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The Blues' bench watches the final seconds of play during their series-ending loss to the Blackhawks on Sunday. 

Streams of unconsciousness from the world of sports:

Disappointment? As a St. Louis Blues fan, disappointment is not the emotion I’m feeling.

Disappointment is the result of unmet expectations.

The Blues' first-round exit at the hands of the Chicago Blackhawks is exactly what I expected. Oh, I’m not saying I like the outcome of the series.

The emotions I’m feeling run closer to anger and frustration. However, after the Blues closed the regular season in a freefall, it was hard to believe Ken Hitchcock could suddenly hit the “on” button again.

I’m not exactly sure what happened down the stretch. But, I do know one thing, goalie Ryan Miller wasn’t the savior everyone imagined. You can’t place all the blame on Miller. He wasn’t exactly horrid, but he certainly didn’t steal any games, as you need goalies to do in the playoffs.

Miller was acquired in a late-season trade. You always wonder how those late trades will affect the chemistry, or more accurately, the alchemy, of a team.

Bottom line: The hockey season ends prematurely for St. Louis once again. It certainly seems as if the Blues and Cubs have more in common than blue jerseys.

Robinson demoted: If I’m Shane Robinson, I’m just a bit ticked.

Robinson, a reserve outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals, got demoted to Memphis on Sunday.

The primary reason for Robinson’s demotion? Allen Craig isn’t hitting.

That’s pretty much the bottom line. The Cardinals aren’t getting hits in key spots, an area where Craig excelled last year. This year Craig is hitting just .182 with runners in scoring position. As a result, the Cardinals are sputtering.

Of course, Robinson hasn’t helped himself. He only has two hits in 20 at-bats. On the other hand, that’s hardly a fair sample size. And, Robinson doesn’t get the benefit of playing several days in a row. It’s hard to get into any kind of rhythm when at bats come one or two at a time.

But, when you get down to it, Robinson is not the root of the Cardinals’ problems.

On the other hand, the Redbirds also demoted Kolten Wong. The Cardinals appear to have overestimated Wong’s readiness for the big leagues. His batting average dropped to .225 in the past week’s.

Hopefully, his swing is located in Memphis.

Softball surging: The SIU softball team is coming on as the season comes to a close. The Salukis took two of three games at Wichita State this past weekend.

The recent surge pushed the Salukis into third place.

SIU is solid offensively and sometimes spectacular defensively. When the Salukis get solid pitching, they are hard to beat.

The regular season concludes this week when Indiana State comes to town. The Sycamores are in ninth place.

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LES WINKELER is the sports editor for The Southern Illinoisan. Contact him at, or call 618-351-5088.


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Les Winkeler is sports editor and outdoors writer for The Southern Illinoisan.

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