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Published: Tuesday, October 31, 2017 @ 10:07 AM
— Maybe Jimmy Garoppolo should run for president.
After all, carrying Ohio is generally key to victory, and his trade to the San Francisco 49ers has given people across the state feeling the same way.
Leave it to Bill Belichick and New England to unite Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns fans.
The Patriots’ decision to send their highly-regarded backup quarterback across the country for a second-round draft pick is harder for Browns backers to swallow because they hoped to get him last spring, and now it appears they could have had him without giving up a king’s ransom.
I would still be happy with getting DeShone Kizer in the second round, but maybe that’s just me.
Beyond that, this move has created another front for folks to fight the Hue Jackson vs. the front office war.
The two quarterbacks Hue has wanted most since taking over are Goff and Garoppolo. It's fair to put RG3 on him. But it's never his call. https://t.co/I6YMuxE8kv— Michael Silver (@MikeSilver) October 31, 2017
Jackson, the former Bengals offensive coordinator, has hinted that sub-par personnel is a major part of his 1-23 record as coach of the Browns.
Some fans don’t want to hear that, choosing instead to side with the probably football-illiterate suits over a man who has had multiple successful stops in a long NFL coaching career.
Jackson is far from perfect, but there’s no denying the roster is awful. The guys who put it together admitted that was part of the plan last year.
Whether or not the team wins one game or three doesn’t matter much in the long run. In fact, you could argue if the ceiling is last place in the division, winning more games is worse because of draft status.
Of course, the Browns have not shown any progress from last season. I get that.
They’ve passed on multiple chances to take quarterbacks like Carson Wentz and Deshaun Watson, and now it looks like they could have had an older, already-trained signal-caller for relatively little if they wanted him.
Guess Wilson and Day knew what they were doing https://t.co/e7BAGT1NED— Marcus Hartman (@marcushartman) October 31, 2017
I guess that makes the current plight of the Bengals seem kind of trite.
Better to be in football purgatory than hell, right? I may change my mind eventually, but I’m not there yet. Nothing is worse than the 1990s were for the Bengals — except, of course, perhaps now for the Browns.
News of the Garoppolo trade hit Southwest Ohio, too, where people are wondering if a Bengals team with offensive line troubles should have been more proactive in shopping their own backup, A.J. McCarron.
I was firmly in the Keep McCarron camp last winter and spring because I figured he would be more valuable as a backup to the Bengals in 2017 than whatever they got in return.
Of course, then I thought both Andy Dalton and the team as a whole would look better than they have so far this season.
The offensive line is in such dire shape, I can get behind the idea moving McCarron now for help could have made sense.
The problem with trading for players in the middle of the season, of course, is there has be a partner.
I’m not going to get too worked up about a deal that wasn’t made without knowing what was truly realistic, but I will continue to wonder how this team gets better in the short term.
It probably won’t be by drafting more receivers…
The Dayton Flyers’ 2018 recruiting efforts continued this week with the news a combo guard from Louisville, Ky., is still considering Anthony Grant’s team.
Chance Moore is a top-300 recruit who is in prep school in West Virginia.
RELATED: 2018 guard puts UD in his final four
With a bunch of big guys in the gym already and a top point guard committed for next season, it will be interesting to see how Grant is able to build up the talent on the wings now…
News the Cincinnati Reds have hired Buddy Bell to a job in the front office garnered quite a reaction on our Facebook page.
I like the move. Bell and general manager Dick Williams explained it as a way of beefing up the baseball side of things in the front office, which makes sense given that Williams has no playing or managing experience.
They talked about Bell concentrating on development at the major-league level, perhaps acting as a bridge between the minors and the top level of competition.
READ MORE: Cincinnati native joining Reds front office
If you’ve watched this team closely over the last few years, that seems to be an area they can use some help.
Perhaps Bell can help unlock the potential in Jose Peraza and get Billy Hamilton to the next step, not to mention make sure Jesse Winker is as ready as he can be for a larger role next season.
This is also encouraging because it would seem for the second year in a row they have identified an organizational weakness and tried to do something about it.
Last year, it was working on leadership training to try to stem the tide of losing throughout the minor leagues, something they obviously hope pays dividends at the major-league level eventually.
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 1:59 PM
Updated: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:59 PM
— Springfield High School teammates RaHeim Moss and Leonard Taylor have been named to the All-Ohio Division I boys high school basketball teams.
The Division I and II teams were announced on Tuesday by the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association. The Division III and IV teams were released on Monday.
»RELATED: Springfield coach, “we’ll be back”
Moss, a 6-foot-3 junior guard, was named to the second team. He led the Wildcats (21-5) in scoring at 16.2 points. Also a football standout at linebacker, he remains verbally uncommitted but continues to receive offers in both sports. The University of Cincinnati and Kentucky are among the programs to offer him in football.
Taylor, a 6-5 senior and three-year starter, averaged 12.9 points and led the Wildcats in rebounding (8.9). He signed to play football at UC.
Springfield handed Wayne its only regular-season loss. Both teams were knocked out of the playoffs in a D-I regional by Cincinnati Moeller.
Wayne senior Darius Quisenberry and Myles Belyeu, a senior at Trotwood-Madison, were first-team picks.
