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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.
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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.
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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.
This our final show of the week, so we're cramming everything in.
First, something for you to try with your co-workers.
Can you talk about Andy Dalton without making a face?
If you're gonna honor Chad, how do you do it?
Should it take 770 words to explain an NFL rule?
If you were Brandon Phillips, would you attend RedsFest?
Join me for our Thanksgiving Eve Eve party today at 3:04 on ESPN1530.
1) Dayton West. That's what I'm calling Maui, at least until the Flyers lose to Baylor, which is a distinct possibility. If you didn't hang around until 2:20am, the Alma mater upset Gonzaga in the opening round of a tournament they're now 6-1 in. There have never been two more distinctly different places than Dayton, Ohio and Lahaina, Hawaii but the Flyers are just at home in Maui as they are off the Edwin Moses Blvd exit.
The Flyers were great this morning, at least in the second half when they ran as crisp as offense as I've seen under Archie Miller, ultimately overcoming what was a 16-point deficit. It's been rare that you could watch the Flyers the last few seasons and say that they were the most physical team. They were against Gonzaga, killing them on the offensive glass. And most important, they surived the final few unwatchable minutes when nearly every Bulldog drive to the hoop resulted in a foul, even if there was absolutely no contact. (My rooting interest being what it is, this was the most poorly-officiated game I've watched so far this season. Gonzaga benefited from the stripes more than UD, but both coaches had legit gripes. This crew didn't seem to have any idea how to call the game, especially in the final eight minutes.)
Mere days after beating Brian Gregory and the basketball team he coaches, the Flyers get a huge win in a marquee early-season tournament. Mock their league if you will. Roll out your Jimmy Carter jokes. Stare down your nose at the Harvard of the Midwest's early-season basketball success. Moments like this morning's have been rare, I don't blog about the Flyers often, and I'm going to be obnoxious about it this morning.
And probably tomorrow if they beat Baylor.
2) The worst consolation prize ever. Last night Xavier played Abilene Christian and as expected, the Muskies killed them. The game followed a pretty predictable script, with Bernard Scott's alma mater making some shots early before succumbing to a bigger, deeper, more well-rested, and superior XU squad. For the Muskies, it was a nice tuneup for a good early-season tournament that includes Thursday's Thanksgiving tilt against a ranked Iowa squad and potential games against teams already on the Xavier schedule.
For the Wildcats, the loss banishes them to Maryland...
The Wildcats, a Texas program reclassifying to Division I, cracked Xavier’s schedule as a guarantee game via the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament. Instead of moving on to the Bahamas like the Musketeers, they’ll play in the exempt event’s Mainland Tournament at Towson later this week.
Towson will host the mainland bracket of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament. The Citadel, Abilene Christian and West Alabama will come to SECU Arena for the two-day tournament, which will run November 29-30. Each team will play two games with opponents and game times still to be determined.
Can you think of anything worse? Imagine being the Abilene Christian coach and getting the call from the tournament organizer, hearing Battle 4 Atlantis, getting excited and catching him drop words like "Towson," "Maryland," and Mainland" on you.
Imagine telling your players that they'll be playing in the event and making a long trek during the Thanksgiving holiday, but that instead of the white sandy beaches of The Bahamas, they'll be spending the holiday just outside of Baltimore.
I'm guessing the players would prefer to have the crap kicked out of them by teams people have heard of while staying in paradise over playing on winnable games along the Atlantic seaboard.
I went to the XU game last night and since our web people think it's neat when we take pictures of games we attend, here you go.
3) The Reds had an Assistant Hitting Coach????? From Cincinnati.com....
Even before the Reds have officially named Don Long as the team’s hitting coach, the Braves have named Long’s replacement — former Reds assistant hitting coach Ronnie Ortegon. Ortegon was named the Braves’ minor league hitting coordinator on Monday.
Ortegon was added to the Reds’ Major League staff as assistant hitting coach last December after six seasons as the Reds’ minor league roving hitting coordinator.
I have followed the Reds closely every day for decades. I talk about the team for a living. I honest to God had no idea they had an Assistant Hitting Coach. I have no idea what Hitting Coaches do, so I couldn't begin to tell you what his assistant does. Round up the balls after flip-drills? Make sure they don't run out of pine tar? Stand behind the batting cage and say things like "atta baby" during batting practice?
