Mt. Vernon Register-News


August 12, 2013

Hines Sight: Bears, Rams face challenging divisions


The beginning of every sports season starts with sky high expectations.

NFL fans are no different. Fan bases in St. Louis and Chicago might want to temper their excitement a bit as the preseason kicks off though. We're less than a month away from the start of the season, and it's about the time when fans seriously start sizing up the quality of their squads.

It seems like just a few short years ago, the NFC West was the laughing stock of football. Every team was equally mediocre. Seattle edged into the playoffs with a losing record after beating the Rams in the final game of the regular season. That was 2010.

This is how quickly things can change in the modern NFL. The college ranks are loaded with talent that translates into impact rookies at the professional level. San Francisco ended this past season on the cusp of a Super Bowl title, falling to the Baltimore Ravens. The Seahawks advanced to the playoffs, earning a wild-card berth. This time their win total was an impressive 11.

This is the competitive environment the Rams will be competing in this season as they enter division play. St. Louis played both teams tough a season ago. St. Louis famously tied the 49ers and then beat them in overtime later in the season. Against the Seahawks, St. Louis split with each team winning on its home field.

The NFC West with the 49ers, Seattle and a solid Rams team should be one of the better divisions across the NFL. The only vulnerable team on a weekly basis is the traditionally hapless Arizona Cardinals.

The last few seasons Arizona has had a carousel of quarterbacks since Kurt Warner left. It's the most critical position in today's NFL and at Arizona it's always unstable.

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  • Hines Sight: Cards aggressive at deadline

    It's been a wild couple days for Cardinals fans.

    They've seen their team and management engage in a flurry of deadline trading activity unlike the past few seasons. St. Louis ripped off a deal a day in the two leading up to the deadline.

    July 31, 2014

  • Young Lady Rams gain vital summer experience

    This summer might have been more critical than usual for player development within the Lady Rams basketball program.

    We graduated six seniors, and we're not kidding ourselves in saying we're going to be veteran because we're not,” Mt. Vernon coach Jeff Lonnon said.

    July 29, 2014

  • Rams spend time at SIU football camp

    The Rams football team spent a little time away from their traditional summer practice setting at the end of last week.

    On Thursday close to three dozen sophomores, juniors and seniors traveled to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale for a football team camp. The camp, which included three other high schools, wrapped up Saturday.

    July 28, 2014

  • Hines Sight: St. Louis, Chicago bring exciting aspects into season

    St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears fans have reasons to be excited for the upcoming football season.

    Both teams feature explosive young talent, who have a chance to dominate the league. Challenges also stand in their way.

    July 25, 2014

  • Sam Root award Root calls award 'humbling'

    Webber's baseball team capped the season with several individual honors, and coach Sam Root recently added to the postseason awards list.

    Root, who guided the Trojans to the 1A state finals in Peoria this spring, was named the Southern Illinois Baseball Coaches Association 1A Coach of the Year.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rays win 6th straight, 7-2 over Cardinals

     Jake Odorizzi allowed two runs over 5 2-3 innings and Yunel Escobar highlighted a five-run fifth inning with a two-run double to lead the Tampa Bay Rays to a 7-2 victory over the StLouis Cardinals on Tuesday night.

    July 22, 2014

  • MTV-Salem Junior Legion Salem ends Mt. Vernon's season

    A sacrifice fly made the difference in Salem's 1-0 win against the Post 141 Junior Legion team Monday.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • Breese shuts down Mt. Vernon

    Post 141's Junior Legion team lost 4-0 to the Breese Gray Post 976 squad on Sunday in the district title game.

    July 20, 2014

  • Juniors top Salem

    An early lead and strong pitching propelled the Post 141 Junior Legion team to a 3-1 win over Salem in the district tournament semifinals Saturday afternoon.

    July 19, 2014

  • 7-19 jr. legion cut Lyday shuts out Bluford MT. VERNON — Jeremiah Lyday went the distance and Mt. Vernon’s Jr. Legion squad did just enough offensively to advance in the district tournament at Brennan Klein Field on Friday.Lyday scattered three hits and recorded six strikeouts as Post 141 shut

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

Tom Lindley Sports