Is There Nothing Left That’s Pure? Russian Curler Accused of Doping

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. A Russian Olympic athlete is suspected of taking performance enhancing drugs. In other news: grass is green, water is wet and Mac has given up on sports. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one considering the fact that Russia was banned from competing in the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang due to a systemic state-sponsored doping program. While some Russian athletes were allowed to compete in the Winter Olympic Games (168, to be exact), they were prohibited from wearing Russian colors or flying Russia’s flag and none of their medals will be attributed to Russia in the official record books. Instead, they are competing under the Olympic flag with the name “Olympic Athletes from Russia”. So again, it shouldn’t exactly shock anyone that a Russian athlete is being accused of doping. What is surprising is the sport that is impacted by these latest allegations: curling. Continue reading

I Hate Sports and I Quit

Let the record show: Sunday, February 18th, 2018 is the day I finally quit. I’m sick of the constant letdown and disappointment. Its my fault, honestly. I could just become a bandwagon fan like I’ve seen so many people do. I could be a Duke basketball fan, Alabama football fan and alternate between the Patriots and Steelers, whichever was winning the most at the time. Yankees too? Why not? If I’m going all in, I might as well wear a pinstriped Aaron Judge jersey and spit on people as I scream about 27 rings.

 

Instead, I’ve remained loyal to my Cincinnati roots. I even refuse to root for an NBA team with one of the best players that ever lived simply because they’re in Cleveland. Rooting for the Cavs would be so easy, yet I would rather be caught watching Lena Dunham make out with Jake Paul by my grandma than Witness anything King James is doing up north. Sure, I have my on-again off-again relationship with the Denver Nuggets, but we’re like Ross and Rachel from Friends. Will we end up together when it’s all said and done? I guess you’ll have to buy the box set to find out.

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“Seasoned” Backup Veteran Hits Free Agent Market

Well, it is official AJ McCarron has won his grievance case against the Bengals and this means he is officially a free agent as of March. This also means that the botched trade with the Browns, as if it wasn’t bad enough, will sting just a little bit more. Continue reading

Nati Boys #45: Basketball Is Back!

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With the football being over, we’ve got an exciting basketball focused podcast coming your way from the Nati Boys. We talk UC, Xavier and OSU all being in the top 10 in the AP polls, LeBron’s trades in the NBA, and Lavar Ball is still running his mouth. We have a slightly different fantasy draft tonight where we all select our starting five of non-NBA players. Enjoy the show!

Intro music provided by: http://www.bensound.com

 

Getting Personal: Baseball, The Reds and Hibachi

I was a huge baseball fan from nearly the day I was born.  Baseball was my dad’s favorite sport and he always dreamed of having a son that had a love for baseball just like him and he could coach.  Some of the first memories I have are my dad playing toss with me at home.  We watched Reds games whenever we could.  The games were not all televised back when I was young like today on FSO.  We listened to many games on 700WLW with good ole Marty and Joe (RIP).  I played baseball as year-round as you could in Cincinnati, OH.  We did tournaments in the very early spring and late fall while playing our league and random weekend tournaments through the summers.  In the winter we would go to the batting cages all the time to keep up and not fall behind.  When we would get those random 40 and 50 degree days in the winters we would end up at a local field to take some ground-balls and fly-balls.

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The greatest duo in announcing history.

I was a die-hard Reds fan and a statistics guru.  I always knew the entire 25-man roster and could recite players updated statistics every day.  This was quite the incredible feat without the internet.  I lived for looking at the newspaper box scores the next day.  I also was always playing a baseball video game as the Reds because playing as any other team just seemed like a sin.  I remember in one of the first MLB games that allowed you to create a player I was drafted by the Cubs and was so disgusted with it that I have never played that game mode again.

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The NHL Could Learn a Thing or two From the U.S. Women’s Team

If the NHL ever wants to gain some traction on the other Big 4 professional sports in the United States, they may want to take a page out of the U.S. Women’s team’s book. During a preliminary match against Team Canada, Gigi Marvin squared up against a referee and laid her out with a beautiful check. That’s the type of badassery that the NHL is missing. Sure, there’s plenty of fighting in the NHL and there’s no shortage of bone crunching hits, but most players don’t have the balls to take a run at an official. That may be just what they need to grow the fan base though. The hardcore hockey fans are going to love the sport no matter what, but the average idiot that knows nothing about hockey would be enthralled with it if you had players taking out referees left and right (hell, they’d probably even blog about it). After all, if there’s one thing every sports fan hates, it’s a referee. Continue reading

Gennett Scoots on down to Goodyear in Style

Cincinnati.com – Scooter Gennett made the trek from Sarasota to Goodyear in a rental RV. He and his wife, Kelsey, and dog, Leo, spent the night in two RV parks.  

Leo was the reason for the unconventional mode of transportation.

“He’s pretty big,” Gennett said. “Me and the wife aren’t too confident in putting him under the plane. We heard some bad stories about the dog coming out stiff as a board from baggage claim.

Baseball is my favorite sport in the world. It always has been and always will be. Spring Training, most notably the first few days of everyone reporting to camp, is just the shot in the arm I need after the post-Super Bowl letdown. Most of the time you get flooded with cookie cutter stories about Player A being in the best shape of their career or Player B is out to prove they’re worth the blockbuster deal they just signed in the off season.

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Seeing Griffey Hold Up That Reds Jersey…

I’ll never forget it. I probably still have the newspaper clipping that my grandma cut out for me somewhere in my basement, along with the rest of my baseball cards and memorabilia from my childhood.

18 years ago this past weekend, the Reds fortunes were supposed to change. Griffey was the end-all-be-all baseball star of the 90’s. Shoes, magazines, video games, television commercials. Griffey was everything. If you grew up in the 90’s, you were a fan of Michael Jordan, and you were a fan of Junior. I turned 14 two weeks after he signed to my hometown team, and got two different Griffey jerseys for my birthday. The city was buzzing with Reds talk, and dreams of another World Series run, which hadn’t happened in a decade.

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Curling is Absolutely Wild

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The Olympics continue to blow my mind. First there was the amazing drone light show during the Opening Ceremony that I’m still trying to wrap my head around, and now curling just dropped another bomb on me. I already have no idea how curling works. I have a tenuous grasp on the overall concept, but as soon as you try and get into the rules and strategies, I’m lost. I know that it looks like something someone like me could do. I also know that, in reality, if i tried curling I’d fall flat on my face and make myself look like an idiot. But one thing I didn’t know, at least until today, is that curling does not have any officials.

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I’m 100% All-In on Drone Light Shows

Ok, I may be a bit tardy to the party but thanks to the magic of DVR I’ve just managed to catch up on the 2018 Winter Olympic Opening Ceremony. I don’t tend to get too excited about the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympic Games. Sure it’s cool that the host country gets a chance to display their culture to the world, and I’m sure it’s awesome for the individual athletes when they get to walk out with their fellow countrymen/women for all to see, but for the most part it just doesn’t do it for me. The ceremony in PyeongChang was no different, at least not at first. Some kids running around stage with a giant tiger and a dragon? Not feeling it. North and South Korean athletes walking out together under one flag? A North Korean athlete and a South Korean athlete carrying the Olympic torch together? Yawn. Gangnam Style playing during the Parade of Nations? Ok, I can get on board with that. That song is fire and I’ll fight anyone that says otherwise. But even that wasn’t enough to get me on Team Opening Ceremony. I was starting to question why I even bothered wasting two hours watching the event on DVR, but then they sent in the drones and everything changed. Continue reading