Suddenly, I'm intrigued.
4) I agree with the General Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals. From Yahoo...
General manager John Mozeliak said Monday that Peralta had admitted wrongdoing and served his penalty, and that the Cardinals weren't about to appoint themselves "morale police," seeming to mean principles rather than enthusiasm. Mozeliak said the club was confident this was an isolated circumstance.
"Character and makeup are something we weigh into our decision-making," Mozeliak said. "In his case, he admitted what he did, he took responsibility for it. I feel like he has paid for his mistakes, and obviously if he were to make another one, then it would be a huge disappointment."
OK, so he meant "moral" and not "morale," but you get the point. John Mozeliak's job is to construct a championship-caliber team, not to use his position to make statements about the integrity of the game or the kind of performance-enhancing drugs Peralta allegedly took.
Gotta problem with Peralta being allowed to make a living playing Major League Baseball? Take it up with Major League Baseball. Don't take it up with the team he'll be making his living with.
5) I enjoyed this exactly as much as I should have.
-So where will you be spending Thanksgiving?
-While adults among us continue to find ways to excuse buffoons like Richie Incognito, fifth graders among us continue to get it.
-When Zach Lowe writes abou the NBA, I read it.
-It's Ohio State/Michigan week, so people are doing stupid things.
-Before we either build a streetcar or tear down the rails already put down for the streetcar that might not happen, can we update the street signs around downtown? There are people who say that Cincinnati is stuck in the past, but this is taking it to a new level.
No wonder many fans are stuck in the past.... pic.twitter.com/kuTas7z1Gh— Mo Egger (@MoEgger1530) November 20, 2013
We have a loaded radio show today, with Joe Reedy, Tommy Tuberville, Bill Rabinowitz of the Columbus Dispatch, and Tyler Eifert among the guests today at 3:04 on ESPN1530.
A couple of things I didn't get to in this morning's blog....
-Joe Reedy wrote this weekend about Chad Johnson's reflections of his time in Cincinnati. Chad's legacy here is undeniably filled with its share of controversies, but more than anything, I remember Chad as the guy who made rooting for the Bengals cool again.
Nothing will diminish that.
Joe also mentions the possibility of Chad signing a one day contract to finish his NFL career as a Bengal. I think these silly ceremonies are stupid. Instead, start the long overdue team Hall of Fame, decided on an inaugural class, and some time soon, put Chad in, and do so with a public on-field ceremony.
-On Saturday, I was preparing an update to read at halftime of the UC football game. This time of year we have a full slate of things to cover, from top 25 college football scores, to AAC scores, to games of local interest, along with local high school football and area college basketball teams.
I saw that Miami was playing Wilmington and I assumed it was an exhbition. To double-check, I went to MU's website.
It was their home opener.
You can't lose to the Quakers.
You just can't.
-I mentioned on the blog this morning the frustration of watching NFL games while constantly looking for thrown flags and wondering whether a penalty is being called. More than anything, I'm exasperated at watching a sport that I've loved since I was six years-old and being continually confused by the rules. There's a good Pro Football Talk piece on this here. I don't know what pass interference, roughing the passer, illegal contact, legal catches, and challengable calls are anymore. I don't think the refs, players, or coaches do either. I can't imagine having a son and trying to explain the modern game's abstract, nebulous rules.
I'm going to get to this today.
-I'm also going to gripe about ties. (I did this earlier today as well) The most important thing I can give someone or something is my time. If I give you four hours of my valuable time, the very least you can give me is a resolution. Ties are not acceptable resolutions. They are a waste of my time.
I will try not to waste your time today on ESPN1530.
Join Rocky Boiman and I starting at 3:04 on ESPN1530.
1) Brendon Kay. The highlight of my weekend was a trip to Houston, where I sat through both the worst cab ride ever and a football game played on a brutal field in an otherwise nice-looking soccer stadium that had about 700 people sitting in it.
And fortunately, I saw a Bearcat win.
