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Monster-less Party

Greetings readers,

It wasn’t that long ago where I published an article about the Cincinnati Commandos 2012 season. Well, we’re still a couple of months away and we have some big changes.

First up is the league itself. The United Indoor Football League has bought the assets of the Ultimate Indoor Football League. Second up, there are no Kentucky Monsters or Danville Dragons (on same article.)

As of right now, the websites for those teams still read “Ultimate Indoor Football League” on their banners and have the old schedules up. The Commandos Facebook page says that Kentucky won’t field a team (but either the league or the franchise will explain why, which hasn’t happened yet.)

So scratch that “across-the-river” rivalry, but look forward to the Marion Blue Racers still rivaling Cincinnati, just like their last year in the CIFL.

While I couldn’t find any news of Danville leaving, a telling sign is that there are no news articles on their website. “A Message to Dragons Fans” could be about anything, but it’s gone from the archives.

So not a whole lot of explaining why these teams are no longer with the UIFL, but maybe this will play out in the upcoming weeks or months. The league still plans for a March 2012 kickoff.

Source of information from the UIFL, Kentucky Monsters, and Danville Dragons websites.

Until next time,

-Lee

Gone Commando in Two Years

Greetings readers,

Wow, that football team in Cincinnati is doing quite well. This team has two championships in their history, only one loss in two seasons, and an owner that isn’t constantly asked to leave their post. Someone pinch this Cincinnati¬† fan, it must be a dream! Oh wait, I’m not talking about the Cincinnati Bengals this year (minus the owner thing), I’m talking about the Cincinnati Commandos.

The Commandos have been around for two seasons, with only one loss in their history. Cincinnati has been apart of the CIFL (the Continental Indoor Football League) until recently, when they switched to the Ultimate Indoor Football League for 2012.

With the switch, the Commandos no longer have a rival in the Dayton Silverbacks (since Dayton has stayed put in the CIFL.) Cincinnati now has a rival just across the rival in the Kentucky Monsters playing in the Bank of Kentucky Center, where Northern Kentucky University plays. The team was called the Northern Kentucky Monsters for awhile. Also joining the UIFL with Cincinnati is the Marion Blue Racers, just a drive north of Columbus.

Cincinnati has seven home games coming up, including two each hosting Marion and Kentucky. All home games are scheduled to play in the Cincinnati Gardens, about fifteen minutes of Downtown Cincinnati. The season starts March 3rd with the Commandos hosting the Marion Blue Racers. Tickets range from $10 to $22.

I haven’t had a chance to catch a game yet, but I have followed along with how the team has done. I will say that only one loss and two titles to the belt should get the football fanatics of Cincinnati flocking to the Gardens. Another thing that is a big plus for the community is the roster is made of mainly of Cincinnati locals (My guess is about 90% Cincy locals.) The roster link is accurate from October 2011.

So if you’re looking for some football to catch, check out the Cincinnati Commandos!

Photo from cincinnati.com. Sources of information from the Ultimate Indoor Football League and the Cincinnati Commandos website.

Until next time,

-Lee

Prep Promise

Greetings readers,

The other night while checking a few scores on ESPN, I came across a story that I thought I would share with you. It’s about a prep program in North Carolina that promises eligibility in a NCAA Division I program. Sounds like a great causes in case someone needs that extra push, right?

From the Outside the Lines article written by Mike Fish, North Carolina Tech Preparatory Christian Academy is drawing looks from the state in terms of complaints. Without going into too much detail (there’s the article for that), the Tigers football team has 119 players, all which pay their own way (tuition is about $8,000 according to the article.) The President Tim Newman also is the Head Coach, the Athletic Director, and the headmaster. His wife is the Principal and Business/Admissions Administrator. Together, the two are the only members of the Appeals Board of NC Tech.

Parents are complaining that they were misled by Newman, saying this and promising that. Some assistant coaches were also claiming that is was always about who could pay and never about the talent level. Another one was hired to start a postgraduate women’s basketball program, but instead recruited for the football team (she never coached basketball at NC Tech, as the Tigers never played a game.)

Newman sold ideas to kids that thought they had a golden shot to jump into college football with the use of having Christian beliefs, and the parents bought it. One kid never played football and ran a 4.34 second for a 40-yd dash. He didn’t see much playing time, even though Newman called him “one of our top recruits.” This goes back to the theory that it was never about the talent, but more about who could cough up the cash.

Something else that may be of interest to anyone in Ohio, namely the Central portion of the state, is that North Carolina Tech had on their schedule to play “Ohio State JV.” However, that turned out to be Ohio State-Newark’s club team instead. Had Ohio State played North Carolina Tech, that would have presented penalties to the school for playing a postgraduate program as a NCAA Division I member. One of the Tech players said that it wasn’t Ohio State, with the red and blue jerseys and the script “Titans” on the jerseys. Also, the game was played in Newark and not in Ohio’s capital. In case you were wondering, the Tigers of NC Tech won 90-18 over Ohio State-Newark.

