The Big Sports Show - Weekdays 6:30pm-9pm CST

As the home of Mizzou, the sports staff all have “The Eye of the Tiger.” In additional to broadcasting Mizzou football, basketball, baseball and softball games, Tigers ancillary programming is a staple in The Big 550 coverage that includes it’s sports anchor: The Big Sports.

KTRS SPORTS ROSTER

The best conglomeration of St. Louis sports voices reside here. Jim Heuer and John Hadley host the evening show with an insightful and respected array of team members. Airing 6:30-9:00 p.m. each weekday evening.

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Jim Heuer

Whether behind the microphone or in the production studio, he delivers quality 60 percent of the time every time. His straightforward approach enhances a terrific sports cranial database. Heuer also oversees sports specialty programs.

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John Hadley

He pays homage to the great NFL offensive linemen with a stout stature often referenced as “The Round Mound of Sound.” In addition to his duties at KTRS he works nationally as an editorial consultant and statistical analyst.

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Jim Holder

A booming voice, and gregarious personality are a few of the assets for one of the most popular sports voices in the city. His has mastered his craft for nearly four decades. He welcomes listeners to converse on and off the air… make sure you have an hour or so.

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Mike Kelly

The Voice of Mizzou joins The McGraw Milhaven Show weekdays mornings during the college football and basketball season.

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Howard Richards

A well-decorated Mizzou offensive linemen considered one of the best to ever don The Black & Gold… and should be in the Mizzou Hall of Fame. He played four different positions along the offensive line for the Dallas Cowboys and Coach Tom Landry for six seasons. He completed his career with the Seattle Seahawks however can be forgiven considering they were still AFC members. As the analyst in the broadcast booth for Mizzou football games, his knowledge of the game and Ol’ Mizzou provides listeners an insider view. Rowdy callers, beware, he did work for the CIA… and will find you.

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The Randolph’s

Jay Randolph is one of the most revered voices in St. Louis sports history. Whether working locally or nationally, his smooth style is well known. From the Olympics, to Cardinals baseball, golf majors to Blues hockey… His breadth of experience is significant with anecdotes that are priceless. Jay Randolph, Jr. continues the family lineage of quality broadcasters. Also having worked on a national scale, Jay Jr. maximizes contacts around the world crystallizing happenings on the links.

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Joe Strauss

He is one of the most respected columnists in the country. Considered among the best baseball writers in the game, he has expanded his horizons as a columnist for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He passionately followed baseball, football, basketball and golf. He also has an incredible knack for annoying hockey fans. By the way… he is one of the best when it comes to forecasting the outcome of sporting events. This dude is good, just ask him.

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Andy Strickland:

A hockey aficionado… the multi-talented analyst covers the St. Louis Blues for Fox Sports Midwest and KTRS. He is the host of Hockey Sense with Jamal Mayers and Sports Medicine with Dr. Rick Lehman. Despite numerous intra-office memos, he continues reach outside the world of puckdom offering opinion on others sports… and really believes what he says,really.

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Jim Thomas

Football fans rejoiced when JT joined The Big 550, KTRS. He is the Rams beat writer for The St. Louis Post-Dispatch having previously covering Mizzou sports for The P-D. Thomas brings a unique and purposeful presentation that football fans devour throughout the season. When the national media wants the real deal, JT is the “go-to guy.” He is the father of two members of the military and a feature rock star, really, they tour and a have a CD, really.

THE YEAR WAS 1964…

The last time the Cardinals were three games (or more) behind in a pennant race through 118 games before rallying to win was 50 years ago.

The Cardinals trailed the Philadelphia Phillies by nine games through 118 games in 1964 before going on a tear (30-14) winning the National League, one game better than the Phillies and Cincinnati Reds.

In ’64, Milwaukee was named the Braves (would relocate to Atlanta) and featured the likes of Hank Aaron, Rico Carty, and future Cardinal Joe Torre.

The Cardinals would beat the New York Yankees, 4-3, to win the 1964 World Series.

Bob Gibson would win games five and seven, pitching two games in four days throwing 19 innings.

Battery mate Tim McCarver would hit .478, with an eye-popping .552 OBP.

 

 

LITTLE R-E-S-P-E-C-T

 

The 2013 SEC East Division Champion Missouri Tigers were shown little respect placing outside the preseason 2014 Coaches Poll.

The AP Top 25 preseason poll will be released on Sunday afternoon… consider that every defending SEC East Division Champion has been ranked the the AP preseason poll the begin the next season since 1992.

In fact, 17 of the previous 21 defending SEC East Division champions were ranked in the preseason AP Top 25 poll the next season.

Team Preseason AP Rank Next Season

1992 Florida 9

1993 Florida 1

1994 Florida 5

1995 Florida 4

1996 Florida 2

1997 Tennessee 10

1998 Tennessee 2

1999 Florida 9

2000 Florida 1

2001 Tennessee 5

2002 Georgia 11

2003 Georgia 3

2004 Tennessee 3

2005 Georgia 15

2006 Florida 6

2007 Tennessee 18

2008 Florida 1

2009 Florida 4

2010 South Carolina 12

2011 Georgia 6

2012 Georgia 5

2013 Missouri ??

 

 

DAILY READ….

Jim Thomas writes that Kenny Britt is making his mark with Rams teammates

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/football/professional/britt-s-buzz-is-a-boost-for-rams-receivers/article_243e152c-4b85-508a-bd46-1761117c33d7.html

Dave Matter notes that the Mizzou defensive line remains a force despite personnel losses

http://www.stltoday.com/sports/college/mizzou/mizzou-defensive-line-steals-the-show/article_86b53796-3287-569d-a0b1-b61f9dcfef25.html

With its academics and its finances under fire, the Texas sports academy created by Deion Sanders, the Hall of Fame cornerback and N.F.L. commentator, faces the loss of its state charter

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/08/10/sports/prime-prep-academy-founded-by-deion-sanders-comes-under-scrutiny.html

Holly Anderson breaks down the SEC

http://grantland.com/features/2014-sec-football-preview-auburn-alabama-south-carolina/

TMZ Sports with a look back at Robin Williams with a sports twist

http://www.tmz.com/category/tmzsports/

Friends saw Robin Williams succumbing

http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/movies/la-et-mn-robin-williams-last-days-20140813-story.html#page=2