(115 recruiting letters cover Drew Barker's kitchen table)
Conner HS QB got 115 recruiting letters from UK Tuesday
Louisville Courier Journal
Barker received 115 hand-written letters from the UK staff alone, with each coach, offense and defense, telling him he’s the Wildcats’ No. 1 recruiting priority in 2014. It’s not a typo; they sent 115, enough to cover nearly his entire kitchen table.
Did you miss them?
UC athletic director Whit Babcock checked in on Sports Talk (6:10)
Topics: The new agreement to play Michigan in football and basketball, if PBS/Nippert was ever on the table as an option?, Michigan's willingness to play a home and home compared to OSU, non-conference basketball scheduling, Mick's future, renewing UC football season tickets.
ESPN's Andy Katz on the coaching carousel: Stevens can have a lifetime contract at Butler, much like Mark Few has at Gonzaga. If they can't convince either of these two, the Gophers may make a play for Cincinnati’s Mick Cronin. But Cronin is from Cincinnati and loves his gig, too. The only reason he might listen is if he sees the need to go to a school in a more stable conference.
Big East commissioner Mike Aresco joined me at 7:05
Topics: What UC means to the Big East, his concern for UC's future in Big East, conference expansion, new name for conference, football conference championship game/playoff tie-in, Cincinnati as site for conference basketball tourney, his pitch to UC fans for the future.
New name for Big East
From JerseyGuy.com “Several options are being discussed,” said one source familiar with the discussions, ”but they have moved away from a number (America 12 was one early suggestion, but drew a negative feedback because of the uncertainty of the number of teams who will actually be part of the conference in future years). ”
We got our Reds Pass-Port in the mail today!
SI: 20 ways to improve baseball
The Enquirer's John Kiesewetter has a cool look back at Reds’ 1950's slugger Ted Kluszewski.
Ted passed away 25 years ago Friday....March 29, 1998.
Bronson Arroyo talks pitching with FanGraph and it's fantastic
To improve, Votto has slippery path ahead
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- Near the conclusion of many workouts at the Reds' spring complex, first baseman Joey Votto will be on a side field in his socks and doing what many kids would like to do each summer.
Votto is doing a slip and slide -- only without the cheap plastic tarp that can be purchased at most toy stores. A grounds crew worker instead has the hose out, spraying the grass to make it wet and very slippery.
"It's for little kids that don't know how to slide, which is perfect for me," Votto joked Wednesday.
MLB: Excellent read by SI's Tom Verducci about how the game is changing from old and expensive teams to teams driven by young starts and pitching.
Former Nasty Boy fired after 10 games as high school baseball coach.
New book by Joel Luckhaupt
Take a tour
Nike's Tiger Woods ad draws criticism
NEW YORK -- Maybe winning doesn't take care of everything.
Nike is causing a social media storm with its latest online ad showing a picture of Tiger Woods overlaid with a quote from him, "Winning takes care of everything."
The ad, posted on Facebook and Twitter, is supposed to allude to the fact the golfer recovered from career stumbles to regain his world No. 1 ranking on Monday, which he lost in October 2010. But some say it's inappropriate in light of Woods' past marital woes. It's the latest controversy for athletic giant Nike, which recently has had to cut ties with biker Lance Armstrong and runner Oscar Pistorius due to separate scandals.
Wall Street Journal: Things you say at a Sweet 16 party
Your NCAA tournament bracket is shredded and you still aren't sure where or what Florida Gulf Coast is. But with these helpful talking points, you can fit in this weekend with any crowd of basketball junkies.
Cool: Urban Meyer held a Daddy/Daughter Day at work for the OSU coaches
Palmer may prefer back-up role on winner to pay cut
"The fans hate the trade and take it out on him," said one of the sources. "He's probably thinking that he'll get his ass kicked, physically and mentally."
Latest SI mock draft: 21. DJ Fluker, OT, Alabama Things look fairly straightforward for the Bengals. If they don't re-sign free agent Andre Smith, who hasn't exactly been snapped up during his stint on the market, then they replace him by targeting another ex-Alabama offensive right tackle. If Smith returns to Cincinnati, the Bengals could focus on Texas safety Kenny Vaccaro or a climber like Kansas State outside linebacker Arthur Brown.
NFL Draft: Pretty interesting look at expectations for 2013 draft class. The Bengals are among the top four teams for number of five-year starters expected from the 2013 draft based on data from the 1993-2006 drafts.
Thanks to Cincinnati Sports TalkMaster Lance McAlister, we got to thinking about the 10 best Bengals' streaks of all time in wake of the Miami Heat's 27-game surge.
McAlister, Baron of the Big One week nights from 6-9 p.m. on WLW-700 AM's Sports Talk, has been talking about the greatest streaks in Cincinnati sports history and so we called him in as a consultant.
"The beauty of this is," McAlister says, "you can drop in a miniscule number and you can find one. It doesn't have to be a massive number. You can start from two with Johnny Vander Meer's consecutive no-hitters; go to five, the number of Final Fours for Cincinnati in the late '50s and early '60, to something like 76, the consecutive wins for Jerry Lucas' Middletown teams."
So here we go, from the miniscule to the massive, with the 10 greatest streaks in Bengals history:
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Green Diamond Gallery – Ultimate Road Trip Experience to Washington D.C.
Saturday, April 27th
-Private Chartered Jet (Ultimate Air Shuttle)
-Tour of prominent Washington D.C. Landmark
-Field Level Seats to the Reds vs. Nationals Game
-Food and Drinks provided throughout the trip
-See our nation's capital and catch a great ball game all in one day!
$800/person for groups of 3 or more--