That also leads to an interesting point also made by the video accompanying the article, is that North Carolina Tech brags about being National Champions, but there is no governing bodies giving them said title. Technically, they can’t be National Champions just because of record or what have you. Also, going around and winning games doesn’t count as being National Champions. Newman even said that he could call them National Champions, since he got the team rings (which apparently still owns a lot of money for.)

I think this is a sad story, because the people that believe this story to be true get swindled out of money. While some do make it to Division I programs, like Pittsburgh Steelers Antonio Brown did, most do not. One thing I also found interesting was the fact that classes are not in a classroom, but online. North Carolina Tech pays a company for every class taken. Most kids don’t even take a class, some just read up on how to improve on the SATs.

I also feel a bit angry that someone would have the guts to actually take money from people that aren’t doing too hot in the tough economy. Some don’t see the field to play, leaving their dreams crushed. I probably should mention the padding of the resume when it comes to NFL experience, the playing for a team in a league that folded before the season began, most hired coaches faced a criminal charge, the abusing of religion to get something they want, and the inability to listen to critics, but I won’t. Mike Fish did an excellent job with this article, and I want you to read it and listen to the clip.

Sports can be a great thing, except when people use it to line their wallets with green. Folks, be careful out there.

Source of information from ESPN (written by Mike Fish) and Ohio State-Newark’s website.

Until next time,

-Lee

When Fantasy Meets Reality

Greetings readers,

Most football fans engage in playing Fantasy Football. It’s a fun way to watch the season and claim bragging rights with each victory.

If you’re not in the know, Fantasy Football is based on you owning a team of players. You pick the quarterback, some running backs, some wide receivers, a few kickers, a couple of tight ends, and a defense or two (at least, that’s how the league works that I’m in.) Points are then given out based on yardage, touchdowns, fumbles, and length of kicks. I’m pretty sure the bulk of you know how to play this, but it was just a brief introduction to those that haven’t.

What about when players are unable to play due to injuries, trades, emergencies, or suspensions? While it’s annoying to have to either kick them off the fantasy team or bench them for someone you hope will get you just as many points, but do Fantasy Football players think about the player themselves?

Look, I know some critics think that paying millions of dollars for one athlete is too much (I might or might not be in the same boat.) Remember though, athletes are humans, too. Just because you need them to score your made-up points doesn’t mean they will. If they’re hurt, don’t tweet them asking them to just tough it out so you can beat your boss in a game that bears no real reward other than nudging rights. No, that’s not how life works.

To wrap up this post, don’t be insensitive to athletes being injured or taking a quick leave because there’s been a family emergency. Getting cut or released is also a bit saddening to deal with too. In short: things happen to people, athletes included.

Until next time,

-Lee

Sports+ – An App Review

Greetings readers,

There’s a new app on the market for people who love sports who want to write their own story. It’s called Sports+, created by Hitpost. It’s available at the App Store, the Android Market, and online as well.

As of 10/7/11, Sports+ has an average rating of 4.0 out of 5 at the Android Market. In the App Store, it has a 4.5 out of 5 rating with about 12 ratings and one review. There has also been a few interviews done, with one coming from the Huntington Post.

I looked up sports apps for this purpose, and found this to be one of the Android Market’s featured apps. Wondering if it was anything similar to Google+, I decided to download it and give it a try. I have yet to do so, but it could always be something I do down the road if I go to a Wright State game.

While there is an option for scores, what makes Sports+ different is the option to write stories on photos and sporting events. When you boot the app up, it asks you to create an account (which involves linking up to either your Facebook or Google+ account.) Then you can pick the teams you’d like to follow, and it will trim down the stories.

With my two-hour test drive, the app ran fairly smooth but did crash three times. Your results may vary. Some reviewers did complain about the constant crashing, which crashes are minor annoyances.

I will say, I was really impressed with the lists of teams. In the NCAA section, they have teams that are not Division I, like the Urbana Blue Knights, the Wilberforce Bulldogs, and the Anderson (Indiana) Ravens. There are other smaller schools not listed, such as the Wilmington (Ohio) Quakers and the Wittenberg Tigers, but the list is still massive. To me, having the Wright State Raiders as an option is the most important thing. Most apps don’t have that as an option.

There are a few sports that aren’t available yet, like MLS. However, nobody has ever said enough to updates, so don’t be shocked to see it included in an update one day.

I did a little experiment with the sharing/story feature, and it works quite well. Granted, it was one of the last things I done, but it does work well. You might have seen a story where I shared something from Sports+, as well.

Overall, I recommend Sports+ if you love sharing sports with your friends.

Sources of information from Hitpost, the Huntington Post, the Android Market, and the Apple App Store. I am not affiliated with Hitpost.

Until next time,

-Lee