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Food for Thought 7-24-2012

Photo courtesy of zimbio.com. Penn State will have to turn their back on the tarnished legacy of Joe Paterno (pictured above) moving forward.

By Josh Kramer

Think back to November 22, 1997.  On that particular day in history, Penn State defeated Wisconsin 35 to 10 at Beaver Stadium.  Mike McQueary was the starting quarterback and Jerry Sandusky was the defensive coordinator for Penn State.  Talk about the irony.  After Mark Emmert and the NCAA officially came down with the wrath of fury on the Penn State football program yesterday morning, this somewhat insignificant day of nearly 15 years ago will go down as the final victory of Joe Paterno’s career.

I know this will be hard for many of you to believe, but I am floored by the NCAA’s extremely harsh punishment on Penn State.  This punishment makes the infamous death penalty of 25 years ago at SMU look like child’s play.  I realize what went on at Penn State was arguably the most egregious act ever to occur in collegiate athletics.  I am well-aware of the magnitude.  These were despicable acts, but “criminal” acts at their core.  I feel the NCAA has completely overstepped their bounds and now are making current players and coaches, who had nothing to do with these horrific acts, pay the price.  And yes, I feel for the victims and their families who are still feeling the pain of the monster that is Jerry Sandusky.  Their pain is far deeper than that of the current players and coaches. Continue reading


Throwback Saturday Part VIII

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.

Reggie Bush.

Cam Newton.

The “Tat Five.”

Lane Kiffin.

Bruce Pearl.

Jim Calhoun.

Jim Tressel.

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

Weekly Nickel 10-17-2011

Photo courtesy of insidecorner.dmagazine.com. Texas Rangers slugger Nelson Cruz (pictured above) has played a major role in helping the Rangers return to the World Series for a second consecutive year.

By Josh Kramer

Last week was another great one in the wide world of sports.  We were treated to some outstanding football at both the professional and collegiate ranks, big time playoff baseball, and of course some good old NHL action.  Not to mention the conference realignment that continues to shake up the world in college athletics treks on, while the David Stern/Derek Fisher hissy fit continues.

Here is what you should keep an eye on this week in regards to the sporting world.

5.  The realignment earthquake is in full force at this time and is currently ravaging/altering college athletics as we know it.  Does anyone know what is going to happen next?  No.  Are these changes a good thing?  That remains to be seen.  But I do know that this week will surely provide some more gossip in regards to conference realignment and the future of college athletics. Continue reading

Do people like controversy?

Photo courtesy of http://www.lyngsat-logo.com. With the expected departures of Syracuse and Pittsburgh to the ACC, could we be looking at the end of the Big East?

By Josh Kramer

When the MLB went on strike in 1994, nobody ever thought the game would reach its once seemingly unprecedented popularity heights (little did we know at the time what heights sports could reach in terms of popularity).  Fast forward to 1998, and the infamous Big Mac McGwire and Sammy “I never took steroids” Sosa pursuit of 62 home runs.  The popularity returned to America’s pastime.  And sure baseball is no longer thriving the way it once did, recently being leaped by both the NFL and NBA in terms of popularity, but it returned.

The NFL just experienced its longest labor strike ever.  No regular season games were missed, and only one preseason game was missed.  No harm no foul.  The NFL’s popularity continues to soar to unimaginable heights as we head into Week 2.  Currently the NCAA is in shambles.  Or so it seems.  Major programs on probation.  Recruiting scandals.  And just all out chaos.  Nobody seems to know the difference between what is wrong and right.  Now it appears the major college athletics conference realignment that we expected last summer is inevitable. Continue reading

Hurricane U hits College Football

Photo courtesy of pitch.com. Nevin Shapiro (center) a former Miami University booster, could go down as the man who got the "U" College Football's version of the "Death Penalty."

By Josh Kramer

The Hurricane that took the world of College of athletics by storm is just picking up steam.  Columbus shenanigans are continuing, though they and College athletics look to have officially rid themselves of TP for good.  As facts continue to officially come out about the Hurricane in Coral Gables and the Pryor/Tressel/College Football love triangle, I am going to give my initial thoughts.

My opinions on the Miami devastation currently unfolding. Continue reading

SEC basketball eliminates divisions

By Matt Murray

On Wednesday, per the recommendation of SEC coaches, the SEC athletic directors agreed to merge the divisions of the SEC, effective immediately. This will only apply to basketball, and essentially means that there is no longer two six-team divisions, but instead, one twelve-team conference.

The coaches, led by John Calipari, cited the Big East as an example of why the divisions should merge, stating that it makes far more sense when it comes to seeding for the conference tournaments. Continue reading

Food for Thought 5-31-11

By Josh Kramer

Courtesy of Livetennisguide.com. It is crazy to think that I am picking Novak Djokovic (pictured left) to beat Roger Federer in what should be a great semi-final match at the French Open. Expect a Djokovic/Nadal finals showdown.

It has been a hectic past couple of days in the wide world of sports to say the least.  We got big time car races, the French Open, playoff action, and of course a major resignation.  It has been a jammed pack past 48 hours, but here are some of the main things that have been on my mind.

Tressel=2011 Nixon

I think the world has turned upside down since the infamous “Jim Tressel Resignation.”  May 30th could forever be a reminder of the resignation of the Godlike Columbus figure, or at least for the next 5 years. I was not around during the Nixon Resignation, but I cannot imagine that it received much more media attention than this most recent resignation is receiving.  I realize that media is much more prevalent these days and entirely different from how it was back in the 70s.  Still even proportionally, I would be willing to bet that this story is getting nearly as much attention.  Now I will admit, in a way, I have avoided the ungodly amount of attention given to this situation.  I have had my own opinion on this ongoing  saga for some time now, and now I am going to share it. Continue reading

“State of College Athletics”


This past year has been especially bad in regards to scandal involving collegiate athletics. What is the next move for NCAA President Mark Emmert (pictured above)?

Grant Freking is a Lantern (OSU Newspaper) sports writer. Ology magazine managing editor. OSU football featured columnist for Bleacher Report. High school football reporter for Newark Advocate.  You can follow him on Twitter @GrantFreking.

 “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.” Continue reading

“Weekly Nickel”

Can the NFL solve their issues by late Thursday night? NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell (pictured above) is doing all in his power to ensure that their is no labor strike.

Tomorrow marks the beginning of March. Hard to believe. But anybody who does not live in the South or on the West Coast is begging for spring time. You know what March means though.  “Its the most wonderful time of the year.” 

March Madness.

Here is a look at the top 5 for this upcoming week though. Continue reading

“A Cincinnati Championship?”

In my opinion, a Cincinnati Bengal's Super Bowl victory would be the sweetest victory the city of Cincinnati could have. What are your thoughts?

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: 

Cincinnati Reds 

 Cincinnati Bengals 

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.