The A-Train Rant 19.0!!!!

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Kicking off  your weekend with this edition of The A-Train Rant…

  1. What the hell, Roger? WHAT THE HELL? 2 game suspension for an athlete beating his wife? But you can suspend a player for smoking marijuana and keep another from playing for 2 seasons because of dog-fighting. That’s why the NFL offices are so screwed up.
  2. Michelle Beadle wants to beat down Stephen A. Smith. She may have used her words but she sounds like she wants to use her fists.
  3. Someone help Sam Ponder…I see what she was trying to do but she got annihilated on social media.
  4. I feel bad for Tony Dungy, he spoke his mind then took back what he said. It’s like we can’t say anything about issues period before being scrutinized. Then again, he helped the person previously described in Statement 1.
  5. Kevin Love will be a Cleveland Cavalier. Regardless of what other “sources” or reports say. Chicago is giving up a lot to get him with. I can let go that Love won’t be a Bull. HE’S GOT TO BE EXCITED THAT HIS NAME IS MENTIONED EVERY DAY NOW.
  6. Despite losing 2 games to a 4th place AL East team, the Cardinals still has Milwaukee’s number and they will still collapse.
  7. NFL season is just around the corner. Can’t wait for fantasy football.
  8. Oakland A’s should be in the World Series this year. It’s a true “Moneyball” team again.
  9. James Harden and Dwight Howard will never win a championship as teammates. I’m being nice.
  10. Crazy as it seems, the Washington Wizards will be one of the scariest teams to face in the Eastern Conference. People will talk about Chicago and Cleveland but watch out for D.C.
  11. Big ups to “The Front Page” radio show for allowing me to come on board and talk sports. Catch them every day from 12pm-3pm CST on KFNS 590 AM.
  12. Shoutout to the St. Louis Surge and their owner Khalia Collier…women’s professional basketball in St. Louis. Yep, it’s real. Check it here.

Have a great weekend.

More to come.

The A-Train

The Best Is Yet To Come (No Jokers Wild Card)

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Think about this… Baseball’s extra Wild Card element added for the first time this year gives more sports drama because of last year’s almost incidentally awesome last day. That last day of diligence, drama, and dreams was created in the unlikely but unforgettable last day of last year’s regular season that was happening in four different games.

Because of this extra wildcard now in 2012, teams like the Cincinnati Reds have a chance to shatter the Cards’ playoff dreams instead of just sitting pretty atop the Central Division waiting for a 1st round playoff opponent.

The Reds can be both division winners and Wild Card spoilers! This duality is the new reality of the 2012 postseason race.

The great schedule makers have Cincinnati meeting its division nemesis, the Cardinals, for a three-game regular-season finale of a series that begins Monday. Oh yes, plenty is at stake. Before the playoffs, the National League Central champion Reds can also bounce St. Louis from this new 2012 second Wild Card spot. The Cardinals entered the day with a two-game advantage over the surging L.A. Dodgers.

For the first time ever, the three headed monster of quality teams in the American League West can all battle it out for playoff positioning down the last few games of the season and two of the three will likely get in. Even next year all three teams could have a postseason game. This 2012 change increases the rewards of a division championship and allows two additional cities in the great U.S.A. or Canada to experience playoff baseball each year, all while maintaining the most exclusive postseason in professional sports.

The National and American League Championship Series and World Series formats will remain the same, keeping baseball purists happy still.

Let’s get back to the National League playoff picture. Although the scenario is different this year for the Cardinals to get into the playoffs the revenge factor is intriguing from the standpoint of the Atlanta Braves. Of course The Braves want to get back at the Cards for last year’s epic failure when they held a double digit lead in the standings over the Cards and losing that lead ultimately on the final day of the season. Yes, the Braves ultimately controlled their own destiny but couldn’t hold off the surging LaRussa Lead legacy of champions.

As a St. Louis sports fan, I’ve been blessed to almost always find myself switching back and forth between meaningful and or playoff cardinal baseball and Blues opening season hockey on the same nights for a few weeks in October. Well this year with no NHL hockey and me not playing hockey due to my schedule I hope to see some games on the hockey schedule! But for baseball even the casual or impatient sports fans who often mock the game of baseball can’t help but respect what our national past time has done to help the fan experience exceed expectations.

On the hockey front; I think I’ll wait till’ some of my teammates are ready to get into the swing of the real winter season before I lace up my skates to play some real games. Oh and let’s not forget about the new college friend who will be needing an early season warm welcome back to STL with a pickup game or two in December.

Predictions– These baseball teams will make the playoffs: Senior circuit: Braves, Cards, Nationals, Giants, Reds – Junior circuit: Rangers, A’s, Yankees, Orioles, Tigers

World Series Prediction: Cardinals versus A’s

Prediction for my sports life: Time will be found to play hockey in our league with my teammates and time to play pickup hockey with old and new friends in between the grueling but grateful schedule of producing programing!

-Bryan Kreutz