Nati Boys #58: Wasting Time

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Are the Reds good again?  No.  But they certainly played well on the west coast, which has the Nati Boys excited about baseball again.  We discuss whether or not they’re starting to head in the right direction and speculate on the future of Scooter Gennett in light of the Robinson Cano suspension.  The NBA and NHL playoffs are both in their conference championship rounds, and we all take a little bit of joy in the fact that the Cavs find themselves in a 2-0 hole to the Celtics.  To wrap up the show, we give you a fantasy draft of our favorite ways to kill some time.

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Ageism Wins Again: 25-Year-Old Man Not Allowed to Play High School Basketball

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Star Tribune – Police say a 25-year-old man duped two Dallas high schools for nine months by posing as a 17-year-old student and Hurricane Harvey evacuee in order to play basketball.

Court records show Sidney Bouvier Gilstrap-Portley faces a charge of tampering with government records. He was arrested Friday.

Dallas school district officials say he first enrolled at Skyline High School and later moved to Hillcrest High School, where he joined the basketball team.

Isn’t this pretty much everyone’s dream? Aside from being terribly out of shape, I always wonder how I’d hang in high school sports now that I’m 14 years removed from my senior year. Holy shit, I’m old. I never realized how old I was getting until I just did the math to see how long ago it was since I was 18. Maybe I should’ve lived out this fantasy as a 25-year-old like our boy Sidney.  Continue reading

Canada Hates Joey Votto

Joey Votto is arguably one of the best Canadian-born baseball players of all time.  So it’s no surprise that many Canadians were displeased to hear him come out and say that he doesn’t “give a rat’s ass” about Canadian baseball.  In a recent interview for Yahoo Sports MLB Podcast, Votto was asked about fellow Canadian James Paxton’s no-hitter that he threw recently in Toronto.  While Joey did say he was happy for Paxton as an individual and as a fellow baseball player, he said that he didn’t care about the fact that Paxton did it as a Canadian or that he did it on Canadian soil.  Votto went on to explain that having spent almost half his life in American baseball, he really doesn’t feel a strong connection to Canadian baseball anymore.  He later apologized for what he said, and for how bluntly he said it, but many Canadians are still not happy with him.  At least according to Twitter.

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Despite My Best Efforts, Cincinnati Named Ohio’s Fittest City

Cincinnati.com – Cincinnati is the most fit city in Ohio and in the top 30 in the United States according to the newest American Fitness Index Ranking.

The rankings are done by the American College of Sports Medicine and the Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem, Inc. The Fitness Index evaluated America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators.

Cincinnati snagged No. 29, which is 20 spots higher than the next closest Ohio city. 

No, that’s not a typo – it says “fittest”. I know, I had to double check the article myself. I’ve been doing everything in my power so far in 2018 to keep Cincinnati out of the rankings, but maybe I just didn’t try hard enough. I’ve been doing nothing but eating Skyline cheese coneys since we rang in the new year (I’m already halfway to my goal of 400 for the year, no big deal #ConeyWatch2018 #MacsConeyChallenge). I even quit my workout plan after one trip to the gym in mid-January. What else could I have done to keep this from happening?  Continue reading

Scooter Gennett Named National League Player of the Week

What a stretch of baseball for the Cincinnati Reds. As a team, they’ve rattled off six straight victories and are the owners of the league’s longest active winning streak. I guess they don’t call us #Wincinnati for nothing. Two weeks ago Joseph Daniel Votto was named the National League Player of the Week, and now Scooter Gennett earned the same honor. Somewhere out there, St. Louis Cardinals fans are debating that Yadier Molina deserved the award despite being on the disabled list after failing horribly as a catcher and getting hit in the nuts with a baseball.

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Television’s Hottest Moms Power Rankings [POSSIBLE SITCOM SPOILERS]

**DISCLAIMER: This list was completed with the upmost respect for all of the lucky moms that were selected. They are all great moms (except for a few of them) and that should not be overshadowed by their killer bods and good looks**

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It’s an annual tradition at Milliron Sports for the Mother’s Day release of Television’s Hottest Moms Power Rankings. To this date, it’s probably our most successful annual blog that is in it’s first year of publication. If you haven’t caught on yet, this is the first and probably only time I’ll be doing this. Not because I’m afraid of the naysayers and haters coming out of the woodwork and questioning my rankings, but for a few other reasons: 1. I don’t watch much new TV so the odds of someone coming onto my radar and supplanting a mom from my Top 10 is unlikely, and 2. like anything else we do, I’ll probably forget to update the rankings in 2019 assuming we’re still in existence (the site, not humanity. Although I suppose I could be talking about both).

Enough about me complaining about not having enough time to watch tv and questioning the threat of nuclear war wiping us off the planet… onto the rankings:

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I’m Regaining Confidence in the Reds and That Scares Me

Why oh why must they do this to me? As I watch Saturday night’s tilt vs. the Hollywood Dodgers, the Reds have won 4-straight and are showing signs of a team that can put some runs on the board backed by quality pitching. Sure, the mini-winning streak has come at the hands of the tumbling Mets and injury ridden Dodgers, but it’s lightyears ahead of what they were playing like earlier in the season.

Listen, I don’t think the Reds are going to charge back into the conversation of winning the division of wild card spot. Actually, yeah they will. At least in my dumb brain. If they can string together 20 more wins without losing more than 2 or 3 heart breakers, we’re looking at a contender. They haven’t shown me anything in the last four games that makes me think it isn’t possible. Guys are getting key hits and the bullpen has been ready to finish off strong performances by the starting rotation. The 2018 Reds are back, baby. Continue reading