Wednesday, November 30, 2005


Unabated Interview: Terna Nande

A lot of people wouldn't be able to get back to work after suffering injuries to their internal organs. But Miami's Mr. Incredible isn't a lot of people. Listen to our interview wth Terna Nande. He talks about his return to the field after suffering a lacerated liver and what strings he had to pull to get fully prepared for the Buffalo game.

Tuesday, November 29, 2005


Not much to cheer about as Bearcats take 1st loss...

It was inevitable to happen. The Cincinnati Bearcats (3-1) finally lost a game, and lost it in a very ugly manner. Tuesday night the Dayton Flyers flew into Fifth Third Arena and flew out with their first victory ever in the facility 75-66. Entering the game the Bearcats were 6-0 all time against the Flyers at Fifth Third Arena. Eric Hicks, while shooting only 47% from the floor on 9/19 shooting led the Cats in scoring with 18, and boards with 8. Interesting to note: Since when did Cedric McGowan become a three point specialist?! He shot 3/4 from three point range and finished the night with 13 points.

I attribute the loss to 4 key factors:
1) Shooting- The Bearcats shot 38% from the field and 21% from the three point line
2) Defense- The Bearcats defense allowed the Flyers to shoot an astounding 61% from the field in the 1st half, and 49% overall, and allowd Flyer leading scorer Brian Roberts to score 24 points on 9/13 shooting
3) Bench Scoring- The Bearcats only got 8 points from the bench, 4 points each from Ronald Allen and DeAndre Coleman
4) Rebounding- The Cats were outrebounded by the Flyers 36-33

The Bearcats will have the opportunity to seek revenge against the Flyers, as the team will face them again on December 22, in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic. The Bearcats don't have a lot of time to mourn the loss, as they must prepare to face the #9 ranked Memphis Tigers this Saturday.


Somehow I Don't See This Going Over Well In Cincinnati

Cops bust strippers - outside a Bucs game! So, let me get this straight: you go to an NFL game, and you could get a lapdance before kickoff? Isn't this the same town that had the cheerleaders having drunken sex in a bar bathroom? Man, I gotta move to Tampa! (I think there's something wrong with me. Most of my recent posts involve women removing clothes and only barely tie in with sports.)


Random Bengals Thoughts From Sunday

A couple of things jump out at me from the Bengals 42-29 win over the Ravens. Okay, a lot of things jump out at me, but I'll stick to the few things that really matter to me.

In no order of importance:
1.) The Bengals put together the best 2+ quarters of football that we have seen out of the men in stripes this year. This was the closest thing to a "complete game" that every one is waiting to see out of this team this year.

2.) When things did go wrong, they went really wrong. They gave up 21 points in less than 5 minutes. Yes, I know the game was out of hand and the Bengals let up. I get that, but I still don't enjoy watching the Bengals allow a team that they dominated so thoroughly all day get within 2 scores with 10 minutes to go.

3.) Maybe the most important aspect of this weekends game was what they Bengals did after the Ravens got back into the game in the 4th. The 9 play, 61 yard drive that ate up nearly 6 minutes, and involved only one third down was a defining moment for the Bengals. They came back, regrouped and made the game of football seem elementary. That is one of the best things that I have seen all year.

4.) The most important observation of the game for me... was the cheerleaders. Oh... My... God. The very first time I saw them on tv, I froze, leaned in closer, and did not blink. I now have many questions about this. Where did these uniforms come from? Do they plan on wearing them for other games, practices, Bar Mitzvahs, weddings, or any other event? And did anyone get any pictures of those? Seriously, that last question is not rhetorical. If you have some pictures, please email them to us at so we can add them to the blog for all the world to enjoy. Do your fellow man a service.

Did you have any other observations about the game that I should have made a priority? What did you take away from the game? What about your thoughts on Monday Night's game? How much of that was the Steelers, and how much of that was the Colts? And which NFL team is most in disarray? For me, the Lions are the clear winner, but the Ravens are giving them a run for the money.


King of the Hill Week 12

By the half on Sunday, it looked like Mike was done. But then, out of nowhere, he was rescued by a quarterback from... Harvard. Continuing the rich tradition of great Ivy League QBs such as Jason Garrett, Ryan Fitzpatrick came off the bench to throw 3 TDs leading the Rams to an overtime come from behind victory over the Texans. All three people survived and continue on. This is becoming one of the longest, most competitive King of the Hill tournaments ever. Nice job guys. Keep fighting.

Brian - Bengals (Patriots, Panthers, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bucs, Colts, Rams)
Sean - Eagles (Patriots, Panthers, Jaguars, Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
Mike from Sharonville - Rams (Cowboys, Steelers, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Packers, Redskins)

On the Sideline:
Brad - (Giants, Chargers, Panthers, Bears, Seahawks, Browns, Bucs, Colts, Cowboys, Redskins)
MOe - (Steelers, Colts, Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Bucs, Packers, Bengals)
Bob - (Bucs, Steelers, Falcons, Jaguars, Bengals, Cowboys)
Marc - (Bucs, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Cowboys, Steelers)
Dave - (Bucs, Redskins, Chiefs, Colts, Bengals, Seahawks)
Greg - (Browns, Falcons, Broncos, Bengals, Seahawks, Rams)
Darin - (Steelers, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
Woody - (Rams, Ravens, Colts, Cowboys, Bengals)
Jeff: (Panthers, Eagles, Steelers)
Martin: (Panthers, Packers, Bengals)
Bill: (Jets, Rams)
Beefy: (Bills)
Mike from Fairfield: (Vikings)

And here's where we put our round winners.
HILLS: Jeff-1

Monday, November 28, 2005


Come To Crossroads! Root Against the Steelers!

