I have come to the realization that the majority of my viewers for this blog are people from the Cincinnati Tri-State area. And I realize that much of the time when I talk about the National Sporting Stratosphere, there could be a lack of interest within some of my viewers. Though I know many of you who read this column are die-hard sports fans and would read about anything that is related to the sporting world.
But this morning, I was walking to class and a thought popped into my head. What if the Reds won the World Series? What if the Bengals won the Super Bowl? What if the UC Bearcat Basketball or Football Team captured the National Championship? What if it never struck midnight on the Xavier Musketeers and they brought home a hoops National Championship? What championship would have a more profound effect on the city?
So I just rambled off a few of the thoughts. But when looking at the Cincinnati sporting realm. Here are the top 5 main teams, in no particular order:
University of Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball
University of Cincinnati Bearcats Football
Xavier Men’s Basketball
It has been 2 decades since any of these teams captured their respective sport’s highest title (championship). That team was the 1990, “Wire to Wire” Reds. This summer has brought back memories of that amazing team especially since the home town guys are heading to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.
The Bengals have been to the Super Bowl two times, but have never won the big one. I can only imagine the madness that would ensue if the Who Deys took home the Super Bowl Title.
The UC Men’s basketball team has won 2 National Championships. But these were each were won in the early 1960s.
The UC Football team has never won a National Championship, though their last 2 seasons have really gotten the city on board with UC Football. The BCS Bowl appearances really got this city back into the College Football Game.
Lastly, the Xavier Men’s Basketball team has been very good the past 20 years. They are a team that has made people question the term, Mid Major. But sadly, they have never won a National Championship. Every March, or at least for the past few, people have road the Muskies deep into the tournament and kept the dream alive of having a local team take it home.
If I were to say which team’s championship would have the most profound effect on Cincinnati, I would have to say a Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl. Who Dey chants would continue for a month non stop. This is our unquestioned favorite football team. They have never won the big game. Not to mention the big game is the most viewed sporting event that we have in American sports. So if pushed to decided which title would have the most momentous effect, I would have to say a Super Bowl Championship.
So I pose the question to you. Which team winning a championship would have the most profound affect on Cincinnati and why? Please do not be shy with your answers.
Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze.