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Open Bullpen Might Ruin it for the Reds

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 21, 2007
As always, the coming of spring awakens hope in a young man's heart, although, after enough springs, a young man becomes an old man and the questions weigh more than the hopes. Who's going to e  

Xavier Poised for Another Late Season NCAA Run

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The nation's leading baseball players are dropping their kids off at school for the last time before the rigors of spring training condemn them to the serious business of playing golf and sitting  

Colts' Super Bowl Win Makes Bengals' Road Even Tougher

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 7, 2007
After the NFL and the old AFL split the first four Super Bowls, the merger took hold in 1970 with its two conferences on equal footing. But the footing has never remained equal. The 1970s belonge  

How a Newcomer to Cincinnati Found Righteous Music

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 31, 2007
We interrupt our regularly scheduled Super Bowl hype for a moment of reflection so we might insert a short, overdue eulogy or two into a busy sports column. New to Cincinnati in early 1986, a you  

Why America Is Pulling for Peyton Manning

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Peyton Manning is the guy who's in all the television commercials. He's the guy who passes for more than 4,000 yards almost every year. The guy who stands as close as we come to a natural at qua  

One Voter's Great Eight for the Baseball Hall of Fame

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 17, 2007
The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) announced the results of the Hall of Fame balloting last week, resulting in next summer's induction of Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. Though th  

Pressure Is on Chargers' Schottenheimer to Win Super Bowl

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 10, 2007
The name of Marty Schottenheimer doesn't rattle around one's head in the tones of John Facenda, nor is he normally mentioned among the NFL's elite coaches. In a league that produces stars almos  

YIR: Bengals' Snap Collapse Doesn't Tarnish Good Season

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 3, 2007
Ordinarily, one looks back on the year in sports and brushes it away. Usually it was just another year. You might be dramatic and say the year, like any year, was distinctive for its changes and   

Looking Ahead to Baseball 2007, the Cubs Are Poised to Be Big Winners

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 27, 2006
The Reds have come a long way in less than a year, all the way up to average for a big league ball club, though still running their sixth straight losing season because they just weren't tight e  

Where Do UC's and Xavier's Seasons Go After the Shootout?

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Crosstown Shootout Week arrived with a buzz about no buzz, then went out with a buzz. We understand these teams a little better now, no thanks to ESPN, and we at least know what we see even if we   

Baseball Hall of Fame Voting Has Old and New Issues

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 13, 2006
The Hall of Fame ballot arrived this month with more than the usual puzzles. Not long ago -- like last December -- an agonozing call consisted of decision about someone like Jim Rice or Jack Morri  

UC's New Football Coach Looks Like Another Short-Timer

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 6, 2006
Not very long ago, the University of Cincinnati fired a coach who took his program to heights it hadn't reached in decades. The coach gave UC many years of dedicated service, set attendance recor  

Bengals Still in the AFC Playoff Hunt

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 29, 2006
The typical assumption that only the cream of professional football can hope to land in the NFL playoffs stands in danger of quaintness as the majority of contending franchises struggle to establi  

BCS Championship Doesn't Come up Roses for Big Ten

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 21, 2006
The Rose Bowl and its traditional partners, the Big Ten and the Pac-10, accepted the Bowl Championship Series (BCS) concept more slowly than the other college football entities, which quickly put  

The Bengals Kant Shake the Suicide Instinct

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 15, 2006
Think of the Bengals, for a moment, the way Kant thought about nations. Think of the Bengals as a moral agent, as something like a human being with a personality. What are we to make of this mixed