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Buffaloed Bengals Still Have Something to Prove

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2005
To review the year in sports is to simply describe the present situation. The Bengals are going to the playoffs, the University of Cincinnati is playing basketball post-Bob Huggins and the Reds a  

Bengals Do What They're Supposed to Do, and That's Good Enough

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2005
We knew it would be different when they wrapped up Carson Palmer as the top selection before the 2003 draft and announced he would sit on the bench for a year. Nothing dogged the Bengals quite lik  

How Cincinnati Became a Football Town

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2005
The Bengals' roaring success this year, combined with the Reds' decline to a 50-year low, has raised the question as to whether Cincinnati is a football town or a baseball town. As such, the qu  

Bengals Getting Closer to the Mountaintop

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 7, 2005
How many steps can a football team climb in one day? On what kind of day does a football team reach backward across 15 years of failure to share its best days with the present? How charming is th  

How the Other College Football Teams Earn Their Championships

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Because the Bowl Championship Series this year will produce two, and only two, worthy entrants for the national championship game, a void is left where the punditry would ordinarily address the m  

Bengals Make the Pundits Believe

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 23, 2005
Seldom does the NFL enter its final six weeks so cut and dried, with three divisions all but decided, 11 teams at least four games over .500 and the schedules showing little favoritism. Concurrent  

Stakes Are High Now for UC Football and Basketball

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2005
The Big East might become a big deal, but big change is the big deal at the University of Cincinnati's athletic department for now. Whether or not one agrees with President Nancy Zimpher's initi  

Was Lindner Unlucky or Unwilling as Reds Owner?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2005
Carl Lindner won't go into the books as the greatest owner in Reds history, which is an unfortunate lack of achievement for one of the wealthiest fellows this town has ever seen. Because of his r  

Bengals Up, Packers Down, Plus Hail to the White Sox and Spurs

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2005
Baseball season is finished now and basketball begins this week, but neither of those is a local story in Cincinnati. So let's stick for the moment with the Bengals, who bookend an emphatic phas  

Bengals' Playoff Chances Are on the Run

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2005
The unrealized competence of the old Bengals regime went head-to-head on Oct. 23 with the unrealized competence of the new. Unfortunately for the Bengals, the old regime has been realized in Pitts  

White Sox First in the American League, Second in Chicago

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Some towns are known for their great baseball teams, others for their great fans. But Chicago holds a special place in the baseball world -- it's known for losing. That's why the Chicago media   

Bengals' Loss and Baseball Playoffs Prove the Value of Defense

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 12, 2005
For all the suspense in sports, outcomes much more often than not boil down to one principle. In baseball, defense wins, which mostly means pitching. In the other sports, defense wins, whatever th  

Championship in the Cards for St. Louis

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2005
Let's just cut through the preliminaries and go right to the finish: It's the Cardinals this year. It has to be. They're not just the best club still standing -- they're the best club by a lon  

Is the College Football Championship Already Decided?

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Bad news for college football fans: The season now one month old might put them to sleep. Usually we're into October before the top two teams have separated themselves. Even then, the remaining   

Pennant Race Chokes, Goats and Heroes

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 21, 2005
For every winner, there's a loser. But does that commit us to spotting a goat for every hero? The question arises from the AL Central race; a lot of people are missing a good story. The Chicago