Wednesday, August 31, 2005
She's an Architectural Project Manager by Day, Professional Volleyball Player by Night
Meet Denise Johns. She's a former University of Cincinnati rower who now spends her summers on the AVP tour. She will be a guest on our show Thursday night. Be sure to check our Flickr page for more pictures of her when she was in town back in July for the Cincinnati Open. Also, this plastic clothing gallery has more shots of her.
MU vs. OSU: The Gathering
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Martin's Pre-Season College Football Top 25 Report
10 Ohio State
11 Florida State
12 Virginia Tech
14 Texas A&M
17 Arizona State
19 Boise State
20 Texas Tech
22 Fresno State
24 Bowling Green
Warrick, Clarett Among Cuts
Other big cuts around the league include Peerless Price and former Ohio State runningback Maurice Clarett. Go ahead and smile, Buckeye fans, but remember what I said: You can't hate Mo with all your soul.
Monday, August 29, 2005
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Saturday, August 27, 2005
That Could Have Gone Better
Friday, August 26, 2005
Bengals vs. Eagles Tonight and Unabated Interview: Mark Curnutte
Speaking of the men in stripes, you can hear our brief interview with Mark Curnutte, Bengals Beat writer for the Enquirer. I'm sure we'll try to get him back on in the future. If you can't wait that long for your Curnutte fix, check out his blog.
Kennedy Takes Over
While Kennedy's interim status was being determined, the former coach stopped by a local restaurant to thank fans who were rallying to support him last night. Bob Huggins is well known for his emotional outbursts on the court, but this was a much different side of the man that most don't get to see. While his place in history is secure, his immediate future outlook is hazy. No word yet as to what he will do this winter or if he will return to coaching.
Thursday, August 25, 2005
Nancy and Bob: Where Do They Go From Here?
The president and the board of trustees have a tough road ahead. Some coaching candidates will be wary of stepping into this situation following the way Huggins was dismissed. Also, following a man who was considered to be not just the face of the program, but the program itself, will intimidate some. Every move the president makes now has the complete attention of a very angry fan base with a long memory. Fans are not only criticizing her athletic department moves, but also questioning academic appointments. When people are bringing up the head of the law department on sports talk radio, that's a clear cut sign that you've made some bad PR choices.
The coach will land on his feet, more than likely. He'll be on someone's bench next year, assuming he wants to go back into coaching. He may even take this year and try his luck with a TV job. People look at me weird when I suggest that. But he's got a dry wit that could work well in a studio environment for CBS or ESPN. Who knows, he may just want to fish all winter.
Either way, the coach is gone. He didn't burn any bridges publicly on the way out. He will be leaving as one of the patron saints of Cincinnati sports. The president and the trustees, though, are still here. With the fans. As everyone watches, Nancy Zimpher will have to make the transition to Huggins's successor as smooth as possible. With the high expectations that exist at U.C., that doesn't seem too likely. If it doesn't go well, she will be leaving UC as the person who killed Bearcat Basketball. Right or wrong, that is the title she will assume if she doesn't bring in the right person to fill some very big shoes.
National Response on Huggins-Zimpher is Starting to Show
Pat Forde sides with Zimpher and the University, sighting the legal issues surrounding the program over the last decade and a half. And Jason Whitlock (so very good at stirring it up, as they say) has a very different take. He doesn't necessarily side with either one.
As for reaction here locally, well that is a bit interesting. Most of those with a love for the UC Basketball program are a bit peeved, to say the least. They keep dropping Tony Yates' name and acting as if the sky is falling. (And it might be, but only time will tell). Those not of UC seem perplexed why so many people have such an issue with wanting to raise academic standards and improve the image of the University. Much like when Bobby Knight was ousted, there is a decent sized, quiet underground of people glad to see Huggins go. No matter how you feel, the matter at hand is that it has been done, and only time will tell the true story.
Unabated Interview: Mike Decourcy
Unabated Interview: Keith Wedinger
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
Special Unabated Sports Show Tonight!
Obviously, we want to hear what you have to say as well so you can give us a call at 513-868-9664, email us at email@example.com, or leave a comment on this blog.
On top of all the Huggs stuff, we'll be filling up the last few spots on our fantasy football league and telling you about our NFL Survivor league.
Next week begins our new regular time of 8-10 p.m. Thursdays following HawkTawk.
Tuesday, August 23, 2005
His long career in Clifton includes 14 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances, 10 league regular-season championships and eight conference tournament titles, and 399 wins, most for a U.C. coach. It also includes a long list of troubled players and a DUI charge for the head man, himself. Here's the Bob Huggins bio that was up on UC's website. We posted it here before it gets pulled down.
