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Tuesday, April 7, 2009
On the idea of the reds opening on the road

Yes, the weather was miserable yesterday, and yes, having the home opener a week later might lessen the chances of that kind of weather, but that totally misses the point of Opening Day.

Opening Day just wouldn't be the same after a week of games. What's great about Opening Day is the sense of newness and optimism. Every team is 0-0 and there's still that chance for the Reds to go 162-0. If they started on the road then all that is ruined. When the team comes back 4-3, 3-4, or 0-7 then why even bother? Then reality has set in. Opening Day isn't about reality. It's about hope and rebirth and the belief that this year anything is possible.

Posted by robbernard at 9:46 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Saturday, November 29, 2008
Syracuse 10 - Cincinnati30


"Cheer Cincinnati, Cincy will win. Fight to the finish, never give in. You do your best boys, we'll do the rest boys. Onward to victory!"

Posted by robbernard at 8:45 PM in Cincinnati

Friday, September 12, 2008
Thank God Paul Hackett didn't win his election

Former Democratic Congressional candidate and wunderkind Paul Hackett on Daily Kos:

Both elements of strategy, an offensive and defensive plan appear to be absent in Southern Ohio.

The solution rests with local surrogates on the ground spreading the attack face to face coupled with an air campaign via radio and TV.

The message is simple and the professionals can refine it but essentially it should contain these elements:

"Sarah Palin? Can't keep her solemn oath of devotion to her husband and had sex with his employee. Sarah Palin? Accidentally got pregnant at age 43 and the tax payers of Alaska have to pay for the care of her disabled child. Sarah Palin? Unable to teach her 16 year old daughter right from wrong and now another teenager is pregnant. Sarah Palin? Can you trust Sarah Palin and her values with America's future? John McCain? Divorced from his first wife one month and marries a billionaire influence peddler and convicted felon. John McCain, a record of rash and impulsive decisions. That's not change that's more of the same."

--Daily Kos: Obama is losing Ohio

Stay classy Paul Hackett.

Posted by robbernard at 5:35 PM in Cincinnati , Politics/Government

Thursday, September 6, 2007
Oregon State 3 - Cincinnati 34
Cheer Cincinnati, Cincy will win
Fight to the finish, never give in
You do your best, boys, we'll do the rest, boys
Onward to victory!

Go Red! Go Black! Go Bearcats! Fight! Fight! Fight!
B-E-A-R-C-A-T-S go UC!
Posted by robbernard at 11:17 PM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, November 21, 2006
Congratu-bleeping-lations Nancy Zimpher

You want to know what your disgraceful incompetence in the handling of the Huggins situation has wrought? A loss to bleeping Wofford.

I support Mick Cronin, I support Mark Dantonio, and I support all of UC's athletes, but Nancy Zimpher is simply a disgrace.

Posted by robbernard at 10:03 PM in Cincinnati

Sunday, March 12, 2006
Congratu-bleeping-lations Nancy Zimpher

You did everything you possibly could to drive the basketball program into the ground and despite the tremendous efforts of AK and the players it worked.

Posted by robbernard at 7:04 PM in Cincinnati

Thursday, January 26, 2006
Welcome to the 3rd century...

...well, at least if you count the same way the Enquirer seems to. Eric Hicks scored his 1,000th point last night and thus passed the " century mark". Heh.

Posted by robbernard at 1:16 PM in Cincinnati

Thursday, December 8, 2005
I guess I'm in the lowest quintile of outrage among Reds fans over the Casey trade

Honestly I'm not sure what all the fuss is about. Yes Casey consistently hit above .300 and yes he's a great person. He's also slow as molasses, has a penchant for hitting into double plays, and has no power.

And yes Dave Williams "only" went 10-11 last year and yes his ERA was 4.41 and yes, he's given up some homers. He got those 10 wins with the Pirates, a team that only got 67 total. And outside of PNC he was 7-4 with a 2.65 ERA. And let's remember Tony LaRussa has called this guy one of the best southpaws in the league. Let's not be so quick to dismiss this guy as a scrub.

This deal saves us 5-7 million dollars this year, at the very least that's enough to keep everybody else who's going through arbitration and it may even help us land another decent pitcher.

This deal also solves the outfield problem, allowing us to play all 4 of our outfielders.

Again, Casey is a good guy. I wish him nothing but luck against everybody except the Reds. But being a good guy will only get your club so many wins. Deciding whether to keep a guy based on whether he's a good guy and popular in the community is a bad way to run a ball club. That's the Lindner way of running a ball club. That leads to losses.

As much as people love to bash O'Brien, this trade doesn't fly in the face of logic. There seems to be solid enough reasoning to back it up. It does solve at least one problem for the Reds and it's far too soon to label Dave Williams a bust, he has potential.

Posted by robbernard at 11:26 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Boy, the Reds radio promo people aren't even trying anymore

Heard on the radio: "Tonight at 7:35: The Red and Brewers play 9 because the schedule says they have to."

Posted by robbernard at 11:04 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Wednesday, August 24, 2005
This is just a sad day
Zimpher couldn't even handle the press conference properly. She needed to stand there, looking dour, and express the usual platitudes about wishing it hadn't come to this. Instead she gets in front of the microphones with a Joker-like smile plastered on her face, grinning like a Cheshire Cat, acting for all the world as if it was the best day of her life.

Nancy Zimpher claims to be concerned about such things as what the University of Cincinnati stands for. Things like its image. Its integrity.

And she should be. Especially today.

Today, if you're a UC employee, you see clearly that if a bus is coming around the corner - headed down that one-way street called Loyalty - Zimpher's is the hand you don't want to feel in the small of your back.

Today, if you work at UC, you understand that when the president gives you an option - like, say, you can keep your job through the final two years of your contract - you should not make the mistake of assuming she really means it.

Today, if you're trying to do the best job you can for the University of Cincinnati, you realize that you should not take for granted that the lady upstairs will actually allow you to.

The University of Cincinnati is where, at a luncheon for academic scholarship candidates, they decorate the tickets and tables with basketballs and the front of the room with an ice sculpture of a basketball player. It's where they hold public rallies to celebrate admission into the Big East Conference. It's where they fire the coach that took them there.

The University of Cincinnati is where standards are so important that they're doubled. It's where hypocrisy holds the highest offices.
If the university had fired Huggins before his graduation rate began to turn for the better, we could have grudgingly accepted that. If it had fired him swiftly after the DUI, we could have grudgingly accepted that. If, on high ground, it had fired him when the Bearcats were having their way with Conference USA, we could have grudgingly accepted that.

But this is unacceptable. This is dirty. This is stupid.

This is wrong.
Incidentally, what must the Big East be thinking today? Would it have been so eager to bring on Cincinnati if it had known that the impresario of the university's flagship program would be slashed before basketball season? In a bath of blood? In a barrage of bad publicity?

Would it have been so eager to bring on Cincinnati if it had known the administration was so disingenuous, so cruel, so clumsy?

And what about you, Bearcats fan? If you had known what you know now about the school in which you've invested your rooting interest, would you have followed it so fiercely all this while? Would you have given it so much love and money?

Probably so, because Huggins earned it over 16 years. You gave him what he deserved.

The same, sadly, cannot be said for the university.

--Lonnie Wheeler - The Cincinnati Post

Whether you think Huggs should go or not you simply cannot deny that there is no possible way Zimpher could have handled this in a worse manner.





Posted by robbernard at 2:00 PM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, August 23, 2005
Words cannot adequately express how I feel.
The Enquirer reports that Bob Huggins is being given 24 hours to accept a $3 million buyout of his contract or he will be fired.

This is stupid. This is preposterous. This is idiotic. This is outrageous.

This is the quickest possible way for Nancy Zimpher to take a great program and run it completely and totally into the ground. YOU DO NOT GET YOURSELF INTO A NEW, MORE COMPETITIVE CONFERENCE AND IMMEDIATELY DUMP THE PERSON WHO GOT YOU THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Nancy Zimpher has done more damage to my alma mater's prestige in two years than Bob Huggins ever has.

Posted by robbernard at 2:27 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, August 3, 2005
Schmidt beats Hackett in the 2nd CD


Yes, let's all pretend that this is a good sign for the Democrats, that it shows they have a shot in Southwest Ohio and are strong nationally. Let's pretend this is a portent of the Republican party's downfall. Never mind that this was the perfect storm for them and they still failed. They had a Republican opponent with very little name recognition, an unenergized Republican base, strong support from the national party thanks to it being the only race in the country and a Democratic candidate doing his very best to hide his Democratic tendencies and present himself as a Republican... and they still failed.

(None of this is meant to take away from Hackett... he was the best candidate the Dems could put up there and he ran the best campaign he could. He just couldn't win.)

Yeah, yeah, the Democrats' defeat is all because of the racists and the bigots and the homophobes and the misogynists... blah, blah, blah... Is it any wonder the Dems keep losing when so many of them can't cotton to the idea that reasonable people can oppose them and not be stupid, racist, red-necked bigots?

Posted by robbernard at 8:19 AM in Cincinnati , Politics/Government

Tuesday, June 21, 2005
Miley and Gullett out

Dave Miley and Don Gullett have been fired.

Let's take 'em one at a time...

Miley: He wasn't the reason the Reds were losing. He was however one of the reasons they couldn't turn it around. He just seemed to no longer have any authority in the clubhouse.

Gullett: Now Gullett I think was one of the reasons the Reds were losing. He's skated by on his reputation as a guy who can turn around the career of a has-been pitcher for quite some time but really what has he done in the last few years? He hasn't turned around a has-been in quite some time and he doesn't seem to have done anything for the young pitchers we've had the last few years... not to mention Milton. There have been too many problems with the pitching staff for too long for Gullett not to go.

Now, looking to the future...

It'd be hard to have a firesale. Anybody making enough to dump for salary reasons isn't good enough to trade (I'm looking squarely at you Milton).

