Saturday, December 31, 2005

 

Am I The Only One Worried About This?

You probably heard the news by now: Carson Palmer has signed the largest deal in NFL history... for now. (You know how these things are, someone will have a bigger contract by March.) On the surface, this is an amazing move by a franchise that has a reputation as being something of a penny pincher. It wraps up the franchise quarterback that Cincinnati has been so desperately searching for since the first Bush was in office. It sends a message to current players and potential free agents that Bengals who perform will be rewarded. So, what moron could possibly think there could be a downside to this? I guess just me.

Carson Palmer was signed through 2008, so it's not like there was a huge rush to get this done. He wasn't going anywhere until the next presidential election. As a fan, I was a little more worried about the offensive linemen who are not signed past next season. I guess CP's contract gives the team some flexibility to re-sign whomever they want. But I'm sill a little worried about the fact that this contract will be on the team's books for the next eight years. The team is comitted to Carson, for better or worse. Sure, he's had a great season. But, as unlikely as it is, what if he's a one-year wonder? What if he gets hurt? Palmer's agent, David Dunn, even compared the deal to Daunte Culpepper's. The Vikings could be attached to a quarterback with a bad knee for years to come. I guess I'm just worried that the Bengals could be saddled with a deal that could hobble this team if something goes wrong with Palmer on the field.

Also, I think it's a little crazy to have a deal that goes until 2014. The salary cap may not even be around next year. And there's no guarentee that society as we know it will still be around when the contract runs out. Skynet may have assumed control, the living dead may be walking the Earth, or this might become a planet where apes evolve from men. I mean, 2014 is a long way off. Or maybe I'm a long way off.

Friday, December 30, 2005

 

What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?

I can't think of a holiday that has more to do with television than New Year's Eve. As the clock ticks down on a new year, someone at the party always has an eye on the tube to keep track of when the ball drops at Times Square. This year there might be a more testosterone-laced alternative to you traditional New Year's Rockin' Eve. ESPN is getting into the New Year's Eve coverage. On Saturday night, from the Hard Rock Café in Times Square, Stuart Scott and "Little Steven" Van Zandt - the rock musician and "Sopranos" consigliere - will host a live show from 11 p.m. to 1 a.m., first on ESPN2, with ESPN joining after the Giants-Raiders game. Does that sound appealing to you? Or is it just another sign to you that the four letter network is putting more emphasis on the "E" in their name rather than the "S"?

Thursday, December 29, 2005

 

Thursday's Show... Early Edition

That's right, after taking a week off, we are back this week... but early. With the NCH-La Salle game on air Thursday night, we have been bumped up to 6 pm. That's right, the show starts tonight at 6 pm. It will be interesting to see how that affects the show and the listeners.

SO much is going on this week in sports. The Bengals had a hiccup against the Bills. Some questions linger. Did the Bills loss dampen your belief in Bengals playoff success? Did we learn anything that we didn't already know? With almost nothing riding on this weekends game, how much of the Bengals starters are we going to see? Will Chris Perry be ready for the playoffs? Will Carson pick it back up? Will the defense be able to shut down any of the possible playoff matchup teams? What do you see the Bengals doing in the playoffs? Will the return of Nate Webster make a difference for the Bengals run defense? We'll talk about this, Carson Palmer's new contract extension and more with Bengals.com's Geoff Hobson.

It's Bowl time. The big ones are coming up. And around here, I'm not sure which one will be bigger, The Ohio State-Notre Dame Fiesta Bowl on Monday or the USC-Texas national title game on Wednesday. We'll talk about those games and what we expect to see happen and what we want to happen. I'll be interested in your take on the games.

College football is nearing its end, but college basketball is heading for the middle of its overall schedule and the beginning of conference play. And the battle for the C.O.D. is in full tilt. UC beat Miami to get a leg up on the C.O.D. last night. And speaking of UC, don't look now Bearcat fans, but the cats are back. Actually, they never went away, you did. But that's okay, you can still sneak back in and join up with those who stayed. We won't tell you I told you so. They are receiving votes for the top 25 and they currently sit at number 5 in the RPI. We will talk with Andy Kennedy about last nights game and what the future holds for the hot Bearcats.

Speaking of making a return... I am pleased to welcome back in this week my original co-host, Martin Polk. He is filling in for Clinton this week. And you know that he will have an opinion on the Bengals and he definately will have something to say about the Ohio State - Notre Dame game. Will he be "wake(ing) up the echoes cheering her name" or will he be singing for "Sloopy (to) Hang on"? And in honor of Martin's return, we are bringing back everyone's favorite game "Throwback or Throwaway." The game is simple. We give each other a name of an athlete and the other person will say "Throwback" if they would wear their jersey or "Throwaway" if they wouldn't.

Anything else you would like to talk about? Let us know. Give us a call at 868-9664 during the show or email us at unabatedsports@gmail.com.

