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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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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, 5/14/13
1) Being good when the opposition is bad can lead to really good things. Look at this road trip. Miami, Philly, and Queens. Yuck, Yuck, and Yuck. That's not a statements about the cities or the ballparks, though I have no burning desire to go to a Marlins game, but the opposition. The Reds, already killing it against the league's bottom-feeders, have a chance to do some damage against the bottom of the NL East.
The Reds are very good when the opponents are very bad. They're 16-3 against sub-.500 teams, 6-13 against everyone else. That might alarm you if, like many, you're fixated on what will happen in October.
I'd like to get there first.
They will if they clean up against the more craptastic teams on their schedule.
These last three years, the Reds' fates have been determined by their performances in games they should have won.
Last year the Reds were 57-29 against sub-.500 squads. The Cardinals weren't nearly as good, going 49-34.
In 2011, the Reds went 43-46 against bad teams, while St. Louis went 60-42.
The year before, the Reds famously went 71-38 against losing teams, while the Birds went 49-53.
It says here that the team that does the best against the worst will win the Central.
No, they can't play .316 baseball against winning teams, but if they simply hold their own against them, they'll be fine.
What will it mean in October? No idea. The Reds actually played .526 ball against winning teams, and had winning records against two of the other four playoff teams - including the Giants - and still couldn't get past the Division Series.
But they'll at least have another crack at the postseason if they take care of business of road trips like the one in front of them.
2) Dusty must be doing something right. The Reds issues throughout the first six weeks have been well documented, from injuries to poor player performance.
Not much has gone right.
Except that the team has won 22 out of 38 times.
They've held up more than okay despite looking like they were on the verge of falling apart.
And when panic was setting in certain corners of the fan base, the team yet again remained calm.
Guess the manager is doing a good job.
Maybe the personality trait he's most often criticized for - being too calm and relaxed - is his best attribute.
3) Can't we all just enjoy the game? Seems like this happens on a daily basis. Someone makes fun of, or poo-poos sabermetrics, blogger gets his shorts wound up....
Lowe blames statistical analysis for his difficulty finding a job during the off-season:
Lowe won the job with the Rangers and has since found out that at least three teams wanted to sign him in a similar capacity. However, he didn’t pass the “stats test.”
“If you pump my numbers into the system compared to, let’s say, Tanner Scheppers, of course his stuff is going to outscore my stuff, I’m not naive,” Lowe said. “He’s a young kid who throws 98 mph with a great breaking ball. Listen, I know I don’t pass the test.
“But it doesn’t take into consideration the human element of sports. Don’t get me wrong, I think those stats can be beneficial. But I use more of a human element. Where has the guy had success? What cities has he had success? What cities has he failed at? Has he performed well when it matters?
Lowe also answered “God, no” when asked if Major League players pay attention to Sabermetrics. He’s wrong about that as Zack Greinke (link), Brandon McCarthy (link), and Brian Bannister (link) are three of an increasing pool of players who utilize modern analysis to improve on the field.
It is understandable why a 40-year-old player on the 18th hole of his career wouldn’t feel the need to add math to an already long list of things to do to stay competitive, but as the years go by, players like Lowe — just like the older writers who still reference slide rules and mom’s basement, and make Edwin Starr “WAR, what is it good for?” jokes — sound increasingly anachronistic in their refusal to adapt to the times.
I hate the new-school sabermetrics vs. old-school debate, because no one's wrong.
From a team and player evaluation standpoint, you'd be insane to not at least give some credence to newer, more advanced, and often more complicated statistical ways of measuring collective and individual performance. More important, myopic front offices that either ignore or refuse to embrace new stats are doing themselves (and their fans) a huge disservice.
On the other hand, these metrics only tell us part of the story about individual players. They say little or nothing about what kind of teammate a guy is, how he'll respond to certain mitigating factors in his personal life, how he'll mesh with a manager. And there will always be a certain amount of subjectivity when it comes to evaluating/discussing/watching/debating/signing certain players. The eyeball test isn't going away, nor should it.
What's wrong with meshing both quantitative data and what our eyes tell us?
More important, this to extends to us fans. The great thing about baseball, maybe more than any other sport, is that there are 434,823,043 different ways to watch and follow baseball. If you choose to never look at even the most rudimentary statistics, it doesn't make you any less of a fan. If you choose to watch the games while your nose is buried in your calculator between pitches, you might be incredible boring to hang out it, but that doesn't make you any less appreciative of baseball's aesthetic, and subjective, appeal.