Brendon Kay did not necessarily play a "great" game. He threw two picks and had a sack-fumble that allowed the Cougars back into the game. His passer rating was the lowest it's been in weeks and his team failed to put away a team that was begging to be beaten.
Forget the stats though, even if they've actually been pretty impressive. He's thrown for 300 or more yards in four of the last five and his completion percentage is still a ridiculous 70.3% - good enough for third-best in FBS college football. During this six-game winning streak, Brendon has chucked 15 touchdown passes and the playbook has expanded as he's developed a comfort level with his targets.
That stuff matters, just not as much as this guy's toughness.
I've watched Brendon get the hell kicked out him this season. On Saturday, he took four or five shots that looked like they'd knock other quarterbacks out of the game. Brendon got up - quickly - every time. He scored UC's last touchdown after willing himself to the goal line while carrying Cougar defenders with him. There have been times this season where I wondered how the hell the guy was staying in after taking multiple shots to the ribs. And frankly, there were times earlier this season where I wondered if the Bearcats would be better off putting a healthier, less beaten-up quarterback in the game.
The play of the offensive line has improved, but go back and look at some of the hits he's taken this season. While the sack numbers have been more than respectable (just 11), the shots he's taken - both passing and running the ball - have been vicious. And repetitive. He's spent more time picking himself off the ground than kids who went to school with Richie Incognito.
This guy is one of the toughest football players I've watched.
There's a lot of reasons the Bearcats are 9-2, awaiting one of the most anticipated Keg Of Nails games (and probably the last one for at least a while) in years. The Bearcats still have conference title - and outside BCS bowl game hopes - because the coaches have developed a comfort and a trust level with the roster. Offensive roles have finally been clearly identified and they have a number of good playmakers on defense. The two losses still sting - especially if you've sat through any of Illinois or South Florida's games since their wins over Cincinnati - and the entire season has had a weird, almost indescribable feel to it. But these guys are turning in a successful season, they're playing better, and preseason goals are still within reach.
Their quarterback is a main reason why.
Brendon Kay isn't the best UC quarterback I've seen. And I doubt we'll see him play professionally, at least in a league that people actually watch. But he is 12-2 as a starting quarterback - including a Belk Bowl MVP-winning performance - and what he might not have physically he makes up for with smarts (outlined in detail here). But more than anything, this guy's season has stood out not for the number's he's put up, but for how often he's gotten up.
We talk about toughness often in football, both mental and physical. If we appreciate it as much as we say we do, Brendon Kay has to go down as one of the most respected and appreciated Bearcats in a while.
-On a somewhat related note, I talked with ESPN BCS expert Brad Edwards on ESPN Radio last night about the possibility of UC passing Central Florida in the BCS rankings if the Bearcats were to beat Lousiville and the Knights were to lose one of their final two games. You can hear it here.
And yes, going to a BCS game would be better than going to another bowl game. You can't breakthrough and win one if you don't play in one.
Here's a picture from Saturday. Our web people love pictures.
2) Random Thoughts after nearly 12 straight hours of watching the NFL.
*I'm now watching for flags all the time. Sometimes, you expect, or at least half-expect a penalty. After a long punt return. Maybe after an imcomplete downfield pass. A jarring hit over the middle. Now after pretty much every play, my eyes are drifting toward the time/score graphic to see if a flag has been thrown.
I don't want to watch football that way.
This isn't necessarily a direct negative statement about new rules. They are an inevitable part of the sport's evolution and officials, players, coaches, and fans will all need time to adjust accordingly. It's a statement about how arbitrary and inconsistent officiating is right now. After the most routine plays, I'm looking for yellow, and I'm mildly surprised when I don't see any. After plays where the QB gets it, or where two opposing players are competing for the ball, or pretty much anything near an end zone, I'm flat out stunned that some ref didn't find some reason to throw his flag.
I don't want to watch officials. I barely want to notice them. And when I do, the sport isn't as fun.
*Ties are stupid. Let's say that yesterday you finally made it to Lambeau Field, which is the NFL's ultimate bucket list venue. You pay out the ass for tickets and then sit there for four hours in close to sub-zero temperatures.
You want to see a winner and a loser, right?
Instead, what you watched pretty much didn't happen.
