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“Personally, I like the small feel to St. Louis,” opined the NFL’s highest-paid running back Steve Jackson, 29, between takes in an interview with Post-Dispatch sports scribe Bryan Burwell Wednesday night at the Ritz Carlton. Jackson paused and chirped, “I feel like a rookie all over again.” He arrived with his sister, Rhonda, who said she manages affairs between her brother and management. They live in their native Las Vegas near their parents: mom, a real estate agent and dad, a casino pit boss at Caesars Palace. Steve and Blues owner Tom Stillman received visionary awards at the “Dining in the Dark” dinner benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness at which guests wore masks while dining to simulate blindness. An auction was held by Blues KMOX play-by-play announcer Chris Kerber. The proceeds of the event from more than 250 benefit research and cures for retinal degeneration disease. Sports figures including the Cardinals’ John Mozeliak, a national trustee of the foundation, Kevin Demoff, exec veep of the Rams, and Bruce Affleck, COO of the Blues were on hand as well as a round of medics including Drs. Alan Londe (reconstructive surgeon) and Daniel Jasper (internist), who had just bowed his boutique practice and confided, “It’s about $1,700 a year for each patient and less than daily cups of Starbucks.”
The team that knows how. That’s the Cardinals all over. History might prove the team is more precise than the cryptic Phillies. “Who you for – the Cardinals or the Phillies?”, asked the daring columnist of the tailgaters on Tuesday at the risk of being beat up. “We just came from the pet blessing at Ste. Genevieve du Bois Church,” said charming Julie Mozelliak, wife of Cardinals vp and gm John Mozeliak. With her was their son, 6 year-old Will, who professed his ambition to be a player – not a manager. Then, a visit with beloved Fanny Sehollin the Red Bird Roost. It’s a tradition to pay homage
to the 95 year-old who’s been flipping homemade hamburgers in both Busch Stadiums for 42 years. Retirement? “When the good Lord wants me to,” she said. No frozen hamburgers for Fanny, who enjoys preparing her own seasoning and uses fresh ground meat. She proudly exclaimed she grew up on Fourteenth and O’Fallon Streets and attended the St. Lawrence O’Toole School. Member of the Cardinal ownership, Fred Hanser, popped in to hug Fanny as did his wife, Kathy. Joining Kathy was Bill Wallaceof U.S. Vets St. Louis. He revealed a new home for homeless veterans will be
established in an apartment building in St. John. The 12 homes in the nation are funded by various federal and HUD grants. “We are the largest provider for homeless vets in the country,” Wallace said. Meanwhile, remember that wonderful, long gone restaurant and cigar bar – Joseph’s Italian Cafe and Jo-Jo’s in Kirkwood? Joe Consolo and his family are about to bow a dinery in Naples, Florida, where he and his wife, Geri, now call home. Their daughter Tiffany, lives here with her husband Eric LaRocca, who was catching the game Tuesday with Tom Murphy – both with Weiss Insurance.
As I paradiddled my fingers on the keyboard
on Wednesday, the thought occurred to me that when a telecaster says, “Well, things could be worse,” you know he has given up the search for something better. “Down but not out,” predicted a news reader. Others: “Are the Red Birds done?” “The comeback Cardinals,” “I hope I’m on a plane to Philly in the morning,” cheered Frank Cusumano on Channel 5. Meanwhile, can you just hear Tony LaRussa telling the team, “Hey, what’re you guys trying to do with old Tony?” As the curtain fell on the loss, fans revolted and sounded a little menacing, too. Good luck tonight to the Cardinals, the team that won’t