Another Monday Night Football game is approaching and you know what that means: Burger Madness at Crossroads Sport Bar & Grill in Mason. Well, that's what it means to me. Come on out and join us as we root on the Indianapolis Colts and against Pittsburgh. We'll have our usual MNF shenanigans and the first two first timers to join us tonight at 9 will receive a $5 Crossraods gift certificate just for stopping by.

Besides, Jeff has both starting QBs on his fantasy team so he will be a nervous mess all night as he fights for his playoff life. What cuold be more entertaining than that? Well besides one heck of a game that just might determine if the Colts are unbeatable, if the Steelers will hang around, and showcase two of the best QBs the NFL has.

Sunday, November 27, 2005


Thanks For Nothing, Kentucky

A Lexington radio station, WKQQ, unveiled a motivational billboard at the beginning of the football season. Kitten, the overnight DJ, was willing to remove a piece of clothing for every win that the University of Kentucky football team accumulated this season. I know, pretty farking cool. But in order to see something worthwhile, we were relying on a program that is less-than-stellar. The results? She lost a pair of shoes and a long-sleeve shirt. C'mon, you scrubs! This method worked for the Cleveland friggen' Indians, why couldn't it work on you? Heck, they could probably keep this going and it would be 2007 before she showed any decent amount of skin. Too bad she won't do this during basketball season.

Actually, I guess they got enough wins to make the billboard censor-worthy so maybe I shouldn't be that hard on the team. But a few more wins would have been nice. I'm also glad Jeff wasn't inspired by this promotion and tried to replicate it with similar pictures of himself.

Friday, November 25, 2005


Unabated Interviews

It's starting to get a little crowded on the left-hand side of the web site so we're going to do some housekeeping. We'll keep the most recent interviews, and then link here so you can still enjoy our library of high-quality discussions with people that help shape the sports scene in the Cincinnati area.

  • George Vogel

  • Terry Hoeppner

  • Brad Johansen #2

  • Denise Johns

  • Josh Betts/Terna Nande

  • Mike Decourcy

  • Keith Wedinger

  • Mark Curnutte

  • Scott Wright

  • EA Sports' Chris Erb

  • Mark Dantonio

  • Geoff Hobson

  • EA Sports' Dan Baker

  • Brad Johansen

  • Shane Montgomery

  • Keep checking back for more Unabated Interviews.

    Thursday, November 24, 2005


    Celebrating Thanksgiving... Sports Style

    Thanksgiving is a time to gather with those member of your family that you can only take seeing once or twice a year and eating way too much. Thankfully, sports has always been a hallmark to help us through this holiday. The executives at the NFL who decreed that football shall be played on Thanksgiving are truly heroes in my eyes. Atlanta travels to Detroit for a 12:30 kickoff. The Falcons are favored by 3. And Denver invades Dallas at 4:15. The Broncos are picked by 2 in that one.

    But there are other ways to celebrate the holidays with sports. A personal favorite, and one only discovered this past Sunday during the Colts-Bengals game, is 2-liter cheesecube baseball. It is a simple game. Every good Thanksgiving gathering has a cheese tray with those little cubes of cheese. And of course, the crackers and pepperoni and salami always run out before the cheese. So for post dinner fun, grab some of these cubes and an empty 2-liter. Make sure the cap is securely on and start the game. One note of caution. We quickly found out that the cubes fly at a high rate of speed. Seriously, those suckers move. So make sure that nothing of major value is in the room, including fragile elderly people, when you decide to play. You don't even have to swing that hard to get the cheese a-flyin'. Let me know your results of 2-liter cheese cube baseball and suggestions you might have on improving this brand new, quickly growing game.

    Also, in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I wanted to tell you as a sports fan, what I am thankful for:

    I am thankful that the Bengals are better than merely competitive for the first time in a long time.
    I am thankful that the Reds will soon be under new ownership.
    I am thankful that the National League does not use the DH.
    I am thankful for the start of a great local college basketball season.
    I am thankful for Thanksgiving Day NFL games.
    I am thankful for the day after Thanksgiving college football games.
    I am thankful Peyton Manning has returned to the Peyton of old. (This one is strictly for my fantasy football purposes.)
    I am thankful for dance teams and the work they put in.
    I am thankful for our Monday Night Football gatherings at Crossroads. I never laugh so hard or yell quite as loud at a TV as on those nights.
    I am thankful that 1450 has given us an opportunity to do the show.
    I am thankful for all of the guests who have agreed to do our show. Even I am a bit surprised at how well we have done in getting quality guests.
    And finally...
    I am thankful for our listeners, especially those that call-in, email, or other wise join in our contests. You drive me towards continuous improvement.

    Those are only some of the things that I am thankful for. What are you thankful for? Post a comment, or email us at and we'll add it to the blog. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and give 2-liter cheesecube baseball a try.

    Wednesday, November 23, 2005


    The Gall of Gall?

    It made big news when that fan busted onto the field during the closing seconds of the Bengals-Packers game last month. The NFL was concerned about it, Paul Brown Stadium officials were concerned, and now an example might be set.
    Now he faces jail time. Or they may just let him get away with a slap on the wrist. What do you think he should get?

