Cincinnati Reds offensive preview

When asked about his expectations for the upcoming season, Reds’ first baseman, Joey Votto, was clear with his expectations. “I think we’re starting to get to the point where people are getting tired of this stretch of ball. I think something needs to start changing and start going in a different direction,” Votto stated matter-of-factly to Votto’s mindset should be a breath of fresh air to Reds fans who have endured talks of “rebuilding” and “collecting assets” for the past three-to-four years. While the Reds have toiled in mediocrity with promises of a brighter future, Votto has seen...

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LOOGYs, Pickles and Duck Snorts, Oh My!

The return of baseball is generally a welcome sight to individuals across America. It means the return of hot dogs, stadium lights visible from the interstate, cold drinks and everything else that you can find in the lyrics of a Kenny Chesney song. Baseball is a game of tradition, and one of the most long-standing and entertaining traditions is the terminology used by self-described “lifers” of the game. For a sport with no time limit that can, theoretically, go on forever, it seems like the collective announcers, managers and players in baseball have created a term for every situation that pops up in a game. While most fans are familiar with terminology such as “balls,” “strikes,” “bunts,” “home runs” and “stealing bases”, most would probably not know what to do or where to run if a banjo hitter dropped a texas leaguer in the 3-hole — and no, you would not have to go see a doctor. That’s why I’ve dedicated this article to defining some of the most entertaining and obscure terms in America’s pastime. After sifting through some of the great resources on the world wide web — including’s phenomenal Baseball Dictionary — I’d like to present some of my favorite baseball terms. LOOGY – LOOGY is an acronym that stands for (L)eft-handed (O)nly (O)ne-out (G)u(Y). This roughly-assembled acronym is a term that is given to...

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How the ‘Cavs fixed their present and future in one hour

Over the past couple of years, the NBA trade deadline has proven to be one of the most eventful and dramatic portions of the NBA regular season. Just last year, DeMarcus Cousins, one of the top-three big men in the NBA, was moved to the New Orleans Pelicans; and players like Isaiah Thomas, Goran Dragic, Serge Ibaka and countless others have been moved to teams looking to make an improvement before the NBA playoffs. While there were many moves before the 2018 deadline, most did not move the needle much in the NBA title race. The Pistons, Clippers, Pelicans, Timberwolves, Suns and others made notable moves, but anything these teams could have done likely would not have vaulted them into the territory occupied by elite teams like the Warriors, Rockets, Spurs, Cavaliers and Celtics. The most notable deals at this trade deadline were instead made by a team within that elite group of five: the Cleveland Cavaliers. After a very disappointing month, headlined by dysfunctional locker rooms and injuries to key players, Cavs’ GM Koby Altman managed a flurry of moves that both increased the chances for the Cavs to win a title in 2018 and provided the first glimpse of a backup plan if LeBron James chooses to leave in free agency this offseason. In the matter of little over an hour, Altman gave his best effort toward...

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Turkey Weekend Takeaways

Thanksgiving weekend means many different things to many people. To some, it is a time to reconnect with out-of-town relatives and tell wonderful stories about the past year. To others, it’s a time show off their next great recipe or finally get a taste of their favorite traditional family sidedish. Then to some, Thanksgiving is a time to avoid small talk at all costs and avoid pressing questions like, “What are you going to do with your life?” or “What did you think about Trump’s last tweet?” or my personal favorite: “Wow Mitch, you sure do know a lot about sports. Hey, by the way, have you even interacted with a girl in the past year?” Most college-aged Americans seem to fall in the latter category — with exception to the oddly-specific last question. However, thanks to the wonderful introduction of inventions like smartphones, flat screen TVs and syndicated programming, the less socially-inclined can find recluse on a comfortable spot on the couch and lounge around watching football all weekend. This Thanksgiving was gracious in the amount of quality football provided from Thursday to Sunday and provided more than enough talking points to carry a conversation through commercial breaks. So, without further ado, I’d like to introduce my two favorite talking points from Thanksgiving weekend:   Auburn Shuts Down Alabama 26-14 in the Iron Bowl In what surprisingly amounted...

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The Bengals, Browns and English Poetry

In 1849, esteemed British poet, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, delivered one of the most poignant and oft-quoted lines in the history of the English language: “‘Tis better to have loved and lost / Than never to have loved at all.” Now, in 2017, after years of struggling and countless disappointments, I believe I finally understand the true meaning behind Lord Tennyson’s famous line. It has to be about the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns. The Bengals, of course, are the team to have “loved and lost.” Unlike the Browns, the Bengals have been to a Super Bowl — two of them in fact — but proceeded to lose both in historically heartbreaking fashion. Since their deflating Super Bowl loss to Joe Montana and the 49ers in 1988, the Bengals have made the playoffs eight different times and pieced together a stunning record of 0-8 in these playoff games. For reference, the Browns have only made the playoffs three times since 1988, but own a respectable 2-3 record in those trips. Even in recent history, the Bengals compiled a 52-27-1 record from 2011-2015. However, despite piecing together a nice string of successful seasons, they then proceeded to lose in the first round of the playoffs five seasons in a row — a feat never accomplished before in the current NFL playoff format. To put Bengal fandom in perspective, I offer...

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