The team's non-conference schedule was just released yesterday. Practice for the upcoming season begins Friday, Oct. 14 during midnight madness festivities.
Tennessee Cuts Guidugli
Monday, August 22, 2005
Lopez and Griffey Getting Notice
While the Reds may be out of contention, that doesn't mean the players have given up. Felipe Lopez is just one of a handful of Reds still getting it done at the plate. In fact, Lopez snagged Player of the Week honors.
Also, Ken Griffey, Jr. is up for Comeback Player of the Year. Cast your vote to help him take home the honor.
Sunday, August 21, 2005
The Clarett Conundrum
That made you mad, didn't it? I know it riles up my friends who are Ohio State fans. The thought of preserving a kind thought for someone who inspires so much spite is infuriating. But it's true, you gotta do it. He was a major factor in the most treasured of football prizes, a national championship. You can't have that #1 year without #13.
After the initial infuriation, my Buckeye friends try to rationalize away the idea of having any positive feelings for Mo. "He was hurt for half the season. We won those games without him." That's true. But you couldn't have won other key games without him carrying the ball. Heck, all the games in 2002 are key or OSU doesn't remain undefeated and get into the Fiesta Bowl. For example, that Michigan game. Clarett rushed for 119 yards on 20 carries, scored on a 2-yard run and set up the other Ohio State touchdown with a 26-yard pass reception. Both are big deals in a 14-9 game. Numbers don't even capture the true results. Go back and watch film of any game. Even without the numbers on the back of the jerseys, you could tell when the Big Ten Freshman of the Year was in. That was the time when dynamic plays happened. Without him... not so much. Three yards, a cloud of dust, and a punt to set up field position. Clarett electrified an offense that was, at best, lethargic without him. He was a legitimate playmaker.
That team won 14 games, half of which by less than a touchdown. They lose any one of those contests, it's up to the mercy of the BCS standings to see if they still get in. And how often have those heiroglyphics been right? If one of those losses is to a league opponent, then you lose out on winning the conference. Remember, Iowa was undefeated in Big Ten play. And if that loss came to Michigan? You're tied with them and they'd win out in a head-to-head tiebreaker. So, one loss means the difference from undisputed national champs to being middle-of-the-road.
And it's not like Clarett hasn't been punished for his idiocy. I know, you're saying "not enough." But if he had kept his mouth shut, earned his stripes, and done things right he would have won a Heisman Trophy, maybe two, and been a first round draft pick in the NFL and a multi-millionaire. Instead, he was lucky to get picked up on the first day, has a bad contract, and may not even make the team.
So, if you completely disown Mo, you have to trade in that magical 2002 season for a mediocre third place finish in the conference. Return the Fiesta Bowl for an Outback Bowl. You can't have the national championship without the necessary evil that was, and remains, Maurice Clarett.
Saturday, August 20, 2005
Unabated Interview: Scott Wright
Former Bearcat Trying To Stay A Titan
Gino Guidugli was on the positive end of the Jason White retirement. White, Guidugli, and Kentucky's Shane Boyd were competing for the Tenessee Titans third QB spot. In the preseason opener against Tampa Bay, Gino was 4-for-14 for 44 yards. Check out Buccaneers.com for a drive-by-drive summary of the game, including Gino's performance. In the Titans second preseason game, Shane Boyd threw a game-winning TD in the same end zone that Tennessee couldn't get into at the end of Super Bowl 34 back in 1999. It's UK vs. UC in the Music City for Tennessee's third string job.
Friday, August 19, 2005
Fantasy Football Filling Up
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By the way, check out Martin's pictures from last week's Bengals game on our Flickr page.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Wednesday, August 17, 2005
Our Last Show For August!
Around 7:20, we'll have on Mark Carnutte, the Cincinnati Enquirer's Bengals beat writer, will wrap up all the drama from Georgetown.
Scott Wright from NFL Draft Countdown will join us a little after 8:00 p.m. to talk about why next year's draft is on the minds of many NFL front office people and which players from Miami, OSU, and U.C. might be selected next April.
Only two scheduled guests this week to allow more time for you to sound off. You can join our fantasy football league, which is free, and you can even win prizes.
Speaking of FREE STUFF and PRIZES, we'll be giving away more gift certificates to Crossroads Sports Bar & Grill and NCAA Football 2006 and Madden 2006 for the X-Box.
Lots of NFL preseason talk, too. We'll break down last week's game against the Patriots and preview Friday's game in Washington. Jeff will also teach you a fun game that will make these exhibition games watchable.
