Have a nice Friday gangsters, I hope you enjoy it. Doc will be returning to his regular program next week, but I have some hope and optimism for you today.
WITHOUT FURTHER ATTENTION … if the Cincinnati Reds start into the second half of the season tonight against the Milwaukee Brewers, it starts a multi-month stretch with a lot of excitement Sports in and around Greater Cincinnati.
The Reds are in the middle of a division race they might see in a Brewers game after the series this weekend at Great American Ball Park, and there doesn’t seem to have been that much optimism The club in eight years. Now with about two weeks left to close of trading, attention is turning to whether to add pieces or move on, hoping the returning arms in the bullpen / rotation will be enough to seal the deal.
That’s what Bobby Nightengale wrote afterwards GM Nick Krall said the Reds are “absolutely” looking for buyers at close of trading:
Bullpen, shortstop, and infield depth are likely high on the Reds’ priority list. They are expected to receive some bullpen reinforcements by the end of this week. Michael Lorenzen is scheduled to be activated ahead of Friday’s game against the Brewers and Jeff Hoffman is available for the bullpen or rotation.
Tejay Antone and Lucas Sims, who were the two top arms in the bullpen for most of the season, could return by the end of the month.
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There aren’t many top short stops in the trading market. Colorado’s Trevor Story is high on the list, but he’s owed around $ 6 million in the last two months of the season and the Reds cut their player salaries over the winter.
The Reds are confident Nick Senzel and Mike Moustakas will return within the next month, but they could use some infield depth to protect themselves. Kyle Farmer, who made a solid defense on the shortstop, was constrained by an abdominal strain prior to the All-Star break.
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So where are you, Reds fans? will The Big Man’s Decision spending / not spending affect your optimism, or are you overloaded with those reds?
AND THE BEST OF THE REST … Then there is Cincinnati FC – a club that is showing signs that it may not end up in the basement of the MLS Eastern Division and could battle for a postseason spot if it learns how to close games.
Here are Pat Brennan’s insights into the FCC’s advances to C. the amazing 2-2 tie with Columbus Crew last week:
FC Cincinnati had previously been unbeaten over three games four times in their MLS history. Undefeated for the first time in four games, even if they should have more points, is a good thing.
Stam probably said the most important thing of the evening in his post-game remarks when he suggested that none of us should forget where this project started when he took office.
You may not always like what the progress looks like, but the constant theme right now is the FCC’s definitive, methodological progress, and you really can’t argue in good faith about it if you’ve been there for the 2019 and 2020 seasons.
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Then there is The menwho will be preparing in two weeks at the training camp a season full of consequences for head coach Zac Taylor. No one will deny the guns the team used to encircle Joe Burrow, and we should all put the lazy “no offensive line” narrative to bed for now.
Can the defense be good enough? Will Taylor show he’s the guy? for the job this season? Will Burrow break the record of NFL pass attempts? There are a lot of questions this season and if nothing else,there is enough here to be optimistic with the boys at One Paul Brown Stadium.
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I’ll post my season forecast as the season approaches, but let’s just say I exceeded the total winnings Line when I got it in at 6.5 Bar stool sports betting at Hollywood Casino. So what do you think Is seven wins crazy talk or an underestimation?
Let’s not forget the return of the Western & Southern Open from August 14th. Although I’m never considered a tennis player, it is one of the best events in our region every year and worth your time.
THE OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP … (yes that’s the real name) is going on and it is really going on. Tyrell Hatton made this official in today’s second round while losing his mind.
Good luck in choosing a winner. I’m going always rooting for Lee Westwood finally winning a major, but beyond that, I don’t really have a dog in a fight. So I do the thing for mature golf fans and cheer for the place / chaos. If you’ve ever played competitive golf and thought it was “good” for some time, you know how ridiculously difficult it can be to set up a course. I always cheer the slaughter because I like to see the best in the world ring the doorbell. Hey, on the other hand, it’s a huge payday.
Do you have a favorite this weekend? Either way, we all win as long as it’s not an outlier.
Keep doing sports … I will not go into that further, but suffice it to say that I am glad that troops will be Return home from Afghanistan this year. It honestly should have happened much earlier, but it didn’t.
For those of you who don’t know, I am a veteran from both Afghanistan and Iraq. I’ve witnessed the worst thing people can do to each other, and I’m glad this chapter in our history is about to come to an end.
Never forget that more than 7,000 Americans perished in the Global War on Terror Killed themselves since 2001 and thousands more on their return home.
I wish I could say that my generation is special, different, or somehow better, but is the truth every generation that goes to war does so in a vacuum. My great-grandfathers, my grandfather, and five great-grandchildren all served in a combination World War I, World War II, Korea and Vietnam. The great uncles who were still alive when I got home from missions thought what we were doing in Iraq was crazy because the city fights are asymmetrical. almost frozen to death in combat in Korea and survived the Tet Offensive in Vietnam, to name a few.
Point is, every generation has its battles and real real real.
Well then …
FUNMEISTER BRIEN … This weekend is the shooting festival at the Kolping Society (10235 Mühlenstraße). The oldest German festival in the USA is celebrating its 155th anniversary this year. The festival itself is reminiscent of a medieval archer who saved a child’s life by shooting down an eagle that was supposed to attack. This act has grown into a fun competition in which skilled shooters attempt to successfully target a hand-carved eagle high up on a pole. The winner will be crowned “King of the Shooters”.
From Friday to Sunday there is plenty of food and drink for the whole family, including (but not limited to) Jägerschnitzel, German pastries and pies. There will be raffles, balloon and magic shows and a 1K Beer Dash Fun Run. Traditional live music is played throughout the weekend and the children’s area with bouncy castles is wonderful for the little ones.
For beer lovers, three German beers will be brought with them exclusively for the festival: the König Ludwig Helles and Weißbier Dunkel as well as the Warsteiner Brewers Gold. This is a great opportunity to try these beers that are making their North American debut. Admission is $ 5 and is free for children under 15 years of age. More information is available at www.kolpingcincinnati.com
TUNE O ‘THE DAY … It’s summer and we need to get some positive vibes going as we prepare for the late summer / fall non-stop run of the Cincinnati sport. So, here are some Mötley Crüe to get your heart pumping and the blood flowing on this beautiful Friday in Queen City.