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Thursday Thoughts: A hit record by any other name…

Got to side with Pete Rose here and say it is totally absurd to pretend Ichiro Suzuki matched in any meaningful way what Rose did in recording his 4,256th “professional” hit.

And apparently Ichiro agrees, too.

”I don’t think you can compare,” Ichiro said through his interpreter. “Obviously, it’s a combined record. So I always just say, ‘What people think about that record, if they recognize it, I’ll be happy.’ But obviously, 3,000, it’s a no-doubter. Obviously, it’s a record here. So that is a goal I want to achieve.”

And yet somehow an entire story is written around this quote that, well, you know, contradicts the entire premise of the story. Excellent news judgement there. Continue reading Thursday Thoughts: A hit record by any other name…

Monday Musings: Does new OSU QB commit mean more than it seems?

Ohio State had a big weekend with a verbal commitment from Tate Martell, the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the country according to scout.com.

He gives Urban Meyer two recruits from Las Vegas Bishop Gorman HS in as many years and two quarterbacks in the 2017 class. The 5-10.5, 203-pound Martell would seem to be a different type of prospect than the 6-4, 225-pound Danny Clark of Akron Archbishop Hoban.  Continue reading Monday Musings: Does new OSU QB commit mean more than it seems?

Friday Findings: Reds draft offers fundamental trifecta

While logging another loss on the field, the Reds appeared to have a nice night at the MLB draft.

I was all set to say taking a pitcher made sense if he was the best available, but going with Tennessee third baseman Nick Senzel, a college hitter who can play multiple infield positions seems, like a pretty good call to me.

Bonus: The Hall of Famer Hal McCoy approves.

A Reds official called Senzel “very polished” and perhaps the best hitter in the draft.

Of course everyone says only positive things on draft night and I haven’t seen one at-bat of this kid’s career at Tennessee or before, but “polished hitters” seem to be in short supply in the Reds’ system lately while boom/bust guys are plentiful.  Continue reading Friday Findings: Reds draft offers fundamental trifecta

Tuesday Tidbits doesn’t get what the Big 12 is doing here

This is from a couple of days ago, but it’s too dumb to let go:

”If indeed we’re still playing a full round-robin and we have a championship game, I think our means of determining our champion is the strongest of all the conferences,” Bowlsby said. ”We’re two years in and we’re batting .500. And we’d like to bat higher than that. And we think this gives us the best chance to do that.”

Actually, you would have the worst.

I am continually baffled by how many people don’t get what happened as far as Ohio State, TCU and Baylor in 2014. It’s clear as day if you just compare resumes.

The Bears were sunk by their terrible nonconference schedule. The Horned Frogs were hurt badly by their loss to Baylor.

Most importantly, both of them overall had a much weaker schedule than Ohio State, which played almost no complete weaklings but also didn’t see many of its best opponents until the end of the season.

Ohio State passed TCU and Baylor when did because they had to wait until the first week of December to pick up a second big win of the season. That was less than a month after getting their first big win of the season — at Michigan State.

Meanwhile, Baylor and TCU lost a good win when Oklahoma State upset Oklahoma a few hours before the Buckeyes blasted the Badgers.

People get hung up on what the rankings were before championship week, but the way things shook out was a clear indication the committee wasn’t just giving lip service when it said it was going to start with a blank slate every week.

Doing that, it should have been pretty obvious Ohio State had the same record as fellow conference champions TCU and Baylor but a much tougher schedule.

Hence the fourth spot in the CFP went to Ohio State. Pretty simple really.

While I’ve never been a fan of conference championship games anyway, playing one on top of a round-robin schedule is mind-numbingly stupid. The potential downside outweighs the good by such a large margin it is unbelievable.

What is likely to happen? Well, since you’re guaranteed to have a rematch, you’re not going to make anyone’s resume better but you are potentially asking your best team to have to beat your second-best team twice. And if your top two teams split, guess what is probably going to happen? Hint: It will look a lot like 2014.


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Of course that’s not to say it could never be beneficial. Maybe if TCU won a rematch over Baylor in 2014 the committee would have pushed the Frogs into the fourth spot, but that’s a big “if”. It would be another good win for TCU, but should one result count more than the other? Continue reading Tuesday Tidbits doesn’t get what the Big 12 is doing here

Ohio sports holiday weekend rewind: LeBron, baseball, etc.

So, anything interesting happening in the world of Ohio sports today?

Yeah, I know it was a long holiday weekend and now there are some major rumblings that a huge homecoming could give folks even more to celebrate than America’s birthday, so how about we get all caught up on what happened while you were out watching fireworks and grilling, shall we?

The Heart of It All:

How could this be anything but the ever-moving free agency of one LeBron James, the best basketball player to come out of Ohio in the past 50 years and and probably ever?

Sam Amico at FoxSportsOhio.com did his best to round up the rumors and reports that emerged over the weekend while adding his own reporting, while Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports and Fox Sports 1 and Brian Windhorst of ESPN.com, experts on the NBA and LeBron, respectively, brought even more to the table this morning, painting a rosy picture for the Cavaliers’ outlook in bringing James back to the club he began his career playing for then backhanded on his way out the door four years ago.  Continue reading Ohio sports holiday weekend rewind: LeBron, baseball, etc.

On expectations, plateaus and late September in Cincinnati

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 On expectations, plateaus and late September in Cincinnati