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Fortune cookies never lie
Peyton has planned for a "Snow Day" since reading her fortune cookie, when we got Chinese food last Saturday night.
Louisville 31 Cincinnati 24 (OT)
Attendance: 35,097 (7th largest Nippert Stadium history)
What a final game at the current version of Nippert. (Game stats)
If it's the final game in the rivalry, what a way to go out.
The game slogged along for a while, then it got wild, really wild.
I think Nippert Stadium was swaying at times last night, loud and rocking.
Brendon Kay turned in a performance that UC fans will be talking about for years.
He led UC on one leg most of the game. He was battered and bruised, and kept getting up and kept making plays. I thought he was knocked out cold on his TD scramble. All that was missing was his OL carrying him to the next play like Marshall's Byron Leftwich, years ago.
I thought UC got too cute late in the game. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran reached into his bag of tricks multiple times and kept finding holes in the bottom of the bag. Live by the trick player (earlier in the year), lose by trick plays late in the year.
UC defense could not get make tackles and get stops late, allowing back to back scoring drives of 13 and 11 plays. They were trying to tackle high all night.
The stars were out last night: Todd Frazier ant Tony Cingrani were at Nippert. They stood in the back of the end zone with Tony Pike, Mardy Gilyard, Kevin Huber, Kevin Youkilis and JK Schaffer.
Frazier and Cincrani both had "C Paws" stickers on their faces and were "rolling their hand" during the UC Chant. Bengals Terrance Newman and Vontaze Burfict were also on hand.
Bowling for Belk? Tom Groeschen says it looks like UC-UNC in Charlotte.
UL's Teddy Bridgewater made play after play late. With UC leading 14-10 in the 4th quarter, and UL facing 4th and 12 with about 9:00 left in in the game, he fought off tackles and gained 16 yards. Nick Temple had him….but could not bring him down.
Bridgewater then capped the 13 play drive with a game tying TD pass that I swear he was trying to throw away, out the back of the endzone. Amazing. UL led 17-14.
How about UC's answer to Bridgewater's TD? 2 plays: Kay to Mekale 57-yards, and then RDA4 for 6 yards, TD, UC led 21-17 with 7:00 left.
Louisville regained the lead on Bridgewater's TD pass, a tug-o-war won by DeVante in the corner of the endzone with about 2:00 left, capping an 11 play drive and giving Louisivlle a 24-21 lead.
UC look liked the were going to win in when they reached the 9-yard line with about a minute remaining. I had a feeling all week that it would somehow would come down to a big FG, Miliano entered the game just 5 for 14 on the season. UC could not reach the endzone and had to settle for a 26-yard FG. Give Miliano credit, he delivered with :07 left.
Louisville scored on their first OT possession.
UC was stopped on their first possession.
UC winds up 9-3/6-2, and sees its six game winning streak come to an end.
Central Florida clinches the AAC and BCS bid.
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The Walkthrough: Bengals practice at UC bubble
Colts.com Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano
(on what he’s seen from the Bengals in 2013):
-“Really good football team. Well-coached. Got playmakers on both sides of the ball. Special teams are solid. From an offensive standpoint, they got a great 1-2 punch at running back. The law firm (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) is a hard-nosed between the tackles guy and grinds out a lot of tough yards and makes a lot of first downs for them. Gio (Bernard) comes in. Second leading receiver. He’s dangerous. He’s quick. He’s fast. He’s elusive. Great out of the backfield again in the pass game. And wide receiver, one of the best in the league in A.J. Green. The quarterback is playing well. Tight end. They got a bunch of weapons. Defensively, they’re ranked sixth in the National Football League for good reason. They got good players. Got a good front seven, good linebacking core, good in the back end. Mike Zimmer does a great job with them. They play fast, physical. They’re big, they’re long, they’re athletic. Really, really good football team. Well-coached. Marvin (Lewis) has done a great job there for a number of years. He’s put himself together a really good squad.”
The American Athletic Conference announces bowl lineup 2014-2019
Cincinnati vs Louisville: Who wins? Join the conversation below.
Groeschen: 5 keys to the game
Audio: What Tommy Tuberville told Dan Hoard about the game
Previewing UC vs UL
It is the 53rd meeting in a series which began in 1929. It also will be the last, at least for a while. With Louisville (10-1, 6-1 AAC) moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, this is the last scheduled meeting in a rivalry that has spanned several leagues. "We won't play them for a while, but we'll still have to recruit against them," Tuberville said.
Will you be there tonight?
On this date: 2009
I do a Bengals Report every Thursday (7:20AM) with Jim Scott on 700 WLW.
It's a 2-minute segment discussing the upcoming game. I usually email Jim a couple of topics we can hit on. This morning, he threw me a curve as a wrap-up question. He asked me which Red could help the Bengals? Great question. I offered Billy Hamilton, put him in the slot at WR and let him fly. And how about Billy as a punt returner? Remember, he was recruited to Mississippi St, as a WR.
