Now No. 2, Cincinnati a True Playoff Contender, with No Room For Error

The 2021 college football season may have some notes of 2007, but it is not there yet. We are in season eight of the College Football Playoff format, and a Group of 5 team is not just on the outside screaming for people to pay attention. It is currently in position to be in theContinue reading “Now No. 2, Cincinnati a True Playoff Contender, with No Room For Error”

Notre Dame’s “Peacock Exclusive” Game Won’t Be a One-Time Gimmick

Notre Dame football has been in a partnership with NBC for 30 years. In that time, Irish fans have been able to watch home games on their local NBC station, over-the-air and free, even as the digital age began in the last decade. A few games have been put on the soon-to-be defunct NBC SportsContinue reading “Notre Dame’s “Peacock Exclusive” Game Won’t Be a One-Time Gimmick”

MLB Could Take A Page From the NHL

Reading reactions and seeing the television ratings, there’s no question that Major League Baseball’s plan to channel the legacy and emotion of the 1989 film “Field of Dreams” paid off. Much like Ray Kinsella plowing through his corn to build a baseball park, MLB did the same adjacent to the farm and field where theContinue reading “MLB Could Take A Page From the NHL”

The Reds are Fun. The Pirates Just Make Me Sad(der)

This weekend, I had family come visit me in Cincinnati. Along with taking them to all the spots of note in the city, we went to Saturday’s Reds game against the team I grew up with, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the 11-3 win for Cincinnati was no surprise to me. In fact, the t-shirt IContinue reading “The Reds are Fun. The Pirates Just Make Me Sad(der)”

Mix & Match Monday: If Amateurism is Dead, Might as Well Put Tradition Out of Its Misery

With college athletes now allowed to make money off their name, image and likeness (N.I.L.), more money is flowing in. For college football, money matters more than anything. Oh, wait. You thought I was going to say tradition? You’re adorable! Traditions in college football have been dying over the last 20-plus years with conference realignment,Continue reading “Mix & Match Monday: If Amateurism is Dead, Might as Well Put Tradition Out of Its Misery”

Mix & Match Monday: Release the Kraken!

It’s been known for a while that the National Hockey League was getting a new team in the Seattle Kraken for the 2020-21 season. After the remainder of the 2019-20 season and the 2020-21 season were both impacted by the pandemic, having an expansion draft this week is a sign that the league is gettingContinue reading “Mix & Match Monday: Release the Kraken!”

Mix & Match Monday: Hey Now, You’re An All-Star (Sitting out the Game)

Major League Baseball has really been the first professional sports league to return to a pre-pandemic setting in 2021. Stadium are filling up again, there was a slight inconvenience to the schedule early on due to the virus, but everything has been staying on track. Now, we’ve reached the All-Star break. The Home Run DerbyContinue reading “Mix & Match Monday: Hey Now, You’re An All-Star (Sitting out the Game)”

Mix & Match Monday: “But Look, I Made You Some Content”

I think in last week’s post, I made the comment that there was nothing good on Netflix right now. It turns out I was wrong. Bo Burnham’s new special “Inside” was highly-recommended by friends, co-workers and the podcasts I listen to. On Sunday night, I finally watched it and really enjoyed it. Along with Burnham’sContinue reading “Mix & Match Monday: “But Look, I Made You Some Content””

Mix & Match Monday: Is this How A Team From Canada Finally Wins a Stanley Cup?

There is a lot that can be said about the 2021 NHL season. For the Stanley Cup Playoffs, it hasn’t been dull. This season, four different divisions were created, with all seven teams in Canada in one due to COVID-19 issues, and teams just played the ones within their divisions all season long and throughContinue reading “Mix & Match Monday: Is this How A Team From Canada Finally Wins a Stanley Cup?”

How Long Before First Pitch Do You Go into the Ballpark?

For the first time since 2019, just like almost everyone else in the country, I’m going to a baseball game this week. My girlfriend and I got tickets to the Reds-Braves game at Great American Ballpark Thursday night, and I am really looking forward to it. I’m not a fan of either team, but it’sContinue reading “How Long Before First Pitch Do You Go into the Ballpark?”