We have a sellout
This Sunday’s 1 p.m. game against Baltimore is a sellout, the Bengals ticket office announced today. The game will be televised live in the Bengals home market on WKRC-TV (Channel 12) in Cincinnati, WHIO-TV (Channel 7) in Dayton and WKYT-TV (Channel 27) in Lexington, Ky.
The game will close a regular season during which the Bengals sold out six of eight games. The Bengals have clinched a 2012 playoff spot and will open the postseason on Jan. 5 or 6, in a road game against an opponent which will be determined by Sunday’s NFL results.
From tickets returned by the visiting team, a limited number of attractive tickets remain available for Sunday’s game. These can be purchased by calling the Bengals Ticket Hotline during business hours at 513-621-8383 or toll free at 866-621-8383. Tickets also can be purchased at any time through Bengals.com.
The Bengals today made the following roster moves:
* Signed rookie CB Chris Lewis-Harris from the Bengals practice squad. Lewis-Harris (5-10, 180; Tennessee-Chattanooga) has played in one game this season (Game 3, Sept. 30 at Jacksonville, no statistics) to the roster. He has been on the practice squad for Games 1-2 and 4-15. He signed with the Bengals on July 26 of this year as a college free agent and played in all four Cincinnati preseason games, with 13 tackles and one sack.
* Placed K Mike Nugent on the Reserve/Injured list. Nugent played in Games 1-12 of this season but has been sidelined since Dec. 5, when he suffered a right calf strain in practice.
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Greater Cincinnati Sports Year in Review
2012 in Greater Cincinnati Sports
(Can't recall who email me about this song, but thanks!)
Here are some of the categories I'm thinking of:
Top 10 stories of the year:
Best moment in game:
Best coaching/managing job:
Best single game performance by player:
Best season long performance by player:
Best newcomer to scene: (Free agent, trade, rookie)
Greater Cincinnati Sportsman of Year:
Spinning off the Sports Illustrated award that honors accomplishments that embody the spirit of sportsmanship combined with a high level of on-field success.
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Fee free to add any categories.
Ryan Freel Memorial
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How about the money the Cleveland Indians get in their new TV deal with Fox Sports Ohio? It's believed to be a 10-year, $400M deal. The Tribe will get $40M a year, after getting $30M last year. If the Tribe gets that, what will the Reds be able to demand? I think they have 1 or 2 years left on their current deal with FS Ohio, which probably pays the Reds around $10-15M a year. The Reds had the 2nd best TV ratings in MLB in 2012. They had the top radio ratings in 2012.
High school basketball
Props to La Salle High School hoops. They have advanced to Final Four of the Kingdom of the Sun Tournament in Ocala, FL. The last two nights they have beaten Florida's #1 team in 4A and #10 team in 6A. Barret Cohen, of WLSN, (@Barrett_Cohen), tells me should the Lancers advance and eventually win the championship, they will tie Vanguard High School with the most tournament championships (3) in the 39-year history of the event.
(From Belk Bowl)
What they are saying
Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones)
Congrats to @BearcatsFB_125 & @UTCoachStrip on their win over Duke! One of the tightest knit teams that I ever coached & it showed tonight!
Butch Jones (@UTCoachJones)
Also congrats to this group of seniors, one of only a hand full of classes that have won 10 games 4 out of the 5 years they played!
Kerry Coombs (@OsuCoachCoombs)
How about them Bearcats! Congratulations to an outstanding group of seniors who have persevered and come out on top! #couldntbeprouder
Stewart Mandel (@slmandel), Sportsw Illustrated
Cincinnati last 6 years: 10-3, 10-3, 4-8, 12-1, 11-3, 10-3. And still stuck in conference realignment no man's land.
ESPN: It was over when: Brendon Kay hit Travis Kelce for the longest touchdown in Belk Bowl history, 83 yards, as the tight end went untouched for the deciding score with 44 seconds remaining. On Duke's ensuing possession, Maalik Bomar drilled Sean Renfree and Nick Temple came up with the pick, returning it 55 yards for the touchdown with 14 seconds left to make it 48-34.
