Did you miss them?
XU athletic director Mike Bobinski (6:10) and UC athletic director Whit Babcock (6:35) checked in on Sports Talk last night. Listen here:
Walnut Hills coach Ricardo Hill (7:05) and Chris Mack (7:35) checked in during hour 2 of Sports Talk. Listen here:
964 wound up in the pool HERE
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See you today!
Join me from 11am-1pm at the Holy Grail Banks for my Miller Lite March Madness broadcast. I'm back on ESPN. We will have great food, drinks, prizes and guests.
Guest list update:
11:15 Joe Sunderman, voice Musketeers
11:30 Dave Bezold, NKU
11:45 Paul Dehner, Jr., GoBearcats.com
12:00 Leonard Stokes, former Bearcat
12:15 Steve Wolf, XU/NCAA analyst
12:30 Chris Mack, Xavier
Prizes will include:
Cardboard Heroes clothing/stuff for UC, XU, OSU, UK, & Louisville
Miller Lite T-shirts & other items
*Grand Prize: Overnight trip for (2) to Griffin Gate Resort and Spa in Lexington with "unlimited golf". We'll hand out tourney envelopes to the 1st (64) folks through the door that morning who ask for an envelope. If you have the winning team at the end of the tourney, you win the trip!
Butler has found secret weapon in stat guru Drew Cannon
Cannon takes MBA classes at Butler and makes just $1,000 per month, but his work has significantly impacted how Butler uses lineups and helped him emerge as a potentially transformative figure on the college basketball landscape. Cannon is considered to be the first pure statistics-based hire on a college basketball staff. When Stevens called to offer Cannon a job, Cannon's father said to his son, "Does he realize you are monumentally under qualified for this position?"
Lamb says UK could have blend to win another title
PHOENIX, ARIZ. _ Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu is expected to be 100 percent when he arrives next month at the Bengals offseason workouts as he comes back from the broken foot that wiped him out of the last month of his season. But he had a great league meeting.
Head coach Marvin Lewis said he's ahead of the club's all-time leading receiver Chad Johnson after their rookie seasons while his college coach and current Tampa Bay head man Greg Schiano raved about his versatility. Along with the presence of Marvin Jones, this is Exhibit A why the Bengals aren't chasing a veteran receiver or pressed to take one early in the draft.
Aroldis Chapman and the best problem in baseball
In a vacuum, starting pitchers are more valuable than relievers. Your garden variety mid-rotation workhorse is more valuable than even the most dominant closer simply because of the volume of innings. Seventy innings will never be more valuable than 180+ innings, doesn't matter what the score is or anything like that. Starters bad enough to be less valuable than a reliever usually don't remain in a rotation very long.
Of course, nothing happens in a vacuum. Context changes everything.
What's in a number? For Harang, quite a bit
Aaron Harang gets the start for the Dodgers on Wednesday in Surprise against the Royals. He was one of a few Dodgers to change his uniform number this season, switching from 44 to 41. Since it was highly unlikely that non-roster invitee Dallas McPherson (who has been released by the Dodgers) forced the change, I decided to ask Harang the reason for the number switch. What was found was a personal relationship dating back to his days in Cincinnati.