Show Guests:

Geoff Hobson of Bengals.com @ 6:25

Andy Kennedy, University of Cincinnati Head Men's Basketball coach @ 7

 

UC Continues Winning Ways

Were you at US Bank Arena Wednesday night? Did you watch the game on TV? If your answer to both of these questions is no, then you really missed out. UC continued it's hot streak with a 75-65 win over Miami. The game was an exceptional one that was tight right up until the play of the night with 8:30 left to go in the game.

Miami's William Hatcher (26 PTS, 5 A, 3 Steals) hit back to back buckets to pull Miami within one, 53-52. That's when the play of the night occured... a timeout. Really. Andy Kennedy called a quick timeout to get the Bearcats refocused. And it worked. Cincinnati went on an 18-4 run over the next 3:45 to seal the win.

Coming up big for the Bearcats were Devan Downey (19 PTS) and Jihad Muhammad (15 pts, 4 assts, 2 blocks, 1 steal). Muhammad's play off the bench was the key to the game. Jihad's defense and energy on the offensive end proved to be the difference as William Hatcher gave all he could in a full 40 minute effort.

Overall, the game was all that you could ask for. A tight game with good energy, lead changes, and stellar performances from several players. The 11,786 in attendance got their moneys worth... and then some. Hopefully, this is the win that will get the fans back to Fifth Third Arena.

We'll be talking with Andy Kennedy this Thursday night to get his take on the game. Don't miss that interview at 7.

And looking at the updated COD Standings:
Xavier (1-0)
Cincinnati (2-1)
Miami (1-2)
Dayton (1-2)

Miami finishes at 1-2 in the COD standings. And it looks like the Crosstown Shootout will also determine the winner of the COD. That January 19th game looms large.

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

 

UC-Miami. Let's Go Fishing.

UC and Miami continue a matchup that was first played in 1905 (a 16-14 UC win). UC holds an 89-52 lead in the series, winning the last 7 in a row. Wednesday at 8, the two meet again.

For UC, they are red hot, winners of their last 6. The Bearcats have improved their record to 9-2 and are receiving votes in the polls. They are also top 5 in the RPI at this early stage. Devon Downey has exploded onto the scene. And it's not necessarily his scoring, but his assists and steals that excite me. The team as a whole is playing an exciting brand of up tempo offense. They are averaging 86.3 points a game over their last 7 games.

As for Miami, the RedHawks enter the game at 4-4, losers of their last 3. The RedHawks have had a rough early schedule (as usual) as they have lost at home to Xavier, on the road to Wichita State and at Michigan. It doesn't get any easier as they will have to find a way to contain Downey and clog the middle to try and control Eric Hicks. Tim Pollitz has missed the last 3 games but Michael Bramos has stepped in and done well in his place.

There will be more on the line this time than usual. Not only is the rivalry between these schools carried on, but it is a part of a bigger regional rivalry, The Battle for the C.O.D. UC got back in the hunt for the C.O.D. as they extracted their revenge on Dayton in Vegas.

Here are the current standings for the C.O.D.:
Xavier (1-0)
Miami (1-1)
Cincinnati (1-1)
Dayton (1-2)

Monday, December 26, 2005

 

Don't Look Now, But Here Come the Bearcats

I know it's still early, but all those supposed Bearcat "Fans" that had written this team off had better pull their Bearcat T-shirts, hats and other paraphernalia out of the closet and get ready to head down to the Shoe for some games. Go ahead, we won't mind if you sneak back in and quietly mix into the crowd. It's the way of the world.

You bailed on this team without thinking and without giving Andy Kennedy and the players a chance to prove themselves. We heard you loud and clear. On the air with your calls. On the streets with your nonstop bitching and whining. Oh yes, we heard you. But don't worry, we won't say we told you so. There really is no point. So come on back and cheer, cheer for the Bearcats like you did so many times before.

For those of you who stayed strong in the face of adversity, we say good for you. You knew that it was going to take more than all the problems this team faced to bring it down. Go ahead and enjoy it. Doesn't it feel good?

That being said, the Bearcats still have a lonnnggg way to go, and the road up ahead is scary and rough. And that is why, now, more than ever, the University of Cincinnati Bearcats Men's basketball team needs your support. That is why there are no "I told you so"s leveled here. Because we don't want to chase away anyone out there who may help the team continue to reach for its goals.

Is this team a world-beater? Most likely not. But that is not what this team is about. This team is about heart, and hard work. Some of the players bailed on the team themselves. That's a shame, because there is a lesson to be learned in all of this.

It is said that adversity does not build character, it reveals it. If that is truly the case, then I see a lot of character and fight in these players and coaching staff.

All I am trying to say is that hasn't this team, the players, the coaching staff, and all the others who work with this program, earned at least a chance for you to come back? If not, what more do you want? You can't ask for much more than what they are giving.

So this is an open invite to all those who said "They suck" or other various words and phrases to come back and support a deserveing team with no questions asked. Go ahead and join those who knew something you didn't. We welcome you with open arms.

 

Monday Night Football Series Finale

ABC is saying goodbye to Monday Night Football. One of the longest running primetime network TV shows will be coming to an end and where will you be? If you're like us, you'll be at Crossroads Sports Bar & Grill. I guess we have to root for the Jets against the Patriots to insure the Bengals get the third post-season seed. Although, after watching the Steelers make short work of a team that the Bengals struggled against, maybe we don't want any part of them, either.

