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Training camp schedule at PBS HERE

UC football

CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati football team will play a home-and-home series against Indiana University, Director of Athletics Mike Bohn announced Wednesday.
The teams will face off in Bloomington, Ind. on Sept. 18, 2021 and in Cincinnati's Nippert Stadium on Sept. 24, 2022, resuming a series that dates to 1896. The two campuses are separated by 126 miles.
The Bearcats and Hoosiers have met 14 times on the gridiron with IU holding a 9-3-2 advantage in the all-time series.
Indiana is the most recent marquee opponent UC has added to its future schedules list which also includes home-and-home series with Boise State (2019 & 2020) and Nebraska (2020 & 2025).
Over the next five seasons UC's schedule will feature contests at Ohio State and at Miami [FL] in 2014, at BYU and home vs. Miami [FL] in 2015, home vs. BYU and at Purdue in 2016 and at Michigan in 2017.
UC will open training camp on August 10, 2014 ahead of the season opener against Toledo on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. ET inside Paul Brown Stadium.


Trouble Brewing
Notes, stats, and photos from the Reds 4-3 loss to the Brewers HERE.  

MILWAUKEE, WI - JULY 22: Zack Cozart #2 of the Cincinnati Reds falls after getting hit by a pitch in the top of the seventh inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park on July 22, 2014 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

Why going for the 2nd Wild Card spot doesn't make sense
The reward for even winning the wild card used to be a best-of-five series that would likely result in at least two home playoff games, a nifty little reward for a team's fan base. Under the new system, however, the carrot at the end of the wild-card stick is just a single-game winner-take-all affair, with the loser only extending their season by one additional day, and maybe not even playing that game in front of their home crowd.  

Reds: Trade rumors
Does this OF bat do anything for you?

Down on the Farm
Reds' top hitting prospect sidelined with wrist injury.

This date 2000: Larkin rejects trade to Mets, agrees to extension

FLUSHING, : New York Met fans jeer Cincinnati Reds shortstop Barry Larkin as he walks back to the dugout after striking out in the first inning 31 July, 2000 at Shea Stadium in Flushing. Larkin, who rejected a trade to the Mets a week ago, was booed loudly by the Shea Stadium fans all night. AFP PHOTO/Matt CAMPBELL

Larkin, Reds agree to three year deal
Lindner gives in, but Reds say they have to raise ticket prices - maybe even this season - to pay for it

Barry Larkin (2001-2003) 
Games played: 45, 145, 70.
260 games: .257-.328-.372-.699, 11 HR, 82 RBI
Larkin then signed a one-year extension on the final day of the 2003 regular season.
The 2004 contract offered a base-salary of $700,000 plus performance bonuses for up to $300,000 more. (Thanks Steven Sharp). "They moved," said Larkin, who hopes to join the team's management after next year. "They negotiated. My desire to be here, to help groom the next shortstop, to move up into the front office, to stay rooted to Cincinnati - that was all part of it."
In Larkin's final season (2004) he hit .289-.352-.419-.771, 8 HR, 44 RBI in 111 games.


Darvish favors six man rotation to protect pitchers
NY Times 
But Darvish said he believed that a shift to a six-man rotation by major league teams could significantly reduce the stress on all those elbow ligaments by giving pitchers a critical extra day to rest and limiting their starts. Darvish outlined his thoughts on the subject to Japanese news media outlets during the All-Star Game in Minneapolis last week, but he declined to expand on it further on Monday.

Time to consider a rule change for shifts? 
I recently asked a veteran major league hitting coach what can be done to inject more offense back in the game. His first response was to address the new defensive positioning.
“The shifts,” he said. “Get rid of them. You need to come up with a definition of illegal defense. I know you’ll say, ‘Well, you’re a hitting coach. Of course you would [say that].’ But it’s something that has really changed the game.”


Jets will reward good fan behavior


Hobson: Bengals blitzes to transition

Goheen: Bengals' belief in Dalton is evident, even if deal isn't

Harvey: Bengals have eye on Kaepernick's extension

Dehner Jr.: Bengals cautious about Atkins's return

Mike Brown says Marvin and Katie now running the Bengals

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Must See TV:  “The Battered Bastards of Baseball”
If you have Netflix, watch The Battered Bastards of Baseball.
It's the story of Bing Russell, (Kurt's dad), launching the Portland Mavericks, an independent minor league team in the 1970's. They were a ragtag team that went against the establishment, won, and were hated. More HERE


What's next for '24'? (contains spoilers)

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: (L-R) Actors Yvonne Strahovski, Kim Raver and Mary Lynn Rajskub attend 24: Live Another Day World Premiere Event for Fox on Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum on May 2, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Bryan Bedder/Getty Images for FOX)

Could '24' live on with more Kate Morgan and less Jack Bauer?
The AP Party
If people want more 24, this is a way to continue the series with a creatively fresh direction. Fox would still have its popular franchise, but also a potentially exciting new drama for its schedule that hasn’t produced a recent hit. Putting Kate Morgan back in the field could change that.

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Tweet of the Week
In honor of this tweet, I will be referring to  UC's game vs OSU as UC's away game in Columbus.