Chris Mack is a good coach. He took over the Xavier program as it was growing larger and larger and took it to the next level. Mack now holds the most wins in Xavier history (215). Xavier has had some great coaches over the past few decades with Pete Gillen, Skip Prosser, Thad Matta and Sean Miller.
Chris Mack was loved by Xavier fans. He grew up in Cincinnati, went to St X (gross), played for Xavier and then coached here. He is a true Cincinnatian and lives and dies with the Bengals/Reds seasons. He also loved the Crosstown Shootout and rivalry with Mick Cronin and UC. Many X fans believed Chris Mack was going to be the long-term coach that did not leave like all of the others because of his ties. Just last year Mack was rumored to have turned down an interview/offer from OSU and IU to stay at Xavier.
Did Mack make the right decision to leave X and take the job at the University of Louisville? Is Xavier going to benefit from this move like they have from all of the other coaches leaving?
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.
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.
He’s fucking back.
The last blog I made was discussing Marvin’s potential replacements. I didn’t dive into the current staff or defensive minded coaches as my wish was to hire a young offensive mind. It was 90% likely that Marvin Lewis was leaving and then he all of a sudden wasn’t. This was my nightmare and then I started to think about the situation. There are bright spots or two in this even though many of us were disappointed. It was rumored by many and pretty well known that Marvin was ready to move on and was not happy with Mike Brown from some decisions he overruled Marvin on last off-season. At the end of the year review Marvin made some demands and if these were not made then he was moving on. We do not know what these were but we have a few ideas.
1. Paul Alexander is GONE!
In my opinion, the Crosstown Shootout is one of the top 5 best rivalries in present day sports. It is by far the most underrated on a national coverage basis even though it is the second biggest NCAA basketball rivalry behind Duke/UNC. They only play once a year, since they are not in a conference together, which helps make it an even bigger once a year spectacle (Note: When XU was an independent they faced twice a year from 1948 to 1958). The biggest drawback this year is they decided to schedule the game on NCAAF conference championship weekend. This has led to a tip time of 12:00pm ET. This game should be on an empty weekend so it can be a prime-time tip or on a weeknight to give it the extra special feel that it deserves. Final exams are coming up next week at UC and would have given them another reason to avoid scheduling the game for this week.
These are two of the top 20 college basketball programs in the country right now and separated by just a few miles. The schools have a divided fan base that typically do not like each other. Xavier is a private Catholic university while UC is a public state university. The teams have played 84 times with Cincinnati leading the battle 50-34. The UC Bearcats dominated the series from the mid 1950’s through the 1970s with Xavier only winning twice. Xavier has had a stretch of trying to even up the all-time record by winning 13 of the last 20 match-ups.
The 2011 Crosstown Shootout was quite memorable for all the wrong reasons. There was a nasty brawl with 9.6 seconds left in a blowout Xavier win. The brawl consisted of throats grabs, shoves, punches, basketball launched at someone’s head and a stomp on the back of the head. The three years prior to this brawl really started the build up to this blow up. During the match-ups from 2008-2010 there were 9 technical fouls, an ejection, UC clearing their bench early in a game and multiple heated incidents.
The current XU and UC teams seem to play with more respect and less hatred than in the past. This leads to a better experience as we focus on the game and rivalry and not a bunch of incidents that do not belong in basketball.
The Bearcats won last year’s match-up 86-78 even though Trevon Bluiett had an incredible performance with 40 points. The Bearcats have not won at the Cintas Center since 2001, which is their only victory there ever.
Thanksgiving is one of the best days of the year so it seemed like the perfect time to write my first blog. I want to thank Mac, Whitty & DB for the opportunity to (hopefully) add another quality perspective to Milliron.
The football season is hitting its stride (although almost every NFL team sucks this year), the NBA is just around the corner from really mattering, college basketball is ramping up and the weather is turning so spending the entire weekend cooped up in the house watching sports for hours and hours is becoming more and more acceptable. Thanksgiving Day brings it all together. We have three NFL games, the Egg Bowl, a slew of college basketball match-ups as well as a seemingly never-ending table of food and time spent with family. During this time with family, we like to rehash old stories and memories.
Here are three great Thanksgiving Day sports memories I have: