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Aug 8, 2022
On the Road with the Bearcats: The Cultural Differences between Indiana and Notre Dame, Part 1

On the Road with the Bearcats: The Cultural Differences between Indiana and Notre Dame, Part 1

Sam Greene/The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC Going to the University of Cincinnati, after spending the previous 18 years before college in the same city, has some major benefits. I’m able to go home to do laundry, workout at the same gym I’ve always gone to, and have buddies who all attend colleges within driving distance. Last year, the first season of full capacity crowds after a gap year in 2020, the Cincinnati Bearcats were scheduled for away games against the Indiana Hoosiers and Notre Dame Fighting Irish in a three-week span . I was lucky enough...
Aug 7, 2022
Bearcats Football Preview: A Cadre of Running Backs will Compete for Carries

Bearcats Football Preview: A Cadre of Running Backs will Compete for Carries

Photo by Justin Casterline/ While Cincinnati lost its top-two leading rushers from last season in Jerome Ford and Desmond Ridder, your Bearcats have a cadre of backs vying for carries in the 2022 season. Versatile senior Ryan Montgomery is the team’s leading returning rusher, having a gained a monstrous 6.8 yards per carry in 2021. He looks again to be a homerun hitter in the rushing attack while likely baring a much larger chunk of the load in 2022. Similarly explosive newcomer, sophomore transfer Corey Kiner from LSU (and previously Roger Bacon in St. Bernard,...
Aug 7, 2022
Bearcats Football Preview: Cincinnati’s Offensive Line Will Pave the Way in 2022

Bearcats Football Preview: Cincinnati’s Offensive Line Will Pave the Way in 2022

Photo by Robin Alam/Icon Sportswire via Your Cincinnati Bearcats will contend with many roster changes this season. Most obviously at quarterback and in its secondary. Counteracting that instability is the rock of Cincinnati’s offensive line. One could make a strong argument that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, Ohio State Buckeyes, and Baylor Bears have the country’s top returning O-Line but I’d put my money on the Bearcats. LT James Tunstall, LG Jeremy Cooper, C Jake Renfro, RG Lorenz Metz, and RT Dylan O’Quinn are all back. They were all excellent last year...
Aug 6, 2022
Conversations with Clayton: Mike Murphy, Creator of “Grandma’s Scorebook”

Conversations with Clayton: Mike Murphy, Creator of “Grandma’s Scorebook”

This will be your new favorite website In this week’s edition of Conversations with Clayton, I had the distinct pleasure of talking with Mike Murphy, the creator of Grandma’s Scorebook, your new favorite website. For nearly 20 years, Mike’s grandma, Minnie Lee Olges, listened to her Cincinnati Reds on the radio every night and kept score in her own unique manner. Mike has created a beautiful website which displays her hand-scored games and her commentary on the events of each game. I’ve never come across something that gets to the heart of the everyday life of a fan as...
Aug 2, 2022
Bearcats Football Preview: Cincinnati Has a Serious Retinue of Pass Catchers

Bearcats Football Preview: Cincinnati Has a Serious Retinue of Pass Catchers

Photo by James Black/Icon Sportswire via Your Cincinnati Bearcats will have no shortage of pass-catching targets in 2022. Whether it is Evan Prater or Ben Bryant primarily receiving the snaps, either QB will have plenty of weapons at wide receiver and tight end. Cincinnati has one of the best tight end groups in the country. Two veteran Bearcats tight ends are on the watch list for the John Mackey Award. Last season, Cincinnati native Whyle was a safety valve for Desmond Ridder, snagging 25 catches and 320 yards while grabbing six touchdowns. While Springfield,...
Aug 2, 2022
What the Miami Game Last Season Taught Me

What the Miami Game Last Season Taught Me

Albert Cesare / The Enquirer via Imagn Content Services, LLC I grew up a Bearcat. Looking at old Christmas footage, there are countless videos of me opening up gifts of Cincinnati gear, and no matter where I went, I would always wear the C-paw logo proudly. When I had to make a decision about where I was going to college after high school, choosing to stay home in Cincinnati was a no-brainer. As a lifelong UC football fan, I couldn’t have picked a better time to go to the school I have always loved. Two years ago, unfortunately, I couldn’t experience any of the...
Aug 1, 2022
Bearcats Football Preview: Fickell Confirms QB Battle on in Bearcats Camp

Bearcats Football Preview: Fickell Confirms QB Battle on in Bearcats Camp

Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Cincinnati Bearcats head football coach Luke Fickell appeared on the Rich Eisen Show. Not surprisingly, the question of Cincinnati’s quarterback controversy came up. Fickell conceded that an Evan Prater-Ben Bryant quarterback battle will be on in camp. He did not indicate a leader. Instead, he asserted that both players have the genuine respect of the entire team. Both looked strong in the Spring and the contest is apparently ongoing. Ben Bryant strikes me as being the leader in the competition, simply due to his experience....
Aug 1, 2022
Bearcats Football Preview: Bearcats are Always a Great Bet

