Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Fantasy Minor Picks; 2018

Now that the season is over, I wanted to update the players that I selected in my minor league fantasy draft last winter.

It's a mixed bag between great seasons, disappointing ones due to injuries and some just taking time to develop.
Nonetheless, I'm still fairly pleased and with one possible exception, I think I'm going to keep these guys around for 2019.

Round One: Luis Robert OF Chicago White Sox
Low A Kannapolis 13 Games .289, 0 HR 4 RBI 4 SB
High A Winston-Salem 32 Games .269, 0 HR, 11 RBI 8 SB

The 21-year-old Cuban defector had a rough year as he played in just fifty games between a spring training wrist injury and an in-season thumb injury and didn't hit a homer.
Still, wrist and thumb injuries can take away power so I can excuse that and Robert is playing very well in the Arizona Fall League, hitting .369 with a homer in 49 at-bats.
Hopefully, 2019 will show more of the true talent of Robert.
Robert will likely return to High A Winston-Salem, but it's possible he could start with AA Birmingham with a strong spring training.

Round Two: Heliot Ramos OF San Francisco
Low A Augusta: 124 Games  .245 11 HR 52 RBI 8 SB

Ramos, who didn't turn 19 until the season was challenged with an assignment to Low A Augusta and it was a decent, but not great full-season debut.
The average was a little low, but Ramos showed pop with 24 doubles and 8 triples, so the power potential is there. Ramos struck out 136 times which is a lot, but I'll hope that as Ramos gains experience some of those strikeouts will go away.
At 19, Ramos may return to Augusta to start 2019, although he might be assigned to High A San Jose.

Round Three: Jesus Luzardo P Oakland
High A Stockton: 3 Starts 14.2 IP 1-1 Record 1.23 ERA 25 SO 5 BB 0.75 WHIP
AA Midland: 16 Starts 78.2 IP 7-3 Record 2.29 ERA 86 SO 18 BB 0.97 WHIP
AAA Nashville: 4 Starts 16 IP 1-1 Record 7.31 ERA 18 SO 7 BB 2.00 WHIP

Luzardo turned out to be the standout of my draft, dominating two stops, before a late-season cameo at AAA.
In his 108 innings, Luzardo struck out 129 and walked only 30, showing an ability to miss bats and command of the strike zone.
Luzardo turned 21 after the season, so he was not only moved quickly but has room to improve.
Luzardo will likely start 2019 at the Athletics new AAA affiliate in Las Vegas.

Round Four: Adrian Morejon P San Diego
High A Lake Elsinore 13 Starts 62.2 IP 4-4 Record 3.30 ERA 74 SO 24 BB 1.24 WHIP

Morejon was pitching very well in June before hitting the disabled list with a triceps injury,
Morejon would make just one start in each of July and August, pitching a total of five innings before being shut down for the season after August 5.
The injuries are not reported to be serious and Morejon turns twenty over the winter, so my guess is that he returns to Lake Elsinore to start the season and with a solid April, should receive a speedy promotion to San Diego's new AA location in Amarillo, Texas.

Round Five: Jhailyn Ortiz OF Philadelphia
Low A Lakewood: 110 Games .225 Avg 13 HR 47 RBI

Ortiz had a very disappointing season at Low A, striking out 148 times (12 more times than Heliot Ramos in 14 fewer games) and when I saw him play, didn't exactly wow me with his hustle.
Ortiz played the season at 19 (turns 20 in November) so there could be just immaturity issues and he hit a homer at Hagerstown that was the longest that I saw all year, so with 13 homers the power potential is there.
Ortiz is likely to return to Low A Lakewood to work on his contact issues.

Round Five A: William Contreras C Atlanta
Low A Rome: 82 Games .293 11 HR 39 RBI
High A Florida 23 Games .253 0 HR 11 RBI

Contreras continued his development with a strong year in the South Atlantic League before spending August in the Florida State League.
Contreras turns 21 before next season and has time to develop his plate discipline.
Contreras is rumored to be a possible piece in any off-season Braves trades, but if he stays in the Atlanta organization, he'll start back in Florida with the High A Fire Frogs.

I'm more than likely going to keep all of these players, but if I release one, it would be Jhailyn Ortiz.
I may do another piece on the other players in my system on another slow day.

Monday, November 12, 2018

Chubb burns through Atlanta! Browns upset Falcons!

