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A Cincinnati Reds favorite, Marty Brennaman to retire after 2019 season

Marty Brennaman (file photo)

Most of us old schoolers who have been listening to the Cincinnati Reds since our teenage days of the 1970′s has head one constant voice for 45 years. That voice is none other than Hall of Fame announcer Marty Brennaman.

So today, Wednesday, January 16, 2019, when the veteran announcer announced his retirement, it brought a little sadness to my eyes. I have met Marty and have interviewed him several times and enjoyed every minute of it. It became a dream come true for me.

I have to admit, that when Marty took over for the also-popular Al Michaels, who left to go the San Francisco Giants after the 1973 season, I said I did not like him. Probably cause I had been used to Michaels voice. But the more I listened, the more I liked the opinated, tell it like it is and make no excuse for the Reds during bad games, Brennaman. He is brutally honest. Something the younger announcers could learn. Not to be homers all the time!

2019 will be the final season, his 46th with the Reds as the Play-by-Play voice. I know he will be feted in every major league city that the Reds visit on their schedule. He is well respected not only in Cincinnati and Ohio, but all around the nation.

The 76-year-old Brennaman, and the Ole’ Lefthander, Joe Nuxhall formed a great 1-2 duo for 31 years in the radio booth. They had great chemistry and knew how to keep you listening when the Reds were winning big or getting their butts whipped. They stayed together until after 2004 when Nuxhall retired. He died in 2007.

Since the 2006 season, Brennaman has been teammed with former Reds closer Jeff Brantley. The two have become popular with fans too. Brantley has great humor and insight on the game just like Nuxhall.

The Portsmouth, Virginia native, is a 2000 Ford Frick Award winner in Baseball’s Hall of Fame, he has voiced three World Series championships in 1975, 1976 and 1990. He has had some memorable calls in his illustrious career: Opening Day 1974 vs. the Braves at Riverfront Stadium, when Hank Aaron tied Babe Ruth as the all-time leader with 714 career home runs; Pete Rose became the all-time hits leader in 1985; Tom Browning threw a perfect game in 1988; Tom Seaver’s no-hitter in 1978 and Ken Griffey Jr.’s 500th and 600th career home runs in 2004 and 2008.

Long before he was joined the Reds Radio Network, He called minor league baseball games starting in 1971 for the Tidewater Tides of the International League. They were the AAA affiliate of the New York Mets. In 1973, Virginia Tech Athletic Director Frank O. Moseley hired the leading sports broadcaster in Virginia, Brennaman, as the new voice of the Hokies. Brennaman was the first Tech broadcaster to call both football and basketball. He has also called games for the Indiana Pacers, William & Mary College and numerous NCAA Basketball Tournament games. He was the voice of the Virginia Squires of the American Basketball Association who had a future NBA Hall of Famer on their roster named “Dr. J” Julius Erving. He then left to become the voise of the Reds and the rest is history.

Brennaman has other accolades such as In 1999, being inducted into the Virginia Sports Hall of Fame  In 2005, he was inducted into both the NSSA Hall of Fame and the National Radio Hall of Fame. Also being named Ohio Sportscaster of the Year 12 times and Virginia Sportscaster of the Year four times, for being versatile in announcing baseball, football, and basketball games on both the collegiate and professional levels.

After the 2019 season, it will be strange not to hear Brennaman’s trademark call of a Reds victory “And this one belongs to the Reds!”




University of Dayton to induct three into Athletic Hall of Fame today



Justine Raterman, Bill Sahnd & Colleen Williams To Join UD Athletic Hall Of Fame

The University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame will grow by three on Sunday, Jan. 13 when the 2019 class is introduced at halftime of the Dayton-Massachusetts men’s basketball game.  Sunday’s ceremonies will bring the total membership in UD’s Hall of Fame to 182.


The new members are Justine Raterman, (basketball), Bill Sahnd (football) and Colleen Williams (soccer).


JUSTINE RATERMAN ’12–Basketball 2008-12


Fifth in career scoring and rebounding for University of Dayton women’s basketball, Justine Raterman is one of the very best players to ever play at UD.  She scored 1,832 points and grabbed 915 rebounds in her career from 2008-12.


Not only was she an elite performer for the Flyers, she was consistently elite.  Her scoring averages of 13.1, 12.9, 16.1 and 14.4 points per game in each of her seasons led very balanced and successful teams in scoring every year.  Raterman’s career shooting percentages of.496 (FG%), .376 (3-pt. FG%) and .811 (FT%) are all top ten marks in Flyer basketball history, and she is fourth in career three-pointers made (184) and fifth in career games played (130).


Her career 915 rebounds are the best as a Division I player at UD.


