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by Danny Cross 02.17.2012
Posted In: Rollergirls at 11:04 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Cincinnati Rollergirls Kick Off Season This Weekend

Team travels to Grand Rapids, Mich., Saturday; will host tryouts next week

Roller derby fans won’t be able to catch the Cincinnati Rollergirls’ season-opening contest against Grand Rapids this weekend because it’s taking place in Michigan, but the group will host its second tryout of the season next week, leading up to their March 10 home opener against St. Louis.

On Saturday the Cincinnati Rollergirls will get their season started with a bout against the Grand Raggidy Roller Girls. The Rollergirls’ A-team, the Black Sheep, open the season ranked No. 8 in the Women's Flat Track Derby Association's North Central Region. The Grand Raggidies are No. 11, though the Black Sheep have handily defeated them in both previous contests, the most recent of which was two years ago.

Next week the Rollergirls will host their second tryout of the year, scheduled for Feb. 26 at The Skatin’ Place in Colerain Township (3211 Lina Place). Tryouts are open to women who are at least 18 years old and will include this set of minimum skill requirements.

The Rollergirls won’t start their home schedule until March 10 when they host the Arch Rival Rollergirls of St. Louis. During halftime a new roller derby team for girls ages 8-17, the Cincinnati Junior Rollergirls, will debut.

Rollergirls home games take place at the Cincinnati Gardens (2250 Seymour Ave., Norwood). Tickets are $10, parking is free and lots of beer is available, with $1 happy hour specials starting at 6 p.m. (bouts start at 7). Season tickets are now available at www.cincinnatirollergirls.com and single-game tickets are available at www.ticketmaster.com. Kids’ tickets are $5 advance/$6 door (kids 6 and younger free) and you can sit right next to the track and have people crash onto you for $15/$17.

Here's a funny commercial the Rollergirls put on the internet.

 
 
by Danny Cross 02.16.2012
Posted In: Basketball at 03:32 PM | Permalink | Comments (1)
 
 
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Who Is Jeremy Lin and What Does He Want?

Cincinnatians don’t generally follow a lot of NBA, but even those of us who would rather spend two hours golfing rocks into the Ohio River than watch 48-minutes worth of NBA hoops have heard about, seen highlights of and come to find interest in this Jeremy Lin dude. “Linsanity” is apparently very real.

Here’s the abbreviated story: Lin played college basketball at Harvard, went undrafted, signed a deal with his hometown Golden State Warriors, got cut by them and the Houston Rockets this preseason and then joined the New York Knicks, who have won seven straight games since he broke out with a 25-point, 7-assist, 5-rebound game against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 4.

Lin has scored in double figures in every game since, including dropping 38 on the Lakers Feb. 10. He’s averaging 9.1 assists per game for a team that lost last year’s starting point guard during free agency. The Knicks’ best player, Carmelo Anthony, was injured during the second game of Lin’s run, and the team is still playing as well as it has all year, evening its record at 15-15 with last night’s win over Sacramento, during which Lin had 10 points, 13 assists and 5 rebounds in 26 minutes of play.

Here’s an NBA-produced piece on Lin and his 38-point effort against L.A.

Lin has already compiled a badass highlight reel, and this, along with the ridiculous notion of an unheralded player coming out of nowhere to find success in one of the most demanding professional sports leagues in the world, has launched the term “Linsanity,” and the media is so enamored with this kid’s story and his game that he and Anthony are facing stupid questions about how they’re going to be able to coexist once Anthony returns.

There’s also the fact that Lin is an Asian American playing in a league that has had very few Asians in its league history. He’s the first American player in NBA history to be of Chinese or Taiwanese descent. This means the media, in addition to its typically loaded questioning, is certain to make insensitive remarks about Lin and his race the faster it tries to crank out cute headlines about the phenomenon.

USA Today put together a rundown of some of the insensitive and/or offensive coverage that has occurred so far. Here’s a rundown:

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by Danny Cross 02.16.2012
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UC vs. Providence Live Blog! (Recap)

It was a late night at Fifth Third arena for our esteemed live bloggers, but the Bearcats came away with a much-needed Big East win. The 'Cats moved to 18-8 overall and 8-5 in the Big East. They're currently tied with No. 18 Louisville for sixth place in the conference.

