Since I consider this blog to be the hub for all things facial hair related in the Greater Cincinnati Area it feels like a special day here. Indeed, the two great worlds I try to promote -- UC and mustaches -- have come together for an event that nearly brings a tear to my eye.
That's right, tonight will be mustache night at Marge Schott Stadium. The first 500 fans in attendance for the game against St. John's ($1 admission at this link, by the way) will be given a GoBearcats.com mustache. What else could you ask for?
We'll call it the Selleck Series or maybe the Mustachioed Matinee. Either way, call it a good time at MSS.
In its honor, here is a list of the 35 manliest mustaches of all time.
--- While we are discussing baseball, I wanted to point out the season Justin Glass is having. The sophomore broke onto the scene last year as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American and a Second Team All-Big East member.
He's built on those numbers and has become the undeniable most feared hitter in the Bearcats lineup.
Last year he hit .326 and is sporting a .363 average so far this season. In 67 fewer at bats, he's hit the same number of doubles (14) as last year and stolen three more bases (12).
He's eighth in the Big East in average, third in doubles, seventh in total bases and second in hits.
The biggest key for him will be cutting down on his 45 strikeouts.
While the Bearcats record (13-24) isn't where they would like it to be, they have a star in the making with Glass.
--- For anybody who reads this blog or if you are among the 1,000+ people who have listened to the Whit Babcock podcast, you were already aware of the information which officially came out yesterday regarding UC adding a home-and-home series with Ohio University.
While I cannot confirm nor deny I will still be covering UC Sept. 12, 2020 when the Bearcats -- who I assume will travel to Athens on individual jet propulsion packs -- do head over to Peden Stadium it will be one of the great road trips in recent memory.
I know many of you clamoring for a non-conference schedule full of USC and LSU aren't happy with this announcement, but there's no shame in playing a few games against quality MAC opponents. Who knows, by the time 2018 comes around the MAC might not even exist. Heck, according to the Mayans, we might not exist, either. So let's look on the bright side.
--- Andrea Adelson and Christian Fauria like UConn and Pitt, respectively as their Big East dark horses in 2012. And Fauria references girl talk to back up his point.
--- Little piece of information I came across while doing some draft research. From the 2009 draft class here are your leaders in sacks.
1. Clay Matthews, GB: 29.5
2. Brian Orakpo, Wash: 28.5
3. Connor Barwin, Hou: 16.0
Of 49 LBs and DEs selected in 2009, the UC grad Barwin owns the third most sacks among them. And, oh yeah, HE MISSED AN ENTIRE SEASON!
--- UC has five players who have expectations of hearing their name called in next week's NFL Draft. Isaiah Pead, Derek Wolfe, John Hughes, Adrien Robinson and JK Schaffer. Others will likely end up in camps, but all signs point toward these being the crop of those who could be selected in one of the seven rounds.
Should all five players be selected this year it would tie for the most in UC history. The 1998 draft featured five Bearcats as well: Brad Jackson, Rod Monroe, Jason Fabini, Artrell Hawkins and Derrick Ransom.
In 2009, UC had four players selected (Huber, Underwood, Smith, Barwin) but that's the closest they have come to the '98 class.
--- The Racer at Kings Island turns 40 this week. How about for the anniversary they turn it backwards again? Always loved the backwards Racer.
--- The Chili Peppers style is so unique, an EP of their covers will feel like all new releases.
--- I don't know that I need LED lighting for my cooler, but the ice-block cooler is a pretty sweet concept.
--- Still trying to figure out how Jeets gets all the ladies.
--- Did you know Grand Funk Railroad keyboardist Craig Frost is 64 today? You do now. And that's my excuse for rocking "We're An American Band."