The Reds have seen better days, but if Bronson Arroyo can go out and shut it down on Friday, nobody will care about the Halladay no-hitter -- at least not within the context of this series.
And, we learned Travis Wood is ready to start Game 4, so there's that. I would delve deeper, but there is really no reason. Friday is a new game -- one the Reds must win.
You can say the same about UC on Saturday. The Bearcats desperately need a win, if only to see as a tangible result of the progress they've made. That and the horror of Miami crossing the sideline to take the Victory Bell at Nippert might cause chaos on campus.
That said, let's eat...
--- Bill Koch posts a blog about Butch Jones' impression of Miami QB Zac Dysert. Jones recruited Dysert while at Central Michigan and has been a big fan ever since.
He says Dysert will be one of the great MAC quarterbacks. That's saying something at a school that produced Ben Roethlisberger.
--- The always dilligent Koch also had an injury update on Ben Guidugli -- it looks like he's going to play. The same cannot be said for Darrin Williams.
--- I wrote during Higher Ground about Maalik Bomar, the kid out of Winton Woods. He put on 20 pounds of muscle in the offseason and was being counted on to fill in for JK Schaffer at OLB.
Butch Jones said then he was buying stock in Bomar. Well, the market is booming. Bomar has turned into a beast and a centerpiece of the defense. Koch had an update story on his progress.
My only concern was the other person I referenced in the Higher Ground story for his muscle gain was Walter Stewart. Stewart made a Bomar-like impact in his first season last year but has leveled off a bit this year. Hard to tell if its a product of spending more time on the D-line, off the field in nickel or the extra weight or what, but the defense could use a little more production from Stewart.
He has one sack, but only 12 tackles on the season --- three for a loss.
--- John Goebel is a delight to chat with. He's insightful and honest. Two qualities you don't often see in player interviews at any level. It should be no surprise considering he managed a 4.0 during the winter quarter, tops on the team.
His resurgence this season has been fun to watch and Bearcat Lair has a story about how he's enjoying the ride.
--- Down the Drive previews Miami's defense. The unit has been formidable to this point, ranking No. 34 in the country and No. 24 against the rush.
--- Miami's Dayonne Nunley has been a big part of their defensive rise. He's not short on confidence. This from Pete Conrad at the Oxford Press.
--- Brian Bennett says you need to be rooting hard for Notre Dame to lose this week. I'm sure that will be a stretch from your daily routines.
--- Brian Grummell at Fanhouse forgets UC is in the Big East for a minute, but eventually ranks them 6th in his poll.
--- UC held its Basketball 101 program this week, which is becoming one of the more popular events with female fans. Here were some of the sights and sounds from Fifth Third Arena.
--- Bad news for Louisville basketball is always good news for Cincinnati basketball.
--- Seton Hall is ready to roll. They will be the surprise title contender in the Big East. Mark it down.
--- Now, time for some randomness...
--- Headline questions like this one make me think some writers should spend more time eating cookies (which says something considering the already high cookie:hours worked ratio) and less time digging up ridiculous fodder.
--- Stanford just found the front page of its recruitment brochure.
--- I love Friday Night Lights, but am concerned as to what they are trying to sell with the final season promo.
--- Dan Patrick is the best in the business. Also, I nearly beat him in a game of PIG at the age of 12. Here's a story about his great success since leaving ESPN. In case you didn't know, he's on from 9am-noon every weekday on 1360AM locally.
--- Ever look at a Reeses Cup and said, "This is not nearly fattening enough nor enough of a danger to my health." Well, these people have.