Join us for Bengals Line!
Special guests: AJ Green and Devon Still
Who: Lap, me and Bengals players
What: Bengals Line
When: Monday night, 6-9pm
Where: Holy Grail Banks
Why: To talk Bengals, hear from the players, win cool prizes, enjoy great food and drinks.
I believe the Bengals will hand out autograph tickets, prior to the start of the show.
I will forward that info if/when I get it.
Belk Bowl fan guide
Complete bowl schedule HERE
How the coaches votes in USA Today Top 25 poll:
Tommy Tuberville: UC 25, OSU 6
Brian Kelly: UC --, OSU 7
Mark Dantonio: UC --, OSU 4
Urban Meyer: UC 22, OSU 5
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team will face the University of North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2013 Belk Bowl on Dec. 28, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
The game will kickoff at 3:20 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.
UC will make its second straight appearance in the Belk Bowl. The Bearcats (9-3) defeated Duke in a 48-34 thriller in Charlotte in 2012. Multi-Grammy nominee and CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton will be the featured act at the 2013 Belk Bowl FanFest, taking place outside the stadium before the game. The Belk Bowl FanFest is free to the public and will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Shelton scheduled to begin his performance at 1:30 p.m.
The Bearcats (9-3) and Tar Heels (6-6) have met twice on the gridiron with UNC holding a 2-0 edge in the series. The teams first met on Oct. 6, 1979 with the Bearcats dropping a 35-14 road decision to No. 18 UNC and last met on Sept. 14, 1991, a 51-16 Tar Heels win in Chapel Hill.
Tickets are on sale now at CATSTIX.com, start at $50 and are available at four pricing levels: club seats ($100), lower sideline ($85), lower endzone ($75) and upper level ($50). All handling and shipping fees are included.
UCATS members and football season ticket holders can purchase club seats for $100, lower sideline seats at $70, lower endzone sections at $60 and upper level tickets at $50. In order to access the discount patrons must log in to their account at CATSTIX.com and then click buy tickets.
Tickets are available for purchase by all fans, including UCATS members, students and the general public. Seating assignments will be determined by UCATS tier level and then priority points within the tier level. Fans are strongly encouraged to order tickets online to avoid long wait times on the phone or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office.
All individuals who buy or donate tickets through UC will receive two (2) tickets to a future American Athletic Conference men's basketball game.
HOW TO BUY: Fans can visit CATSTIX.com immediately to purchase tickets.
Moeller wins a thriller
Mike Dyer, Enquirer
“It’s awful hard to win a title in Division I once and then to do it twice – I am proud of these guys,” Moeller coach John Rodenberg said.
“This is something that will be around with them for the rest of their lives. It’s a special moment.”
Moeller 55 Mentor 52
CANTON, Ohio - Division I state championship game records fell throughout the second half as fifth-ranked Moeller (14-1) held on for a 55-52 win Saturday over sixth-ranked Mentor (13-2) at Canton Fawcett Stadium as the Crusaders won back-to-back state titles and their ninth overall.
Moeller’s ninth state title adds to titles won previously in 2012, 85, 82, 80, 79, 77, 76 and 75 (via Elise Jesse... http://t.co/R47WAsRcuU— TriStateFootball.com (@tsfootball) December 8, 2013
Loveland defeats Glenville for first state title
Mike Dyer, Enquirer
CANTON — Standout senior defensive end Charlie Lawler said he had to be pinched about three times shortly after leaving the snowy field at Fawcett Stadium.
A state title has a way of doing that.
Loveland defeated Cleveland Glenville 41-23 in the Division II state final Friday night at Fawcett Stadium in Canton.
Loveland 41 Glenville 23
CANTON, Ohio – It’s hard to believe that undefeated Loveland could have saved their best performance for their last game, but that is exactly what happened on Friday night. The Tigers scored 34 unanswered, first-half points in defeating Glenville (13-2) for the 2013 Division II state title, the first in school history. The fans that traveled to Fawcett Stadium in Canton to root on the black and orange were treated to a resounding victory in a heavy snow.
