Not Dunkirk but DONEkirk

We’re all familiar with the British evacuation on Dunkirk….for that moment of the war, it was over for the British on European soil….well….now it’s DONEkirk….other areas of sports that are near the end…SHOULD be near the end….or may be near the end…here we go ..
…..with Jose Aquendo & Mike Maddux …not only available…but expecting to be a major part of the decision making…..if Manfesto’s club stumbles out of the starting block…he may be DONEkirked….although its unlikely considering the MO-Manifesto relationship
…..with almost half the MLB teams DONEkirked for 2018….the challenge for the comish is to find ways to engage those teams in attempting to become competitive again…….ya think that the networks and sponsors haven’t noticed? When the money begins to drop….the action by the MLB will elevate and lead to change
….Cliff Floyd’s suggestion about ways to speed up MLB games…would put an end to the Comish’s additional rules….Floyd urges the PLAYERS to take charge themselves…speed the game up in little ways… without rule modifications by the Comish…more rules make for more arguments, slow downs, frustration on players & fans
…..the Blues appear to be evacuating their hopes of a strong finish to the season….1st line is strong….2nd line …primarily of highly paid, aging vets has been quiet…very quiet since about Jan 1…when their legs began slowing down….our 3rd line is more like a 4th line…and our 4th line has players that regularly bounce up & down between the NHL & the minors…as I write this the Blues are in 5th place in their division with 72 pts….just 1 pt behind the Wild and2 pts behind the Dallas Stars
…before sailing on the Cardinal ship seemingly loaded with talent into the season…..this week an SI foursome of writers listed the top 100 MLB players in order…# 1 thru 100…..the top Cardinal listed was Marcell Ozuna @ #45…shockingly …at least to me…@#51 was Tommy Pham and the 3rd Cardinal listed in the top 100 players …batters AND pitchers…@#92 was Matt Carpenter. Some choices that raised my eye-brows….@#61 JD Martinez….yea…the guy who wanted $120m…the 3 players immediately above him #60 Elvis Andrus, #59 Luis Severeno and #58 Ender Inciarte (OF-Braves…I have to look up his team and position because most of you…like me…said “WHO??”….btw…#1-10 were…in order…Michael Trout, Jose Altuve, Kris Bryant, Max Scherzer, Joey Votto, Mookie Betts (??), Clayton Kershaw, Nolan Arrendo, Carlos Correa and Paul Goldschmidt….. a couple reactions….after reading these evaluations, the Cards fans better Dunkirk their hopes for a really “big” season…PC for Division Championship… and secondly….I don’t want these guys drafting MY fantasy team 
….while I’m on the Blues….Let’s DONEkirk the idea that we’re losing games solely due to lack of effort…this team isn’t good enough…if a player wasn’t giving effort on a regular basis…or even…on an infrequent basis….I’d remove him from my roster regardless of his “talent”…. every professional should be expected to provide maximum effort each and every game… that’s the MINIMUM expected of a pro…fans should expect no less
….this Winter Olympics has evacuated from the thoughts that the USA & Russia must dominate the games……Norway has really been terrific……while there have been some tremendous achievements by the Americans….some extremely exciting…but no one could say that we “dominated”
…so on Sat night, I had the chance to attend the Billikens game as the Bills powered their way past George Washington U..the inside game was too much for the Colonials to stop but it was there that common sense had been evacuated (DONEkirked)….at halftime, I went to concession stand to purchase a few things including an adult beverage….much to my shock, surprise, befuddlement, almost amusement….I was “carded”…..I asked the attendant, “ you mean that I don’t look 21?”….she responded, “We’re told to card everyone”….where is common sense? I have 4 sons …ALL of which are significantly above the legal drinking age.. oh well….now… I was bragging that I looked under 21 and was carded 
…btw….it was the first time that I’ve watched the Bills play with their 7 man squad….seems low until….I checked the Colonials playing time after the game….they also had played just7 men extensively and the 8th played just 5 minutes….sooo….our worries may be DONEkirked.
….I haven’t DONEkirked my idea that another unknown young OF will supplant Harrison Bader by June 1…maybe April 1…. on the Cards roster…if he makes it that long.
….as promotions for the MVC tournament start to proliferate…. A glance at their teams doesn’t really “draw” much attention…there isn’t a team or 2 that really pop out at you or that have a real chance to advance thru the NCAA brackets…. soooo….Loyola (Chicago) is the top team….followed by SIU, Ill State, Drake & Bradley…the bottom 5 teams are MO State, Indiana St, Evansville, N.Iowa & Valpariso…for many sports fans…their interest may have been DONEkirked due to the lack of long-standing rivalries and highly ranked teams.
