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Reynolds Raps

The other 29 members of the board and I would be most appreciative if you’d take a few seconds to hear this brief “pitch” for our project at the Springfield, Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. While now in existence for over three decades, this city sports hall of fame is …

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Reynolds Raps

Disappointed? Of course! Who wouldn’t be with the Bears getting walloped by a really good North Dakota football team 44-10. But, let’s not forget that the reborn Petrino’s succeeded in changing not only their own mindset and focus on football, but the perspective of a starved football public in the …

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Reynolds Raps

This reporter will admit to being somewhat surprised (pleasantly) at the inclusion of the Missouri State Bears in the historic first ever spring FCS football playoffs. Surprised, not because they didn’t belong, quite the contrary, but rather because I didn’t think the committee would invite any more than three teams …

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The 700 Level: Just Like Farting In Front of the Pope

The year was 1991 and I was attending a country music radio convention in Nashville at the Opryland Hotel. The building is huge…you could easily fit a few sports arenas inside the entire facility with space left over…and it was filled with many of the “who’s who” of the country …

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March Happiness

By: Tom Ladd I wanted to recap what turned out to be a very successful end of season for a couple of Women’s basketball teams in Springfield, Missouri St and Drury. Both teams put together unbelievable runs in March in their respective NCAA tournaments.  Under a first year head coach, Drury made …

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Reynolds Raps

This is a myopic viewpoint I will admit. And a viewpoint that might be strongly criticized in some circles. And that I accept… it certainly won’t be the first time. But this reporter is more than just a bit disturbed by Major League Baseball’s decision to yank the mid-summer All …

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Reynolds Raps

“You never have enough guards,” the legendary Charlie Spoonhour once told this reporter when I asked the iconic and hugely successful Southwest Missouri State University basketball coach why he was recruiting so many players at that position. “Guards run the game and will help a team win much more often …

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The James Journal

The madness in March has officially kicked off. But for some of us, the madness began earlier this week. Tuesday night, the 16th, the Northwest Missouri State men’s basketball team played in the Central Regional Championship and defeated the second-ranked team in the country, the Northern State Wolves, 91-86 in …

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Reynolds Raps

This reporter really felt like as the 2020/21 has reached its apparent conclusion, the Missouri State Bears were jelling into the cohesive and winning unit which we have been expecting for the last several seasons. And, with a roster that could, with luck, stay intact, some very bright and entertaining …

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The James Journal

Do you have that thing in your life that just makes time stand-still or slow down? If you do, it’s one of the best things to discover. For me, that activity is hiking. I didn’t find this love and passion until a few years ago. My family would occasionally take …

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