Photo: Cleveland.com
Nick Chubb raced for a team record touchdown run of 92 yards and Baker Mayfield tossed three touchdowns to lead the Cleveland Browns to a surprising 28-16 upset of the Atlanta Falcons in Cleveland.

Chubb finished with 176 yards rushing for the game, while Baker Mayfield completed 17 of his 20 throws on the afternoon with each of his three scoring passes to a different Browns receiver to lead the Browns to the victory.

Cleveland improves to 3-6-1 and broke a four-game losing streak with the victory as they enter their off week before traveling to Cincinnati for their next game.

Brownie Bits

1) The 92 yard run of Nick Chubb not only set a team record that was set by Bobby Mitchell for the longest touchdown run in 1959, but it continued to establish Chubb as a breakaway threat.
When Chubb was drafted, he was thought of to be more of an inside power runner that lacked that type of speed.
Chubb's cantor in this game and the two scores that he ripped off in Oakland have quickly changed that scouting report.

2) As for another highly drafted offensive player, Baker Mayfield was tremendously efficient in this victory as he completed 17 of 20 passes.
Mayfield was active, accurate and did exactly what a quarterback needs to do to pull upset-Avoided mistakes and kept his team in position to win.

3) The one play that showed Mayfield at his best was his 28-yard touchdown dart to Rashard Higgins in the first half.
Mayfield rolled right out of the pocket and while on the rollout, fired hard and straight to Higgins, who made a nice catch in the end zone to outleap Atlanta's Robert Alford for the ball.
That is how to best use the strengths of Mayfield and in the two games under offensive coordinator Freddie Kitchens, the Browns have been much improved in allowing Baker to play to what he does best.

4) Freddie Kitchens has been a breath of fresh air so far, but it has occasionally seemed as if he wants to empty the playbook quickly.
Take the one Browns turnover of the day when the Browns were moving the ball and tried a halfback pass with seldom-used Dontrell Hilliard, who badly underthrew intended receiver Baker Mayfield (?) and the ball hung for so long that Atlanta's Damontae Kazee had more than enough time to glide under for the interception and resulting 33 yard return.
About the only good thing that I can say about that pass was this- the ball hung so long that it might have hurt Atlanta as a better-thrown pass might have been returned for a touchdown.
It was irrelevant as the Falcons scored on the resulting drive anyway.

5) I also hated a fourth down try where Baker Mayfield wanders out of the pocket, pretends he isn't getting the signal, the ball is quick-snapped to the running back (Nick Chubb in this case) for a draw play, which hopefully will catch the defense sleeping on the job.
It didn't and stuff like that comes off so Harry High School.
It plays out like the kid in little league baseball that fumbles with the baseball for five minutes to do the "Hidden Ball " trick, which isn't only illegal in little league, everyone in the ballpark sees it coming.

6) Plenty of credit to Gregg Williams defense as well for this win.
I picked Atlanta to win this game, but before the season, I thought that a dome/turf team might struggle in Cleveland.
Still, with the recent play of the Browns and the strong games of late by the Falcons, I thought this could be ugly
The Falcons are a better version of the Buccaneers in which they score a ton and allow a ton, they just manage to win more than Tampa does playing in that manner.
Matt Ryan threw for over 300 yards, but was kept from one of those crazy days that the Falcons are capable of having and Julio Jones did catch seven passes and 107 yards with a score, but his longest play was just thirty yards- A great scheme kept the Browns in the game and didn't let the opposition's best players beat them.

7) Baker Mayfield wasn't sacked at all and the offensive line played well, but the play that I want to write about came from a block that the Browns didn't make.
Brooks Reed came flying off the edge and beat Greg Robinson off the ball and appeared to be on a heat-seeking mission for an unsuspecting Baker Mayfield.
It was looking to be the type of play that games turn on- the quarterback gets crushed on the blind side, coughs up the football and bad things ensue.
However, it didn't and why?
Because Robinson didn't give up on Reed and kept moving his feet, which led to Robinson getting back into the pocket and getting just enough of Reed to send him careening BY Mayfield and just another harmless play.
That's the type of hustling play that winning teams make and the type of play that truly brings more "Culture Change" than any press conference, speech or poster.

