Thursday, June 18, 2009

This and That, and Oh Henry!

Not Henry Aaron, but Chris Henry. Although it's cool that Henry Aaron is in town this weekend. But all of that smoke in the off season about Chris Henry changing might not be smoke after all. He claims to be in the best shape ever, at least in terms of strength. He also claims to have less than 5-per cent body fat, but he laughed when he said it and added he's always been kind of skinny. At any rate, he seems to be happier and more confident and genuinely anxious for the season to start. I really felt the Bengals went way beyond the call of duty giving Henry multiple chances, but maybe they will get a payoff from all of that grief. I'm not buying all the way, but for the first time in a long time, perhaps forever, I feel like "Slim-15" has a chance.

I've been moaning about this for a month, and I'm moaning about it again. The Reds scoreboard does not show enough replays. Not even close to enough replays. We brought this up with Reds C.O.O. Phil Castellini on "Sports Rock" last week. He seemed to agree, but I get the fielding someone or something is holding them back. When I was at the game Wednesday night, people in our section starting noticing and complaining. I threw some fuel on the fire by reminding them they paid to see the game, and the people at home watching on television didn't pay a penny and they are getting to see all of the replays. Then I noticed a real buzz in the crowd when they did a full scoreboard shot of Francisco Cordero warming up to pitch the ninth inning.
Full scoreboard replays would be a nice touch. Then back to the lineups and defensive alignments between plays. Why waste that huge, high-tech screen by constantly supplying the kind of information the scoreboard in Crosley Field could provide. I'm not sure I'm getting it.

Is anyone else tired of this rain? Yeah, we all are, especially when it messes with the U.S. Open. It seems like it has rained almost every day in June, and there's a potential for rain for the next three days at the U.S. Open. According to the forecast, it's a 20-percent chance of rain Friday, 60-percent Saturday, and 40-percent Sunday. This is not good news. Here's a link that I hope provides the latest hour-by-hour forecast in New York, site of the tournament.

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