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Warmann: A Merry Christmas St. Louis

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(KMOX, St. Louis)  As the song says, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.”  And it has been for the St. Louis sports fans that have been given plenty of early Christmas gifts in 2011.

Topping the charts on the gifts received for the local sports fan is the Cardinals two month run into the playoffs and eventual World Championship.  This incredible story may be something we will never witness again in our lifetime.  The diehards who support this team in mass were rewarded by Tony’s troops 2011.

Speaking of diehards, there isn’t a fan base that sticks to their team more than the Blues fans and man have they been rewarded with an early Christmas gift with their play in the last two months.  The new coach comes in and all of a sudden the team is playing to that potential we’ve heard about for years.  And to think they could get better with a return of Andy McDonald to the lineup.  Is this the team and the year for the Note to win a cup?  I don’t think so, but I think they could make a long run come playoff time.

The Missouri Tiger fans have a lot to cheer about this Holiday season.  While the football team may not have played up to expectations, the basketball team has really been impressive.  Plus, the future of the athletic department as a whole is in great hands now that they are about to join the best conference in all of college athletics.  The Southeastern Conference brings more money and more stability.  Yeah, it’s tough to lose that rivalry with Kansas, but who knows how much longer the Big 12 stays intact.

This holiday season has finally brought some cheer to the St Louis University Billiken basketball fans as their high profile coach has his team meeting those high expectations that were set when Rick Majerus took over the program.  It looks like Coach Majerus has his team in a great position to finally get the Billikens back to the Big Dance in March with a great start to non-conference play.

Our local teams have given us a lot to cheer about this holiday season.  And hopefully better things ahead in 2012.  Thanks for reading this year and Merry Christmas to all.

Scott Warmann is a host on the Sports Hub

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