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UC Basketball Steps Up, Jim Bowden Steps Down

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 3, 2009
More than once during his 16 years coaching the University of Cincinnati basketball team, Bob Huggins remarked that the Bearcats are written off locally before they're written off nationally. A case in point might have presented itself just three days after the Bearcats beat Huggins to enhance their chance for a return to the NCAA Tournament.  

Xavier's Swoon in League Play Might Help Its NCAA Tournament Chances

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Boredom might be a suitable attitude for sports fans after the Super Bowl, but one hates seeing a college basketball team assume that malaise, especially when that team was in the thick of the national picture. Thus we encounter the present Xavier basketball season as one of the most dumbfounding to pass this way in quite some time. The X-men rose as high as ninth in the national rankings on Feb. 2, only to mock their own prosperity with three dismal road performances in the Atlantic-10.  

Zimpher Goes, Huggins Comes Back and UC Is Close to Winning Again

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 17, 2009
Imagine the scene in a week. Nancy Zimpher is leaving, Bob Huggins is returning, Fifth Third Arena could be full and the University of Cincinnati's basketball team could be headed back to the NCAA Tournament. Can it be that the more things change the more they stay the same? Of course not.   

Reds Still Look to Be a Year Away from Contending

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 10, 2009
Bob Castellini went on the radio a couple weeks ago to clarify that he is, indeed, excited about the upcoming Reds season. And who isn't? The Reds season is baseball season, after all. Castellini didn't go so far as to say the Reds are going to win this year, but if he did say it who would believe him anyway?  

The Super Bowl Unites Americans As Few Cultural Moments Do Anymore

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 3, 2009
Watching Joe Willie Namath wade through the Pittsburgh Steelers with the Lombardi Trophy right after Super Bowl XLIII brought back the true meaning of the Super Bowl even more powerfully than the game itself, which, considering the stakes, has to be considered one of the greatest football games of all time. In today's splintered popular culture, any production that puts Americans on the same page is already a remarkable show. And when the show also happens to be good on its own merits, you almost can't wait for the next one.  

Bearcats on the Verge of Returning to Basketball Respectability

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
The conceivably meaningful portion of the college basketball season is about three weeks old, telling us little except what we wanted to hear. The news is pretty good — not that it means anything.  

Everyone Thinks the Steelers Are Better, but the Cardinals Can Win the Super Bowl

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
It's a measure of how little sympathy plays in professional football that we want to think of the Arizona Cardinals as some new franchise. We don't think of the Cardinals in terms of their deep history — we just think of them in terms of losing. And we still do. Once the Cardinals punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with a 32-25 win against the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship Game, who among us said, "Well, the Cardinals must be pretty good?"  

Bengals' Old Friends Play for AFC Championship

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
So it's two AFC North teams, Pittsburgh and Baltimore, playing for the AFC championship. One doesn't know if Bengals fans should be heartened or discouraged: Of the Bengals' 11 losses, four came against those two teams. If you're going to finish third in a division, it might as well be the division in which the top two teams are the only two left in the conference.   

UC and Bengals Proved Football Axiom: You're Never Over the Hump

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Football for Cincinnati fans made a rare intrusion on January, which turned out not to be such a glorious moment. But well take it and hope for more next year, understanding that the interim poses numerous challenging scenarios.  

Cheers to the High Points of 2008: UC Football and Xavier Basketball

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Though the year in sports produced its fair share of memories, no sporting memory will obscure the hard reality of economic gloom coursing through the world in a tense 2008.  

Orange Bowl Gives UC a Chance for a Notable Win

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
At the end of a charmed season, University of Cincinnati football officials are in the game they expected, a Jan. 1 meeting in the Orange Bowl against Virginia Tech, which automatically goes to Florida as the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) champion.  

Baseball Hall of Fame Focuses Too Much on 'Fame'

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
In more than one interview, Pete Rose noted that he doesnt understand why anyone whos in the baseball Hall of Fame isnt a first-ballot Hall of Famer. After all, he said, its not as if the player became better in his second, fifth or 10th year of eligibility.  

UC Is on the Way Back at the Crosstown Shootout ... Xavier Never Left

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Less than a month old, the college basketball season is so new that it doesn’t begin to add up. Among the names to be found on top of the RPI listings are Butler, Evansville, Clemson and Northwestern. But one highly placed name that doesn’t read like a sampling error is Xavier, which is ranked fifth or sixth in various RPI ratings, 10th by the media and ninth by the coaches.   

Sweet Taste of Success

UC football caps a 20-year rebuilding project with a trip to the program’s biggest bowl game ever

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Nobody has ever accused the University of Cincinnati of overemphasizing football ... probably not even in 1885, when UC became the fifth American university to start a football team. For more than 120 years, locals wondered why the university should even bother with it. But in a flash of two years, UC's football reputation has changed. Today, with the Bengals at their worst, UC football is the star of the Cincinnati athletic scene. They're winners in a town starved for winners.  

I'm Not a Loser

UC's Big East championship legitimizes Cincinnati sports fans

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Would a loser have awaken at 9 a.m. on a Saturday and started drinking Sparks energy beer, eating bagels and watching college football pregame shows? Would a loser have walked across the UC campus before noon drinking beer out of a to-go coffee cup? I think not.