I love Xavier. I really, really love my alma mater. But I’m going to need them to stop ripping my heart out. The Xavier basketball team traveled to the Bahamas for a holiday tournament. Now, I’m not saying they should have won the whole thing, but they most certainly should have at least been contenders in their last two games. Instead, it’s like our beloved team forgot how to play basketball.
They seemed to sleepwalk through the Tennessee game and I’m still wondering if they even showed up against USC. I mean really, this team took #23 Iowa into overtime and still almost beat them. Then, they just sort of gave up. As a fan, it’s frustrating. As a player, I can only imagine that plane ride back with Tennessee. My guess is that Chris Mack is less than pleased with the team’s play and free throws will likely be a major part of practice this week.
The Dolphins Won, Despite Themselves
The Dolphins. I love them. I really do. I love that team. I’m happy with out quarterback. I like it when they do good things. Games like the one Sunday leave me scratching my head. They managed just six points in the first half even though they had 265 yards to the Jets’ 39. Sportswriters are calling it the most complete game the Dolphins have player. Maybe so, but any other team would have taken advantage of the interception in the first half (sorry, the Jets just didn’t).
Ryan Tannehill threw for 331 yards and had two touchdowns. The Dolphins finished with 453 yards while the Jets just managed 177. Maybe it’s just me, but this team needs to do some serious work to be contenders for the rest of the season. Merely gaining more yards won’t win the game for you. Time for the Dolphins to start learning how to score early and often.
College Football Is a Newer Passion for Me
Saturday was a day of Oh-my-god-did-that-really-happen in college football. Florida State rolled to a win (to no one’s surprise). Ohio State and Michigan were locked in a back and forth cage match until Michigan decided to try a two-point conversion for the win instead of kicking the extra point and going into overtime.
Personally, I’ve only been a college football fan for about a year or so. You can call me bandwagon fan if that makes you feel better, but I only started actually following college football because of a book my company published.
That being said, I fell for Alabama last year. No, not just because they win, but because of how they win. They don’t run up the score on teams when they’re winning. Coach Saban has this way of getting his players to play with passion, but focused on their on-the-field job. Lately, college athletes seem to be getting away with a ridiculous amount of stupid actions. At Alabama, that doesn’t fly. Alabama fans typically love Saban because he reminds them of Bear Bryant in his ability to always get his players to focus on each game and realize that this is a game and winning in life is more important.
As such, Saturday’s game was devastating. I knew that the game would be close, no matter how good Alabama has been this season. Rivalries bring out the best in teams and Saturday was no different. I was at work and couldn’t watch the game, but when I saw that Alabama had the ball with 28 seconds left, my immediate thought was that we would be entering overtime. Unfortunately, then I saw the outcome a few minutes later.
I thought that though the game against Auburn would be difficult, Alabama would pull through and be one step closer to a third consecutive national championship. Though Alabama still has a very small chance of making it to the championship game, it just seems out of reach at this point. I’ve always disliked Ohio State (because of the obnoxious, annoying fans I grew up around) so I’ll be pulling for a title game between Florida State and Auburn, unless the unthinkable happens.
Last night Xavier faced off against the Abilene Christian Wildcats. ACU should have been an easy win, but Xavier likes to pretend like they forget how to defend sometimes. The first half was a frustrating show of just how important defense is even when your offense is clicking.
ACU stayed in the game in the first half because of their three-point shooting. However, when the Musketeers came out for the second half, they had something to prove. They went on an 11-0 run to put the game away for good. The final score was 93-65 and Xavier heads to their first away game at 5-0.
Next up for the Musketeers comes #23 Iowa in the Bahamas. They have a few more games to work on the defense, but once conference play starts the Musketeers will need to be on top of their game.
Chad Johnson and Cincinnati
On this bye week, the Enquirer ran a story that Chad Johnson wishes he had finished his career the “right” way in Cincinnati and that he would love to come out of the Bengals tunnel just one more time. Everyone remembers Johnson’s less than cordial exit from the Bengals. As a fan, I (mostly) appreciated his antics. Football had fallen into a sort of rut that no one could lift. When Johnson was running his mouth, he played his best football. I liked having a player I could get behind and root for, really root for.
We don’t have any players with that kind of passion/spirit now on the Bengals. That’s not to say that our players don’t love the game and love playing for us. They just don’t show it like Johnson did, something some people like and others don’t. Personally, I’d like a little more passion in football, though I know many fans who might disagree.
That being said, I highly doubt the Bengals brass would be open to signing Johnson back. With the development of A.J. Green and the other receivers, we would find ourselves overflowing with receivers.