CBS Sports: WHY CINCINNATI WON. You can't diminish what Cincinnati did considering the upheaval on the coaching staff -- the Bearcats only had five coaches for the game instead of the usual 10 -- and the fact it didn't just lay down and die after falling behind 16-0 early. That being said, Duke sure did a lot to help out. The Blue Devils turned the ball over four times, twice on the verge of scoring a touchdown, and it was too much to overcome.
Associated Press: CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Brendon Kay wasn't sure if he'd get another shot. When he did, he made the most of it.
How about the 79-yard punt?
Fans can buy Bearcats' Belk Bowl helmets
The football helmets worn by the Bearcats in the 2012 Belk Bowl will be made available to UC fans. The new-look helmets will go for a $1,000 special contribution to UCATS, the proceeds of which will be earmarked for an enhancement of the strength and conditioning program which will benefit all 18 sports.
Mike DeCourcy: Cincinnati (12-1) and New Mexico had the college basketball stage to themselves on this evening, but then, so do those all those never-gonna-make it American Idol aspirants. Just as more than a few Whitney Houston ballads have been mangled in those auditions, the game of basketball took quite a beating through 40 minutes Thursday at Fifth Third Arena.
Jeff Goodman, CBS Sports Now Cronin has job stability and the culture has begun to revert back within the Bearcats program. The talent obviously doesn't compare to the Huggins teams of old, the ones that had NBA players rolling through at a fairly frenetic pace and 14 consecutive NCAA tournament appearances before his dismissal. However, people outside the city are once again talking about UC basketball after two consecutive NCAA tournament appearances -- and a 12-0 start heading into Thursday night's contest against a New Mexico team
Kirk leads New Mexico past Cincinnati
The Bearcats missed 21 shots inside the paint and shot 31.3 percent from the field. Kilpatrick had a team-high 15 points, but was only 5 of 22 from the field.
"Things have been too easy for us," Bearcats coach Mick Cronin said. "We were going to get taught a lesson sooner or later. It manifests itself in many ways. Our inside finishing is beyond soft. You hold a team to 55 points, you should be able to win the game."
Lobos hand Bearcats first loss
Cincinnati (12-1) moved up to No. 8 this week -- its highest ranking in nine years -- and was trying to go 13-0 for only sixth time in school history. The Bearcats couldn't salvage a tight game against a team known for knocking off top teams.
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From listener Jeff
UC used 10 players vs New Mexico, here's the breakdown:
Kirkpatrick/Wright/Parker: 41 points in 97 combined minutes.
Other 7 Players: 13 Points in 103 combined minutes.
Jerry Palm's first projection of NCAA bracket
(Jason Bridge/US Presswire)
Film Room: The sound and fury of Geno Atkins
Geno Atkins has flown under the radar this season. Unless, of course, you're an offensive lineman tasked with stopping the behemoth. Atkins haunts the dreams of those men.
Game preview: Bengals vs Ravens
Ross Tucker, Sports USA
What nobody is talking about but should be
The recent success of the Bengals scouting department. It has been the brunt of jokes around the league for as long as I can remember but one look at the roster this year and perhaps the joke is on all of us. You don't have to look any further then their homegrown defensive line that is probably the best in all of football. All of the major contributors are Bengals draft choices and none of them were even taken in round one. In particular, the two stud defensive tackles, Domata Peko and Geno Atkins, were both taken in the fourth round. One glance at the Bengals offensive line, a fine unit in its own right, and you can see that they were all brought into the fold directly from college as well. Naysayers may want to look elsewhere for their scouting jokes going forward.
Dalton talks to NBC Sports about how they'll approach Sunday:
You can buy Kenyon Martin's house
The Dalworthington, Texas, mansion of former NBA star Kenyon Martin is on the market for a cool $5 million and comes equipped with a nine-car garage, multiple wet bars and a pecan orchard.