Raterman led her teams to a combined 90 wins against 41 losses, including 39-17 in the Atlantic 10.  She played in the WNIT as a freshman and the NCAA tournament the next three years.  UD won its first A-10 tournament title in her senior year.


She was three-time All-Atlantic 10 (two-time First Team), A-10 Rookie of the Year in 2009 and the first player in A-10 WBB history to be named to the conference all-tournament team four times.


Leading a school to its first conference championship was noteworthy enough, but the story of Raterman’s senior season began at the end of her junior season when she tore her ACL in the semifinals of the A-10 tournament.  Despite the injury, she took the court against the number five team in the country, Xavier.  Xavier won the championship, but Raterman had 19 points in 35 minutes, including a game-tying bucket with two minutes left in the game.  That performance against such a highly-ranked team boosted the Flyers into an at-large berth in the NCAA tournament.


Despite having surgery to repair the torn ACL after the season, Raterman was back in the starting lineup by the first exhibition game the following fall and she led the Flyers to the A-10 championship and was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player as a senior.


Off the court, Raterman was a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District selection and was named a Lowe’s Senior CLASS All-American as a senior.


Hailing from Versailles, Ohio, Justine is currently coaching women’s basketball at Miami University.


BILL SAHND ’79– Football 1975-78

Bill Sahnd was key leader in the most important transitional periods in University of Dayton football history.  A starter and award-winning lineman on Dayton’s last scholarship team in 1976, Sahnd stepped up for the Flyers during the change to non-scholarship football, embraced the teachings of a brand-new coaching staff and led UD to its first playoff appearance in 1978.


Sahnd was named the winner of the University’s Stan Kurdziel Memorial Trophy, which goes to the team’s outstanding lineman, as a sophomore in 1976.  He then earned the award again, along with the White Allen Most Valuable Player Award as a senior in 1978.

The Flyers reached the NCAA Division III playoffs that season, and Sahnd is the only MVP of any Flyer playoff team who was an offensive lineman.


He was a team captain in 1978 with teammates Mike Bailey and current Flyer head coach Rick Chamberlin.


Sahnd is the fourth player who solely played offensive line to be named to the University of Dayton Athletic Hall of Fame.  He was also just the third Flyer O-lineman to be named team MVP, the seventh two-time winner of the Kurdziel Most Outstanding Lineman Award and the only player to be named a Kurdziel recipient as a sophomore.


Bill works for General Electric as an account manager selling high-voltage electrical equipment, and lives near Cleveland in Bay Village, Ohio.


COLLEEN WILLIAMS ’13– Soccer 2009-12

Colleen Williams is first in career points (166), and second in both goals (58) and assists (50) in Dayton women’s soccer history.  She scored seven goals as a freshman, 18 as a sophomore, and even though she was increasingly a marked woman, 16 as a junior and 17 as a senior.


But she wasn’t just a stat maker, she was a winner.  Williams played on teams that were 16-1-6, 19-3-1, 19-4, and 14-4-2, with a career record of 68-12-9.  Her Flyer teams were a combined 32-4-2 in the Atlantic 10 regular season.  UD won A-10 tournament championships in 2009, 2010 and 2011, and lost in a shootout in finals of 2012.  Dayton also won the 2009 and 2010 A-10 regular season championships


Williams was a three-time NSCAA Second Team All-American and was on the Hermann Trophy (top collegiate soccer player) Watch List as a junior and senior.


She was the 2010 and 2012 A-10 Offensive Player of the Year, three-time First Team All-Atlantic 10 and 2009 A-10 Rookie of the Year.  She led the A-10 in goals, assists and points three times.


Williams saved some of her best work for the post season.  She scored at least one goal in each of UD’s A-10 tournament championship wins, including a then-conference record three in 2011 when she was named the tournament’s Most Outstanding Player  She was three-time A-10 All-Tournament.  She also started in two of UD’s three NCAA tournament wins.


Just the 20th player in NCAA history to reach 50 goals and 50 assists, Williams played for the United States U-23 national team in 2013, and six games for the Washington Spirit in the NWSL until a knee injury ended her career.


She was two-time Academic All-Atlantic 10 and a Senior CLASS All-American as a senior in 2012.


Colleen is the President and Founder of SistaSoccer, Inc., a non-profit that works with children through the sport of soccer.  She lives in Belmar, N. J.


NFL statement on former Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt



Kareem Hunt (courtesy Toledo Rockets)

The NFL’s investigation began immediately following the incident in February. Consistent with standard investigatory practices, the NFL continues to pursue a complete understanding of the facts. The NFL’s ongoing investigation will include further attempts to speak to the complainants involved in the incident. It will include a review of the new information that was made public on Friday – which was not available to the NFL previously – as well as further conversations with all parties involved in the incident.