Congratulations to the State Champion @Loveland_FB, our home in the Cincinnati area for 17 great years. Go Tigers!— Bob Huggins (@CoachHuggs) December 8, 2013
Clinton-Massie 27 Cardinial Mooney 21
MASSILLON, Ohio - The Clinton-Massie Falcons locked up their second consecutive Ohio Division IV state championship by defeating the Cardinal Mooney Cardinals 27-21 on a snow-covered field at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium.
Clinton-Massie wins second straight state title
Michael Beaven, Enquirer
MASSILLON — A steady snowstorm and the accompanying frigid temperatures were not about to get in the way of the Clinton-Massie football team Friday in Massillon.
Not with a second Division IV state championship in a row at stake.
This will be first year since 2003 that #nkyfb has not had a state champion.— TriStateFootball.com (@tsfootball) December 8, 2013
Collins 37 Highlands 34
With the game hanging in the balance and Collins (13-2) facing a 4th-and-8 on Highlands’ 12-yard line with 0:13 left in the game the unthinkable happened. Starting quarterback Lawson Page lost his helmet after contact during the third-down play. Per KHSAA rule he had to come out for a play.
Highlands's state title game loss tough to swallow
Marc Hardin, Enquirer
BOWLING GREEN — Many of Highlands' players were inconsolable after the Bluebirds lost 37-34 to Collins in Saturday's Class 4A state championship game at Western Kentucky University.
DeSales 34 NewCath 26
BOWLING GREEN, Ky - The Newport Central Catholic Thoroughbreds came up one game short in their bid for a repeat as Kentucky Class 2A state champions as they were defeated by the DeSales Colts 34-26 on Saturday at Feix Field, Houchens/LT Smith Stadium.
NewCath falls to DeSales
Marc Hardin, Enquirer
BOWLING GREEN — History was not on Newport Central Catholic’s side in Saturday afternoon’s Class 2A football state championship game at chilly Western Kentucky University.
Brantley on Phillips
Jeff Brantley was a guest of Bill Cunningham, on 700 WLW at 12:05 this afternoon.
Jeff Brantley said BP was sitting next to him on the plane…and Jeff is now in town.
Jeff said Redsfest is something he thinks BP wants to do, but he understands how BP feels after what has happened.
Brantley said BP was wearing something on his wrist on the flight.
"Some of this has to do w/BP, some of it has to do with Walt, Bob Castellini…and some of it has to do with Dusty Baker."-Brantley
"Walt's job, in the end, is to put the best team on the field."
"Brandon is going to speak his mind & wear his feelings on his sleeve, and you are going to have to work in thoses boundaries.....and if you can't, then he can't be here."
Here is the entire interview:
Louisville 31 Cincinnati 24 (OT)
Attendance: 35,097 (7th largest Nippert Stadium history)
What a final game at the current version of Nippert. (Game stats)
If it's the final game in the rivalry, what a way to go out.
The game slogged along for a while, then it got wild, really wild.
I think Nippert Stadium was swaying at times last night, loud and rocking.
Brendon Kay turned in a performance that UC fans will be talking about for years.
He led UC on one leg most of the game. He was battered and bruised, and kept getting up and kept making plays. I thought he was knocked out cold on his TD scramble. All that was missing was his OL carrying him to the next play like Marshall's Byron Leftwich, years ago.
I thought UC got too cute late in the game. Offensive coordinator Eddie Gran reached into his bag of tricks multiple times and kept finding holes in the bottom of the bag. Live by the trick player (earlier in the year), lose by trick plays late in the year.
UC defense could not make tackles and get stops late, allowing back to back scoring drives of 13 and 11 plays. They were trying to tackle high all night.
The stars were out last night: Todd Frazier ant Tony Cingrani were at Nippert. They stood in the back of the end zone with Tony Pike, Mardy Gilyard, Kevin Huber, Kevin Youkilis and JK Schaffer.
Frazier and Cincrani both had "C Paws" stickers on their faces and were "rolling their hand" during the UC Chant. Bengals Terrance Newman and Vontaze Burfict were also on hand.
Bowling for Belk? Tom Groeschen says it looks like UC-UNC in Charlotte.
UL's Teddy Bridgewater made play after play late. With UC leading 14-10 in the 4th quarter, and UL facing 4th and 12 with about 9:00 left in in the game, he fought off tackles and gained 16 yards. Nick Temple had him….but could not bring him down.
