Sports Column | Les Winkeler: Streams of Unconsciousness from the World of Sport

Streams of unconsciousness from the world of sport:

Mount Vernon Rams: Dan Mings and his Mount Vernon Rams are this fall’s prep sport story of the year.

The Rams earned a playoff berth despite being forced to retire two games due to a paperwork involving a transfer student. They qualified by a 5-4 mark despite the team going 7-2 on the field.

However, this 7-2 looks a lot better with a little context.

The Rams had not won seven games in a season since 2013. Since 2014, Mount Vernon has won a total of eight games.

Mings returned to Mount Vernon this year after a stint at Johnston City and brought Mount Vernon back to the playoffs. This is Mount Vernon’s first postseason berth since the Rams finished 7-4 under Jared Shaner in 2014.

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The 2005 Mings team finished 11-1.

World Series: It’s the Phillies versus the Astros.

Gotta love it – no Dodgers, no Mets, no Yankees. (As a caveat, I would have enjoyed seeing former Cardinals outfielder Harrison Bader in the World Series if the Yankees had made it.)

I’ll be cheering for the Phillies in this one. First, the Phillies represent the National League. Second, because, you know, the Astros.

However, the most important thing I hope for this series is good weather.

Houston will obviously be fine – it’s a temperate climate and Minute Maid Park has a retractable dome. Philadelphia could be in doubt, although the 14-day forecast indicates moderate temperatures. On the other hand, a lot can change in two weeks.

Baseball played in 40 degree temperatures is more of a test of stamina and toughness than baseball skill. Also, stocking caps and hoodies are not aesthetically pleasing on a baseball field.

World Series, Part II: Another reason to cheer for the Phillies is that former Southern Illinois miner Nick Duron is up for a World Series share.

The tall right-hander appeared in one game for the Phillies this year, posting a scoreless inning against Toronto. It’s a great footnote on miner history.

World Championship III: I’m old enough to remember that St. Louis Cardinals fans fell into a deep depression because the Cardinals lost their inaugural series after the game against the Phillies – reportedly the worst team in the playoffs.

Anything can and often does happen in a short series.

MVFC: Nothing is taken for granted at the Missouri Valley Football Conference.

The Salukis were on their way to Vermillion, South Dakota last week. SIU was on a five game winning streak and the Coyotes were only 1-5.

SIU took a 21-7 lead and emerged in the cruiser. Except nobody cruises in this league. The result, a 27-24 Coyotes comeback win. The loss puts pressure on the Salukis to win at least two of their last three games against Northern Iowa, North Dakota State and Youngstown State.

Luckily for SIU, UNI and North Dakota State are both coming to Carbondale.

St. Louis Blues: It’s interesting to see the St. Louis Blues without David Perron in the lineup.

He has completed three stints with the Blues. He’s coming back, isn’t he?

It just doesn’t seem right without #57 in the lineup.

LES WINKELER is the former sports editor of The Southern Illinoisan. Contact him at [email protected], on Twitter @LesWinkeler.

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