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Jones: I'm still the coach here

Dec 4, 2012

UC's football team is looking forward to playing in the Belk Bowl on December 27, but whether Butch Jones will be leaving to coach another school is still up in the air.  At a news conference Tuesday, reporters were told the focus would be on that upcoming game against Duke, and Jones stuck to that when the first questions came about whether he was staying or going.

2012 Redsfest

Nov 30, 2012

Even in the midst of the NFL season, baseball in Cincinnati doesn’t seem to have an offseason. Coming December 7 and 8 to the Duke Energy Convention Center is the annual Redsfest, a gathering of fans, past and present players and coaches, and a myriad of displays and activities. To preview this year’s Redsfest, Kathryn Braun, promotional events manager for the Cincinnati Reds, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.


Women's Crosstown Classic

Nov 23, 2012
Tony Tribble for the Cincinnati Enquirer

Local attorney Bill Keating is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about the December 2 Women’s Crosstown Classic, the annual basketball battle between Xavier University and the University of Cincinnati. Along with details of the game, he talks about the importance of young girls having the chance to see and meet the college players and learn more about the discipline and practice is required to play at the college level.


Check out 10 of the area’s top high school girls’ basketball teams on Saturday, November 24 when the Cincinnati Sports Medicine Girls High School Shootout tips off at the Cincinnati State Gymnasium. Organizer and local basketball legend Mollie Busam has all the details when she’s in The Front Row with Betsy Ross.


It’s a beautiful time of year to get out into nature, maybe take a hike or camp out for a night or two. One of the most popular locations for folks around here is the Red River Gorge in Kentucky, and author Sean Patrick Hill provides a comprehensive look at all that the Gorge offers visitors. He is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about his soon-to-be-released book, Hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge: Your Definitive Guide to the Jewel of the Southeast.


Girls on the Run - Cincinnati

Nov 2, 2012

Erin Hamilton, executive director and local founder of Girls on the Run - Cincinnati, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about this year’s

5K run/walk on November 17, concluding 12 weeks of training for thousands of local girls (grades 3 through 8), instilling better health habits including exercise and smart eating.

Ann Thompson WVXU

Fourteen NFL teams have gone digital with their playbooks, including the Bengals. The advantages for coaches and players are convenience, ease of revision and better preparation.

Back-up Quarterback Bruce Gradkowski doesn't miss the three-ring binder with hundreds of pages of scouting information and plays. It has been replaced by team issued iPads.

Cincinnati Cyclones - Playing Hockey

Oct 26, 2012

The NHL may have a lockout, but the Cincinnati Cyclones are back on the ice at U.S. Bank Arena. Nick Brunker, the Cyclones P.R. man, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about this year’s team and a preview of the rest of the season.

Around Cincinnati Baseball Special

Oct 19, 2012
Courtesy Baseball Digest

The newest “Around Cincinnati Baseball Special”

The World Series is near, so Lee Hay has assembled a 2-hour baseball extravaganza saluting one of the greatest Reds ever, 1B Ted Kluszewski. He was a bigger than life athlete and during this program, listeners will hear from his wife, Eleanor; clubhouse legend Bernie Stowe and his wife, Priscilla; Reds Hall of Famer Ken Griffey; Steve Wolter from Sports Investments; and more. Also learn about this year’s Reds Fest, and the Baseball on the West Side exhibition at the Price Hill Historical Society.

NKU Head Coach Dawn Plitzuweit

Oct 19, 2012

To wrap up her series on the start of women’s college basketball practices in the area, Northern Kentucky University’s new head coach, Dawn Plitzuweit, is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to talk about starting her first year with the Norse and preview this year’s squad and schedule.

Dusty Baker staying on as Reds field manager

Oct 15, 2012
Wikipedia

The Reds and  Dusty Baker have reached an agreement on a two-year contract extension through the 2014 season.  They're making the formal announcement Monday afternoon at 3 during a press conference at Great American Ball Park.