I don't see any trades coming immediately. This is a vastly underperforming team, on paper they should play a lot better than they have. I think the front office would like to see how they do under new management for a while and then really come to a decision around the trade deadline.

If things are still this bad at the deadline then Randa's the most obvious choice to trade and they'd bring up Encarnacion.

Beyond that... if they trade a pitcher it'll be Mercker.

And at some point the outfield situation still needs to get worked out. If an outfielder goes I suppose the most likely is Kearns, but the rumor-du-jour is that Casey will go, allowing Dunn to move to first. So who knows?...

Posted by robbernard at 1:44 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Monday, May 9, 2005
So long Cinergy

Looks like Cinergy is being sold to Duke Energy in a $9 billion deal. Yet another company at which I've worked gets swallowed and it looks like IT and the Energy Merchant unit which I was a part of will take some of the heaviest hits.

Can we agree to call Riverfront Stadium by its pre-naming rights name again?

Posted by robbernard at 5:22 PM in Cincinnati

Monday, May 2, 2005
What the bleeping bleep?!

This is un-bleeping-acceptable! When you have a 6 run lead going in to the 9th inning you don't give up 7 bleeping runs!

Posted by robbernard at 10:47 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, April 27, 2005
VH1 turns down Jaffre

Though he's shopping the idea to other networks it looks like the Cincinnati mayoral race won't be chronicled on reality TV.

Posted by robbernard at 12:14 AM in Cincinnati , TV

Wednesday, April 13, 2005
Whoops, CIncinnati lab sends out killer flu
The World Health Organisation is urging thousands of laboratories around the world to destroy samples inadvertently sent to them of the Asian flu virus that killed up to four million people in 1957-58.

Scientists feared an accident could trigger a new global outbreak.

The virus, known as H2N2, killed about four million people worldwide during the Asian influenza pandemic of 1957-58 before disappearing in 1968.

"Therefore, persons born after 1968 are expected to have no or only limited immunity to H2N2," which is not contained in current trivalent influenza vaccines, the WHO warned Tuesday in a statement.

The US government on April 8 asked the College of American Pathologists (CAP) to instruct 3,747 laboratories in 18 countries that received samples containing the H2N2 virus to destroy them, the WHO said.
The H2N2 samples were shipped to the laboratories -- most of which are in the United States with only 75 located in Canada and 16 other countries -- by Meridian Bioscience Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio as part of "routine quality-control certification conducted" by the College of American Pathologists.

Stohr called the private company's decision "unwise and unfortunate," while Robert Webster, a flu expert at St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, called the incident "a terrible, terrible mistake."

--Yahoo! News

Posted by robbernard at 12:17 PM in Cincinnati

Thursday, April 7, 2005

Come on, how can you not like this Reds team?

Posted by robbernard at 1:16 AM in Cincinnati

Monday, April 4, 2005
Extended thoughts on Opening Day

My brother drove in from West Virginia last night to go to the game. This was our fourth straight Opening Day. (Methods of obtaining tickets: 02 - waiting in line failed, got off of ebay 03 - online 04 & 05 - waiting in line) He had to go straight back afterwards so we each drove. We got Downtown at about 10:45 and had no problem parking. $10 a couple blocks from GABP. We got lunch at Empress Chili's new downtown location and, not really caring about the parade headed down to the ballpark.

We had great seats, somewhere between Center and Right Center, front row below the smoke stacks. We watched the Mets take BP for about 40 minutes and then went to check out the new Hall of Fame. ($5 admission if you've got a ticket.) It's really pretty cool.

We got back to our section just as the National Anthem started and the B2 flew over. Things started badly with Matsui homering but Dunn answered in the bottom half of the 1st with a 3-run shot that with a few more feet would have cleared the Sun Deck. (I'm visible in this picture.) Mets came back to tie things up and things were quiet for a while. Pedro struck out quite a few Reds, but the score remained 3-3. Then Weathers and Mercker came in to promptly give up 3 runs in the 7th. (Piazza doubled off the wall pretty much right in front of me. If I'd wanted to get thrown out I probably could have touched it.) The Reds came back with one run in the bottom of the 7th and Wagner and Graves came in to shut the Mets' bats down for two innings.

And now we come to the ninth. This folks is why you NEVER leave a ball game early. Brandon Looper comes in to save the game for the Mets with a 2 run lead. Kearns singles. Dunn launches yet another into the Right-Center stands. Tie ball game. And then Randa comes up.

High drive to Left Center field!


Go home, you're done. Hit the showers, but thanks for the runs. You bum, you got rocked, so just beat it. You got the hook so go home.

Hey pitcher, so I guess that was your fastball, I don't think you could get it past my grandma.
I'm confused, was that your changeup or your slider.
Doesn't matter because you couldn't get it by her.
Ball 1, outside.
Ball 2, up high.
You threw a strike and he yanked it out of the yard.
Yeah, now you gotta go home, you're done.
Hit the showers, but thanks for the runs.
You bum, you got rocked so just beat it.
You got the hook go home.

--Blessid Union of Souls - Go Home

It's odd, earlier in the game a hit had skittered between Randa and Aurillia and the people near me were ready to give up on him. He hits the first walk-off homer in Reds Opening Day history and suddenly he's a king. :)

It took a while to get out of town. Ended up taking Central Parkway north, zigged around the ole' Alma Mater and got on 71 at McMillan.

The one downside of the whole thing is that when I got home I found that my Tivo had recorded the game on ESPN instead of FSN so I ended up with the Pirates-Brewers game. Really would have liked to have the game to watch again. :(

All in all though it was an absolutely fantastic experience. It was soooooo worth the hous spent in line waiting for tickets. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything. If you haven't been to Opening Day in Cincinnati you haven't really been to an Opening Day.

On WLW after the game someone noted that Baseball is sometimes thought of as an older person's game, a game that teens and 20-somethings have just lost touch with and observed that the turnout at today's game just didn't show that. And I have to agree. In my entire row I don't know that there was one person over the age of 30.

This should be an exciting year of Reds baseball. Can't help but get a '99 vibe off this team and the excitement surrounding them.

The names have changed but the game's the same... so grab your glove and let's play ball!
Everybody's coming downtown to watch them play... America's past time
Everybody's coming downtown just to say... hey, hey!
Everybody's coming downtown to watch them play... America's past time
At Great American Ball Park
There's a whole new game in town, everyone's invited down.
Because where one generation ends there's a new one about to begin.

--Blessid Union of Souls - Play Ball

And now a few pics.

View from our seats/Mets BP

B2 Flyover

First Pitch

The Outfield Trio

The traffic on the way home

Posted by robbernard at 9:11 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati
"The names have changed but the game's the same... so grab your glove and let's play ball!"
Everybody's coming downtown to watch them play... America's past time

Everybody's coming downtown just to say... hey, hey!

Everybody's coming downtown to watch them play... America's past time

At Great American Ball Park

No city does Opening Day like Cincinnati.

Posted by robbernard at 9:12 AM in Cincinnati

Saturday, April 2, 2005
T-Minus 48 hours...

...till the start of the baseball season. :)

...whoops... daylight savings time... make that 47 hours.

Posted by robbernard at 2:10 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Tuesday, March 29, 2005
New C-Paw escapes into the wild
UC's new athletic logo wasn't supposed to be released until June 1st in conjunction with the move into the Big East Conference. Instead it managed to find its way out into the wild on T-shirts at area Krogers.

My first impression... I don't like it. But I'll admit that it's grown on me a bit in the small time since I first saw it, so who knows what I'll think with a little time.
Posted by robbernard at 1:48 PM in Cincinnati

Friday, March 18, 2005
Portman leaving

Congressman Rob Portman will join President Bush's cabinet as U.S. trade representative.

I doubt anybody's all that surprised. The conventional wisdom for quite some time has been that Bush and Portman were close enough that Portman would be appointed to something sooner or later.

Posted by robbernard at 1:10 PM in Cincinnati

Monday, March 14, 2005
Goodbye Cincinnati Bell Wireless, hello T-Mobile

On Friday I started the switch from Cincinnati Bell Wireless to T-Mobile. I can't complain about CBW's service or coverage but I was tired of having to pay full price whenever I wanted to upgrade my phone and how, because they're not a national provider, the only place I could get ringtones and the like was right from CBW. Plus the plan I had (their cheapest) was much more than I needed. Last month was an unusually heavy month for me cell-minute-usage-wise and still the total of all my minutes was less than a quarter of my available peak minutes. T-Mobile had a plan that fit my needs much better so that once I've added on several features that I didn't have with CBW (like internet access on my phone) I'll still be paying less per month.

Plus I couldn't pass up their deal on what I consider to be a pretty cool little camera phone. In the store the Samsung e315 is $199.99, online it's free. At CBW they've only got one phone under $99.99 and a mere 2 flip phones.

I'm probably giving up some coverage area in switching away from CBW but the other advantages were just irresistible. The phone's supposed to arrive by FedEx Wednesday and the number port's scheduled for Thursday.

Posted by robbernard at 2:41 PM in Cincinnati , Technology/Internet

Thursday, March 10, 2005
More on the Enquirer's overreaction to the Reds being up for sale

This from WCPO's John Popovich:

The Enquirer can say that TV stations overreact to bad weather, but today, the paper has overreacted big time to this story. The banner headline on the front page reads.. "REDS UP FOR SALE". Inside, the headline is "Lindner loyal to keeping the Reds in Cincinnati". Then there's the lead editorial.."Make Sure our Reds stay here". Here's how it concludes..."This is the time for every fan, every politician, every child who ever skipped school to watch the Reds on Opening Day to let baseball know that this team must stay in this town. Not just for this season; not just for the life of the lease; but for the next generation and all the ones after that. The Reds belong in Cincinnati forever.

Opening Day sold out in 12 minutes....isn't that proof enough?

