Today is Wednesday, September 25 2013.
The Cincinnati Reds have clinched a playoff berth and are fighting to play the one game Wild Card at Great American Ballpark. The Cincinnati Bengals are 2-1 and ranked as the sixth best team in the NFL by ESPN.
Over the past five years, Cincinnati has seen the rebirth of Over-The-Rhine and Fountain Square, the addition of The Banks, and various festivals and music events making annual appearances. The City of Cincinnati has transformed to an exciting and enviable travel destination.
I have spent roughly twenty years of my life in Cincinnati and I have never been prouder to call it home.
My point is, enjoy the next few weeks and months. Enjoy the Reds fighting to survive the Wild Card game and the Bengals looking like a legitimate contender. Go to The Banks and act like you’re in college again by bouncing from bar to bar, drink special to drink special.
Enjoy the City of Cincinnati and everything it has to offer right now, on September 25, 2013.
Now then, let’s talk sports:
The Reds are all but eliminated from the NL Central race and must focus their attention on securing the top Wild Card spot. They currently trail the Pirates by one game in that category with four games remaining.
This weekend will see the Reds and Pirates go head to head in the final three games of the season to essentially determine where the one games playoff will be held. After watching this past weekend series in Pittsburgh, I want no part of a one game playoff at PNC Park.
The Reds have their starting rotation set to ensure Mat Latos will start the one game playoff. I think Latos deserves the nod for the Wild Card game and definitely has the ability to shut down the opposing team. Regardless, the Reds would prefer to host the Wild Card game at GABP.
I think the Reds will win three of their last four and host the one game playoff at home in what would be the most exciting game in the history of Great American Ballpark.
After three weeks, the Bengals find themselves 2-1 and tied for first in the AFC North. The win against Green Bay this past weekend was one of the biggest victories in recent memory.
The Bengals proved they can overcome adversity and showed they can compete with elite teams in the NFL. Many players believe they gave away the game in week one and should be 3-0.
Regardless, the Bengals have put themselves in good shape to contend for the AFC North crown this year. The Steelers and Ravens look vulnerable and the Browns are rebuilding yet again. If the Bengals can remain healthy and continue their strong defensive play, they could be in contention for a top seed in the AFC.
The Bengals head to Cleveland on Sunday to take on a pesky Browns team who always seems to play well at home. I think the Bengals will come out on top, but I think it will be a lot closer than people think.
Prediction: Bengals 24 Browns 17
Who Dey and Go Reds!