6:05, Sports Talk
Alan Amron: His technology allows you to see the first down line at the game.
Kentucky and North Carolina to resume series next year.
AP Top 25: Michigan 1, Indiana 3, Butler 9, Ohio State 11, Louisville 12, Cincinnati 24
As Super Bowl week kicksoff, we will hear a great deal about how the Ravens and 49ers were built. The Bengals have a lot of off season decisions to make. Who do they invest in and keep?. Who do they move on from? What/who do they target in the draft and in free agency? The free agent list includes names like: Michael Johnson, Rey Maualuga, Andre Smith, Robert Geathers, Terrance Newman, Thomas Howard, Manny Lawson, Bernard Scott, both kickers, and Kevin Huber, among others.
Years ago, when I hosted the Friday Bengals Show with Bob Trumpy, he would bring up the Bengals need to identify and keep the "core" player of their team.
I would present the question to listeners and compile the results each year.
Who are the five players to keep and build around over the next five years? If you were "freezing" five players today, and tossing the rest back into the pool, who would you keep and why?
Below are the previous rankings I found while digging through my folder:
2006: Palmer, Thurman, C. Johnson, L. Jones, Steinbach
2007: Palmer, Joseph, Houshmandzadeh, L. Jones, C. Johnson
2008: Palmer, Geathers, Joseph, Rivers, Housmandzadeh/Hall (tied)
2009: Palmer, Rivers, Maualuga, Whitworth, Hall
I have not done this topic since 2009.
Who are the five core players to keep over the next five years?
Green lights Pro Bowl with three TDs
Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
Wide receiver A.J. Green added another chapter to his growing legend Sunday night when he became the first Bengal to score three touchdowns in a Pro Bowl during a scintillating 119-yard performance that was one of the few bright spots in the AFC's 62-35 loss in Honolulu's Aloha Stadium.
Andrew Hawkins (@YoungBabyHawk)
we have the best WR in the league in AJG. Bengal fans better do everything in their power to make him want to stay 4ever #RememberthisTweet
Elder's Kyle Rudolph wins Pro Bowl MVP
St Paul Pioneer Press
Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph was voted the game's MVP after catching five passes for 122 yards and a touchdown.
Whether the NFL's all-star game will return or not is a question league officials will ponder the next few months. But Rudolph insisted there was no lack of effort.
"Guys were competing, guys wanted to win and guys want to keep the game here," he said. "That was the point before the game. We want to keep this game rolling for future Pro Bowlers."
Pro Bowl: AFC, NFC deliver improved performance in Pro Bowl
Cornerbacks: 1st downs allowed
Fewest 1st downs or TDs
2. Leon Hall
7. Adam Jones
Bookmark this: The draft pick value chart for making trades
Super Bowl Props
RJ Bell of Pregame.com
Length of postgame handshake/hug between Harbaugh brothers: o/u 7.5 seconds
Times Jack Harbaugh shown during game: o/u 2.5 times
Times “Harbaugh” will be said during game: o/u 21.5 times
How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing National Anthem: o/u 2 minutes and 15 seconds
Will Alicia Keys be booed? If yes, $100 wins $500
32% chance Alicia Keys will mess up the lyrics ($100 wins $170)
43% chance Jay Z will join Beyonce on stage during halftime show ($100 wins $110)
43% chance Beyonce’s hair will be straight, not curly ($100 wins $110)
64% chance President Obama will pick Ravens to win game.
$100 pays $500 if any player on either team is arrested before the game.
How many times will Ray Lewis mention “God/Lord” in post-game interview: o/u 3 times
Color of Gatorade dumped on winning coach ($100 wins . . . )
The Norwood Lady Indians are off to a 16-1 start, the best start in school history.
Head Coach Keith Gwynn's Lady Indians beat Amelia 42-37 on Saturday night.
They have won 12 consecutive games, since last losing on Decemeber 6.
Follow on Twitter: @NorwoodNation
A swing and a miss for Pete Rose's Hits and Mrs? TLC pulls Rose reality show.
Forecast of the weekend
Check out Charles Barkley at the 1:19 mark of this weather forecast.
Dunk of the weekend
NKU's Chad Jackson (Scott County) delivered this dunk in Saturday's win over Kennesaw State. Video and audio courtesty of NKU broadast team.
Assist of the weekend
Prospect Watch: Top 10 outfielders
3. Billy Hamilton, Reds: Hamilton was a shortstop until last fall, when he made the long-expected move to center field in the Arizona Fall League. The 2009 second-round pick was settling in nicely to his new environment, with his plus-plus speed allowing him to outrun any mistakes as he learned how to read the ball off the bat and get better jumps. That outstanding speed makes him perhaps the most exciting player at any level, and the one who broke the professional single-season stolen-base record last season with 155. He'll become a better and better leadoff hitter as he continues to hone his on-base skills.