There's no right or wrong way to be a fan - unless you're one of those people who constantly gets up and walks in front of my while the game is going on - the awesome thing about baseball right now is that there are thousands of ways to be as informed about the sport and its teams as possible, but none of them are mandatory for our enjoyment of the game.
4) The last time I went to Indy for a Knicks/Pacers playoff game in 1999, a woman in her 70s called me a "c********r." I really hope I run into her tonight at Banker's Life Fieldhouse. I'm sure I will have fewer nice things to say tomorrow after getting yelled at by Pacers fans tonight, but Banker's Life is one of my favorite sports venues. And Indy is one of my favorite cities.
I'd like to think that it's impossible for the Knicks to play worse than they did on Saturday, when they scored 71 points in game three. But the thing is, the Pacers were pretty awful too. Aside from Roy Hibbert, whom the Knicks have idea how to defend, no one played well for Indiana.
That's the scary thing.
As the Knicks continue to have the kind of chemistry that makes Sergio and Tiger look friendly (thanks, Dale Pontz), you've gotta think that at home, that despite being far from an offensive powerhouse all season, the Pacers will shoot better tonight from both the field and the free throw line. They'll continue to hammer New York on the glass, and they're still too good defensively for the Knicks to get anything easy on offense.
The Knicks might play better. Logic says that they will. Unfortunately, it also says that the Pacers will improve from game three to game four as well. They've been the better team for about 130 of a possible 144 minutes so far this series. As much as I want to drive home late tonight giddy about the series being tied, and as much as I hate going into a game I've very excited about seeing in person with such little optimism, I don't like the orange and blue's chances tonight.
5) Andrew Wiggins is going to choose a school today. I beg you, as an adult, that if he doesn't choose to attend the college that you hope he does, not to bother him or assassinate his character. Please. Thank you.
-Wanna watch a Russian youth hockey fight? Of course you do.
More from Hardball Talk, on Melky Cabera getting his (deserved) World Series ring from the Giants...
I’m sure someone will be outraged by this because that’s what people do when a PED-connected player is mentioned. But Melky did the crime and the time. More than the time, actually, as he was basically pressured/shamed into abdicating his 2012 batting title because of his positive PED test. Which wasn’t provided for by any rule and made little sense since a batting title is merely a function of mathematics, not a judgment of a players’ moral or even overall baseball worth. But that’s just how we roll as a society now.
First columnist to write how Melky should donate his World Series ring to an animal shelter or something wins the tournament.
-The Philadelphia Eagles had "Taco Tuesdays" and "Fast-food Fridays" when Andy Reid was there. Of course they did.
-It's called Karma.
-Part of me expects Major League Baseball to have this guy on staff by the middle of the summer. From somewhere in Iowa....
An umpire at of a Stark County High School baseball game was arrested on the field after allegedly passing out and attacking the first responders that tried to help.
Daryl Jacobson, 49 of Kewanee, is being charged with two counts of aggravated battery and two counts of resisting a peace officer and is in custody at the Stark County jail. Jacobson was working as the infield umpire when Stark County hosted United High School in a varsity baseball Friday, May 10th.
According to witnesses, Jacobson passed out on the field and when he was being assisted, he attacked the first responders that tried to help. He was then tased two times while being arrested.
“I heard from my friends that the guy was resisting arrest and he said a few things he shouldn’t have said,” Stark County High School Student Noel Ellis tells us. “They tased him twice.”
Witnesses also say the umpire was visibly under the influence at the time.
-Not the first time I've asked this question: Remember when NBA players dressed like men?
-The internet needs more pictures of attractive women pushing lawn mowers. It would help me bring attention to our "Mo Your Lawn" contest, where we're giving away season lawn tickets to Riverbend, a new mower from West Chester Lawn and Garden, and ONE chance for me to mow your lawn for you. Enter here. I'm off to Indy. Here's the same 'ol picture of Marisa Miller.
ONE MO' THING, 5/13/13
Big, big, radio show today...
3:42 - Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com. Recapping rookie minicamp
The Reds are good again. Discuss.
Why road trips like this one in front of them hold the key to the season.
A Reds mainstay, and foregone conclusions.
