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Football Playoffs Not Happening in Big-Time College Football

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
You've probably heard that a playoff system would solve all of big-time college football's problems, giving us a true measure of the top football teams, which will inevitably produce the best possible championship game. But you don't hear that kind of dreaming down in the college football shadow world, what used to be called 1-AA, where they really do playoffs and understand what it means.   

Saturday's Game Against Pitt a Historic Moment for UC Football

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Following the University of Cincinnati football team used to be one of life’s simple pleasures, a private and personal window on sports through which the wins and losses didn’t matter as much as the laughs, groans and occasional sense that these kids might be getting somewhere.  

The NFL Is Awash in Parity at the Halfway Mark, but Is Everyone Equally Medicore?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
The NFL is the league that gave us "parity" as its compelling vision of the future, without telling us that part of parity isn't really parity but the perception of parity. So the NFL might not really be so even, though it seems that way, which is enough to throw the playoff race wide open halfway through the season.  

UC Football in the Hunt for a Big East Crown and BCS Bid

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Another wonder of college football announces itself in the middle of town as the lords of Nippert Stadium enter November playing for their highest stakes ever. A real conference championship race has arrived.  

Why Cheer for the Bengals If They’re Not Even Trying to Win?

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
The length of the NFL season really shows on a team like the Bengals. A high school team at 0-8 sees the end in a couple weeks. A college team at 0-8 can still make its season in November by beating the rival. The Bengals are 0-8 in the NFL. They're not reaching the end of this dark tunnel until Christmas.  

World Series Rivals Phillies and Rays Built for the Long Haul

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
The phrase “Worst to First” told the tale of the 1991 baseball season, when the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins each rose from last place in their divisions to face each other in the World Series.  

College Football Season Already Full of Surprises and Suspense

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Though the situation at the top is every bit as fluid as last year, college football is returning to normal. Look at the top three teams: Texas, Alabama and Penn State. It's 1970 again. By mid-December, it's always 1970, even if the mix includes a slightly different group like Ohio State, Southern California, Louisiana State and Oklahoma.  

162 Regular Season Games Get Trumped by Three Playoff Losses

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
In 14 years since Major League Baseball introduced expanded playoffs, the baseball postseason stands apart from other sports and especially from its own regular season. In no other sport is the regular season less instructive about how the playoffs will develop.  

Hope Springs Eternal in Redsland, but Hope Gets Really Boring

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
The Reds officially ended their season Sept. 28 with a fivegame losing streak. They unofficially ended their season with a five-game losing streak at the end of July. It seemed like the Reds were always on a five-game losing streak this year. At least we know where they stand.  

Three Games into the Season, Bengals Fans Settle for Moral Victories

0 Comments · Thursday, September 25, 2008
Maybe the Bengals still have a pulse, which means they're not quite as desperate as those no-good outfits from the 1990s - but they're still 0-3, they're still going to have their hands full with the Cleveland Browns Sunday, their quarterback still is no better protected than David Klingler and the season still is a long way from hopeful.   

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Ohio State Deserves Respect for Scheduling Tough Games

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 23, 2008
Six years ago, the Department of Football at the University of Southern California came from nowhere to crash the national title picture and, not quite succeeding, launched a grievance that changed college football. The proof lies not in the Trojans’ easy 35-3 win against Ohio State on Sept.   

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Olympic Grandeur Didn't Obscure China's Ugly Government

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
If we didn't learn anything about China from the just-finished Olympic Games, it's because the games confirmed our pre-existing suspicions. China spared no expense or oppression to put on a dazzling  

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The Ghost of Pete Rose Still Haunts the Reds

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Somewhere, wafting through the Cincinnati airwaves and above Great American Ball Park, the ghost of Pete Rose hovers like a rain cloud. No matter how thoroughly Rose is discredited on other ground  

China Offers Amazing Window into Its Culture Via Olympics

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Like no other event that takes place in the world, the Olympics make us think we have a window into the human condition.  

The Griffey Dream Ends, but Not Dreaming

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2008
We should probably stop speculating about the future after botching Junior Griffey's engagement in Cincinnati so badly, but we can't. We really need the future right now.