ESPN Can Suck A Fat One

I have to be honest, the most recent series of ESPN “layoffs” really didn’t affect me much. Sure credible journalists like Jayson Stark got the ax, but I was still more intrigued by the firestorm regarding “Mike And Mike”.  Knowing that Mike Greenberg hated that moron Mike Golic and conspired to get rid of him makes my heart warm all over.

But the news of NFL Insider John Clayton really struck me.  Why?  I don’t really know.  Is it because John seemed like an internet sports geek like most of us (even though he really has no social media presence)?  Is it because he had such valuable “inside” information? Probably not.  I mean can you really remember any Clayton “scoop”?

No.  It’s because of this…

Yes, because John Clayton was able to poke fun at himself.  Hopefully John “rocks on” at FS1 or some other network.

By the way, ESPN can suck a fat one as long as they keep Michael & Jemele around.

The Ohio Cup Is Dead

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When Interleague play began in Major League Baseball one of the fun things was having in-state squads play each other.  The Battle of Ohio was particularly fun as usually one weekend was designated for the Indians & Reds to battle in Cincinnati and another was held in Cleveland.

Excitement was felt as fans from each city traveled to the other to take in action in their rival’s park.  Sellout crowds were not uncommon as the two played each other in the early stages of the series known as The Ohio Cup.

Unfortunately that all changed a few years ago when Major League Baseball decided to begin having the Reds & Indians play four straight games, with all being weeknight games.   Even Reds Broadcaster Jim Day admitted on Cincinnati radio that no one, including the players involved, cares about The Ohio Cup anymore.
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All of sudden the urge to travel from Cincinnati to Cleveland and vice versa for the Baseball Battle of Ohio was extinguished.  Who the hell wants to make a four-hour plus round trip on a Tuesday or Thursday?  If Major League Baseball wants to revive any interest in The Ohio Cup, it needs to start scheduling it on weekends again.  Otherwise it is just another series lost in 162 games.

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Wooooooooooo!!!!

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The Reds currently sit at 18-15 at the time of this article being written.  The team is only one game out of first place in the NL Central and has played beyond most, if not everyone’s, expectations.  Joey Votto is being Joey Votto, Billy Hamilton is stealing bases, Zack Cozart & Eugenio Suarez are being productive at the plate and the pitching staff is actually doing ok through the first month of the season.

So what are we talking about?  The “Wooooooo”.  Yes, the noise a great deal of Reds fans are making near the end of each game at Great American Ball Park.  Can it be annoying while one watches on TV or listens on radio?  Yes.  Do most of the “media elite” in Cincinnati seem to be against it?  Yes.

And that is what now makes it appealing.  When those who are seemingly in charge or blowhards like Lance McAlister are against something, it makes it more appealing to a good portion of the regular fan base.  So when the Reds return from their current road trip next Friday, expect a lot of “wooooing’.  I mean a LOT.  When someone thinks a person on their high horse is telling them not to do something, human nature kicks in and they do it.

So if you are not a fan of the “Woo”, be sure to pack a pair of earplugs for Friday, May 19th at GABP.

Worst First Pitches Of All Time

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The beginning of the Major League Baseball season is upon us and there is no tradition like the first pitch.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the Worst First Pitches Of All Time.

Curtis Jackson aka 50 Cent was juuuuuussssst a bit outside on his first pitch for the Mets.

Former Cincinnati Mayor Mark Mallory also leaned to the left, not just politically but with this first pitch before a Reds game.

Last but not least we head back to the Mets as Gary “Baba Booey” Dell’Abate of “Howard Stern Show” fame joined the “Wack Pack” of First Pitches with this lame attempt.

Now on a personal note, the author of this article will throw out a first pitch on July 1st for the minor league Chillicothe Paints.  I pray to God my first pitch will not make this list next year.

March Madness Commercials > Super Bowl Commercials

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Super Bowl Commercials?  Nah.
March Madness Commercials Are Much More Worthy Of Your Attention.

Just watch Greg Gumbel’s reaction at the end of this…

And how can you resist Samuel L., Chuck & Spike?

Give us March Madness & it’s commercials any day.
(Ok, DirecTV & Capital One…slide us a few bucks…)