UC will host Seton Hall, winners of three straight, at 4 p.m. Saturday, followed by a visit from Louisville next Thursday. With only five remaining regular season games, the Bearskins have some work to do to ensure that Selection Sunday doesn't become "Where the hell do they play the NIT Monday."




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by Danny Cross 02.04.2012
Posted In: Basketball at 06:44 PM | Permalink | Comments (2)
 
 
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UC vs. DePaul Live Blog!

PREGAME: Welcome to Fifth Third Arena everybody! We are gathered here today to witness a contest between the UC Bearcats and the DePaul Blue Demons. Let us take a moment to rejoice ... Lance Stephenson's epic slam against DePaul two years ago.

In fact, let's take a moment to watch Lance JAM IT IN THE HOOP!

(Gonna have to scroll down the page some, but it's worth it...)

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by Brian Dill 02.03.2012
Posted In: Basketball at 02:04 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Queen City Hoops

UC and X still have work to do

Two weeks ago it was UC that was on top of their game; not so anymore. The Bearcats have lost three straight and struggled mightily in Piscataway last Saturday. The Bearcats had a less than impressive shooting night at a 35 percent clip. The only exceptions were Dion Dixon and Yancy Gates, who went a combined 13-21.

Perhaps the biggest reason for the loss was not an inability to make shots but a lack of second half defense. UC held Eli Carter — Rutgers' best player — in check in the first half, allowing only 2 points. In the second 20 minutes of play Carter exploded for 15 points and buried the Bearcats.

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by Brian Dill 01.27.2012
Posted In: Basketball at 12:49 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Tough Week for Queen City Hoops

It was a disappointing week for both UC and Xavier as the past seven days have seen the teams go a combined 0-4. While both teams faced tough opposition I would have expected both to at least earn one win out of the two games they played.

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by Eli Johnson 01.23.2012
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National Media Follow Misreported Death of Joe Paterno By Student Paper

The Penn State student-run newspaper, Onward State, over the weekend wrongly reported that former Penn State football coach Joe Paterno had died, leading CBS News and the Huffington Post to publish his obituary. Paterno, who died early Sunday morning, was still alive when Onward State “broke” the story. The managing editor of the student paper has since resigned while CBS and HuffPost have not yet taken laid the blame of the wrongly reported story.

This is not the first time such a big media outlet has made an error — remember NPR falsely reporting the death of Congresswoman Gabriel Giffords? Those who have put their faith in new media as a means of obtaining the news should be crying out for precautionary steps to be taken to avoid such a faux pas. Like fact-checking, for one.

Or they can simply rely on The Onion to report things the way they are: "Joe Paterno Dies In Hospital; Doctors Promise To Tell Their Superiors First Thing Tomorrow."


 
 
by Brian Dill 01.13.2012
Posted In: Basketball at 02:05 PM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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UC, XU Hoops Continue In Opposite Directions

Things have gone in two drastically different directions for the UC and XU men’s basketball programs after the embarrassment that was the "Crosstown Brawl."

The Bearcats have won eight out of their last nine, while the Muskies have lost five of eight. Both teams had key players suspended and UC found motivation in the fallout while Xavier has struggled to find the identity that had them as a preseason top 15.

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by Danny Cross 10.20.2011
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Both UC and X In Preseason Top 25

Both Xavier and the University of Cincinnati basketball teams are in the preseason Top 25 coaches poll released today, with Xavier checking in at No. 15 and the Bearcats at No. 22. North Carolina received 31 of the possible 32 first-place votes to take the top spot, with Kentucky, Ohio State, UConn and Syracuse rounding out the top five.

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by Danny Cross 09.20.2011
Posted In: football at 11:37 AM | Permalink | Comments (0)
 
 
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Football to the Face!

Sorry to do this, guy who got hit in the face by Michael Boley's celebratory throw. But dang was it funny.

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