Bearcats and Bobcats in an Ohio Showdown

UC & OU in Historic Nippert


On Saturday the Cincinnati Bearcats (3-0) host the Ohio Bobcats (1-1) at Historic Nippert Stadium. The Bearcats are looking to continue their hot start with an in state foe this Saturday.  UC holds the advantage in the series 24-23-4 all time. The last meeting was in 1981, a Bearcats victory.

I for one love a good in state game and this Saturday’s game is sure to deliver on that.  We know that team in the middle of the state likes to shy away from playing in state schools or if they do they put up Murray State in week 1. I’m glad to see UC schedule these games, let’s spread the love around the state to know exactly where everyone stands.

What to look for this week

The Bearcats demolished Alabama A&M in week 3 to the tune of 63-7. The Bearcats put up close to historic numbers and looked good doing it. They seek to continue that look this week. Des Ridder let the pigskin fly early and often. Look for his confidence to grow this week and get Sr. WR Kahlil Lewis involved early as well as freshmen phenom Jayshon Jackson.

In a quote about Joey Votto, Marty Brennaman once said, “That man is a horse, I suggest you ride him to the winner’s circle every chance you get!”

I believe that saying holds true for one Michael Warren, star running back at the University of Cincinnati. I don’t see him being stopped this week.

The special teams and the kicker from down under look to keep their dominating performances going Saturday as well.

Earlier this week Ohio coach Frank Solich talked about the Bearcats in his press conference

“… I think they’ve held those three opponents to eight points a game, which is a little scary. You need to put points on the board to win a game, and they don’t allow you to do that. Something has to give here. They are very physical, very strong, and they play with a lot of energy.

The Black Cats as they call themselves, the Bearcats defense, is gaining a reputation for kicking ass and taking names. They’re a hard-hitting, play making, physical bunch. A good reputation to have for a defense.

The Bobcats are kind of headed in the opposite direction as the Bearcats. They struggled against Howard and got handled by Virginia. They are coming off of a bye week which should help them out but I don’t see how they’ll have the talent or composure to pull off an upset at Historic Nippert.

The Bobcats and Bearcats kickoff at noon on Saturday on ESPNU.

Official Prediction:

Bearcats 42 Bobcats 17

Tailgating with The Den

Bearcats Tailgating with The Den


The tailgate scene at UC is unique, to say the least. We’re all well aware of the challenges of setting up a solid tailgate spot in Clifton; parking, logistics, environment, etc. For almost ten seasons, The Grid Tailgate on Sigma Sigma Commons has been the agreed upon and promoted spot for Bearcats tailgating. On game day if you venture towards the north end of the commons near the glass dorms, you’ll find The Den Tailgate.

The Den has been an organized group since 2015 and merged with the famous “Bearcat Tailgater” group in 2017. Settled on alley spot #5 on The Grid, this is the first tailgate group that the team passes during the “Catwalk” tradition. The Den’s spot on the commons is next to a large grassy area down from the middle stairs of Morgans & Scioto Hall. The Bearcat Tailgater trailer (with TV and speakers) anchors the setup along with corn hole, a community drink cooler, and the famous “Drinko” board.

Along with the location and setup, what makes The Den unique to other tailgate groups or plots on The Grid?

An open community structure. Each season membership is open to anyone that wants to come and have a good time. This season, a “season pass” is $20 with all money raised going back into the tailgate fund. Someone that joins The Den can expect as much food and drink to supply the group, while supplies last that day. For the most part, its BYOB and all are encouraged to add to the community drink cooler. Supplied are the essentials (ice, cups, plates, tables, etc), and we add on as much food/drink as we can afford.

For this season, the tailgate theme is “A Better Way to Tailgate”, which is a play on Blue Apron’s slogan “a better way to cook”. Each tailgate will feature a food spread inspired by the team/school/mascot that the Bearcats play that day. Also, we are partnering with the campus food/supplies charity called the Bearcat Pantry. We are asking tailgaters to bring a donation to the tailgate and toss it in the Bearcat Pantry’s bin. Food, school supplies, and any other essentials that college students may need are what the pantry accepts.

Our biggest draw for this season is our partnership with Taft’s Brewing Company. We are working with the awesome people at Taft’s to host watch parties at the Brewpourium, feature Taft’s beer at the tailgate, and to offer our tailgaters fun promotions and giveaways all season! These are a few features of The Den Tailgate, but we are only scratching the surface. We invite all Bearcats fans to come and tailgate with us this season. You can stay up to date with all Den happenings by going to TheDenUC.com and signing up for the weekly email newsletter. Then, get your season pass!

You can find The Den on twitter and instagram @TheDenUC

Remember, in 2018 The Den is “a better way to tailgate”.

What to Watch for this Football Season

What to look for this Football Season


The Cincinnati football Bearcats are coming off a complete rebuild year with a new coach, Luke Fickell. The Bearcats went just 4-8 last season, with their four wins coming against Austin Peay, Miami (OH), Tulane, and UConn. Three of those wins came by four 4 points or less. The win against Austin Peay was just 12 points. Needless to say, the Bearcats kept it close and interesting in those wins.

