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1. Changes coming for Great Lakes Collegiate League.
2. Real work now begins for Lima Senior football.
3. HS Football playoffs.
4. While complaining about lack of respect, OSU fans disrespect Baylor.
5. Bengals fans, take it easy on Andy Dalton.
6. "New rules" in college basketball.
1. World Series sloppiness.
2. The Bengals on letdown alert.
3. Playoff possibilites for all the area teams.
4. Update on local products playing college football.
Click here to listen to the podcast: 10-29-13
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I have come to realize that I talk alot faster than I type. So, I will sometimes (more often than my written submissions) post a link here to my latest rantings.
I'll try to do this every Monday and Friday while supplementing it with other postings as well.
Today I reflect on the Bengals and Browns and college football, inlcuding my prediction on one team making the National Championship Game! I also recognize three local products making the grade in college football and more...
Here is today's audio: 10-14-13
The Reds have been a confounding team this season and it has come down to one game, tonight's wild card game at Pittsburgh.
The problems this team has have been well documented and discussed throughout the season but the bottom line is that tonight begins "a whole new season".
While it's true that this team has no "clubhouse leader" to inject fire and/or discipline, I don't think that's as important in the postseason. The playoffs take care of that for you.
When the Reds took two of three in Pittsburgh a little over a week ago, the team seemed to have plenty of fire. The problem is that they tend to lose their focus and/or intensity over the long haul of the season now that there's no "take charge" guy to lead the team.
But there is no more long haul. Now it's day to day and full speed. I think this team will have the intensity it needs. That's doesn't mean they'll all of the sudden start hitting with men in scoring position though.
I do think a change in approach is warranted at the plate as it pertains to their best player, Joey Votto.
When somebody is on base in front of him, Votto simply must put the ball in play and not look for a walk. Period.
We can debate all this on-base percentage B.S. some other time, but again, this is the postseason. Votto is the best hitter on the team, if not the league and he MUST swing the bat EVERY TIME there is somebody on base. PERIOD.
In the postseason scoring chances don't come along much and when you have one you can't afford for your best hitter to pass up the chance to hit just because the pitch is an inch outside.
To illustrate Votto's philosophy, here's an excerpt from today's Cincinnati Enquirer piece by Paul Daugherty:
I asked him to explain his reasoning. He took nearly a minute before he answered.
“My responsibility as a hitter is to get the most out of an at-bat,” he began. “I take an approach that very rarely concerns itself with the current situation.” Again, his notion of what is most productive at the moment might be different than yours.
“Say, for example, I drove in 100 this year, hit 25 homers and I hit .275 or .285, and I gave up all those at-bats. That’s a 15-hit swing over the course of a season. People would be killing me, based on my contract,” Votto said.
The fact that he doesn't take the current situation into account when he's at the plate is disappointing. In fact, it's dumbfounding.
Let me say that I'm not a Votto hater but it's clear to me that this new "sabremetric" approach at the plate has clearly been motivated by his huge contract. It seems he's worried more about OPS and WAR than he is about W's.
Let me also say that while his approach is OK during the season (although I still think he needs to come off it sometimes) he is 100% wrong if he's going to use this approach in the playoffs. He must take into account the situation in EVERY at-bat in the playoffs and act accordingly.
Question: If Votto's up with one out and a man on second, do want him to take a 3-2 pitch an inch off the plate for a walk, thus leaving it up to Phillips or Ludwick or whoever...OR do you want him to drive that sumbitch to left-center and take your chances?
Yeah, me too.
With all that said, I do think the Reds will win tonight and I also think at least one wild card will win a pennant.
Why not the Reds?
Lima Senior has a chance to win three games in a row this Friday night as they entertain the Toledo St. Francis Knights at Lima Stadium.
As a am preparing for the broadcast on Friday night I have uncovered a clarification on the last time the Spartans won back to back games ON THE FIELD.
It was reported last week that Lima won back to back games in 2004 and that is technically correct. However, if you take out the game that was won by forfeit on Sept. 3, Lima didn't win back to back games that season.
The last time Lima Senior actually won two games in a row ON THE FIELD was Week 3 and Week 4 of the 2000 season.
That team technically won four games in a row as the next week's game with Lake Central out of Indiana was awarded to Lima via forfeit before Lima then knocked off Zanesville in Week 6.
But again, ON THE FIELD, Lima hasn't won three games in a row since 1999.
Going back to that 2004 season, that was the turning point from struggling to absolutely horrible for the Spartan program.
After five games, Lima was 3-2 thanks to the forfeit and then opened Greater Buckeye Conference play at home with Napoleon.
