Sunday, September 28, 2003

Enquirer Page Two power rankings



By Mike Ball
The Cincinnati Enquirer

Thumbs up

1. UC-Miami football. An always great game gets even better when the teams are good. And what a genius move by the Miami student body president to draw Xavier into the rivalry mix. Even ESPN's Sports Center picked up on it.

2. Barry Larkin. This is not intended to take sides in the he-said, he-said sorry saga that apparently has ended the great shortstop's Reds career. The sad part is that the way players move these days, he very well could be the last of a breed - a player who spent his entire career with one franchise.

3. NCAA. This is not a typo. Yes, the college police finally did something right. It reversed a decision on appeal, making the Michigan basketball program eligible for this season's NCAA Tournament. The penalty initially was imposed for infractions regarding booster Ed Martin and didn't have anything to do with the current coaching staff or players. The NCAA reversal was the first in five years. Good.

4. Martina Navratilova. She says she's considering running for political office after retiring in 2004. Is this a great country or what?

5. Allen Iverson. He got a tidy $76.7 million contract extension. If only baseball had a salary cap the way the NBA does.

Thumbs down

1. Bengals. Progress, yes. They've played the Raiders and Steelers tough. But in the NFL, you have to win. The Cowboys beat the Giants, the Texans beat the Dolphins, the Browns beat the Niners, and the Cardinals beat the Packers. It happens. Time for a "W."

2. Reds. Why? Well, Aaron Boone, Scott Sullivan, Felix Heredia, Gabe White, Kent Mercker, Scott Williamson, Kelly Stinnett, that silly advertisement they took out after the fire sale, and the disabled list.

3. Sneaker wars. Converse has come out with a new shoe called "Loaded Weapon." Too bad the Washington Bullets don't exist anymore.

4. Atlantic Coast Conference. Its raid of the Big East complete, it set its sights on getting a rule change that would allow the conference a championship game. The reason, of course, is the projected $8 million to $10 million such a game would earn.

5. NFL. The Denver Broncos were fined $25,000 by the league for wearing the wrong color uniforms last week. No Fun League.




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BENGALS / NFL SUNDAY
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Reds Q&A with John Fay
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U.C. - MIAMI: THE VICTORY BELL
Miami 42, Cincinnati 37
Brandt's big day hurts UC
Daugherty: Ben fits perfectly at Miami
Notes: UC's Hall dismisses numbers in loss

COLLEGE FOOTBALL
No. 4 Ohio State 20, Northwestern 0
OSU notes: McMullen earns new respect as backup
No. 25 Florida 24, Kentucky 21
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Kalamazoo thumps Mount St. Joseph 21-7; TMC defeated
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Enquirer Page Two power rankings

PREP SPORTS
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Newport Central Catholic 42, Dayton 0
Mount Healthy 47, Woodward 6
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Norway dominates South Korea 7-1

MOTOR SPORTS
Points are OK with Newman
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HORSE RACING
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