Every time somebody thinks about selling a portion of the Reds, there's panic that the team is going to move out of town. It's pure garbage! When the Expos went looking for new location, who was out there? There was Norfolk that has a minor league ballpark and Washington which changed its mind a couple of times. No established team is going to move, especially one with a new stadium and a long term lease. If teams were so free to move, Milwaukee, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Cleveland, Chicago White Sox, Minnesota would have moved a long time ago. Every time the Indians got new ownership, there was talk of a move. That's because they stunk on the field and their stadium was run down.

Why do you think they made the movie "Major League"? There was some truth in that movie. They never moved.

--Popo's Sports Blog

Just imagine the Enquirer's reaction if there were actually the chance that the sale would have slightest effect. They'd have a coronary.

Posted by robbernard at 3:59 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Wednesday, March 9, 2005
Reds up for sale

Ok, so the majority (but not the controlling share) of the Reds is up for sale. Do we really need three different stories and an editorial from the Enquirer on keeping the Reds in Cincinnati.

It seems rather desperate when there's no reason at all for it.

Posted by robbernard at 1:06 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Monday, February 28, 2005
Looks like Cincy City Manager Valerie Lemmie could be on her way out
With 10 months left in Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken's term, City Manager Valerie Lemmie also may be preparing for her exit from City Hall.

With rumors circulating among political circles in both Cincinnati and Dayton that Lemmie is interviewing for a job at the nonprofit Kettering Foundation, Lemmie declined to confirm or deny the speculation.


Posted by robbernard at 12:00 PM in Cincinnati

Saturday, February 19, 2005
Reds Opening Day

Got my tickets.

A few thoughts:

If you're the guy half a mile back in the GABP line, you shouldn't be expecting tickets.

If you show up after 6AM at any location where you don't know that they're doing a lottery then you're just not trying.

If you show up at any location where they're not doing a lottery 25 minutes before they go on sale, not only will you not be gettting tickets, you don't deserve them.

The manager at my outlet had exactly the right attitude. The fans devoted enough to sit on the hard floor for 8 or more hours SHOULD have priority over the people who stroll in at 8:00 or 8:30.

And now it's time to sleep.

Posted by robbernard at 10:04 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Friday, February 18, 2005

I'm trying to figure out where to go to buy Reds Opening Day tickets and it's not going very well. I called around earlier in the week to find out which stores were doing first-come-first-served and which were doing a lottery for place in line. I call around today to confirm and every one that said they were doing first-come-first-served is now saying they're doing a lotto and the first place I called that said they were doing a lotto is now saying they're doing first-come-first-served.

Lord only knows what the policy will be 10 minutes from now.

Posted by robbernard at 5:36 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Thursday, February 17, 2005
Sarah Brady has her baby
The Covington woman who fought off a knife-wielding attacker a day before her baby was due gave birth to a healthy girl Wednesday afternoon.

Sarah Brady, 26, of Covington delivered a 7-pound, 4-ounce girl about 2 p.m. at St. Elizabeth Medical Center South in Edgewood with the child's father, Scott Hatton, also of Covington, at her side.

"The mother and daughter are fine," hospital spokesman Karla Webb said. "They are now resting, and the mother does not wish to be disturbed."

--Cincinnati Enquirer

After the horror everything seems to have turned out ok.

Posted by robbernard at 2:23 PM in Cincinnati

Whatever you do, don't listen to the advice in this article about getting Reds Opening Day tickets.

1) They suggest that the kid camping out for 96 hours could just get them online. If you trust that you'll be able to get tickets by your computer you'll be sorely disappointed. You'll most likely find yourself waiting in a digital waiting room, frantically clicking "Refresh" for 20 minutes at which point you'll find that they're sold out.

2) The kid waiting in line for 96 hours says he won't even be getting the best seats available. That's just stupid. He says he has to look at the economics. I pray to God he's not an economics major because if he is he's not graduating from college. He could get the best available, sell them on eBay and then buy the cheaper seats he wants. That would actually make him money.

Posted by robbernard at 12:31 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Monday, February 14, 2005
Barry Larkin retires

He's hung up his glove after 19 years with the Reds and joined the front office of the Washington National.

I'm with Hal McCoy on this one. it's a disgrace that the Reds couldn't bother to try and find a place for him in the front office and left him to the Nationals.

Posted by robbernard at 11:18 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Friday, February 11, 2005

A situation in Fort Mitchell, KY today seems eerily similar to a Missouri woman having her baby cut out of her womb in December.

Sarah Brady of Latonia stabbed and killed Katie Smith of Fort Mitchell. Brady was 9 months pregnant and Smith claimed to be. It appears Smith may have been trying to steal Brady's baby.

Brady said she was lured to Smith's apartment after Smith called her, saying her name was Sarah Brody. According to Brady, Smith told her she had received some of her baby gifts by mistake. Brady went to the apartment twice and on their second meeting, she said Smith attacked her.

Smith had told neighbors she was pregnant and was about to deliver, according to police. But an emergency room doctor who saw Smith after Thursday's stabbing said she wasn't pregnant. Investigators said Smith had also built a nursery for a baby in her apartment.

Brady told police that after she fought with Smith, she went to a neighbor's home and called 911, Hamrick reported.


More from the Enquirer.

Posted by robbernard at 4:41 PM in Cincinnati
UC 65 - Xavier 54
I would like to see them penetrate a little better and bear down and finish a team off when they've got them on the ropes.
Posted by robbernard at 2:28 AM in Cincinnati

Friday, January 28, 2005
P&G to buy Gillette for $57B
Procter & Gamble Co. said Friday it would buy Gillette Co., for about $57 billion in stock, uniting two iconic U.S. producers of household goods ranging from Pampers diapers to Duracell batteries.

The combined company would boast more than $60 billion in annual revenues, giving it increased leverage at stores ranging from discounters to grocers.

The maker of Tide is paying an 18 percent premium for Gillette, best known for its razors. P&G promised cost cuts of up to $16 billion, heralded lay-offs of 4 percent of the combined 140,000 workforce and set a stock buyback of up to $22 billion in the next 18 months.

--CNN Money

While the 4% layoffs may be a little worrisome, I suppose it's always good to see a regionally headquartered company expand. The article also goes in to how the merger could lead other consumer products companies like Unilever and Colgate-Palmolive to do some buying of their own.

More from the Enquirer and the Post.

Posted by robbernard at 12:21 PM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, January 25, 2005
Reds sign another one

I think you have to be happy about the Reds signing Rich Aurilia to a minor league contract. He's struggled offensively for a couple years but you know he has that offensive potential and it's nice having a more experienced option at short than Lopez and Machado. Plus he gives them another utility infielder option and the 600k price tag is quite a cut from his $3.15 mill last year.

Posted by robbernard at 1:03 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Friday, January 7, 2005
You play the game with the players you have, not the players you'd like to have
CBS has a good article on how the Bearcats' lineup makes no sense and yet, or maybe because of that, is giving the rest of the teams so much trouble.

Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins has been confronted with the evidence, which is overwhelming. His team is guilty -- guilty of being short where it should be tall, tall where it should be short, this where it should be that.

The Bearcats are guilty of first-degree unorthodoxy, a fact Huggins doesn't dispute. Instead he nods his head at a retired jersey hanging on the wall at Fifth Third Arena, where unorthodox Cincinnati had just battered DePaul 83-54 Thursday.

"I'd like to have Kenyon Martin," he said. "But we don't. We've got what we've got."

What Huggins has is a nonsensical starting lineup. His two wing guards are bigger than his two post players. The only point guard-shaped Bearcat in the starting lineup, 6-foot Jihad Muhammad, isn't a point guard at all.

These are among the reasons why Cincinnati was picked by league coaches to finish third this season in Conference USA, despite finishing first eight times in the league's nine-year history.

Good reasons.

Wrong reasons.

--CBS Sportsline

Posted by robbernard at 1:56 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, January 5, 2005
For the record

After all the stuff that has come out about OSU I will no longer be putting up with accusations of thuggery, low graduation rates or anything else about the UC athletic program from OSU fans.

Posted by robbernard at 2:18 PM in Cincinnati
Looks like Nuxhall will do at least 6 games next year
Joe Nuxhall probably will add ballpark No. 57 to his list.

Nuxhall and Reds chief operating officer John Allen are working out the details, but Nuxhall will continue to broadcast games next season, and he'll probably do the games from Washington's RFK Stadium and Boston's Fenway Park.

RFK, where the Nationals, formerly the Montreal Expos, are to play, will be the 57th stadium Nuxhall has played in or broadcast from. Nuxhall played in Fenway but hasn't done radio from there.

"We're not sure exactly how many games I'll do," Nuxhall said. "But it looks like I'll do Boston and Washington."

Said Allen: "We want to give Joe a chance to add to his total (of ballparks)."


It's nice to se that they seem to have smoothed things over.

Posted by robbernard at 1:25 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Monday, December 27, 2004
Reds sign Eric Milton

Who would have thought they'd be willing to put up the money for a 3 year, $25.5 million contract?

Posted by robbernard at 5:43 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Friday, December 24, 2004
Cincinnati 32, Marshall 14
They started out a little slow, there were some stupid mistakes early on, but once Gino started getting under center they really poured it on. It wasn't the greatest of seasons, but things are looking up as they move into the Big East next year.
Posted by robbernard at 1:50 AM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, December 21, 2004
Reds' dealings: Part 2

Boy, for the longest time there was nothing and then all of a sudden... WHOOSH! The Reds picked up Kent Mercker yesterday, agreed to a one-year contract with D'angelo Jimenez today, and also today signed free agent Joe Randa, formerly of the Royals, to play third. The addition of Randa means Kearns won't need to switch to third, once again leaving 4 outfielders to fill 3 slots.

And believe it or not, they actually seem to be adding payroll.

It would be awfully hard to argue that these moves haven't made the Reds a better team. The rotation should be better with Ortiz, the pen almost HAS to be better with Weber, Weathers and Mercker, we actually have an honest-to-God third baseman and they've stood pat at C, 1B, 2B and in the outfield.

