Should Joey Votto be National League MVP?

Published: Monday, October 02, 2017 @ 1:07 PM

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At least a few people who want you to think they are progressive baseball minds are writing Joey Votto should be the National League MVP

They are wrong. 

Cincinnati Reds fans and Votto himself have every right to celebrate if he does win (he won’t), but that doesn’t mean it would be fair – at least until they change the name of the award. 

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Arguing the best player on a last-place team is the MOST VALUABLE is just silly. 

And yet...

If Votto were the difference between Cincinnati finishing in third place or last place, there would be an argument. 

It’s not his fault the team is bad. The offense was pretty good, and he was a big part of that. 

Vottois a great player. A generational player. Doing what he did last year and coming back with an even better season is amazing and to be appreciated not just now but for years to come. 

He is valuable to the Reds’ brand as someone who generates headlines and fan goodwill. Those things are important. They just aren’t part of what goes into winning the award in question. 

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This is an award that usually goes to the best player on a good team, as it should be. 

Votto’s not even clearly the best player on a non-playoff team, though. 

Remember that thing about being the difference between last place and third place? Well, Giancarlo Stanton arguably was that for the Marlins, except they finished second in the NL East. 

The strange thing about the #VottoMVP movement is that he didn’t even have the top WAR (wins above replacement) in the league according to Baseball Reference (That was Stanton) or Fangraphs (that was Anthony Rendon of the Nationals, who won their division). 

HS Results 10/18: ‘Boro, Oakwood highlight final tennis poll

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 11:04 PM

Springboro and Oakwood were tabbed as the top area teams in the final MVTCA girls tennis rankings released on Wednesday.

‘Boro led Division I with Centerville and Bellbrook finishing tied for second.

Oakwood headlined D-II, followed by Chaminade Julienne and Miami Valley.

Girls Volleyball

Northmont 3, Sidney 2: Taking the final set 15-12, Northmont rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win its sectional. Carrie Nuss finished her career as the season (627) and career (1,533) leader in assists for Sidney and Payton Boshears broke the record for aces in a season (65).

Tippecanoe 3, Belmont 0: Amelia Roeth tallied seven kills with two blocks and Isabelle Crow tacked on 12 assists for Tipp.

Bellbrook 3, Madison 0: Sara Rogers recorded eight kills with 26 assists to lead Bellbrook in this sectional.

West Liberty-Salem 3, Milton Union 1: Tory Cordell posted 15 kills with 20 digs and four aces and Breann Koons added 23 assists with seven digs to lead WLS in the sectional.

Girls Soccer

Coldwater 3, Delphos Jefferson 2: Maura Hoying netted two goals, including the game-winner, for Coldwater in this sectional final.


Girls Soccer

Tuesday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division II

Greenon 7, Northwestern 1

Wednesday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division III

Coldwater 3, Delphos Jefferson 2

Boys Soccer

Tuesday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division I

Anderson 9, Withrow 0

Beavercreek 9, Sidney 0

Carroll 9, West Carrollton 0

Centerville 5, Belmont 1

Elder 2, Colerain 1

Lakota West 7, West Clermont 0

LaSalle 4, Hamilton 2

Loveland 2, Middletown 0

Miamisburg 4, Tecumseh 1

Milford 4, Harrison 0

Northmont 2, Butler 1

Oak Hills 2, Lebanon 0

Princeton 4, Edgewood 0

Springboro 8, Springfield 0

Sycamore 10, Northwest 0

Talawanda 4, Walnut Hills 2

Troy 4, Wayne 1

Turpin 5, Western Brown 0

Winton Woods 5, Kings 4 PK

Division II

Alter 13, Dunbar 1

Bellefontaine 3, Urbana 0

Chaminade Julienne 6, Franklin 0

Fenwick 1, Goshen 0

Indian Hill 4, Norwood 0

Kenton Ridge 3, Ben Logan 0

McNicholas 4, Batvia 0

Northwestern vs. Indian Lake, ppd.