So come on out tonight to Crossroads Sports Bar and Grill in Mason and say goodbye to Monday Night Football as we know it. As usual, the first 2 first timers will get a $5 gift certificate. Monday Night Football, food, drinks and good company. What more could you ask for?

Sunday, December 25, 2005

 

Happy Holidays From Unabated Sports!


Saturday, December 24, 2005

 

Bound To Happen

To be honest, I'm surprised that losses like this didn't happen more often this season. This is a team that has played with fire every Sunday since Week 4. No matter how bad the team was, the Bengals kept them in the game to the very end. Only once all season long did they put the ball in the end zone on their opening drive. That's what Seattle and Indianapolis do week in and week out and I don't think it's a coincidence the road to the Super Bowl goes through those cities. They get on the board first with 7 points and put pressure on the opponent right away. A lot of these bad teams will fold at the first chance, but we wouldn't know about that here in Cincinnati. Houtson, Green Bay, Baltimore, Cleveland... the list goes on and on of the crappy teams that gave the Bengals all they wanted. You're the superior squad. Act like it. Dominate. If this Bengals team wants to make some noise in the post-season this year and be able to survive next year's first place schedule, they have to start on the right foot. Good teams will not let you get away with wasting opportunities and allowing opponents to stick with their game plan for 60 minutes.

 

Sam Wyche In Cincinnati - On Christmas Eve?!

The former Bengal coach will be in Cincinnati 14 years to the day he was abrubtly fired by Mike Brown. I guess ironiy can be pretty ironic sometimes. For a lot of people, this was a sin that never could be forgotten. But it has been almost a decade and a half, and they say time heals all wounds. It also doesn't hurt that Mike Brown has finally supplied a winner. Are you still holding a grudge? Have you started to let it go yet? If not, what would it take for you to begin to forgive the Bengals owner? A playoff win? Super Bowl appearance? World Championship? Or is this something that will just always fester inside until the day you die?

Friday, December 23, 2005

 

Sex and Sports


There are no two things that interest men more than sex and sports. So when the two crossover, it's a must read. And thanks to ESPN.com, we can read all about the when the two collided this past year. Check out their article on sex in sports, the Year in Review.

Personally, I could always use a little more of the crossover. What do you think? It's a pretty comprehensive list. Did they miss anything? Besides when Jeff got shot down on air a couple of times, that is.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

 

UC-UD tonight. Battle for the COD continues.

UC vs. UD, round 2, is tonight at 10:30. Let the fight continue. And what better place is there than Vegas for a rematch? There is a lot on the line in this game. Not only bragging rights between the two schools (imagine what Flyer fans would say if they swept the Bearcats. Actually, think of what Bearcat fans would say if they got swept), but also another game in the mythical battle for the C.O.D. For those of you not in the know, the C.O.D. stands for the Cincinnati-Oxford-Dayton trophy which we are giving away to the team (Xavier, UC, Miami, Dayton) with the beest head-to-head record against each other. Since our station lies in the middle of the triangle that these cities form, and we have often waxed poetic about a tournament between the 4 schools, we thought it would be a good idea to give away a trophy. This game should be part of a two game round robin tourney down at US Bank arena, not a couple of thousand miles away. University of Dayton Head Coach Brian Gregory is all for a two day tourney at US Bank arena. He said so in our interview last week. So we will work on that and have more details to you later.

So tonight has a lot riding on it. Last time, UD beat UC 75-66 by getting down the floor quicker and getting easy transition buckets. They also worked the ball inside to get higher percentage shots. Most of the numbers were actually even, except for shooting percentage, which was a result of good ball movement and the afore mentioned higher percentage shots. Look for UC to get back in transition and to deny the interior pass better if they are to win. For the Flyers, keep knocking down shots. Plain and simple.

By the way, nice lede in the UD game notes:
"Everyone has a story to tell of how they traveled to some place far from home, only to run into a neighbor or someone they know quite well. That will be case on Thursday, December 22, when the University of Dayton Flyers fly to Las Vegas to continue action in the Las Vegas Holiday Classic and square off against the Cincinnati Bearcats. "

UC game notes
UD game notes

C.O.D. Standings:
Xavier (1-0)
Miami (1-1)
Dayton (1-1)
Cincinnati (0-1)

 

Unabated Bowl Picks

You always hear from the experts on their picks. If they had all of the answers, do you really think they would be doing radio or tv? No, they'd be in Vegas. So I'll take a stab at it. Below is how I size up the bowl games and some of the reasons. (Note: Please do not use these picks to bet since most of the picks are based on asinine reasoning like what players I like or the colors of the uniforms. This is for entertainment purposes only.)

