How to Feed Your Soccer Addiction in St. Louis When the World Cup is Over

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John Gitchoff
Sergio Aguero, one of the top players in the English Premier League, plays Bosnia-Herzegovina at Busch Stadium.
So you're a St. Louis sports fan.

You celebrate Opening Day at Busch Stadium like it's a holiday. You know that #LGB stands for "Let's Go, Blues!" (Not lesbian, gay and bisexual). You may even root enthusiastically for the Rams, which makes you dedicated indeed.

But then came the 2014 FIFA World Cup, and something about Tim Howard's miraculous saves, America's dedicated "I believe" chant and Teddy Goalsevelt's very existence is turning you on to soccer like a college freshman experimenting sexually for the first time.

Could you be soccer curious?

Daily RFT has great news for you, newbie: There's even more where that came from.

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Blues Sign Hometown Boy Paul Stastny, Make "Welcome Home" Video with P. Diddy Song

Categories: Blues, Sports

St. Louis Blues/Youtube
The Blues got better offensively by signing center Paul Stastny, arguably the best player available out of this summer's unrestricted free agent crop. And it doesn't hurt that he's considered a St. Louisan, either.

Adding Stastny, who signed a 4-year, $28 million contract Tuesday, would be a big deal for any team, but for the Blues, it's especially sweet because of his St. Louis connections. So sweet that the Blues organization made a video, accompanied by P. Diddy's hit song, "Dirty Money," to welcome Stastny home.

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8 Reasons to Skip Work Today and Watch the U.S. Play Germany in the FIFA World Cup

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Elvert Barnes on Flickr
These guys have a clear case of World Cup fever.
Uh oh, you don't look so good. You aren't feeling well, huh? Looks like you've come down with Soccer-itis. Time to call in to work.

Now that that's done, let's talk about the only cure for the fever you've caught: watching the U.S. take on Germany in the 2014 FIFA World Cup at 11 a.m. Thursday. If you're feeling guilty about taking time off work to watch the game, we have a few motivational reminders:

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"Totally Disgusting:" 19 FCC Complaints About Michael Sam Kissing His Boyfriend on ESPN

Categories: LGBT, Sports

Michael Sam celebrates being drafted to the St. Louis Rams with his boyfriend.
Remember when people got all in an uproar over Michael Sam smooching his boyfriend on ESPN after the St. Louis Rams drafted Sam into the NFL?

There was the former college athlete who pretended his ignorant tweets were part of some strange science experiment. Then that Christian activist called for a nationwide boycott of the Rams (who would notice?) and Visa. Daily RFT's favorite freakout, though, had to be the Texan talk show host who stormed off set on air.

But for those who don't have their own talk show or Twitter fanbase to complain to, there's always the Federal Communications Commission.

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Mayor Slay Defends Yadier Molina in Nicest Smack-Talk Video Ever

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Mayor Francis Slay has something he'd like to say to the mayor of Milwaukee.
Mayor Francis Slay is hitting back at Milwaukee's campaign to get Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina off the All-Star roster, and he's doing it in true St. Louis style: with a smile on his face and baseball tickets in his hand.

Invoking what Daily RFT hopes is the next great rivalry between two great beer towns, Slay invites Milwaukee mayor Tom Barrett to a game between the Redbirds and the Milwaukee Brewers at Busch Stadium in August.

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St. Louis Cardinals Fans Are 2nd Most Loyal: Study

Categories: Sports

Jon Gitchoff
Only New York Yankees fans are less likely than St. Louis Cardinals fans to jump off their team's bandwagon during a losing season or to jump back on after a few wins, according to researchers at Emory University.

The three-part 2014 MLB Fan Analysis aims baseball's penchant for statistics at the fans, ranking each team in terms fan equity, or the measure of a fan base's intensity controlling for market size or team performance.

Unsurprisingly, the study's researchers, Mike Lewis and Manish Tripathi, find plenty of evidence of what they call "superior fan support" from St. Louis fans, the self-described best fans in baseball. The Cardinals are in the top five teams (along with New York, Boston, Chicago and Philadelphia) whose dedicated fans fill stadium seats despite their team's record or the ticket price.

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Milwaukee Brewers' All-Star Game Ad Proves Everyone is Jealous of the St. Louis Cardinals

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Barbara More on flickr
Don't take it personally, Yadi. Everyone's just jealous.
The Milwaukee Brewers just can't take it anymore.

After five consecutive years of watching St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina win a spot on the National League All-Star roster, Brewers catcher Jonathan Lucroy is fighting back in a mudslinging video worthy of a political campaign:

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Vedad Ibisevic, Who Grew Up in St. Louis, Scores Bosnia's First-Ever World Cup Goal

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Jon Gitchoff
Vedad Ibisevic against Argentina's defense at Busch Stadium.
Vedad Ibisevic, who attended Roosevelt High School and Saint Louis University, scored the first-ever FIFA World Cup goal for Bosnia-Herzegovina national team Sunday.

Ibisevic's last-minute goal wasn't enough to bring Bosnia to victory over two-time world champion Argentina, who won 2-1, but the moment was still historic for Bosnian sports fans, especially in St. Louis, which hosts the largest Bosnian community outside of Bosnia.

See also: St. Louis Flares Up Over Bosnia Soccer Celebrations at Busch Stadium

ESPN commentators were quick to bring up Ibisevic's roots in St. Louis' Bevo Mill neighborhood, although they should probably have done more research first:

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Jon Hamm, St. Louis Cardinals' Most Handsome Fan, Gets His Own Bobblehead

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Jon Hamm makes a handsome bobblehead.
In a marketing move worthy of Don Draper in Mad Men, the St. Louis Cardinals announced that famous actor and lifelong fan Jon Hamm will get his own theme night at Busch Stadium this summer.

Hamm, who grew up in St. Louis and graduated from John Burroughs High School, gave interview after interview after interview about his love for Cardinals baseball -- especially acrobatic shortstop Ozzie Smith -- in the lead-up to his Disney flick Million Dollar Arm, where Hamm recruits pitchers from a pool of cricket players in India.

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Scottrade Center: St. Louis Is Better for Watching Hockey than Chicago, New York, LA

Categories: Lists, Sports

Herkie on Flickr
Scottrade Center: The sixth best place to watch Hockey in the U.S., says Stadium Journey Magazine.
Die-hard fans, an exciting atmosphere and relatively cheap snacks and tickets make Scottrade Center the sixth best hockey stadium in the country, says Stadium Journey Magazine.

The magazine ranked the home of the St. Louis Blues at No. 6 between the New York Rangers' Madison Square Garden (No. 7) and the Philadelphia Flyers' Wells Fargo Center (No. 5). Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, Minnesota, topped the chart at No. 1. United Center, home of the Chicago Blackhawks, is No. 9.

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