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3:05, ESPN 1530
6:05, Inside Pitch, 700 WLW
Rocky Boiman, Bengals reports, 3:20,4:20.5:20
Tommy Gehlerter, UC football at Camp Higher Ground
Josh Anderson, GM Florence Freedom, on Pete Rose, INFO
Matt Snyder, CBS Sports, MLB, capping extra innings?
Geoff Hobson,
Bengals: Impact of Marvin Jones injury, AJ or Vontaze
Reds: Steve Smith, this stretch of games, Johnny Cueto
MLB pace of games



CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 22: Marvin Jones #82 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass during the NFL game against the Minnesota Vikings at Paul Brown Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)

Hobson: Bengals adapt to missing 'Marv' for a few weeks

Harvey: Jones back on sidelines

Skinner: Jones to miss time with foot injury

Pick one
With Andy Dalton signed, the focus shifts to the contract status of AJ Green and Vontaze Burfict. With the injury to Marvin Jones, I've been thinking about positional depth, impact of players on this roster, strengths and weaknesses of this team. 
So, let me ask you this:

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Poll: Who is more important to the Bengals?
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CINCINNATI, OH - AUGUST 10: Devin Mesoraco #39 of the Cincinnati Reds is congratulated by teammates in the dugout after hitting a two-run home run in the first inning of the game against the Miami Marlins at Great American Ball Park on August 10, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

118 games down, 44 games to go
Baseball Prospectus Playoff Odds for Reds:
Earn Wild Card: 19.1%
Win division: 5.8%
Odds making playoffs: 24.9%

Rested and ready to go
The Reds enjoyed a day off Monday, after playing 17 consecutive days.
Today they begin a stretch of playing 13 consecutive days.
2 vs Red Sox, GABP
4 at Rockies
3 at Cards
4 vs Braves, GABP

Divisonal play
The Reds play division opponents in 28 of their final 44 games:
10 vs Cards (3-6)
  6 vs Pirates (9-4)
  6 vs Brewers (7-6)
  6 vs Cubs (9-4)

NL Central
Brewers ---
Cards    2.5
Pirates   3
Reds     5.5
Wild Card
1. Cards
2. Pirates
Giants   .5
Braves  2.5
Reds     2.5
Miami 4.5

Just because.....think of this guy at GABP 81 games a year


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Poll: Is the pace of MLB games an issue for you?
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John Henry: MLB must adapt
Boston Herald
To Henry, the matter is not trivial, and he insists action must be taken to quicken the pace. “Attention spans are shortening in regard to media. That has been the case for some time now,” he said. “Making fans wait between pitches isn’t a big issue at the ballpark, but on TV it’s very easy to switch to something else. There is too much waiting in baseball for 21st century television viewers.”

Verducci: How MLB could learn from the Atlantic League

What if baseball games ended in a tie after certain points?
Matt Snyder, CBS Sports 
throughout the course of a 162-game schedule, having a few ties isn't going to crush the standings or anything. The NFL has ties in a 16-game schedule and seems to do just fine. This is 10 times as many games.
I feel like I'd let it go to at least 12 innings, though, and I could see arguments for 14. At least a small part of me agrees with McCarthy that seeing 19 innings is "dumb," though. More than twice a regulation game is excessive

On this date 1994: No ML games, the strike was on
USA Today: 1994 strike most embarrassing moment in MLB history

UC football


From Tom DeWees 
The 2014 season officially got started yesterday when the Bearcats took to the turf at Camp Higher Ground for their first practice.



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