Congratulations go out to the Bearcats baseball team on winning the Joe Nuxhuall Classic with a 7-4 win against Wright State last night. Tuesday and Wednesday both turned into dramatic contests and more great bang for your buck at Marge Schott Stadium.
As a reminder, Bearcat Bowl V will be Saturday. There's a youth clinic prior to the game and great opportunity for kids in the community to interact with the UC football players. Registration begins at 2 p.m.
OK, let's eat...
--- When Mick Cronin first mentioned Jermaine Sanders to me last summer, he called him the best player in New York City. I wasn't sure if that was just blowing smoke about a player Cronin was hard after recruiting or reality. Well, the coach wasn't lying, at least according to the New York Post.
Recruiting NYC has always been a point of emphasis for Cronin and this becomes another feather in his cap there. Lance Stephenson and now Jermaine Sanders give him the POY two of the last three years.
When discussing the recruitment of Kemba Walker, Cronin said one of the first things he wanted to do when he took the job at UC was sign a player from Rice (NYC). It was one of the premier programs in the area and held water with every kid in the city. He went to their coach and asked who they had, that was when he mentioned Walker. As much as Cronin loved Walker, it was also about establishing UC within the city as a destination school for great prep players.
The Stephenson signing delivered all the credit he would need, even though Lance was from Lincoln High. It likely went a long way to delivering Sanders and Shaquille Thomas.
--- Random tidbit: Lance's HS career ended at the hands of Sanders and the Rice Raiders in the NY State semifinals in 2009.
--- Bill Koch points out that 10 players on UC's football team this season will already own an undergrad degree and be doing graduate work.
--- Not a ton happening today. I'll have more later in regards to the Saturday's spring game.
--- On to some randomness...
--- If I go to New Orleans, some feral chickens are the least of my concerns.
--- Mike Tyson fixed the gap between his teeth, next he's working on the one between his ears.
--- Phil Mickelson is suing Krispy Kreme. Too.....many.....jokes....can't....compute.
--- Jeff Pearlman with an interesting Q and A with former MLB P Russ Ortiz. Unique point of view on baseball and life.
--- Happy birthday today to Ritchie Blackmore, guitarist for Deep Purple. He grinded out one of the most famous guitar riffs of all time for Smoke on the Water. Pretty sure for about a 20-year period it was the first song every kid played when first learning guitar.