Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Why Sabo Still Connects

Chris Sabo was an immediate hit with fans in Cincinnati. Tuesday at the Reds Hall Of Fame announcement, he gave us several reminders why. He genuinely does not see anything he does as a big deal. He just goes out, does it, and moves on. It was also a given that no matter what, Sabo busted his butt in every day, every night, every season. He didn't cheat himself, his teammates, his manager, ownership, or the paying customer. He has immense athletic talent, and it's a shame a bad back cut his baseball career short. But he continues to excel at golf, making the semi finals of the Cincinnati Met Amateur this past summer. I think he still is amazed that people in Cincinnati took such an immense liking to him.

There are so many funny stories involving Chris. Remember the night his bat cracked and super balls started bouncing all over home plate? He had no idea what happened, but some of his teammates did. Talk about a set-up. Congratulations to Chris, Pedro Borbon, and Tony Mullane. I remember Borbon well. Old "rubber arm " could pitch every day, and he will forever be remembered for taking a bite out of Bud Harrelson's hat in a scrap with the Mets in the 1973 playoffs. I don't quite remember Mullane. I ain't that old! Mullane pitched for the Reds from 1886-18892. Mullane's story is fascinating and I am shocked as a lifelong Reds follower I didn't know more about him. Click here for more on Mullane and the Reds HOF inductees from the Reds Official web page. It's worth the read as Mark "The Gosse" Sheldon covers all of the bases. I still can't get over the Mullane stuff.

I checked out the Miami hockey team on Tuesday. The Redhawks are number one in the USA Today coaches poll and fourth in the CBS poll. Somehow, they are picked third in their conference, the CCHA. The kicker, a lot of the same coaches they voted in the national poll that has Miami first, are the same coaches who voted in the conference poll. Weird. Miami coach Enrico Blase had a funny take on the situation.

Miami opens Friday night at Steve "Coach" Cady Arena in Oxford.

The Bengals cannot afford to have the offense go to sleep in this game against Baltimore. To win there, they are going to have to play their best. Even though they are 3-1, we have not seen this team crank it up for four quarters. The Bengals have played well at Baltimore over the last fiver years, coming out of there with a 3-2 record. The two losses during that period were by seven points and six points.

Here is some fun for U.C. football fans. Since the Bearcats don't play for over a week, chew on this Boise vs U.C. vs the BCS stuff from CBSSportsline. This is a link to Gregg Doyel's story that contends that U.C. and Boise do not deserve a whiff of the BCS Championship. I know Gregg, so I'm allowed to say he is one of those SEC snobs. But there are also links on the page to Dennis Dodd making a case for Boise and Mike Freeman making a case for Cincinnati. It's fun reading, but don't let Doyel get you too steamed.

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