GMAC Bowl UTEP (8-3) Jeff vs. Toledo (8-3)
Comment- Carson Palmer's younger brother Jordan is the Miners starting QB.
Las Vegas Bowl California (7-4) Jeff vs. Brigham Young (6-5)
Comment- Mormons will struggle with all of the distractions in the city of sin.
Poinsettia Bowl Colorado St. (6-5) vs. Navy (7-4) Jeff
Comment- Never pick against a military academy. It's bad luck.
Ft. Worth Bowl Houston (6-5) vs. Kansas (6-5)Jeff
Comment- They played themselves into a bowl so I'm betting that they are not going to take this one lightly.
Hawai'i Bowl UCF (8-4) Jeff VS. Nevada (8-3)
Comment- Never mess with a Knight. And on another note, how long before George O'Leary jumps ship for a bigger program?
Motor City Bowl Akron (7-5) vs. Memphis (6-5) Jeff
Comment- DeAngelo Williams will burn rubber. (Think about that statement and what the city of Akron is famous for and you'll get the second level of reference of the joke.)
Champs Sports Bowl Clemson (7-4) Jeff vs. Colorado (7-5)
Comment- I am picking against Colorado, not for Clemson.
Insight Arizona St. (6-5) vs. Rutgers (7-4) Jeff
Comment- See comment from Hawai'i Bowl.
Humanitarian Bowl Boston College (8-3) at Boise State (9-3) Jeff
Comment- Blue turf cause birds to crash into turf thinking its water. What is BC's mascot?
Alamo Bowl Michigan (7-4) Jeff vs. Nebraska (7-4)
Comment- It's nice to see the beer company from King of the Hill sponsor a bowl.
Emerald Bowl Utah (6-5) vs. Georgia Tech (7-4) Jeff
Comment- G Tech is led by a WR named Johnson. This game is played in SF, where Johnsons are king.
Holiday Bowl Oregon (10-1) vs. Oklahoma (7-4) Jeff
Comment- Ducks mad about non-BCS invite. See California in Holiday Bowl last year.
Music City Bowl Virgina (6-5) vs. Minnesota (7-4) Jeff
Comment- The Gophers are led by McNick grad Bryan Cupito. Plus their spirit squad all list "hanging out with friends" as a hobby. You can't beat that togetherness.
Sun Bowl Northwestern (7-4) Jeff vs. UCLA (9-2)
Comment- Take the over. I don't care what it is. Take it. If you like offense and hate defense, this is your dream matchup.
Independence Bowl Missouri (6-5) vs. South Carolina (7-4) Jeff
Comment- I have never liked Steve Spurrier, but the ol' ball coach is doing an amazing job for the cocks. Fitting.
Peach Bowl Miami (9-2) vs. LSU (10-2) Jeff
Comment- Cincy Bengals look good, so Bayou Bengals will as well, right?
Meinke Car Care Bowl NC State (6-5) Jeff vs. South Florida (6-5)
Comment- Bono won man of the Year from Time magazine and the NC State coach looks just like him. You can't beat that, right?
Liberty Bowl Tulsa (8-4) Jeff vs. Fresno St. (8-4)
Comment- Give me Liberty or give me... any other bowl to watch. Tulsa TE Mills leads all TEs in nation in catches. Maybe a future man in stripes?
Houston Bowl Iowa State (7-4) vs. TCU (10-1) Jeff
Comment- Iowa State choked two years in a row in Big 12 North. Plus it's fun to say Horned Frogs.
Cotton Bowl Texas Tech (9-2) vs. Alabama (9-2) Jeff
Comment- Should be interesting to watch great defense against great offense.
Outback Bowl Iowa (7-4) vs. Florida (8-3) Jeff
Comment- Two underperforming teams get a chance at one last win to finish on a high note.
Gator Bowl Louisville (9-2) vs. Virginia Tech (10-2) Jeff
Comment- 1 great defensive unit (VT) versus one great defensive player (Dumervil).
Capital One Bowl Wisconsin (9-3) vs. Auburn (9-2) Jeff
Comment- War Eagle is just too much to overcome. On the plus side, they can visit Mickey in Disneyland in Orlando... or is it Disney world?
Fiesta Bowl Ohio State (9-2) Jeffvs. Notre Dame (9-2)
Comment- Personaly, I am cheering for ND, but I am picking OSU. I hope I am wrong. But seriously, who isn't excited about this game?
Sugar Bowl Georgia (10-2) Jeff vs. West Virginia (10-1)
Comment- If Georgia is good enough for the Bengals (David Pollack, Odell Thurman, Robert Geathers) then they are good enough for me.
Orange Bowl Florida State (8-4) vs. Penn State (10-1) Jeff
Comment- I hear orange juice is good for the elderly. I do want to point out that I had PSU tabbed for big things from day 1. But they have exceeded my expectations.
Rose Bowl USC (12-0) Jeff vs. Texas (12-0) Clinton
Comments- Clinton and I disagree on this one. I only hope that Nick and Jessica splitting up does not distract Matt Leinart. Stay focused Matt.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

 

Unabated Interview: Thad Matta

He just might be "the one that got away." Hear our interview with Thad Matta. A week before it became official, we got him to confirm the big OSU-UC game. Coach Matta gave us a look at his team both inside and out. Thad also talks about the Big Ten conference this year and what the future holds for the Buckeyes.