The thing that makes sports so much better than any other form of entertainment is that sports has a scoreboard. There is a winner, there is a loser, there's rewards for one and consequences for the other.
Except in the NFL, where ties are a possibility. Perhaps ties are a remote possibility, but they are still a possibility.
And they are stupid.
I don't love college football's overtime, simply because it's a bastardized version of the sports. But it is exciting - admit it, you could be flipping around one weeknight and stumble upon a bad MAC game in OT and you'll watch - and it guarantees me a winner.
Anything that gives me both a winner and a loser is better than something that could potentially give me neither.
And a league that's playing games on Thursdays and looking to expand the schedule to 18 games can make these guys play deep enough into the afternoon to give me both.
*Thank you, Carson. It was a good day to be a former Bengals QB. Ryan Fitzpatrick helped the Titans beat the Raiders. Carson Palmer torched the Colts, pulling Indy into a tie with the Bengals. Carson looked great yesterday.
And that's fine.
Let's leave it at that.
I have no reason to root against Carson, so I don't.
And the inevitable "would you rather have Carson or Dalton" debate that will result from yesterday's game is pointless.
*We don't need more playoff teams. Right now, there are six 5-6 teams in the AFC. Each are tied for the final playoff spot, with the Titans the current holder of the various tiebreakers. At some point this season, I've watched each of these teams and remarked to myself, "man, these guys are terrible."
Between Tennessee, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Baltimore, the Jets, and Miami, one has to make the playoffs? This means that one will have an actual chance to represent the AFC in the cold weather Super Bowl every one is dreading. Do we need two of these teams carrying the same basic mathematical chance to win a conference title as teams that won divisions?
Throw in the fact that the NFC North is a mess and the NFC East is filled with a bigger collection of mediocrity than the graduating class at an online college and you have a league that's going to send enough crap to the postseason as is?
Do we need more?
I'm picking Pittsburgh then San Diego as the favorites to emerge from the AFC's soft middle. They're the two teams most stable at QB and have the two most favorable schedules. The Steelers have road games against the Ravens and Packers. They get the Bengals, Dolphins, and Browns at home. The Chargers have just one road game - against the Broncos - and they get the Bengals, Giants, Raiders, and Chiefs at home.
One team out of the six is going to make it. I'm not sure any deserve it.
*Denver/New England was awesome. I'll leave the sweeping statements about what it means in the big picture and what last night's game tells us about Manning and Brady to others. For me, last night was proof that pro football is the one sport that can give us poorly-played games that you still can't turn away from.
And it was proof that cold weather games can be incredibly entertaining. I know we're dreading this New Jersey Super Bowl, mainly because it means that national media members don't get a week in a warm weather locale on someone else's dime, but is there a human being who won't watch, even if there's a blizzard?
Every person I know watched that game last night, an entertaining game that had pretty much everything.
Even cold weather.
3) Springsteen has a new album coming out. If there's an accompanying tour, my 2014 is pretty much set.
4) Teams sign PED users because we want them to. So the Cardinals have reportedly signed Jhonny Peralta to a four year/$52 million contract, mere months after he was suspended for his role in the Biogenesis mess. One Major League pitcher is not happy....
People really don't understand how this works. We thought 50 games would be a deterrent. Obviously it's not. So we are working on it again.— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) November 24, 2013
Just trying to make our game better when I leave it than it was when I got into it. Don't have all the answers, but trying, & MLBPA knows...— Brad Ziegler (@BradZiegler) November 24, 2013
He's right, there simply is not much of a deterrent for potential cheaters. But as a fan, do we really want there to be?
If the Reds passed on a guy simply because he had served a prior suspension, you'd be outraged? We're pissed that the Pirates and not the Reds landed Marlon Byrd this past offseason. What if you found out that the Reds didn't pursue him because he had served a 50 game suspension in 2012?
Owners don't care because fans don't care.
We never will, so they never will.
5) You want to win this.
This is one of the coolest Bengals-related item I've seen! Someone is going to win the 2013 Marvin Lewis Harley Davidson. Painted with Bengals colors, and signed by the players too, this 2013 Road King Harley-Davidson motorcycle is the grand prize of this year's Marvin Lewis Community Fund raffle to benefit the community outreach programs of MLCF throughout the year.
