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Lon_Paul


Columbia, MO (via Columbia, MO)

Member since 25 August 2012 | Blog

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  • SPORTS MOMENT: Ohio State winning the National Championship in 2002/Atlanta Braves winning the World Series in 1995.
  • NFL TEAM: Green Bay Packers
  • MLB TEAM: Atlanta Braves, Pittsburgh Pirates

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Comment 06 Apr 2014

I have to disagree with you about baseball not having prospered internationally.  Baseball's actually quite popular internationally (much more so than American Football).  For instance, it's the biggest sport (or one of the biggest sports) in a number of countries in Asia (Japan, South Korea, Taiwan), the Caribbean (Puerto Rico {Not its own country obviously but distinct culturally from the USA}, the Dominican Republic, Cuba, the Netherlands Antilles, Venezuela {I realize Venezuela is in South America but it has some cultural connections to the Caribbean so I'm including it in this group}), Central America (Nicaragua, Panama), and North America (Canada, Mexico), and it's growing and increasing in popularity in a number of other countries (Colombia, Brazil, South Africa, Italy, the Netherlands, Australia, New Zealand, China, etc.).  MLB has talked about staging some regular season MLB games in Europe (Italy or the Netherlands) to start the season similar to what they did in Australia this year (which was a big success by all accounts) and in Japan in seasons past and we can also see the increased international appeal by the ever increasing influx of international players into the Majors and the increased participation by countries in the World Baseball Classic.   So while baseball may not be quite as International right now as soccer, basketball or hockey, it certainly has a much greater international appeal than American Football and I think speculating that Baseball will never have worldwide appeal is a little presumptuous because it is, and has been for a number of years, been increasing its appeal and popularity worldwide.  Not trying to jump all over you or anything but I'm really passionate about baseball's international expansion so I just wanted to point out some things that you may not have considered previously.  I think you have to consider the international expansions of American Football and baseball as distinct entities as American Football is not nearly as far along in its development internationally as baseball is, so lumping them into the same category isn't really accurate in my mind.

Comment 22 Jun 2013

SUPER excited for this kid! Guys with that combination of Size and Athleticism are a rarity.  I have a feeling this guy is gonna blow up in the recruiting world imminently.  Welcome to Buckeye Nation, Stephen!  Can't wait to see what you're gonna accomplish in the Scarlet and Gray! 

Comment 17 Mar 2013

Great post!  Not sure if I'd want Kerry as my Algebra teacher but there's no one I would rather have as our secondary coach. Go Bucks!

Comment 24 Feb 2013

Wow, fantastic post!  I'm a big statistics nerd so I love statistical breakdowns like this.  Awesome, awesome job!  I'm definitely gonna keep this handy so I can beat all my scUM friends over the head with my improved historical knowledge of the rivalry now haha.

Comment 21 Feb 2013

I love you, 11W! *kisses*

Comment 06 Feb 2013

Just got off work where I was devoid of internet access all day and I come home to find out that not only did we keep Zeke, not only did we get James Clark, but we got FREAKIN VONN BELL TOO?????!!!!! SWEET BABY JESUS, WHAT A FREAKIN JOYOUS DAY

Comment 19 Dec 2012

Wow, that's crazy!  I actually had no idea about this so thank you for sharing.  Gosh, hindsight is 20/20 I suppose but I wish the Mizzou/Kansas addition had happened like you mentioned here . . . Also, it's interesting to think what the college football landscape would be like now if the B1G had poached Missouri/Kansas when it poached Nebraska.

Comment 18 Dec 2012

Really great post, man!  I think my ideal situation for expansion would be a Virginia/North Carolina addition followed by a Missouri/Kansas addition.  I'm an OSU fan but was raised in Columbia, MO since I was 4 years old so I've got a soft spot for Missouri athletics.  I was devastated when Missouri went to the SEC, not only because I despise that conference but also because of the fact that it basically ended our fantastic rivalry with Kansas.  After OSU-Michigan, I think that the Missouri-Kansas rivalry is the best in the country.  The Missouri/Kansas rivalry is heated, filled with hatred, and historic (roots stemming from the civil war) so seeing it end after Missouri's move to the SEC was really depressing.

I think adding Missouri and Kansas to the B1G would be a very smart move for the conference.  As you mentioned, it makes sense from a TV market standpoint, both schools are in the AAU, and we'd be getting the most heated rivalry this side of OSU-Michigan.  I think the biggest thing standing in the way of this happening though is Missouri not wanting to change conferences again so soon after joining the SEC.  I could definitely see Kansas hopping at a B1G invite but I'm less certain about Missouri (although, personally, I would love to see Mizzou ditch the SEC and hop on the B1G train . . . )