Wednesday Wraparound: Heck is real.
CINCINNATI (WKRC) - Another Wednesday, another edition of the Wednesday Wraparound. I'd like to start this week with just a quick word on Matt Coiner, the Fox Sports Ohio photographer who passed away earlier this week. My first internship in this business was with Fox Sports Ohio, and he was primarily the guy with whom I worked. I didn't know it at the time in 2007, but he had already been battling a brain tumor for three years. Never had a single clue. He was always energetic, he was always teaching, he always had a smile on his face. Great dude. Fox Sports Ohio and Jim Day gave him a moving tribute Tuesday night on their broadcast:
Rest in peace, Matt.
Oh, it's real.
This has been a big week for FC Cincinnati. On Monday, the club unveiled its new stadium design. Wednesday night, FCC is hosting the Columbus Crew in the U.S. Open Cup. As I'm writing this, FC Cincinnati has announced that the attendance will eclipse 25,000.
Remarkably, FCC still has a way to go for the matchup to be the highest attended game in the club's history. With 25,000+ sold, it'll be no worse than third. The top two:
- July 16, 2016-- 35,061 vs. Crystal Palace FC (International friendly with team from Premier League)
- October 2, 2016-- 30,187 vs. Charleston Battery (USL playoff game)
For the record, MAPFRE Stadium, the home of the Columbus Crew, seats 19,968. Who knows what the MLS will decide when it adds two teams by the end of the year, but I'm not sure how FC Cincinnati could be positioning itself any better to get that call.
U.S. Open Preview
I like golf an awful lot. This week, the best in the world are in Wisconsin at Erin Hills, site of this year's second major, the U.S. Open. There were some ruffled feathers on Tuesday, when it appeared grounds crews at Erin Hills were clearing some fescue:
Some folks weren't too pleased with this development:
The U.S. Open tests golfers off the tee with the courses' length, but the fairways are typically very wide. In recent years, the USGA and the players haven't seen eye-to-eye on a lot, so maybe these acts from Lee Westwood and Kevin Na earlier in the week made them a little sensitive:
Lee Westwood's was funny. Kevin Na's was... interesting. I think it's funny how Na believes it's his responsibility to call the USGA out on the carpet. This guy has one PGA tour win and just two top-tens in majors. Either play better or don't show up.
I don't have a book recommendation this week, instead I'll offer this Sports Illustrated/Golf long read on one of the primary reasons the USGA is in the middle-of-nowhere Wisconsin this week.
If you can't laugh at yourself, and your dad...
Father's Day is coming up this Sunday. If you haven't picked up a gift for your dad, come on. Just go grab him a dozen golf balls or a tie or something. Get on it. The most infamous dad in the sporting world right now: LaVar Ball. Foot Locker did a great job hiding some LaVar Ball shade inside what looked like a "Happy Father's Day" ad:
Zack Cozart is having a fantastic year at the plate for the Reds. On Monday, he took the lead among NL shortstops in All-Star voting. Not only would it be an amazing accomplishment for Cozart to start in an All-Star game, but apparently, there's a donkey in it for him as well:
Fantastic. Additionally, Joey saying if Zack makes it happen, he's gonna talk to his donkey guy. Go ahead and read that again.
What started as a promising week for the Reds after a four game sweep of the St. Louis turned sour after a weekend sweep at the hands of the Dodgers. Richard Skinner has a few modest proposals for this team to get back on track again.
On Saturday, the Reds will unveil the much-anticipated Pete Rose statue on the Crosley Terrace. Our Joe Webb got a look at the physics behind what it takes to pull off a flying Pete Rose.
Stick to sports
A popular pop star may be behind an Instagram account that rates onion rings.
June 14th is also a famous date in Seinfeld history. If you missed it before, I'm a huge Seinfeld fan. Expect to see a reference here at least once every two weeks.
Enjoy your Wednesday everyone.