….I had proposed an idea to DONEkirk the current approach to the ridiculous 10 day DL ….I would propose..again—did it last year too… expanding the roster to 27…let only 25 dress out for each game…similar to hockey….that would be a MAJOR concession to the MLB union players association by MLB management…in return…abolish 10 and 15 day DL’s….AND any player put on the DL would have his salary reduced by 1/3 while on the DL….these players are performers….performers in other areas…e.g. last summer Billy Joel played @ Busch…if he had been “hurt”…his pay would have been zero…nada…nothing….so my proposal still pays them 2/3 for recovering….the union would have to “give back” something for the roster expansion…..for a minor “boo-boo” they could be players #26 or 27 on the roster and just sit it out for a couple days while receiving full pay.…now this 1/3 number would be negotiable…
….in college basketball….lets DONEkirk some of the time outs….with 4 media time outs a half, I would propose 1 other timeout in the 1st half and 2 in the 2nd half…..there are WAY too many stoppages….let the game go on
…While I’m on college basketball….the women have been playing 4 quarters instead of 2 halves for couple years now..let’s DONEkirk the Half approach…..it actually seems like a better game with the quarters….there is NO one & one FT situation…on the 5th foul of a quarter, it’s automatically 2 shots….in some games, a team doesn’t get to that 5th foul level
….apparently Vegas has DONEkirked the Cards chances of winning the Series for 2018….StL is 20:1 as are the Angels and the Mets who are also 20:1..there were 7 teams above them
….We could DONEkirk a basic premise of the MLB …. That games may not be quicker…. Well….how about shortening the time between innings without giving up sponsorship time…..after every out….or every 3rd batter….pop an ad up in the corner of the picture as they do online….those 20 second pics would be there as the announcers continue talking baseball (hopefully it’ll be baseball)…baseball games sometimes make one feel like that they are Noah waiting for the water to go down….sooooo long 
….without changing the games, couldn’t we DONEkirk the size of the fields for pro sports?….football, hockey and basketball have all OUTgrown the size of their playing fields… at the minimum, make them wider.
…..back to the MLB….lets DONEkirk the idea that a batter can step out of the box after every pitch….if he doesn’t swing….he should not be allowed to step out of the box …usually to adjust a batting glove that hasn’t moved if he hasn’t swung the bat.
…the USA Womens’ Hockey team performance not only won them the gold…but the play was entertaining, the effort very high and exciting…. nothing to evacuate there
…..the appeal process of the MLB should be DONEkirked…..why let the mgr stand on the top step…holding up the game so someone else can watch the replay before he appeals?…..make him appeal immediately …using his own eyes like the umpire…to make his appeal
…..along the MLB appeal process……let’s DONEkirk the length of time to make a decision….often in the stadium when the fans watch a couple different angles of the replay…they KNOW the correct call….yet the umpires talk, watch…or whatever they are doing….they can order their dinner later … the final decision takes considerably longer….give the league/umpires 90 sec to make a decision….if it can’t be determined to be incorrect in that length of time…the call “stays”…move on….
….sooo…when are the Las Vegas Golden Knights going to be DONEkirked? This expansion team is still in 1st place in the Pacific division of the Western Conference. They are 40-16-4 for 84 points. One of their key players is David Perron….recognize the name? …he was DONEkirked by the Blues for the draft…..he was a 1st round pick in 2007, now 29 years old, Perron has 14 goals and 41 ast=55 points….the leading scorer for the Blues is Brayden Schenn- also with 55 points
…many times @ the High School level…when Districts begin…the sub .500 teams have evacuated their hopes of winning the distric and are looking forward to free time after school…. once in a while that isn’t true…take Carnahan HS..Carnahan was a 8-13 at the beginning of Class 3 district play…albeit many of the losses had been at the hands of larger, teams…in round 1, Carnahan upended Roosevelt (7-16) in unspectacular fashion 68-60. In the semis, the Cougars were able to sneak by Lift for Life HS 59-57. Facing Maplewood R-H in the Championship looked to be a challenge. The Blue-Devils had upset #1 seed Cardinal Ritter….Carnahan behind 28 pts by Aaron Brookins toppled Maplewood 62-51 to earn the District Title! Congrats to the Cougars!
….I’m not so sure that the two signing dates for NCAA football is an improvement….let’s DONEkirk the 2nd one…..most of the “hot” recruits are signed in December….the 2nd tier .. for the most part…are signed later….why all the drama? After the 1st date, permit the leftovers to sign on any day……why must it be done on a particular day?….It’s a big day for them individually but “on the whole”…. most don’t really care…
….well….this blog is now reached its DONEkirk….thx for making it to the bottom…It’d be wonderful to read YOUR thoughts on people/areas/procedures that need to be DONEkirked! Put them directly on the Prepcasts site (under the article)….or send them to me…I’ll publish them with only your initials….

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