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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.


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.


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.


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 76, Union 57

Saturday, Dec. 20

Sullivan Shootout

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

Lindbergh 67, St. Clair 46

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

Washington 56, Lutheran South 54

Poplar Bluff 59, Borgia 49

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

Francis Howell 55, Washington 48

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 62, Sullivan 35

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