Expectations for Week 10 in the NFL




MILESTONES ON THE HORIZON: New Orleans quarterback DREW BREES passed for 346 yards with four touchdowns and New England quarterback TOM BRADY passed 294 yards with a touchdown in Week 9. Brees (506 touchdown passes) and Brady (505) rank third and fourth, respectively, all-time in touchdown passes.

Brees, who faces Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, FOX) on Sunday, needs three touchdown passes to surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (508) for the second-most regular-season touchdown passes in NFL history. Brady, who plays at Tennessee (1:00 PM ET, CBS), needs four touchdown passes to surpass Favre.

The players with the most touchdown passes in NFL history:

Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 539
Brett Favre^ Green Bay, New York Jets, Minnesota 508
Drew Brees San Diego, New Orleans 506
Tom Brady New England 505
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

Brady has an additional 71 touchdown passes in 37 career playoff games, an NFL record, and needs four touchdown passes to surpass PEYTON MANNING (579 touchdowns) for the most passing touchdowns in league history, including the postseason.

The players with the most touchdown passes (including the postseason) in NFL history:

Peyton Manning Indianapolis, Denver 579
Tom Brady New England 576


Brady, who has appeared in 262 regular-season games and 37 playoff games, can become the second quarterback in league annals to appear in 300 games (including the postseason), joining Pro Football Hall of Famer BRETT FAVRE (326).

Arizona wide receiver LARRY FITZGERALD has 15,902 receiving yards in his 15-year NFL career. With 33 receiving yards on Sunday at Kansas City (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Fitzgerald would surpass Pro Football Hall of Famer TERRELL OWENS (15,934) for the second-most receiving yards in NFL history.

The players with the most receiving yards in NFL history:

Jerry Rice^ San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle 22,895
Terrell Owens^ San Francisco, Philadelphia, Dallas, Buffalo, Cincinnati 15,934
Larry Fitzgerald Arizona 15,902
^Pro Football Hall of Famer

– NFL –

PROLIFIC PAT: Kansas City quarterback PATRICK MAHOMES leads the NFL with 2,901 passing yards and 29 touchdown passes through the first nine weeks of the season. Mahomes has thrown for at least 300 yards and three touchdowns in each of his past four games.

With 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes on Sunday against Arizona (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Mahomes would join Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE YOUNG (five games in 1998) as the only quarterbacks in league history to record at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in five consecutive games.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least 300 passing yards and three touchdown passes in NFL history:

Steve Young^ San Francisco 1998 5
Patrick Mahomes Kansas City 2018 4*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

– NFL –

LUCKY NUMBER THREE: Indianapolis quarterback ANDREW LUCK ranks second in the NFL with 23 touchdown passes this season and has thrown at least three touchdowns in each of his past five games.

With three touchdown passes on Sunday against Jacksonville (1:00 PM ET, CBS), Luck would join TOM BRADY (10 consecutive games in 2007) and PEYTON MANNING (eight consecutive games in 2004) as the only quarterbacks to record six consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season. Brady and Manning were each named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least three touchdown passes in a single season in NFL history:

Tom Brady# New England 2007 10  
Peyton Manning# Indianapolis 2004 8  
Andrew Luck Indianapolis 2018 5*  
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

– NFL –

RISING RIVERS: Los Angeles Chargers quarterback PHILIP RIVERS passed for 228 yards and two touchdowns for a 105.9 passer rating in the Chargers’ 25-17 win at Seattle in Week 9. Rivers has recorded at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of the Chargers’ first eight games this season.

Rivers, who plays at Oakland (4:05 PM ET, FOX), can join AARON RODGERS (13 games in 2011) and TOM BRADY (10 games in 2007) as the only quarterbacks in league history to throw at least two touchdown passes and have a passer rating of 95 or higher in each of his team’s first nine games of a season. Rodgers and Brady were each named Associated Press MVP in those seasons.

The players with the most consecutive games with at least two touchdown passes and a passer rating of 95 or higher to begin a season in NFL history:

Aaron Rodgers# Green Bay 2011 13  
Tom Brady# New England 2007 10  
Philip Rivers Los Angeles Chargers 2018 8*  
#Named Associated Press MVP
*Active streak

– NFL –

TOUCHDOWN TODD: Los Angeles Rams running back TODD GURLEY leads the NFL with 16 touchdowns in 2018 and has scored at least one touchdown in each of the Rams’ first nine games of the season.

With a touchdown against Seattle (4:25 PM ET, CBS), Gurley would join Pro Football Hall of Famers O.J. SIMPSON (1975), LENNY MOORE (1964) and ELROY “CRAZY LEGS” HIRSCH (1951) as the only players in league annals to score a touchdown in each of their team’s first 10 games of a season. Simpson and Moore had at least one touchdown in each of their team’s 14 games during their respective seasons.