8) I've always been critical of so many of these coaches/coordinators from the "Bill Walsh" coaching tree that always seems to think their system and knowledge is so much better than the opponents.
I cannot count the times that I've seen one of these guys outsmart themselves with a play call designed to catch defenses off guard rather than line up the players and go man against man.
This games showcased Steve Sarkisian, the Falcons play-caller and former head coach at Washington and USC, who allowed the Browns to hold on a 4th down and half a football in the fourth quarter by instead of having Ryan lean into the pile for an almost certain score or even a handoff to Tevin Coleman for either a leap over the bunch or maybe a toss play, if you really wanted to get racy, had Ryan throw a pass to backup tight end Eric Saubert that fell incomplete.

9) And yet minutes later. the Falcons and Sarkisian almost did the same thing AGAIN.
Starting with a first and goal from Cleveland's one, Sarkisian called pass plays on first and second down, before the Browns stopped Tevin Coleman on a third down rushing attempt.
Finally, on fourth down and ANOTHER pass play, Ryan had to throw the ball up and hope for the best as Gregg Williams sent Damarious Randall on a blitz that Ryan barely avoided.
Ryan's "alley-oop" was grabbed by Austin Hooper, who finished with ten catches on the day, and Hooper's dive for the goal line had just enough power to push Jabrill Peppers back to break the plane for the score.
Making a game much harder than it has to be- Ladies and Gentlemen- Mr. Steve Sarkisian!

10) Baker Mayfield completed passes to nine different Browns, only one caught as many as four passes (Duke Johnson), only one was targeted five times (Jarvis Landry) and none of the receivers finished with more than 39 yards (Antonio Callaway).
Spreading the ball around when you don't have a dominant receiver, (No, I don't consider Landry a true #1) is a good idea to keep defenses guessing by not being dependent on one guy.
Jarvis Landry will likely be most affected by this over the course of the season, but it's not a bad thing.

11) I wasn't sure the Browns would win another game, so this was pleasant news.
It will be interesting to see if the Browns simply played the best game that they could play at home against a flawed defensive team or if indeed some things have turned around,
After their off week, they travel to Southern Ohio and the meeting with the currently 5-4 Bengals, who allowed over half a hundred to New Orleans yesterday and fired their defensive coordinator.
Cincinnati travels to 4-5 Baltimore this week in a game that both need badly (Baltimore a little more) and one wonders just what the Bengals shape will be for the Browns if Baltimore wins.
The rumors are flying that Hue Jackson could be returning to the Bengals in some capacity, so if that happens before the Browns arrive, things could be very interesting.
This has become a winnable game, but until the Browns show that they can beat anyone on the road (the Browns last won a road game in October 2015, an overtime win over Baltimore), I cannot pick them to win, but this game looks like there is a far better chance of winning than I would have said two days ago.

Sunday, November 11, 2018

Boxing Challenge: Usyk finishes Bellew

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In a DAZN centered weekend, the star was the expected one as the only man to hold all four championships in his division,Oleksandr Usyk ended a close fight (on some cards) with a left hand that not only ended his fight with former WBC cruiserweight champion Tony Bellew, but likely ended the Briton's career in the eighth round.
The fight was interesting and competitive entering round eight, but I had Usyk well ahead (5-2) and wearing Bellew down, but apparently, the on-site judges were seeing something that I was not as Bellew led on two cards and was even on the third.
Bellew had his moments early, but I cannot fathom him being even in any way, let alone ahead, but Usyk took the scorecards out of play with one shot.
Usyk is likely to vacate his titles (too bad, I really like having one champion) for a move to the heavyweight division, where Eddie Hearn, who co-promotes Usyk and fully promotes WBA/IBF/WBO champion Anthony Joshua, was quoted after the fight that the plan was for Usyk to fight his next fight at heavyweight and then challenge Joshua.
The win for Usyk added Bellew to Mairis Briedis and Murat Gassiev to Usyk's victims for 2018 and considering that all three wins were in his opponent's home countries and the World Boxing Super Series victory, Oleksandr Usyk will more than likely be my choice for fighter of the year.

The co-feature saw former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla hammer out a workmanlike unanimous decision over Daud Yordan to become the mandatory contender for the WBA and their lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Lomachenko, who will attempt to add the WBO belt of Jose Pedraza in a few weeks, might be likely to travel to London to spread his reputation (and show he can sell tickets) in Europe to fight Crolla, but Eddie Hearn may not be in a hurry to force his man to fight Lomachenko and may be content to bide his time and hope for a Lomachenko voluntary vacating of that title, should that situation arise.
I scored Crolla a 117-111  (9-3) winner.

