On Wednesday night the 2013 baseball season came to an end as the St. Louis Cardinals were defeated by the Boston Red Sox in the World Series.  The Cardinals were never really in the game and it was in my opinion a rather dull game that did nothing to showcase the Cardinals abilities.  That all being said, the two best teams in baseball played a six game World Series and I have to take my hat off to the Red Sox who did everything they needed to do to win.  Next Wednesday’s blog will be devoted to the Cardinals as we will look back at their season as well as look ahead to what could be a very interesting off season for them heading into 2014. 

The Kirksville High School football team defeated the Mexico Bulldogs in the first round of the district playoffs last night 12 to 6 on a damp and dreary night at Spainhower Field.  A defensive battle was predicted going in and that’s what we got.  The score was tied at 6 until very late in the fourth quarter.  Both teams had several opportunities to score throughout the game but were not able to capitalize as both teams played excellent defense.  The new turf installed on the field last year really came in handy last night as it would have been like playing in a mud pit without it.  Things get much tougher for the Tigers next week as they travel to Jefferson City next Wednesday to play the Helias Crusaders.  Helias is one of the top teams in Class 4A and also has played one of the toughest schedules in 4A so Kirksville’s defense will be put to the test in a major way next week.  We will have much more on that game in Monday’s blog. 

Speaking of KHS, the cross country team takes an excellent group of runners to the district cross country meet in Moberly on Saturday.  Both the boys and the girls should have several competitors who will run well enough to qualify for the state meet next weekend. 

The Truman State Bulldogs football team travel to Owensboro, KY on Saturday to play Kentucky Wesleyan as the Bulldogs look to keep their perfect Great Lakes Valley Conference record intact.  Kentucky Wesleyan does not appear to be very good and this could be another easy game from Truman State.  I do not recall the Bulldogs having played them before but I’m assuming they have at some point over their storied history. 

The Truman State volleyball team is in action for I think the final time at home during the regular season tomorrow afternoon at 5:00 in Pershing Arena.  The Bulldogs are looking to rebound from a tough weekend last week. 

The Tennessee Volunteers make their way to Columbia tomorrow to play the 10th ranked Missouri Tigers.  Tennessee has been up and down this year but does have an upset win over South Carolina a couple of weeks ago.  Mizzou is coming off its first loss of the season which featured a total defensive collapse so it will be interesting to see how they react to that.  Missouri cannot afford any more losses if they want to play for the SEC championship in December. 

The Kansas City Chiefs are in Buffalo on Sunday to play the Bills as the Chiefs look to remain undefeated.  The Chiefs have not traditionally played well against the Bills especially in Buffalo but they should be able to come out of there with a victory.  The offense is absolutely going to have to play better though.  The defense is still the best in the league but the offense has quite a ways to go before the Chiefs are a complete team.  This will be the last easy game for the Chiefs for a few weeks so hopefully they can play well and go into their bye week next week with all sorts of momentum. 

The Tennessee Titans are in St. Louis on Sunday to play the Rams.  The Rams defense played surprisingly well on Monday night against the Seahawks but they struggled offensively.  The Titans have been an up and down team this year and their defense isn’t all that good so hopefully the Rams can get something going but they are definitely feeling the loss of Sam Bradford in a major way and are playing like a team who are just going through the motions especially on offense. 

NASCAR is in Fort Worth, Texas this weekend for Camping World Trucks tonight, a Nationwide race tomorrow and a Sprint Cup race on Sunday.  We are getting down to the final few races and the Chase for The Cup continues to tighten up as Jeff Gordon who isn’t even supposed to be in the Chase is now right in the thick of things.  Rumor has it that NASCAR is considering overhauling their points system which would be nice since the one they have now makes no sense at all.

We’ll be back on Monday with a look back at all this weekend’s sports action and a look ahead to next week as things begin to slow down somewhat.  Thanks as always for checking out this and all the other blogs on the site and please follow me on Twitter at KDEBlog.

Have a great weekend!