Category Archives: Saint Louis

[Updated x2] Wikipedia Entry of Cardinals Vandalized, Hits Search Engine Descriptions

UPDATE: Bing’s description has been updated as of 1:47pm EST, and the offending language (presumably via a Wikipedia entry that was edited) is now gone.

UPDATE 2 (below): Google is now hit as of 4:12pm EST.

A tipster who uses Bing suggested I check out the description of the Saint Louis Cardinals they’re currently running.

It appears that it’s based off of the wikipedia page for the Cardinals, which was likely defamed.

Bing, though, apparently hasn’t caught on, and is running this:

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A close up:

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Update 2: Apparently Google is hit with this, too. (h/t Kelly Cohen)

 

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The Business of SLU Basketball

RIP Rick Majerus

I’ve been to the World Series. My favorite college football team has won the national title. But nothing has made me prouder, sports-wise, than to watch Rick Majerus take the Billikens to the NCAA Tournament and win.

My prayers go to our new Billiken in the sky, where he’s with his family.

I never noticed, by the way, the dudes celebrating in the background at :08.

Nats Fans: I Feel Your Pain

First and foremost, I will always be a Cleveland fan. Indians, Browns, Cavaliers, even the Lake Erie Monsters and the Cleveland Crunch. I’ll never cheer against my hometown. Many people never leave Cleveland.

I did.

My senior year in high school, I debated whether I would “adopt” any additional Saint Louis teams in my sports hierarchy. My mom’s family is from Missouri, after all. I chose to adopt the Cardinals as my second favorite MLB team. The Blues, since Cleveland had no NHL team, had always been my favorite. The Rams, much to the initial consternation of my girlfriend’s family, were not number 2 in my heart for the NFL.

When Cleveland was lacking a NFL Franchise, I cheered for the Washington Redskins because they won the Superbowl during my birth year, had a good tradition, good colors, and a politically incorrect mascot. The Rams had to settle for #3. (Playing in a dome doesn’t help in my book.)

At this point, I’ve been a fan of Saint Louis sports since the mid-1990’s, and a Cardinals fan for over a decade. I was even lucky enough to have a few of the Cardinals as my neighbors for two years. Similarly, I’ve been a fan of Washington sports since the late 1990’s, and a Nationals fan since 2005.

Nearing graduation, I knew I wanted to work in Washington, D.C., and I figured since I would work there, I would adopt the Nationals as my #3 team. In short, I have a hierarchy.

When the Cardinals come to D.C., I cheer for the Cardinals. When the Indians come to D.C., I cheer for the Indians. When the Indians came to Saint Louis, I cheered for the Indians. It’s like a logic question, and when it comes to other games, it becomes mathematically nightmarish to consider who I’d want to win based on this hierarchy. Normally, I just ignore that and cheer for the team I like less to lose.

Though, I’ve always managed to avoid my favored teams playing each other in the playoffs until now. And let me tell you, it’s not the best thing in the world to watch two teams you really like playing each other. But, you have to uphold your hierarchy.

Rewind, for a moment, to the beginning of the season. Our SLU Alumni rep was talking about the availability of tickets for our annual Cards-Nationals game party. I remarked “The Nats will be very good this year, we should buy a lot of tickets just in case.” I was right.

The Nationals will be very good next year, too. I look forward to supporting them.

I remember, as a seventh grader, watching the Cleveland Indians in Game 7 of the World Series. They took an early lead, and slowly it slipped away. Surely, it was not on par of tonight’s game — which was amazing to watch, just along with this series — but it was harder to accept since it was the last game of the season. And my team lost.

Losing sucks. If the Nationals had won, I’d have supported them for the rest of the post season, even though I’d be sad my preferred team lost. Losing the way the Nats did hurts. As a Cleveland native, I know — I’ve been there before.

This was an amazing series to watch. Absolutely amazing. The Nationals should be proud of what they accomplished this year. So should the Cardinals. Here’s to a great off season for the Nats, and a Happy Flight for the Cards.

#12in12.

UPDATE:

Yeah, whoops, David Axelrod.

 

“Thanks, friend. Yours, Patrick Wessel”

My late friend Patrick Wessel was a hipster years before hipsterism was cool. I think he’d probably regard most modern hipsters as phonies.

Since today would have been his 27th birthday, I figured I should share a memory. A facebook message he sent me and others. Patrick was always the entrepreneur.

Patrick Wessel
  • hello friend

    hello friend, i am selling my keyboard. before i put it on ebay, i thought i might let you know. the price is 695. it is a roland e-200 intelligent keyboard. go to http://www.keyboardmag.com/story.asp?storycode=117 to see a review of this keyboard. it is a great keyboard and the retail price is 1200. but, at 695, i am giving you one hell of a deal, friend.

    THIS GREAT KEYBOARD INCLUDES a roland dynamic footpedal priced at 50 dollars FOR FREE! also included is a keyboard stand, valued at 100 dollars, FOR FREE! this is a bargain you can’t pass up! if you are interested, let me know as soon as possible, because this baby will be up on ebay very soon, where bidders will probably send the price to about 1000 dollars.