The evening card had the World Boxing Super Series finishing their quarter-final round by completing their cruiserweight semi-final bracket from Chicago.
The first fight featured the tournament's top seed and the man that gave Oleksandr Usyk his most difficult bout earlier this year with former WBC champion Mairis Briedis against little known Noel Mikaelian of Germany.
This fight displayed two surprises- the first came when Mikaelian controlled the fight with his jab against an either underprepared or overconfident (perhaps both) Briedis and won handily on my card 115-111 (8-4) with both fighters being penalized one point for fouls (Mikaelian in the 4th, Briedis in the 10th) in the fight.
The second surprise rose when the scorecards were announced to the surprise of everyone, including Briedis it seemed, that Briedis was the winner and even worse by margins that were simply incredible (2,4 and an unbelievable 6 points).
I feel bad for Mikaelian, who stepped up with a solid effort against the toughest test of his career and should have been rewarded with a winning, if not glittering victory.
If I made the decision for the WBSS, I'd immediately place Mikaelian as the "Stand-by Alternate" for each of the next two rounds to be used in case of an injury or a competitor misses weight.
Briedis will face the winner of the other bout in Krzysztof Glowacki.

Glowacki, who won a WBO minor title that I usually wouldn't mention, but if Oleksandr Usyk does vacate his titles. Glowacki will likely be elevated to full champion in that organization, defeated Maksim Vlasov via a unanimous decision in a fight that was more entertaining than the other quarter-final, but still was far from a classic.
Glowacki was credited with a third-round knockdown that appeared to be more along the lines of a trip but was scored a knockdown on his way to a 118-109 (10-2 with a bonus point for the knockdown) triumph on my scorecard.

In the boxing challenge, Ramon Malpica outscored me six to five on the weekend with the difference being Ramon earning two points for the Mairis Briedis win, whereas I scored just one for the Briedis "win".
I lead the season 186-164.

Buckeyes pull away from Sparty 26-6

Ohio State scored a touchdown, field goal and a safety in a four-minute span between the end of the third and beginning of the fourth quarter to bust open a one-point game and pull away to a 26-6 win over the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing.

Mike Weber rushed for 104 yards and the game's final touchdown, while Dwayne Haskins threw for over 200 yards and one score.

Ohio State improved to 9-1 (6-1 Big Ten) on the season and will play their final regular season road game next week at Maryland.

Olentangy Offerings

1)  I know Michigan State offense is very weak and maybe the weakest one that Ohio State has seen since conference play started, but the defense showed up strong.
The Buckeyes held the Spartans to under 300 yards in offense and forced three turnovers, including the fumble recovery for a touchdown that essentially ended the game.
Let's see what the Buckeyes do in the next two games before saying the tide has turned for good, but this was a good start.

2) BUT, the offense reverted back to form and that's not a good thing.
Michigan State does lead the league in run defense and Mike Weber did rush for 104 yards, but much of that came when the game was decided.
The offense looks more broken than fixed.

3) J.K. Dobbins looked to have gained some confidence last week, but that had to have been hurt on Saturday as Dobbins finished with only 28 yards on 14 carries.

4) The offense looked so stunted at times that Tate Martell entered the game at quarterback to see if he could open things up a bit.
Martell ran for five yards on the first half drive that would eventually see Dwayne Haskins hit Parris Campbell for a score, but a similar second-half situation saw Martell fumble a poor snap and Michigan State recovered.
The mixed results saw the experiment to be worth the time giving Martell a few snaps next week in College Park.

5) I'm not a big fan of some of the receivers on the Buckeyes that seem to avoid contact.
 Parris Campbell is the biggest perpetrator of this.
I'm not saying that players have to put their shoulder down on every touch of the ball, but sometimes those few extra yards can make a real difference in a field goal attempt or even an easier attempt for a first down.
Just a little more physicality would be very helpful.

6) My pick for player of the game? Drue Chrisman, the punter that set a new OSU record for the shortest punt in the first quarter with a four-yard boot, but picked up his game thereafter with five punts that were downed inside the Spartans six-yard line on five different occasions.
Punters that can perform like that can be quite the valuable weapon.

7) And give plenty of credit to the coverage team on the Chrisman punts- Terry McLaurin seemed to be flying downfield on every play and the wideouts on those squads were hustling to down those kicks.
It's exactly what you hope to see from your special teams, which has upped their game in recent games.

8) The Buckeyes turned this game on two fumbles that gave them ten points and both were Spartan drives that started deep in Michigan State territory off Chrisman punts.
Considering the Ohio State offense, it was fortunate that Dre'Mont Jones beat Sparty to the ball in the end zone or who knows what would have come about other than a two-point safety?

