The 2015 Cincinnati Reds Season has mercifully come to an end & what can you say? At least Cincinnati got to host the All Star Game & festivities. It was truly a thrill to see Todd Frazier win the Home Run Derby, but it was not a thrill to watch him tank the second half of the season. I always thought it was such a fallacy to hear about how Home Run Derby destroys a player’s swing afterward but I saw it happen right in front of my face this year. Frazier was a shell of himself in the second half. What seemed like a lock for 100 RBIs did not happen.
The Reds overall had one of the worst seasons in their storied history. They finished dead last in the NL Central at 64-98 and lost 14 of their last 15 games in a stretch that was painful to watch as the team quite obviously was “mailing it in”. It was a dreadful end to a season that actually started out with four straight wins in the team’s final at-bat. The Reds once again showed a propensity to not be able to hit with runners on base and with the exceptions of Aroldis Chapman and JJ Hoover, the bullpen was a dumpster fire. Of course trading away Johnny Cueto and Mike Leake did not help things but those deals were pretty much assumed before the season started. Plus, the Reds did acquire some very good young pitching from the Royals in exchange for Cueto. It is just going to be very painful to watch Brandon Finnegan and John Lamb learn trial by fire in the majors. In addition, young, green starters Michael Lorenzen, Anthony DeSclafani and Raisel Iglesias will also be run out in the 2016 starting rotation until Homer Bailey can return.
There were a few highlights. 1B Joey Votto had a stellar year (.314, 29 HRs, 80 RBI) and finished the year with a streak of getting on base 48 straight games, tying Pete Rose for a Reds record. 2B Brandon Phillips had an under the radar good year (.294, 12 HRs, 70 RBI) and played, for another year, stellar defense. Eugenio Suarez showed some flashes of stardom after taking over at SS for Zack Cozart, who was injured early in the season.
But that’s about it…back to the bad…RF Jay Bruce continues to underachieve & frustrate Reds fans and CF Billy Hamilton may be the fastest man in baseball, but you can’t steal first base. Too bad some of the magic that Dee Gordon had for the Marlins this year (NL Leading .333 Batting Average & 58 Stolen Bases) couldn’t make it to BHam.
The 2016 Reds, for a very early glance, look to not be much different than this season’s version. GM Walt Jocketty & Manager Bryan Price will return. It is probably a smart decision to go ahead and have Price finish out his contract since next year looks to be a lost one for the Redlegs. Pieces like C Brayan Pena and Pinch Hitting OF Skip Schumaker will be gone but much of what you saw this season will be back. The main question will be…what to do with Suarez/Cozart? Cozart was actually having a pretty good season before injury. Look for one, most likely Suarez, to move to LF.
So after lackluster wins against Hawaii & Northern Illinois, Buckeye Nation is officially in a state of panic. Yes, the win against the Huskies was a nail biter, but let’s be honest, Ohio State did shut out the Rainbow Warriors 38-0. And let’s not forget, this team did win a freaking National Championship last year after losing both Braxton Miller and JT Barrett at QB. But how soon we forget. Now the world is coming to an end in Columbus because both Cardale Jones and the aforementioned JT Barrett are playing below expectations. We are even outraged because, GOD FORBID, Ohio State players like Cardale and Joey Bosa have the AUDACITY to tweet!
Listen, I am a HUGE Buckeyes fan, been living in CBus my entire life (nearly 50 years) and yes, I was concerned throughout the Northern Illinois game but Buckeye Nation…you need to chill the f–k out. This is freaking Urban Meyer leading this team and as the kids say, “He’s got this”. I am sure Urbs will find a way to fix this minor blip, whether it’s kicking the offensive coordinator upstairs or taking more responsibility calling plays.
Now as far as Cardale goes, dude has done nothing to help his NFL Draft Stock. Instead of trolling the media last winter, he probably should have capitalized on his upward trending curve and declared himself pro ready. I do think it appears JT is the way to go as far as starting QB. But hell, shouldn’t Braxton be ready soon to throw at full strength?
Since I seem to be on a roll here or just typing stream of consciousness, could we all also take a “chill pill” when it comes to the sign taking a shot at Urban recently on College Gameday?
It’s a joke, people…does anyone remember laughter? Trash talking is common and expected among fan bases…but must we pull out the “politically correct card” when it hits home? Sure seems that way to me.
So in summation, let’s remember Buckeyes fans, Ohio State is still Number 1 and Urban Meyer is still the coach. It’s all good and the sky is not falling….at least not yet.
Our Columbus Clippers capped off a great 2015 International League Season with a Western Division Title and a berth in the Governor’s Cup Playoffs. Now while the Clippers drew very well during the regular season, drawing over 620,000 through the gates for a 7th straight year, the playoffs are a different story. I have been following the Clippers since their birth in 1977 and have seen it before. Great crowds during the regular season only to play before empty seats during the playoffs..