Bridgewater then capped the 13 play drive with a game tying TD pass that I swear he was trying to throw away, out the back of the endzone. Amazing. UL led 17-14.
How about UC's answer to Bridgewater's TD? 2 plays: Kay to Mekale 57-yards, and then RDA4 for 6 yards, TD, UC led 21-17 with 7:00 left.
Louisville regained the lead on Bridgewater's TD pass, a tug-o-war won by DeVante in the corner of the endzone with about 2:00 left, capping an 11 play drive and giving Louisivlle a 24-21 lead.
UC look liked the were going to win in when they reached the 9-yard line with about a minute remaining. I had a feeling all week that it would somehow would come down to a big FG, Miliano entered the game just 5 for 14 on the season. UC could not reach the endzone and had to settle for a 26-yard FG. Give Miliano credit, he delivered with :07 left.
Louisville scored on their first OT possession.
UC was stopped on their first possession.
UC winds up 9-3/6-2, and sees its six game winning streak come to an end.
Central Florida clinches the AAC and BCS bid.
We heard from Ken Griffey Jr, Ryan Hanigan and Tony Cingrani last night on Sports Talk.
We didn't have a show Tuesday, due to Reds Hot Stove and UC basketball.
With news of Reds HOF and Hanigan trade happening that night, Seg was able to record interviews with Griffey and Hangian.
Ken Griffey Jr
Some outstanding stuff here from Jr about his time with the Reds, "a roller coaster", his family and what he's up to.
Ryan Hanigan (6:25), Tony Cingrani (6:35)
The Walkthrough: Bengals practice at UC bubble
Colts.com Colts Head Coach Chuck Pagano
(on what he’s seen from the Bengals in 2013):
-“Really good football team. Well-coached. Got playmakers on both sides of the ball. Special teams are solid. From an offensive standpoint, they got a great 1-2 punch at running back. The law firm (BenJarvus Green-Ellis) is a hard-nosed between the tackles guy and grinds out a lot of tough yards and makes a lot of first downs for them. Gio (Bernard) comes in. Second leading receiver. He’s dangerous. He’s quick. He’s fast. He’s elusive. Great out of the backfield again in the pass game. And wide receiver, one of the best in the league in A.J. Green. The quarterback is playing well. Tight end. They got a bunch of weapons. Defensively, they’re ranked sixth in the National Football League for good reason. They got good players. Got a good front seven, good linebacking core, good in the back end. Mike Zimmer does a great job with them. They play fast, physical. They’re big, they’re long, they’re athletic. Really, really good football team. Well-coached. Marvin (Lewis) has done a great job there for a number of years. He’s put himself together a really good squad.”
Sports Talk LIVE from Redsfest tonight 6-9pm
Redsfest will be held blizzard or shine.
The show will go on, regardless of the weather.
Fortune cookies never lie
Peyton has planned for a "Snow Day" since reading her fortune cookie, when we got Chinese food last Saturday night.
The American Athletic Conference announces bowl lineup 2014-2019
Cincinnati vs Louisville: Who wins? Join the conversation below.
Groeschen: 5 keys to the game
Audio: What Tommy Tuberville told Dan Hoard about the game
Previewing UC vs UL
It is the 53rd meeting in a series which began in 1929. It also will be the last, at least for a while. With Louisville (10-1, 6-1 AAC) moving to the Atlantic Coast Conference next season, this is the last scheduled meeting in a rivalry that has spanned several leagues. "We won't play them for a while, but we'll still have to recruit against them," Tuberville said.
Will you be there tonight?
On this date: 2009
I do a Bengals Report every Thursday (7:20AM) with Jim Scott on 700 WLW.
It's a 2-minute segment discussing the upcoming game. I usually email Jim a couple of topics we can hit on. This morning, he threw me a curve as a wrap-up question. He asked me which Red could help the Bengals? Great question. I offered Billy Hamilton, put him in the slot at WR and let him fly. And how about Billy as a punt returner? Remember, he was recruited to Mississippi St, as a WR.
What do you think? Give me a Red to put on the field for the Bengals.