Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom Review (No Spoilers)

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It was pretty good. I know I said “no spoilers” but I guess I have to throw in this tiny one: the dinosaurs are, once again, out of human control.

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Bearcats Are All Over the NBA Summer League

There are Cincinnati Bearcats all over the NBA Summer League this year in Vegas. With some of the talent that has made its way through the program the past few years, with 8 straight NCAA tournament appearances, it’s awesome that we’re finally starting to see some of Mick Cronin’s recruits have success after college. Jacob Evans III was the first round pick for the Golden State Warriors this past year, and has been playing a bunch of minutes for them in their first few games out west. As a Lakers fan, I was super jealous that he went to the GSW, instead of being nabbed by LA a few picks earlier.

Joining Evans this summer is Gary Clark with the Houston Rockets. I’m not sure if Gary is playing in the Summer League because I’ve seen him in street clothes on the bench. He signed a two-way deal with the Houston Rockets after going undrafted, but I think he can be good fit for them under the right circumstances. Clark’s frontcourt buddy Kyle Washington is also on a team this summer, playing for the Detroit Pistons. I’m not sure that Washington has the chops to make it in the NBA, but I think he definitely could make a nice living if he goes to Europe and plays professionally.

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Scooter, Geno and Joey Are Headed to the All-Star Game

Yep, you heard that right. Your 2018 last place Cincinnati Redlegs are sending 3 guys to the All-Star game in DC next week.

Okay, fine. The Reds have been playing a lot better than their record shows, as of late. If it wasn’t for their historically bad start to the 2018 season, we may even be in some sort of race (Wild Card or Divisional). For the last month of the season, Scooter has been leading the league in hitting, and Eugenio Suarez has been tops in the NL in RBI for most of the season. And Joey is just Joey, as always.

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Tiger Woods vs. Phil Mickelson Is TaylorMade for Pay-Per-View (see what I did there?)

SI.com – Two months ago at the Players Championship, where Tiger Woods and Phil Mickelson were paired together for the first two rounds, Mickelson suggested he and his rival-turned-friend Woods skip the tournament stuff and play a “high-stakes, winner-take-all match.”

It would appear that the two players are ready to put their money where their mouths are, as a report from Golf.com’s Alan Shipnuck suggests the two legends are planning a head-to-head match for $10 million.

Mickelson also said that both players would be willing to wear microphones to enhance the spectacle of the made-for-TV matchup.

If the people in charge of scheduling pay-per-views at Showtime or HBO aren’t on the phone with Tiger and Phil right now, they should be fired. Just think about it- two of golf’s biggest rivals with a storied past facing off in a winner-take-all match for $10 million. Who cares if they’ve become friendlier with one another over the years? When that much cash is on the line, you know there will be a surplus of trash talking and head games. Tiger and Phil both have polarizing personalities, and often people found themselves hating Phil because they were Tiger Guys and vise versa. I always hated Phil during the glory days of the rivalry. Not because I thought Phil was a bad golfer or because I didn’t like Phil as a person, but a lot of his fan base had a little brother complex that was off-putting, which was totally his fault and I’m completely justified in my former hate for him. I know that’s ironic for me to say as I sit here puffing my Tiger fandom chest, but that’s the fact, Jack (Nicklaus).  Continue reading

Nati Boys #64: Best of the Nati Boys Fantasy Drafts

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The Nati Boys are taking a break this week so we’ve got a “Best of…” episode for you.  We’ve gone through the archives and found some of our favorite fantasy drafts from episodes past.  Come with us on a journey through time as the Nati Boys discuss our favorite fast food items, pumpkin spice-flavored products, shoe brands that are better than Under Armor and things that are taller than Aaron Judge.

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The Lakers Land LeBron, America Loses

This isn’t even about basketball. We can hate LeBron regardless of the city he’s playing in. As a Cincinnati guy, it was just really convenient that he happened to play in a city I can’t stand. Whether it was anointing himself the King, playing with an almost-broken hand, flopping his way into an and-1, or hunkering down in a “Decision Cave” to decide where he’d play this season, I’ve always had plenty of reasons to not like the Kid From Akron (another nickname he gave himself).

Now that LeBron is in LA, there’s one thing that is certain. No, not a championship. The Warriors and the rest of the Western Conference are still stacked. This means more movie roles and most likely Space Jam 2, which should never be remade. You wouldn’t expect another NBA big man to remake Kazaam so why in the fuck are we gonna let LeBron ruin Space Jam’s legacy? It’s unacceptable and I won’t stand for it.

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It’s Time for People to Start Respecting the Cincinnati Reds

I know it sounds crazy to say that about a team that is currently in last place in their division, but anyone who has been paying attention to baseball for the last month knows it’s the truth. After starting the season with a disastrous 3-18 record, the Reds have gone 33-30, bringing their current record to 36-48. Sure, that’s still a pretty poor record and keeps them 12.5 behind the first place Brewers, but the way they’ve turned the season around and made themselves somewhat respectable deserves a hat tip from even the harshest of critics, but they don’t seem to be getting much respect.. especially in All-Star Game voting.

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A lot of people predicted the Reds to be in the cellar of the NL Central this year, but nobody expected them to be this bad. Replacing Manager Bryan Price with Jim Riggleman, Mack Jenkins with Danny “Dr. Death” Darwin as the pitching coach and a rare early season trade for Matt Harvey has completely changed the trajectory of the 2018 Cincinnati Reds. A lot of the early struggles weren’t necessarily Bryan Price’s fault, but you can’t fire the roster, so something had to be done. And boy, did it work. Continue reading