Late September 2013 is a strange time to follow Cincinnati pro sports, that’s for sure, so here is something to ponder while we wait to see what October has in store: Who would have thought there would come a day when the Reds and Bengals could both become good enough to be frustrating rather than bad enough to be depressing? Continue reading
By now, the discussion about Ohio State’s place in the hearts of Cincinnati sports fans is tired and lame.
There are plenty of Buckeye fans in and around the Queen City, but people in the rest of the state don’t get why there aren’t more, and some of them are bitter about it. As far as that goes, to each his own.
But there is a tangible reason why Ohio State’s influence matters in Cincinnati, and it relates to football recruiting.
In that realm, there can be no debate that Cincinnati takes a backseat to Cleveland when it comes to producing future Buckeyes, at least in the past 10 or so years.
Jim Tressel is a native of the Cleveland area with extensive ties throughout northeastern Ohio (although he was an assistant at Miami University for two years), and he leaned heavily on those while recruiting at Ohio State.
From 2002 (his first full year on the recruiting trail) through 2011 (his last), he offered roughly as many players from one school in Cleveland (Glenville) as he did the entire greater Cincinnati area. Continue reading
I’m generally inclined to think the city of Cincinnati is not anti-Ohio State*.
More likely the Queen City and its residents have a more balanced relationship with the Buckeyes than the rest of the scarlet-and-gray drenched denizens of the state. That is a major part of the perception regardless of the angle here.
This was really driven home to me in 2010 as I worked on a story about Ohio State football and its supposed struggles recruiting Cincinnati and the surrounding areas (hey, you knew it was going to come back to football eventually, right?). Continue reading