Struggles taught Votto keys to success

2014 Reds



Optioned to Louisville RHP Carlos Contreras, RHP Daniel Corcino, LHP David Holmberg, OF Ryan LaMarre, OF Donald Lutz and RHP Chad Rogers; optioned to Pensacola OF Juan Duran, LHP Ismael Guillon and OF Yorman Rodriguez; reassigned to minor league camp RHP Tim Crabbe, RHP Michael Lorenzen, IF Reynaldo Navarro, C Rossmel Perez, C Max Ramirez and RHP Robert Stephenson; released IF Henry Rodriguez.

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CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 22: Andrew Hawkins #16 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a pass while defended by Andrew Sendejo #34 of the Minnesota Vikings during the NFL game at Paul Brown Stadium on December 22, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)



Michael Johnson tells Geoff Hobson that both sides are going to be ok.

Paul Dehner Jr sorts through the rubble of day one.

Free agency
How big was Day 1 of NFL free agency? Peter King says 64 players signed contracts worth $1 billion! The NFL’s first billion-dollar day is over, and it’s officially the craziest day in the 22-year history of free agency. I’ve done the math with the available numbers: 64 player signings for an estimated total outlay of $1,001,500,000. Top 75 Free Agents



College basketball

Hoosier state hoopless in March?
I count 10 Division 1 basketball programs in the state of Indiana.
It appears NONE will make the NCAA tourmanet:
Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Butler, Valpo, Ball State, Indiana State, IPFW, IUPUI, Evansville.

Bubble, bubble
Mike Bobinski amused by bubble analysis

Latest bracket from Jerry Palm:
3-seed Cincinnati, Louisville
5-seed Ohio State
6-seed Kentucky
11-seed Xavier (Dayton play-in game)
11-seed Dayton

Kentucky Wildcats
Don't look now, Cal's name pops up for Knicks job, again.

UC Bearcats has love for UC assistant Darren Savino, as a name to remember as coaching jobs open up.

Road trip
Are you headed to Memphis for the American Conference tournament? Here is a guide.


Sharp shooters
ESPN's Paul Biancardi ranks the Top 5 shooters in the Class of 2014: Ohio State, Xavier, Kentucky, and Indiana have grabbed four of them.

The Wall Street Journal examines college basketball teams based on the average RPI of their opponents, and it's not good news for UC: 
Since the 2007-08 season, 40 teams seeded No. 8 or better have entered the tournament with an average opponent RPI outside the top 60. Only seven (17.5%) made it to the Sweet 16. UC's average opponent RPI is 94 this year.

Congrats Cincinnati State 
The Cincinnati State men’s and our women’s basketball teams have advanced through the district tournaments and will be heading for the NJCAA national tournaments next week.  The men are the No. 1 seed in their tournament, which will be played in Danville, Ill. beginning March 18.  The women are seeded in the middle of the pack in their tournament, which will also begin on March 18 in Kansas City.

Love this! 
I have that Larry Bird issue in a box in my basement!


UC football

The return of Munchie
From Tom DeWees 
In the second game of the season last year Munchie Legaux suffered a devastating knee injury.  The type of injury that has friends and family hoping he will be able to walk and run again, let alone play football.  A couple of months ago the NCAA granted Munchie another year of eligibility and that's all he needed to hear.  Already determined to get back on the field, that sealed it.  Spring practice started less than two weeks ago and today Munchie Legaux was taking snaps and participating in practice.  #Never say never

 Dan Hoard has more on Munchie's comeback