• Missouri sports in state of misery

  • In the state we are in, so much for athletics being a solace for the weary-hearted.

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  • In the state we are in, so much for athletics being a solace for the weary-hearted.
    Personal tragedy aside, the misery continued last week for me, a self-proclaimed fan of the Missouri Tigers, St. Louis Rams, Cardinals and Blues and appreciative follower of the Kansas City Chiefs.
    Looking for a real-world escape from loss and pain, the Cardinals did me no favors being swept 3-0 by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the Division Championship Series.
    Mizzou? Oh man, the Tigers gift-wrapped a nationally televised Thursday night game against Nebraska.
    To make matters worse, on the exact same night the Blues were beat down 4-2 in their 2009 home opener against Atlanta.
    By the time Sunday rolled around, my trip to the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis to see the Rams take on the Brett Favre-led Vikings only added to the frustrating week. The Vikes bum-rushed the Rams 31-10.
    To add fuel to the fire, Rams wide receiver Donnie Avery’s despicable and embarrassing “stanky leg” touchdown celebration against the Vikes has been plastered all over television screens this week as what not to do when you are winless and getting blown out in your own building.
    Watching the Rams live confirmed to me what I had already suspected: they are so far behind the Chiefs in their rebuilding project that Kansas City fans should be thankful that their team is displaying heart and passion and coming oh-so-close to pulling out their first victory of the year. 0-5 record or not.
    • Speaking of the Blues and Rams, I really don’t have much to add to the whole hub-bub involving Blues chairman Dave Checketts overtures to buy the Rams with an investment group that included radio host Rush Limbaugh, whom Checketts subsequently dropped from the group.
    Here’s my take though: Limbaugh is paid – handsomely I might add – to stir the pot. He has amassed a fortune over the years for his on-air commentary and political beliefs. This is America. He has the right to say as he pleases to a certain degree and he definitely has the right to invest in whatever business it is he sees fit.
    Now I’ll go on record and say that I was not at all excited abut the prospects of Limbaugh being a minority partner of my hometown team, but at the end of the day the criticism and outraged expressed by some is exactly what is wrong with this country today.
    I don’t agree with any of the views that I have ever heard Limbaugh spew, but don’t get mad at the man because he has the verve to say things publicly that a lot of people think and say privately, NFL owners included.
    The man is paid to be a talking head and I seriously doubt anybody that lives in this great country would not do the job Limbaugh is doing for the amount of cash he is doing it for. Give me a few hundred millions and I’d say whatever radio listeners wanted me to say as well.
    Page 2 of 2 - • I just wanted to take the time to thank my fellow Examiner employees, the great readers and bloggers of the Examiner, the Independence Police Department and the fantastic, wonderful people of this community for the condolences, prayers and support displayed during the most difficult moment of my life.
    I am truly proud to be associated with such great people and I thank you all.

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