The only real questions remaining would be:

1)Who wins out at short, Machado or Lopez?

2)Who fills out the rotation?


3) How does the outfield surplus work itself out?

Posted by robbernard at 5:12 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Thursday, December 16, 2004
Reds dealings

Ramon Ortiz, David Weathers and Ben Weber in, Dustin Mosely out.

So far I'm fairly happy with what they've done. Both the rotation and bullpen should be stronger.

Posted by robbernard at 11:23 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Friday, December 10, 2004
Cincinnati 88 - Vanderbilt 72
Any game in which John Meeker plays is a good game.
Posted by robbernard at 12:52 AM in Cincinnati

Monday, November 29, 2004
Bearcats going to a Bowl
UC will be playing on December 23rd in the PlainsCapital Fort Worth Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas.

This will be UC's 4th bowl appearance in the last 5 years and 8th overall.

Guidugli will hopefully be recovered from his broken hand by then. It certainly can't go worse than the Louisville game.

Posted by robbernard at 3:22 PM in Cincinnati

Monday, September 27, 2004

Went to yesterday's Pirates-Reds game in Pittsburgh. Boy, those Pittsburgh fans are an excitable bunch. You'd think they'd never seen a halfway decent play at shortstop before.

Primanti Brothers makes a very good sandwich.

This was my first time at PNC Park. It... how do I say this... has a more cohesive feel to it I think than GABP. There was a lot of local flavor, but tempered with non-local chains like Outback and Quaker Steak & Lube. The view in the outfield is definitely better, but it's not really something that could've been replicated in GABP, doing so would've required the stadium to be in a different city and state. I prefer GABP's scoreboard, PNC's seemed awfully dark (And GABP's ribbon scoreboards are a nice feature but it's not a big plus considering they only devote ~10% of them to scores and the rest to ads.) PNC's outfield away-game scoreboard though is head-and-shoulders above GABP's. You can actually see what the situation is, not simply the inning, score, and pitcher. If you're paying attention you can actually know that Boston just doubled in the runners from 2nd and 3rd with one out rather than just seeing that they tacked two more on the scoreboard. PNC seemed homier. Looking back I'm thinking a lot of it had to do with the blue color the stadium was painted. GABP's white seems to make it a lot more sterile and I really wonder what the stadium would feel like if only it were repainted.

Posted by robbernard at 11:00 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Tuesday, September 21, 2004
The latest Ohio Poll is out

And it shows President Bush leading Senator Kerry by 11 points, 54 to 43, among likely voters in Ohio. A month ago it showed Kerry leading 48 to 46.

Bush picked up 11 points in his net favorability rating while Kerry lost 12 points off his favorability.

10% of Ohio Democrats support President Bush while only 3% of Republicans are supporting Kerry.

This certainly isn't good news for John Kerry, he needs to pick up either Ohio or Florida and as things go on Ohio is looking less and less likely. He hasn't led a poll in Ohio since August 26th and hasn't led outside the margin since July 22nd.

The Ohio Poll is sponsored by the University of Cincinnati.

Posted by robbernard at 8:55 PM in Cincinnati , Ohio , Politics/Government

Monday, September 13, 2004

I had been feeling disappointed in the Cincinnati Post. They had an editorial today all about how the forged documents showed that President Bush didn't fulfill his guard commitment and didn't mention at all that the documents had been shown to be forged.

It was like saying that this memo...

...which I discovered* and could claim to be from the personal files of Kerry's direct commander raised serious questions about not only whether he earned his Purple Hearts but also about whether he was in Vietnam at all and whether there was a serious purple monkey problem in Vietnam at the time. Just as this "document" says nothing about Kerry's service record, the forged national guard documents say nothing about President Bush's. They're fake, they can't show that President Bush received preferential treatment or disobeyed a direct order.

It now appears that they've seen the light and taken down the editorial as the link above now gives you a "URL is not valid" error. Good for them for correcting their mistake unlike some others. *cough*CBS*cough*

* "discovered" meaning "Found on my desktop after typing it up in Word, printing it out, scanning it in, editing it in Photoshop and saving it to my desktop"

Posted by robbernard at 4:10 PM in Cincinnati , Media , Politics/Government
Allen out, Deters in

Mike Allen is removing his name from the ballot for Hamilton County Prosecutor and Ohio Treasurer Joseph Deters is launching a write-in campaign.

Posted by robbernard at 3:16 PM in Cincinnati , Politics/Government

Sunday, September 12, 2004
This feels good
Cincinnati 45, Miami 26.
Posted by robbernard at 7:44 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Following up again...

The Enquirer has a piece on the Raegan Butler "ho-bag" situation.

Posted by robbernard at 6:06 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, July 21, 2004
Ho-baggate update responds to yesterday's news story that was a little, shall we say, offensive to the reporter.

A Message from WLWT's General Manager

POSTED: 6:44 pm EDT July 20, 2004
On Monday, July 19, language was added to a news story on that was offensive and hurtful toward one of our staff members and was an egregious violation of the standards of this news organization. As soon as the posting was discovered it was immediately removed from and a company-wide effort was mounted to remove all references to the story from Web search engines.

This posting was the result of one individual's actions and that individual has been terminated.

We regret the trouble this has caused for the individual named and our entire staff and we apologize to viewers of


Richard Dyer
President & General Manager

Posted by robbernard at 2:18 PM in Cincinnati , Media

Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Oh my goodness

This recently apppeared on and went out over the AP wire.

Investigators are not sure if Powell died where her body was found or if she was killed elsewhere, WLWT Eyewitness News 5's most-overrated, obnoxious, annoying, stick-like, ho-bag, sperm-receptacle staff member Raegan Butler reported.

Stay tuned to WLWT and for updates.

The article was quickly removed. now says "The article that you are trying to view is no longer available through this Web site. The content is copyrighted by the Associated Press, which requires to delete its stories two weeks after they are originally posted." You can see it here and here.

Hat tip Michael King.

Posted by robbernard at 6:05 PM in Cincinnati , Media

Friday, July 9, 2004
Pete Rose called upon to manage professional baseball team

Well, Pete Rose Jr. anyway.

Posted by robbernard at 12:58 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Monday, June 28, 2004
*sigh* It's the type of hits you hate to receive...

The number 1 search term directing people here is "Spc. Matt M. Maupin". For those looking for more information on him I'll direct you to WCPO's story that I linked earlier and WCPO's special section. For those looking for the video, I know of no place where it is available... and probably wouldn't link to it if I did.

Posted by robbernard at 9:39 PM in Cincinnati

Thursday, June 3, 2004
"Cops" back riding with the CPD
Cincinnati Police Chief Tom Streicher today re-invited the television show Cops to film here.

He said he expects crews to start riding with Cincinnati officers after they finish eight weeks with other area departments.

Streicher reversed himself after six City Council members - a majority of the nine - signed a memo reinforcing that it should be his and the city administration's decision.

--The Enquirer

You know my feelings.

Posted by robbernard at 1:43 AM in Cincinnati

Saturday, May 29, 2004
Some more on "Cops"

"Cops" creator/executive producer John Langley's take on the situation:

"Cops" is designed as a realistic view of police officers' everyday duties, Langley said. From his perspective, City Council members distorted the show's purpose in a blatant effort at appealing to certain voters.

"It seems like it got politicized, like it was an agenda on someone's part on City Council," Langley said. "I found it ignorant, misinformed or both.

"It's a documentary, for God's sake. It's not some perverse reality TV game show where things are distorted or manipulated. It's pretty straightforward and simple."

With Cincinnati police undergoing dozens of reforms in a multi-year process sparked by a U.S. Justice Department agreement and a racial profiling lawsuit settlement, City Council has often talked about making its operations more transparent to citizens.

That's why Langley is puzzled by the cancellation.

"It smacks of hypocrisy to say you want to have an open police department, then say you don't want to be taped," he said. "I think (Council is) trying to appeal to some constituency and make it racial, when it's not.

"I just thought (the footage) would be interesting, raw and a good piece of cinema verite."

--The Cincinnati Post

I hope the silent majority on the Council will follow through and show some backbone here.

Despite a few members' vocal criticism, the majority sentiment on City Council is to allow the taping. Some members who spoke privately said Mayor Charlie Luken told the chief to call it off, and they hope to persuade "Cops" to return.

"I don't think we should be bullied so quickly," one member said.

Luken couldn't be reached for comment Friday night.

Council Member Sam Malone said Friday he will introduce a measure next week to his colleagues seeking to again roll out the welcome mat to the show.

"This is a one-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase Cincinnati and the Cincinnati Police Department positively," Malone said in a statement, "and we need to take advantage of this opportunity so the nation can see that Cincinnati is a world class city."

Malone said Langley assured him the opportunity is still there for Cincinnati officers to be on the show.

"The door is wide open," Malone said Langley wrote him in an e-mail. "We would be delighted to film with the Cincinnati Police Department."

--The Cincinnati Post

A poll at WLWT is running 83%-17% with those opposed to scrapping "Cops" on the winning side.

Posted by robbernard at 3:15 AM in Cincinnati

Friday, May 28, 2004
Maybe "Cops" isn't out

WLW is reporting that "Cops" isn't done with the Cincinnati area. They'll be taping in Norwood tonight and Sherrif Si Leis and the officials in Covington have invited "Cops" to follow their officers. They also report that Council Member Sam Malone will push City Council to reinvite "Cops" to film with Cincinnati Police.

Posted by robbernard at 5:42 PM in Cincinnati
*grumble* "Cops" out


My thoughts from yesterday.

The Enquirer article even tells us that Chief Streicher would have had final approval of anything that went on the air.

On Smitherman and Reece at least Keith Fangman's making sense.

Fangman said Smitherman, Vice Mayor Alicia Reece and Councilman Pat DeWine objected because they knew the program would show police in a positive light - and therefore wouldn't fit with their anti-police agendas.