Jay Bruce is inconsistent. This consistently seems to be a problem. Why?
Proof that I'm not a selfish talk show host.
What's wrong with asking tough questions when it comes to baseball players and PEDs?
Plus, the #MoEggerTQD, which comes from my mother at 4:33. The fun starts at 3:04 on ESPN1530.
I added pictures from yesterday and Friday's game to my 2013 GABP photo gallery. Go to it by clicking here.
All of a sudden, the Reds are on pace for 93 wins, they're just two games out of first place, and they have a legit chance to improve their road fortunes this next week and a half against the dregs of the National League East.
The good: Slick defense all weekend, particularly Friday and Saturday, when it seemed like every out was the result of a slick play by a Reds fielder. The best of the best was BP, barehanded snag that turned into a double play on Friday....
...which of course preceded his homer in the sixth.
Saturday's offensive explosion, led by Brook Jacoby and highlighted by (hopefully) a breakout game for Jay Bruce. Slowly, Jay is starting to hit. He's hit in his last five, driven in a run in his last four, and he's homered in two of his last four. He's striking out at a rate rivaled only by my search for a prom date. But he looks better, the results are coming, and if he gets going, he's capable of carrying the offense....Xavier Paul's offensive weekend, which included two knocks on Saturday and a homer yesterday...Arroyo bouncing back on a day when he wasn't at his best. Maybe there's something to Hanigan's return and Bronson having a more-than-quality start........Donald Lutz großer Three-Run- Home-Run gestern gegen die Brauer (big three-run home run yesterday against the Brewers), which was one of the hardest hit balls I've seen in person....The bullpen, which gave up one earned run in ten and one-third.
The bad: The weekend's defensive brilliance being offset by Saturday's meltdown. Xavier Paul battled the sun in left field Saturday, Votto kicked away a play he should have made, and Latos was too busy making stinkfaces after giving up hits that he failed to cover first on a ball hit to Votto....Choo is slowing down a little. If there's one Reds who can be forgiven for going through a mini-slump, it's him. Right as many were starting to pressure the Reds to give Choo Eleventy billion dollars to be a Red for life, he's gone 1 for his last 13 BUT he's still drawing walks. A good leadoff man still finds a way to get on even when his bat isn't hot....The pace of Friday's game. In the first inning, with rain coming down hard, neither pitcher seemed in a hurry to throw a pitch.
The ugly: The hats the Reds wore on Saturday....
It's not that I'm anti-Mr. Redlegs, I actually like the all-red version they wear during batting practice, it's that I don't like hats where the crown is a different color than the bill (there are rare exceptions, and you'll find one below), and that the red jersey/black hat combo is a little much. Let's hope we don't see these again
The heartwarming: Josie Shuler's day as the Reds' honorary bat girl.
The mom: Me and mine, taking in a ballgame.
2) Remember my "Lower the expectations for Jay Bruce" thing? P-Doc's on-board...
Bruce had five hits in the three games, including three doubles and a home run. He drove in four runs and scored three. Over his last 10 games, Bruce has 10 RBI, six runs scored, six doubles, a triple and two home runs. And, of course, 12 strikeouts in 45 plate appearances.
We harp on the strikeouts, even in an age when strikeouts occur as often as humidity in July. We wonder why Bruce can’t shorten his big swing, use more of the field, stop fouling off pitches he should hit. We want him to be more like Joey Votto.
He isn’t Joey Votto.
Here is who he is. It’s who he’s always been, and it’s actually pretty good:
A home run hitter, averaging 30 homers each of the last three years. An RBI producer (196 total, in 2011 and ’12, best on the team). An above-average rightfielder with a very good arm.
And yet, we mutter about Jay Bruce.
Paraphrasing Clint Eastwood: A fan’s gotta know his limitations.
Yes, watching Jay K his way through the first six weeks has been frustrating, but the guy does have a track record, one that suggests that the power numbers will come. And for all the exasperation, I wonder where those who just want Jay to go away will get the production they're seeking.
The Votto and Bruce comparisons were always going to be inevitable. The two arrived within three baseball months of each other, and one's minor league progress was hardly ever mentioned without the other.
That never meant the two were going to be equally good.
I think we sometimes hold Jay to Joey's standard. That's an impossibly high standard to hold a player to.
