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Bengals' 'Character Issues' Include Navigating a Tough Schedule

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 26, 2006
From all the controversy surrounding the Bengals and their recent character issues, one wouldn't know if they're convening in Georgetown Saturday for training camp or prison camp. Maybe the Beng  

Reds' Trade Just a Part of the Plan (If the Plan Is to Win)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Three years later, the torch is finally passed. In the course of an eight-player trade with the Washington Nationals on July 13, Reds General Manager Wayne Krivsky gave the Jim Bowden Reds back to  

World Cup Low on Scoring but High on Drama

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 12, 2006
Of the sports for which sports fans profess their dislike, the low-scoring variety are most likely to be targeted for derision. Hence, the oft-stated dislike of soccer, for which the possibility o  

One Serious Major League

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 5, 2006
For about the past 10 years this space has been tireless, if also tiresome, in its complaints that Major League Baseball threatened to obliterate the blessed historical distinction between the Ame  

Bad Refs Cast Doubt on Integrity of NBA and World Cup

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 28, 2006
The multi-billion dollar spectator sports business in America owes its profits chiefly to a pair of ideas embedded in the hearts of every fan. The first holds that the outcome of the game matters.  

UC, Henry and Big Ben Take Turns Being Irresponsible

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Only in the cardboard discourse of sports page morality would Ben Roethlisberger and Chris Henry be equated for committing the ethical sin of "irresponsibility." Meanwhile, a real case of irresp  

U.S. Soccer Falls Flat on World's Biggest Stage

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 14, 2006
The 1990 World Cup took place in Italy at a time when the United States enjoyed high international prestige. The Soviet Union and its satellite nations came apart from the edges by summer, and Ame  

Big News Rocks the NL Central Division

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 7, 2006
The pages of last week's sports news described three signature developments concerning this year's race in the National League Central division. An injury in St. Louis, a contract in Houston and the  

NBA, NHL Playoffs Remain Wide Open

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 31, 2006
Playoff season isn't very full of surprises this spring, except for the surprises we usually expect. At this point in the proceedings, one still hopes the NBA playoffs elaborate the story of prof  

Reds Fighting 13-Year History of Alienating Fans

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 24, 2006
School is ending, and so the time is at hand when the Reds traditionally hope for a profitable bump in their home attendance. Years ago, the Reds expected that bump and the fans complied -- now t  

Bonds Vs. Ruth? We'll Take Henry Aaron

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Sometime this week or next, Barry Bonds is likely to pass Babe Ruth on the all-time home run list, which means absolutely nothing except that it's brought the discussion back around to Ruth. Bas  

Joe Dumars Again Has Detroit Firing on All Pistons

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 10, 2006
The legends of professional basketball are made in the NBA playoffs, the current presentation of which is already touted among the best for all its tight competition. But who will be this year's   

Unexciting, Underachieving Draft Still Pleases Bengals Fans

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 3, 2006
So the NFL draft didn't go exactly as the Bengals hoped. In an ideal society, per their official Web site, they might have picked up North Carolina State linebacker prospect Manny Lawson for easy  

NFL Draft Drama Is Better from a Distance

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 26, 2006
The NFL draft is the hype machine that's really an anti-hype machine, dedicated to tearing down the statues and monuments erected by college football's hype machine. The young gods of last autu  

NBA, NHL Playoffs Test Cinderella Trend

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 19, 2006
The sporting world's infatuation with wacky playoffs demands new criteria for an "upset." Cinderella has been getting so much action lately that they should change her name to Madonna. The big