And we throw down The Gauntlet: what jerseys do you rock? We'll be playing the hot new game: Throwback or Throwaway?
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
Meet The Mayor
Monday, August 15, 2005
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Saturday, August 13, 2005
Carson starts off the night getting picked off. Chris Perry showed flashes of why he was taken in the first round last year. Matt Cassel, a guy who didn't even throw a TD pass in college led four scoring drives against the Bengals defense. Marvin Lewis will use this well. This game will be a tool to get to players who may be believing the pre-season hype. Let's hope the results are a little better next month when the outcomes matter.
Personally, I didn't catch too much of the game. I didn't watch the tape delay. I was listening to Brad Johansen's live play-by-play, but it was mostly just background noise. I had a hard time focusing on the radio call when the outcome of the game was inconsequential. I can during the regular season, just not for exhibition games. Fifty five thousand plus were in attendence, second best in the stadium's pre-season history. But because it wasn't a sellout, no live TV within about 100 miles. Stupid NFL Blackout Rule. What did you think? Did the game capture your interest! Did you watch it on tape delay, go to the game, listen live, all three?!?
Our own Martin Polk was one of those fifty thousand in attendance. Tune in to the show Thursday night and hear his take on the game, plus who got the gift certificates to Crossroads Sports Bar & Grill he had with him.
Friday, August 12, 2005
Worst... QB... Seasons... Ever
Comp Att Comp% Yds TD INT Rating
222 466 47.6 3,240 13 35 48.8
How did that season not make it? Also of note, check out number 18 on the list.
Find The Unabated Sports Crew & Win Prizes
Martin, the guy on the right, will be at the Bengals-Patriots preseason game tonight in Section 221. Jeff, the guy on the left, will be at the Union Centre Boulevard Bash for the Rusty Griswolds at 8:00 p.m. Both will be wearing Crossroads Sports Bar & Grill T-shirts.
If you come up to them and mention the show, you could get a prize. They will give out a couple gift certificates to Crossroads Sports Bar and Grill in Mason.
Thursday, August 11, 2005
Unabated Interview: EA Sports' Chris Erb
Unabated Interview: Geoff Hobson
Unabated Interview: Mark Dantonio
Brad Johansen on Cincinnati Bengals holdout David Pollack
Brad Johansen on Cincinnati Bengals Wide Receiver Kelley Washington
Drinking the Bengals Kool Aid?
Jamal Lewis And Prison
Sean Casey vs. Dmitri Young
Stay tuned to this site for more nuggets from our show.
Wednesday, August 10, 2005
August 11th Unabated Sports Presented By Crossroads Sports Bar & Grill
Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson will be our first guest at about 7:20. He'll catch us up on all the drama coming out of Georgetown and what goes into running the official site of the Cincinnati Bengals.
University of Cincinnati Head Football Coach Mark Dantonio kicks off the 8:00 hour. How will he replace two dozen seniors, including some that are in NFL training camps right now? We'll ask him about what to expect in UC's first season in the Big East, talk about position battles, and what he brings up when meeting with potential recruits. We may even ask him how his old friends in Columbus look this year.
Around 8:25 p.m., Chris Erb, Senior Product Manager for Madden NFL 2006 will join us. You'll hear all about the passing upgrades to this year's model, what NFL players have to say about how they're represented, and how you can show you have the best Madden skills in Cincinnati. You'll even have an opportunity to win a copy of the game!
We'll also throw down The Gauntlet and ask you what could David Pollack have done during those 40+ hours of practice time he missed during training camp.
That all starts Thursday night at 7:00 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1450 The Ticket.
Tuesday, August 09, 2005
Unabated Interview: Dan Baker, EA Sports
For our first show, we got to talk to a Dayton native who puts it in the game if it's in the game. Hear us talk to Dan Baker, EA sports producer, about NCAA Football 2006. He discusses what goes into making this fine product year-in and year-out, the new features in this season's edition, and how you determine proper "ball physics." If you're a fan of the game, tune in this Thursday night between 7 and 9 p.m. to find out how to win an EA Sports game.
X Games 11: Bigger, badder, and... holy cow, did you see that?
Monday, August 08, 2005
Starter No More!
Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis replaced first-round pick David Pollack in the starting lineup at strong-side linebacker with Landon Johnson Monday, the first major fallout of a holdout that reached its 11th day. Marcus Wilkins is the backup and Pollack is on the third team with rookie free agent Cedric Sullivan.This sends a strong message that no one, even first round picks, are above the law in Marvin's eyes. You want to play, you better be practicing.
