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By Frank Cusumano


I believe people who buy St. Louis Rams tickets are better people than I am. I admire how they can still support Stan Kroenke’s team after what he is trying to do to our town. Losing an NFL team is devastating, and losing two is embarrassing.


I believe we still have some gunpowder left. I believe that by the time owners vote in January, we will have crossed every T and dotted every I. We are going to make it difficult for the owners to say no to us.


I believe that I should have been born 30 years later. When I played at University of Missouri-St. Louis, our road trips were to Evansville, Indiana, and Louisville, Kentucky. The Saint Louis University basketball team just got back from Paradise Island in the Bahamas. Six days, three games: What a life.

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I believe Donald Trump vs. Joe Biden debates (if they happen) could be the best bit of American TV since “Who Shot JR?” on Dallas.

I believe I can’t remember a time in St. Louis Cardinals history where the roster was loaded with so many really good players 26 or younger: Heyward, Piscotty, Grichuk, Wong, Rosenthal, Siegrist, Martinez and Wacha.

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I believe Mike Matheny’s ability to relate to players and to always have their backs is the best we have ever had in our town.

I believe I am amazed on how much assistants make now in college football. The offensive coordinator at the University of Missouri is going to make $675,000 this year.


I believe if I were a head football coach like Gary Pinkel at the University of Missouri, I would play an easy nonconference schedule and go into every conference season already 4:0.

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I believe our head men’s basketball coaches at Saint Louis University and University of Missouri have a great deal in common. Jim Crews and Kim Anderson are both in their 60s, both had successful playing careers where they played for legends, both have had a great deal of success and now both have to find a way to win again.

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I believe I am getting old, because I find myself wanting to watch political shows much more than a bunch of sportswriters arguing on ESPN.

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I believe Ted Simmons, who just went into the Cardinals Hall of Fame, deserves to be in the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York. How in the world did all those writers not vote for him? How in the world do some of these writers have votes, when broadcasters like Vin Scully and Bob Costas don’t have votes?

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I believe the Hall of Fame night in the NFL is the single most emotional day in sports each year. I would rather watch their speeches than a good movie.

Finally, I believe my best night of the summer was watching Earth Wind & Fire and Chicago at the Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre. At the end, Earth Wind & Fire came out dressed in all white, Chicago came out dressed in all black and they performed the hit song “September” together. Frank Cusumano is a 16-time Emmy Award winner on KSDK-TV, and also has been a radio


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