Why does this happen? There are a few theories. One being that when the playoffs hit, Buckeyes Football Season has begun and fans are spending money and focus on that. The other is it just seems to be that Clippers Season Ticket Holders, for whatever reason, just don’t show up for the playoffs. Not even the lure of Dime-A-Dogs, half price chicken wings, cheap ribs, soda & beer could get more than 3,000 fans for the first two Clippers playoff games.
So GM Ken Schnake and the front office conjured up a genius move. Why not keep the food specials but let everyone in for free? Yes, that is right, FREE. Not only let them in for free but even allow fans to call in to reserve tickets for pick up later! All of a sudden Huntington Park went from being cold and quiet to rocking and rolling. Crowds in excess of 11,000 showed up for Game 5 of the semifinals and Games 1 & 2 of the Governor’s Cup Finals.
Not only was “The Hunt” was rocking and rolling but the fans were treated to three straight games of comebacks and exciting baseball. It all culminated with a spectacular catch by CF Tyler Holt to win Game 2 and put the Clippers on the brink of a championship.
It was a brilliant move by the Clippers front office. Not only did you bring in Clippers and baseball fans, but also brought in those who may never chose to go to a baseball game if it weren’t for free. Those people may become “fans” for the future.
But I can’t help but feel a little sad. A little sad that it took free tickets and heavily discounted food specials to get people in the doors for playoff baseball. I am a huge baseball and Clippers fan. I would like to think that Columbus had enough baseball fans to get good crowds just for the fact that it was playoff baseball. But it is what it is. The free ticket promotion worked, brought in huge crowds and even got a lot of bonus media attention for our “Hometown Heroes”. Hats off to them.
Ohio State linebackers Joe Burger and Craig Fada clearly put in some time watching MTV at some point in their childhood. We can only assume as much for the two Buckeyes, or at least the team’s video production staff, after seeing this funny knock off of “MTV Cribs.”
Burger and Fada show off their swag, a fog machine and even have the “this is where the magic happens” line delivered on point when the tour reaches the bedroom.
Check it out below, courtesy of Ohio State.
One of the favorite events at the Ohio State Fair, the annual butter sculpture display was unveiled today by the American Dairy Association Mideast and is sure to spread Buckeye spirit.
This year’s butter display commemorates the Ohio State Buckeye’s national championship victory in the inaugural College Football Playoff.
The full display features the butter cow and calf standing next to a life-size Urban Meyer and Brutus Buckeye sculptures, national championship trophy and two Ohio State Football helmet carvings.
The display took more than 500 hours to complete and was made from 2,000 pounds of butter donated by the Dairy Farmers of America.
The sculptures will be on display in the Dairy Products Building at the Ohio Expo Center from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m., July 29 through Aug. 9.
It won’t be long before NFL Training Camps open and when it comes to the quarterback position for the Bengals and Browns things couldn’t be more different….or is it?
Dalton is one of four quarterbacks in NFL history to have thrown for over 3,000 yards in each of his first three seasons, alongside Cam Newton, Peyton Manning, and Andrew Luck as well as just one of five to have passed for at least 20 touchdowns in each of his first three seasons, joining Manning, Luck, Russell Wilson, and Dan Marino. Dalton is the only quarterback to lead the Cincinnati Bengals to four consecutive playoff berths, and just one of five quarterbacks to lead his team to the playoffs in each of his first four seasons. He is also the Bengals franchise record holder for passing yards and touchdowns in a season.
Under a West Coast-style offensive scheme, Dalton and receiver A.J. Green, the Bengals’ 2011 first-round selection from the University of Georgia, have become a prolific quarterback/receiver combination. Dalton and Green broke NFL records for completions and yards for a rookie quarterback/receiver combination, even without the benefit of an offseason.
However, in the playoffs, it is a different story for “The Red Rifle”…
|Jan. 7, 2012||@ HOU||L, 31-10||27||42||64.3||257||0||3|
|Jan. 5, 2013||@ HOU||L, 19-13||14||30||46.7||127||0||1|
|Jan. 5, 2014||vs. SD||L, 27-10||29||51||56.9||334||1||2|
|Jan. 4, 2015||@ IND||L, 26-10||18||35||52.4||155||0||0|
via Pro-Football-Reference.com & ESPN.com
In Cleveland, calling Johnny Manziel’s rookie season a “dumpster fire” would be complimentary. Drafted with the 22nd pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, “Johnny Football” came to the Browns organization with much fanfare and excitement.
On August 22, 2014, he was fined $12,000 by the NFL for a hand gesture (flipping the bird) that he made in a preseason loss to the Washington Redskins. Fellow quarterback Brian Hoyer was named the starter over Manziel for the opening regular season game.