The players with the most consecutive team games with at least one touchdown to begin a season in NFL history:


O.J. Simpson^ Buffalo 1975 14  
Lenny Moore^ Baltimore Colts 1964 14  
Elroy “Crazy Legs” Hirsch^ Los Angeles Rams 1951 10  
Todd Gurley Los Angeles Rams 2018 9*  
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active streak

– NFL –

TOP 25: New Orleans running back ALVIN KAMARA had 116 scrimmage yards (82 rushing, 34 receiving) and three touchdowns (two rushing, one receiving) in the Saints’ Week 9 win over the Rams. Since entering the league in 2017, Kamara ranks third in the NFL with 2,471 scrimmage yards (1,253 receiving, 1,218 rushing) in 24 career games.

With 82 rushing yards and 47 receiving yards at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, FOX), Kamara, who will be playing in his 25th career game, would joinHERSCHEL WALKER (1,394 receiving, 1,339 rushing) as the only players with at least 1,300 rushing yards and 1,300 receiving yards in their first 25 career games.

Carolina running back CHRISTIAN MC CAFFREY, who will also be playing his 25th career game on Thursday at Pittsburgh (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime), needs 63 rushing yards to become the seventh player in league history with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in his first 25 career games.

The players with at least 1,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards in their first 25 career games in NFL history:

Le’Veon Bell Pittsburgh 2013-14 1,906 1,042
Abner Haynes Kansas City 1960-61 1,564 1,001
Herschel Walker Dallas 1986-87 1,339 1,394
Alvin Kamara New Orleans 2017-18 1,218* 1,253*
Charley Taylor^ Washington 1964-65 1,131 1,364
Reggie Bush New Orleans 2006-07 1,016 1,046
Christian McCaffrey Carolina 2017-18 937* 1,029*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*In 24 career games

– NFL –

CATCH IT LIKE MIKE: New Orleans wide receiver MICHAEL THOMAS had a franchise-record 211 receiving yards, including a 72-yard touchdown catch, in the Saints’ 45-35 win over the Los Angeles Rams in Week 9.

Thomas, who has 266 receptions in 39 career games, needs one catch on Sunday at Cincinnati (1:00 PM ET, FOX) to surpass ODELL BECKHAM, JR.(266) for the most receptions by a player in his first 40 career games in NFL history.

The players with the most receptions in their first 40 career games in NFL history:

Odell Beckham, Jr. New York Giants 2014-16 266
Michael Thomas New Orleans 2016-18 266*
*In 39 career games

– NFL –

BIG BEN & AB: Pittsburgh quarterback BEN ROETHLISBERGER threw a touchdown pass to wide receiver ANTONIO BROWN in the Steelers’ 23-16 win at Baltimore last week. It marked the 68th touchdown Roethlisberger has thrown to Brown during their careers, including nine this season.

With two touchdown passes from Roethlisberger to Brown on Thursday against Carolina (8:20 PM ET, FOX/NFL Network/Amazon Prime), the duo would become the seventh quarterback-receiver combination in NFL history to connect on 70 career touchdown passes.

The quarterback-receiver combinations with the most touchdowns in NFL history:

Peyton Manning Marvin Harrison^ Indianapolis 112
Philip Rivers* Antonio Gates* Los Angeles Chargers 88
Steve Young^ Jerry Rice^ San Francisco 85
Dan Marino^ Mark Clayton Miami 79
Tom Brady* Rob Gronkowski* New England 76
Drew Brees Marques Colston New Orleans 72
Ben Roethlisberger* Antonio Brown* Pittsburgh 68
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Active duo

– NFL –

NICK AT NIGHT: San Francisco quarterback NICK MULLENS passed for 262 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions for 151.9 rating in his NFL debut in Week 9.

With three touchdown passes against the Giants on Monday Night Football (8:15 PM ET, ESPN), Mullens would become the fifth player in the Super Bowl era (since 1966) to throw at least three touchdown passes in each of his first two career starts at quarterback.

The players with at least three touchdown passes in each of their first two career starts at quarterback in the Super Bowl era:

Tyrod Taylor Buffalo 2015
Matt Flynn Green Bay 2010-11
Kurt Warner^ St. Louis 1999
Dan Marino^ Miami 1983
Nick Mullens San Francisco 2018*
^Pro Football Hall of Famer
*Threw three TD passes in first-career start last week

With a start on Monday, Mullens will become the first quarterback since Kansas City’s TYLER PALKO (2011) to make his first two career starts in primetime (Thursday Night, Sunday Night or Monday Night).


Columbus City League Football South Division results from Week 8


Briggs and Africentric had a shootout! 30-20 Bruins won

Eastmoor Academy rolls 62-0 over West

Walnut Ridge cooled off South, 47-8

In a defensive struggle, Marion-Franklin held off Independence on 1ST & GOAL


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