    Tuesday, November 22, 2005


    Miami downs the Bombers at Millett

    Monday night was a good one for the RedHawk faithful. Not only did the Red and White football team rebound from the BG game to thrash the Ohio Bobcats 38-7, the Men's basketball team took it to Dayton 58-42 before a split crowd at Millett. The RedHawks put the game away in the second half, building a 50-25 lead. Miami used a smoothering defense to hold the Flyers to 29% shooting on the night. Dayton did their share to help the cause with 26 turnovers. Nathan Peavy recorded his second consecutive double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. But Tim Pollitz really impressed with hard work at both ends of the floor, contributing 12 points and 4 assists. One odd stat, Dayton destroyed Miami on the boards 42-23.

    The RedHawks were coming off a game where they pushed a top ranked Alabama team on the road before falling by 6. Miami improves to 1-1 as Dayton falls to 1-1. Miami takes some time off before returning to the court on Wednesday, the 30th to play Wright State in Oxford as part of a doubleheader with the Women's basketball team. The Flyers get right back at it with a home game on Wednesday night against Morehead State. That game set for 7pm.

    Monday, November 21, 2005


    Free Food and Bengals Tickets (Monday Night Football style)

    Let's be honest. For the most part, you do not care that much about tonights Monday Night Football game between the Packers and the Vikings. The only thing of real value is watching Brett Favre perform magic on Monday like he has so many times in the past. So tonight is the perfect time to come out and join us at Crossroads Sports Bar and Grill in Mason for the Monday Night game. We always have a great time. The food is good, the company great, and there is always some Ms. Pacman or Galaga to be played. Golden Tee as well for those video duffers. And as always, before every Bengals home game, Crossroads gives out Bengals tickets at halftime of Monday Night football. So come out and put your name in the bin for a chance to win tickets to see the Bengals take on the hated Ravens this weekend. I'll even toss in some free food. The first two first timers to join us tonight at 9 will receive a $5 Crossraods gift certificate just for coming out. I'll see you tonight at Crossroads.


    King of the Hill Week 11

    And the beat rolls on. No one gets eliminated this week, thanks in part to a good game from Tom Brady against the Aints. The Patriots victory allows Sean and Brian to pick again next week. Mike from Sharonville used the Cowboys to advance to next week as well. But it only gets tougher from here. Your choices are getting thin. The games are getting tight, and the second guessing, more fierce. Good luck.

    Brian - Patriots(Panthers, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bucs, Colts, Rams)
    Sean - Patriots(Panthers, Jaguars, Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
    Mike from Sharonville - Cowboys(Steelers, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Packers, Redskins)

    On the Sideline:
    Brad - (Giants, Chargers, Panthers, Bears, Seahawks, Browns, Bucs, Colts, Cowboys, Redskins)
    MOe - (Steelers, Colts, Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Bucs, Packers, Bengals)
    Bob - (Bucs, Steelers, Falcons, Jaguars, Bengals, Cowboys)
    Marc - (Bucs, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Cowboys, Steelers)
    Dave - (Bucs, Redskins, Chiefs, Colts, Bengals, Seahawks)
    Greg - (Browns, Falcons, Broncos, Bengals, Seahawks, Rams)
    Darin - (Steelers, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
    Woody - (Rams, Ravens, Colts, Cowboys, Bengals)
    Jeff: (Panthers, Eagles, Steelers)
    Martin: (Panthers, Packers, Bengals)
    Bill: (Jets, Rams)
    Beefy: (Bills)
    Mike from Fairfield: (Vikings)

    And here's where we put our round winners.
    HILLS: Jeff-1

    Sunday, November 20, 2005


    UC wins #1500 in OT vs. Murray State

    Greetings to all! It's Martin here reporting to you from Fifth Third Arena on the Cincinnati Bearcats regular season home opener. The Bearcats, in front of a crowd of 8,088 (yes, there were quite a few seats available) won their 1500th game in rather unimpressive fashion 79-75 against former UC assistant Mick Cronin's Murray State Racer in OT. James White rose to the occasion and saved the day, as his steal and subsequent dunk with 5.8 seconds left sent the game into overtime, tied 70-70. In OT the Cats relied on some key shots from White, and UC newcomer Cedric McGowan, as well as some clutch free throw shooting to provide head coach Andy Kennedy win #1. For the night the Bearcats shot a meager 39.4%, and just 26% from the three point line. It appears as though fans have come to grips with a new era. I didn't see or hear any Huggins chants or shirts/ signs.

    One thing to keep an eye on this year for the Cats' will be the battle of the boards. UC barely won that 43-41 against Murray State with the 6-6 Eric Hicks and Cedric McGowan pulling down 10 a piece.

    The Bearcats had some rather somber news to start the game, as it was announced that senior guard Chad Moore has to sit out the first five games of the season, because he participated in a summer league this year without getting clearance from his medical hardship. He hopes to return for the Bearcats' first road game of the year on December 10 at Vanderbilt.

    Friday, November 18, 2005


    Bengals-Colts Info

    Jacksonville. Pittsburgh. These were the Bengals' chances to announce to the rest of the world that they had arrived. The announcement was never made. This week, the Bengals have another opportunity to assert themselves as a real player in the Super Bowl hunt as they welcome in the undefeated Indianapolis Colts. There is a lot on the line. Not only is pride, and gaining the belief that they can beat the top dogs up for grabs, but also home field advantage through the playoffs. Right now it looks like the road to the extra large (XL) Super Bowl will role through Indy. So the Bengals can gain some valuable experience this weekend and finish turning everyone's head.