Bearcats Football Preview: Bearcats are Always a Great Bet

Photo by Carmen Mandato/ As we get rolling with the Bearcats preseason football preview, let’s take a look back at how Cincinnati has performed for gamblers in the past few seasons. Cincinnati has proven to be one of the steadiest teams against the spread in recent years. Using the conventional Vegas betting lines from the past three years, Cincinnati has been excellent for people making wagers. In 2019, Cincinnati was 9-5 against the spread. In 2020, the Bearcats were 6-3. In 2021, your Cincinnati Bearcats were an impressive 8-5. Projections across Vegas place...
Jul 26, 2022
A Fond Farewell to Paul Sorvino

A Fond Farewell to Paul Sorvino

Photo by Jack Mitchell/ Us at Down the Drive were mightily saddened to see that the great Paul Sorvino died yesterday at the age of 82. Sorvino was one of the most versatile actors of our age. Whether it was Goodfellas or Reds or Law and Order, comedy or drama, television or film, Sorvino always seemed like a three-dimensional figure. One of my favorite films of his is the Jason Miller play That Championship Season (1982), one of the most underrated ensemble pieces (not to mention sports films) of all time. Robert Mitchum, Stacy Keach, Bruce Kern, Martin Sheen, and...
Jul 24, 2022
Bearcats Fill Up Preseason CFB Watch Lists

Bearcats Fill Up Preseason CFB Watch Lists

Photo by Ian Johnson/Icon Sportswire via Your Cincinnati Bearcats are getting there names all over the college football preseason watchlists.Two veteran Bearcats tight ends are on the watch list for the John Mackey Award, the trophy which honors the country’s top tight end. Cincinnati native Josh Whyle and Springfield, Ohio’s Leonard Taylor are the Bearcats on the list. Last season, Whyle was a safety valve for Desmond Ridder, snagging 25 catches and 320 yards while grabbing six touchdowns. Leonard Taylor grabbed 28 balls for 268 yards and scored 4 touchdowns. The...
Jul 20, 2022
From the Video Vault: The DeLorean at Cincinnati Homecoming ‘81

From the Video Vault: The DeLorean at Cincinnati Homecoming ‘81

Photo credit should read WILLIAM WEST/AFP via Tri-Delts, a DeLorean, and my cousin Todd in the green sweater at 0:49. Homecoming ‘81 had it all. Cincinnati Bearcats From this video vault, a peek back at UC’s first Homecoming of the Reagan...
Jul 16, 2022
From the Video Vault: Pete Rose knows his After-Shave

From the Video Vault: Pete Rose knows his After-Shave

Photo by Mitchell Layton/ Pete Rose is a great pitchman. He creates a false sense of intimacy almost immediately when he starts telling you about Aqua Velva after-shave, Sketchers sneakers, Muenchen’s Furniture, or Grecian Formula. Today, from the video vault, Pete Rose tell us just how a man should smell. Pete explains that a man wants to smell like a man. Refreshing and masculine. He has no interest in a fancy looking bottle either, bub. He doesn’t want to pay a lot of money to smell that way either, ok? Pete Rose is a great pitchman. He creates a false sense of...
Jul 16, 2022
From the Video Vault: ‘88 MLB All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium

From the Video Vault: ‘88 MLB All-Star Game at Riverfront Stadium

ABC’s brief montage history of the Baseball All-Star Game in Cincinnati 1988 was the first time I watched the baseball All-Star Game. It was also the last time the All-Star Game was played in Cincinnati. The Midsummer Classic makes a long overdue return to the Queen City next week. I remember watching the 1988 game with my mother and grandmother. Mom and I snacked on Munchos. Grandma smoked Chesterfields. We all drank glass bottles of red and blue labeled Pepsi Free. Oakland A’s catcher Terry Steinbach wore his specially protective batting helmet, hit a home run, and walked...
Jul 15, 2022
From the Video Vault: Back by Popular Demand, the UC Band (1991)

From the Video Vault: Back by Popular Demand, the UC Band (1991)

Photo by David Dermer/Diamond Images/ The UC Band in rare form during the 1991 football season Sean Chaney is a national treasure. He has posted a number of outstanding videos of the UC Band from the early 1990s on Youtube, performing their usual collection of showstoppers during football games, basketball games, and other special events. Today from the video vault is our second foray into the back catalog of the UC Marching Band, a performance filmed during the 1991 football season. This is why we love the University of Cincinnati Bearcats. Sean Chaney is a national...
Jul 11, 2022
From the Video Vault: The Notations

From the Video Vault: The Notations

Photo credit should read JUAN MABROMATA/AFP via Cincinnati’s Doo Wop Legends One of Cincinnati’s finest musical groups of the late 1950s and early 1960s were the Notations, doo-wop sensations who took the nation by storm. From the video vault, I offer you their 1961 hit single “What a Night for Love.” Shoo be doo wop wop. Wonder Records 100 1961 Cincinnati Reds Cincinnati Bearcats Cincinnati Bengals One of Cincinnati’s finest musical groups of the late 1950s and early 1960s were the Notations, doo-wop sensations who took the nation by storm. From...