On this date: Challenger disaster, January, 28, 1986
I was in the food court of the Atherton Union at Butler University, killing time before my next class. There were multiple TV's on around the food court. Students had gathered to watch the launch. I'll never forget the gasp from students and then the silence.
Jerry Palm, CBS Sports
Ohio State, 4-seed
QB dumped by UC winds up at Oregon St
The Sporting News
This weekend though, Kempt may have found an even better home than Cincinnati. Oregon State was nationally ranked this past season and in the Pac-12, a better conference than the Big East. Kempt got his last-second offer and committed on the spot.
“Wanna thank God through all this, I’m keeping the orange and black and committing to Oregon State! Go Beavs!” Kempt wrote on his Twitter page.
Winning Reds a big draw for fans
“In all the years I’ve been around, and this will be year 40, he’s the most fan-friendly player I’ve ever been around,” Brennaman said. “He’s more than Pete (Rose) or any of them. And it’s not contrived. It’s just the way he is.”
The Reds acquired Phillips in a trade with the Cleveland Indians in 2006. He signed up for the caravan in ’07 and has been a part of every one since.
“This is what it’s all about,” Phillips said. “Of course, I enjoy people. But it’s also my job. It’s more than just playing on the field. When you come here and put a smile on people’s faces and see who loves you, it can’t get any better than that.”
Dodgers talking to Rolen
Orange County Register
Mattingly confirmed the Dodgers have had internal discussions about that possibility and he reached out to the fellow Indiana native a few weeks ago in a preliminary attempt to gauge Rolen's interest.
Prospect Watch: Top 10 2B
9. Ryan Wright, Reds: Cincinnati took this Louisville product in the fifth round of the 2011 Draft, and while he played both middle-infield positions in college, he’s been exclusively a second baseman as a professional. He's an interesting offensive-minded infielder, one who has shown a knack for making contact. He has some extra-base pop and the ability to swipe a few bases.
Lawrenceburg's Nick Goepper won a gold medal in the Ski Slopestyle at the Winter X Games in Aspen, Colorado Sunday.
Goepper wins gold
ASPEN, Colo. -- Nick Goepper earned the biggest win of his young career Sunday at X Games Aspen 2013, taking gold in Jeep Ski Slopestyle a year after being relegated to silver on the final run of the day.
Goepper, 18, who grew up skiing a 400-foot hill in rural Indiana, held off four other skiers who broke 90 points. His third-run score of 94.00 was the winner, and it prolonged one of the quirkiest streaks in recent X Games history: Nine skiers have now won Slopestyle gold in the past nine years.
Here is Nick taking some warmup laps for the X Games:
Despite projections for down year, XU keeps winning
Newark Star Ledger
It was strange to see Xavier’s name mentioned this offseason among the pile of teams considered set to endure rebuilding seasons.
Over the past 15-plus years, the Musketeers have been a model of mid-major consistency, to the point where the Cincinnati school has shed the title of "mid-major." It has been to two Elite Eights since 2004 and has made the NCAA Tournament 11 of the last 12 seasons.
Things noticed Sunday
*How good was Heat vs Celtics? Boston won 100-98 in double overtime. Those that believe the NBA lacks defense and/or intensity, simply don't watch enough NBA.
*The Indiana vs Michigan State game was NCAA tournament like. That was fun to watch.
Cody Zeller did little, until late. He came up with a huge basketball in the final minute. He got the ball out top, 30 feet from basket. He used a screen to get to the lane, starting the dribble with his right hand and laying it up with his left hand....as a 7-footer. Amazing. What a game by Victor Oladipo.
Top '13 Free agents: wide receivers are top target
If your team is looking for a wide receiver, this could be a fun March. There are always caveats in free agency, and NFL rosters are littered with many a big-money bust, but this is one position where there should be an abundance of options.
Keep in mind that in general many of the names you see in these lists will not actually hit the market. Some will be franchised. Others will be re-signed by their current clubs before the league year begins March 13. So these names will be in flux, particularly some of the more attractive options. But this is as good of a guide to impending free agency as there is for now, and, on the offensive side of the ball, wide receiver will be particularly intriguing.
President Obama unsure if he'd allow son to play football
"I'm a big football fan, but I have to tell you if I had a son, I'd have to think long and hard before I let him play football," he said in an interview with the New Republic. "And I think that those of us who love the sport are going to have to wrestle with the fact that it will probably change gradually to try to reduce some of the violence.
Ravens safety: NFL won't be around in 30 years
What if you could see the first down line while at the game?