 

NCH-St.X

I made it out to the NCH-St. X at Fairfield last night, and what a spectacle it was. Not only was there some seriously good play, but the atmosphere was incredible. A sell-out crowd of 3500 made it into the gym, with a large number of people looking to buy tickets outside as well. Scalpers could have made good money last night. There was not a seat, or railing, left empty. People were lined up two deep in spots around the top of the gym. It was loud, it was packed, it was fun. Oh yeah, and they even played some basketball. (An 87-49 NCH whooping of St. X.)

St. X came out early and looked good pounding the ball inside with the absence of Keenan Ellis. That was short lived however as the O.J. and Bill showed got underway. I am now positive that O.J. is ungaurdable. By that, I mean that you can be 2 feet from him with your hand in his face and it wouldn't matter. As for Walker, the boy can seriously throw down. He finished one dunk with a St. X player hanging from his arm. The only knock on Walker is that he tends not to care enough to play defense from time to time. Actually, quite a bit. But when he wants to, he can be a nasty shot blocker or shot alternator.

I would also be doing a disservice to the other Trojans if I didn't pay them their due. While Mayo and Walker did put up the offensive numbers, the rest of the team did a great job. They had several players contribute quite a bit. And the Trojans put points up even when Mayo had to leave the 2nd quarter due to foul trouble. The team seems to be full of complimentary players who know what it takes to get the W.

Fun was had by all, except maybe the St. X Bombers team. They didn't seem to enjoy the game much, understandably so. The St. X student section however continued to show an amazing ability to coordinate cheers, and an extremely apt ability to adapt them to the situation. I have never seen a student section actually "scoreboard" themselves, as St. X's student section did with their team trailing 78-39. They were gracious in defeat.

I would suggest that anyone who can make it out to a game to see NCH do so. There are a lot of questions as to what the future holds for Mayo, Walker and Ellis. I hear that Mayo is close with Huggins and will go wherever he goes (West Virginia and Marshall are strong posibilities). The NBDL is another option so that Mayo can start receiving endorsement money the minute his prep career is over. And as more than a few people have speculated, will O.J. and Bill stay at NCH for their senior season or will they go else where to a place with more challenge.

With all of the speculation out there, one thing is certain. Mayo and Walker can seriously play some ball. Enjoy it.

 

Bengals Go Bowling... (Pro Bowling That is.)

The Pro Bowl team was announced today, and as expected the Bengals were well represented. Carson Palmer, Chad Johnson, Willie Anderson, Deltha O'Neal and Shayne Graham all made the team. A couple of other Bengals made it onto the alternate teams.

Making the first alternate team were Rudi Johnson, Eric Steinbach and Tory James. Levi Jones made it onto the second alternate team.

That makes 6 offensive, 2 defensive and 1 special teams player who were recognized for their achievement. Nice to see all three sides of the ball represented. It is also interesting to consider the path that all of them took to end up in Cincy.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

 

Dumbest Names in Sports

When it was announced that minor league hockey was returning to the Queen City, there was a lot of excitement. But when we heard they would be called the Cincinnati RailRaiders, it raised a few eyebrows among the Unabated Sports crew. I understand it pays homage to the area's historical ties to the railroad industry but, in today's world, "railraiders" sounds a little... you know. Not that there's anything wrong with that. But it's not exactly striking fear in the hearts of the opposing players.

Personally, I was very critical of the latest NBA expansion team when they named the new Charlotte team the "Bobcats." That's one of the most generic and weak names I think they could have gone with. Of course, if I ever ran into a real bobcat, I would probably keep that to myself. And the Blue Jackets?!? Wow. That's really manly naming yourself after apparel.

What are the worst names in sports? What are the coolest? It seems like a lot of minor league franchises take risks and pick edgy mascots. Too bad we didn't get that here.

Regardless of the name, we really hope the franchise takes off and they save some cheap seats for us.

Monday, December 19, 2005

 

Last Chance For Free Bengals Tickets


Bengals Ticket Giveaway
Originally uploaded by Unabated Sports.

The last home game of 2005 is coming up this Saturday and you can win a pair of tickets. All you need to do is join us tonight at Crossroads Sports bar and Grill for the Monday Night Football Game. They will draw a name at halftime of tonight's game for a pair of Bengals tickets. No purchase necessary.

So come out and join us tonight. Besides, Brett Favre on Monday Night is always entertaining. I'll even give away $5 gift certificates to the first 2 first timers who show up tonight. We'll see you at Crossroads Sports Bar and Grill.


Sunday, December 18, 2005

 

We Are The Champions!

Okay, sure, the fans didn't actually get on the field and get the win, but we sure did endure a lot since the last playoff birth in 1990.

Congrats to the 2005 AFC North Champions! The Cincinnati Bengals!


