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On the idea of the reds opening on the road

Yes, the weather was miserable yesterday, and yes, having the home opener a week later might lessen the chances of that kind of weather, but that totally misses the point of Opening Day.
Opening Day just wouldn’t be the same after a week of games. What’s great about Opening Day is the sense of newness and optimism. Every team is 0-0 and there’s still that chance for the Reds to go 162-0. If they started on the road then all that is ruined. When the team comes back 4-3, 3-4, or 0-7 then why even bother? Then reality has set in. Opening Day isn’t about reality. It’s about hope and rebirth and the belief that this year anything is possible.

Syracuse 10 – Cincinnati30


“Cheer Cincinnati, Cincy will win. Fight to the finish, never give in. You do your best boys, we’ll do the rest boys. Onward to victory!”

Thank God Paul Hackett didn’t win his election

Former Democratic Congressional candidate and wunderkind Paul Hackett on Daily Kos:

Both elements of strategy, an offensive and defensive plan appear to be absent in Southern Ohio.
The solution rests with local surrogates on the ground spreading the attack face to face coupled with an air campaign via radio and TV.
The message is simple and the professionals can refine it but essentially it should contain these elements:
“Sarah Palin? Can’t keep her solemn oath of devotion to her husband and had sex with his employee. Sarah Palin? Accidentally got pregnant at age 43 and the tax payers of Alaska have to pay for the care of her disabled child. Sarah Palin? Unable to teach her 16 year old daughter right from wrong and now another teenager is pregnant. Sarah Palin? Can you trust Sarah Palin and her values with America’s future? John McCain? Divorced from his first wife one month and marries a billionaire influence peddler and convicted felon. John McCain, a record of rash and impulsive decisions. That’s not change that’s more of the same.”
Daily Kos: Obama is losing Ohio

Stay classy Paul Hackett.

Oregon State 3 – Cincinnati 34

Cheer Cincinnati, Cincy will win

Fight to the finish, never give in

You do your best, boys, we’ll do the rest, boys

Onward to victory!

Go Red! Go Black! Go Bearcats! Fight! Fight! Fight!

B-E-A-R-C-A-T-S go UC!

Congratu-bleeping-lations Nancy Zimpher

You want to know what your disgraceful incompetence in the handling of the Huggins situation has wrought? A loss to bleeping Wofford.
I support Mick Cronin, I support Mark Dantonio, and I support all of UC’s athletes, but Nancy Zimpher is simply a disgrace.

Congratu-bleeping-lations Nancy Zimpher

You did everything you possibly could to drive the basketball program into the ground and despite the tremendous efforts of AK and the players it worked.

Welcome to the 3rd century…

…well, at least if you count the same way the Enquirer seems to. Eric Hicks scored his 1,000th point last night and thus passed the ” century mark”. Heh.

I guess I’m in the lowest quintile of outrage among Reds fans over the Casey trade

Honestly I’m not sure what all the fuss is about. Yes Casey consistently hit above .300 and yes he’s a great person. He’s also slow as molasses, has a penchant for hitting into double plays, and has no power.
And yes Dave Williams “only” went 10-11 last year and yes his ERA was 4.41 and yes, he’s given up some homers. He got those 10 wins with the Pirates, a team that only got 67 total. And outside of PNC he was 7-4 with a 2.65 ERA. And let’s remember Tony LaRussa has called this guy one of the best southpaws in the league. Let’s not be so quick to dismiss this guy as a scrub.
This deal saves us 5-7 million dollars this year, at the very least that’s enough to keep everybody else who’s going through arbitration and it may even help us land another decent pitcher.
This deal also solves the outfield problem, allowing us to play all 4 of our outfielders.
Again, Casey is a good guy. I wish him nothing but luck against everybody except the Reds. But being a good guy will only get your club so many wins. Deciding whether to keep a guy based on whether he’s a good guy and popular in the community is a bad way to run a ball club. That’s the Lindner way of running a ball club. That leads to losses.
As much as people love to bash O’Brien, this trade doesn’t fly in the face of logic. There seems to be solid enough reasoning to back it up. It does solve at least one problem for the Reds and it’s far too soon to label Dave Williams a bust, he has potential.

Boy, the Reds radio promo people aren’t even trying anymore

Heard on the radio: “Tonight at 7:35: The Red and Brewers play 9 because the schedule says they have to.”

This is just a sad day

Zimpher couldn’t even handle the press conference properly. She needed to stand there, looking dour, and express the usual platitudes about wishing it hadn’t come to this. Instead she gets in front of the microphones with a Joker-like smile plastered on her face, grinning like a Cheshire Cat, acting for all the world as if it was the best day of her life.

Nancy Zimpher claims to be concerned about such things as what the University of Cincinnati stands for. Things like its image. Its integrity.
And she should be. Especially today.
Today, if you’re a UC employee, you see clearly that if a bus is coming around the corner – headed down that one-way street called Loyalty – Zimpher’s is the hand you don’t want to feel in the small of your back.
Today, if you work at UC, you understand that when the president gives you an option – like, say, you can keep your job through the final two years of your contract – you should not make the mistake of assuming she really means it.
Today, if you’re trying to do the best job you can for the University of Cincinnati, you realize that you should not take for granted that the lady upstairs will actually allow you to.
The University of Cincinnati is where, at a luncheon for academic scholarship candidates, they decorate the tickets and tables with basketballs and the front of the room with an ice sculpture of a basketball player. It’s where they hold public rallies to celebrate admission into the Big East Conference. It’s where they fire the coach that took them there.
The University of Cincinnati is where standards are so important that they’re doubled. It’s where hypocrisy holds the highest offices.

If the university had fired Huggins before his graduation rate began to turn for the better, we could have grudgingly accepted that. If it had fired him swiftly after the DUI, we could have grudgingly accepted that. If, on high ground, it had fired him when the Bearcats were having their way with Conference USA, we could have grudgingly accepted that.
But this is unacceptable. This is dirty. This is stupid.
This is wrong.

Incidentally, what must the Big East be thinking today? Would it have been so eager to bring on Cincinnati if it had known that the impresario of the university’s flagship program would be slashed before basketball season? In a bath of blood? In a barrage of bad publicity?
Would it have been so eager to bring on Cincinnati if it had known the administration was so disingenuous, so cruel, so clumsy?
And what about you, Bearcats fan? If you had known what you know now about the school in which you’ve invested your rooting interest, would you have followed it so fiercely all this while? Would you have given it so much love and money?
Probably so, because Huggins earned it over 16 years. You gave him what he deserved.
The same, sadly, cannot be said for the university.
Lonnie Wheeler – The Cincinnati Post

Whether you think Huggs should go or not you simply cannot deny that there is no possible way Zimpher could have handled this in a worse manner.