A 6-1 guard, Quisenberry averaged a team-high 18.5 points for Wayne (25-2). He played his final two seasons at Wayne after transferring from Tecumseh and has signed with Youngstown State.
»RELATED: Trotwood-Madison back to final four
»RELATED: Boys state final four pairings
Belyeu, a 6-4 guard, leads the Rams in scoring (25.2). A three-year starter, he has scored more than 1,500 career points. He will announce which team he’s signing with after this weekend’s D-II state final four in which the Rams will participate in for the second straight season.
Another junior, Samari Curtis of Xenia, was a D-I third-team pick. He was among the state’s leading scorers (30.4) and is verbally committed to Xavier.
»RELATED: Boys regional results
»RELATED: Girls state final four results
Landing on the D-II third team were Trotwood junior Amari Davis (21.2 points) and Meadowdale senior Jabali Leonard (23.0).
The players of the year were Dave Goodwin of Upper Arlington (D-I) and Pete Nance of Richfield Revere (D-II). Coaches of the year were Hilliard Bradley’s Brett Norris (D-I) and Chad Burt of Wauseon (D-II).
»RELATED: Moeller bumps Wayne off tourney trail
The Ohio Mr. Basketball is scheduled to be announced on Wednesday. Teams were chosen by statewide media panels and based on coaches’ nominations.
Published: Monday, March 19, 2018 @ 12:29 PM
— After 25 years, the Beast is back.
The Milwaukee Brewers are known for churning out entertaining videos -- remember their bullpen dance-off against the Chicago Cubs? -- and spring training was no exception last week as several players contributed to a shot-by-shot reenactment of a famous scene from the 1993 movie, “The Sandlot.”
The 1993 comedy was about a group of friends who loved playing the game but only had one ball. So when one player hits the ball over the fence, where a snarling, mean dog lives, the game is apparently over.
In the 2½-minute video, several players reprise the roles from the film, WTMJ reported. Stephen Vogt played Hamilton “Ham” Porter, who hits the home run. Brett Phillips plays Scotty Smalls, a newcomer who volunteers to retrieve the ball, while Eric Sogard has a memorable cameo as Squints.
Other players in the video include Christian Yelich as Benny, Hernan Perez as Yeah-Yeah, Jeremy Jeffress as Kenny, Josh Hader as Bertram, Chase Anderson (Tommy Timmons) and Jett Bandy (Timmy Timmons).
Plus, Hank the dog plays “the Beast.”
The scene is faithfully done, although Vogt bats left-handed. Ham bats right-handed in the 1993 film. And the Beast steals the scene.
There's heroes and there's legends. Heroes get remembered but legends never die. pic.twitter.com/z7mKroaOQ1— Milwaukee Brewers (@Brewers) March 19, 2018
Here is the original clip from the 1993 movie:
And here is what the Brewers do when they get bored in the bullpen:
Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 5:06 PM
— WHIO-TV Sports Director Mike Hartsock spoke at length with Hall of Fame Cincinnati Reds announcer Marty Brennaman for the latest episode of his “Stay Right There” podcast. Get the latest on the Reds from one of broadcasting’s greats.
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Published: Wednesday, March 21, 2018 @ 4:53 PM
— Remember how the catch rules in the NFL have been a disaster the last few years?
Apparently that might not be the case anymore.
I hesitate to be too quick to rubberstamp the announcement made by NFL director of officiating Al Riveron, but I would say it’s OK to be optimistic things will be better next season.
After much deliberation & input from coaches, players, @NFLLegends, & club executives, the @NFL Competition Committee will recommend the following language simplifying the catch rule at the Annual Meeting next week. pic.twitter.com/hJwH5YYBRK— Al Riveron (@alriveron) March 21, 2018
If the NFL competition committee recommendation is accepted, figuring out when a catch has occurred should be much easier.
If you see a player obtain possession of the ball with two feet (or another body part) on the ground and make a football move, you will have seen a catch.
How is that last part defined?
A “football move” can include a third step, reaching or extending for the line to gain (or goal line presumably) or the ability to perform such an act.
Absent is language about players “surviving the ground,” which is an area from which much of the confusion has come in recent years because for some reason rulesmakers thought the process should be different if a player is going to the ground than if he was not.
A controversial non-catch by Steelers tight end Jesse James was among plays included in a video Riveron tweeted as an example of plays being reviewed as changes to the rules are considered.
.@NFL Competition Committee proposal noted in the previous tweet simplifies the catch process & allows for plays such as the @DezBryant (2014 post-season) and @JJames18_ (2017 season) to become catches. pic.twitter.com/K2caIndpGZ— Al Riveron (@alriveron) March 21, 2018
James brought the ball in with two feet down but lost it as he turned to try to stretch across the goal line. It was initially ruled a touchdown but overturned upon review because James had not maintained control of the ball after hitting the ground.
This play, in a crucial late-season game between the Steelers and Patriots, was one of several high-profile examples of the current rules making sense to few people outside the league offices because extending the ball seems like “a football play,” but it was not being ruled as such.
That is set to change.
The same ruling on a similar play cost Tyler Eifert a touchdown for the Bengals in a game at Baltimore in 2015.