9) Speaking of safeties, the Spartans gave two points to Ohio State with an odd play,
The Spartans lined up for a punt from their end zone late in the third quarter and what looked to be a miscommunication occurred as one of the Michigan State punters (they used two and I cannot remember which) didn't appear to be ready for the snap and the ball went sailing over his head.
On replay, it was clear that the snap was planned and after the game, Mark Dantonio was asked about it.
It turns out that Dantonio didn't trust his punt team (understandable) against the Buckeye punt rush after their recent success and using inexperienced punters didn't give him faith either.
The call didn't affect the game, but at the time, it looked huge.

10) I've complained about the tackling of late and that was much improved yesterday.
The Buckeyes were flying to the ball and seemed more aggressive with much less read and react.
Some defenses (and defensive players) just need to either have freedom or in some cases discipline to fit their skills.
Perhaps some of the Buckeyes tacklers just needed some freedom to be aggressive?

11) Tate Martell's appearance in the red zone was a move that I thought might be coming.
Urban Meyer used J.T. Barrett and Cardale Jones in a similar manner in their 2015 season together at times and I thought this could add an extra wrinkle.
Here's the thing- much like the "Wildcat" dying off in the NFL simply because, without a passing threat, it's just a single wing, If Martell cannot keep defenses honest with his arm- defenses will figure the gimmick out quickly.

12) And if Martell isn't a threat to throw, what will that do to next year's offense with the expected departure of Dwayne Haskins?
I'm not saying Martell isn't capable of doing things with his arm, but he's going to have to prove that to opposing defenses.

13) Michigan State wore white helmets this week vs the Buckeyes.
I much preferred their classic green helmet look, but here is an odd take for me.
I've always been someone that likes the colored jerseys for most teams over their whites, but for the Buckeyes, I do think the white jerseys with the silver pants is my favorite look.
I like the scarlet jerseys too, but the crispness of an autumn afternoon just looks so good with the traditional look of the white road uniforms.

14) I just don't know about two weeks from now.
Michigan looks as strong as they have in years and I just don't feel good about this team right now.
Urban Meyer has often done his best work when ruled out of a game (His Florida team over OSU and OSU over Alabama) and perhaps that can happen again and the game is in Columbus.
If this game was in Ann Arbor, I'd rate the Wolverines a prohibitive favorite, instead, I'm hopeful, but not confident.

See you later with the Browns against the visiting Atlanta Falcons.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Boxing Challenge

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Another weekend in the Boxing Challenge as DAZN is the place to be as all four challenge encounters are on DAZN from two cities.

The biggest fight is from Manchester, England as the only unified world champion defends his four world titles for the first time.
Oleksandr Usyk didn't wait long to get back into the ring after winning the World Boxing Super Series in July and he'll be taking on an interesting customer in Tony Bellew.
Bellew held the WBC cruiserweight title before vacating in order to move to heavyweight for two lucrative fights against David Haye, in which he won both and is on a ten fight winning streak, but before that was stopped in six by Adonis Stevenson at light heavyweight.
I think this could be interesting for a bit, but in the end, Usyk is simply a higher level fighter than Bellew.
Elite beats World Class every time.

The other challenge fight is a WBA lightweight eliminator with former WBA lightweight champion Anthony Crolla against Daud Yordan, who at one time (about nine to ten years ago) was a title challenger at featherweight.
Crolla. who lost two decisions to Jorge Linares, has rebounded from those losses with wins over Ricky Burns and Edson Ramirez.
The winner becomes the mandatory contender for Vasyl Lomachenko, who would likely travel to England for a Crolla fight to spread his name recognition.

The World Boxing Super Series will conclude their quarter-final round in the cruiserweight division with two fights from Chicago.
I wasn't thrilled with the WBSS returning to the cruiserweights so soon, but it is what it is and the number one seed is back from the first tournament in former WBC champion Mairis Briedis, who was the closest fighter to defeating Oleksandr Usyk in losing a majority decision earlier this year.
I scored Usyk-Briedis a draw and wouldn't be against a rematch, but Briedis will have to win this tournament before that happens and his first opponent will be Noel Mikaelian of Germany.
Mikaelian has only fought one name that anyone would recognize in former champion Krzysztof Wlodarczyk and suffered his only loss via split decision.

