Daily Bernie: Jan. 5 – The Cards Don’t Need 17.5 More Wins! Will STL Help Blues With Scottrade?

Bernie is back from vacation and well-rested Thursday, as the big dog implores Cardinal Nation to forget about catching the Cubs with 17.5 more wins.

Wong is entering the second season of a five-year, $25.5 million contract.

Maybe concentrate on cleaning up the defense and inconsistent offense? Bernie makes his case and also lays out his belief Kolton Wong can improve his numbers in 2017.

Your host also wonders whether St. Louis will eventually help the Blues renovate Scottrade Center not only for hockey, but plenty of other events from out of town.

Thursday’s guests include Blues insider Jeremy Rutherford and NFL Live host Trey Wingo.

7AM Hour

Will STL Help With Scottrade Center Renovation?

Missouri legislators usually don’t like using public money for sports arenas, but aren’t counting out doing so to help the Blues with their building.

This is important not only to help the Blues, but also for non-hockey events like concerts, Disney on Ice, the MVC hoops tournament, and NCAA wrestling championships.

Public costs would be fixed, with potential overruns falling to Blues ownership, who have contributed $237 million to maintenance over the building’s lifespan.

NFL ‘Truth or Trap’

Is it truth or trap to assume a Patriots-Cowboys Super Bowl would make for the best potential matchup? Are the Packers being overhyped with the second best NFC Super Bowl odds?

Bernie ponders whether these and other questions are truths or traps this segment.

Saban vs. Kiffin: Will Recent Events Impact National Championship?

Lane Kiffin’s Alabama exit made an already intriguing game even more so. No one knows exactly what happened between Nick Saban and Kiffin to make Bama go on without the former coordinator.

Both have huge egos, and we can guess Saban believes he doesn’t need Kiffin to win Monday. Will interim offensive coordinator Steve Sarkesian be able to handle Clemson’s defense?

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8AM Hour

The Cardinals Are Not Trying to Erase 17.5 Games!!!

This gap between the Cards and Cubs has driven Cardinal fans thoroughly insane, leading them to wonder how it can be erased. Bernie says it doesn’t have to be erased.

It’s not about catching the Cubs or winning 17.5 more games. The second wild card has increased playoff chances exponentially for teams with at least 90 wins.

Let’s focus on cleaning up the defense and inconsistent offense before we talk about winning 100-plus ballgames.

Interview w/ ESPN NFL Live Host – Trey Wingo

Wingo talks the potential of a Patriots-Cowboys Super Bowl, who can beat either team, and the league MVP race.

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Wong Has a Good Chance at Improving 2017 Numbers

Kolten Wong had a truly bizarre 2016 season. Mike Matheny benched him after a slow start, then John Mozeliak sent him down to Memphis to get regular playing time. Bench a guy right after paying him $25 million? Bizarre.

We know Wong’s a streaky hitter with fragile confidence, but he has a strong chance at 2017 redemption if given the chance.

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9AM Hour

Why an Eight-Team College Football Playoff Isn’t Such a Good Idea

Everyone would obviously love two more playoff games, but would that have produced a different matchup than we currently have? Aren’t Alabama and Clemson the two best teams?

Bernie’s for expanding to eight teams, but only if the best eight teams make it. That wouldn’t be the case according to some pundits’ lists of other teams they’d have picked this season.

Interview w/ St. Louis Post-Dispatch Blues Beat Writer and 101ESPN Insider – Jeremy Rutherford

JR discusses whether the Blues can keep the ball rolling after the Winter Classic and Jake Allen hopefully finding consistency.

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