April: The Golden Month for Cincinnati Sports
Posted on: April 29, 2008 2:20 pm
As much as I love to be cynical and pessimistic about my teams, I'm an optomist at heart. Every year, I honestly believe the Bengals/Reds/UC basketball will finally make a turn-around (yes, in the case of UC, they haven't been down long, but their situation only contributes more...). And every year, it's pretty much shot down after a few months. That's why I love April every year. Baseball has just started; I can look at the Reds' young, talented pitching and home run sluggers and say that they have a legitimate shot at the playoffs this year. I can pretend that the trade for (insert washed-up veteran several years out of his prime) will be well worth giving up (insert young talent) and was a sound investment. The draft comes for the Bengals, and I can imagine our first round pick being that defensive leader we've lacked for so long that will lead us to to a championship. In April, I can get myself to believe that the character issues that (insert Bengals 3rd-7th round "steal" draft pick) has are in the past. I can look at the UC schedule and say that of course UC, member of the mighty Big East will beat (insert small conference/D2 school), and that (insert undersized junior college player) is going to be a bigger difference maker than most think. Lately, I've even been able to watch the NBA. LeBron has the Cavs in the playoffs now, and (insert Cavs player other than LeBron) is going to step up and help James lead his team to the Finals. April is great. Come fall, Bronson Arroyo will be making new JTM commercials while his former teammates win the World Series, LeBron will ask for an actual team to play with, and Marvin can blame his season's downfall on injuries/suspensions. But not in April. April is great for Cincinnati...