Tickets are $10 each and are available at MarvinsHarley.com. Online ticket sales end at midnight on Wednesday, December 18 with the drawing on Saturday, December 21st. Winners will not need to be present to win.
The radio schedule for the week....
Monday: The Rock and Mo Football Show 3:04 - 5:30 on ESPN1530
Tuesday: ESPN1530, 3:00 - 5:30
Wednesday: UK is playing at 4:00 game and I'm attending it
Thursday: Filling in for "Stink And Sedano "on ESPN Radio, 7:00 - 10:00. Feel free to bring me a plate.
Friday: Filling in for Lance after UC hoops on 700WLW, 6:45 - 9:00.
We have a ton to get today. I'm not really sure what this was all about, but everyone not watching football last night was Tweeting about it, so here.
I want to go here.
1) I miss baseball. I hate this time of year, not because it isn't a great time of year for sports, because it is. And not because Christmas has already been hammered down my throat for weeks, because that doesn't bother me and I'm actually willing to admit that I enjoy the holidays.
I hate looking out the window while I do the final hour of my radio show and seeing nothing but darkness. I hate the dreariness that comes with this time of year. It might not always be miserable out, but it feels like it is. We're months removed from summer and yet still eons away from it.
And there's no baseball.
I was with a friend last night, smoking cigars and enjoying some adult beverages in Newport, at a place I like to frequent during the summer and I caught both of us wistfully looking across the river to the ballyard. Almost knowing what I was thinking, he said "I wish we could go there tonight."
Amen to that.
We then started talking about the next season, not in terms of how the Reds' roster was going to be molded, but in terms of just attending games. We talked about our annual spring training trip and how the next three and a half months were going to crawl by as we anticipated it. We talked about excursions to see the Louisville Bats and Dayton Dragons and how each of us have planned trips to go watch baseball in other Major League cities next year. We talked about the 2015 All Star Game. And we talked about how life gets no better than a June afternoon with a ballgame unfolding in front of you.
We talked about how our favorite routine of pregame beers at the Holy Grail, was something I missed just as much the games themselves. Going to the Grail is always a good time, but there's something more to it when there's a game about to be played a hundred or so yards away. We talked about how the end of last season feels like it went down decades ago, but how Opening Day feels like it will never get here.
I really wanted to go to a ballgame last night.
I'd like to go to one now.
It's not to say that I'm not content to enjoy other sports. The Bengals are in the middle of one of their most interesting and entertaining seasons ever. I love college basketball more than some family members and I'm excited for the potential fortunes of my favorite teams. Few things top college football in November, and my Bearcats have a chance for another ten-win season. I watch more NBA games than should be allowed by law and I like the Olympics enough that I've already glanced ahead to the event schedule for the winter games.
But that doesn't mean I don't wish I could go watch a baseball game today.
2) Bengals v. Bye. Lost in all the "Good Andy/Bad Andy" talk was how gutty that win over Cleveland was. Forget the mechanics of how they won and remember that heading into that game, the team had to be physically beaten down after ten straight weeks and mentally wore out after such emotionally draining games. The aftermath of their two losses to Miami and Baltimore was often described as "devastating," which each feeling like successive punches to the nuts.
I gotta think that team that beat the Browns last week was running on fumes and being held together by tape.
And they won.
I can't imagine how excited those guys are for the bye, simply for the chance to both rest up and get away from the season for a few days. The pressure-filled month of December and hopefully a long January run are still in front of them. And the games will only get more stressful, more emotional, and will only carry higher stakes. A nice respite before the stretch is exactly what this team needs.
But it's not what I want.
This bye week is like when you find out that the TV show you're captivated bye is showing a re-run. This season has been as entertaining as any in recent memory, with incredible plot twists, insane games, crazy emotional swings, and from my standpoint, chock full of good talk-show topics.
I want to know what's next and I don't feel like waiting another week.
Sometimes I welcome the bye. Sometimes I need a break from this team and I just want to watch everyone else kick the hell out of each other on the Red Zone Channel while I enjoy a 12-pack.