BALTIMORE -- Fans watching NFL games on television have grown accustomed to the imaginary yellow line that runs across the field in accord with the first-down marker.
That first-down line could one day become part of the in-game experience at all 32 NFL stadiums.
My all-time favorite TV dramas
2. The Wire
3. Friday Night Lights
4. The Shield
5. West Wing
Speaking of scoring being down, Northern Illinois scored four points in the first half Saturday. They missed 29 straights shots on the way to 1 for 31 first half shooting.
CINCINNATI, Ohio – Kalamazoo’s Yann Sauve potted the game-winning goal just 38 seconds into overtime as the Kalamazoo Wings (19-19-3-1) defeated the Cincinnati Cyclones by a 3-2 final score in front of 9,249 at U.S. Bank Arena on Saturday night. It was the seventh-largest crowd in regular season club history.
Wanted to pass along feedback from Reds caravan stop in Indianapolis today. As always with the Reds, first class terrific event for the fans. Line moved quickly, allowed autographs on anything you brought and had posters on hand for the players to sign if you came empty handed. My two sons (Dylan-2 years old and Austin-11 months) and Homer Bailey
High school hoops
Kelly and I saw Memphis at the Aronoff Saturday night. I'm far from an expert on musicals, but I thought it was outstanding, from the music to the singing and dancing. The performances by DJ Huey Calhoun, Felicia, Gator and Mama were excellent. Keys for me: Does a musical keep my interest or am I checking scores on my phone? It was two and a half hours, with a 15-minute intermission, and I never checked my watch or scores. I'd see it again.
What is it about?
CincinnatiArts.com: Turn up that dial...From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, soaring emotion and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.
We also had a fantastic dinner at Crave at The Banks. I'd highly recommend the Spicy Shrimp Fettuccini.
No, Memphis was not about the Memphis State Tigers of the 80's with Keith Lee and Baskerville Holmes, or about Penny Hardaway. But, I did think about Hardaway
and lil Penny this week.
Hug it out
LeBron James hugs fan after hitting shot to win $75,000
Who wants to umpire?
Here's your chance to be a part of the game. Is there someone you know that could become an excellent baseball umpire? It might even be you!
The Blue Chip Baseball Umpire's Association, Cincinnati, Ohio is sponsoring a course for those interested in obtaining an Ohio High School Athletic Association (OHSAA) Baseball Umpiring license for the upcoming 2013 season.
Classes will be held weekly from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at Finneytown High School beginning Monday February 4, 2013 and will run through Monday March 25, 2013. In addition to the weekly classroom sessions, as a part of your training, you will participate in floor clinics under the observation of veteran umpires. These clinics will focus on proper plate and base mechanics and will involve videotape sessions for immediate feedback of your work.
Cost of this course is $110.00, which covers rule books, classroom and testing materials, as well as first year dues to the OHSAA and Blue Chip Baseball Umpire's Assn.
Upon successful completion of the course, new members will be immediately eligible to umpire OHSAA sanctioned baseball contests at the Junior Varsity level and below.
For more information, please contact Tony at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Women Helping Women
Salon 10 – Wednesday March 6, 2013 5:30-8:00pm
Host: City Cellars, Downtown
Speaker: Mike DeCourcy, Sporting News, College Basketball Columnist and Big Ten Network Analyst
Topic: March Madness, A Most Wonderful Time of the Year
Perfect timing! Mike DeCourcy will share his insights for the approaching NCAA Basketball Tournament. Hear what makes some teams more likely to succeed in the tournament. Learn about post-season possibilities for the Bearcats, Musketeers, Wildcats, Hoosiers and Buckeyes. Ask questions about your favorite players, teams, and coaches on their way to the NCAA Final Four.
Mike has been covering college basketball for more than 25 years and was recently inducted into the U.S. Basketball Writer’s Hall of Fame. He is the author of Legends of College Basketball and Inside Basketball: From the Playgrounds to the NBA.
Get your March Madness on at this downtown Happy Hour! Enjoy pizza and beer or wine and get the inside scoop as you choose your Final Four.
Always Our Sunshine Fundraiser and 5k Walk!
Over the past 5 years, we have raised and donated over $36,000 to families with children who have suffered from serious illnesses to help with the financial burden that goes along with hospital stays, treatment, therapy, etc. Last year, our 5th annual 5k Fundraiser Walk raised $9,000 for the family of Grace Singler, an 8 year old who was diagnosed with Leukemia.
We are now preparing for our 6th fundraiser and walk event, set to take place on May 11, 2013. This event will benefit 5-year old Madison Owens of Harrison, OH. Visit the 2013 Recipient page to read Madison's story.