    In order for you to be fully prepared for that game, we are giving you the links to the info that you need:

    Bengals Game Notes
    Colts Game Notes
    9 Sub-Plots for 9-0


    Unabated Interview: Andy Kennedy

    This weekend begins a new era for University of Cincinnati basketball. The interim head coach sat down with us a couple nights before UC's first regular season match-up. Hear our interview with Andy Kennedy. He breaks down Murray State, the Big East, and talks about the challenges he faces this year. And Coach Kennedy's first answer leaves Jeff speechless so you definitely need to hear that.


    OSU-Michigan Game Info

    The game that Ohio State fans have been waiting for is finally upon us. This Saturday at 1, Michigan and Ohio State will duke it out again. After struggling early, Michigan has rebounded and reeled off a few victories in a row. And Ohio State is being led by their offense. Yes, that's right, Ohio State is puting up mad offensive numbers as of late. Ohio State won last year in the Shoe. But the Wolverines are looking to take back bragging rights. It should be a good game, no matter what the outcome (well, unless your team loses).

    So you are not uninformed on the game, here is where to go for some info:
    Ohio State Game Notes
    Ohio State Library (Lots of history here)
    ESPN Coverage

    Thursday, November 17, 2005


    OSU-Northwestern Pictures

    While you're getting psyched up for the big clash between the Scarlet and Grey and the Maze and Gold, look back at the final home game of the 2005 season. Go here for exclusive pictures of the Ohio State-Northwestern game. Also, you can look back at the Michigan State, Texas, Illinois and San Diego State games.

    Wednesday, November 16, 2005


    Thursday Night's Show

    What a weekend of sports around the country, and more specifically, in the Queen City. The biggest event of all for the 'Nati (I've always hated that moniker) is the Bengals vs. Colts. It is a real opportunity for the Bengals to make a move on securing a high seed in the playoffs and gaining that all important confidence that they can run with the Big Dogs. Two division leaders with the Colts at 9-0 and the Bengals at 7-2. Peyton versus Carson. Two stingy pass defenses. Pride, honor and the American (Conference) way of life on the line this Sunday.

    College Basketball is here. Life without Bob begins. And hopefully fans embrace the Andy Kennedy era. I would hate to think of this season as AB (after Bob). And hopefully the fans will give coach Kennedy and the players the chance to make their own name. They begin with a very intriguing (and tough) match up with the Mick Cronin led Murray State Racers. Cronin, a former UC assistant under Bob Huggins is a name that keeps popping up as a possibility to get the UC coaching position. Also, Murray State is picked by most publications as a tournament bound team. Xavier gets their season started Saturday night as well when they take on Eastern Illinios. The Muskies return all 5 starters and their top 7 scorers from last year.

    This is a huge weekend for college football. Do I have to tell you what game is this weekend? Of course I don't, it's Ohio State and Michigan. And once again, this game has Big Ten title implications on the line... for both teams. Michigan, rumored to be dead earlier in the season is back, and has an outside shot at a share of the Big Ten title. BCS Bowl births will be at stake when these two collide Saturday at 1 in Ann Arbor. Michigan will be looking for revenge from Ohio State's win last season. UC is also in action this weekend as they hang on to slim bowl hopes as they travel to S. Florida to take on the USF Bulls at noon on Saturday. And of national interest is the Auburn-Alabama tilt. Nothing but Clean Old Fashioned Hate here.

    We'll be talking this and more tonight. It will be a full show and you should be a part of it. And you can be a part of it by calling at 868-9664 or by emailing the show at


    Andy Kennedy, UC's Head Men's Basketball Coach (8:45)
    UC's schedule kicks off this Saturday. We will ask him about the upcoming game with Murray State. We'll also ask him about what to expect from the Bearcats this season under his guidance. It looks like he is puting more of an emphasis on scoring and running an up-tempo style of play. This is a must listen for any UC basketball fan.

    John Broeckling, Sports Reporter for News Channel 6 (Paducah, KY) (9:00)
    John has covered Murray State for the last 7 years. He will give us a run down of what the Racers have and what to be aware of. He will have the most thorough scouting report of an OVC team that you will find. He may even tell us some stories of his days spent working with Woody.

    Brad Johansen, Voice of the Bengals and Sports Director for Channel 12 (9:25)
    At this point, Brad has practically become a member of our broadcast team. But who better to give you a heads up on this weekends Bengals-Colts game than the man payed to talk about them. Tune in to hear what he feels are the key matchups in this weekends game and what needs to be done for either team to win. He's always a good guest, so don't miss it.

    We'll be talking this and more tonight. It will be a full show and you should be a part of it. And you can be a part of it by calling at 868-9664 or by emailing the show at As always, first time callers and emailers will recieve gift certificates to Crossroads Sports Bar and Grill. We'll also be giving away Miami-Dayton basketball tickets for this Monday nights game at Millett. So MU and UD fans be ready to call in. That's always a good game.


    UC versus OSU All-Time Bragging Rights in BBall

    People have been calling for UC and Ohio State to meet on the hardwood for years now. Well, you finally have gotten your wish... sort of. They will meet in the imaginations of the fans, and on line at An argument that started 5 years ago has started an imaginery NCAA tourney made up of the greatest players at those schools. How will they pick a winner? Good question. The answer: People vote for who they think is the winner. The really cool part is that UC and Ohio State are meeting in the first round as the 19th and 14th seeds, respectaviley. So follow the link and place your vote.