Click on the hat to get AFC North Championship gear from the Bengals Pro Shop. Hopefully, we won't have to wait another 15 years for the next division. :)

Saturday, December 17, 2005

 

Unabated Interview: Brian Ekberg (Gamespot.com)

We love our video games here at Unabated Sports. Anytime we can have someone on talking sports games, we're all over it. We hooked up with Gamespot sports and brought in their top sports editor. Listen to our interview with Brian Ekberg. He talks about how the next generation sensation, Xbox360, handles your favorite sports games. He also has some good ideas if you still need to get some gifts. And be sure to check out some of Brian's articles like his breakdown of 2005 cover athletes. He grades which games have the best man (or woman) as the face of their franchise.

Friday, December 16, 2005

 

The New Siberia

Now that Cincinnati has officially clinched it's first winning season in 15 years, it's time to pick the new "Siberia of the NFL". Even though there's a lot of bad teams out there, you don't have to look much farther than this weekend's opponent: the Detroit Lions. Fire Millen.net has lots more pictures similar to the one here (a nice photshop job on one of Chad Johnson's infamous TD celebrations) on the right of famous people (and animals) holding up similar signs. There's billboards that also mock the GM and fans are organizing an Orange Week. And fans compare a Lions game to other painful things. Does any of this sound familiar? I recall similar ideas and sentiments being bounced around these parts about ten years ago. So, congratulations to the Motor City. You are now the crappiest franchise in the best sports league on Earth.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

 

Unabated Interview: Andre Frazier

During Steeler Week, we brought one of the enemy soldiers onto our show. But he's not all bad, since he went to the University of Cincinnati. The former Bearcat moved up the river and is now wearing the Black and Gold. Listen to our interview with Andre Frazier. He talks about the AFC North rivalry and what it was like playing against Big Ben in college and seeing him play now.

 

Tonight's Show... Bengals, XU and A-10 (plus more)

The magic number is 1. Win one, or have the Steelers lose one. That is all the Bengals have to do to secure a home playoff game. The first playoff game in this city since a January 6 win over Houston 41-14. And with the Bengals traveling to the Motor City to take on a crumbling Detroit Lions organization, things are looking up. Not only has the Lions play been awful on the field, but the front office is less organized than the fan base that plans to wear orange to the game.

Also up for debate, is it better to get the 2 seed and have a bye or get the three seed and in theory have a better chance at getting a playoff win?

College basketball in this area is as hot as ever. Xavier is a legit top 25 team. Mark it down. The A-10 is the most underrated conference in the country. Mark it down. UC is starting to get on a roll after running away with a game against an excellent Ohio U. Squad. Did you see Indiana whip UK? Wow was that a whoopin'. Did Mike Davis save his job, or just quiet his critics for now? Is Tubby on the hot seat?

All this a more tonight on Unabated Sports. And you will definately want to check out our guest list for tonight.

Guests:

8:25 - George Vogel, Channel 5 Sports Anchor. George always is a lot of fun, and with the Bengals so close to a playoff birth, you know that he will be excited.

9:00 - Brian Gregory, University of Dayton Head Men's Basketball coach. We'll talk to him about the Flyers season so far, what the future holds, the maturation of a young team, the A-10 and their role in it, and we'll even mention the C.O.D. to him.

9:25 - Sean Miller, Xavier University Head Men's Basketball coach. It's an A-10 sort of night tonight. We'll ask him about his highly ranked defense, the total team attitude, if he agrees with my ascertion that they are a top 25 team and if it really matters, and get his thoughts on the C.O.D. as well.

As you see it is a full night, but we will be taking your calls (868-9664)and your emails (unabatedsports@gmail.com) tonight. So join in on the action. We hope to hear from you tonight.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

 

Unabated Interview: Dan Hoard 2

It's very economical for us to have Dan Hoard on our show. As the voice of the Bearcats, he's a great resource to talk about UC football and basketball. And as sports director at Fox 19, he's got his finger on the pulse of the rest of the Cincinnati sports scene. He's also pretty darn good at turning a clever phrase. Want to get a piece of his knowledge? Listen to our interview with Dan Hoard. And you can go back and hear the first time we had him on the show.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

 

Return of the Marshals


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It looks like the Cincinnati Marshals will return. It looks like there will be a new ownership group behind the 2006 team, though. Which is probably a good things since the last ones pretty much bailed on the team and the city. The Unabated Sports crew went to the playoff game last year and had a ball. Hopefully, we'll get some more quality entertainment, and a stable owner, during the late winter months.

 

We Finally Have a New King

A new King is annoited. Sean from Fairfield out lasted everyone else to claim his title as King of the Hill. After Jeff won the shortest King of the Hill Tournament ever, Sean won one of the longest King of the Hill's ever. Congratulations to you. Your pick of the streaking Vikings coupled with Brian from Liberty Township and Mike from Sharonville's both picking of the Chargers, proved to be the winning combination. Tell all of your friends that you are a champion.