And we bitch about consistency. We know Jay is capable of torrid stretches where he looks like one of the best hitters in the game, only to then go into massive funks where he barely looks capable of remembering which side of the plate he hits from. But isn't 30/90 still 30/90, whether the dingers are spread out equally across the sixth months, or whether they come in spurts?
I wish Jay was better, but I wish every Reds player was better, even Votto. But if we stop holding the Reds' rightfielder to such an impossible standard, I think we'll see that what he is, is actually pretty valuable.
3) Season lawn tickets to Riverbend. A new lawn mower from West Chester Lawn and Garden. And me mowing your lawn. Once. You can win all of these things by going here. The contest ends on May 23rd.
4) I'm slightly less excited about the trip to Indy tomorrow for Knicks/Pacers Part Four. Those two teams offered a nice little tribute to college basketball Saturday night, with both looking miserable offensively in the toughest playoff game to watch yet.
The Knicks had, and have, no answers for Indiana's bigs. They're killing the Knicks on the glass - not a surprising development, and their defense continues to stymie a Knicks team still to reliant on one-on-one offense. You can almost see the Knicks falling apart, with illness cutting into a team that inexplicably has played 92 regular season and playoff games yet has no real rotation.
They're not pushing the pace, they seemingly have no idea how to defend Hibbert, and with the exception of the final 16 minutes of game three, they've let the Pacers look like the better of the two teams. I'm fearful that I'll see a huge shovel-full of dirt dumped on the coffin tomorrow night.
Other quick NBA thoughts....there's is a fine line between toughness and stupidity, and the Bulls are crossing it, turning from a likable, gritty bunch into a bunch of goons....Memphis' defensive clinic continues against OKC, who is unbelievably asking Kevin Durant - averaging 32/12/7 to do more...and the Spurs, by not being able make a free throw, completely kicked away a chance to go up 3-1 in a series where Golden State has been the better team. I've never been able to predict the outcome of a 2-2 series less.
-I wasn't aware of this until I watched them play last night, but the Chicago White Sox have given us the best uniform development of 2013, wearing their circa-1983 unis during Sunday home games...
-Why do the Reds insist on playing a sex-offender's song?
-Johnny Manziel's offseason pursuits are, for some reason, a story.
-This sounds like a great idea...the Miami Dolphins want to play football on an aircraft carrier.
-Roy Halladay just became a favorite of mine...
Despondent over impending shoulder surgery, erstwhile Phillies ace Roy Halladay actually asked to speak with reporters Friday so he could apologize to Phladelphia fans. “I just wanted to reach out to the fans, thank them for their support and apologize to the ones who pay the money and show up in the second inning and it's 9-0,” Halladay said. “I apologize to the fans that I won't be out there for three months.” He went on to say he understands if the fans do not like him and, when one reporter told him nobody feels like that, Halladay said, “If I paid $60 and the team was down 9-0 when I showed up, I wouldn't like me.”
-It's only rookie minicamp, but somehow Tyler Eifert is already proving something.
-Karma, Sergio. Karma.
-I agree with Gregg Doyel, there's nothing wrong with being suspicious, and asking questions, when it comes to David Ortiz.
-Most 11 year-olds are playing silly video games. These 11 year-olds are jamming in Times Square....
-God, I miss the Houston Astros.
-Programming Notes: A radio show today, a chat Wednesday, and a whole lot of blogging in between. I'm going for a double BLT.
Surprise, surprise, I'm working today.
3:20 - Chris Rose, from the MLB Network on the Reds, the Cards, and the umps.
4:04 - Mik DeCourcy of The Sporting News on college rules changes, or lack thereof
4:20 - Tom Nichols, Voice of the Dragons, on Johnny Cueto
5:20 - Joe Reedy, Cincinnati.com, on rookie minicamp
Put yourself in Choo's shoes. Would you sign now?
Why bad umpiring matters.
Hanigan's back. Does he regain his starting job?
What's wrong with being suspicious?
Plus, the #MoEggerTQD at 4:33 and don't forget to enter our "Mo Your Lawn" contest. The fun starts at 3:04 on ESPN1530.
FIVE MO' THINGS, 5/10/13
1) There was no baseball yesterday. At least not here. The day off was actually a welcome break, surely for the players, but for us as well. The Reds have played 35 games, yet it seems like they've played 235. With 142 days left in the regular season, it seems like we've been through seven seasons worth of controversies, slumps, surprises, injuries, second-guessing, and impatience.
