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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.
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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.
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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.
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Who Dey Revolution
No site better captures the frustration of being a Bengals fan better than this one. Fan empowerment at its best.
1) The Reds lose. Somehow Cleveland keeps the Ohio Cup. Somewhere, there is someone who actually cares about the Ohio Cup, which goes to the winner of the season series between the Reds and Indians. The Indians possessed it because before tying the series at three a year ago, the Indians won it 5-1 in 2011. If there's no winner during a given year, the Cups stays with whomever won it the previous season. Because of last night's lackluster 7-1 loss, the Reds were forced to drink out of regular cups on their ride to Pittsburgh last night, and not the Ohio Cup like they'd hoped.
The bad: The fourth inning for the Indians.
The good: The sixth inning for the Reds.
The everything else: The other 15 half-innings, which helped round out one of the most forgettable baseball games in the history of the sport.
The WTF: The refusal to let anyone not named "Homer get the final out of the fourth." From Dusty....
"It's been a long time since any team got five, six consecutive two-out hits," Reds manager Dusty Baker said. "We were hoping Homer could get that last out. We didn't want to tear up our whole bullpen with an important series coming up in Pittsburgh.
"Not that this isn't important, but that's in our league and our division.
I know some people will use last night's decision, pile it on top of the decision to let Arroyo pitch to Giambi, and use it as a reason to call for the public execution of the manager, which will sound really stupid, but still....what a dopey explanation by Dusty Baker.
Let me follow the logic...we're not going to give ourselves any kind of chance of winning a still winnable-game-that's-still-in-the-middle-innings so we could win a game tomorrow that's being started by our staff ace. Instead, we'll let our pitcher just die out there and have him pitch us out of this one. But it won't matter because we'll be primed to win tomorrow.
Yeah. Makes sense.
I know, Scott Kazmir made this pretty much irrelevant. And yes, it's not always as simple as we make it sound when it comes to getting a reliever ready in the earlier innings. And I get it, sometimes you have to lose battles to win wars. But still....in consecutive games, the manager sat on his hands as his starter fell apart and as the game drifted out of reach.
Regardless of your opinion of Dusty - and I like him - there's problems with that.
2) The first "big series of the season starts tonight. Reds v. Pirates. Is Pittsburgh for real? This blogger thinks so...
But the 2013 Pirates … I think this might be a different club, a better club. On Thursday, I watched them beat the Detroit Tigers 1-0 in 11 innings. Here's the thing: Once the game got to the relief pitchers, I expected the Pirates to win. These are the games they're winning this season with that lockdown bullpen that has been so brilliant. On this night, the pen allowed just two hits in 5¨ø innings and Neil Walker, the walk-off hero Tuesday, started the winning rally with a leadoff single. The Pirates are 34-20, jumped past the Reds into second place in the NL Central and have won the second-most games in the majors.
I was on Pittsburgh radio on Wednesday, and host David Todd asked about the outsider's perspective on the Pirates. The two main reasons this club is better, I suggested, is that teams can ride a dominant bullpen a long way; in this day, with relievers pitching a third of every game, a decent rotation plus a great pen can equal a very good pitching staff. Here, a quick stat on why to believe in this staff more than the 2011 and 2012 versions:
2011 first-half totals: 47-43, 3.44 ERA, 16th in NL in strikeouts
2012 first-half totals: 48-37, 3.47 ERA, 14th in NL in strikeouts
2013 through May 30: 34-20, 3.12 ERA, 2nd in NL in strikeouts
The first-half success of the Pirates' pitching in 2011 and 2012 were mirages, fueled by low batting averages on balls in play -- as indicated by their low strikeouts. When their luck turned, so did the results.
I'm still in "I'll believe it when I see it" mode. There's no denying how good their pitching has been, highlighted by a lockdown bullpen. The Bucs 1-0 win last night was their fourth one-zip win in their last 11 games, which highlights both how good their pitching has been and how bad they are offensively.
And that's why I'm not quite a believer.
They're middle of the pack in almost every offensive statistical category. They don't have many players who are having awful seasons, but they don't have anyone who's having a superlative one either. As great as Andrew McCutcheon is - and he is in the top ten in WAR - his 2013 hasn't been nearly as good as his 2013. At some point, the Pirates will need to score some runs, and I don't yet trust them to do that.
You are your track record, until you aren't anymore. That's why I understood - to an extent - but didn't agree when people thought the 2010 Reds would collapse in the second half. The Pittsburgh late season meltdowns each of the previous two years have in part come to define that team, and will be what most expect until one doesn't happen this year.
That might not be fair. That might not be scientific. But it's reality.
I admit that there's part of me that wants the Pirates to be sorta legit. A three-team race with all three playing above-.600 baseball might not mean the Reds are handed the title, but it'd be fun. And there's enough sports history between Cincinnati and Pittsburgh - including plenty between the Reds and Pirates - that a back and forth between these two franchises could be cool.
But the Pirates need to do a little more before I take them as seriously as part of me wants to.
That can change - at least a little - starting tonight.
3) LeBron James, missed chances, and the hijacking of the Eastern Conference Finals. Game five of the Eastern Conference Finals stood out for three reasons...
*LeBron. His third quarter was ridiculous. He outscored Indiana 16-13, added four boards, four assists, and he didn't turn it over. He scored 30 for the game, petty much carrying the Heat to a 3-2 lead.
LeBron had some help last night....Udonis Haslem went 8 for 9 from the field again, Ray Allen made a huge three in the fourth quarter that came after a bad out-of-bounds call that gave the ball to Miami, and Wade and Bosh added 17, which beats adding nothing.
But last night was the night that the Heat went from the Big Three and Everyone Else to LeBron James and His Supporting Cast.