    This isn't the only interesting game locally though. The Kentucky Wildcats make an appearance against Providence. Do you suppose that Pitino would coach Providence? How about that thought, Pitino on one side of the scorers table and Adolph Rupp on the other?

    Other thoughts on this, how do you score in the low post against Georgetown? They have a lineup of Mourning, Ewing, and Mutombo (and Iverson feeding them on the inside. With his passing and ball handling skills, he would average 20 assists a game). Another thing I found amussing, on the bench for Minnesota is a Hall of Famer. Not the NBA, but the MLB Hall of Fame that is. Dave Windfield is ready to come in when his team needs him.

    Not making the field of 32 are Xavier, Miami and Dayton. Anyone want to take a shot at puting together their All-Time Great teams? Post them up or email them to us at

    Tuesday, November 15, 2005


    We now have Video!

    Victory Bell
    Originally uploaded by Unabated Sports.
    Where were you when the RedHawks were recliming the Victory Bell? Did you miss it? Don't worry, we got your back. We were on the sidelines, shooting video of the big moment. Yes, that's right video. We have taken the concept of a full service radio show to the next level. We are now a multi-platform sports information resource. We can now start puting video on the website, so make sure that you check back. In the meantime, check out the RedHawks reclaiming the Victory Bell and celebration following their big win!


    King of the Hill Week 9

    Whoops! Due to an oversight, one of our competitors accidently picked a team for a second time last week. And we weren't exactly on the ball on our end, either. We didn't notice until it was brought to our attention. It's just one team per person per year so we were down a person this week. And then the Vikings struck. Only three left now.

    Brian - (Panthers, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bucs, Colts, Rams)
    Sean - (Panthers, Jaguars, Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
    Mike from Sharonville - (Steelers, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Packers, Redskins)

    On the Sideline:
    Brad - (Giants, Chargers, Panthers, Bears, Seahawks, Browns, Bucs, Colts, Cowboys, Redskins)
    MOe - (Steelers, Colts, Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Bucs, Packers, Bengals)
    Bob - (Bucs, Steelers, Falcons, Jaguars, Bengals, Cowboys)
    Marc - (Bucs, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Cowboys, Steelers)
    Dave - (Bucs, Redskins, Chiefs, Colts, Bengals, Seahawks)
    Greg - (Browns, Falcons, Broncos, Bengals, Seahawks, Rams)
    Darin - (Steelers, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
    Woody - (Rams, Ravens, Colts, Cowboys, Bengals)
    Jeff: (Panthers, Eagles, Steelers)
    Martin: (Panthers, Packers, Bengals)
    Bill: (Jets, Rams)Beefy: (Bills)
    Mike from Fairfield: (Vikings)

    And here's where we put our round winners.
    HILLS: Jeff-1

    Monday, November 14, 2005


    Unabated Interview: Anthony Castrovince 2

    When word of the sale of the Cincinnati Reds hit town, a lot of optimism moved through the city. We went to the beat writer for to get the straight scoop. Hear our interview with Anthony Castovince. He talks about how much info is speculation and what is actually going down. He also laughs at a really bad Jeff joke. You gotta listen for that.


    Win Tickets To The Big Colts Game

    Crossroads Drawing-3
    Originally uploaded by Unabated Sports.
    If you join us tonight out at Crossroads Sports Bar & Grill, you can enter the drawing to win a pair of tickets to Sunday's big Indy-Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium. And you can enjoy watching the NFC East battle on MNF in a fun environment and chomp down on some great food. And you never know what crap Jeff will be talking about when the wings are flying and the pretzels are hot.

    Sunday, November 13, 2005


    Unabated Interview: Dave Lapham

    He was once a cornerstone of the best offensive line in Bengals history. Now he can be heard analyzing the team he once played for. Hear our interview with Dave Lapham. We've had the ever-busy Brad Johansen on a few times, so wanted to give his on-air partner equal time. We talked to him before the Bengals game and he had a lot to say about team MVPs, who's the glue of the defense, the biggest mistake he's made on-air, his relationship with Head Coach Marvin Lewis, and how the Bengals haven't quite played their perfect game yet. Hearing Lap talk will feed your Bengals fix during the off-week. And if you need more Lapham, check out Sports Rock tonight on Channel 5 at 11:35.

    Saturday, November 12, 2005


    Bye Week: What To Watch

    Without the Bengals on TV this weekend, it might be strange trying to figure out what NFL games are gonna be on during the Bye Week. Here's a cool site that shows a map of what areas are getting what games every week. It also tries to explain what goes through the minds of the network affiliates who determine who see the Dolphins game instead of the Chiefs game.

    Friday, November 11, 2005


    Are the Bengals the Biggest Surprise This Year?

    That is one of the questions over at in their fact or fiction section. Check out the answers of Eric Allen and Joe Theismann. You may or may not be surprised. They also ask if Dwight Freeney, who the Bengals play next week, has been the best defensive player in the NFL so far.

    While your at it, you shuold check out's Pete Prisco's Halfway Report. He has good things to say about a couple of Bengals as he gives them his nod on a couple of awards.


    Unabated Interview: Josh Herbert

    Middletown Madison has a very special and unique young man in Josh Herbert. Sure, he wrestles a 450 lb. American Black Bear named Buddy for practice. But that's only a part of his story. Hear our interview with Josh Herbert. He's had to overcome a lot just to survive some childhood health problems. There's a lot more to this teenager than Buddy.


