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Did The Reds Make The Check Out To The Wrong Guy?

BY CHRIS HAAS Johnny Cueto has been lights out through the first quarter of the MLB season. The Reds pitcher is leading the MLB in nearly every relevant statistic: ERA (1.25), WHIP (.71), Strikeouts (76), and Innings Pitched (72). Wins Above Replacement is an all-encompassing statistic that culminates all aspects of a player’s performance into […]

Christmas in Cleveland

BY CHRIS HAAS The NFL Draft is to football fans what Christmas morning is to a five-year old. It’s the climax after weeks and months of anticipation. You’ve made your Christmas list, you’ve done your due diligence, but when it comes down to it there’s no telling what you will find. The St. Louis Rams […]

The Reds Start to the Season is Misleading

BY CHRIS HAAS At a glance, the Reds 11-14 start to the 2014 MLB season appears to be a disappointment. After all, this is the same core that made the playoffs 3 out of 4 years and won 90 games just a year ago. The expectations around Reds Country are much higher than the .440 […]

Tiger Circus Coming to Town

BY CHRIS HAAS Tiger Woods watched the Masters on television for the first time since 1994. Woods was incapacitated for the PGA’s first major of the season because of a surgery to repair a herniated disc in his back. Yet even from a hospital bed, he found a way display his dominance of the sport […]

How Much Money is Shabazz Napier Worth to UConn?

  BY CHRIS HAAS Senior Connecticut guard Shabazz Napier became the face of 2014 NCAA Tournament after he carried his 7th seeded Huskies to their 4th championship. The confetti had barely landed before Shabazz gave his two-cents, because apparently any more would have bankrupted him, on the NCAA’s pay for play problem. He told reporters […]

Two and Done: Kentucky Two Wins from Title

  BY CHRIS HAAS The story had been all but written. The 2013-2014 Kentucky Wildcats season was going to be a knock against the one and done game. The young Wildcats had a disappointing regular season, even if that disappointment was inevitable. When perfection is expected, it’s impossible to exceed expectations. The Cats were far […]

Brotherly Love: What if UL and UK took on UNC and Duke?

BY CHRIS HAAS The birds are chirping, the Kentucky Derby Festival is on our doorstep, and the Kentucky Wildcats and Louisville Cardinals will face off in the Sweet Sixteen. Life is good in the Bluegrass state. Louisville and Kentucky’s Friday night collision will pack more drama than an episode of Real Housewives. While fans of […]

Life in the Midwest Region

BY CHRIS HAAS The Midwest is top-heavy. The Cards (4th seed) and Cats (8th seed) both join 1-seed Wichita State, 2-seed Michigan, and 3-seed Duke in the toughest region in the bracket. Selection Committee Chair, John Wellman, acknowledged this himself when ESPN’s Andy Katz asked him “Is this the toughest region?” He smirked and replied, […]

The Kentucky Freshmen are Not Selfish

BY CHRIS HAAS The Kentucky Wildcats Men’s Basketball team had a rough week. First, the Cats lost to a mediocre Arkansas team at home. Arkansas is fighting for an NCAA tournament berth and they pulled out a hard-fought win on the road. It happens, even in the sacred grounds of Rupp Arena. The majority of […]

The Reds Need to Answer the Bell in Tough NL Central

BY CHRIS HAAS The Cincinnati Reds arrived in Goodyear, Arizona last week for the start of the 2014 MLB marathon. Spring Training represents new beginnings and reasons for optimism, even the town is named “Goodyear.” Provided how poorly they finished the 2013 season, I imagine this fresh start is a welcome sight for the men […]