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Bearcats Breakfast 5.26.11

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Happy to report a positive get-together with former Bearcats Blog inhabitant Josh Katzowitz last night. Katz, who currently lives in Atlanta and writes an NFL blog for CBSsports.com in case you forgot, was in town for a few days. In fact, the gathering which occurred at Montgomery Inn looked more like an Oceans 11 of the Cincinnati sports media scene than anything. We had representatives from UC, The Enquirer, CBS, ESPN1530 and even three former CNati grads together again.

I'll gloss over any hijinks and only report the moral of the story is Josh and his family are doing very well in Atlanta and copies of Bearcats Rising can be found at bookstores across the Tri-State area.

Let's eat...

--- Tough loss for
the baseball team yesterday. The Bearcats did a nice job fighting back against the defending Big East champs and last year's tournament MVP pitcher Kyle Hansen.

After drawing to a 3-3 tie and heading into the eighth inning the game unraveled with one swing of the bat. The Red Storm's Jake Grove drilled a one-out grand slam that sapped any drama out of the final innings.

UC takes/took on Louisville this morning starting at 10 a.m. By the time you read this it will probably be over. It's an elimination game in the tournament. UC is searching for their first BE tournament victory since finishing second in 2008.

--- Mardy Gilyard returned to his high school in Florida where they retired his football number. In typical Mardy fashion, he was open and emotional during the ceremony. The Daytona Beach News-Journal captured the moment.

--- Brian Bennett concluded his hope and concern series with UC. He cites the Year 2 bump as a reason for optimism. I've talked about this concept at length in this space many times, so I won't delve much deeper into it here. He mentions former Big East coaches who experienced a significant rise in level of play for the second season. Bobby Petrino, Doug Marrone, Rich Rodriguez and Brian Kelly.

Here were their jumps from Year 1 to Year 2:

Coach        Y1    Y2
Petrino       9-4    11-1
Marrone     4-8     8-5
RichRod     3-8    9-4
Kelly         10-3   11-3 (Orange Bowl)

--- The Track and Field team travels to Indiana for the East Regionals with Terence Somerville the most prominent of UC's male participants. He's currently second in the country in the 110-meter hurdles and is expected to advance to nationals.

The women's team is experiencing one of its best seasons in history, having already broken nine school records. They will have 13 athletes at the competition seeking a spot at nationals. Tiffany George wrote this story about the expectations for the trip.

--- You know we've
hit the painfully slow season of college football when we're rating who has the best helmet in the Big East.

--- Some randomness...

--- These before and after photos of the damage from the Joplin, Mo., tornadoes are painful. Here is a link to how you can help the victims

--- The return of a
blog favorite, Zach Galifianakis' Between Two Ferns with a new episode. This time with guest Will Ferrell. Predictable shenanigans follow.

--- People are shooting at washing machines in their own houses. But, yeah, I'm sure passing a conceal in carry in bars won't turn out badly at all.

--- Very, very cool video about the history of the crossover move in basketball. New York Times talks with Dwyane Wade, Allen Iverson, Tim Hardaway and Pearl Washington.

--- Going to see
Hangover II on Friday. These are the reviews I was concerned about. "Tell the same story again, only louder." Not liking what I am hearing.

--- Yes!

--- The Pearl Jam documentary will come out in theaters in September before hitting PBS in October. Like.    

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