No Bearcats, no Bengals, sort of an empty sports weekend without them. It felt like a welcome reprieve, though.
I imagine the time away from the game was good for the Cats, too. A week to sit back, regroup and refocus probably needed to happen. UC makes the trip to Morgantown for a big game at WVU at noon on Saturday. I'll be there taking you through every step of the way. Including any rendevous with a mountain mama.
--- Do the Bengals make you want to throw up? Would you rather watch an According to Jim marathon than another Marvin Lewis clock mismanagement?
Well, there is a monster UC soccer game on campus tonight. The Bearcats host No. 9 UConn in the Big East quarterfinals at 7 p.m. at Gettler Stadium.
If you wanted to attend one soccer game this season, this is the one for you.
--- Volleyball just keeps winning, though this one in West Virginia was far from easy.
--- Bill Koch spoke with Rashad Bishop about his suspension. This was the first we've heard from Bishop since prior to the Big East tournament.
None of what he said was groundbreaking, but he continued to talk about a series of events leading to his suspension. The bottom line going forward is Bishop seems to have learned his lesson from this and better understands respect for his teammates.
Maturity seems to be the theme of this year's team and Bishop's will play a large role in whether the Cats make the tournament or not.
--- The Big East is living its darkest season since expansion. The highest ranked team in the BCS right now is Pitt at No. 36. Shouldn't there be a disclaimer placed in the BCS bowl system that if your conference's champion isn't ranked in the BCS top 15, it cedes to the next best at-large?
The BE represents the scapegoat this year, but it could be any other conference (I'm looking at you ACC). It's unfair to the conference champion they will play in the Fiesta Bowl (they have the final pick of teams this year) to face a subpar opponent.
--- UC needs to win three of its last four games in order to be bowl eligible. The importance of that goes far beyond the gift package from the Beef O'Brady's Bowl or my desire to eat at Bern's Steakhouse in St. Petersburg.
A bowl game means another few weeks of practices. When you have a team about to bring back darn near everybody, another two weeks of practices can go a long way.
--- I normally save these types of the things for the Bearcats in the NFL roundup, but wanted to mention today that Tony Pike earned his first NFL action on Sunday.
He came in to clean up the end of the Panthers' 34-3 loss to New Orleans. He was 6 of 12 for 47 yards and a 60 QB rating.
Here's the story from the Charlotte Observer with some quotes from an encouraged Tony Pike.
--- For the record, the college basketball season officially opens with regular season games tonight. This will be 21 great weeks until Houston hosts the Final Four in April.
Of course ridiculous game-winners have already happened on the JuCo level.
In case you forgot, this was the last five seconds of regular season basketball we saw. Thanks to Rush the Court for counting down the 30 reasons to love college basketball countdown that concluded with this.