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Bearcats Breakfast 4.12.11

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Headed out to spring football practice again this morning. So, the standard brief Tuesday Breakfast in the works.

Despite the constant flood of rain onto the ground and into my basement over the past two days, we're actually talking baseball a little bit today. I mentioned the Joe Nuxhall Classic here yesterday.

There was a press conference down at UC yesterday (you can view it here) and it's always emotional to hear Joe Nuxhall's son Kim Nuxhall talk about the life of his dad. There just aren't many more beloved figures in this city.

Again, UC is set to play Xavier at 7 p.m. tonight at Marge Schott Stadium (weather permitting, but the rain is supposed to break).

Let's eat...

--- While still in the baseball spirit and, for those who stayed up to watch the Reds, are still uncrossing their fingers from the CoCo Cordero experience, wanted to pass along UC's Scholar-Athlete of the month: Justin Riddell, of the baseball team.

Also, P Nick Johnson and 1B Nic Spence were named to the Big East honor roll for their play last week. Spence batted.533 (8-for-15) with one home run, seven RBI and four runs scored in four games. Johnson, who did not allow a run until the ninth inning to lead Cincinnati to a 5-2 win over UofL, is now 4-1 on the season with a 3.44 earned run average and 31 strikeouts in 43.0 innings pitched.

--- UC football hosted Family Day on Saturday. Establishing the family atmosphere from all angles has always been a signifcant part of Butch Jones' mantra. Here's a video from the coach's site documenting the day.

--- Jason Williams with 10 facts about Butch Jones.

--- The Big East issued a statement on the delay of Villanova's decision on joining the conference for football. The league wants Nova to proceed to D-I to help with scheduling and a number of size-related advantages. Brian Bennett speculates it's because the conference had some problems with Nova's proposal. As always, I'll keep you posted here.   

--- BearcatsBlog provided his pros and cons of the Mick Cronin extension. I don't agree with all the points, but the post stirs up conversation.  

--- Filed under, "Things we knew were coming but are still ecstatic to hear": Kemba Walker announced he's going pro. By the way, that is filed right next to "Little Fockers DVD commercial onslaught scaled back since the actual release."

--- CBS college hoops blog deployed a Year in Photos post which beyond being a cool recap of the year, answers a question that had been bothering me lately: Do the Evansville Purple Aces still play in sleeve jerseys?

--- Some randomness...

--- The "jilted girlfriend crushing her boyfriend's car" is cliche, but videos like this always remind me of the scene from Barbershop: "This isn't Malcolm Brown car?"   

--- Among the list of "places a lost 7-year-old would be", I think playing video games should be in the Top 5, no?

--- I like ice cream. I like things that are free. Ben & Jerry's goes for the win-win today! 

--- Dan Wetzel with a unique view of Sunday's wild Masters from the Augusta National Grill Room where the families and golfers awaited their fate. Another great read from him.

--- Last Friday I posted "Renegade" by Styx much to the delight of UC Sports Information star/Pittsburgh Steelers fan Jeremy Martin. (For this reason) But, I felt like I didn't do justice to my favorite band of that genre, Journey (coming to Riverbend Aug. 3, see you there). So, here's a lesson in how to play the keys on a wall and how a band can look just creepy enough to apparently get women. Thank you, Seperate Ways.

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