Wednesday Wraparound: Bengals pushback, Ara passes
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Welcome to the Wednesday Wraparound. I trust this week is finding you well. If it isn't maybe we can change that over the next 600 words or so.
2017 Bengals Training Camp is well underway and there has been no shortage of storylines. Obviously on Tuesday, the big news was Vontaze Burfict going low on Gio Bernard. Richard Skinner has a full recap of that incident, as well as basically everything else that's been going on in camp so far.
An interesting nugget, too, from Skinny (among many others) is that he expects the Bengals and Vontaze Burfict will get something done in way of a contract extension before the seasons starts. Skinny said this on Sunday night on the Sports Authority.
To put a bow on the Burfict incident: Marvin Lewis said after practice Tuesday that the scuffle will be handled in-house. Hopefully, that will be that.
A legend passes
A few weeks ago in this space, I brought up that former Miami player and coach Ara Parseghian was sick. Wednesday afternoon, he passed away at the age of 94.
Obviously Ara was more well-known for his time at the University of Notre Dame, where he won two National Championships. Notre Dame tweeted out a nice video tribute to him as well.
As illustrious as his football career was, later in life, Parseghian's family was tragically struck with Niemann–Pick disease, a very rare disorder that causes the buildup of cholesterol in cells, eventually leading to death. Despite being a very rare disease, it took the life of three of Parseghian's grandchildren. I would encourage you if you feel so moved, to head to parseghian.org to see how you can help cure Niemann-Pick.
My book recommendation this week will be aligned with Ara. Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, is known as the "Cradle of Coaches" because of all of the successful football coaches that have passed through over the years. In 1983, Bob Kurz wrote a book on all of the coaches in the cradle to date, and if you've got a little extra cash laying around, it's a good read.
What a play
In the world of baseball Tuesday night, the Reds grabbed a 9-1 win over the Pirates, despite this fantastic catch from Starling Marte.
Believe it or not, this was not the best catch of the night. That happened in Boston, where Cleveland Indians centerfielder Austin Jackson made maybe the most ridiculous catch of the year.
The image of Jackson straight parallel to the ground is incredible. Wasn't enough though for the Indians to win the game.
A few other news and notes that caught my eye, including former UC head coach Tommy Tuberville's broadcast partner this season for ESPN. It's Mike Patrick.
Quite the pair. Also, the latest round of CTE research has been released, and it's not a good sign for the future of football. Some have speculated that this latest development prompted Baltimore Ravens offensive lineman John Urschel to retire at the age of 26.
Earlier this week, though no fault of his own, Joe Schad, who covers the Miami Dolphins for the Palm Beach Post, crystallized the problem the NFL is facing.
We like big hits. Big hits cause concussions, which lead to long-term damage. This problem isn't going away anytime soon.
Oh, it gets worse
PGA Tour Pro and recent Open Championship winner Jordan Spieth is in Akron, Ohio, this week for the Bridgestone Invitational. During his media session on Wednesday, Spieth was asked about his now infamous shot on 13 at Royal Birkdale, where he hit the ball so far offline he ended up taking a drop from the driving range. It could have been a lot worse.
Stick to sports
Wednesday was apparently National Coloring Book Day. I enjoyed Twitter tracking down a coloring book for basically everyone.
Was late to the Wednesday Wraparound this week after going up to Oxford to get reaction from Chuck Martin on Ara Parseghian. Next week, I will be on vacation. See you in two weeks.