The Johnson-Cincinnati article reminds me of the debate about Brandon Phillips. Some people think he shows way too much excitement/attitude during the Reds games. Is this a debate we should even be having? Should we be trying to limit excitement in sports?
Xavier Gives Me Mini Heart Attacks
Over the years of my Xavier fandom, I’ve come to realize that our teams like to give the fans little presents. These little presents come in the form of heart attacks. When Tu Holloway was still on the team, it felt like no margin was too difficult for the Musketeers to overcome and he sure made it interesting every game.
Last night Xavier faced off against a Tennessee Volunteer team making their season debut. The overwhelming lesson for Xavier? Learn to make free throws. They are FREE points, if you make them. Xavier was a measly 13-24 at the line. It’s a problem we’ve seen with Xavier teams over the last few years. It makes me wish Tu Holloway and Brad Redford were still playing for us. When the game was down to the wire & Holloway was fouled, fans could breathe easy. Last night, Miles Davis did that for X. Now the rest of the team needs to step up as well.
It’s early in the season, but beating Tennessee was much needed for a young X team. A (small) comfort is that two starters were sitting for this game. Justin Martin & Dee Davis are both dealing with concussions so last night’s game is a confidence booster for the team.
Fans can definitely take comfort in Semaj Christon’s play last night. He finished with 18 points and showed pieces of being a game changer. His maturation as a player could make the season very interesting. Next up, X takes on Morehead State.
Xavier Basketball Begins Tonight
Between last season & this season, quite a few things have changed. Xavier is no longer in the Atlantic 10. They are now part of the new Big East. It’s a big step for the program to be in a better conference and this year will be a big test.
Semaj Christon looks to be fantastic, but also look for him to be gone after this year. A guy with that much talent usually doesn’t wait to graduate to go to the NBA. Accept it now & it’ll be easier when it happens (or a great surprise if he stays). While it’s a shame to not see the Dayton games on our schedule, the new schedule does look better in general.
It’ll be interesting to see Myles Davis and Jalen Reynolds on the floor. Most notable will be how the team clicks. Either way, I think they can only learn from last year and be a better team. I don’t see X being an under 20-win team again.
What This BP Gossip Feels Like
By now everyone in the world has heard that the Reds are supposedly done with BP. Even if the rumors weren’t true to begin with, something needs to be done. Either an absolute yes or no needs to happen, not only for the fans but for BP as well. What are the chances that BP shows up to Redsfest (my favorite off-season event), amidst these rumors? Probably none and that’s the sad part. All the children & adults who love watching BP will be disappointed.
So figure it out. Trade him or say you aren’t trading him, but stop playing with the fans. The front office really hasn’t handled this situation well and that’s frustrating. While I am and always will be a fan of the Reds, this hot mess (because really, what else can you call it?) of rumors is just ridiculous. Would I be bummed if we traded BP? Absolutely, the guy makes defensive plays other second basemen can only dream of making. Would I stop following the Reds? Umm NO. They’re my team for a reason. I love the Reds for their history, for their passion (usually, I’m ignoring the end of this season), and the quality guys they always seem to find.
Essentially, I need the Reds to make a move. Whether that move be to trade BP or to make a definitive statement that they aren’t looking to trade BP. This shouldn’t be like a television show with constant drama. Honestly, if trading BP means it ends all these rumors & “unnamed executives” as sources, I’d be okay with that. I’m torn at the moment only because I’m more worried about the endless speculation stopping.
What are your feelings?
My Two Favorite Teams Will Face Each Other
Yesterday the Bengals dominated the Jets. And by dominated I mean absolutely destroyed the Jets 49-9. I got to watch most of the second half of the game and saw the Bengals play the type of football I haven’t seen them play in years.
Andy Dalton completed beautiful passes for 325 yards and threw for 5 touchdowns. It was the first time I got to see the Bengals in action this year, and I could see why they’re on a 4 game winning streak. Dalton made it look easy and the defense kept the Jets from ever getting into the game.
Next up, the Bengals face my floundering Dolphins. The Dolphins started out so well and just appear to have lost all cohesion. I hate to say it, but I think the game on Thursday may just be as lopsided as yesterday’s Bengals game.
Andy Dalton Finally Gets Some Recognition
Andy Dalton has been a favorite topic among football experts, especially for their criticism. Cole Harvey wrote this piece for ESPN and shockingly even acknowledged how little credit they give him.
This season alone Dalton has beaten the likes of Tom Brady, Ben Roethlisberger, and Aaron Rodgers. But he’s still not considered an elite quarterback. it’s okay though, Andy knows that he needs to win a Super Bowl to get the recognition. Check out the article, it’s finally a good one about the Bengals. I know, I didn’t think it would happen either.