I want to know what happens in San Diego. I want to know if Dalton bounces back. I want to know who's healthy enough to play. I want to know what kind of crazy ending is next.
And I want to know now.
3) 84-80 after picking the Falcons to cover last night....If the Bears don't let Tavon Austin beat them, they win. Easily. Chicago (+1.5) is easy money over St. Louis.....I'm not only rooting for the Browns, I'm picking them. Tell me you want to see the Steelers in the playoffs.....Cleveland (-2.5) beats Pittsburgh....Detroit (-9.5) bounces back and hammers Tampa Bay....The Green Bay (-4.5) Tolziens outlast the Minnesota Ponders....Things weren't as bad for the Chiefs last week as everyone made them out to be. KC (-5.5) wins. San Diego loses....Welcome aboard the Panthers bandwagon. There are still seats left. Carolina (-4.5) wins again, this time at Miami.....Baltimore (-3.5) beats the the Jets. More important, take the under. Whatever it is....I wouldn't pick the Texans to blow out Taft High School. Jacksonville (+10.5) at least covers against Houston....A Titans/Raiders game in week 12 means something. How 'bout that AFC?! Tennessee (+1.5) stays in it. Oakland fades away....Come oooooon, Carson. Arizona (+2.5) over Indy.....The Giants hype machine goes into overdrive this week after New York (-2.5) wins again, this time over Dallas....The Patriots were impressive in a loss. They're this close to being 9-1. They'll be 8-3 after New England (+2.5) beats Denver.....And San Francisco (+5.5) will beat the collapsing Washington Whatevers.
4) Cincinnati v. Houston. As soon as I type this blog, I'm heading to Houston to see a game that I hope looks a lot like last week's against Rutgers, one where Tommy Tuberville pretty much emptied out his playbook and coached with balls the size of apples.
The most frequently-asked questions have been....
A) Where was that earlier?
B) How did this team lose to USF?
The answers are "I don't know" and "beats me." I guess the UC coach trusts his team more than he did a month and half ago. And the USF game will stick in everyone's craw for months if these guys win their last two and somehow tie Central Florida for the league title.
Those are big ifs.
This has been an odd year, one that any UC fan would've begged for a decade ago. And one where attendance has all but stopped being a topic. Cincinnati's home attendance numbers - for let's say, less than marquee games - have been solid. Yet the entire season has felt like a bit of an afterthought. The end of the Reds season easing into the beginning of the Bengals season may have had something to do with it. The air being sucked out of the Bearcat balloon in the week two loss to Illinois didn't help. The underwhelming schedule hasn't helped.
But I don't think I've gotten a UC football call all season. Rare coaching stability may have a role in that, and conference realignment temporarily settling down has contributed, but there's been silence from UC fans about this team and honestly, I can't think of many times when I've been compelled to try a Bearcat-related topic.
I might try to change that this week. I hope these guys help.
Bearcats 28 Cougars 24
5) I have a plane to catch.
Ohio State 63 Indiana 10 There are like four different fan bases hoping that Florida State's quarterback is accused of sexual assault. Gotta love college football.
Georgia 44 Kentucky 14 This might be the halftime score of a basketball game played between these two schools, except in reverse.
Enjoy your weekend.
Mo talks with Jake Liscow, Pro Football Focus about Andy Dalton.
Mo talks with Leigh Steinberg. The guy who inspired Jerry McGuire.
First off, I neglected to mention this morning how nice a win by the alma mater over their former underachieving head coach was last night.
Brian Gregory is still losing games that he probably shouldn't.
The more things change....
Now, for today's radio show.
3:33 - Jake Liscow, Pro Football Focus
4:20 - Leigh Steinberg. The guy who inspired Jerry McGuire
4:42 - Dan Clasgens. Getsportsinfo.com
Why this is quickly becoming my favorite Bengals season ever.
The next step in football's evolution.
Should college coaches protect traditional rivalries?
A Reds reality previously thought unimaginable.
Fifth Third Arena. Really?
The fun starts at 3:04 today on ESPN1530. Please listen?
