Mizzou vibe is rubbing off on the Chiefs.

I’m not sure if they can keep it up or not. They do have a solid running game and defense, which could go a long way.

As far as the Rams go, the Missouri magic hasn’t rubbed off on them.

The team is 3-4, Sam Bradford is out for the season with a torn ACL and it’s a rough schedule in the second half of the season. Things don’t look good.

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Area Scoreboard

62nd Annual Borgia Pepsi Thanksgiving Tournament

Blue Division

Pool 1

McCluer North

Normandy

Carnahan

Pool 2

Cardinal Ritter

Pacific

Rockwood Summit

Gold Division

Pool 1

CBC

Soldan

Washington

Pool 2

Borgia

North Tech

Union

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 vs. Normandy, 6 p.m.

Cardinal Ritter vs. Pacific, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 29

Blue Consolation, noon

Gold Consolation — Soldan vs. Union, 1:30 p.m.

Gold Third Place — Washington vs. North Tech, 3 p.m.

Blue Third Place, 4:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship — CBC vs. Borgia, 7:30 p.m.

Blue Championship, 6 p.m.

Gold Championship, 7:30 p.m.

Boys Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

New Haven at Belle    6 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Festus at Pacific    5:30 p.m.

#St. Clair vs. St. Vincent    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

#St. Clair vs. Jefferson    6 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

#Crystal City Tny    5/6:30/8 p.m.

New Haven at Montgomery Co. Tny    TBA

Girls Basketball

Tuesday, Nov. 25

Washington 61, St. Clair 49

Saturday, Nov. 29

@Pacific vs. North County    2 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 1

St. Louis Patriettes at Union    7 p.m.

&Pacific vs. Marquette    7 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Tuesday, Dec. 2

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wednesday, Dec. 3

&Pacific vs. Ft. Zumwalt West/Rosati-Kain    4/5:30 p.m.

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Thursday, Dec. 4

St. Clair at Clayton Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington at Union    7 p.m.

Pacific at Marquette Tny    TBA

New Haven at Montgomery Co Tny    TBA

Wrestling

Tuesday, Dec. 2

Washington at Owensville/Rolla    5 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 3

Union at Ladue    5 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 4

Union, Borgia at Washington    6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 5

Washington, Pacific at Westminster Tny    TBA

Girls Swimming

Thursday, Dec. 4

Borgia at Burroughs    4 p.m.

*Conference Games

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