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The Patriots Are No Mere Dynasty

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 9, 2005
The line between a dynasty and a contender in the NFL is as thin as a turnover or a short memory. The New England Patriots have won three Super Bowls in the past four years by a total of nine poin  

World Soccer Heats up, As English Club Chelsea Tries to Hold on

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 2, 2005
Once The Ultimate Football Game ends Sunday, worshippers of the American pigskin will face months without their game. As these unfortunates should anticipate listlessness and short temper, we shou  

No Cinderellas in the Super Bowl, Just Teams of Destiny

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2005
While the New England Patriots made themselves pro football's most illustrious franchise in the past four years, the Philadelphia Eagles illustrated the underside of winning -- that not-quiteness  

Facing the Cold, Hard Facts of NFL Playoff Football

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2005
Something in the stomach hurts this time of year, when we watch great football players and their teams falter and we suspect it's because they can't hack a little cold weather. In much of the c  

Reds' Increased Activity Might Be the Prelude to a Sale

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Because the Reds have made a policy of keeping their intentions secret, their fans have to go on what the club actually does. Often, the club's surprising actions have resulted in angry fans who   

Bengals' Glass Might Still Be Half Empty, But It's Starting to Fill up

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2005
In a hypothetical world, by the grace of a hypothetical realignment, the Bengals are going to the playoffs. They're in the NFC, where in the real world they finished 4-0 this year. They might hav  

Armageddon Comes to the Hockey Rink

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2004
The most important story in sports during the year just ending might also be the most important story next year and many years later. On Jan. 14 the National Hockey League team owners will meet w  

The Home Run -- and How Steroids Affect It -- Remains the Core Baseball Concern

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Junior Griffey might have been one of the few people in baseball who cared to notice something wrong in 1998, when he, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa went through the All-Star break chasing baseball  

College Football Is Already a Mess Without Playoffs

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 15, 2004
We're in a bad mood lately for many reasons, a couple of which arise in the world of sports. One is a seasonal outrage, the lack of a true champion in college football. The other strikes a puzzle  

Bengals Should Spend Their Money on the Defense Instead of Rudi

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 8, 2004
One of pro football's "cherished myths" has come under the local microscope in the last week as the Bengals considered re-signing Rudi Johnson while their passing attack forged their toughest w  

Wrong Kind of Parity in the NFL This Year

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2004
The league that invented parity and developed the means to achieve it has given us one of its most lopsided seasons in memory. Now and then, it's not a bad change of pace. But this isn't one of   

Scared Straight: and Morality Collide

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Well, there certainly has been a moral awakening in this country. Such an unfortunate time for the world of sports to behave poorly. The stories dominating last week's sports headlines included a  

Muting the Volume on the Chad Johnson Show

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2004
A new media personality has burst onto the sports horizon in the person of Chad Johnson, the Bengals' publicity-addicted wide receiver. We should be so lucky. The Bengals evidently have one of th  

Carson Isn't Big Ben Because the Bengals Aren't the Steelers

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 10, 2004
Fate has dampened the Bengals with another twist of lemon as they continue their fight to break even while a local quarterback has gone away and put his team into the Super Bowl picture. It would fi  

Back to the Future: Another Typical UC Football Season Unwinds

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2004
The University of Cincinnati football team is like a Cheshire cat -- the smile is there, but where's the cat? The few who line up behind the Bearcats and speak on their behalf usually wind up bet