Oakwood 3, Spg. Shawnee 0

Roger Bacon 2, New Richmond 0

Taylor 2, Badin 1

Tippecanoe 8, Ponitz 0

Valley View 2, Eaton 1

Wilmington 1, Waynesville 0

Wyoming 8, Clinton-Massie 0

Division III

Bethel 6, Newton 0

Blanchester 3, Georgetown 2

Botkins 3, Madison 0

Cincinnati Country Day 3, Cincinnati Christian 1

Dayton Christian 13, Emmanuel Christian 1

Fayetteville 8, North College Hill 3

Finneytown 6, Ripley Union-Lewis 0

Greenon 3, Jackson Center 2 OT

Lehman Catholic 2, Greeneview 0

Madeira 9, Williamsburg 0

Mariemont 6, Deer Park 0

Milton Union 2, Miami East 1

Reading 5, Purcell Marian 1

Temple Christian 4, Allen East 0

West Liberty-Salem 6, Preble Shawnee 0

Yellow Springs 6, Stivers 0

Wednesday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division II

Northwestern 3, Indian Lake 2

Girls Volleyball

Tuesday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division I

Colerain 3, Wilmington 0

Fairfield 3, Edgewood 0

Lakota West 3, Milford 0

Miamisburg 3, West Carrollton 0

Springfield 3, Fairborn 1

Turpin 3, Western Brown 0

Walnut Hills 3, Harrison 0

Winton Woods 3, Princeton 1

Division II

Franklin 3, Dunbar 0

Greenville 3, Ponitz 0

Kenton Ridge 3, Trotwood 0

Mariemont 3, Thurgood Marshall 0

Monroe 3, Clinton-Massie 2

Northwestern 3, Chaminade Julienne 2

Division III

Clermont Northeastern 3, Finneytown 0

Coldwater 3, Bluffton 0

Madeira 3, St. Bernard 0

Minster 3, Patrick Henry 0

Purcell Marian 3, Blanchester 0

Reading 3, Clark Montessori 0

Williamsburg 3, Deer Park 0

Division IV

Ansonia 3, Troy Christian 2

Cedarville 3, Fairlawn 0

Fort Loramie 3, Dayton Christian 0

Houston 3, Botkins 0

Russia 3, Legacy Christian 0

Twin Valley South 3, Newton 0

Wednesday’s Results

Sectional Tournament

Division I

Butler 3, Stebbins 0

Hamilton 3, Withrow 0

Lakota East 3, Talawanda 0

Mt. Healthy 3, Middletown 0

Northmont 3, Sidney 2

Division II

Badin 3, Oakwood 1

Bellbrook 3, Madison 0

Graham 3, Meadowdale 0

Greenon 3, Carroll 0

Fenwick 3, Stivers 0

Tippecanoe 3, Belmont 0

Division III

Miami East 3, Indian Lake 0

Waynesville 3, Aiken 0

West Liberty-Salem 3, Milton Union 1

Division IV

Emmanuel Christian 3, Mississinawa Valley 0

Felicity Franklin 3, New Miami 1

Jackson Center 3, Mechanicsburg 0

Lehman Catholic 3, Franklin Monroe 2

Middletown Christian 3, Cin. Country Day 1

Riverside 3, Southeastern 0

Tri-Village 3, Tri-County North 1

Girls Tennis

MVTCA Area Rankings

Division I

1. Springboro; 2. Centerville, Bellbrook; 4. Beavercreek; 5. Fairmont; 6. Miamisburg; 7. Butler; 8. Greenville; 9. Troy; 10. Northmont.

Division II

1. Oakwood; 2. Chaminade Julienne; 3. Miami Valley; 4. Alter; 5. Milton Union, Preble Shawnee, Tippecanoe; 8. Kenton Ridge; 9. Carroll; 10. Eaton, Lehman Catholic.


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Sound Off: What can Oklahoma do for an encore after beating Texas?

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:49 PM

Oklahoma hung on for a thrilling 29-24 victory over Texas. The Sooners played well early, but had to rally with a fourth-quarter touchdown to top the Longhorns for the sixth time in eight seasons.

The Sooners never had a problem with a Texas hangover under former coach Bob Stoops. They  were dominant in the games following the Red River Showdown.

They were especially dominant when that opponent was Kansas State. Oklahoma rose in the polls thanks to the win in Dallas, but will have to keep the momentum going against a Wildcat team that has been up and down this season.

Sound Off: Oklahoma-Kansas State

Will the Sooners be able to carry the momentum into the their meeting with Kansas State  on Saturday? 

All that and more as DieHards’ Oklahoma beat writer John Shinn and Joe Buettner in this week’s Zaxby’s Sound Off.

Here are some time stamps to help guide viewers  through this week’s report:

  • Oklahoma followed a familiar script in the victory over Texas ( 0:20 ).
  • After consecutive sub-par performances, the Sooners’ defense answered the bell in Dallas ( 1:32 ).
  • Senior cornerback Jordan Thomas became the fans’ scapegoat in the Baylor and Iowa State games. He didn’t give up anything against Texas ( 2:15 ).
  • Oklahoma’s pass rush was the key in the victory over Texas. ( 2:50 ).
  • The Red River Showdown was an emotionally and physically draining game. Will the Sooners bounce back from it ( 3:23 )?
  • The vibe for the Red River Showdown was electric. Both Oklahoma and Texas should get a boost from that. An energized rivalry benefits both programs ( 3:55 ).
  • The Sooners still looking for offensive playmakers. Through six games, they are not up to last season’s standard ( 6:03 ).
  • It appears that Oklahoma will be without running back Abdul Adams and, possibly, wide receiver Jeff Badet when it faces Kansas State  on Saturday  ( 7:02 ).
  • The red zone offense needs to improve. Oklahoma is settling for too many field goal attempts ( 8:32 ).
  • The road team has a lot of success in the recent history of Oklahoma-Kansas State games. The Sooners face the Wildcats at  4 p.m. ET  at Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kan. ( 9:36 ).
  • Oklahoma gets a primetime kickoff for its meeting with Texas Tech on  Oct. 28 . That game is setting up to a huge recruiting weekend ( 11:04 ).
  • If the Sooners can get by Kansas State, the Sooners’ remaining schedule is full of big games ( 12:02 ).
  • Oklahoma made some offensive and defensive adjustments that paid off against Texas. Will those carry over into the rest of the season ( 13:06 )?
  • The Sooners are still letting off the gas at critical times ( 14:24 ).

