Reds 2013 schedule
The Cincinnati Reds will open the 2013 regular season with Opening Day on Monday, April 1 against the Los Angeles Angels as part of an opening homestand that includes three games against the Angels (April 1, 3 and 4) and a three-game weekend tilt with the Washington Nationals (April 5-7).
Major League Baseball officially announced its 2013 regular season schedule earlier today, which includes the first game of the league season on March 31 and Interleague Play throughout the season now that each league has 15 teams.
Additional highlights of the Reds’ home schedule include a pair of weekend series against the St. Louis Cardinals (June 7-9 and Aug. 2-4), a Memorial Day weekend series against the Chicago Cubs (May 24-26) and a weekend series against the Los Angeles Dodgers (Sept. 6-8). In addition to the Angels, the Reds’ Interleague opponents at home include the Cleveland Indians (May 27-28), Seattle Mariners (July 5-7) and Oakland Athletics (Aug. 6-7).
Complete 2013 schedule
ACC accepts Notre Dame as new member
GREENSBORO, N.C. - The Atlantic Coast Conference Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to accept the University of Notre Dame as a new member. The Irish will compete as full members in all conference sponsored sports with the exception of football which will play five games annually against league programs.
"We are committed to keeping the Atlantic Coast Conference a vibrant and competitive league dedicated to ensuring the appropriate balance of academics, athletics and integrity," said the ACC Council of Presidents in a joint statement. "The addition of Notre Dame further strengthens the rich tradition and culture of the ACC as well as allowing for future academic collaboration and we enthusiastically welcome them into the league."
From listener Bill
Listening to the Reds on radio, there’s a hooting sound coming from the stands. Marty and Jeff mentioned it briefly last night: Jeff called them ‘crows’ and Marty said ‘they think it’s a victory cheer.’ Or something like that. Do you know what it is? I think Marty hates it worse than the wave.
Have you heard it the last two nights at GABP? What is it? How did it start?
Who gets credit? Are you doing it? Do you like it? Do you find it annoying?
I will investigate and get to the bottom this developing situation this afternoon at 3pm.
I've been told it started late Monday night, during extra innings for Reds vs Pirates. I'm told dogs (Bark at the Park) started howling. Fans followed.
I'm told it's a fan rally cry that started with Pittsburgh Penguins fans.
I'm told it's a Ric Flair tribute cry.
I'm told it's an New World Order (NWO) Wolfpack wrestling thing.
What the heck is it?
Did Pirates fans start it last week? Deadspin has the story
Who is the man? Wooooooooooo
"The newest trend of Ric Flair and Bubb Rubb yelling WOO WOOOOO in Oakland is driving residents crazy. This video chronicles this new trent of WOO WOO'ing is driving neighbors crazy. WOO WOO!!!!!"
What the insiders say makes a good manager
C. Trent Rosecrans, Baseball Prospectus
Because I don’t know exactly what makes a good manager, I decided to ask some of those who know much better than I. Over the last week or so, I went to Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati and asked several people in different roles about what makes a good manager. Here’s a sampling of what those in the game had to say.
Mainlining the NFL: Football in the era of Red Zone
We hear it all the time: in the last decade, the NFL has changed. This thesis usually comes at the head of a conversation about a drift in the run/pass ratio, but the changes in a typical fan's experience of the game go well beyond the way the players play and the coaches coach. Like every other segment of the mainstream culture, the NFL has had to find ways to bind itself to the internet in order to grow, and its success at this new art form—call it technoknitting—has been unparalleled. Fantasy football, sure, but there's much more: live-tweeting and commentary from sports writers you admire, game content delivered directly to smart phones, and the NFL's most pernicious invention since the tuck rule: the RedZone Channel.
Almost as young as Browns, Bengals have high hopes, despite blowout loss
The 44-13 loss in Baltimore was the Bengals’ worst ever on Monday night and their most lopsided in an opener since 1991. Still, they think they are trending up and have realistic hopes of breaking their skein of back-to-back playoff seasons.
1. They are loaded with talent. Thirteen of the 53 on the roster are former first-round picks, including nine on defense.
The Reds were 13th out of 15 MLB cities in attendance Tuesday night.
Only Houston and Toronto drew fewer fans.
