Cincinnati overcame the midseason loss of Mick Cronin to earn a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament bid. Now Purdue and Kentucky stand in the way of the Sweet 16.
0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2015
There was no telling which way the
University of Cincinnati basketball program would lean after Mick Cronin
announced a leave of absence from the team he has coached for the past
nine years to deal with an unruptured brain aneurysm.
by Amber Hemmerle
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Cincinnati's most buzzworthy tweets of the week
Each week our intern Amber will
be exploring what Cincinnatians are interested in by scouring the local Twitter
trends and reporting on what she’s found. From serious tweets to goofy hashtags,
she’ll highlight what Cincy’s been buzzing about. So get to tweeting,
So it’s official: There will, in fact, be
six more weeks of winter, according to Phil, the Groundhog’s Day spokes-rodent. For
one, I never knew the groundhog had a name! He has even been on The Oprah
Winfrey Show, but most people in Cincinnati are probably ready to go find and kill him after the weather we've endured.
I am cool with winter and all, but it’s really sad when 30 degrees feels warm.
As long as these six weeks don’t include another polar vortex, I think we’ll
I know it seems like every day is a day
for something. I could probably live without Ice Cream Day or Chocolate Pudding Day (lord knows my thighs could), but this
day of awareness, on Feb. 4, is one I can deal with. On World Cancer Day, people are
asked to spread awareness and remember those who passed away fighting cancer or
currently dealing with cancer. @TCSociety made a good point: “Remember that a
moment of awkwardness could save a lifetime! Talk about Testicular Cancer.”
Talk about breast cancer, pancreatic cancer, skin cancer, too, and go get checked, then
get re-checked. It could save your life!
Really? I don’t know if it’s sad or just funny
that this was trending at #3 in the USA and #2 in Cincinnati this week. How
these things get started and why so many people actually do it, I’ll never
know. It does make for some comic relief at 3:30 p.m. on a Tuesday
afternoon. Here were some that actually made me chuckle:
Up! In My PantsGreat Expectations In My PantsThe Dark Knight Rises In My PantsClueless In My PantsA Series of Unfortunate Events In My Pants
Probably the eternal
debate: Evolution vs. Creation. Honestly, I don’t care what you believe in. I
just think it’s fascinating that the creation debate was not only trending in
Cincinnati but also trending worldwide. The Bill Nye-Ken Ham showdown held in the Tri-state area accumulated
103,000 tweets just minutes following the debate. All this attention
was focused on these two men at the Creation Museum, which locals all have access
to every day. At the end of the debate, I’m sure not many people’s beliefs were
changed and that’s OK. @ScienceGroen tweeted, “It doesn’t matter if you change your
mind after the #creationdebate. The process of thinking about the universe is
what matters.” I think he is right. People were interacting all over the nation
because of this one event here and that is really cool. Maybe you learned
something, maybe you didn’t, but I bet it had you thinking.
If you haven’t
heard, the rapper DMX was selected out of 15,000 submissions to take on George
Zimmerman in a "celebrity" boxing match. Nothing has been made official yet, but the announcement was made on what would have been Trayvon Martin’s 19th
birthday. I wonder if this could help the victim’s family or if it would just
make the mourning process even harder for them. And why is Zimmerman even being
considered a “celebrity?” The man killed someone. Is it just weird that I think he should not
be capitalizing on all of it? I vote for Zimmerman and Casey Anthony to box in a fight to the death. #HottestCollegeInAmerica
The Cincinnati Bearcats beat the University
of Connecticut on Thursday 63-58, which makes it their 15th straight
win. I don’t know anything about basketball, so I’ll just say there was a lot of
running, dribbling and shooting. The team is rising in the ranks of its division
and momentum is high. School spirit is what being in college is all about,
besides the whole degree thing. Whether you are a student, faculty member,
staff member, alumni or just a fan, a sense of pride is among us. You don’t
have to know anything about basketball to enjoy seeing a local team make sports
headlines. Keep it up, fellas!
