Expect Blues' Big Mac Back by Playoffs

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Bernie Bits:

This just in. . .

Spies at 14th Street and Clark Avenue tell us that Blues defenseman Al MacInnis should be healed in time to rejoin the team during the first round of the National Hockey League playoffs, which begin May 7. MacInnis dislocated his left shoulder in Tuesday's victory in Dallas.

A delegation of real estate agents and bankers representing St. Louis was in Anaheim on Friday, giving a seminar to Rams coaches, administrative staff and spouses who will be making the move to Our Town.

The Blues will honor the NPSL-champion Ambush before Wednesday night's final regular-season home game at Kiel Center, vs. Detroit. Class move by the Blues.

As Others See Us:

Mostly kudos on the Rams draft.

Mike Allman, the Seattle Seahawks' director of player personnel, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that the Rams may have had the best draft in the NFL.

"They got the best pass rusher in the draft in Kevin Carter," Allman said. And Allman had this to say about Texas wide receiver Lovell Pinkney, selected by the Rams in Round 4: "The guy could be the steal of the draft," Allman said.

Bob Oates, Los Angeles Times: "The St. Louis Rams, who hired sound football man Steve Ortmayer just too late for Chuck Knox and his Anaheim fans, continued their strong spring performance with a decision that gives new coach Rich Brooks the nation's best college defensive player, lineman Kevin Carter of Florida."

However, Orange County Register columnist Steve Bisheff chastised the Rams for failing to draft UCLA wide receiver J.J. Stokes:

"Sorry, but 10 years from now, the Rams will rue the day they passed up Stokes in the first round. Not that this all comes as any great surprise to anybody in Southern California. In fact, the routine is familiar by now."

The Watchers: Many responded to my call to "out" rude major-league ballplayers. We are happy to report that players seemed to be on good behavior last week, though there were mixed reviews on Seattle's Ken Griffey Jr.

One reader complained that members of the Cardinals bullpen wouldn't acknowledge fans along the rail before one of the Seattle exhibition games. "These guys couldn't even wave to the kids, who just wanted the player to wave at them."

Hometowner Scott Cooper drew special praise from a street watcher who said Cooper signed two baseballs handed to him by a motorist stopped at a traffic light outside Busch.

Remember: if someone acts like a jerk, let me know about it.

Reader Jack Bathe isn't impressed with this tactic. He wrote: "I'd like to report a `knucklehead,' as you asked. It's you, Bernie. Look in the mirror. It's really you!"

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Five road games in six weeks? Did NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue personally devise the Rams' 1995 schedule, or what?

Dr. Hawatmeh had an Ambush team party at his home on Friday night. . . . Bob Costas will be inducted into the St. Louis "Walk of Fame" on the University City Loop at 1:30 p.m. on May 21.

Congrats to St. Louis-based Missouri Valley Commissioner Doug Elgin, who was inducted into his hometown's Hall of Fame (Hagerstown, Md.) on April 8. . . . Nice-guy Missouri assistant basketball coach Kim Anderson spoke to students at Francis Howell HS last week.

Miami Dolphins star linebacker Bryan Cox (East St. Louis) signed 500 autographs in two hours in a benefit that raised $5,000 for the children of Leo Suarez, a Miami sportswriter who died suddenly in January.

Bill Haviluk - new president at Kiel Center - is getting a hearty thumbs-up from Kiel employees for improving morale.

Attention, Ambush fans: you can already purchase 1995-1996 season tickets with only a $25 deposit by calling 241-GOAL. Fans purchasing season tix before June will receive a $40 discount.

Good deed: The Creve Coeur Hockey Club raised $500 for the Oklahoma City relief effort. …