Tampa Bay at Baltimore 23,828
Miami at Philadelphia 42,028
Oakland at LA Angels 37,794
NY Yankees at Boston 37,437
Cleveland at Texas 34,765
St. Louis at San Diego 29,887
Kansas City at Minnesota 28,993
Atlanta at Milwaukee 27,382
San Francisco at Colorado 26,631
Detroit at Chicago White Sox 26,504
LA Dodgers at Arizona 23,966
Washington at NY Mets 22,596
Pittsburgh at Cincinnati 19,620
Chicago Cubs at Houston 14,205
Seattle at Toronto 12,935
The Reds are averaging 29,114 fans per game, which is up 1,901 per game from a year ago at this time. The Reds 2012 total attendance is up 140,677.
The Reds have the 11th largest increase in attendance in MLB.
I've been interested in their September attendance. Kids are back in school, but the Reds are in the race. A year ago, the Reds were out of the race and averaged 25,324 in September. They are averaging 23,499 per game this September.
NL Central fades
Pirates have lost 5 in a row and 22 of 31. They stand 72-69.
They must go 10-11 to have a winning season for first time since
Miklasz on Cards' disturbing late-season trend.
Cards have lost 9 of 13, are 15-17 since August 7 and 51-55 since May 11.
Big money busts offer lesson to Yankees.
NY Post: These are the five-largest payroll teams: Yankees, Phillies, Red Sox, Angels and Tigers. The season ends three weeks from today and the Yanks are clinging to a playoff spot and the other four are currently not in.
Thanks to everyone that joined us for Bengals Line at Holy Grail. It was great to be back with Lap and the players. New center Jeff Faine joined us in the first hour. Kenny Anderson joined us in the second hour. Great food, fun, football and prizes. Hope to see you next Monday, 6-9pm.
Podcast Hour 1: Jeff Faine
Podcast Hour 2: Kenny Anderson
Podcast Hour 3: Lap breaks down the Ravens game and previews Browns
Last week I ranked the Bengals position groups, based on the confidence I had in each group. Here were my rankings last week, most confidence to least confidence:
DL Not the depth of a year ago, but still strong
LB Solid, if not spectacular
WR Higher based on AJ alone, but like the potential of group
QB Can Andy improve accuracy on deep ball?
TE Gresham takes the next step as offense expands
CB Still worry about age/injury and quanity over quality
RB The best you can say is BJGE doesn't fumble?
S Beyond Reggie Nelson?
OL 2/5th out and injured
Casey ran in his first ever Cross Country meet for Summit View Middle School on Tuesday.
Snickers Minis and Flick Football!
25 Greatest NKU basketball players pre-Division 1 era
HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. – Who were the all-time greats in Northern Kentucky University men's basketball history during the pre-Division I years? That's a tough question our panel of experts has tried to answer, and a list of the top 25 players is provided below.
NKU's new era of basketball begins this season in the Atlantic Sun Conference, as the Norse will compete at the NCAA Division I level for the first time. In the meantime, take a look at the list of the top 25 Norsemen of all-time.
Congrats to three of my guys:
Paul Cluxton (1993-97) – The greatest shooter in the history of college basketball is Paul Cluxton, and he has the statistics to back up that claim. Cluxton is the NCAA's all-time career leader in free-throw percentage at .934, and he set an NCAA record during the 1996-97 season by making every free throw he attempted (94-for-94). He became the first player in NCAA history to lead the nation in free-throw percentage without missing from the line. Cluxton scored 1,495 career points, and he led NKU to NCAA Division II national runner-up honors in both 1996 and '97. In addition, Cluxton earned third team All-America honors in 1997, and he was named the most outstanding player of the 1996 NCAA II Great Lakes Region Tournament.
Shannon Minor (1993-1997) - A quick point guard with great shooting range from the outside, Minor played a major role in NKU's emergence as a national power. He helped the Norse win back-to-back regional championships (1996 and '97) by averaging in double figures his junior and senior seasons. During the 1995-96 campaign, Minor averaged 12.8 points per game and dished out 172 assists as NKU won the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Region title for the first time in history. Minor finished his career with 1,230 points and 529 assists.
Mike Kelsey (2001-05) – Kelsey's 50-point scoring barrage against Indianapolis on Jan. 2, 2004, is likely to remain an NKU single-game record for many years. Kelsey made nine 3-pointers and scored 39 points in the second half of that record-setting performance. An incredible shooter, Kelsey made 285 shots from 3-point range during his career. The Elder High School graduate also poured in 35 points – including seven 3-pointers - against SIU-Edwardsville during the 2005 GLVC Tournament semifinals to lead NKU to a 73-62 upset over the second-seeded Cougars. He finished with 1,595 career points and made 81.3 percent of his free throws.