I seriously couldn’t figure out why Netflix
was trending, but as I began scrolling through all the tweets, I noticed
something. There were a lot of single people dwelling on the fact that Netflix
would be their only date on Valentine’s Day. There is nothing wrong with
watching Netflix on Valentine’s Day — hell, that’s probably what I will be doing
with a bottle of bourbon. Just remember, it’s only one day, it will be over
soon and then it’s on to the next irrelevant holiday. Plus, if you don't have a date, you don’t have to buy
anyone else a gift and you can buy yourself all the half-off chocolate you want
the next day. If you are hung up on the fact that Valentine’s Day is
quickly approaching and Netflix isn’t an acceptable date for you, here are a
few single-friendly events to treat yourself to:
Pretty in Pink at The Esquire
A classic '80s night, what’s not to love?
Dress up in your favorite pink prom dress or tuxedo and there will be a costume
contest before the show! $7-$9.75. 10:30 p.m. at Esquire Theater.
Southgate House Revival
Three shows take place under
one roof: Elk Creek at 9 p.m. in the Sanctuary, Hank Erwin at 9:30 p.m. in the
Lounge and Hot For Alice at 10 p.m. in the Revival Room. Get some friends together
for some live music and cheap drinks.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstein Are
The story of
“Hamlet” told from the perspective of these two quirky characters. $22-$35.
7:30 p.m. at Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Other things that were trending: Phillip
Seymour Hoffman, The Superbowl, #Bearcats, #PLL, #LHHNY, Sochi and The
by Danny Cross
Posted In: baseball
at 02:05 PM | Permalink
Postgame hilarity available in video and GIF form
The University of Cincinnati baseball team might not have
had a winning record last year (24-32, 6-18 Big East), and it is currently
without a leader after the school fired longtime head coach Brian Cleary last
week. But that doesn’t mean the dudes didn’t have some fun this season — at
least after the games ended.
People of the Internet are enjoying a collection
of videos and GIFs released by UC showing players doing hilarious stuff in the
background of postgame interviews. The clips have been posted at Deadspin and
USA Today’s sports blog.Here's the video: And GIF form:
0 Comments · Wednesday, April 3, 2013
The 2013 reader picks for best local athletes, teams and recreational sports spots around town.
0 Comments · Wednesday, February 13, 2013
The success or failure of any college
football program starts with recruiting, which is why we see the
coaching turnover in the sport start before the final games are played.
0 Comments · Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Butch Jones sat in a room Dec. 4 with
University of Cincinnati president Santa Ono and a representative of the
Belk Bowl and told the media — which was most certainly not there to
discuss the Dec. 27 game against Duke — he had every intention of
coaching the Bearcats in that game and beyond.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 20, 2012
The radio show hosted by former drug addict and defiler of
the sanctity of marriage (thrice divorced, so far!) Rush Limbaugh might
be loaded with a lot of dead air soon, and not just because advertisers
are fleeing the program like passengers on the Titanic.
by Brian Dill
Posted In: College
at 02:00 PM | Permalink
Bearcats a lock, Muskies not so much
The regular season is drawing to a close as Cincinnati and
Xavier each have one game left before conference tournament time. Cincinnati
will hear their name called on "Selection Sunday" — as for Xavier, only time will
tell.ESPN bracketologist Joe Lunardi has Xavier as one of his
first four out, and I tend to agree — although I disagree with the pointless
bickering in the comments section regarding the brawl that happened — wait for
it — almost three months ago. The Bearcats are listed as a 10 seed, a much better
prospect than having an 8 or 9 seed and having to play Kentucky or Syracuse if
they can make it past the first round. With the current mock up, the ‘Cats
would play San Diego State in the first round — a winnable game — and North
Carolina in the second — maybe, with a hope and a prayer.
Not to say that crazier things haven’t happened: VMI, Butler
(twice) and George Mason have all knocked off No. 1 seeds in the tournament. UC has more talent than any of those teams, and if they
can continue playing like they did against Marquette this past Wednesday the
Sweet 16 or even Elite 8 isn’t out of the question.
The Bearcats played stifling defense against Marquette, forcing
17 turnovers. They dominated the paint, outscoring the Golden Eagles 42-24, and
JaQuon Parker was a revelation. Parker used his size and strength to drive to
the hoop at will and went 2-for-4 from behind the arc, including a halftime
buzzer-beater that put UC up 16 at the half. Parker finished the game with a
career-best 28 points.