"Any imbecile who has watched the Cops show knows that they go out of their way to portray police in a very positive light,'' Fangman said. "These three remind us of some schoolyard crybabies who, if all the attention isn't focused on them, throw a temper tantrum and ruin it for everyone.''

Smitherman and Reece are bad enough, but Streicher deserves a good deal of the blaim himself for caving so easily.

Again I think Pepper takes a sensible stance.

Councilman David Pepper said he's concerned that canceling the show is sending the message that the city is embarrassed by its police officers. He has ridden on patrol with many officers and said he's been impressed with their work.

"You see professionals doing a very hard job that not very many people want to do,'' said Pepper, chairman of council's Law and Public Safety Committee.

Said Smitherman:

"Sensationalizing a small part of what good police officers do on a daily basis is not helpful for our community-police relations,''

Well not unless you have a pro-police agenda. I could imagine how bad showing good cops doing good things would be for someone like Smitherman.

Posted by robbernard at 3:59 PM in Cincinnati

Thursday, May 27, 2004
Problems with "Cops"

Cincinnati City Council, and specifically Alicia Reece are upset with Police Chief Tom Streicher's decision to allow the television show "Cops" to ride along with police and tape for the show.

Letting the program showcase Cincinnati's crime problems while the city grapples with improving strained police-community relations -- as well as try to attract more business and conventions in wake of a boycott by local civil rights groups -- is counter-productive, Reece and others said.

"While we're working on these issues internally, I don't see the advantage of bringing 'Cops' in to see people getting shot, to see people getting arrested," Reece said. "Is this the image we want for Cincinnati?"
"What in the world were we thinking bringing 'Cops' to Cincinnati when we've certainly had our share of negative press?" the vice mayor asked. "I am appalled. I am upset about it."

--The Cincinnati Post

Yes, the Cincinnati Police have had more than their share of bad press. Maybe it's time to get some positive press. "Cops" isn't a pro-criminal show. They don't make their money exposing problems with police departments. They make their living following police around. I imagine they'll sensationalize things a bit, the chases make for good TV, but if they start making bad stuff up about the people they follow around every day then they're going to have trouble getting permission to follow police around in the future.

The only time the Cincinnati police get any publicity is when some criminal is accusing them of being racists. It'll be nice having someone show what they go through every day. If they pull up to a Nathaniel Jones while the crews are here there'll be somebody taping everything from start to finish. There'll be no missing 90 seconds. No cries of "the police provoked him before they turned the cameras on!" Unless you actually think that the police ARE racists and routinely victimize blacks I'm not sure how you can say this would be a bad thing.

Councilman Christopher Smitherman:

"People are trying to work, we're trying to have racial reconciliation and rebuild Cincinnati, and now we have the 'Cops' program coming to town and hog-tying African-American men on TV."

I don't know what to make of that. Firstly I doubt that the film crew will be personally doing much African-American man hog-tying. Secondly I doubt that the Police will be doing much African-American man hog-tying. Thirdly I think Smitherman is either confusing hand-cuffing a criminal in the process of restraining him with "hog-tying African-American men" or using provocative language to appease the black community and either way I find it rather sad.

David Pepper at least takes a sensible approach to having qualms about the issue.

"My hope is our police will look and be professional, like I know them to be, and impress the country," said Council Member David Pepper. "There is an unnecessary risk here. We don't control how they edit the footage. I'm confident about our officers, not the show."

From their quotes I'm not seeing that same confidence in the officers from Council Members like Reece and Smitherman.

Posted by robbernard at 9:35 AM in Cincinnati

Sunday, May 23, 2004
Back from the Reds game

A great game tonight.

I have to give credit to the sound crew. When Clemens intentionally walked LaRue in the 3rd they came back with the Simpsons line "Clemens is in no condition to pitch sir, he thinks he's a chicken". It was brilliant in its appropriateness. They've also gotten much better at timing the boings and glass breaks that follow fowl balls than they were back at Cinergy.

Posted by robbernard at 1:10 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Tuesday, May 18, 2004

Cicadaville: Cincinnati's Cicada Authority

What do Cicadas eat?
Human children are the primary source of nutrition for Cicadas.

Are Cicadas poisonous?
Yes, Cicadas have a deadly venom that is injected through a small bone like tube known as the "Cicada deadly venom tube". The venom can kill a human being instantly. In 1987, the last time the Cicadas emerged in Cincinnati, over 7 million people died from Cicada injections. Many people escaped but most perished.
With the right makeup and some minor surgery can a large Cicada be made to resemble Ryan Seacrest?
Yes, there are many documented cases of Cicadas being successfully altered to look like Ryan Seacrest.

How large are Cicadas?
Many of the Cicadas in this year's strain stand over 3 feet tall and weigh over 50 pounds. The largest Cicada to appear in Cincinnati is shown to the left causing several hours of downtown traffic congestion while it searched for food in the form of human children. This giant Cicada was eventually shot by Cincinnati Police who mistook a spot of shiny tree sap on its leg for a gun.


Posted by robbernard at 2:35 PM in Cincinnati
Holy cow

The Reds have a new way for you to buy tickets. Before you had to have them shipped to you, pick them up at Will Call, or pick them up at a outlet. They now have a service called Tickets@Home where you can print out your own tickets on your own printer and bring them to the ballpark.

To pick your tickets up at Will Call or an outlet costs $2.50 for Order Processing.

Now what do you think it would be to print them out yourself? Probably less, right? Considering that you have to use your own paper and ink and they don't have to have one of their people handle the tickets and hand them to you, that would make sense.

Is it the case?

NO! They charge $4.25 to print out your own tickets!

How can that be? In what conceivable way could it cost them more to have you print your own tickets than to have them print them themselves and pay a person to stand at a window and hand them to you?!

Posted by robbernard at 1:39 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Thursday, May 6, 2004
Ohio Bush supporters stand by him
Worries about war and jobs may have taken their toll on President Bush's popularity elsewhere, but in this Republican stronghold in the swing state of Ohio his followers are standing by their man.

Support for Bush remains rock solid along Lebanon's tidy main street of antique shops and general stores, where few voters question his decision to go to war in Iraq or blame him for a slumping economy.

"I have been very impressed with him. He's proven himself to be much more intelligent and capable than anyone gave him credit for," said Melissa Applegate, a registered nurse from nearby Milford who was shopping in Lebanon's historic district the day after Bush's campaign bus tour made a stop.

"I think he's a steady leader," she said, repeating a phrase that has blared endlessly at Ohio residents from their television sets during a cascade of Bush campaign commercials.

--Wired News

Posted by robbernard at 11:35 PM in Cincinnati , Politics/Government
President Bush pauses to comfort daughter of 9/11 victim

Lynn Faulkner, his daughter, Ashley, and their neighbor, Linda Prince, eagerly waited to shake the president's hand Tuesday at the Golden Lamb Inn. He worked the line at a steady campaign pace, smiling, nodding and signing autographs until Prince spoke:

"This girl lost her mom in the World Trade Center on 9-11."

Bush stopped and turned back.

"He changed from being the leader of the free world to being a father, a husband and a man," Faulkner said. "He looked right at her and said, 'How are you doing?' He reached out with his hand and pulled her into his chest."

Faulkner snapped one frame with his camera.

"I could hear her say, 'I'm OK,' " he said. "That's more emotion than she has shown in 21/2 years. Then he said, 'I can see you have a father who loves you very much.' "

"And I said, 'I do, Mr. President, but I miss her mother every day.' It was a special moment."

Special for Lynn Faulkner because the Golden Lamb was the place he and his wife, Wendy Faulkner, celebrated their anniversary every year until she died in the south tower of the World Trade Center, where she had traveled for business.
"I'm a pretty cynical and jaded guy at this point in my life," Faulkner said of the moment with the president. "But this was the real deal. I was really impressed. It was genuine and from the heart."

--Cincinnati Enquirer.

Some Libs of course are up in arms over the propaganda and can't believe that such an evil man could possibly be heartfelt and sincere in comforting a child. Their blind hatred of Bush by some can't even accommodate the event of him showing compassion to the victim of a tragedy.

Posted by robbernard at 7:18 PM in Cincinnati , Politics/Government

Tuesday, May 4, 2004

The idiot rioters are getting more efficient. Only 23 minutes between false reports of something that MAY have been a black criminal being shot by the police and shots being fired at the police.

I expect preemptive rioting next time.
People rioting just because they know that in half an hour the police will do something they can interpret as racist to stop their criminal activity.

Posted by robbernard at 4:02 PM in Cincinnati

Monday, April 19, 2004
Corey Dillon traded

Good riddance. The Pats should look into putting a good cancer specialist on their medical staff. I can't imagine he'll be helping team chemistry.

Favorite quote I heard today on the situation: "Million dollar legs, fifty cent brain."

Posted by robbernard at 7:32 PM in Cincinnati

Friday, April 16, 2004
Are you brain damaged?

University of Cincinnati Professor of Marketing James Kellaris: Those who use random shuffle when listening to music and the "MTV generation" in general have "short attention spans" and "are likely 'brain damaged.'"

James Kellaris, a professor of marketing at the University of Cincinnati and author of a study about tunes that stick in your head, said the appeal of random shuffle is likely generational.

Kellaris said random shuffle likely appeals to the MTV generation -- kids with short attention spans who are likely "brain damaged."

"Personally, and I believe I speak for many old farts here, I appreciate listening to music, be it an opera or a pop album, in the sequence in which the artist decided to present it," he said.

"Temporal order is an important element of how a work unfolds dynamically over time, an important factor underlying the aesthetic effect. Random shuffle pretty much flushes that down the toilet."

--Wired News

Yep, that's right, if you listen to songs as songs rather than parts of an album you're likely brain damaged.

Posted by robbernard at 10:02 PM in Cincinnati

Monday, April 5, 2004
Beautiful day for a ball game

Aside from being maybe a few degrees warmer you couldn't ask for better weather for Opening Day. Off to the Great American Ballpark...