    Celebrating Veterans' Day... Sports Style

    With the hectic pace of life, many times we forget or take for granted the important things in life. Sports, movies, TV and other enjoyable diversions often become the focus of discussion. While this is not necessarily a bad thing, days like today (Veterans' Day if you didn't realize) bring to the forefront those that have served and those that have made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of our freedom. To those men and women we say thank you.

    But this is a sports show, so we will take a sport slant when looking at today. Throughout our nations military history, many athletes have served in the military. From All Time Greats like Ted Williams and Joe Dimaggio, to athletes who chose to turn down millions to pursue something greater than themselves (Pat Tillman), sports has played an integral part in American Military history.

    For a more complete list of athletes who served in the Armed Forces, check out this link. The best known military duty by athletes is major leaguers from WWII, when over 500 ball players served the country.

    NFL players hardly have been strangers to military service. Cincinnati native Roger Staubach served four years after graduating from the Naval Academy before joining the Dallas Cowboys as a 27-year-old rookie in 1969. Rocky Bleier of the Pittsburgh Steelers nearly lost a leg to a land mine when he did a tour of duty in Vietnam.

    There are many stories of lesser known athletes that go untold. But ultimately, today is a day to say Thank You to all those who have served and continue to serve. So from the Unabated Sports Crew, we say Thank You. And for those currently serving, stay safe.


    Exclusive Ohio State-Illinois Pictures

    As you get ready for the Buckeyes to wrap up their home schedule against Northwestern Saturday at noon, check out these exclusive pictures from the OSU-Illinois game. Our man is once again on the sidelines at the Shoe and will bring you the final 2005 game from Ohio Stadium. Also, you can look back at the Michigan State, Texas, and San Diego State games.

    Thursday, November 10, 2005


    Tonight's Show

    What a strange week in sports it has been. The T.O. saga continues. Relief pitchers are setting people on fire. Pete Rose, Jr goes down on some pretty series drug charges. And cheerleaders are getting arrested for punching out other bar patrons after having sex with each other in bathrooms... allegedly.

    Besides all of that, there are a lot of things happening in our fair little city. Things that we will be talking about tonight:

    1.) The Bengals win over Baltimore.
    2.) Looking ahead at the playoff picture in the NFL, in particular, the AFC.
    3.) We will go over the Bengals All-Disappointment team posted under this entry.
    4.) College Football: UC gets stomped on national TV, and where were all the fans? Miami gets their shot on national tv this Tuesday night when they take on Bowling Green. Miami controls their own destiny. Indiana is looking for another Big Ten win as they travel to a surging Michigan team. OSU is an offensive machine this year. There are now three undefeated teams left. Does Alabama have a shot? Will USC ever lose?
    5.) College basketball is here. We'll take a look at several area teams, including UC, Miami, XU, UK, IU, Dayton and OSU. We'll also have a live report from Miami's exhibition game tonight. Miami fans should listen here to get their updates.
    6.) Nascar has only two races left. Carl Edwards is on fire. Is it too little too late?
    7.) All the strange stuff mentioned in the top paragraph above.
    8.) Whatever sports related topics you want to get into.


    Miami University Football Player to be Named Later (9:00)

    We'll take all of your calls at 868-9664 during the show and your emails to at any time. As always, we'll be giving away Crossroads gift certificates to first time callers. We'll also be giving away Miami-Bowling Green tickets tonight, so tune in for those as well.


    Bengals All-Disappointment Team

    The Bengals head into the Bye Week at 7-2 and in first place. So now is as good of a time as any to take a look back at where the Bengals have come from. Every team has had their share of disappointments. Unfortunately for Bengals fans, the '90s saw the Bengals get their share, plus some. Some positions are so deep that I included a 2 deep look at it. And yes, some of the players went on to success elsewhere (Neil Rackers a Pro-Bowler this year? Could be.) That being said, here is my Bengals All-Disappointment Team.

    QB- Akili Smith, David Klingler (Do these two need any explaining?)
    RB- Ki-Jana Carter, Archie Griffin (Injuries or not, his career was sorely disappointing)
    FB- Stanley Wilson (If you don't know the Super Bowl story, ask someone. It is too depressing for me to mention.)
    WR- David Verser, Peter Warrick (Verser was the 10th overall pick in 1981. He finished with 23 catches for 454 Yards and 3 TDs in 4 years with the Bengals.)
    WR- Reggie Rembert, Ron Dugans (A former 2nd round draft pick-at least it was the Jets and not the Bengals- had great "upside", but finished a 3 year career with 36 Receptions, 437 Yards and 1TD)
    TE- Marco Battaglia (Bengals 2nd round draft pick in '96 had career highs of 14 catches, 153 yards and 1 TD in various seasons during the 5 years he played with the Bengals.)
    OT- Ken Blackman (3rd pick was brought down due to injury)
    OG- Freddie Childress (2nd round draft pick)
    C - Rod Payne (3rd round draft pick)
    OT- Melvin Tuten (3rd pick in 1995, same year as Ki-Jana)

    DE- John Copeland (5th overall pick in 1993)
    DT- Dan Wilkinson (1st overall pick in 1994. Thank God they didn't take Marshall Faulk)
    DT- Wilson Whitley (8th overall pick and Lombardi Award Winner)
    DE- Lamar Rogers (2nd round pick in 1991)
    OLB- Reinard Wilson (1st rounder in 97 failed in conversion from DE to LB. Scored a 4 on IQ test)
    MLB- Kevin Hardy (High profile FA never lived up to the hype)
    OLB- Kirby Criswell (2nd round pick didn't even make the team and was out of NFL after 2 years)
    CB- Artrell Hawkins (Nicknamed "Toast". What more do I have to say?)
    CB- Thomas Randolph (Another Free agent who didn't live up to the hype)
    S - Lamont Thompson (Ball hawking 2nd round pick lasted 1 year in Cincy)
    S - Cory Hall (Couldn't make a tackle if his life... or the teams success... depended on it)

    K - Neil Rackers (Killed by the PB turf, now resurgent in Arizona)
    P - Travis Dorsch ("He pulled a Dorsch" was once used in a broadcast)

    Honorable Mention - Jack Thompson QB (We can try and trade him to Green Bay for Tony Mandarich to fill hole on the line.)