Let's take a deep breath.
The pressure to win this season, coupled with last October's disappointment, has created both an anxiousness and an impatience among certain fans that will have long worn out their welcomes by the time we get into the meat of the schedule. Every loss might be soul-crushing, but none of have completely leveled the season. Every move that doesn't work is a further indictment against the manager. Every 0 for 4 means replacements must be sought.
I share many of the same concerns about the Reds, and much about the first 35 games has been either disappointing, frustrating, or even maddening, but I wonder if some people even enjoy being a fan as they froth at the mouth waiting to fire off the next angry Tweet.
I don't check Twitter during every game, primarily because I choose actual social interaction with real, live humans when I watch or attend baseball contests, but when I do, it feels like people are forgetting that baseball is kinda, sorta, supposed to be fun.
And it's supposed to be something we laugh at sometimes.
I'm not trying to tell you that everything is ok with this team. It's not. They surely don't look like a championship-caliber club right now, and nothing short of drastic individual turnarounds or miraculous cure-alls for their injured guys are going will change that. There are no trades being made, no hidden godsends being hidden in the minors, no firings, and no massive changes on the horizon. What you see, really at least until Ludwick comes back, is what you're getting.
They've struggled against better competition, they've been miserable on the road, their best option off the bench against lefties right now might be a starting pitcher who could get demotes, they're biggest run producers aren't producing runs, and like last year, they have some players badly miscast in their normal roles.
And yet right now, they're on pace to win 88 games.
Will 88 games win them a division? I wouldn't bet on it. Would it get them to the playoffs? Maybe. Is that pace too far from where we want it to be to feel really, really good about this team?
The schedule gets a little forgiving now. The next 15 games are all against losing teams, with a combined record of 68-100. After that, there's two series against Cleveland and Pittsburgh, both mild surprises (though success from the Pirates in the first half is becoming the norm), but neither hardware contenders.
The Reds aren't falling out of contention any time soon.
They've got concerns, and few of the issues that have plagued this team will get solved until Ludwick comes back. But it's not like anything that's gone wrong to this point has completely killed their chances either.
It's a long season, and because of our expectations it's one that will have a different feel all season long. For many, nothing except for a championship will suffice. But the title is neither being won or lost in May.
Relax. Breathe. Enjoy the season. A little. Maybe.
2) Join me tomorrow for the “Tailgate on the Terrace," featuring the Budweiser Mobile Bar. We'll be right outside Great American Ballpark before tomorrow's game against the Brewers. I'll be there from 2:00 until 4:00, along with the Bud Girls, and we'll have a ton of prizes, including tickets to upcoming Reds home games. Should be fun.
What I always like about rehab stints is reading or listening to players talk about what advice they've passed along to the minor leaguers....
“We had a long talk today in the locker room. I talked about working hard, I work hard. I told them I’m in the big leagues but I work like I’m in rookie ball. I told them hard work is what’s going to get you to the top,” Cueto said through Vera. “I also talked to them about pitches. I saw one of the guys who throws 97-plus and told him you’ve got to start using your sinker, because a sinker is a good pitch and it’ll help you a lot.”
The assertion by many has been that Shaughnessy is accusing Ortiz of taking steroids. Not the case. He's raising suspicions. There's a difference. You come home and you're wife says "you're cheating on me," that's an accusation. You come home and you're wife brings up the fact that your clothes smell like perfume and the sexual texts messages she's seen on your phone from another woman, those are suspicions. Big difference.
Shaughnessy is doing what many media members have been accused of not doing in the late 90s and early 2000s: he's connecting dots and raising questions. The people who covered the McGwire/Sosa chase, Bond's pursuit of various records, and the home run explosion the game enjoyed for more than a decade are been called complicit with the rampant cheating because they either ignored what was going in right in front of them or were unwilling to crack into what they new was really going on in the sport.
So a writer does exactly what we've criticized so many for, but we're going to hammer him?
