Sorry, we had to skip the Breakfast yesterday due to some prior committments and unique circumstances. I hope you survived without me. If you didn't, you probably should investigate professional help.
Tuesday was a pretty special night around this city, I hope you all remember where you were and who you were with. I know its one of those I will never forget. We've had so few truly memorable moments as Cincinnati sports fans recently, the ones that do come along feel that much more gratifying. It's the same way I'm sure everybody reading this blog feels about Armon Binns' TD catch against Pittsburgh. You'll never forget Binns and you'll never forget where you were and who you were with when you saw it.
Hopefully there are many more moments like that to come for both teams. That hope is what makes me love covering sports.
Well, that and halftime cookies.
On that note, time for Breakfast...
--- First off, need to pass along a big congratulations to Mike Waddell. The former senior associate director of athletics at UC, and who made the wise and genius decision to bring me on board with GoBearcats, accepted the job as Athletic Director at Towson, of the Colonial Athletic Association.
Waddell was passionate about UC and set the template for what we are doing here. He will most definitely be missed, but I certainly wish the best of luck to him and his family in Baltimore.
--- A young secondary got younger as Dominique Battle is now out for the season with a torn ACL. Battle should be back for the beginning of his senior season next year, but was the only cornerback with any real starting experience entering the season. He started all 13 games a year ago.
Camerron Cheatham and Rueben Johnson have done reasonably well rotating the other corner spot and now both will be starting in his absence.
The good news is the undeniable leader in the secondary, S Drew Frey, will play against Miami after dealing with a head injury.
--- I was hoping we wouldn't have to talk expansion midseason, but here it comes again. The NY Post reports that the Big East is considering adding TCU.
The bottom line is TCU would be a great get for any league. They own a piece of the Texas football market,which is invaluable. They own a market the BE currently doesn't have a footprint in. They boost the league's football profile. In the new age of expansion, few other factors matter, including the fact TCU is as far from being East as I am from not being bald.
--- Sam Elliott wrote about the Bearcats being able to take a breath after a wild start to the season.
--- Our own Scott Springer chats up Isaiah Pead about a number of topics, including his breakout game against Oklahoma.
--- MIke Vingle of the Charleston Gazette anaylzes what's wrong with the Big East.
The numbers are indisputible. 1-10 vs. BCS conference foes. 0-5 againt Top 25 teams. No BE teams in the Top 25.
As Vingle points out, over the past three years, they also have no recruiting classes ranked in the Top 25. The conference fared well over the past few seasons, particularly in bowl games, so it's hard to judge if the failure has been an exception or the new rule, but it doesn't help recruiting when you don't have the ammunition of big wins to take into recruit's living room.
--- Brian Bennett put Zach Collaros second in the Big East POY rankings and JK Schaffer second in the defensive BE POY.
--- Do you want to know more about pylons? I thought you might.
--- NCAA.com takes notice of UC volleyball with a story about their rising program.
--- Former Bearcats standout Omar Cummings scored two early goals to lead the Colorado Rapids to a 4-1 win on Wednesday night.
--- How about some randomness...
Mental note: Don't propose on the Brooklyn Bridge.
One time, I wish this fake news story at The Pickle were true. Imagine the possibilities.
So sad to hear about the passing of Greg Giraldo.. The guy was an absolute riot and one of the biggest reasons the CCentral Roasts became so huge.