    Did I miss anyone? Do you agree/disagree? Who would you have included on the team or who would you take off the roster? I still need to fill a Guard on the Offensive line. Help us fill the slot and finish the full roster of backups. Post a comment or send an email to We'll be talking about this on Thursday night's show from 8-10 on 1450 AM The Ticket. Tune in and give your opinion.

    Wednesday, November 09, 2005


    Disappointing Night At Nippert

    The home season is over for the University of Cincinnati football team. If they hope to play in a Bowl Game, they'll have to win both of their last games on the road. Throughout Wednesday night, I kept thinking over and over how far the school has to go in order to become an elite program. And that's not even considering the product on the field.

    The first thing that the national TV audience saw in their ESPN HD glory was a half-empty stadium. And most of the people actually in the stands were wearing the bright, florescent yellow of the West Virginia Mountaineers. This was the only time this season to spotlight the stadium and home atmosphere, and the first impression viewers get is that no one cares about UC football. Well, except for the fans who travelled from the other state. Sure, those seats eventually filled up to a semi-respectable sight and most of the crowd was on the home side of the field. But when you have this opportunity, you have to put your best foot forward. Give away the tickets if you need to. Put butts in those seats and, for at least one game, give the illusion that Bearcat Football is a Big Deal. You do that when the nation's eyes are upon you, eventually fiction becomes reality.

    So, where were those people at the beginning of the game. More than likely, in a parking garage. It took less time for me to make it from my place to campus then it did to get to find a parking spot. And I live in another state! Parking problems in Clifton are nothing new, I know. But if you want people to come out and see those games, that is one obstacle that needs to be removed.

    Flow through Will Call could also use improving. I remember wating at lines in the Tangeman McDonalds during lunch hour that were shorter than these. It's just a symptom of a greater, overall problem: understaffing. It seems like at every turn on gameday, is some pour, overwhelmed soul doing the job of three people. Despite this, every employee I encountered from the parking attendents, to security, to the folks working the press box were extremely courteous and helpful. So, cut them a break and bring in some extra hands.

    And, getting back to the image problem, I have a feeling that the power outtage will play real well on the Sportscenter highlights. *West Virginia touchdown. West Virginia touchdown. Cincinnati doesn't pay their electric bill. West Virginia touchdown.*

    Oh, yeah. And try not to get blown out on the field. That might help, too.


    ESPN Bengals Mid-Season Poll has put out it's mid-season NFL poll. The Bengals get a good bit of love from the fans voting so far. You can vote on the NFL as whole, and the Bengals specfically. You can also vote on your mid-season award winners. The awards poll is full of Bengals.

    Just to give you a tease of what people around the nation think right now:

    2) Which team has been the biggest surprise in 2005?

    2) Who is the midseason Coach of the Year?
    Marvin Lewis (Bengals)
    Tony Dungy (Colts)
    Tom Coughlin (Giants)
    Lovie Smith (Bears)
    Mike Shanahan (Broncos)
    Bill Cowher (Steelers)

    There are a couple of other interesting picks. So go. Go now. Dooo it.

    Tuesday, November 08, 2005


    King of the Hill Week 9

    No one was eliminated this week. Keep up the good work. But the longer the contest goes on, the more difficult it becomes.

    MOe - Giants (Steelers, Colts, Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Bucs, Packers, Bengals)
    Brian - Giants (Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bucs, Colts, Rams)
    Sean - Jaguars (Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
    Brad - Chargers (Panthers, Bears, Seahawks, Browns, Bucs, Colts, Cowboys, Redskins)
    Mike from Sharonville - Jaguars (Panthers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Packers, Redskins)

    On the Sideline:
    Bob - (Bucs, Steelers, Falcons, Jaguars, Bengals, Cowboys)
    Marc - (Bucs, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Cowboys, Steelers)
    Dave - (Bucs, Redskins, Chiefs, Colts, Bengals, Seahawks)
    Greg - (Browns, Falcons, Broncos, Bengals, Seahawks, Rams)
    Darin - (Steelers, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
    Woody - (Rams, Ravens, Colts, Cowboys, Bengals)
    Jeff: (Panthers, Eagles, Steelers)
    Martin: (Panthers, Packers, Bengals)
    Bill: (Jets, Rams)Beefy: (Bills)
    Mike from Fairfield: (Vikings)

    And here's where we put our round winners.
    HILLS: Jeff-1

    Monday, November 07, 2005


    Monday Night Football Tonight

    Wow, what a great game for Monday Night Football tonight. Don't sit at home and watch it. Come out to Crossroads Sports Bar and Grill tonight and watch it with the Unabated Sports Crew. We will be out there at 9 to watch Peyton Manning try and get that Guerilla off his back. I know the phrase is "monkey", but seriously, by now that thing is a full grown guerilla, Congo style. Join us tonight for that game. And as always, the first few first-timers will get a $5 Crossroads gift certificate. How can you beat that? A great game, great atmosphere, great wings, great soft pretzels, and $5 worth of free food. We'll see you there tonight.


