Sunday, August 29, 2010

Down The Stretch They Come!

A five game lead coming down the stretch of the baseball season?  I really like the Reds chances.  I've moved from thinking they can do it, to they will do it.  Twelve of the final 15 games of the season are against Milwaukee and Houston. The Reds are currently 7-2 against the Astros this season and 4-1 against the Brewers.  Nice.  So the Cardinals better wipe out that 5 game lead within the next three weeks.  With three games in St. Louis at the end of the week, the Cardinals have their opportunity.  If the Reds get out of St. Louis with a four to five game lead, the Reds will win the division.  It would take a N.Y. Mets type of September to blow it.

Okay, So Aroldis Chapman didn't make it to Cincinnati for the Cubs series.  I guess the Cuban Missile will launch in Cincinnati on Wednesday.  It should be fun.

Was that the real Bengals offense in the first three series against Buffalo?  That was something.  Really, it was the best they've looked since running up and down the field against the Bears last season.  They might want to keep the uptempo style of offense on the front burner.  The running game looked very effective out of the no-huddle too.  So they don't have to change the run-first philosophy to go no-huddle.  But the real identity of this offense will be learned the first two weeks of the regular season against New England and Baltimore.   Don't mess this thing up Bengals, use your weapons.

Brandon Ghee's hit on Saturday night was something.  First, I'm glad he appears to be okay.  Second, give me a corner that plays run support like that any day of the week.  That was a wicked hit!

The first weekend of high school football in Ohio was a wild one.  It ended with a great game between Moeller and Huber Heights Wayne.  Moeller wins with a touchdown with seconds remaining. 35-38, Moeller wins, and senior running back Tucker Skove scored all five touchdowns for the Crusaders!  What a way to start a season!  La Salle looked good in a win over Lakota West, while Harrison came out smoking with a shutout win over East Central.  Middletown appears to have reloaded and Colerain will be very good.  The second weekend in Kentucky provided this nugget: Highlands is still the class of Northern Kentucky.  But keep an eye on the rematch between Ryle and Highlands.  It's October 28, and it's at Ryle this time.  That should be some fun, especially if both teams come in relatively healthy.

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