Jay Bruce blasted a solo-shot over the center field wall in walk-off fashion to lift his Cincinnati Reds past the Houston Astros 3-2 yesterday at Great American Ball Park. The 23-year old right-fielder became the fifth player in MLB history to clinch a playoff spot with a home run, allowing the Reds to gain their first NL Central Division title in 15 years.
“I’m sure it means a whole lot to the fans here,” said pitcher Bronson Arroyo. “I was looking up at the banners today inside the stadium — ’75, ’76 and ’90. I know there were a couple years in between that they made the playoffs, but there hasn’t been a whole lot the last 20-some years. So for us to be at this point after 15 years of not making the playoffs is definitely a nice feeling.”
Reds manager Dusty Baker joined Bill McKechnie as the only managers to lead three different National League teams to post-season play. He previously found success with the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants before taking on his role with the Reds in 2008. “When he hit that one up there, there was a big sigh of relief and the party was on,” he said. “I’m as happy as a man can be. This is sweet. This is a special group, special guys and a special feeling.” Cincinnati Reds playoff tickets are now available!
Veteran wide-out Terrell Owens will not only share VH1 time slots with Chad Ochocinco this fall but also receptions from QB Carson Palmer, as he just signed a one-year $2 million contract with the Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday. The premier receivers/reality television stars are ecstatic to be working together in the same unit, already dubbing themselves Batman and Robin.
Both players were quick to spread the news through their respective Twitter accounts. Ochocinco welcomed Owens and jokingly stated that “all of our games have been moved to pay-per-view, you got to pay to see this.” Owens soon responded with “Ocho Uno is coming 2 town!! Hey Robin, Batman will b there soon!” Chad has been lobbying for the organization to acquire T.O. since the end of the 2009-2010 regular season.
Bengals owner Mike Brown is confident that there won’t be any locker room issues despite the high profile personalities involved. “Yes, people can make mistakes,” he said. “It doesn’t mean that they go on the rest of their lives making mistakes. They can get their ship pointed in the right direction. This is a 36-year-old man. He’s been through a lot. He’s proven as a player and as a person.” Owens proved to be quiet both on and off the field last season with the Buffalo Bills, catching 55 passes for 829 yards and five touchdowns. Cincinnati Bengals tickets are now available!
The New York Jets (9-7) are set to rematch the Cincinnati Bengals (10-6) to kick off this year’s NFL post-season. After ending the Indianapolis Colts run at perfection in Week 15, Mark Sanchez and crew put on a show at home during a convincing 37-0 win over Cincinnati to notch the remaining AFC Wild Card spot.
This time around it may not be so easy for New York as they travel to Paul Brown Stadium, where the well rested Carson Palmer and Cedric Benson wait to give the league’s top ranked defense a run for their money. “We’re trying to win the thing,” said NY head coach Rex Ryan. “That’s our goal. To get to this point and not have that as your ultimate goal, then I don’t think you’re going to be successful. I think you have to visualize yourself being successful and then try to go out and make it happen.”
Chad Ochocinco has been struggling lately with knee problems but should be cleared to suit up on Saturday. In his last matchup against stand-out cornerback Darrelle Revis, #85 was held to zero receptions for the first time since 2003. Earlier this week Chad was concerned about the injury but later found himself practicing just two days later. He commended his teammates through his Twitter account, saying “really good practice today on both sides of the ball, we had Popeye’s for snack after practice, best 2 piece I’ve had n a while.”
The Jets have won seven of their last eight against the Bengals. Their only playoff meeting was back in 1983, which featured a 44-17 victory for New York. Jets vs. Bengals playoff tickets are still available right here with us at AceTicket.com!
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