Commentary: Reds fans should relax and enjoy the ride

Published: Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 1:31 AM
Updated: Saturday, September 08, 2012 @ 11:21 PM

The Cincinnati Reds are in the home stretch of a near historic season. Battling the Washington Nationals for the best overall record in baseball, this team is evoking memories of the Big Red Machine of the 70’s.

Johnny Cueto and Aroldis Chapman could finish 1-2 in the Cy Young Award voting, Todd Frazier has made a strong case for Rookie of the Year, Ryan Ludwick could be Comeback Player of the Year, and common sense says only his absence from the lineup after knee surgery is keeping Joey Votto out of MVP discussion.

Yet I hear no Reds fans endorse Dusty Baker for Manager of the Year. Instead I hear complaints about lineups and batting orders. There are doubts that the team can make a title run without a better leadoff hitter, and worries that Mat Latos and Bronson Arroyo are inadequate second and third starters behind Cueto in a short playoff series.

Granted, the Reds have not won a postseason series since 1995, but it’s not as if Baker is going to bring Corey Patterson out of retirement to play center field and spark an implosion. This team is not perfect, but there are no flaws large enough to prohibit a deep playoff run, if not a World Series title. However, what happens in October should take nothing away from the summer of 2012.

I have often witnessed Dayton basketball fans begin speculating about NCAA tournament bids after a big win in December. Victory celebrations are cut short by worries about how many more wins it will take to get to the Big Dance.

I said to them the same thing I say now to Reds fans. Relax. Enjoy the ride.

Von Miller: Broncos LB second-fastest player to 80 sacks in NFL history

Published: Monday, October 23, 2017 @ 12:29 AM

Lost in the shuffle of the Denver Broncos’ embarrassing 21-0 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday was another historic accomplishment from five-time All-Pro outside linebacker Von Miller.

When Miller recorded his second sack of the game with just under two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, the former Texas A&M star officially became the second-fastest player in NFL history to reach 80.0 career sacks.

According to the Broncos media relations department, Miller, who accomplished the feat in only 94 games, trails only Green Bay Packers and Philadelphia Eagles legend Reggie White.

Miller edged out former Buffalo Bills star Bruce Smith and his former teammate DeMarcus Ware to stand alone in second place on the all-time list.

Fastest NFL Players to Reach 80 Career Sacks

  1. Reggie White – 70* games
  2. Von Miller – 94 games
  3. DeMarcus Ware – 96 games
  4. Bruce Smith – 96 games
  5. Leslie O’Neal – 99 games

*Including 1st two pro seasons in USFL, White took 81 games to to reach 80 career sacks

The Super Bowl 50 MVP is having the type of season that should warrant consideration for NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors at the end of the year. Miller has recorded 7.0 sacks through six games in 2017, despite facing constant double teams and chip blocks.

Unfortunately for the Broncos, Miller’s contributions haven’t been enough. They are 3-3 after six games, and are in danger of letting their once-promising season get away from them.

Steelers RB Le’Veon Bell upset with Vontaze Burfict after dirty play

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:59 PM

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Le’Veon Bell was not happy with Cincinnati Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict.

Two plays into their Week 7 matchup, Burfict was on the ground and kicked Steelers fullback Roosevelt Nix in the facemask. Bell was still upset about it after the game.

“My fullback got kicked in the face. That’s just not football to me,” Bell said, via ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. “I don’t think that’s a respectable play.”

There is a strong possibility that Burfict will get suspended for that play. He has been punished so many times for this type of conduct, that there are no more slaps on the wrist for him if the league feels that it was a dirty move.

Burfict already missed the Bengals first three games of the 2017 season due to a suspension for an unnecessary hit on Kansas City Chiefs fullback Anthony Sherman.

This is who Burfictis , he plays with an edge, and that is why he was able to make it to the NFL. However, like all professional athletes who play that way, it is going to continue to cost him money if he doesn’t learn to keep himself under better control.

Steelers WR Martavis Bryant did not want to hear that JuJu Smith-Schuster is better than him

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 11:29 PM

It looked like Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Martavis Bryant was getting along with the offense again.

After refuting reports about wanting a trade, all seemed to be well in the Steelers’ huddle as they defeated the Cincinnati Bengals. However, an Instagram post after the game set Bryant off.

He was tagged in a comment by someone who said that Steelers rookie wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster is better than him. Bryant did not appreciate that at all.

“JuJu is no where near better than me fool. All they need to do is give me what I want, and yall can have JuJu and whoever else,” Bryant replied, via Penn Live’s Jacob Klinger.

Bryant later deleted the comment, and wrote another saying that Schuster’s a great player, but he just wants more touches, via Klinger.

Throughout the week leading up to the Steelers Week 7 matchup against the Bengals, the plan was to get Bryant more involved in the offense. However, at the end of the game, he had 1 catch for 3 yards and a carry for 2 yards.

Most of the touches on the Steelers go to running back Le’Veon Bell. He carried the ball 34 times, and also caught 3 passes. Wide receiver Antonio Brown caught 4 passes and no one else touched the ball more than three times.

It’s reasonable for him to be frustrated, but the ball is simply not getting spread around a lot in Pittsburgh.

Tom Brady’s mother was honored by Patriots before game against Falcons

Published: Sunday, October 22, 2017 @ 10:59 PM

The New England Patriots honored quarterback Tom Brady’s mother, Galynn, before their Sunday Night Football matchup against the Atlanta Falcons.

Many people took the field for the Patriots prior to the game for their “Crucial Catch,” night. They brought people out to the field who have, or are still battling cancer. Left tackle Nate Soldier’s son came out to the field, and offensive lineman Marcus Cooper’s wife came onto the field to represent him. Also in that group was Galynn, accompanied by her husband Tom Brady Sr., via the Boston Herald.

During Super Bowl week, Brady got emotional publicly when talking about his family. It was later reported by CSN New England’s Tom E. Curran that Brady’s mother had been fighting cancer for 18 months.

During the summer, she concluded her cancer treatments and is reportedly doing a lot better. She definitely looks in better health from the pictures taken on Sunday night.