When they lost though, they lost pretty bad. Navy ran for a record number of rushing yards in Annapolis onto an eventual 1o point win over the Cats. The Bearcats kept it close with the Wolverines of Michigan until late into the 3rd quarter. UM would go on to a 22 point win. I won’t rehash the losses to USF, UCF, or East Carolina, they weren’t good.

In less than one week though we start a new. The Bearcats travel to the West Coast to take on UCLA at the Rose Bowl with their new coach Chip Kelley.

Earlier this year when the official schedule came out we broke down the schedule and predicted a 7-5 finish for the Bearcats. You can read that breakdown here. 

7-5 would be a vast improvement that everyone in Bearcats Nation would appreciate. If the Bearcats are going to get back to their winning ways some stars have to align.

What to watch for this season

  1. QB1 – It’s no surprise that senior Hayden Moore will be the starter come Saturday night. What the Bearcats will need though is for Moore to be a little less… pedestrian. Through the first three seasons Moore is averaging 221 passing yards per game with a 40/27 TD to INT ratio. He has been known to be inaccurate at times and has a tenancy to overthrow his receivers, that’ll need to be reigned in to make the Bearcats offense better.  At numerous times last year his receiving corp didn’t help him much by dropping passes at crucial times, which brings us to #2.
  2. The Wide Outs – It looks like WR1 will be senior Kahlil Lewis. The Florida native will be called on to lead this offense. We will have to wait and see who emerges as the second, and third option.
  3. Something missing– If you watch the NFL this season you’ll find a host of Bearcats in the league. Several from last year’s team. Keep an eye on who fills in on the defense. The Bearcats lost leading tackler Jaylyin Minor. He was all over the field last year. The Bearcats D will need help. Not to mention Marquise Copeland is playing on Sundays now. Watch Perry Young and Malik Clements take over, hopefully.
  4. Special Teams – It seems like there has been a lot of turnover on special teams over the past two years and everything needs improvement from last season.
  5. Luke Fickell – Dan Hoard did a segment for Bearcats football earlier this month where he talked about how the team last year didn’t really trust Coach Fickell but over the summer and at Camp Higher Ground he hoped to change that and gain more trust with them. Additionally, he’ll have to better manage some miscues he had in games last season.

I said the Bearcats would finish 7-5. I’m sticking with it.

Here’s a little something to get you hyped for Saturday.

Go Bearcats!

The Aftermath

Picking up the Pieces


I didn’t get much sleep the night after the game. Maybe it was all the coffee I had in anticipation of Sunday night’s game or maybe it was witnessing the Bearcats Sweet Sixteen apperance get pulled out right from under them. I’m guessing it was the latter.

I watched this game at my parents house with my wife, having converted them from OSU fans after I went to UC had them just as excited as I was, ok maybe not just as excited. It was a family affair and after the Bearcats hot start we were just going through the motions like it was any other game.

I was concinced we were going to make a run in this tournament, more so than believing the sky is blue or that grass is green. That made it more surreal when the buzzer went off and we failed to hold a 22 point lead.

The Bearcats started this game in picture perfect fashion. They shot out of the gate like one of Mick’s horses and less like the team we watched several times this season stutter from the opening tip. Cumberland looked like he was well on his way to at least match his 27 from the Georgia State game.

And then it seemed like the refs took over the first half.

On more than one occasion I looked around the room wondering where in the hell was the foul there? The refs were weak. Popeye before spinach weak. They had a strict handsoff policy and if you looked at someone hard… that’s a foul.

That hurt the physical play of the Bearcats and fouls started piling up. Cumberland sat down in the first half but it was ok because Jacob Evans III took over. For the remaining 5 minutes or so in the first half JEIII had the ball and played 1 on 5. The isolation worked and led to layups for Jacob.

Honestly, I would have to watch the second half all over again to see what happened, I’ve already blacked it out from my memory but here’s what won’t fade.

Cumberland. He came to win this damn thing. He started out so aggressive on the offensive end and finished with 17. As long as he kept that up I knew we’d sprint to the finishline in this game against Nevada. What happened? Foul trouble and for some god forsaken reason when Teddy got his fourth foul you could see him, on television, plea with Cronin to stay in the game. WHY DID CRONIN LISTEN? Of course Cumberland wants to stay in the game he’s a baller!!! I think Coach gambled, hard, and lost here. Sit Cumberland for 4 or 5 minutes at least. He’s there when you need him. Oh man did we need him the last 5 minutes.

Clark. The Problem wasn’t as such this game. Nevada didn’t let Clark get an easy buckets, especially early. His first bucket was off of an offensive rebound and any other points were few and far between.