Packers QB Brett Hundley confident going into first career NFL start

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:26 PM

Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Hundley isn’t lacking confidence going into his first career NFL start on Sunday.

With two-time NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers out for several weeks with a broken collarbone that will require surgery, the third-year pro from UCLA has been tasked with leading the Packers’ offense for the foreseeable future. On Wednesday afternoon, Hundley made it clear that he is definitely up for the challenge.

“I’ve been doing this my whole life,” Hundley said on Wednesday (via Rob Demovsky of ESPN). “Aaron’s a Hall of Famer, and I want to be a Hall of Famer one day. I will lead this team. We’re all going to have fun, we’re all going to go out there and play football. It’s still football at the end of the day, and our goals are still in front of us.”

Hundley saw the first extensive action of his NFL career when he stepped in for Rodgers against the Vikings in Week 6. The 24-year-old completed 18-of-33 passes for 157 yards, 1 touchdown, 3 interceptions, and a quarterback rating of 39.6.

While he was far from great last Sunday, it is worth pointing out that the Vikings do have one of the better offenses in the league. Hundley’s first career start will be coming against a much less formidable defense in the New Orleans Saints.

“We’re going to keep what we do best, and that’s playing this offense,” said Hundley. “Obviously being the starting quarterback now, just like Aaron when he was, he had a lot of choices – what he wanted to do, how he wanted to do it – and same with me. The coaches are doing a really good job with the game plan.”

Green Bay head coach Mike McCarthy has confidence in his new starting quarterback, but he also made it clear that he won’t throw too much at Hundley this week.

“He clearly won’t carry the responsibility into the game that Aaron Rodgers carries into it; I think that’s obvious,” McCarthy said Wednesday. “I’d be an idiot if I asked him to do that. But also, I think that’s really for [all] the other young guys who are playing. We don’t ask all our younger players to do all the things that our veteran players do because they don’t have the experience.”

Playoff points up for grabs as Wayne gets set to host Springfield

Published: Wednesday, October 18, 2017 @ 10:20 PM

Wayne WR L’Christian “Blue” Smith (right) and Springfield DB DeSean Bradley. Wayne defeated host Springfield 38-14 in a Week 9 GWOC National East high school football game at Evans Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
Staff Writer
Wayne WR L’Christian “Blue” Smith (right) and Springfield DB DeSean Bradley. Wayne defeated host Springfield 38-14 in a Week 9 GWOC National East high school football game at Evans Stadium on Friday, Oct. 21, 2016. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF(Staff Writer)

One of the marquee games in Week 9 of high school football in the Miami Valley pits Wayne against Springfield on Friday night in Huber Heights. 

Both teams are 6-2 on the season, and both would be in the playoffs in Division I, Region 3, if they started today. 

Coach Jay Minton’s Warriors are fourth in the region with a chance to pick up a huge allotment of computer points if they can close the season with wins over the Wildcats and Trotwood-Madison, a Division III powerhouse. 

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After back-to-back undefeated regular seasons, this has been a different type of campaign for Wayne. 

The Warriors were blown out by Pennsylvania powerhouse Pine Richland in their opener and lost to Centerville in Week 6 before beating Beavercreek and Fairmont on the road the last two weeks. 

“I think we’re more battle-tested now than in previous years when we’ve just kind of cruised through ‘em, so I look at the positive on that,” Minton said. “It takes a toll on you, so I guess you give and take a little bit.”

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Friday night will be Senior Night for the Warriors, including star receiver L’Christian “Blue” Smith. 

The Ohio State commit goes into Week 9 second in the GWOC in receiving yards with 779 and tied with teammate Steven Victoria for fifth in the league with 45 catches. 

Smith admitted he has mixed emotions heading into what could be his last home game for the Warriors depending on how the computer points shake out. 

Ohio State verbal commit Blue Smith is looking forward to a strong ending to his career at Wayne and ahead to being a Buckeye.

"I’m happy and at the same time I’m sad,” Smith said. “My last regular season guaranteed game on this field, so I just want to go out with a bang. I’ve had a lot of memories here. I’ve played with a lot of great players, man, so it’s just continuing my legacy. Hopefully we can get the job done.” 

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In Springfield, Wayne will face a familiar foe very much in need of a win. 

The Wildcats, also playoff participants last year, are eighth in the region this week but can move up in a hurry if they beat Wayne and Fairmont (currently sixth) in the last two weeks of the season. 

“Every year since (coach Maurice Douglass)’s first year up there they’ve gotten better,” Minton said. “I think they’re just progressing each year, and they’ve always got some really good athletes. Their athletes are sensational. I think that’s what you see in them. Every year they get more comfortable knowing the expectations of Mo and his staff.”