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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.
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The other Larry Brown, not the guy who's coached half the teams in the NBA.
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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.
1) Pitchers and catchers report. No other sport has words like that, that signify the relative closeness of the beginning of the season. Football doesn't have "tackles and guards report," basketball doesn't have "point guards and backup centers report," and hockey usually has a lockout going on when camp is supposed to begin so it doesn't matter.
We've got baseball, at least in some form, even if it's 29 degrees here as I type this. It might be idle games of catch, monotonous bullpen sessions, and the usual "so-and-so is in the best shape of his career" stories that fill space in every Major League city as we check off the days between now and real baseball being played, but it's baseball. And any baseball > no baseball.
It'll also be a boring spring training, knock on wood. Barring injury (again, knock on wood), the pressing storylines this spring training are pretty limited. Shin Soo Choo's progress in center is worth monitoring, as is Aroldis Chapman's transition back to being a starter. Any remnants of the Votto and Cueto injuries will be worth talking about, at least early on. Billy Hamilton is always fun to monitor. And we might get a resolution on the Rolen situation today. But other than that....this team is set. Most of us could probably accurately predict what the Opening Day lineup is going to be and many of us, once Rolen's decision is known, could probably guess what the 25-man roster is going to look like. There aren't many open job, there isn't much competition, and we're not talking ourselves into the crappy fifth starter turning his career around and making the team like we have in years past.
This is going to be boring. And boring is good.
2) Concerns. Let's list them. What could go wrong this season that didn't last year? I start with Ludwick. If he duplicates his 2012, both he and the Reds will be fine. But what if, in a year where he turns 35, he reverts to his 2010 and 2011 form? He was very good in the playoffs (three homers), but from August 18th until the end of the regular season last year, he hit just one homer. He wasn't great in the first half, and he'll be asked to carry a bigger load this season. If he regresses, the Reds will have a major problem in the middle of the lineup, and that could disrupt the work they've done to fix the top of the lineup.
The starting pitching depth will be tested. I'll keep typing that, as I did last season, so it will continue to be wrong. Five pitchers won't make 161 starts again in 2013. What kind of shape is this team in when injuries become a factor? And who among the front four takes a step backward in 2013?
The bench. It will probably be better because it won't be populated by people named "Cairo" or "Valdez," and I'd like to think we've seen the last of the Willie Harrises. They get Xavier Paul for a whole season, Chris Heisey is a nice fourth or fifth outfielder, but their backup infielders don't elicit much excitement.
Todd Frazier. I know, sacrilege, especially since Todd Frazier is the only Reds player who gets his own @MoEgger1530 Tweets during the season. But is he equipped to play every single day? What do we make of how slow his bat looked in September? Has he already reached his ceiling? And will anybody try to die around him this season?
There are a few more....I'd like to see Johnny Cueto pitch in a game before I stop worrying about his oblique, and it'd be nice for their other catcher not named "Hanigan" to pull his weight, plus there's the added pressure of this season being judged by how they fare in October. But while concerns exist, it's as airtight a Reds team as I can remember, at least on day one of what will hopefully be a very uneventful spring.
3) Kentucky v. Florida. Second-best game of the night in college hoops. (As good as the games atop the Big Ten have been, Michigan/Michigan State has to be the headliner) It's a statement game for the Wildcats, who are back in the top 25 but still mostly lurking under the national radar. Kentucky is not playing great, but they're playing well enough. They'll have to be much better to win in Gainesville, and finally get a needed high-quality win.
4) Please Jesus, let the Bearcats win tonight. I can't take anymore "Fire Mick" Tweets. I can't waste any more energy talking about how lazy that argument is, and how the University of Cincinnati would be the nation's laughingstock if it removed the man who rebuilt the program and just signed a top-20 recruit. I also am running out of energy talking about how this school is in no financial position to pay a guy to not coach. Sweet Jesus, please let the Bearcats beat Villanova tonight so my timeline can be peaceful. I don't ask for much. Thank you.
I actually expect UC to play pretty well tonight. They usually rally when it seems like the walls are closing in, both indivudually and collectively. This feels a little like the end of the 2011 season, when it seemed like a collapse was imminent. I don't think we're to that point yet, but they've typically done a good job of winning games like this. I'm betting they play very well tonight.
5) Wrestling will no longer be an Olympic Sport. But trampolining will be? Got it.