Manziel made his regular season debut on September 14, 2014 against the New Orleans Saints, handing off twice to Isaiah Crowell and throwing an incomplete pass intended for Ray Agnew. On November 30, 2014, Manziel entered the game against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter after an ineffective performance by starting quarterback Brian Hoyer. Manziel went 5 of 8 for 63 yards, and scored his first NFL touchdown on a 10-yard rush in the fourth quarter. The Browns lost 26–10.
Manziel made his first NFL start in the Browns’ Week 15 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. Manziel completed 10-of-18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions for a 27.3 passer rating while being sacked three times. The Browns lost 30-0.
Manziel completed three of eight passes in his second career start against the Carolina Panthers on December 21, 2014. He left the game with a hamstring injury with less than two minutes remaining in the first half and was replaced by Brian Hoyer. The Browns went on to lose 17-13.
Manziel was ruled out for the Browns’ regular season finale against the Baltimore Ravens.
Overall, Manziel completed 18-of-35 passes for 176 yards and two interceptions, and rushed nine times for 29 yards and one touchdown. Manziel’s work ethic and commitment was questioned by over 20 sources within the Cleveland Browns. An anonymous player even called Manziel’s rookie season a “100 percent joke.”
On Wednesday, February 4, Manziel checked himself into an unknown rehabilitation center for treatment related to an alcohol addiction.
After exiting rehab, Manziel declared he would be getting rid of his “Money Sign” celebration.
But are both situations really that much different? Both quarterbacks enter their respective seasons under much fire from their fanbases. Dalton for being unable to lead the Bengals to a playoff win and Manziel for just being a flameout.
Will things change for both or either?
Keep it on 955 The Game and find out! We are YOUR Home for the Browns & NFL Football in Columbus!!
It’s MLB All Star Week as the 2015 MLB All Star Game and all of its festivities hit Cincinnati! MLB All Star FanFest gets it started on Friday, July 10th as the Duke Energy Convention Center hosts the largest interactive baseball event in the world. For five days, baseball fans have the opportunity to meet MLB Legends and obtain free autographs. Fans can also participate in baseball training drills, test out their batting skills in the All-Star batting cages, view hometown memorabilia and artifacts from Reds’ history, along with a collection of official awards and trophies of Major League Baseball including the World Series, Home Run Derby and All-Star Game MVP trophy and have their photo taken with the World’s Largest Baseball signed by Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays and many others. In addition to daily giveaways, fans also have the opportunity to purchase official 2015 MLB All-Star Game souvenirs in the MLB Clubhouse Store.
On Saturday, July 11th it’s the MLB All Star Concert as pop sensations Demi Lovato and Rixton entertain the crowd beginning at 8p in Paul Brown Stadium! Plus, a spectacular fireworks show wraps up the night!
Sunday, July 12th the action begins at Great American Ballpark as the 2015 MLB Futures Game takes place with first pitch at 3pm. It’s the USA vs. the World as Baseball’s Best Young Talent battles it out with Reds Legends Tony Perez (World) & Ken Griffey, Sr. (USA) managing the squads.
Take a look at the rosters HERE.
The 2015 MLB All Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game follows the Futures Game & should be a lot of fun featuring stars such as Snoop Dogg, Jennie Finch, Rollie Fingers and yes, even the Buckeyes’ very own Urban Meyer!
Get the entire list of who is appearing- http://mlb.mlb.com/mlb/events/all_star/y2015/sunday_legends.jsp
Home Run Derby takes center stage Monday Night (July 13th) as the Derby moves to timed rounds and bracketed competition. Of course, Todd Frazier will be the hometown favorite as he competes against sluggers such as Albert Pujols and Price Fielder. The photo below shows the entire bracket.
Tuesday Night (July 14th) it all culminates with the Best All Star Game in professional sports—the 2015 MLB All Star Game! Cincinnati Reds Todd Frazier, Joey Votto & Aroldis Chapman join the Cleveland Indians’ Jason Kipnis on a field shining brightly with superstars such as Mike Trout, Jose Bautista, Felix Hernandez & Andrew McCutchen.
Get the entire American League & National League Rosters HERE.
Plus the pregame festivities will be worth watching themselves as they will feature the announcement of the winners of MLB’s Franchise Four campaign. Four Greatest Living Players winners and selections from the Cincinnati Reds will make an on-field appearance. Also, Columbus Blue Jackets anthem singer Leo Welsh will perform the Canadian Anthem!
Stick with 955 The Game as we talk Reds, Indians and the 2015 MLB All Star Game!
Remember that photo of Kevin Love & LeBron James having a poolside meeting that was tweeted out a few days ago?
Well it looks like it had some substance. After all the speculation that Love & LeBron didn’t get along it appears that Kevin Love will once again join King James for another run at a NBA Title in Cleveland.
Kevin made it official in Derek Jeter’s Players Tribune. Read it HERE.
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If you are an Ohio State Football Fan this “hype video” will get you PUMPED as the Buckeyes attempt to repeat as National Champions. It won’t be long before The Shoe is rocking again! GO BUCKS!