The Wildcats overwhelmed the Spartans that night, 60-6.
From that night through Week 2 of this season, the Spartans would lose 43 of 47 games, including 20 in succession.
A 49-42 win at Piqua two weeks ago ended that losing streak and now Lima hopes to string together three in a row. And we'll be there to bring it to you here on WIMA.
Here some observations and ruminations from the football weekend.
First of all, a salute to Lima Senior as they broke their 20 game losing streak with a 49-42 win at Piqua Friday night.
That's a win over a quality program and hopefully will be a stepping stone for at least a couple of more wins here in 2013.
On the other end of the spectrum, the Lima Central Catholic Thunderbirds saw their 31 game regular season winning streak come to an end with an overtime loss to Marion Pleasant.
I said last week I'd be surprised if L.C.C. lost a game this seson and I certainly am. It's now apparent that even with all their big play potential, there is something lacking on offense for the T-Birds as they've scored only 35 points the last two weeks.
On the college football scene, I want to recognize former T-Bird Taylor Royster. He recorded the first sack of his career for Bowling Green this past Saturday at Indiana. It came in the first quarter and deep in IU territory.
Also, L.C.C. grad Tyler O'Connor saw extensive duty for Michigan State in their 55-17 win over Youngsown State.
Sophomer Conner Cook appears to have won the QB derby at MSU but at least O'Connor is getting a look. He was 7-of-10 passing for 68 yards while running for 18 yards on four carries.
Here's a recap on the situation: Bob Wojnowski, Detroit News
As I was checking up on the scores Saturday night I saw that Nebraska lost yet another big game as UCLA whipped them in Lincoln, 41-21.
I got to thinking, "why isn't there an uproar in Lincoln like the ones at Texas and USC"?
Turns out, there may finally be an uproar. Nebraska legend Tommy Frazier has called for Head Coach Bo Pelini to fire the entire defensive staff. Here's a link to that story: College Football Talk
While that obviously can't happen, I agree with Frazier's sentiments in general. Nebraska has been very average in Pelini's five years and it seems to me that a change is in order.
Speaking of a change, the PAC-12 officiating crew that botched the end of the Arizona State-Wisconsin game has been punished, as they should be.
The thing I'm puzzled about is why everyone is so confused by what should have happened. The Wisconsin QB took a knee and the whistle was blown.
He laid the ball on the ground and four ASU lineman bounced on it and then laid there.
The referee should have stopped that clock and got them off the football as Wisconsin was at the line and ready to snap the ball again so as to kill the clock.
It wasn't confusing, it was simple. The officating crew simply lost track of what the situation was and cost the Badgers the chance to attempt a game-winning field goal. Period.
Some folks are fuzzy about whether or not the player's knee actually touched the ground. You don't need to worry about that because THE WHISTLE BLEW. That ends the play and there's no further action that should happen. That's why the clock should have been stopped in order to remove the defensive players who were covering a dead ball.
It wasn't a good night for the Big Ten and it would have been an absolute train wreck if Akron had gained two more yards and pulled off the upset at Michigan.
Do you remember when everyone made a big deal about Appalachain State winning at Michigan? Of course you do.
I maintain this loss would have been a way bigger upset. After all App State was the defending FCS Champs and a program that is a consistent winner and champion.
Akron hadn't defeated an FBS team since 2010 and hadn't won on the road since 2008 (now 28 straight road losses).
To me, it's inconceiveable that Michigan nearly lost to the Zips. Especially when they crushed Central Michigan two weeks prior.
And the Buckeyes were at it again Saturday night at Cal, scoring 24 first quarter points. OSU has now scored 68 points in the opening period in the first three games.
In the pro ranks, the Browns were at it again on Sunday.
The "Browns Experience" was encapsulated in one play in the fourth quarter.
On the opening play of the quarter Cleveland had a fourth down and four at the Baltimore 39 yard line.
Tight End Jordan Cameron then ran a route short of the first down. He fought for the ground he needed to move the chains.
The chains were stretched out and the ball was so close to the post that the referee had get down on the ground to look at it. The ball was literally millimeters short of the line to gain.
Then, Coach Rob Chudzinski challenged the spot on the play. That is a challenge you almost always lose and the Browns did, thus losing a timeout as well.
That's sooooo Browns.
Although they lost at Baltimore it seems clear to me that they got it right with Barkevious Mingo. He is disruptive and if he stays healthy he'll make the Browns defense, already pretty good, even better.
By the way that's 11 straight wins by the Ravens over the Browns.