Cronin. In his post game interview a visibily pissed Mick didn’t take any responsibilty for this loss. Something I was pretty dissapointed with considering the game. Why he didn’t pull Cumberland I’ll never know or understand. Also, when they started doubling and trapping Evans before half court why was the game plan to let anyone just throw it at the rim? That offense was arguable the worst of the Cronin era. You had Clark or another big crowd the rim, drawing in his man with whoever had the ball throw it up. That’s exactly how the game ended too. Cane, dribbling it off his defender’s shin, faking, getting blocked, and then throwing it up with Gary trying to salvage his senior season with a wild snowball’s chance in hell of a rebound.

*sighs*

*Chugs beer*

Looking Forward. This was a phenomial season for the basketball Bearcats with the worst possible ending. We’ll have new banners for the New Shoe being the season and tournament champs, which is nice, but also it will be a reminder of the doom at the end.

Once I started thinking about it I would give up the season and tournament championships up for the next 20 years to make a Final Four or Championship game. I want that national attention. The swagger that comes with making it to April. Winning the AAC is cool and all but no one is talking about that now. Let Dan Hurley or Penny Hardaway win the conference, I’ll take the national title. I get what Cronin said about not caring about the Sweet Sixteen. Making it there is just a stepping stone to the next round, I don’t care about that either.

Clark, Washington, and most likely Evans will most definetly be hard to replace but the pieces to do this all over agin is there again. Broome and Cumberland will be an incredible combo next year. Cumberland could easily average 20+ and it isn’t inconvievable to have Broome average 15+. Also I think Scott huges strides forward in his development, especially on the offensive end.

I’d put Moore ahead of Williams in terms of the success of their freshmen year but both have loads of potential and will play a major roll.

I can’t wait to see Nsoseme get more minutes. I think he’s a force in training just waiting to dominate not to mention Mamoudou, who if you don’t follow on social media you’re really missing out on high quality content.

Fire Cronin. Are you insane? Cronin should be the coach for the forseeable future, some people, especially on twitter, need to chill. The program is clean, we have great players coming in and still on the upward swing. He wants to be here, which is more some schools in the Norwood area can say. It’s not like he’s pulling a Tommy T or anything.

Naming the Bearcats Beer

Our Top 9 names for the Bearcats beer that May Never Be


The University of Cincinnati needs to partner with a local brewery to put out a Bearcats brew stat. We know the craft beer scene in this city is top notch and there are several breweries in town with the ability to make this happen.  Will the University ever come out of its shell of sobriety and partner with a local craft brewery to give UC it’s own beer? A lot of people think this will never happen but we certainly hope UC comes around. There are already a number of universities leading the way on this. Here’s what I found so far…

*Updated List*

  • LSU – Bayou Bengal Lager brewed by Tin Roof Brewing
  • Tulane – Green Wave Wheat by NOLA brewing
  • U of Louisiana – Lafayette – Ragin’ Cajuns Genuine Louisiana Ale, from Bayou Teche Brewing
  • Colorado State – Old Aggie Lager by New Belgium Brewing
  • New Mexico State – Pistol Pete’s 1888 Ale by Bosque Brewing Co.
  • University of Montana –Griz Montana Lager by Big Sky Brewing
  • Purdue – Boiler Golden-American Golden Ale by People’s Brewing Co.
  • *New* Northern Kentucky University- Norse Pale Ale by Braxton Brewing Co. 

If you want to know more about these beers you can check out the wishlist on our Untappd profile (@GoBeercats) under college beers.

We know that at least one major brewery in town (Madtree) has reached out to UC and was shot down.

That’s really too bad because the possibilities are almost endless and here are some of our ideas here at GoBeercats:

  1. Five More Yards to go then Hop. Breweries love the hop puns. I think this one works well. Make it an IPA around 6% and throw the Jimmy Nippert stiff arm pose on the label.
  2. Mick & Mack Attack. A milk Stout with obvious branding.
  3. Ring of Red. A Red IPA and an honorable brew.
  4. The Grid Gang. We tailgate at the grid, make a beer out of it with the Sigma Sigma landmarks. Make it a session IPA 4.5% sounds about right and lets crush them on game day.
  5. Back-to-Back. A throwback beer of the 2 National Championships. Obviously it would need to be a double IPA because once wasn’t good enough when it came to titles, the same for hops. Somewhere on the can it would need to throw shade at the useless nuts up north. 10% and 100 IBUs.
  6. Down the Drive. *chug* *chug* *chug* UC! A pale ale at 6% with 61 or 62 IBUs
  7. Lets Gose UC! A tart gose beer that starts with Ohh Ohh Ohh!
  8. Bearcat. A bock beer. It would fit in nicely with a certain OTR brewery’s line up of other cat themed beers. (Saber Tooth Tiger, Cougar, Panther, and Puma) Just throw red and black stripes on the can.
  9. Kings of the Queen City. An Imperial porter 12%

Honorable Mention

  • Huggy (Brown) Bear Ale. A brown ale
  • Cronin’s  Crushable Kolsh. A nice starter beer before making your way to the Shoemaker Center.
  • The Fight of Fickell. A Helles Lager  that brings the pain.

Lets get this done UC!

Have a beer name we should add to the list? Comment or tweet us to let us know what’s up.