I don't like this era that we're in, where we're suspicious of every record, every comeback performance, every career-resurgent season by baseball players, but such skepticism is the sad consequence of the dozens of players who did cheat. I don't expect David Ortiz to like it, but he has to understand that. And you can accuse Shaughnessy of using shaky reasoning, but I understand where he's coming from - Ortiz is a 37 year-old who's a notoriously slow starter has an OPS over 1.400, he's from a part of the world that's yielded many cheaters, he's coming off an injury consistent with many cheaters, and he's already appeared on a list of players who supposedly tested positive for steroid and used a flimsy excuse as to why, and sorry, many things in baseball that should have seemed to good to be true actually were.
The reporter is asking legit questions, not just aloud, not irresponsibly on some blog, but to Ortiz himself.
He reaches no conclusions in his piece, laying out suspicions about Ortiz and explaining his reasoning. And he give Ortiz the last word - the final five paragraphs of his story, and seven of the last eight, are all Ortiz quotes.
Shaughnessy couldn't be more fair to him.
And in writing his piece, he's doing exactly what we say we wanted the media to do 15 years ago.
5) Replay worked. The human element did not, because asking humans to admit that they were wrong is an increasingly difficult chore, and THAT's what manifested itself in Cleveland the other night. Those four umpires aren't stupid. They aren't blind. They were stubborn. And as ling as they're the ones charged with overturning their own calls, there's always the chance that this unfortunate but very real human element is going to get in the way.
-A good coach faces legit questions...why didn't the Pacers go for the kill in New York in game two?
-Manti Te'o's fake girlfriend made the Maxim Hot 100.
This would have been hi-larious, say on, January 16th. You know? The day we found out that Te'o's dead girlfriend wasn't actually dead because she was never actually alive? Te'o jokes are becoming like Clinton/Lewinsky jokes? Do you have that guy in your office who still thinks it's 1998 and still finds humor in a decade-and-a-half old sex scandal? I do. Te'o jokes are going to be the same way. They already are. We've heard them all, and we've moved on. I guess at least for the aging frat boys who still read Maxim.
Their list, already laughable with the fake girlfriend inclusion, is even more nonsensical because it includes Hoda Kotb, and because it excludes the redhead from the Wendy's ads.
I will one day marry the redhead from the Wendy's ads...
Sorry, I mean WAR ROOM.
-No one's going to Indians games, so some players, and the team president, are taking to Twitter.
-This is why I refuse to communicate via direct message on Twitter.
-Here's a collection if eyewitness interviews...
I've always been a big fan of the Waffle House chain of restaurants. But this changed two weekends ago, when I left the one in Covington at like 2:30am because it took them forever to get my food. (The Anchor Bar and Grill, which should have been choice one, had our stuff done in five minutes.) I put in my order then sat there like a dope until I realized that a half hour had passed and that the people working behind the counter were probably too high to even get my order correct if they indeed did put my order in. I should be happy though that the meal I never got to eat wasn't disrupted by Waffle House employees beating the hell out of each other.
-If my cat kept a diary, the best entry of all-time would've been what he wrote during game five of the Knicks/Celtics series.
-I'm out. Taking tonight off from the national show to go to the ballgame, and back at it on Monday afternoon. Here's some Miami/Ohio U softball coverage to take you into the weekend.
We didn't do this on Wednesday, because I decided that attending the Reds game was more important. You can't blame me for having my priorities in order, can you? Anyway, we've moved this week's chat to today, and we're going for 90 big minutes because I'm just that damn dedicated. We'll start at 9:00am.
With no NBA games tonight, it's a chance to take a breath and look back at the first eight games of round two, plus delve into a couple of MLB stories.
We'll do all of that tonight on SportsCenter Tonight ESPN Radio, heard here on ESPN1530.
10:15 - Jim McKean, Former MLB umpire, on the fiasco in Cleveland
10:30 - Bruce Bowen, ESPN NBA Analyst
11:03 - Carmen DeFalco, ESPN1000 Chicago, talking Bulls/Heat
11:45 - Brevin Knight, Memphis Grizzlies color analyst
The three things I've learned in the first week of round two.
Why I can't blame anyone for being skeptical about baseball players and PEDs.
Are two NFL players being blackballed?
Plus, "Believe It Or Not," and the "SportsCenter 3-peat." The fun starts at 10:03 on ESPN Radio and ESPN1530.
ONE MO' THING - Walt speaks, Mo reacts. Sorta.
Mo talks with Johnny Bench about the issues surrounding Jay Bruce and more.
Mo talks with Jon Paul Morosi from FoxSports.com about the umpire fiasco in Cleveland.