Sean from Fairfield - Vikings (Chargers, Eagles, Patriots, Panthers, Jaguars, Steelers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts)

On the Sideline:

Brian - (Chargers, Bears, Bengals, Patriots, Panthers, Giants, Cowboys, Redskins, Seahawks, Broncos, Bucs, Colts, Rams)
Mike- (Chargers, Bears, Rams, Cowboys, Steelers, Jaguars, Panthers, Falcons, Seahawks, Broncos, Bengals, Colts, Packers, Redskins)
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-Round 1
HILLS: Sean from Fairfield-Round 2

Monday, December 12, 2005

 

Monday Night Football

Time is running out on your opportunity to join us for a Monday Night Football outing at Crossroads Sports Bar and Grill in Mason. If you haven't joined us yet, this week is the perfect time. New Orleans at Atlanta has all the makings of a game of Gigli proportions. But that's okay when you watch the game with us. There is plenty of entertainment besides the game. There is sure to be lively debate, talk of movies, and some Ms. Pac Man and Galaga playing.

Not only that but I will be giving stuff away. The first 2 first timers to show up will receive $5 Crossroads gift certificates. Not only that, but now is the time of year when I start to clean out all my old media guides and other assorted items. You can have the chance to grab one item. For instance, I have 1 Ohio State Football Media Guide left. They make great Christmas presents. I also have 1 Indiana media guide to give out. Snag Terry Hoeppners inaugural media guide. So stop by and grab a stocking stuffer.

We'll see you at Crossroads.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

 

Fall Highlights

Like Jeff is prone to saying, we learn something new every week on our Unabated Sports show. Here's what we learned while the leaves were falling:

Dominic Ross will not lay out his brother.
Brad Johansen is our Tom Hanks.
Brad Johansen believes the Steelers are where the Bengals want to be.
Brandon Murphy believes RedHawk football is a team game.
Dan Hoard gets mistaken for UC's new basketball coach.

Those are some small samples of the Unabated Interviews we bring you every Thursday night between 8-10 on ESPN Radio 1450 The Ticket.

Friday, December 09, 2005

 

Talking With the Creators of the No Huddle

There is a great article on Bengals.com from Geoff Hobson today about the No Huddle Offense and the men behind its creation. He talked with Sam Wyche and Bruce Coslet (head coach and offensive coordinator, respectively, of the 1988 Bengals) about the current Bengals no huddle offense. It's always good to hear from Sam. I wish him nothing but the best in Buffalo.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

 

King of the Hill Week 13


The lack of parity in the NFL has led to the longest lasting King of the Hill Tournament that I have ever seen. It may come down to a game that slips away when a team rests its stars. Keep up the good work, but I hope that someone loses soon.

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

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

 

Tonight's Show... Snowbound Edition


"They control their own destiny." A beautiful phrase, isn't it? One so rarely heard around these parts. But it's true. The Bengals control their own destiny. And they finally got a win in a big game. And the fact that it was the Steelers makes it all the sweeter. And how sweet would it be to gain the edge in the tie breaker by extracting revenge on the Browns? The AFC North title is in sight. The playoffs are in sight. A home playoff game is in sight. What are you thinking?

Also check us out tonight to hear one of the only grudges that Jeff has ever held in his life. Here's a hint. It involves the Bengals.

The temperature is dropping outside, but the college hoops season is just warming up. So many local teams are playing well right now. Two of those teams play this weekend. Xavier travels to Oxford on Sunday to play Miami. A lot of pride is on the line in this one. Not only is this a chance for a quality win for both teams, but the coveted C.o.D. trophy is on the line. Don't know what the C.O.D. is? Tune in tonight to hear what that is and to weigh in on who you think will win. We will also be giving away tickets to that game. The only prediction I'll make right now is that it will be a low scoring affair. Both teams play great defense.

Also hot on the college basketball scene is Ohio State. Thad Matta will join us tonight to talk Buckeye basketball. Don't miss what he has to say. He'll break down the team and the Big Ten Conference and talk about future matchups with local teams UC and Miami. Speaking of UC, they gave a good performance against Memphis and they travel to Vanderbilt this weekend for their first road game.

With the snow falling, now is the perfect time to talk Miami Ice Hockey. Head Coach Enrico Blasi will join us tonight at 9:25. The RedHawks are up to the #2 and #3 in the polls after sweeping the #3 ranked Michigan Wolverines last weekend. They are in action again this weekend against a pair of ranked opponents.

And it's time to go bowling. Not beer frames and rented shoe fungus, but rather college football bowl games. Join us tonight to get our predictions on the upcoming bowl season.

All that and more. As always, we'll be taking your calls tonight at 868-9664 and your emails at unabatedsports@gmail.com. All first time callers will receive a $10 Crossroads gift certificate.

Guest Lineup:

Mark Curnutte Bengals Beat writer for the Cincinnati Enquirer. 8:15

Thad Matta Ohio State Head Men's basketball coach. 9:00

Enrico Blasi Miami University Ice Hockey Head Coach.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

 

How to win in the NFL. Ch. 1


There may be no "I" in team, but your team better have a darn good Quarterback if they expect to compete. Football is by far the most important sport to have a total team effort. More so than basketball, more so than hockey, and definately more so than baseball. That being said, you only need to take a look at the QB position to get a good feel for if your team has a chance. That is the belief of Pete Prisco from CBS.Sportsline.com. Pete makes a case for the point guard of the Grid-Iron as the single most important position. Check it out. It's a good article. Besides, he lays out his NFL Power Ratings and the Bengals check in at number 6.

