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Reds: Who deserves to start Opening Day? What did you think of Bronson's comments about the salaries of Votto and Phillips?
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RHP Mat Latos this morning had surgery to repair a tear in the meniscus of his left knee. The surgery was performed in Goodyear by Dr. Timothy Kremchek. Latos is expected to return to his throwing program in ten days.
Respect the Past, Represent the Future: UK basketball
From UK: No team in college basketball has more wins (2130) or higher winning percentage (.762) than the University of Kentucky. Its 52 NCAA Tournament appearances and 111 tournament wins are also tops in college basketball and only UCLA has more National Championships than Kentucky (8). It's that great pride, tradition and success that inspired the Nike Hyper Elite Dominance uniform that Kentucky will debut on Saturday, February 15 against the University of Florida.
The Nike Hyper Elite Dominance University Kentucky uniform is inspired by success on the court that stems back all the way to the 1920-1921 season. Known as the "Wonder Team", they won the first ever Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament. The uniform also includes inspiration from the 1948-49 team up to the present. The jersey features rounded neckline with bonded taping along with the 1948 "Kentucky" graphics. Top to bottom white color is inspired from the 1921 team. The side of the short included eight bars (one for each championship) along with a short side stripe inspired from Kentucky's first championship. The school's current UK logo is present at the bottom of the short.
(Photo courtest: UK athletics/Nike)
Who is your Opening Day starter?
Dusty Baker always liked to announce his Opening Day starter early in camp. Johnny Cueteo drew the assisgnment the last two years. It was Edinson Volquez in 2011, and Aaron Harang from 2008-10. Who should be handed the ball this year?
I'll make the case for Homer Bailey tonight on Sports Talk.
Sports On Earth ranks the best rotations in MLB:
I don't think I'd take Cincinnati's top pairing -- pick any two out of Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto and Mat Latos -- over the top pairings of anyone else on this list or even over the top pairings of four to five other teams that won't be featured on it.
FanGraphs has the Reds going 77-85, with a 4.5% chance of winning the NL Central and 7.5% chance of grabbing a Wild Card spot.
The AP's Joe Kay on Bryan Price settling into the manager's office:
He knows the team will be judged not on whether it reaches the playoffs, but whether it wins when it gets there. Just like the Bengals, who have lost their opening playoff game each of the last three seasons, the Reds aren't going to get a final grade until well after the regular season has ended.
Grantland looks at baseball's worst contracts
11. RP Jonathan Broxton, Cincinnati Reds: two years, $17 million
Dusty Baker says he wants another shot: Baker said he was following doctor's orders to turn it down a notch, to keep his trademark enthusiasm in check. He had spent part of 2012 in a Chicago hospital recovering from an irregular heartbeat and a ministroke.
Things I'm told
UC will soon announce a contract extension for Mick Cronin. I'm told the extension will run through 2021 and be in the neighborhood of $2.2M a year, with bonuses.
Gary Parrish of CBS Sports, writes the bottom of the American is so bad that it's actually helping the top: Simply put, that the divide between the top and bottom of the American is unusually wide, and that the bottom half isn't good enough to threaten the top, which means the top isn't going to take many "bad" losses. So think about that, on Selection Sunday, when you see 50 percent of the American Athletic Conference's members included in the Field of 68. They'll be there, in part, because they're good enough to do what's necessary. But they'll be aided, undeniably, by the bottom half of the league that's just bad enough to stay out of their way.
The 'Big O' featured
CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Royals basketball legend Oscar Robertson will be the subject of a one-hour TNT special during NBA All-Star weekend. "The Big O" airs this Saturday, Feb. 15, at 5pm EST on TNT, and repeats at 11pm EST on NBA TV Monday, Feb. 17. The upcoming All-Star weekend is the 50th anniversary of Robertson's MVP award at the 1964 All-Star game, the second of three such awards he won. He scored 26 points to lead the East to a 111-107 victory over the West. The special traces Robertson's Hall of Fame career from his Indiana high school days through the University of Cincinnati, the 1960 Olympics, the Cincinnati Royals, the Milwaukee Bucks, and the landmark Oscar Robertson Rule, a court settlement that paved the way for free agency in the NBA.
Nielsen: How we consume sports
Nielsen released its annual "Year in Sports Media Report".
It's a look into who consumed sports in 2013 and how they did so. Among the stats that jump out: Top 5 local fan bases for MLB:2. Cincinnati Reds
It's a measurement of the "percent of population that watched, attended, or listened to the team in the past 12 months"
College basketball/Top 5 local fan bases:
1. Kentucky Wildcats
2. Louisville Cardinals
4. Ohio State Buckeyes
College football/Top 5 local fan bases:
1. Ohio State Buckeyes
Here it is
50 years of SI Swim Suit covers
(Courtesy Sports Illustrated)
Kicker: Want tougher PAT's? Make the NFL uprights more narrow.
Yikes, an Olympic worker was on the track and got hit by a bobsled. Result? Two broken legs.
Quack, quack: It has been nine years since the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks played their last game as members of the American Hockey League, but five former players and coaches are vying for Olympic Gold in Sochi.
Congrats, to my uncle!
My uncle, Dennis Hopewell, was inducted into the New Richmond Lions Hall of Fame. He was New Richmond’s boys’ soccer coach from 1998-2004 and girls’ soccer from 2005-2006. He came to New Richmond after retiring from the Madeira police department in 2000.
20 years ago yesterday: Warning about language
NBA: 360 Slammin'
Mr. Walton died: "Good night John Boy, Good night Mary Ellen.