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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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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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Reynolds Raps

It was very early in the Super Bowl telecast when my derriere closely followed by my torso found its way into the easy chair in front of the large flat screen allowing the ophthalmological portion of my being relatively easy access to the proceedings in Tampa. Sadly, that was the …

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Super Bowl Predictions

The Kansas City Chiefs are fighting for their second-straight Super Bowl Championship trophy on Sunday. The AFC Champions are coming to Tampa Bay with an overall record of 14-2 and the Champions of the NFC, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, hold an 11-5 record. The most current predictions have a -3 …

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The 700 Level: Johnny Morris, Ozarks Gazillionaire

This week I was sitting in the oversized storage room we call the Jock control room listening to the Fishing Radio Show with Don Berry when I heard them talking about Don’s being selected to the Missouri Sports Hall of Fame. In the midst of the discussion, Berry mentioned Bass …

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The 700 Level: The Loyalty of the Cardinals Fan

Welcome to the first blog for The 700 Level, the blog of SportsTalk producer Jason Wert. Why The 700 Level? First, my name doesn’t lend itself to a cool blog name like “Reynolds Raps,” and second, it pays tribute to my Philadelphia sports heritage. The 700 Level is the section …

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