Call it the Cross River Rivalry

Just say that this match up between Little Miami and Kings was intense, the score doesn’t favor the situation, overall it was improved. The final score was 65-46, sure Kings won unanimously, but their shooting at the line sealed the deal, even if they hit the Bonus later than Little Miami, which was the case.

After taking a seat in what was called “Hogwarts” in my high school days, I let my ear ring to the lovely sound of student sections. High School sections might be known for humorous chants and taunting opponents on the floor, but “The Rat Pack” and “The Red Sea” were duking it out, while the players, they were playing.

Let’s start for the beginning, starting lineups, it is nothing new but “The Rat Pack” carry on the tradition of bringing the lights up and shining them on their team, they don’t want to leave them in the dark. Lights you may ask, Kings does the NBA style of starting lineups, catwalk floodlight hauling around the walls in Columbia Blue, and announce the lineup. Sure it may be humorous to do the lighting, but it brings the passion of what “The Rat Pack” did by turning on the light.

Now to the game, the first half was all intense, the attack on the lanes by Zack Zimmerman, jumpshots from Luke Schoettinger and aggressive play by Blake Kirk to draw fouls for Kings, these guys find ways to score and towards the end of the 1st quarter, Robert Rothermund had a nice pick n roll play and got some points as well. After all of that, it was 12-4 Little Miami before Kings finished the quarter with a 7-0 run to make it 12-11.

2nd quarter, not much different than the first, Little Miami hit Bonus at 5:31 and some 6th men were getting their points for the night. Nick Rigdon, tough player, had a nice swot inside the paint, Luke Schoettinger was hitting the Free Throw line and mercifully avoided “The Red Sea” distraction, and Jon Kauffman had a nice play with a screen. Now towards the last minute, Kings was on a fastbreak and Rigdon was on the floor, Rigdon made his time worth it, Kings was already in the Bonus but Rigdon was smart enough to give a hard foul to Kings and send a Knight to the wall, the fan-base didn’t like it so the Refs end up giving him a Technical (play was clean). The halftime result was 30-22 Kings.

The third quarter, some intensity was lost for Little Miami, the defense was tired and the press was weaker, Kings took advantage and it was only 46-33 Kings. It was balanced from the past quarter but Little Miami couldn’t handle a refreshed Knights after the halftime break.

The final quarter, interesting and still with intensity trying to go for comeback. The comeback fell through but I witnessed a 7 footer take the floor tonight. The nickname could be Godzilla but his real name is Nate Bonzella. Bonzella started playing this year, if he had played before, he would have Division I recruiters looking at him, unfortunate that he is a senior, hope he gets looked at by a college.

The Final score was 65-46, it looked a lot like the Crosstown Shootout game this year.

Notes:

  • Looked through the Social Media’s and found one Kings Graduate claiming on her Instagram photo that this rivalry is “Not a Rivalry”, no need to release the name, but has personal connections to the team. The rivalry is older than the person.
  • First time these two teams play in different conferences: SWOC (Little Miami) and ECC (Kings), both were in FAVC from the late 1960s to 2012.
  • Oh wait, I got the Instagram photo.

Next blog post, Superbowl XLVII pick.

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Wild Card Recap

It’s Over, only one team survived on the road and the home teams (except Washington) will be heading into Round 2. Only 1 Game disappointed me and the other 3 didn’t surprise me. I went 2-2 in the wild card round and went over (+10) in wild card picks.

First game, Cincinnati at Houston. Houston only won because both sides of the ball finally decided to play for Houston. Cincinnati on the other, the defense showed up, but the offense didn’t. I went under (-7) in this game and could of went even if Dalton TD pass to Green was caught. The streak of not winning a playoff game will continue and Houston will march into New England with “Redemption” of their Monday Night Embarrassment.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000122700/Foster-and-Watt-are-keys-to-victory-for-Texans

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/0ap2000000122555/Texans-postgame-press-conference

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/0ap2000000122538/Bengals-postgame-press-conference

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-player-interviews/0ap2000000122501/Watt-talks-big-Texans-win

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000122381/Bengals-vs-Texans-highlights

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000122372/Arian-Foster-highlights

Second game, Minnesota at Green Bay, not surprising and went Over (+8) in this matchup. Ponder was put on the injury report 90 minutes before the game and Joe Webb took his first season’s snap and it didn’t help the vikings at all. Green Bay will head to San Francisco to avenge their Opening Day loss against San Francisco.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000122578/Wild-card-Aaron-Rodgers-highlights

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000122586/Vikings-vs-Packers-highlights