    Cheerleaders Arrested in Bar Sex Incident

    That might just be the greatest headline ever written. You've probably already heard about this by now but two Carolina Panthers cheerleaders were arrested at a Tampa bar late Saturday night. Meet Angela Keathley (left) and Renee Thomas, who reportedly got into a fight after locking themselves in a bathroom stall for about fifteen minutes, allegedly having sex. Add into this a case of mistaken identity and the story just becomes juicier and more intriguing. The story is all over the news wires and the Carolina Panthers official website is a little slow today. Okay, very slow. And the cheerleaders section of the website has been blacked out. Coincidence? Probably not. Definitely a story that captures the imagination.

    Nothing yet about this on the professional cheerleaders blog, but they tend to skew for more positive stories so that's not a surprise. Still, a good site for fans of cheerleaders, which we all are. Not a bad place to go if you're in a cheerleader frame of mind. Back to our TopCats, I probably should say more but... after reading these articles, what else is there to say?

    Friday, November 04, 2005


    Unabated Interview: Dan Hoard

    When you are the sports director of Cincinnati's Fox affiliate and the play-by-play man for the Bearcats football and basketball team, you're a very busy man. But, you've got a lot of insight into what's going on with our favorite teams. And that's why we had to get this man on our show. Hear our interview with Dan Hoard. He talks about a potential bowl bid for Dantonio's team, what the Big East holds for Kennedy's team, and the playoff push for Marvin's team. He also talks about being mistaken for his old broadcast partner and UC's new basketball coach.

    Thursday, November 03, 2005


    Tonight's Show is Packed!

    There is a lot going on in sports both locally and nationally.

    The Bengals stay half a game up on the Steelers with a 21-14 win over the Packers. The good news, they picked off brett Favre 5 times. The bad news, they didn't do much with the opportunities given to them. This weekend, they head to Baltimore to take on the lackluster (but still dangerous) Ravens. The Ravens gave Roethlisberger and the Steelers all they could take, but in the end, Big Ben quieted the haters that said the Steelers couldn't win if Ben was forced to throw the ball (30 attempts). Now the Ravens look to get something going against the division leading Bengals. Several players are still questionable for the Ravens. Ray Lewis is out. What are we going to see out of the Ravens this weekend? Also, the mid-point is here for the Bengals. Who was the first half Offensive MVP? Defensive MVP? Special Teams MVP? Who was the biggest underacheiver? We, along with guest Dave Lapham, will answer all of these questions and more tonight. We'll also be looking for your take on these issues.

    The Reds will soon be able to hang out an "Under New Management" sign on Great American Ballpark. Will the new owners make a difference? Most people thought "Unlce Carl" Lindner would make the Reds a winner. That wasn't so. But the new owners have a strong baseball background. Will that help? We'll ask these and other questions to the's Anthony Castrovince this evening.

    The University of Cincinnati starts its basketball season under new leadership tonight as they face off in exhibition action against Hillsdale. We are letting News Guy Woody out of the wood shed to go catch the game and give live updates. What kind of a game are the new look Bearcats running? Who is hot? Who is not? What kind of crowd reaction is there? Woody will fill us in throughout the night. Also answering our questions about a broader topic Kyle Veltrop of the Sporting News will give us the inside scoop on the Big East. He'll let us know what we need to know to be prepared for the new conference UC is stepping into.

    There are several other subjects up for debate as well including college football. Anything you want to discuss, we'll take all sports topics.

    To recap the Guest line up:

    Dave Lapham, Bengals Color Analyst (8:25)

    Kyle Veltrop, Associate Editor for Sporting News magazine (9:00)

    Anthony Castrovince, (9:25)

    Like I said, tonight's show is packed. Be ready to jump in and become part of the action. We'll be taking your phone calls tonight at 868-9664 and your emails at As always, we'll be giving away Crossroads gift certificates and other prizes tonight. Do not miss out.

    Tuesday, November 01, 2005


    King of the Hill Week 8

    Rough week for the Bucs. And for those who thought Tampa Bay would win. Just like Week 1, the 49ers win and knock out a good bunch of people trying to become King of the Hill.

    MOe - (Steelers, Colts, Falcons, Panthers, Giants, Bucs, Packers, Bengals)
    Brian - (Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bucs, Colts, Rams)
    Sean - (Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
    Brad - (Panthers, Bears, Seahawks, Browns, Bucs, Colts, Cowboys, Redskins)
    Mike from Sharonville - (Panthers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Packers, Redskins)

    On the Sideline:
    Bob - (Bucs, Steelers, Falcons, Jaguars, Bengals, Cowboys)
    Marc - (Bucs, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Cowboys, Steelers)
    Dave - (Bucs, Redskins, Chiefs, Colts, Bengals, Seahawks)
    Greg - (Browns, Falcons, Broncos, Bengals, Seahawks, Rams)
    Darin - (Steelers, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)
    Woody - (Rams, Ravens, Colts, Cowboys, Bengals)
    Jeff: (Panthers, Eagles, Steelers)
    Martin: (Panthers, Packers, Bengals)
    Bill: (Jets, Rams)Beefy: (Bills)
    Mike from Fairfield: (Vikings)

    And here's where we put our round winners.
    HILLS: Jeff-1

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