Monday, December 05, 2005

 

Bengals Gettin' Some Love... Page 2 Style

Brian Murphy, special contributor to ESPN's Page 2, gave Cincinnati The Damn! Moment of the Week. The Bengals cemented the idea of their ascention to a higher level. In my mind this puts them on the II-level with the Broncos, Seahawks, and the Panthers. The Colts are the only I-Level team.

Check out Brian Murphy's take of the game at ESPN.com. There is even a fun picture of Marvin getting doused with Marvinberry Blast (Okay, it's Gatorade, but we can dream of drinking the Kool-Aid, can't we).

Sunday, December 04, 2005

 

Boy, Did We Need That

On how many levels was today's Cincinnati Bengals win important? Lots. First, a win over a quality team for the first time in 2005. Second, finally beating the hated Steelers. After all, to be the man, you have to beat the man. Whoo! Third, the team now holds it's destiny in it's own hands, especially if they can beat the Browns next week. I think the magic number would only be one in that case. Fourth, the franchise guarentees it's first winning season in 15 years. Congratulations, Detroit. You are now the new Siberia of the NFL.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

 

Katz on Former Head Bearcat

Bob Huggins is no longer the head basketball coach at the University of Cincinnati, but he' still making headlines. ESPN.com's Andy Katz has a feature on what the former UC institution has been doing to keep himself busy and get him ready for his next gig.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

 

Cheerleader Update

No crazy sex in a bathroom arrest story this time. But I did want to draw your attention to the Pro Cheerleader Blog now linked on the left side of the site. They featured the new Ben-Gal of the Week feature on Bengals.com. They also broke down what went into Chad Johnson's proposal to a Bengal cheerleader. It shows what went into blocking out one of the most original touchdown celebrations of the year.

And thanks to a helpful tip, we were directed to the Pro Cheerleader Blog to find pictures of the Bengals Cheerleaders new outfits. I can only hope that those are here to stay. For those of you that didn't see what I am talking about, check out these pics that they have posted on their blog. There are a couple more there so go check it out.



 

Tonight's Show... Join Us

December is finally here, and so are the snowflakes. But guess what else is here, Steelers Week Part 2. The men in Orange and Black are getting ready to take on the men in Yellow and Black again this weekend. Last time, this didn't go so well for the Bengals. This time it could be different. The Steelers have lost two in a row and look bad Monday Night. But that was the Colts and they have a way of making you look bad. Are the Bengals ready to take a commanding lead in the division with a win this weekend? Will they take that next step and become the class of the AFC North? Last time Steelers week came around Brad Johansen said "The Steelers are what the Bengals want to become". Do you hear that sound? That's opportunity knocking. Will the Bengals answer the door. We'll be talking that tonight. And giving us some insight from the other sideline tonight will be Steelers Rookie LB and former UC Bearcat Andre Frazier.

Speaking of the Bearcats, basketball that is, they suffered their first loss of the season Tuesday night to the Dayton Bombers. Did the Bearcats lose or did the Bombers win? UC fans, now is your time to sound off on what you feel the season holds for this team. UD fans, now is your time to call in and gloat. Go ahead, enjoy it. But not for too long, considering you are in action already again tonight against Pepperdine. Dan Hoard will join us tonight at 9:05 to talk about the Bearcats, both basketball and give a recap of the football season.

That takes care of two of the local schools. How about those Muskies? Xavier is playing defense like a beast. And they are going to need to play some great defense again this weekend as they travel to take on Illinois. Last years runners-up just got revenge in the ACC-Big Ten matchup as they took down UNC on the road. We'll also talk up some of the ACC-Big Ten matchup. Did you catch the Duke-IU game last night? Great basketball. And how about them RedHawks? The city of Dayton wants nothing to do with them after they dominated the UD Flyers and last night knocked off Wright State to claim a sweep of the city. RedHawk fans always complain that the media forgets about them out in Oxford, so now is your time to talk it up with us.

And of course, the biggest gift giving season of the year is upon us. Did you survive Black Friday? Do you still need some gifts for the sports gamers in your life? We will be joined by Brian Ekberg, Sports Game Editor for Gamespot.com who will give us the low down on this seasons hottest item, the Xbox 360. He will also let us know what games are the hottest this season. And he will let the hoops fans know which basketball game is the best for your money.

The Gauntlet Question for this week came out of an argument. We need your help to decide this. Which NFL team is in the most disarray? We'll throw out the Ravens, the Lions, the 49ers, and the Cardinals, but we'll also hear arguments for other teams as well.

There will be more topics tonight as well. Whatever you want to get into, we'll take on. Give us a call tonight at 868-9664. Or drop us an email at unabatedsports@gmail.com. We want your predictions on the Bengals-Steelers this week, and what you think of the local college basketball season.

Guest Lineup:
Andre Frazier, Steelers LB and former UC Bearcat @ 8:25

Dan Hoard, Voice of UC basketball and football, and Sports Director for Channel 19 @ 9:05

Brian Ekberg, Sports Game Editor for Gamespot.com @9:25

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