Posted by robbernard at 9:34 AM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, March 30, 2004
Let's be clear here

This is not Opening Day. I do not recognize any game played prior to the first game played by the Cincinnati Reds as Opening Day.

Posted by robbernard at 11:35 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Friday, March 26, 2004
Reds Trade

Reitsma to Braves for reliever Jung Bong and minor league pitcher Bubba Nelson.

Can't get too worked up about this trade. Nelson is ranked as the Braves' third-best prospect and O'Brien seems to think Bong could be a starter so it's not like the Reds got obviously screwed on this one. Chris Reitsma's a good guy. Sad to see him go, wish him nothing but the best.

Posted by robbernard at 2:47 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Monday, March 22, 2004
Nathaniel Jones: Case Closed
Hamilton County Prosecutor Mike Allen cleared six Cincinnati police officers of criminal wrongdoing in the death of Nathaniel Jones, an intoxicated man who died after a violent struggle with officers as they tried to arrest him.

Allen said today that he will not present the case to a grand jury.

"My office sees no evidence that any crime was committed by any police officer," Allen said.
"It is always troubling when someone dies in police custody, but when officers are subjected to unprovoked attacks by citizens, they have not only the right, but the duty to defend themselves," [Allen] said. "In defending themselves, they also defend you and me."

Good. It's tragic that he died, but nothing I've seen suggested that the officers acted unlawfully.

Posted by robbernard at 9:50 PM in Cincinnati

Thursday, March 11, 2004

Xavier routs unbeaten St. Joe's 87-67. Looks like Xavier's picking it up at the end to prove they should be one of the 65 teams in the tournament.

Posted by robbernard at 4:27 PM in Cincinnati

Thursday, March 4, 2004
It's official

It's baseball time again. Reds are on the radio, scores are arriving on my phone. And to top it off the Reds are so far undefeated in 2004.

Posted by robbernard at 3:53 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Broadband over power lines

Cinergy is rolling out BPL (broadband over power lines) in Cincinnati. It's maybe a little slower than DSL or Cable, but it's also $12-$15 cheaper and uploads are as fast as downloads.

Posted by robbernard at 12:40 AM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, March 2, 2004
R.I.P. Marge Schott

She had her problems, there's no denying that, but she loved Cincinnati and the Reds and was generous with her money. It's sad to see her go.

"Marge was a paradox," said Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken. "While there is no excusing some of the indelicate things she said, there was a kindness to Marge that made her a woman of the people."
"Selling the ball club was a blessing in disguise for the community as a whole," Brennaman said. "Look at all of the contributions she's made since then. She has never gotten enough credit for all of the money she's donated to causes in this city."

Cincinnati knew - and benefited from - the good Marge. While many in the Queen City reviled her for her racist remarks, many others revered her for her charitable contributions.

"Marge has done more than any other citizen to improve the quality of life in Cincinnati," said Bill Heckman, president of the Children's Heart Association.
[Gregg] Hudson marks his third anniversary as the zoo's executive director in April. He admitted that when he came to town and before meeting with Schott, he had "all of the stereotypes in my mind."

He figured he would be meeting with a woman who was rough around the edges, prone to making inappropriate remarks and tough to deal with.

"She was a lot of what everybody thinks," he said.

"She called me honey.

"She was brash. And smoked a lot of cigarettes.

"But the thing I never really knew is that she had this huge heart. She loved animals and children. She did great things for this zoo.

"And this city."


Posted by robbernard at 4:31 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Saturday, February 21, 2004
I'm happy

1) It's my birthday.
2) See image.

Posted by robbernard at 9:56 AM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, February 11, 2004
Reds pick Steve Stewart to replace Nuxhall says Stewart's the one.

#3 announcer at WBAL for the Orioles, I said earlier that he sounded too "generic" for my taste. Oh well, I'm willing to give him a shot. I hope he's better live than the clip they had up at

Posted by robbernard at 2:55 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Wednesday, February 4, 2004
Just 2 thoughts on UC basketball
1) They need to run their full court press more consistently. There are entire halfs when they don't seem to run it.

2) When they leave someone open, they leave them WIDE open. When someone makes a 3 while guarded it's understandable, but so often it seems there's nobody within 10 feet of the shooter.

Posted by robbernard at 12:07 AM in Cincinnati

Sunday, February 1, 2004
Thoughts on the possible replacements for Joe Nuxhall's got mp3s up for 6 people in the running to replace Joe Nuxhall in the radio booth with Marty.

Don't make the cut

Steve Stewart: Does radio for the Orioles - He just sounds too generic to me. There's nothing distinctive about his voice.

Joe Sunderman: Xavier basketball play-by-play - I get a generic vibe off him to. I'm not getting a sense of a persona behind his play calling.

I think connecting as a person and not just a voice is even more important than being good at calling the game and I just don't think Stewart or Sunderman have that.

Tracy Jones: Talk show host on WLW - I can't see him doing play by play. He seems too opinionated to call the game day in and day out. Much more suited to a discussion-type format.

Ok, but not quite

Dan Hoard: Fox 19 sports anchor and voice of UC sports - I like him, I really do, but I just don't think he's right for Reds baseball. I just don't think his play-by-play "fits".

I'd be happy with 'em

Chris Welsh: Works the Reds games on TV - He's probably the most like Joe in the way he speaks and calls the game. He'd be a worthy replacement for Joe. I wouldn't be at all upset if he moved from TV to the radio.

Jeff McCarragher: Play-by-play for the Norfolk Tides who employed Marty before he joined the Reds - I like this guy. You've never heard of him but I like the way he sounds. He doesn't sound white bread, he doesn't sound bland. I get the feeling there's a person behind his voice unlike Stewart and Sunderman. He's not as much like Joe as Welsh is, but it seems he'd bring an enthusiasm for it, that he really gets into the game. I really think he'd work well.

Posted by robbernard at 4:57 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati
Charlotte 86, UC 83.
Posted by robbernard at 4:25 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, January 28, 2004
Google: crime-fighter

LaShawn Pettus-Brown had been on the run for over a year. He was to rehabilitate the 90-year old Empire Theater in Cincinnati but that didn't happen and $93,000 of the money the city paid Pettus Brown is missing.

The Enquirer reports he was caught last week in New York because he went on a date. The prospective date got curious and decided to google him. That led to the FBI. The woman then contacted the FBI and he was picked up at an Applebee's on Long Island.

Score one for Google.

(via Cincy Blog)

Posted by robbernard at 1:07 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, January 21, 2004
Go UC!
Tonight's #5 Cincinnati at #6 Louisville game should be a very good one.
Posted by robbernard at 6:27 PM in Cincinnati

Sunday, January 18, 2004
I just don't get it
Today's Dayton Daily News devoted a full third of a page in their sports section to the 9-7 Buckeyes. Meanwhile the 13-0, 7th ranked UC Bearcats (who are closer to Dayton than OSU is) got a total of 14 lines. The box score alone for OSU's game was as big as the total coverage of the Bearcats' game.

It wouldnít be so bad if they didn't expend so much effort on OSU. UC's closer than OSU and has a much more prestigious basketball program, would it kill them to pick up a full AP story on UC every once in a while?

Posted by robbernard at 10:59 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, January 7, 2004
I love it
UC rolls over Tulane, winning by 27 points and they're still pissed off over how badly they played.
Posted by robbernard at 11:45 PM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, January 6, 2004
The Enquirer's coverage of the Pete Rose situation

Pete Rose admits to betting on baseball. How does the Cincinnati Enquirer cover it? They've got one story by the Enquirer, one with opinions from Fay Vincent, the LA Daily News and 2 from Knight-Ridder and one story from The (Fort Myers, Fla.) News-Press.

This is the Cincinnati Enquirer, you know, the big paper in the city where Rose spent the great majority of his career as a player and manager. Would it have killed them to do a little more of the coverage of the story themselves.

The Dayton Daily News meanwhile managed to do 4 different stories themselves with 2 more from the Cox News Service.

Posted by robbernard at 1:16 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Some UC sports thoughts
First of all, congratulations and best of luck to Mark Dantonio, defensive coordinator for the Buckeyes and new Cincinnati head football coach. The next few seasons should be exciting with the move to the Big East.

The 12th, 13th, or 14th ranked (depending on what poll you go by) Bearcats beat down the 23rd ranked Flyers 82-53. The Cats are now 6-0, never having won by fewer than 19 points. This is the best Bearcats team Iíve seen in quite some time.

Something that occurred to me during the game, I don't so much like the idea of the Ed Jucker court in Fifth Third Arena at Shoemaker Center. They've got the place named after two different people and additionally have got a company to sponsor it. Geez, just pick a name and go with it.

One last thing:

"Coach (Bob Huggins) said our press is like Prairie View," Cincinnati guard Tony Bobbitt said. "That was kind of rude. It kind of crushed us. I mean, Prairie View? We took that personally."


Just a note to the Dayton Daily News, the coach referred to in the preceding quote was actually Dayton coach Brian Gregory, not Hugs.

Posted by robbernard at 2:44 AM in Cincinnati

Friday, December 5, 2003
Protestors call Cunningham racist; call on him to resign
They accused the host and the station of being racist based on comments and spots that aired in response to the death of Nathaniel Jones.
Protesters with the Coalition of Concerned Citizens for Justice are angry about WLW spots like one that parodied a song saying: "The fat man ever after has a martyr's place/ Let's all ignore whatever drugs he had/ His friends are on the news and all up in our face/ saying he was a charming guy and splendid dad/ His death was unrelated to his injuries but still we hear the people sing police brutality/ lies go on bro la la how the lies go on."


Now go back and read through those lyrics again. They're calling Cunningham racist for stuff like that.

How many times was it say he was overweight because he was black? 0

How many times did it say he did drugs because he was black? 0

How many times did it say that anything anyone did was influenced by their race? 0

How many times in there was it even mentioned that he or any of his friends were black? 0

At what point did cries of racism no longer have to involve the supposed racist actually making judgments based on race? Criticizing somebody of another race is not racism. It's called criticism.