    ALSO, now available from me is also a KEYTAR. That synthesizer sound from the 80s is back as can be, and YOU NEED a KEYTAR. RIGHT NOW. Made in Italy, this Roland AX-7 (see http://createdigitalmusic.com/2005/04/21/keytar-lives-rolands-ax-7/ for a review), is hip, and now you can be hip to it! If you don’t have a keytar, you’re not a hipster…you’re a hipster doofus!

    The Roland AX-7 is now going for the low-low price of $195, even though it is valued at $495, and is ACTUALLY PRICELESS! It includes a strap and a midi cable. You’re not going to find this keytar this cheap, anywhere else!

    Both of these instruments are in near-mint condition. Just slight use, which includes a few very small scratches. Nothing noticeable.

    This is one great deal that you can’t pass up. If you or anyone you know is interested in making a purchase before I put these babies up on Ebay, let me know, ASAFP.

    Thanks, friend. Yours, Patrick Wessel

SLU’s Greatest Legal Minds

Funny SLU Law Journal Article

H/T to Brett Blyholder for sharing.

Crony Capitalism in Saint Louis?

Stl Food Truck Map

See this map? Imagine if you, as a Saint Louisan wanted to get food from delicious food trucks for lunch. Reason informs us:

The text is a little hard to read, so let me help you out. Vendors can’t park in the red parts. Or the blue parts. Or the yellow parts. Also, stay away from hydrants and bus stops.

The Post Dispatch also notes:

City officials emailed a map Thursday to about 20 food-truck owners and operators that details the large portions of downtown that are off-limits for them to park.

The updated map draws a 200-foot no-parking-zone around every brick-and-mortar restaurant in the Downtown Vending District, which runs roughly from 18th Street east to Interstate 70/55 and from Cole Street south to Chouteau Avenue.

The trucks also are not allowed within 200 feet of other types of street vendors or within several blocks of Busch Stadium, America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome. A previous version of the map included suggested areas where food trucks could park; the new version does not.

In short, Saint Louis has been bought by restaurants who don’t want you to have the choice of food trucks. That’s how I see it. Businesses cozying up with government to stifle competition is crony capitalism, and it is wrong.

SLU Alumni and famed restaurateur, Chris Sommers tells the Post Dispatch:

“Like any new industry or trend, as soon as everyone jumps in, the regulations follow, which often makes sense. In this case, I think the city is over-regulating,” Pi Pizzeria owner Chris Sommers said. “They do need to protect existing businesses, but the 200-foot rule plus the silly Cardinals and Convention Zones are too much.”

Of course, I agree with him that the regulations go too far, but disagree that it’s the role of any government to “protect existing businesses.” Sommers’s politics are a tad different than mine, though.

Sommers’s Pi Pizzeria (which is in DC) also operates food trucks both in Saint Louis and in Washington, D.C. — so for him, he has potentially conflicting interests. 

WHAT DO YOU THINK? Vote and sound off in the comments…

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UPDATE: Thanks to the Show Me Institute  for the link. Check out their story: Papa John’s and The Case of the Over-Regulated Food Trucks

Thanks, Seniors!

Brian ConklinKyle Cassity

Special thanks to Brian Conklin and Kyle Cassity for an amazing season. You all made our year. Go Billikens!

SLU Students, please share this amongst yourselves

Because if I hear you sing this at Humphrey’s…..

We’ll Miss you John

Sadly, I was informed that a Humphrey’s regular, John Seay, passed away suddenly. Rest in peace, John.

From SLU’s website:

John Seay, 1956-2010


ST. LOUIS — John Seay, executive director of SLUCare’s Practice Management Operations, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Dec.12. He was 54.

Seay served on the SLUCare administrative team since 2001. He was responsible for the revenue cycle of the University Medical Group and was instrumental in laying the groundwork for SLUCare’s electronic health record project.

He had been part of the Saint Louis University family earlier, as associate director of Physician Billing Services at Saint Louis University Hospital from 1990 to 1992.

“John was a hard and diligent worker who brought out the best in his employees by encouraging them to take initiative in accomplishing their job,” said Kathleen Becker, SLUCare’s chief executive officer.

“He will be greatly missed by his colleagues. His family and friends are in our thoughts and prayers.”

Debi Pratt, manager of PMO administration, had worked with Seay as his assistant for 20 years.

“John was a really quiet person who was committed to other people. He did things with purpose and never wanted the light shining on him. He was really proud of our department of 150 staff members and cared about each and every staff member,” Pratt said.

She added that Seay empowered his colleagues to make decisions.

“He was one of the main reasons why our department is what it is today. He held everyone accountable and wasn’t a micromanager. He hired people who he knew could get the job done and let them do their job.”

Mike Meyer, associate dean for finance and administration at the School of Medicine, said Seay was a huge college sports fan and dedicated employee. He set high expectations and gave people the resources to accomplish the job, Meyer said.

“John was very kind. If someone needed a favor, John would do all he could for them. He was also very generous with the organizations that he felt strongly about,” Meyer said. “He was a good, good man.”

Seay is survived by his parents Wesley and Wynema Seay of Mexico, Mo., and three brothers and a