Blogging isn't necessarily hard, but it is time-consuming. And as much as I love "populating the space" as the people who run out websites like to put it, the time I like to carve out to type words onto a webpage often gets squeezed because of other stuff that takes up time during the day.
And I don't like putting stuff on the site just to put stuff on the site. Even though our web geeks would prefer I do that.
The last couple of days, I've had to put the blog to the side to concentrate on other things, including a large project that's been far too time-consuming and arduous than I ever imagined.
And I wish I could talk about said project.
So today, we'll just go with a collection of random thoughts, some timely, some not-so-much. And they're in no particular order.
*Welcome to the Era Of Buyer's Remorse. Jose Reyes signs with the Marlins, then gets dealt a year later. Price Fielder gets enormous dollars from the Tigers, then gets shipped out of town within two years.
Makes you think about what the Reds are trying to doesn't it? From Keith Law....
The key variable here is the money involved, as Fielder is owed $168 million over the next seven years, while Kinsler is owed a minimum of $62 million over four years (including an option buyout), not including the $30 million the Tigers will send to Texas to cover part of Prince's deal. Even assuming that the Rangers, who have a huge new revenue stream from their local television deal, can take on Fielder's money without impacting their ability to effectively fill out their roster, the risk that Fielder's deal becomes an immovable object before it's over is large, while Kinsler doesn't seem to be headed for anything worse than overpaid bench-guy status. You can live with $12 million for a 1-2 WAR extra player, but if Fielder's 2013 season is an indication of early decline, or if his mortal coil keeps getting tighter about the midsection, the Rangers could be looking at about $20 million a year for a player who isn't worth the roster spot.
OK, so the guy the Tigers got isn't cheap. He's older and probably not as impactful a player as the one the Tigers just got rid of. But it's about flexibility and it's about getting out from underneath a contract that will probably be prohibitive toward improving the team down the road and one that will be more and more difficult to move down the road.
Sounds a little like what the Reds are dealing with with Brandon Phillips.
Moving BP is - or at least should be - solely about creating some flexibility with a guy who's best years are probably behind him and who has a contract that will be much more tough to move after 2014 (he becomes a 10-5 guy). And like the Tigers, it could very well be about a team looking a deal it made and wondering what the hell they were thinking in the first place.
*Last night was a pretty business-like effort from the Bearcats, who shot 63% (!!!!!) in their win over Campbell. My random thought is that I really, really like watching this team. My other random thought is that everything Mick has done with the offense doesn't get done if Sean Kilpatrick doesn't buy in. And he has. He's sacrificing shots, passing more, moving more, often serving as the de facto point guard, and he's gotten much better defensively.
*I hate myself for supporting Chris Mack's comments about the future of the Xavier/Miami series. First off, the Muskies drilled the Redhawks in a game where the Muskies were expected to drill the Redhawks. The game was played against the backdrop of these comments from the XU head coach....
“I’d like to continue to play them. I don’t know if we’re going to go up there, to be very honest,” Mack said. “There aren’t too many teams in our conference that play home-and-home series against (Mid-American Conference) schools.”
As a college basketball diehard who dreams of perfect worlds where local teams spend the early portion of the season battling each other in front of raucous partial crowds while generating interest and stoking or creating rivalries, I wish all of the locals played each other. I wish the UC, XU, Ohio State, UD, Miami, IU, NKU, UK, Wright State, Louisville, Ohio U, and whomever I'm forgetting would schedule each other annually.
But as someone who understands both how the sport works and what coaches' main responsibilities are, I can't blame Chris one bit.
A coach's job is ultimately to serve his/her program's best interests. They have no obligations to programs other than their own, and their decisions should be about the future of their programs and not it's past. Would it be great if Xavier and Miami played every single season, alternating home courts? Sure. I hope they do. I also hope that the XU/UD, UC/UofL rivalries can somehow continue. It'd be great if both Cincinnati schools could add Northern Kentucky to their schedules. I wish UD and Wright State played. I hope Kentucky and Indiana can schedule one another. If the Crosstown um, Classic wasn't played, I'd hate it. Because fans like these games. I like these games.
But coaches have to think and act far beyond the whims and wishes of people like me. They need to think and act with their programs' overall well-being in mind and if that includes deciding to not play someone or somewhere, then as much as I hate it, I can completely support it.
