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St. Louis unites against common enemy: Stan Kroenke

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St. Louis football fans don’t have the 49ers or Seahawks to hate anymore. They have a new nemesis: Rams owner Stan Kroenke and the NFL executives who helped take away the team. It wasn’t exactly moving trucks sneaking the Colts out of Baltimore or moving the Browns from Cleveland, but Tuesday’s decision to relocate the Rams to Los Angeles left Missouri’s biggest city with bruised feelings, millions of dollars of unpaid debt from the current stadium and the distinction of…

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Vestige of St. Louis Disney park that never was up for sale

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Imagine packing up the kids and heading for that dream vacation to a Disney theme park … in St. Louis. It almost happened a half-century ago when Disney drew up plans for an indoor theme park in downtown St. Louis before giving up in a dispute over money and turning attention to Florida. St. Louis’ loss was the Orlando area’s gain: Walt Disney World became one the world’s top tourist attractions. St. Louis can only lament what might have been.…

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Not 4th down for LA, but surely 3rd and long

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If there’s one thing the NFL doesn’t want associated with moving a team or teams to Los Angeles, it’s confusion. Too late. With each delay in the process, as well-intentioned as they might be, the league perplexes residents of LA, St. Louis, Oakland and San Diego. Not to mention fans of the Rams, Raiders and Chargers, wherever else they reside. This week’s move to punt any decision to Jan. 13 in Houston, a delay of nearly six weeks, was deemed…

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Should Marty St. Louis make the Hall? Other Tampa Bay athletes?

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An interesting post in the Bergen Record asks a question that is asked in the aftermath of a lot of great athletes. Is Marty St. Louis a Hall of Famer? And while we’re at it, what about Tampa Bay and the Hall of Fame? We seem to be at the porch, waiting to be invited in. We have seen excellence, but our teams have rarely been good. Somewhere in the middle, there is the Hall of Fame for Tampa Bay,…

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By retiring, does Marty St. Louis become ours again?

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Is he ours again? In memory, is Marty St. Louis a member of the Tampa Bay Lightning forever? Oh, he was barely a Ranger. He played there two years, and yes, he made the playoffs both times. But the legacy hardly dents what it was with the Tampa Bay Lightning when he was here. So he is one of us again? Or in walking away, did St. Louis close that door forever? It is an interesting question now that the…

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Would you welcome it if Marty St. Louis returned to Lightning?

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On the night of the draft, it isn’t all simply about young talent. Say you are Steve Yzerman of the Tampa Bay Lightning, for instance. Say you are looking for a guy with experience. Say you are looking for a deft passer who can play on the line with Steven Stamkos. Say you are looking for someone who can establish a bond with the fan base. So, is everyone ready to forgive Marty St. Louis? Okay, okay. St. Louis is a…

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Has Tyler Johnson become the Lightning’s best player?

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By the time he scored his first goal, racing down the open ice ahead of Marty St. Louis to notch a short-handed goal, someone had already brought up the notion. By the time he scored his second one, faking a pass and then lining a beautiful top-shelf goal, it was a full-blown debate. By the time he scored his third one, crashing the crowded net and poking the puck into the goal, there may have been no dissenting votes. Just…

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