Former WBO champion Krzysztof Glowacki battles Maksim Vlasov in the other WBSS bout.
Glowacki, who dropped the title in his only career defeat to Oleksandr Usyk, should have been entered in the previous tournament, but for some reason was placed as the alternate behind Mike Perez.
Glowacki faces Maksim Vlasov, who has won twelve fights in a row against less than top opposition since moving up from super middleweights as he leaped over light heavyweight since a loss by decision to Gilberto Ramirez in January 2015.
Glowacki has the advantage of being the stronger fighter and the more natural fighter at the weight.
The winners of these two bouts will meet in the semi-finals next year.

In the boxing challenge, I lead Ramon Malpica 181-158

World Cruiserweight Title 12 Rds
Oleksandr Usyk vs Tony Bellew
Both: Usyk Unanimous Decision

Lightweights. 12 Rds
Anthony Crolla vs Daud Yordan
Both: Crolla Unanimous Decision

World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Quarter-Final 12 Rds
Mairis Briedis vs Noel Mikaelian
R.L.: Briedis Unanimous Decision
TRS: Briedis KO 10

World Boxing Super Series Cruiserweight Quarter-Final 12 Rds
Krzysztof Glowacki vs Maksim Vlasov
R.L: Glowacki KO 9
TRS: Glowacki KO 12


After a big week last time out, the PPM attempts to keep the momentum going!

Last Week: 12-1
Overall: 79-14-1

Boise State over Fresno State 30-24
Ohio State over Michigan State 20-14
Bowling Green over Central Michigan 38-34
Middle Tennessee over UTEP 32-21
Houston over Temple 36-29
Texas over Texas Tech 48-44

Game of the Week
Georgia over Auburn 27-21

Falcons over Browns 35-17
Saints over Bengals 38-28

Game of the Week
Rams over Seahawks 31-21

Friday, November 9, 2018

Cleaning out the inbox:Non-Sports (Mostly)

We start the cleaning with the duck to the right.
Why does it look different?
Well, it is different as it is a Mandarin Duck, which is not native to North America.
Why am I writing about the Mandarin Duck?
Because one suddenly showed up in New York City and since the Duck cannot tell us how it arrived, the questions abound.

My best guesses would involve an escape from a zoo or a release from someone's private collection, although I cannot imagine there exists a massive amount of duck collectors in the greater New York City area.
The Duck does have a band on its leg, but it is not from a zoo in the area.
I'm dubious of a miracle arrival from East Asia, but if that was how it got here, I suppose it could have been a stowaway on a ship with NYC being a major port.
The duck is said to be able to adjust to the weather, but I do worry that someone will do something stupid to it, as it only takes one idiot to ruin the whole thing.
The Duck has been away for a bit on occasion, but thus far has always returned!

Our only sports note comes from the Athletic as the article writes about the 100 years of Ohio State refusing to play Cincinnati in basketball.
Under second-year coach Chris Holtmann, the Buckeyes have finally decided to play the Bearcats and perhaps even Xavier and Dayton in the future.
I've long been a proponent of the Buckeyes playing the two Cincinnati schools and even other Ohio schools on a rotating basis.
Dayton would be the best of those, but with the Ohio MAC schools and Cleveland State all in line, there are plenty of games that could be played in-state.
The home and home with UC was supposed to begin this season in Columbus, but the Bearcats are opening their renovated arena this season and they asked if the order could be reversed to open the arena with the Buckeyes, who graciously agreed.
Holtmann was not only the presenter of the idea to play, but he also thinks there could be an event down the road with Ohio State playing Cincinnati and Xavier on a rotating basis with Dayton playing Cincinnati on Xavier's year with Ohio State and another school playing Xavier when it's Cincinnati's turn with OSU in order to keep Xavier's annual game with Dayton special..
As for the actual game?
Holtmann's great work with the Buckeyes continued as the underdog pulled a 64-56 upset.

National Geographic writes about the continued search for the identity of Jack the Ripper from the famous murder spree from 1888.
There have been so many programs and articles claiming to have figured this out and this one does not try that, but it's still an interesting article about the victims, mode of killing and the hardcore bunch that enjoys trying to figure out just who the Ripper was.

We wrap with the number one invasive species-Cats!
The common cat is an invasive species that hunts, kills birds and other small animals, breeds at six months old, can produce 12 kittens a year and feral cats can transmit rabies!
No wonder I'm a dog person!!

Back later tonight with the PPM and the Boxing Challenge