Much of the offseason optimism for the
Reds was dashed this weekend when it was announced that closer Ryan
Madson would require Tommy John surgery on his right arm and miss the
season. But it’s spring, the sun is out, every team (in the National
League at least) is undefeated and now is not the time for doom. No, now
is the time for optimism.
For the first time in the history of the
NCAA Tournament, four teams in the Sweet 16 — a qualified quarter — are
from the state of Ohio, with Cincinnati, Xavier, Ohio and Ohio State
moving on to make up 25 percent of the remaining teams fighting for a
chance at basketball supremacy.
Pain came from inside Cashmere Wright’s
head, looking to get out, pulsing, like his brain was expanding beyond
what his skull could contain. His eyes — perhaps the most important part
of his multifaceted game on the court — betrayed him; he could barely
see. A single ray of light crippled him, yet he was readying for the
brightest spotlight of his career.
With the Reds away in Arizona and another
story already planned on UC this week, I was left pondering what to do
to fill this space — and then I got one of the greatest gifts ever
handed to sportswriting — Charlie Coles.
The Reds’ playoff odds got a bump last
week. Without adding a player or any injury to a rival occurring, the
playoffs got that much closer for Cincinnati. That said, they did for
every other team as well. Bud Selig got his playoff expansion, adding
another wild card to the playoffs in each league. Now 10 teams will be
in the postseason.
During the nine days between the Oct. 24
announcement that Whit Babcock had accepted the offer to become the
athletic director of the University of Cincinnati and the day he started
on Nov. 2, West Virginia became the third Big East member to leave the
As the college basketball season started,
many predicted the Xavier Musketeers would finish the season in the
Final Four. And that’s still a possibility — but nobody predicted this
would be the ride. Winners of their first seven games,
including wins at Vanderbilt and Butler, the Musketeers were living up
to their billing and were ranked No. 8 in the country.
The University of Cincinnati’s conference
future is beginning to look a lot like its conference past, and that’s
not a good thing. Last week Memphis accepted a bid to the
new-look Big East, which is suddenly starting to resemble the old
Following in the footsteps of Frank
Robinson, Josh Hamilton could forever be the one who got away from the
Reds. But the reason Hamilton was deemed expendable (wrongly, in
retrospect) keeps popping up, while Robinson’s exile is still a mystery.
Before Kenyon Martin’s leg snapped in
Memphis and before Carson Palmer met Kimo von Oelhoffen,
the injury that led to a million “what ifs” in Cincinnati was Greg
Cook’s golden right shoulder. Cook, the former Bengal and Bearcat quarterback, died last week at the age of 65.