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000122590/Jennings-San-Francisco-here-we-come

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000122593/Frazier-Not-the-way-we-wanted-this-to-end

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000122701/Matthews-We-played-more-disciplined-tonight

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/0ap2000000122752/Packers-postgame-press-conference

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/0ap2000000122753/Vikings-postgame-press-conference

Third Game, Indianapolis at Baltimore, Ray Lewis’ last home game as a Baltimore Raven. This game came in with lots of emotion and Baltimore defeated Indy with ease, I went Over (+1) in this matchup. Baltimore will head to Denver next week and hope to extend Lewis’ career.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/baltimore-ravens/0ap2000000122878/Lewis-last-dance

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000122955/Lewis-on-the-field-for-last-kneeldown

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000122964/Colts-vs-Ravens-highlights

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000122970/Wild-Card-Ray-Lewis-highlights

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000122975/Wild-Card-Anquan-Boldin-highlights

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000123103/Wild-Card-Andrew-Luck-highlights

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-network-gameday/0ap2000000123107/Reed-on-Lewis-We-want-to-take-him-all-the-way

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/0ap2000000123144/Colts-postgame-press-conference

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/0ap2000000123149/Ravens-postgame-press-conference

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000123189/Ray-Lewis-wired-for-sound

And for the fourth game, Seattle at Washington, I had a hard picked for this game and choose Washington at the end. In the end, it failed. Seattle was down by 14 at the start of the second quarter and went on to score 24 unanswered points to beat the Redskins. Robert Griffin III injured his knee and he can rest it till next season as Seattle will move on and play Atlanta. I went Over (+11) in this matchup.

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000123167/RG3-leaves-game-after-re-injuring-knee

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000123174/Sherman-and-Williams-post-game-scuffle

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-playoffs/0ap2000000123175/Wilson-We-battled

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000123187/Seahawks-vs-Redskins-highlights

http://www.nfl.com/videos/nfl-game-highlights/0ap2000000123188/Wild-Card-Robert-Griffin-III-highlights

For now, here are some post-game that Marvin Lewis should have done after losing on Saturday.

Next blog post, updated rankings and predicting draft orders.

Wild Card Weekend

What do you know, it’s finally the weekend. As Loverboy sings it, we worked for the weekend.

Here are the 4 Games that will make most or all of you couch potatoes.

Saturday

Cincinnati at Houston (4:30 NBC Dan Hicks, Mike Mayock & Alex Flanagan)

Minnesota at Green Bay (8:00 NBC Al Michaels, Cris Collinsworth & Michele Tafoya)

Sunday

Indianapolis at Baltimore (1:00 CBS Jim Nantz, Phil Simms)

Seattle at Washington (4:30 FOX Joe Buck, Troy Aikman Pam Oliver, & Erin Andrews)

Picks

Cincinnati 20, Houston 19.

Cincinnati will end the streak of winning a playoff game, which is a day short of 22 years (8,034 days). Cincinnati has been dominant in the last half of the season, and that’s what matters when it comes to who will be a contender in the playoffs. Cincinnati went 7-1 versus Houston’s 5-3 and Houston had a chance to have Homefield Advantage, but lost in 3 of their last 4 games. Out of Houston’s 4 losses, all were playoff contenders and playing weaker teams doesn’t help their cause to play in New England next week. Cincinnati will head to Denver and the Texans will be cleaning out the lockers on Monday.

Green Bay 16, Minnesota 13.

Not much can be said about playing a 7th division for both of these teams. Green Bay is better team at Lambeau and Minnesota can’t play well on the road. It will be close but Green Bay will be taking their hearts to San Francisco and face Kaepernick and the 49ers.

Baltimore 17, Indianapolis 15

Play the Ravens at M&T Bank they said, you’ll beat them, they said. Not much of a factor for the Colts and their woes on the road, 7-1 Home and 4-4 road. Baltimore is going to play with a lot of heart with Ray Lewis announcing his retirement. Andrew Luck had a heck of a season and bringing the Colts back to playoffs and dealing with Chuck Pagano’s leukemia recovery. Baltimore will play rematch with Tom Brady and the Patriots next week in the divisional round.

Washington 14, Seattle 13

This is the toughest draw for me. Seattle plays well at home but not so well on the road (3-5). Robert Griffin III and the Redskins are on a 7 game winning streak and haven’t lost since their Week 10 Bye. Either way, this game will be close and the winner will be facing Atlanta at the Georgia Dome.

Once 8:00 PM hits on Sunday, it is back to work again to provide my picks and see which Wild Card team will survive and play in a conference championship.