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Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Stan Musial, waves to fans during Stan Musial Day at Busch Stadium on October 2, 2010, in St. Louis. Word has come from the White House on November 17, 2010 that Musial will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 2011. Musial, who will be 90 later this week, is one of 14 awarded the Medal of Freedom today. Others include former President George H.W. Bush;  Maya Angelou, poet; Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel; U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; John H. Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Warren Buffet, investor and philanthropist; Jasper Johns, artist; Dr. Tom Little, U.S. ophthalmologist murdered in Afghanistan; Yo-Yo Ma, musician; Sylvia Mendez, civil rights activist; Bill Russell, former NBA player; Jean Kennedy Smith, former ambassador; and John Sweeney, former AFL-CIO president.  UPI/Bill Greenblatt/FILES

Former St. Louis Cardinals slugger and member of the National Baseball Hall of Fame Stan Musial, waves to fans during Stan Musial Day at Busch Stadium on October 2, 2010, in St. Louis. Word has come from the White House on November 17, 2010 that Musial will receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in January 2011. Musial, who will be 90 later this week, is one of 14 awarded the Medal of Freedom today. Others include former President George H.W. Bush; Maya Angelou, poet; Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel; U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga.; John H. Adams, co-founder of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Warren Buffet, investor and philanthropist; Jasper Johns, artist; Dr. Tom Little, U.S. ophthalmologist murdered in Afghanistan; Yo-Yo Ma, musician; Sylvia Mendez, civil rights activist; Bill Russell, former NBA player; Jean Kennedy Smith, former ambassador; and John Sweeney, former AFL-CIO president. UPI/Bill Greenblatt/FILES

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There is always plenty of topics to discuss after a weekend of games, but like most during the Fall season, the NFL and college football tend to be the most popular subjects. Kevin Wheeler brings up the two in ‘Three Strikes’ plus gives his thought of Justin Verlander winning the AL MVP, the first pitcher to do so since Dennis Eckersley in 1992.

Can the Rams salvage this season at all? Not mathematically since the San Francisco 49ers eliminated them from playoff contention last Sunday. Former All-Pro cornerback Aeneas Williams, who was with the Rams from 2001-2004, joins Kevin to discuss the current team that has limped to a 2-8 record.

The Blues return home to face the Los Angeles Kings after a tough shootout loss to the Minnesota Wild last Saturday. David Backes, the captain, joins Kevin to talk about the club, plus a great upcoming event the provides support for animals. Go to Blues.com for more details.

Stanley Frank Musial was born 91 years ago in Donora, Pennsylvania. Tom Ackerman takes a look back at some of his greatest moments that took place over the 22 seasons from 1941-1963 that he played with the Cardinals.

Wednesday night, ‘the watchers’ take center stage in the boxing ring when local Police and Fire Departments square off for the 25th annual Guns n’ Hoses event at Scottrade Center. Steve Holley joins Kevin to discuss the event that will add more to the $3.2 million raised for The Backstoppers.

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