By Josh Kramer Every city has special traditions and aspects of life that are unique. Things that are simply “insert city name” (Cincinnati in this case). Well today is that day for Cincinnatians and others from around the Tri-State area. Opening Day … Continue reading
Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Ubaldo Jimenez (pictured above) has had a nightmarish past two years. Sunday added to the woes. Can he ever regain his form from April-July of 2010?
By Josh Kramer
Back on July 8, 2010, Ubaldo Jimenez was hands down the best pitcher in baseball. He was sitting pretty with a 15-1 record and a 2.20 ERA. Jimenez was just a couple of days away from representing the National League as the starting pitcher in the All-Star Game, and appeared to be on track to break records. Nearly two years later, Ubaldo’s world has been flipped upside down.
On April 1, 2012, Ubaldo Jimenez hit a new low. Going against his former teammates for the first time, Ubaldo took aim at Rockies star Troy Tulowitzki. There is no way to be 100% sure that Jimenez beamed Tulo on purpose, but his reaction did not provide any comfort for those on either side. Jimenez seemed ready to throw down with his former teammate whom most are aware was never his favorite person. I know that players get hit by pitches every game. Even at times pitchers drill opposing hitters on purpose. It is a part of baseball and has been for well over 100 years.
But this is Spring Training. The Rockies and Indians both officially open up the 2012 campaign later this week. I do feel Rockies Manager Jim Tracy overreacted a bit when he said, “It’s the most gutless act I have seen in 35 years of professional baseball. I have lost all respect for him. To do something like that and walk down off the mound, and if there’s any suggestion whatsoever that the ball got away, I don’t want to hear any of that (expletive). He intentionally threw at him. He should be suspended. I am going to be very disappointed if he doesn’t get suspended. He deserves to be.”
Amid all of this controversy and Ubaldo’s five-game suspension, his insane decline as a pitcher has been lost. Continue reading
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Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Jerry Sandusky (pictured above) is one of the many faces that represents a year of scandal in the NCAA.
By Josh Kramer
Welcome to the eighth edition of “Throwback Saturdays.” By this point, I think you all know the drill. What was happening in the wide world of sports on March 10, 2011? How about on March 10, 2010? Well let’s find out.
One year ago..
State of College Athletics
Here is a snippet..
“The NCAA’s core purpose is to govern competition in a fair, safe, equitable and sportsmanlike manner, and to integrate intercollegiate athletics into higher education so that the educational experience of the student-athlete is paramount.”
That is directly from the NCAA website.
It’s hard to believe in those words these days.
The “Tat Five.”
All of those people were recently involved in major scandals in college athletics. Don’t forget about oversigning either. College athletics is in worse shape than LeBron James’ reputation in Cleveland.
What’s worse is some university presidents and athletic directors will stand by these men at all costs (To finish reading this post, click this link). Continue reading
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Tagged Aaron Harang, Bernie Fine, Brandon Phillips, Bronson Arroyo, Bruce Pearl, Cam Newton, Cincinnati Reds, Graham Spanier, Jay Bruce, Jerry Sandusky, Jim Boeheim, Jim Calhoun, Jim Tressel, Joe Paterno, Joey Votto, Lane Kiffin, Lebron James, Mike Leake, NCAA, Nevin Shapiro, Ohio State Buckeyes, Penn State Nittany Lions, Reggie Bush, Scott Rolen, Tennessee Volunteers, Travis Wood, Varez Ward, Walt Jocketty
By Grant Freking Since the Mets are in Cincinnati for a four-game series starting Monday night, now seems like a perfect time to examine whether Reds general manager Walt Jocketty should pull the trigger on a deal for Carlos Beltran. Why … Continue reading
By Grant Freking Through 92 games, the Reds leave everyone wanting more. More clutch hitting. More quality starting pitching. More Zack Cozart. Watching the Reds for much of the first half was like ordering a gourmet cheeseburger and getting a … Continue reading
Sunday, October 12th appeared to be a day that held a lot of promise in Cincinnati. It was a day where the sun was shining from morning until nightfall. A day where the city’s two most beloved professional sports teams had … Continue reading
The first 2 games of the most important series in Cincinnati since 1999 have come to a close. And they definitely have not gone as hoped for by Reds’ fans. St. Louis has come in and absolutely embarrassed a team that has not … Continue reading