It's the day after after the day after, and presumably, time to move on from what happened in Nashville on Sunday, which I tortured myself by watching a little bit of on my DVR last night before deciding that reliving that experience was only going to make me more miserable.
One of the things I hate most about Sunday's defeats is how it just amplified the believe that Cincinnati sports fans are doomed to experience failure, even in the face of possible success. I understand why fans feel this way. Sometimes I feel this way. But few things are less appealing to me than people who expect the worst, and nothing is less appealing than someone who mopes in the kind of self pity that accompanies our teams' failures.
And yet, again, I understand why so many people do it. I guess it makes us feel better.
It's not just Cincinnati sports fans that do this. Atlanta fans do this too. Cleveland fans as well. Same, of course, for Cubs and Red Sox fans for years. As a Knicks fan, I read a lot of blogs that seem almost exclusively devoted to the belief that rooting for them is among life's most miserable experience. The run-up to the Super Bowl included a bunch of stories about how tortured Philadelphia sports fans have been.
The reality is that we all think that we affects us is worse than what affects everyone else. If your car breaks down, then only you have a lemon. If your basement leaks, then you've somehow ended up buying the worst house on the block. I think we like think we have it bad.
I just hate hearing so often about how bad we have it.
Unfortunately, only one thing will change that.
Here's some stuff....
Good Bengals: The team has been reasonably active this offseason. I like the Cordy Glenn trade. I'm a big fan of Preston Brown. I'm 100% on board with bringing Tyler Eifert back. I have no real opinion of Matt Barkley, but they needed a backup QB and he's at least got some experience. They didn't re-sign Russell Bodine, which is a plus.
Bad Bengals: There is no Bengal player that could ever be counted on less than Vontaze Burfict. And no player has ever deserved the benefit of the doubt less.
Eugenio Suarez signed a contract extension. As you can tell, I'm getting caught up on everything that happened while I was consumed with basketball late last week. I like this move, mainly because of the financial responsibility involved with it. He'll make money that won't keep the Reds from being financially inflexible, but as my guy James Rapien pointed out on our show yesterday, they're not paying him so much money that they won't be able to move him if this whole rebuild thing doesn't pan out. Also, on the list of quality trades the Reds have made in recent years, few have worked out better than Suarez for Alfredo Simon.
On Mick. These postgame comments drew the ire of some UC fans on Sunday night.
Mick Cronin asked about coming up short of a Sweet 16. "Doesn't matter to me. You care about the Sweet 16, I don't. I care about winning a national championship." pic.twitter.com/nmsK2ydtJR— Joe Danneman (@FOX19Joe) March 19, 2018
At face value, Mick is sending a message that as a fan, I don't need. I'm well aware of the fact that there are more important things than the outcome of a basketball game. That said, I get what he was doing.
He was putting his guard up.
Ever talk to someone who just lost a job? Ask them if they're okay, and 99.9 percent of the time, they'll tell you they're fine, even when they're not. It rocks their world, creates tremendous uncertainty, and damages their pride. Yet most people will only tell the people they're closest to how profoundly sad and hurt they are, leaving their guard up for the rest.
That's what Mick was doing, in-eloquently, for sure. But I promise you he was devastated by what might be his biggest professional disappointment. Add to that disappointment how hard it must have been to process what had just happened, and while he didn't deliver a message that I wanted to hear, I understand what he was at least attempting to do.
Some Stuff I Like....
Some of us could be the subject of this right now...Explaining sports fans’ irrational behavior.
This is a good examination of how a college basketball team's pace helps them avoid, or makes them more prone to, being upset.
Important question: Can Homer Bailey be a productive pitcher again?
This is a good idea....
The NBA & USA Basketball announced rules suggestions for youth basketball (these have been studied/developed for years). They advocate lowered baskets if possible for ages 7-11 & no 3-point scoring before age 12. The purpose is to teach proper shooting mechanics.— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) March 20, 2018
Some Stuff About Me...
Today's radio show will explore Cincinnati's sports misfortune, and why this weekend is an example of what I always preach. Plus, something important is happening with the Bengals, and I have a feeling something explosive is going to happen this summer at GABP. We'll talk about it all, starting at 3:05 on ESPN1530.
Also, we're doing Thursday's show from the House of Orange in Covington. Be there.