Is there real racism out there? Sure, but calling this racism just minimizes the real instances of racism.

Posted by robbernard at 11:54 PM in Cincinnati
More on Miley

I'm happy he got the job. Good teacher, good with our young guys, history of winning, knows the system, etc... I'm very leary though of the argument that "he's been in the system for 24 years so deserves it". Being in the system for a long time doesn't equate to deserving the job. Being good at the job does. Giving jobs to people just because they "deserve" it isn't how you put a winning team on the field. There are a lot of good reasons for Miley to be the Reds manager. Having earned it by being around for a long time isn't one of them.

Posted by robbernard at 12:00 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati vs. Cunningham didnít like Bill Cunningham's take on the Nathaniel Jones incident.

"At the end of the day, this man died of heart failure because he was a blimp and a poor imitation of Notorious B.I.G." insisted Cunningham. Meanwhile, his own radio station reported: "The coroner is expected to release an official cause of death in the next several days."

Whether the cause of death turns out to be related to the beating or not, Cunningham's comments were premature and deceptive. Instead of seeking more information so an accurate determination could be made, Cunningham jumped to the conclusion that no police misconduct had occurred, despite numerous recent deaths in Cincinnati's African-American neighborhoods. Conservative radio host deceives Fox viewers

While I said before that he needs a little depth to his argument MoveOn's argument strikes me as disingenuous. Firstly it totally ignores the fact that a large part of the reason for Jonesí death was his weight and that even before the report came out it was logical to assume so. Secondly, I donít think that they care that his comments were ďpremature and deceptiveĒ. Every single person commenting on national TV about the case (excluding police experts and such) has been making premature and deceptive comments. They donít give a ratís ass that someone is making premature and deceptive comments about the Jones case, they care that a conservative is making premature and deceptive comments.

Posted by robbernard at 11:47 AM in Cincinnati

Just saw a segment on Greta Van Susteren's show about the Nathaniel Jones incident. Wow. Let's just say it was a travesty. The most one-sided segment I've seen on it yet, and that's saying something. It was a bunch of defense attorneys and Greta and the closest they came to being fair about the incident was when Greta said that the coroner may not be a "friend of the police".

As before, in summation...

The family shouldn't get another autopsy because the medical examiner gave them enough ammo. The family should get another autopsy to further show that the cops killed him. He was walking around just fine and then they beat him and he was dead. He didn't die of an enlarged heart or the drugs, it was the beating. The M.E. determined he died from the beating. They were hitting him on the skull.

Those last two are just demonstrably untrue. The M.E. did not find that Jones died from the beating, he found that Jones died because of the struggle with the police.

The fight outside a North Avondale White Castle caused Jones to have a "fight or flight" reaction, which led to cardiac dysrhythmia, or changes in the way his heart was beating. Parrott said.
--The Post

The M.E. also found no head trauma on Mr. Jones. The injuries from the nightsticks were "confined to Jones' lower body".

It was just horribly, horribly one-sided. It's bad enough that the Jones family lawyer is making assumptions and quite breathtaking leaps in logic; do we really need to bring in more defense lawyers to misinterpret and misrepresent?

Posted by robbernard at 4:09 AM in Cincinnati

Thursday, December 4, 2003
'Bout time.

Reds name Dave Miley new manager.

I'm happy with this. The Reds are a young team and Miley's good with the youngsters. He knows the organization and has a history of winning as a managager.

On a side note, Paula Faris from the press conference video is pretty cute.

Posted by robbernard at 11:35 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati
Jones' aunt and Lawson on GMA

Just saw the appearance of Nathaniel Jones' aunt and the family's money-grubbing lawyer Ken Lawson on this morning's Good Morning America.

To sum it up...

The police must have done something to change him from the fun-loving guy who was dancing in a restaurant.

There's 1 minute 37 seconds of the police tape that's been erased.

I don't see why everybody keeps coming back to whether he was on drugs, the real issue whether the police should beat innocent people to death.

He'd committed no crime.

The other side is only choosing to see what they want to see.

Yeah, we're the ones choosing to see what we want to see. It seems to me that it's the side wanting to make millions of dollars off of this that has the greater reason to see only what they want to see.

Posted by robbernard at 7:27 PM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, December 3, 2003
Cunningham and Lawson on Hannity & Colmes

Bill Cunningham of 700 WLW and Ken Lawson, the attorney for Nathaniel Jones' family, appeared on Hannity and Colmes tonight.

First off, Cunningham and Lawson should never have been in the same room. They would clearly be on different sides of the argument and it just made it awkward that they were 3 inches apart.

Secondly, Cunningham really needs to lay off the fat issue a little. He seems to take glee in finding new ways to express how Jones was fat. Jones being overweight certainly is part of the issue but I think he's really doing a disservice to the "there was no excessive force" argument when he puts an inordinate amount of emphasis on the fat issue compared to the fact that he was hopped up on drugs, had a heart condition, and attacked police officers.

The guy had a heart condition, was on drugs that made him aggressive and aggravated the heart condition and he attacked police officers. The officers did what they had to do to subdue him. You don't need to go after the dead guy and harp on how he ate too many White Castles or Krispy Kremes, it doesnít help make the case that the force used was justified and it just seems crass.

Posted by robbernard at 11:01 PM in Cincinnati
Witnesses: Police didn't provoke Nathaniel Jones
"They were just acting calmly, like 'Sir. Sir. Calm down. Calm down," she said. "What's going on? What's the problem?"

The Garys said the situation got out of control quickly as the officers moved in to make an arrest and Jones became enraged.

"I couldn't believe my eyes," Anna Gary said. "I'm like, 'I don't believe this is happening.'"

Paolello asked Anna Gary if the police provoked Jones, and she said no.

"Not in my mind," she said.


Posted by robbernard at 7:48 PM in Cincinnati
What happened before the tape

This powerpoint file offers a good walkthrough of what happened before the police got to the scene and before the camera was turned back on.

Posted by robbernard at 3:50 PM in Cincinnati
This version's a little better
A lethal combination of obesity, heart disease, drug use and a physical struggle caused the death of a man shortly after a struggle with police officers. ... The official classification listed on Jones' death certificate is homicide, but the coroner warned against reading into that label, saying that Ohio offers four choices for classifying deaths: homicide, suicide, natural and accidental.

"A lot of people confuse the word homicide with murder or manslaughter," Parrott said. "(This ruling) should not be interpreted as implying inappropriate behavior or the use of excessive force by police."

Classifying the death as accidental would not be appropriate, he added.

"I really don't have a lot of choice but to call it a homicide," Parrott said. "(The police) didn't accidentally try to restrain him. It fits the logic. That's the logical construct within which we operate."

The coroner said Jones did not suffer internal injuries from his scuffle with police.

"The external injuries were confined to the lower part of the man's body," he said. "He had some scrapes on his arms that were trivial."

The official cause of death listed on Jones' death certificate is an irregular heartbeat because of a stress reaction from the violent physical struggle.


It really does seem to me that if it's the irregular heartbeat that killed him it would be natural causes.

Posted by robbernard at 3:41 PM in Cincinnati
Well that tells us pretty much nothing
The Hamilton County coroner said Wednesday that a struggle with police was the primary cause of the death of a suspect this past weekend in Cincinnati. Dr. Carl Parrott added that if suspect Nathaniel Jones hadn't been using cocaine and other drugs, and if he hadn't had heart disease that may have resulted from drug use, he probably would have survived the struggle.

"An event caused his death. It was a purposeful effort on the part of the police officers to subdue him. That resulted in the struggle that resulted in the death. I don't really have a choice other than to call it a homicide," Parrott said.


We pretty much knew he died from the struggle. The question was whether he died from the force used or from the simple fact that a 350 pound guy with a heart condition and who was hopped up on goofballs was exerting himself while struggling with police. It kind a sounds like the latter, but they didn't make it at all clear.

And if it is the latter then I don't get the use of the term homocide. It's homocide if a guy picks a fight with someone and in the process of exerting himself in that fight he has a coronary? If this is a homocide does that mean that if you get someone excited and they have an everyday, common heart attack then that's homocided too?

Posted by robbernard at 3:22 PM in Cincinnati

Monday, December 1, 2003
Minter out at UC
I think I'll be sad to see him go. UC isn't a football powerhouse but we were coming around.

Oh well, here's hoping they can get someone good to replace him.

Posted by robbernard at 11:52 PM in Cincinnati
Cincinnati "Police Brutality" tape

"My Momma taught me this." The words of Nathaniel Jones as he attacked police officers on Saturday. That saddens me somehow.

The full, raw video is here.

Everything seems to indicate that the police on scene used the proper amount of force. Jones attacks the two police officers. The officers tackle him to the ground. They order him to put his arms behind his back and as he doesn't they start hitting him with their batons. He still doesn't stop resisting and in fact gets up to his knees and trys to take the officer's baton.

They never struck his head. They never drew their guns. They never called him names. (Well, they may have called him "Biggie", but the only racial names used were by Jones: "white boy" and "redneck".) And it's a little hard to tell, the video kind of makes all the officers look like Smurfs, but at least one of the officers responding was black.

The FOP president may not be helping things, but I think the media in regards to the video is doing worse. Does WHIO-AM say the tape shows two officers striking the suspect while trying to restrain him? No, they say the tape shows 6 officers beating the suspect. The TV, especially the national cable channels, are showing a two second clip of the officer hitting Jones over and over again. Not the clip where Jones attacks the officer or anything like that, just the part where the officer is hitting Jones with terms like "Excessive Force" or "Police Brutality" in the chyron.

We now know that Jones was hopped up on coke and pcp. We also know that the force from the nightsticks didn't damage his internal organs, leaving only bruises.

