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Sports Talk: Reds, Walt talks, Bengals, Munchie, Mick, and Tom Emanski


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Former Summit Country Day golfer, Wes Homan, picked up his first PGA Tour Canada win over the weekend. He won the Staal Foundation Open.

UC football
Bearcats land LB from Ocala, Florida


Swept away in a comedy of errors
 are stats and notes from Reds 3-2 loss to Yankees on Sunday

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Reds in Milwaukee: Reds lead season series 7-3, outscoring 47-28.
Reds have lost six straight road games overall.

Record: 54-45
Since starting 20-7, Brewers have gone 34-38.
Since getting to 51-32, Brewers have lost 13 of 16.
Record vs .500 or better teams: 25-28
Record vs losing teams: 29-17

Bruce woes
Jay Bruce is 8 for 58 (.138) in 15 starts in July.
Here is a breakdown of his approach/issues in 2014.

On this date: 1995
The Reds trade OF Deion Sanders, and prospects John Roper, Ricky Pickett, Scott Service and David McCarty to the Giants for pitchers Mark Portugal and Dave Burba, and OF Darren Lewis. 
At time of trade, Reds were 49-27….best record NL, 2nd best MLB (Cleveland)
Reds led Houston by 6.5 games at time of trade.
Reds went just 36-32 the rest of the way, but would increase lead to 14.5 games,  before finally winning division by 9 games.
What they did the rest of the way:
Burba 6-2 3.27
Portugal 6-5 3.82
Lewis .245

30 Apr 1995: Outfielder Deion Sanders of the Cincinnati Reds stares back at the pitcher from first base during the Reds 7-6 loss to the San Diego Padres at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego, California. Mandatory Credit: Stephen Dunn/ALLSPORT

Audio: Walt talks trade deadline + Votto, Phillips


Reds interested in Byrd and Bastardo?  Cincinnati is not on Byrd’s no-trade list and the Reds do have interest in him. Sources say they also have interest in lefty reliever Bastardo. The Reds have scouted the Phillies recently.

Prized Prospect Turns into a Must-Watch Rookie
NY Times
This happened on the first pitch of the game, and the Pirates looked stunned, as if they had received a jab to the face before they had even heard the bell ring. The play was not so much an illustration of Hamilton’s speed (exceptional), or bunting ability (improving), or even his baseball intellect (considerable). It was mainly an encapsulation of what has made Hamilton — with only five home runs — one of baseball’s must-watch performers.

Excellent read on Jumbo Diaz

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Kind of a big deal
Howard Megdal, Sports on Earth 
There's a 30-year-old rookie in New York this weekend, playing for the Cincinnati Reds. You might see him around town with his wife, Anny, his mother, Ramona, and his seven-week-old son, Jose Alejandro, taking in the sights of a dream it took 13 years to realize. "I want my wife to see New York," the rookie said. "I want my son to see New York. I called my wife and told her, and she just started crying. Yeah, we've been waiting for that for a long time."

MLB: Ah, those unwritten rules of baseball

Colby Lewis: Bad form by Jays OF
Colby Lewis took exception to a fifth-inning bunt by Colby Rasmus during the Rangers-Blue Jays game on Saturday. Lewis felt the bunt single went against baseball etiquette.


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Preseason power rankings: No. 9, Cincinnati Bengals
The Bengals are beyond the thrill of simply getting to the postseason. Winning in January is what they seek. Their last playoff win was at Riverfront Stadium, back before Nirvana’s “Nevermind” had even been released.


Wall Street Journal: How many Hall of Famers leave and later return to their original team?

Check him out: CHCA pitcher Cameron Varga is rolling at Rookie Ball for the Tampa Bay Rays.

Marvin Jones at the ESPY's

Ohio college hoops

This idea below is similar to the Buckeye Classic concept that I presented in March. Love the concept.

The Case for an Ohio Hardwood Classic
An early season basketball tournament of Ohio's major teams would give the people what they want, and make the Buckeyes less likely to run into a team like Dayton in the NCAA Tournament. Despite these benefits, the schedule-makers don't seem to think this is enough reason to create a preseason tournament.
Consider this a pitch for a new preseason basketball tournament that I'm calling the Ohio Hardwood Classic.


UC basketball

Chad Brendel talks with Mick Cronin:  They're gone and I miss them dearly, but they did such a good job that we had some guys that seemed extremely quiet that all of a sudden now are talking a lot. That's the fun part of it. Losing the guys is the tough part. The fun part is seeing other guys grow up, and that's probably the biggest thing that's gone on from a transition standpoint.

UC football

ESPN: What if UC and American Athletic Conference move their football season to the spring?

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Munchie Legaux's on the mend at Cincinnati
The New Orleans Advocate
“But throughout the whole process, I just put my faith in God. I was on crutches for two or three months and basically had to learn how to walk all over again. But once I felt a little bit of progression with my knee, I thought, ‘OK, maybe I do have a chance to play again.’ I’d wake up, get out of bed and just walk around. You’d never think anybody could be so happy to be able to just walk around. It was literally a first step in my recovery. I’m still taking it one step at a time, not rushing anything. When I’m good to go, I’ll know it.”

R.I.P. James Garner
James Garner dies at 86
NY Times 
James Garner, the wry and handsome leading man who slid seamlessly between television and the movies but was best known as the amiable gambler Bret Maverick in the 1950s western “Maverick” and the cranky sleuth Jim Rockford in the 1970s series “The Rockford Files,” was found dead in his California home on Saturday night, the Los Angeles Police Department confirmed on Sunday. He was 86.  

Remember the Tom Emanski baseball videos?

How Tom Emanski changed baseball----and then disappeared 
For 20 years, he was the biggest name in youth baseball. His coaching popularized a new wave of analysis, while his instructional videos entranced a generation of professional players and fans. And those iconic TV commercials turned him into a pop-culture phenomenon. Then, as suddenly as he arrived, Tom Emanski was gone.

British Open

Las Vegas, Nevada (July 20, 2014)
RJ Bell of
In 2004 (when Rory McIlroy was 15 years old) his dad (and three friends) bet $683 (converted from British Pounds) that Rory would win the British Open BEFORE he turned 26 years old. With Rory’s victory Sunday, this longshot bet will win $342,000!
Rory is currently 25, meaning that this year’s British Open was his last chance to win the bet. There has been some ambiguity in the media as to whether this year’s victory would count under the terms of the bet - but the BBC’s Andrew Cotter confirmed directly from Rory that it would. 


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