He even said it after the game last night, claiming that he "had to go back to (his) Cleveland days..." in the second half.
Remember the Cleveland days, when he had to drag a gang of schleps through playoff games, doing all of the heavy lifting by himself? Last night was one of those days.
Wade looks like he's 74 years-old. Bosh was non-existent. LeBron carried them.
It's not to say that those players aren't capable of big moments - Wade has had a positive impact on nearly every Miami postseason win - but it's not the Big Three anymore.
We used to say that Michael Jordan had his supporting cast, and that supporting class including another Hall of Famer throughout both title runs, and another through the second one. It was never "The Big Three," or The Big Anything. It was Jordan and a bunch a guys carrying his bags.
Last night everyone else was carrying LeBrons's bag.
*Indiana's missed chances. Given an opening in game one, the Pacers didn't bang through. Their game two win didn't erase the fact that in a game they should have won, they didn't.
The lesson apparently wasn't learned.
Given an opening by a lethargic Miami team, the Pacers controlled the game all throughout the first half, yet they only led by four at half. While they were again getting what they wanted offensively, they were missing easy shots (four blown layups) or making silly decisions with the ball (nine turnovers). Indiana couldn't have put Miami away in the first half, and maybe LeBron's eventual second half heroics would have been too much anyway, but at halftime, it felt like the Pacers were blowing a chance.
Those chances don't come all that often against a team like the Heat. Indiana didn't take advantage in game one, and given another opportunity in game five, they failed to cash in last night as well.
*The officiating. I hate talking about the refs. I don't blog about them. I don't talk about them on air. "Blame The Refs Guy" usually is the fan I pay the least amount of attention to.
Which tells you how big the problem is if I'm talking about it.
The problem isn't that the refs have simply made wrong calls. Those happen. It's that they've failed to do the right thing when Heat players have deserved flagrants (Wade's elbow in game two) or ejection (Chris Anderson's shove last night). It's that they became the story of game four in Indiana. It's that an already polarizing team is already perceived to get the benefit of the doubt. And it's that after three games in this series, officiating was as much a topic as any player or coach.
I hate it when officiating is a game's biggest topic, yet it's been impossible to not talk about it during this series. Continued officiating talk gets tiresome quickly, but it also erodes interest, and gives a league's loudest critics ammo in asserting that outcomes aren't legit.
And it makes enjoyable series like this one slightly less fun to talk about.
4) Two day trips to see two sporting events, in two different cities, in two days. Wednesday, I went to see the Louisville Bats, an experience I covered here. Yesterday, I hiked to Columbus to see round one of The Memorial.
The experience was a fun one, though I would have preferred to ride around the course in a cart.
Aside from tracking Tiger and Fred Couple for half their round, and aside from watching the guys on the practice range before their tee-times, my favorite part of the experience was the people watching.
Golf tournaments are like country concerts. Know how when you go see Kenny Chesney or some country artist, people dress up like they're about to go herd cattle? Same thing for golf tournaments, where people dress like they're going to play 18 holes, with their dainty colors and silly-looking shorts. Same thing comes to mind when it came to the women there. The scenery at a country concert is usually the only reason to go, with female country fans dressing the part. Female golf fans didn't exactly dress like their favorite LPGA stars - thank God - but they did get dolled up, maybe in the hopes that some golfer would notice them as they walked toward their approach shot.
I also love how golf tournaments are anal about cell phone use. Take a pic, a Marshall makes you erase it. Send a text, a Marshall yells at you. The best players in the world are playing. I'm thinking they'll be ok if I'm texting back a coworker while they're striking a ball.
Anyway, it was a solid time. There aren't many sporting events where you can get that close to the competitors while they're doing their jobs. There aren't many sporting events where you can smoke a cigar while enjoying in-person. And there aren't many sporting events where the fans are encouraged to dress worse than the people actually playing.
Here's the two photos I did take, of Tiger on the practice range before he went out and shot a 71.
5) Gordon Gee comedy routine has the Ohio State president apologizing. Among the most "offensive" lines from his comments to the schools' athletic council....
*"The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they're holy hell on the rest of the week," Gee said to laughter at the Dec. 5 meeting attended by athletics director Gene Smith and several other athletics department members, along with professors and students.
"You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that,"
*The top goal of Big Ten presidents is to "make certain that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity," Gee said. "So you won't see us adding Louisville," a member of the Big East Conference that is also joining the ACC.
After a pause followed by laughter from the audience, Gee added that the Big Ten wouldn't add the University of Kentucky, either.
*"You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing," Gee said, when asked by a questioner how to respond to SEC fans who say the Big Ten can't count because it now has 14 members.
I've heard more offensive jokes at sports stags.
The problem here isn't the content. These are jokes. Maybe slightly offensive to some, but they're jokes nonetheless, and pretty harmless ones at that. They're being egged on by a friendly crowd. The problem is the person delivering them, and the venue he's delivering them at.
Gordon Gee wants to be the funny man, the banquet guy, the life of the party, and I'm not sure you can if you're a university president. There's a lot I like about this guy - he isn't glued to his desk and he's an active participant in the school community - but he's also a little out of touch. I remember his comments during the initial Tressel press conference when he joked that he hoped that Tressel wouldn't fire him, and I remember wondering why this guy didn't understand the gravity of the situation in front of him.
I wonder now why he'd decided to turn into a Catskills comic during a meeting that's part of the public record. Did he not know that his comments would be recorded and eventually perused? If not, that's a problem for a guy leading a major university.
You can be the guy who's good for the one-liners at the meeting, or the guy working the room busting everyone's balls, or even the guy armed with searing jabs at the other schools, I'm just not sure you can be that guy if you a university president.