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Why pace of play has slowed and a dozen ways to fix it
Tom Verducci, SI 
In just 10 years you have added 29 minutes, 11 seconds of dead time per game while scoring 13.3 percent fewer runs.
Does that get your attention? It should, because you don't need to go back to pre-cable, pre-DH days to measure the deceleration of pace of play. How the game is played has changed drastically in a short period of time. The two biggest causes have been:

Gloom and doom put on hold? Notes, stats, videos from last night's 3-2 win HERE  

LOS ANGELES, CA - MAY 28: Homer Bailey #34 of the Cincinnati Reds pitches agianst the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Dodger Stadium on May 28, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Swing and a miss
Reds hitters last 6 games: 70 strikeouts, 7 walks
Friday: 7, 1
Saturday: 13, 1
Sunday: 14, 1
Monday: 10, 3
Tuesday: 14, 0
Wednesday: 12, 1
Total: 70, 7 

Bruce blues
Jay Bruce since coming off the DL: 2 for 20 (.100), 10 K, 0 RBI
Season: .197-3-14

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New Pete Tee from Cincy Shirts
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Marvin Lewis a victim of his own success
Don Banks, SI 
If there's one truth to hold self-evident this season it's that no team has more at stake, and more possibility for wildly disparate outcomes, than Cincinnati. Everything from ultimate triumph to the end of an era seems in play this year for the talented Bengals, who have come so far in the first 11 seasons of Marvin Lewis' coaching tenure, and yet obviously haven't achieved the success that truly matters in the NFL.

Hoard: Lamur is healthy and happy to be back

UC basketball/AAC
2014-15 conference basketball schedule announced:
The University of Cincinnati men's basketball team learned its league pairings for the 2014-15 season on Wednesday when they were announced by American Athletic Conference Commissioner Mike Aresco in Key Biscayne, Florida.
With the addition of East Carolina University, Tulane University and the University of Tulsa in 2014, The American's membership increases to 11 with its basketball teams continuing to play an 18-game conference schedule. Each team will play eight of its 10 opponents twice, and the other two opponents once each - one at home and one away. The complete 2014-15 conference schedule with dates and times will be announced at a later date.
Home: UCF, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, USF, SMU, Temple, Tulane
Away: UCF, UConn, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis, SMU, Temple, Tulane, Tulsa

Class of 2018!
I took a vacation day yesterday, so I could attend Casey's Bridging Ceremony at Summit View Middle School. He is officially on to Simon Kenton H.S. next year!

Xavier baseball 
Friday vs Vanderbilt, NCAA tournament

Chris Mack Basketball Camp
More info HERE


The purpose of our camp is to instruct young players in the fundamentals of the game and help instill in them a love and appreciation for basketball and good sportsmanship. We’ll have a tremendous staff of instructors including Xavier University Coaching Staff, college and high school coaches from across the US and college Athletes. Every participant can count on an exciting and rewarding week of playing hard, playing together, having fun and improving his basketball skills. Every camper will get the thrill of using the beautiful basketball facilities of the Cintas Center along with the Schmidt Fieldhouse and O’Connor Sports Center. We hope you can join us!

No increase in price for Xavier basketball season tickets
CINCINNATI --- Xavier men’s basketball season ticket renewals have hit mailboxes and XU is pleased to announce that there were no increases in season ticket prices. In fact, while most prices have been held steady, some areas have been decreased at Cintas Center for the 2014-15 season.
“As we enter our second year in the BIG EAST, we are excited to announce some great values in our season-ticket packages all over Cintas Center” said Brian Hicks, Associate Athletic Director for External Relations.  “Our goal is to sell out every home basketball game at Cintas Center.  We believe in the great experience that fans get when they attend a Xavier game, and we want to make BIG EAST basketball as accessible as possible for all of our fans.”
All seats in the upper level from sections 200 through 206 have been decreased by at least $50 from last year.  Season tickets in the Upper Baseline location are $100 less than last season and provide a value savings of more than 45% OFF the single-game price.  An exciting young team combined with many great season ticket options makes this a great time to buy season tickets.
Fans can pay their $100 per seat deposit through to guarantee the first opportunity to select new seats prior to the general public on-sale date in July.  Please note that current season ticket holders can pay their deposit through their ticket renewal. 

Pacers take Game 5, still alive...Final: Pacers 93 Heat 90

Local product finalist for the Fan's Choice Award in college baseball

Dayton Baseball's Robby Sunderman has been the epitome of student-athlete in his four years here at the University of Dayton. The Cincinnati, Ohio native came to UD after a stellar high school career (Moeller) and continued to find success on the field with the Flyers. In 2012, Sunderman played a crucial role in Dayton winning both the regular season and tournament titles in the Atlantic 10 Conference. This season, the third-baseman ranked in the Top 3 in the conference in batting average, hits, steals, doubles, and runs scored. He was a leader for the Flyers on and off the field.
While majoring in pre-med, Sunderman achieved a 3.44 cumulative GPA. Upon graduation this summer, he plans to attend the Ohio State College of Optometry in Columbus. Outside of baseball and academics, Sunderman is active in the community, participating in a number of philanthropic events, including Christmas on Campus, Friends of Jaclyn, Dayton Little Buddies, Building Bridges, Buddy Walk for Down Syndrome, and many more. Due to his accomplishments on the field, in the classroom, and in the community, Sunderman has been nominated for the President's Scholar Athlete Award and the Senior CLASS Award. Throughout his time at Dayton and in his future endeavors, Robby Sunderman has been and will continue to be a role model for others. Like/Vote for Robby HERE

On this date: Saturday, May 29, 1971
"Reds Acquire Rookie Outfielder George Foster"
From Steven Sharp:
The Cincinnati Reds traded shortstop Frank Duffy and minor league pitcher (formerly MLB pitcher) Vern Geishert to the San Francisco Giants for rookie corner outfielder George Foster.  Although it wasn't apparent immediately, the trade turned out to be very lopsided in favor of the Reds.
Foster became the Reds starting centerfielder for the rest of the 1971 season, was a bench/reserve player for the Reds in the 1972 season, spent most of the 1973 season playing for AAA Indianapolis Indians before getting a September call-up, and, once again, was a bench/reserve player for the Reds in the 1974 season and in the early part of the 1975 season.  In May 1975, Foster again became a regular starting outfielder for the Reds and would remain so through the 1981 season.  Foster was a National League All-Star five times (1976-1979, 1981) and won the National League Most Valuable Player Award for the 1977 season.
Shortstop Frank Duffy was acquired by the Giants to be the back-up at shortstop for rookie Chris Speier.  Speier retained a firm foothold on the starting shortstop job and garnered most of the playing time at shortstop for the Giants in 1971.  Following the 1971 season, the Giants traded Duffy to the Cleveland Indians, where he (Duffy) would play regularly for the next six seasons.
Pitcher Vern Geishert was assigned by the Giants to AAA Phoenix, but Geishert declined to report.  Instead, Geishert decided to quit professional baseball and opted to play semi-pro baseball back in his home state of Wisconsin, which he did for a few years, beginning in June 1971.
George Foster would play 1,253 regular-season games for the Reds over a span of eleven seasons.  Frank Duffy played 21 games for the 1971 Giants.  Vern Geishert had appeared in 11 games for the California Angels at the end of the 1969 season, but remained in the minors for the rest of his professional career before quitting, after he had been traded by the Reds

Breaking Bad

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