The franchise, however, is not completely blameless. They have a history of holdouts, they should know how to handle this by now. This guy was drafted back in April. They had to wait until the end of July before they even seriously started negotiating with Pollack?
Sunday, August 07, 2005
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Guest for this Thursday's show include University of Cincinnati Head Football Coach Shane Mark Dantonio and a video game producer who will talk about EA Sports Madden NFL 2006. We also look ahead at the upcoming Fantasy Football season, look back at the Bengals Mock Game, and look ahead to their preseason opener with the New England Patriots, In honor of the Madden interview, our Out of Left Field topic will be Greatest and/or Underrated Sports Video Games.
That's this Thursday between 7 and 9 p.m. on ESPN Radio 1450 The Ticket.
Saturday, August 06, 2005
Unabated Interview: Brad Johansen
Friday, August 05, 2005
Unabated Interview: Shane Montgomery
Miami University's defending Mid-American Conference East Division Champion football team has been picked to finish second in the MAC East Division for the 2005 season, the MAC News Media Association announced during the recent media day. Bowling Green State University was picked to win the East and the MAC Championship game, while the University of Toledo was picked to prevail in the West. Miami kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 3, at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, where it faces the Ohio State University Buckeyes in a game broadcast by ABC. The RedHawks open the league season at home on Sept. 10 when they look to extend a 10-game home winning streak on Homecoming against Central Michigan.
A lot of cosmetic changes will follow the University of Cincinnati into their new conference. The new and bolder C-paw won't be the only thing new fans will notice when attending UC sporting events this year. Coinciding with the logo enhancement, the uniforms of all of UC's sports teams will undergo redesign. The Bearcats will also be rolling out a new green carpet to welcome its 2005 foes to Nippert Stadium this season. The FieldTurf playing surface is being replaced and will feature new, attractive field markings. In 2000, UC was one of the first universities to install FieldTurf, the revolutionary faux grass which has the properties of playing on natural grass. UC opens up the 2005 season on this new surface, Thursday night, September 1 against Eastern Michigan.
The Bearcat soccer teams will be hosting a Kick Off BBQ on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 1 p.m. in Gettler Stadium. The event will feature UC coaches and players handing out prizes and signing autographs. The meal is open to the public and costs $10 for adults and $5 for children aged 12 and under.
The Cincinnati Reds are playing a rubber match in their three game series against the Braves at Great American Ball Park. The Florida Marlins come into town for a three game series begining tomorrow night, continuing Saturday night, and wrapping up Sunday afternoon.
Sometimes dreams — as well as bold proclamations — really do come true, and Buffalo Bills offensive line prospect Geir Gudmundsen will be the first to nod his head in agreement on both counts. After his sophomore season playing left tackle for the University at Albany, Gudmundsen took a summer job working as a security guard at the New York Giants' training camp, which happened to be located on the Albany campus. One day, the 6-foot-5, 310-pounder sauntered up to the Giants' offensive line coach, Jim McNally, and said "Someday I'll be playing for you." Two years later, McNally is now the offensive line coach for the Bills, and guess who's trying to earn a spot on the Buffalo roster? Gudmundsen, though, is buried on the depth chart behind a veteran corps of linemen, and his only chance may be to stick as a practice squad player.
Thursday, August 04, 2005
Missed The Show?
Drinking the Bengals Kool Aid?
Jamal Lewis And Prison
Sean Casey vs. Dmitri Young
Keep your eyes on this site for more Unabated goodness.
Wednesday, August 03, 2005
Brad Johansen, Local 12 Sports Director and voice of the Cincinnati Bengals. Brad will be on at approximately 7:25.
Brad will be talking about Bengals training camp. What he's seen so far, what he expects to see, and what he hopes to see. Also make sure to check out Local 12's Bengals Nation website. It features information on camp, interviews with players and personnel, and a message board.
Dan Baker, EA Sports Producer, NCAA Football 2006. Dan will be on at just after 8:00.
Dan will be previewing the latest version of NCAA Football. The Dayton native will talk about what goes into making a game, player ratings, new game features, and what seperates this version from last year's NCAA and Madden Football.
Of course we'll take your phone calls at:
Tuesday, August 02, 2005
And Then There Was One
Monday, August 01, 2005
Be A Part Of The Show!
Thursday night, between 7 and 9 p.m., call us at 513-868-9664 and have your voice heard.
You can also sound off by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org or commenting here on the blog.
Guest for this Thursday's show include Miami University Head Football Coach Shane Montgomery and video game producer Dan Baker who will talk about EA Sports NCAA Football game.
Here's a taste of what to expect on the show:
Akili Getting Sacked
Drink the Bengals Kool Aid?