The guy's hopped up on drugs and attacking the police. We still don't know for sure why exactly he died but we know it wasn't directly related to the blows from the police. I imagine the most likely scenario is that (and we're now leaving the land of facts and entering Conjecture County) the weight, enlarged heart, Drug 1 and Drug 2, and strain from resisting arrest made his heart go kerblooey. It's regrettable that anybody should die but in this case it seems the blame lies mostly on the guy instigating the fight with the police. The blows left only bruises, and people don't generally die from bruises.

If you attack a cop they're going to subdue and arrest you. Once Jones was subdued they stopped using force. There's no way the police could have expected that the force they were using would lead to death. I just don't see the case for excessive force here.

Posted by robbernard at 4:11 PM in Cincinnati

Sunday, November 30, 2003
Damn Bengals!

Getting my hopes up. Next week's showdown for 1st place in the AFC North will be the biggest game the Bengals have played in over a decade.

Posted by robbernard at 4:15 PM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, November 25, 2003
At least as a state we're consistent

Cincinnati, Youngstown, and Cleveland the 17th, 18th, and 19th most dangerous cities respectively, with Dayton 7th and Columbus 6th in the 500k+ category.

Go Ohio!

Posted by robbernard at 4:29 PM in Cincinnati , Dayton

Monday, November 17, 2003
Oooh, the Bengals win, the Bengals win! *yawn*

I'm sorry, but I've been hurt by the Bengals far too many times. Get back to me when they're in the playoffs. 13 years since their last winning season... it's going to take a lot more than a 5-5 record to get me excited.

Posted by robbernard at 12:24 AM in Cincinnati

Wednesday, November 12, 2003
Bud Selig is evil

I haven't mentioned it in some time so I just want to reiterate... Yes, Bud Selig is still evil.

That is all.

Posted by robbernard at 11:35 PM in Cincinnati

Thursday, November 6, 2003

Tuesday, November 4, 2003
The Enquirer's got a good piece on the leap and what it means to the alma mater and the city of Cincinnati in general.

This makes me happy.

--Addendum-- ESPN has a piece on how this makes the Big East the #1 conference when it comes to basketball.

Posted by robbernard at 4:01 PM in Cincinnati

Sunday, November 2, 2003

The Yankees may bring Jim Bowden on as "minor-league director".

Which would mean that within 5 years the Yankees' system would be nothing but failed 5-tool outfielders.

Posted by robbernard at 8:06 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Thursday, October 30, 2003

Damon Lynch -- minister, Cincinnati city council candidate, and one of the leaders of the idiotic boycott of Cincinnati -- is upset. Posters have started popping up in Over-the-Rhine showing a "dramatization" of Lynch shaking hands with rich white man, Reds owner, and banana barron Carl Lindner and claiming that Lindner endorses Lynch. Lynch is livid over this, calling it political dirty tricks and slander. The fact that he thinks being endorsed by Carl Lindner is slander either says something disturbing about his racial politics or it says something about just how much people don't want to be associated with the Reds.

--UPDATE: Cincinnati Blog has a picture.

Posted by robbernard at 8:30 PM in Cincinnati , Politics/Government

Sunday, September 28, 2003

That being said I'm glad Larkin's coming back.

Posted by robbernard at 11:50 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Saturday, September 27, 2003

R.I.P. King's Island Sign.

Posted by robbernard at 11:45 PM in Cincinnati
Beat Miami.
Posted by robbernard at 2:21 PM in Cincinnati

Monday, July 28, 2003

Bob Boone and Jim Bowden are gone. Here's hoping Reds management get's the best people, not the most loyal people, and that Gammons turns out to be on crack with all his talk of a firesale.

Would have gotten to this earlier but I was at the game today.

Posted by robbernard at 10:56 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Thursday, July 10, 2003

I have only 4 words to say...Fire Bob Boone Now!

Posted by robbernard at 9:25 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

Eat your heart out. (via Cincinnati Blog)

Posted by robbernard at 4:35 AM in Cincinnati

Thursday, May 29, 2003
For David Horton, a kiss was much more than just a kiss. It was his ticket back to jail.

Horton, 24, attended a Reds game May 7 with his girlfriend, even though he knew authorities were looking for him because he had failed to show up in court to answer a drug-related charge.

Police had been unable to find him -- until the couple turned up on the "Kiss Cam" at the Reds game.

In 1999, Horton was convicted of felonious assault for stabbing two men. He was given a four-year prison sentence and served 2Ĺ years before he was granted judicial release.

He was paroled Oct. 21, 2002, but had to stay out of trouble and report regularly to his parole officer.

Horton, however, was arrested March 27 and indicted in Hamilton County for trafficking and possession of cocaine. He is accused of selling 48 grams of powder cocaine and having another 454 grams of the drug on him.

Horton didn't tell his parole officer about the new charge, but the officer found out and put out a warrant for his arrest. Horton was released from jail when he made bond on the drug charges, but failed to appear at his next court appearance.

Horton was sitting in the front row at Great American Ball Park with his pregnant girlfriend as the Reds played the St. Louis Cardinals. In between innings, the couple decided to participate in one of the schmaltzy features at the stadium by smooching, hoping to be featured on the "Kiss Cam."

Unluckily for Horton, they were captured by the camera and shown on the scoreboard video screen.

Even more unlucky for Horton, his picture on the big screen was seen by the wrong person -- his parole officer.

"Out of all the coincidences, we had 20 or 30 thousand people at the ballpark and who do they put on the kiss cam? And then who is there but his parole officer," said Richard Goldberg, Horton's attorney, Wednesday after a hearing before Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Melba Marsh.

The parole officer, Goldberg said, contacted a Cincinnati police officer at the game. They found out where Horton was sitting, walked to his seat and arrested him.

Horton refused to leave at first, wanting to see whether the Reds held on to their 2-1 lead. The Reds eventually won 4-2.

"They took him away and his girlfriend was left sitting there with an empty seat," Goldberg said.

Now, Horton may have lots of time to watch baseball games -- on television.

In addition to the time he faces for a parole violation, the drug charges against Horton carry a maximum prison sentence of 18 years.

--The Cincinnati Post

Posted by robbernard at 10:25 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Tuesday, April 1, 2003

Attended the first ever Opening Day at Great American Ball Park yesterday. Very few bad things to say about it. The first base concourse was impossibly crowded, but that will be fixed when the rest of the complex is completed, and the scoreboard was awfully hard to see from the 1st base side starting at about 6. I'm also not a huge fan of the new Mr. Reds race, guess I kinda preferred the old low-tech way, and it's kinda hard to find the Big Red Smokeys. Other than that I really have nothing bad to say about the stadium. It's pretty much better than Cinergy Field in every area I can think of. Took something like 100 pictures. May have some of them up later.

Posted by robbernard at 7:20 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Saturday, March 22, 2003

It's very cool.

Posted by robbernard at 6:33 PM in Cincinnati

Saturday, February 22, 2003

Thank God for teamwork. Section 532, Row R. I'm going to Reds Opening Day!

Posted by robbernard at 11:42 AM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Monday, January 20, 2003

WKRC has fired Pat Barry from his 3-6 PM shift. He will be replaced by Sean Hannity.

While in general I'm sad to see local hosts lose out to national syndication I'm finding it hard to mourn the loss of Barry's show specifically. While he made sense much of the time I just thought that the show focused far to much on why people weren't coming downtown and had a tendancy to devolve into disagreements about either the definition of where downtown started and ended or whether he really was rude to his callers. The show left something to be desired, but I wish Barry the best of luck in the future.

Posted by robbernard at 1:56 PM in Cincinnati

Sunday, December 29, 2002

My pics of the implosion are up. There's also a bit of video of the implosion itself.

Posted by robbernard at 4:00 PM in Cincinnati

Just got back from the Cinergy Field/Riverfront Stadium implosion. Was just like 2 blocks away and it was quite possibly the coolest thing ever. Might have pics up later.

Posted by robbernard at 10:12 AM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, December 24, 2002


Every year they suck, but every year they manage to win the last 2 or 3 games and can convince themselves that they're turning things around. *sigh* They'll never win until management realizes things aren't getting better.

Posted by robbernard at 4:52 PM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, December 10, 2002

Selig (or as I prefer to call him, Satan) has finally gotten around to meeting with Pete Rose about his possible reinstatement. I've been arguing for quite some time that whether you think he deserves to be in the Hall or not, not even acting on his request has been a great disservice.

Posted by robbernard at 3:17 PM in Baseball , Cincinnati

Monday, December 9, 2002

Bungles lose again. And the worst part is that Mike Brown thinks the problem is he hasn't been involved enough. Cincinnati can seemingly get a protest over just about anything, why can't we work up an effective Bengals Resistance Effort? Something with catchy slogans and signs and such. :(

Posted by robbernard at 1:23 AM in Cincinnati

Nice to see that somebody doesn't consider us racist bigots. Or at least appreciates the effort going into solving the problem.

Posted by robbernard at 1:16 AM in Cincinnati

Thursday, December 5, 2002

Last time I checked the Klan weren't exactly fans of the Jews either, not that that would stop a group of black anti-semites from protesting.

Posted by robbernard at 1:01 PM in Cincinnati

Tuesday, December 3, 2002

Dick LeBeau might not be gone next year. A quick list of things the Bengals need to do to win.
1. Get rid of Mike Brown.
2. Get a GM.
3. Get a real quarterback.
4. Get rid of Mike Brown.
5. Get an entirely new coaching staff.
6. Get rid of Mike Brown.
7. Get rid of Bud Selig.

Well, maybe that last one wouldn't help them, but it needs doing anyway.

Posted by robbernard at 4:43 PM in Cincinnati

Monday, November 18, 2002
It's one of the biggest problems with living in Cincinnati

The Bengals constantly suck and won't live up to it. At the beginning of next season there wouldn't be a single returning coach if it were a just world. This team just needs a purge of the entire management.

Posted by robbernard at 10:19 PM in Cincinnati


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