Saturday, October 28, 2006

Title in the Cards

Sure, the Cardinals nearly blew a seemingly insurmountable lead in the NL Central Division in the season's final days.

They took full advantage of a slew of injuries which crippled the favored New York Mets. And, yes, the Detroit Tigers' vaunted offense, with help from the St. Louis pitching staff, picked October to go into a deep-freeze.

Regardless, it's the Cardinals who will be donning the rings. So much for the much-maligned National League.

Friday, October 27, 2006

NL Central club best in world

Sure, the Cardinals nearly blew a seemingly insurmountable lead in the NL Central Division during the season's final week. Ok, the Cardinals did benefit from a slew of injuries that shelved the favored New York Mets. And, yes, the Detroit Tigers' vaunted offense chose the World Series to go into a deep-freeze.

But ... the St. Louis Cardinals are still the ones wearing the rings.

So much for the National League being baseball's stepchild this season.

Tony La Russa's best managerial job? Jim Edmonds thinks so.

"With the idiots that we've got?," Edmonds said. "Yes. We shocked the world."

Like 'em or not, Cardinals fans are among the best in baseball. They've waited 25 years for a World Series title. That's too long for one of the game's most storied franchises.


Sunday, October 22, 2006

Taking a respite from ...

Press Box View to help the folks at with their Bengals coverage.

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We'll still be posting here with Reds, preps, college and other non-Bengals related news.

See you soon.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Reds speak on Lidle's death

It was announced today that Yankees pitcher Cory Lidle, who pitched for the Reds in 2004 and was traded to the Phillies in August, died when the plane he was piloting crashed into a Manhattan apartment building.

“The Reds family and all of baseball is very saddened by the news of the accident and Cory’s death,” said Reds general manager Wayne Krivsky. “Our thoughts and prayers are with their friends and families.”

Reds outfielder Ken Griffey Jr., who was a teammate of Lidle with the Reds in 2004, said, “I was shocked by the news. Baseball lost a good player, friend, teammate and competitor. He left an impression on all of us. Our prayers are with his family.”

Said Reds pitcher Aaron Harang, who was a teammate of Lidle’s with the Athletics in 2002, “He was a great friend and teammate. Our thoughts are with Melanie and Christopher and the rest of the Lidle family. He will be missed.”

Monday, October 09, 2006


The folks at have been kind enough to ask me to serve as a guest blogger on their newly launched Stripes Blog.

I'll be posting on Stripes on a fairly regular basis throughout the Bengals season.

If you feel compelled, hop on over:

Wolfe howls for Heisman

OXFORD, Ohio - I spent my Sunday evening watching the best college football player in America.

His name isn't Ginn or Smith. He doesn't play for USC, Florida, Texas or Ohio State, although he was clearly the best player on the field when his team faced the Buckeyes, rushing for 171 yards and catching five passes for another 114 against the nation's top-ranked team.

His name is Garrett Wolfe. He plays for Northern Illinois.

The Great Wolfe had an off night on Sunday with "just" 162 yards and two touchdowns against the Miami RedHawks.

You'll have to excuse the Great One. His legs were a little tired after riddling the Ball State defense for a school-record 353 yards last week.

Wolfe, the nation's leading rusher, is on pace to shatter numerous NCAA rushing records.

My Associated Press coverage of Wolfe leading NIU to a 28-25 victory over Miami:

Thursday, October 05, 2006

Thom-ahawk chop

The Reds gambled on Thom Brennaman and won.

Just days after (or hours, or perhaps just prior to) announcing that Steve Stewart's contract would not be renewed, the Reds reached deep into the desert to bring a familiar name, face and voice back to town.

The club announced earlier this week that Thom Brennaman would vacate his seat in the Diamondbacks broadcast booth and join his father, Hall of Famer Marty, on Reds broadcasts beginning next season.

Funny how nepotism is as popular in Cincinnati as cheese coney's and Oktoberfest.

We need more Brennamans like we need more Lukens, Mallorys and Hudepohls.

All kidding aside, this is a wonderful move by the Castellini-led Reds because Thom is more than just the chip off Marty's block.

He's a talented broadcaster, professional in voice and manner, and a likely successor to the throne should his father decide to take up golf full-time.

"It's definitely a tremendous loss," D'backs president Derrick Hall told the Arizona Republic. "Thom is such a talent, not only here, but with his national presence. Fans across the nation enjoy his work."

The Reds still have one broadcast seat to fill.

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Good old fashioned Pat-down

The Bengals locker room was somber but business-like following Sunday's 38-13 loss to New England.

After the game, head coach Marvin Lewis brushed off questions about Chris Henry's deactivation.

"I can only dress 45 guys and Chris was inactive today," he said.

When asked if Henry was one of his best 45 players, Lewis said, "Today he wasn't".

On Sunday, the best players were wearing red, blue and silver.

"We didn't play good enough in any area to win this football game," Lewis said. "If you don't do the fundamentals, tackling and blocking, you're not going to beat a good team. Let's go back to work. We have a lot of football left to play."

Next up is the bye week, and an opportunity for the 3-1 Bengals to lick their wounds and regroup.

Braves chop Astros; Cards claim title

Tony La Russa's decision to save Chris Carpenter for a rainy day nearly cost the Cardinals. But, the Atlanta Braves bailed him out by beating the Astros.

As a result of Houston's loss, St. Louis clinched the NL Central Division title to avoid the worst late-season collapse in baseball history.

La Russa chose to forgo Carpenter and start Anthony Reyes on three-day's rest. Reyes retired only two batters in the first inning in the Cardinals' 5-3 loss to Milwaukee.

Sensing the urgency of the matter, Cardinals fans joined in a collective Tomahawk Chop hoping to will the Braves to victory.

The Reds, who were eliminated from playoff contention on Saturday, lost to the Pirates today to finish with an 80-82 record, their sixth consecutive losing season.