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A lifelong Bengals fan. God help her.
She's a woman with opinions
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Did you know Tracy played on 5 major league teams?
MO' Favorite Links
MO' Favorite Links
I will gladly accept bribery to put your site on this list.
My favorite site. Not for those easily offended.
This is a great NBA blog. The NBA (National Basketball Association) is a professional men's basketball league, consisting of 29 American teams, and one Canadian team. It was founded in 1946. Cincinnati used to have a team. I wish it did now.
Better Off Red
Jamie Ramsey is the Assistant Media Relations Director of the Reds. He takes you behind the scenes of a Major League team. And he writes funny captions for his photos.
Plenty of scenery and funny stuff on Big Smudge. I'll be honest, these guys told me they were fans of my show, and even if they didn't mean it, that gets them linked.
Bugs and Cranks
If it's about baseball, these guys usually have something to say about it. And it's usually funny.
Booze, Ladies, and Football.
Calling It Like It Is
A guy from Cincinnati, who uh, well he calls it like it is.
Chris Sabo's Goggles
A Reds fan stuck in Chicago does a blog. He says the purpose of the blog is to inform people of the Reds without the geeky stuff, like facts for example. My kind of guy.
You're probably thinking this website is about me. Actually, it's not.
Local college basketball blog by two guys...one a UC fan, the other an XU fan.
The Godfather of sports blogs.
My favorite baseball blog. I thought I loved the game, then I read these guys.
Stuff guys like. At least stuff normal guys like.
Hugging Harold Reynolds
Very funny sports blog with one of my favorite names.
John Clay's Sidelines
John is an outstanding writer who covers everything and anything UK-related.
Larry Brown Sports
The other Larry Brown, not the guy who's coached half the teams in the NBA.
Look At Me Shirts
Be the guy in the ironic shirt. Take credit for someone else's joke.
Mo Egger's Blog
Did you really think my blog wouldn't be on a list of "favorites?"
Do you like mind-numbing statistical analysis of the Reds? Do you treat every game like the fate of the world rests on it? This site is probably not for you.
Most negative man in America. And I usually agree with him.
Pro Football Talk
Not daily, but almost hourly reading for NFL fans.
Everything and anything Reds...and more, by Reds fans.
Rush The Court
The Ubiquitous college basketblog.
A little UK, a little Louisville. A lot of funny.
Anything and everything hoops.
A Cincinnati guy based in Vegas. What I'd write if I could write.
Because some things can't be taught.
I admit, I'm a geek.
Who Dey Revolution
No site better captures the frustration of being a Bengals fan better than this one. Fan empowerment at its best.
FIVE MO' THINGS, 1/15/13
1) Lance Armstrong. The mechanics of him cheating while competing in a sport that everyone was cheating in matters very, very little to me. If I don't really care about PED use in baseball, a sport I care very deeply about, I'm certainly not going to care about PED use in a sport I wouldn't spend five minutes watching.
So I'm not interested in an admission of him cheating.
What I am interested in is what Lance Armstrong does now.
My view of Lance has always been pretty simple. He cheated, raising his profile, and thus went about helping millions of people with cancer. That work cannot be undone, and if Lance successfully finds a way to re-brand both himself and Livestrong, it can continue.
What can't be ignored however, is that along the way, Lance Armstrong took down a lot of people. He bullied, he coerced, and he reportedly threatened anyone attempting to blow the whistle on Lance's doping, doing anything to protect the brand he'd built while continuing to deceive and lie about doping.
The question for me now is how Lance Armstrong re-brands himself and makes good what he did to the people and companies he defrauded.
It's not about an apology, it's about how he makes this right, how he helps rebuild the reputations of people he helped tear down, how he makes good on the financial damage he's done to a number of companies and corporate sponsors, and how he finds a way to make the next chapter in his life one that results in people continuing to be helped from how re-brands himself, without the collateral damage.
People re-brand themselves all the time, often effectively. We see this in sports. Ray Lewis will play his final NFL game within the next couple of weeks. He's re-branded himself over the course of the last decade into sports quintessential leader. Kobe Bryant and Charles Barkley have done the same in the face of public scandal. Tiger Woods is trying to. Pete Rose is trying not to. Lance Armstrong can re-brand himself, but he's got some work to do, not only with the public, but with the people he's helped take down along the way.
I think that in the grand scheme, that Lance Armstrong has done more good than harm. The Livestrong Foundation, while built on lies, still helped millions of people, and I can't ignore that. The way that those living with cancer have been impacted, in part, by Lance Armstrong still leaves me with a favorable opinion of him, even if I'm not completely comfortable with my favorable opinion of him.
That work must continue. What has to begin is Lance Armstrong's unenviable task of making things right with all of the people he's done wrong.
2) The narrative of the NFL Playoffs. I like this from Bill Branwell....
As a sports culture, we slap labels on players out of laziness, because the information on how they really performed wasn't readily available to us. Now we know better and we still do it because those narratives have become tried-and-true. Matt Ryan is going to wake up Monday morning and be exactly the same quarterback he was when we woke up the day before. The same is true of Peyton Manning.
It's true. If Peyton Manning is allowed to complete one pass on third and seven, or if his defense doesn't completely collapse, we're not having the "loser" label that's been affixed to Peyton all week. If Matt Bryant shanks a 49-yarder and the Falcons lose, Matt Ryan is still walking around with a winless postseason record, and the label of being the latest quarterback who can't win the big one.
We use each postseason to continually shape the legacies of NFL quarterbacks, and even though I fall into the trap of doing that, it gets fatiguing. Peyton Manning is one of the best five to seven people to ever play quarterback, and I'm probably not narrowing it down enough. Matt Ryan has a long, productive career in front of him, and barring injury, he'll have plenty of chances to win a championship. Neither is a loser, neither is a choker, both have contributed to their team's postseason failures. Both have suffered from teammates and organizations unable to pull their weight.
Winning is hard, especially in a league where the prevailing model is parity. Sometimes, we forget exactly how hard winning is.
3) I'm becoming a ticket scalper. Know those guys you see on Third Street hawking ticket? That'll be me next football season, armed with $40 Bengals tickets. Yes, they raised some lower bowl tickets by $5, but $40 to see an NFL game is almost unheard of. And with the Packers, Patriots, Colts, Steelers, and Ravens on the home slate, will provide me with ample opportunity to turn a profit.
I know it's the Bengals, so unless they give the tickets away for nothing, there will be those inclined to bitch about whatever they do. My question is, will we hear the same moaning when the Reds inevitably raise prices to pay for their payroll increases?
4) Lack of substantial Reds news. There's nothing happening. What qualifies as news as we count down to the day that pitchers and catchers report? Billy Hamilton's digits.
5) A big one tonight for the Bearcats. The next two, after tonight's DePaul tilt, are against Marquette and Syracuse. Those teams are very good. DePaul might not be terrible, but they're not very good either. It's the kind of swing game in the middle of the season, on the road, that UC has to win in order to have the kind of season we've been hoping for. Not that they can't beat the Golden Eagles or the Orange, but a loss tonight, and a 2-5 Big East start becomes a distinct possibility.