What do you think? Give me a Red to put on the field for the Bengals.
Brewers trade Aoki to Royals
Milwaukee Journal Sentienl
Last season, Aoki played in 155 games, batting .286 with 20 doubles, three triples, eight homers and 37 RBI. He stole 20 bases and had a .356 on-base percentage.
“Nori is a true professional and performed very well as a member of the Brewers,” said Melvin. “This was a tough call because of what he brought to our organization on the field and in the clubhouse.”
He can play CF, lead off, get on base, make contact, run well, and does not cost much.
Below is what I wrote about Aoki on July 9.
During the game last night
I like Aoki #Reds— Lance McAlister (@LanceMcAlister) July 9, 2013
That tweet was in reference to Brewers OF Norichika Aoki.
I like his approach at the plate, short, quick, Ichiro like swing, seems to know who/what he is.
The more I thought about Aoki and looked at his numbers, the more he intrigues/excites me.
It is now believed his contract runs through 2013 ($1.5M) with a team option for 2014 ($1.5M).
This year: .298-.366-.378-.744 with more BB than K (30/19) and 10 SB.
Career: .292-.359-.411-.770 with 73 BB/74 K
He was an All-Star and won a batting title in Japan
I like the fact:
He's cheap, $1.5M this year, $1.5M next year
His contract is not too long, through 2014
He's still young, 31
He's a grinder at the plate, makes contact and shows plate discipline. (856 career AB/74 K)
From MLB.com: He strikes out once every 16.76 PA, the ML average is every 4.53 PA.
He gets on base. OBP this year .366, career OBP .359.
He has speed (30 SB last year), although he's only 10 of 19 steal attempts this year.
He can lead off: 180 career starts in leadoff spot: .294 BA, .361 OBP.
What is not ideal for Reds:
He's not a big bat that will drive in runs
He's left-handed. But look at splits:
Career vs RHP: .288/.365.....2013 .273/.353
Career vs LHP .299/.349......2013 .345/.392
He is a RF, but has 19 games in CF and 13 games in LF.
Could he help the Reds now and into the short-term future?
He could bat 2nd, get time in LF and be insurance vs Ludwick this year.
The fly in ointment this year would be that he's LH and that would mean Choo-Aoki-Votto...3 straight LHB. Dusty's head might explode.
Aoki could also be a 2014 option in CF and at leadoff, if Shin-Soo Choo does not return and if Billy Hamilton is not ready.
He could buy the Reds another year of development for Hamilton in 2014 and would become a free agent after 2014.
The Bewers are out of the race this year and probably won't be ready to contend by next year.
The Brewers only control Aoki through next year.
The Brewers have OF prospects in their pipeline.
Would the Brewers deal a productive/cheap player?
What would the Reds have to give up to get him?
The Brewers clearly lack pitching. If I'm Milwaukee I'm asking for Tony Cingrani or Mike Leake.
Closing the door on the debate?
Walt speaks on MLB Network Radio: Click orange arrow to listen.
Walt on Chapman: "He could start, but he's been very successful as a closer. We have depth in rotation that we can keep him in bullpen."— MLB Network Radio (@MLBNetworkRadio) December 4, 2013
Chapman likely to remain as closer
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
"I do think we can utilize him more in the bullpen instead a guy that may be a single-inning guy now that he's done this for a few years," Price said. "I think there are ways we can get more value out of Aroldis, not necessarily by starting him but keeping him in the bullpen. There's still a bit more dialogue to have organizationally before we put a stamp on what role he'll have. Right now, I'm very comfortable with where he is."
Walt: Berry declined coaching position
We heard from Ken Griffey Jr, Ryan Hanigan and Tony Cingrani last night on Sports Talk.
We didn't have a show Tuesday, due to Reds Hot Stove and UC basketball.
With news of Reds HOF and Hanigan trade happening that night, Seg was able to record interviews with Griffey and Hangian.
Ken Griffey Jr
Some outstanding stuff here from Jr about his time with the Reds, "a roller coaster", his family and what he's up to.
Ryan Hanigan (6:25), Tony Cingrani (6:35)
6:05, The Roundtable Show (6-7pm, due to UC-Louisville pregame)
Join Lap and me to talk Bengals and enjoy the food and drinks!
We will also have Big 10 championship game t-shirts from the Meijer Team Gear Department to giveaway.
Whitworth played so well and with so much fire and intensity at left guard in last Sunday's 17-10 victory that before Wednesday's practice offensive line coach Paul Alexander had to go all the way back to the ancients to describe this classic. It will be recalled that in one of his last starts as a guard in the lost season of 2008, Whitworth's response to the bullying of Jaguars Pro Bowl defensive tackle John Henderson that got him ejected was one of the seeds that grew The Locker Room Renaissance. A move to guard may very well bottle the same type of emotion for this stretch run.
Doyel: Why does FSU get a free pass to BCS title game if Buckeyes do not?
No. 25 Dayton shakes off Delaware State
Buckeyes move to 7-0 with route of Maryland