*A-Rod v. Selig. I simply don't care. And I don't know anyone who does.
*What does the public "having Andy Dalton's back" have to do with anything? I don't need to have his back. He needs to play better. It's great, endearing actually, that Andy's teammates have publicly come to his defense. I'm under no obligation. Neither are you. If he plays well, we say nice things. If he throws eight picks in the next three games, we won't. I don't know how "having his back" fits into the equation.
*I'm probably not the first person to point this out, but when Aaron Rodgers finds his seat, the plane is already in the air.
*In 30+ years of being a sports fan, there has not been a more unlikeable, difficult to root for team than the 2013-'14 Knicks. I need a bath after watching them play. These guys visibly hate playing with each other. I've watched their last five games and I think I've seen maybe four positive Knick plays met with any enthusiasm from the bench or the players on the floor whose teammate just made said positive play. Their coach looks like a father who has tried every sort of disciplinary method ever invented and yet his kids are still mini-terrorists.
And they have 71 more games to go.
*This weeks' A Football Life on NFL Network chronicled the history of the forward pass. It's worth watching during one of the 382,000 times they'll re-run it just to hear Boomer Esiason compare throwing the deep pass to love-making alone. It's also a cool look at a vital piece of the game's history.
I think if fans understood the evolution of the sport of football over the last ten decades, they'd get less worked up about new, 21st Century rules.
*I think your kids will still love you if you don't go out on Thanksgiving night and spend hours waiting in line for a new toy like some sort of boob. My parents bought me a lot of Christmas gifts. I don't remember most of them. They also spent a lot of time with me. I remember those moments.
Somehow the fact that they didn't sell themselves out to go buy toys didn't make me love them any less.
*In a game where he could maybe get some easy buckets, I don't understand why David Nyarsuk didn't get some minutes last night. They're going to need him at some point, why not give him a chance to get a few cherry picks to get his confidence going?
*Why hasn't Miami University hired Kerry Coombs to be their new football coach yet?
*If you haven't sat down for beers at Rhinegeist yet, you should.
*The Wendy's girl is begging for money and I like it.
*I think this wraps it up for my blog full of random thoughts. We'll return to our regularly-scheduled programming tomorrow. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet me telling me how awesome I am. I love you.
This was one of those days where life got in the way of blogging, so we'll combine two in one and get back to normal tomorrow.
1) Why do we love blame? The interceptions are Andy's fault! No, they're on AJ'! It's the offensive line's! It's the playcalling! It's Obamacarestreetcar! We have to point the finger!
I care less about who's to blame and more about how they improve. If your kids destroy their room, do you care who made the bigger mess or do you simply want the mess cleaned up?
I want the mess cleaned up. If that happens, I don't care who gets the credit. I certainly don't care about who should be getting the blame.
2) What's the downside to drafting a quarterback? Take that question at face value. If you don't want to pay Andy Dalton top dollar right now, or if you want to see what he'll do one more year before making that decision, and there's a quarterback you really like available, what's the downside to drafting him?
There would be some competition at the position.
There would be some leverage in future negotiatios with their current QB.
There would be a valuable trading chip in case you decide to invest in, and forge ahead with, Andy for the next decade.
"Draft" doesn't have to mean "replace." The Bengals have been pretty adamant that Dalton is their guy for the long-term and I don't blame them. Right now.
But it's worth asking, is there really much downside to drafting another QB?
3) What would you give up for BP? If you're the GM on the other end of a phone call from Walt Jocketty and he's offering his second baseman, would you be jumping at the chance to offer him the world in return?
The Reds would be trading him, largely with the hopes of using his money to invest elsewhere. You'd be doing them a favor by taking him.
And after this season, Brandon becomes a "10 and 5 guy," meaning he'd have to OK any future trades. This could limit the window the Reds have to move him.
As Reds fans, we want the Reds to get as much in return for whomever they deal.
But as the other GM, would you really be willing to give up all that much?
4) On a completely unrelated matter, here's a great piece about former Bearcat Connor Barwin.
5) Today's show on ESPN1530 will have like 943,392 different topics. Here are some....