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
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.
"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!"
Reading Time, 7 minutes:
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. …