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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.
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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.
If you missed episode of Hard Knocks, or just want to relive the excitement, here you go....
The show begins cold, with Hue Jackson dining with the running backs, and hammering Giovani Bernard for being the first running back drafted and still driving his girlfriend's car. Two things established in episode one this year...
A) Bernard and Andy Dalton will compete for the title of "Most Whipped Bengal."
B) Jackson's popularity will soar because of how he's portrayed during Hard Knocks.
After the opening theme, we watch Andy Dalton doing Pilates with his wife. Then we watch some footage of Dalton throwing passes to his teammates during a passing camp at TCU. Much like when we watched the first half of the playoff game this past January, we don't get to see him throw any balls to AJ Green.
Much like 2009, Marvin Lewis throws a party for Bengals staffers at his house. Unfortunately, we don't see much of the party, other than Marvin getting a hug from some woman and his brief speech to Bengals staffers and their significant others. I wish we would've seen more footage from the party, as a glimpse into what goes down at a party filled with Bengals staffers would be fun. Is it like those awesome Christmas parties companies had back in the 80s? Or is it like the annual Clear Channel Christmas lunch where people look as enthusiastic as Lewis does during a Monday press conference.
Then camp begins, but not before Geno Atkins throws out a first pitch at a Reds game. This footage is offset by Mike Zimmer griping about his best player "turning into a celebrity." Then, we hear Jay Gruden discuss AJ Green's recent engagement. Unfortunately, we don't get to listen in to anyone talking AJ out of it. After talking to a reporter he clearly doesn't want much to do with, AJ goes and buys a BMW, which he probably didn't really "buy," but instead got for free. Because when you're AJ Green, you get BMWs for free.
We then find Giovani Bernard driving his girlfriend's mom's van. As he drives to camp, we see the book he writes random loves notes to his girlfriend to.
As Giovani sits in traffic on his way to the stadium, we hear from Adam Jones for the first time. Adam is telling his teammates how he ran out of gas on the way to PBS, apparently hitching a ride with a Bengas employee and leaving his wife to fill the tank.
Somehow, this development doesn't surprise me.
Players then report to the team hotel. Nothing significant happens.
Giovani checks out his new apartment at the Banks. He yells "Who Dey" down to a bunch of tool-sheds enjoying an afternoon at the pool.
Camp begins, and as it does, we check out some of the motivational signs throughout the facility....
We watch the player do some running, we hear coaches making some inspirational speeches, and Jay Gruden tells his offensive players that winning a Super Bowl is expected.
Then it's Marvin's turn to tell the players to "do the little things right." He reminds them that not everyone in the room will make the team. The players, frankly, look bored. Mainly because they've hearc this speech every year of their football lives.
Next are the obligatory shots of practice, which might are the best thing NFL Films does, especially when players and coaches are mic'd up. The best exchange of the episode when Jay Gruden points AJ out to James Harrison, reminding him that "we don't touch the merchandise." James doesn't seem happy with this, replying that "the merchandise is gonna get touched...I'm not gonna kill him, but I ain't gonna let him get hs job done. Do we understand?"
AJ sorta looks scared. I can't blame him.
Then AJ gets hurt. Everyone looks scared. I can't blame them.
The cameras then cut to Marvin and Mike Zimmer talking in Zimmer's office about they "dodged a bullet." Gruden is not a part of this conversation. Probably because he's having the paddles applied to his chest.
We next cut to Gruden's office, where Jay's kid is drafting his fantasy team, and gloating that he picked up Tom Brady. While Andy Dalton looks over his shoulder. Gruden's kid drafts zero Bengals. (Correction: Gruden's kid actually did draft AJ Green, in a classic case of the Offensive Coordinator's kid jinxing the team. Also, can we do a better job of mic'ing up the children of coaches?)
Then we get video of Tyler Eifert catching about 800 balls in one sequence. While this happens, I start salivating.
And then, Giovani Bernard doing the stuff we hope we see Giovani Bernard do. More salivating.
Now, more Hue Jackson. Guy is all over the place, encouraging, talking trash, cajoling, and spending maybe a little too much time hanging with the defensive players, given that, you know, he's the Running Backs Coach. Still though, you have to love the man's enthusiasm.
Next, it's James Harrison's turn.
First, we see a montage of him kicking the hell out of the Bengals while playing for Pittsburgh. Then, we listen in as Linebackers Coach Paul Guenther starts gently asking James if he's be okay playing middle linebacker in goal-line situations. Before Guenther can finish the question, Harrison responds : "Yes, F***ing yes."
I love James Harrison.
James Harrison just doesn't love Hard Knocks.
The next 30 or so seconds are spent watching Harrison shut doors on the cameras, and do everything he can to dodge their attention.
Then, Mike Brown says that Geno Atkins "walks like a duck." I wonder if this has come up during their contract negotiations with him.
Now, it's time for the Oklahoma Drill. If there's one thing Hard Knocks presents better than anything, it's the Oklahoma Drill.
We get to watch the much-hyped Gresham v. Atkins battle, where Gresham clearly get a false start.
The two talk some trash later and we move on.
Up next, some off-day stuff. Much of which is kind of boring. Andy Dalton is wearing a Reds hat. So there's that.
Back to practice. Taylor Mays practices while voicing his fascination with being able to fly. He's debating which superpowers he'd have if he could have one. And while he inquires about being invisible, he seems willing to settle for being able to fly.
We then watch Andy Dalton throw some balls, as he talks about leading, being more vocal, and being more comfortable.
People drool over this stuff. Frankly, I'm getting a little bored. You can tell the producers were running short on storylines.
The cameras then focus on the rubber wedding band he wears during practice, something his coaches kill him over. Andy is doing men, especially men like me who've lost wedding rings, no favors.
Time to focus on the wide receivers. Andrew Hawkins story is told. The audience learns about both his lack of height and his contributions to the Bengals while Wide Receivers Coach James Urban gushes over what he's doing in camp. Then we watch Andrew get injured.
Marvin Jones is then shown working hard, catching balls, and diving despite his Head Coach telling him not to. He gets hurt, admitting that his head "rang" a little as he dove for a ball. The trainer tells him he's done. Marvin fights him a little. Then relents.
Larry Black is featured, with the coaches shown saying nice things about him and it being pointed out that he's a "local product," (Wyoming HS) Then, Larry gets hurt....
He is obviously upset.
Once in the trainer's room, he's told about the severity of the injury, and as he calls his family to tell them the news, he is inconsolable, weeping through the words.
The show ends.
The final scenes, as tough and sad as they may have been to watch, are why I love this show. If you were at camp the day Larry suffered his injury, chances are you couldn't see how truly emotional he was, and the likelihood is that you had no idea who Larry Black is. Around the country, Larry is just another guy making an NFL team, a probable camp casualty who'd still be anonymous if he did somehow make the team. His placement on IR was, for most fans, just another transaction among the dozens per day in the NFL.
Hard Knocks gives him a face and a story, as awful as they might be. The show humanizes a sometimes less-than-humane business. And tells stories, like the one of Larry Black, we would otherwise barely pay attention to.