The Bearcats didn’t look back. Yancy Gates finished the game
with 13 boards despite being limited to less than four minutes of first half
play because of foul trouble. The 72-61 final wasn’t as close as the score
indicated, as UC coasted to victory. With the emergence of Parker the 'Cats now
have a steady combo of inside and outside threats that will make them a
difficult team to face both in New York and in the NCAA tournament.
Xavier, on the other hand, isn’t a lock for a ticket to March
Madness. Winning the A10 tourney would put all doubt to rest. The Muskies host
Charlotte tomorrow; with a loss the NIT will certainly be beckoning. A win
leaves a glimmer of hope, but in all likelihood, Chris Mack and his team will be
on the outside looking in next Sunday.
by Brian Dill
Posted In: College
at 12:19 PM | Permalink
Bearcats one step closer to NCAA Tournament after win over Louisville
The Cincinnati Bearcats look one step closer to being a lock for their second straight NCAA tournament appearance after a 60-56 win against Big East rivals Louisville in front of a sellout crowd at Fifth Third Arena Thursday night. UC entered the game as the second-best 3-point shooting team by percentage – 36 percent – and the most 3-pointers made with 203 on the year. This theme continued as the ‘Cats went 11-27 from behind the arc including eight in the first half. Cashmere Wright fueled the 3-point barrage as he nailed a career-best, six long balls. Louisville on the other hand struggled mightily from behind the arc finishing the game 1-14.UC’s ability to make the long ball made up for an otherwise disappointing night from the field. The Bearcats made only eight 2-point field goals at a miserable 26 percent clip. Louisville didn’t shoot much better; leading scorer Kyle Kuric managed only 4 points, all from the free-throw line.Big man Gorgui Dieng finished with 11 points and 13 rebounds for the Cardinals. Peyton Siva added 14 points and 4 assists in the Louisville loss. Louisville fell to 9-6 in the Big East while UC improved to 10-5. Both teams have three conference games remaining.After last night's win over No. 17 Louisville, UC sits in a fourth-place tie with Georgetown and South Florida, who share 10-5 records, and UC holds the tiebreaker against Georgetown. The top four seeds in the conference tournament will received double byes and an automatic bid into the quarterfinals. The Bearcats have games remaining at USF and Villanova — a team they beat once already — and Senior Night when Marquette comes to town. In all likelihood the fourth seed will be a fight between UC and Georgetown. The Hoyas have the tougher schedule as they welcome Villanova and Notre Dame, which has won nine straight, while they travel to Marquette to end the schedule. Only weeks away from Selection Sunday, the Bearcats should guaranteed a spot in the NCAA Tournament with another win in the last three games. Xavier, on the other hand, needs to win out and have some results go their way if they want to make the Big Dance. The Musketeers lost at Massachusetts on Tuesday night and are three games back of the conference lead with three games remaining. League leaders Temple are not going to lose three games, so Xavier will have to make a push for the conference tournament title or hope the selection committee looks upon them favorably. A sloppy evening from the Muskies combined with a outstanding performance by Massachusetts’ guard Chaz Williams led to an easy win for the Minutemen. Xavier turned the ball over 20 times and could not compensate for the career-high 29 points from Williams, including six 3-pointers. Xavier had four players score double-digits and Dez Wells led the way with 19 points, but Wells also led Xavier with 6 turnovers. The Musketeers' remaining schedule includes two sub .500 teams in Charlotte and Richmond and a trip to second-place Saint Louis — which beat Xavier by five at the Cintas Center back on Jan. 25.
0 Comments · Tuesday, March 17, 2009
It wasn't Billy Packer's job to make you feel good, warm your innards with a sweet story, make you smile with a well-turned phrase or confer the dignity of royalty on persons within the game. Too many broadcasters think that's their job and, worse, they're usually bad at it. Packer unfortunately won't be part of the CBS coverage of the NCAA Tournament, having left quietly last July for reasons that have never been fully disclosed.