"In Dusty's five seasons here he's taken us to the postseason twice and has proven he can lead our teams to championship-caliber play on the field," Reds CEO Bob Castellini said in the news release announcing the agreement.   "He's the right manager to continue the building process that will take us deeper and deeper into the playoffs in the future."

Head of the Hidden Dragon

Oct 12, 2012

Do you like to run? Do you like to row? Would you like to do both on the same day? You can on October 27 when the Clermont Crew presents the Head of the Hidden Dragon event at East Fork State Park. There is a 5000 meter rowing competition, then later there’s a 5K run and festival.

UC Head Coach Jamelle Elliott

Oct 12, 2012

Jamelle Elliott, head coach of the UC Bearcats women's basketball team is in The Front Row with Betsy Ross to preview the upcoming season and talk about how the program is progressing as she goes into her fourth year at the helm.

Reds fans are reeling from the loss that eliminated Cincinnati from the playoffs.

Gene Mesh doesn't think Reds players had any fire in them after they left San Francisco.

"I think they're reading their own headlines after winning two out there."

He was very disappointed after the 6-4 loss to the Giants and so was Pete Pryval.

"Lost opportunity. We had plenty of chances and it didn't happen."

Reds Manager Dusty Baker says he's getting tired of the disappointments too.

"It hurts. I mean big time."

Reds falter in Game 4 of NLDS, series now tied

Oct 10, 2012
WVXU News

After winning the first two games of the National League Division Series in San Francisco, the Reds have now dropped two games at Great American Ball Park, leaving their postseason hanging on Game 5 Thursday afternoon.

The Giants scored 8 runs on 11 hits, three of them home runs.  Despite getting 9 hits, the Reds could only muster 3 runs.  Mike Leake was the losing pitcher; Tim Lincecum picked up the win in relief for San Francisco.

Mat Latos will start for the Reds in Game 5.   Matt Cain takes the mound for the Giants.

Waiting to Clinch

Oct 10, 2012

The Reds are hoping to wrap up the divisional playoff series with a win this afternoon. Last night Cincinnati lost to the Giants 2-1.

The second largest crowd in the history of Great American Ballpark went home disappointed.

Pat Ingram from Ashland, Kentucky said, "I was hoping they'd sweep the Giants. We were all hoping that."

If you do have tickets to the Reds playoff games the team has very specific instructions for which ones to use and where to pick them up.  Below is a release from the Reds.

Fans should use tickets marked NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES “HOME GAME 1” for the NLDS Game 3 on Tuesday, October 9: (game time is 5:37)

If National League Division Series Game 4 on Wednesday, October 10 is played fans should use tickets marked NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION SERIES HOME GAME 2.

Red is lighting up the night sky in Cincinnati. The Great American Tower tiara has a red hue which will continue as long as the Cincinnati Reds are in the World Series hunt.  Eagle Realty, the company maintaining the lights, says there are 192 bulbs. All are Metal Halide lights, which last a long time.

The company says "Lighting of the tiara symbolizes the excitement throughout downtown Cincinnati as the community rallies around the Cincinnati Reds as they compete in the playoffs."

Reds have storied playoff history

Oct 5, 2012

As the Reds go into postseason play for the second time in three seasons, here's some playoff history courtesy of Reds Hall of Fame Chief Curator Chris Eckes. 

The 1976 team went undefeated in the postseason, the only team to do that since Major League Baseball went to divisional play.  The Reds swept the Phillies in three games in the National League Championship and the Yankees in four in the World Series that year.  Eckes says prior to that run, Cincinnati manager Sparky Anderson had a prophetic discussion with reporters:

Tana Weingartner / WVXU

Reds players are pumped to be in the playoffs this weekend, but they do feel added pressure as the stakes get higher.

As strange as it sounds pitcher Bronson Arroyo says he'll try to do a little less.

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