Sports Today: Reds on Facebook, Buckeye on comeback trail, Peko’s Super Bowl aspirations

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Sports Today: Reds on Facebook, Buckeye on comeback trail, Peko’s Super Bowl aspirations

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Fans try to catch a foul ball during a game between the Reds and the A's on Saturday, June 11, 2016, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff

With there being no point to rehashing the latest Cincinnati Reds loss — they’re due for a six-game winning streak now, right? — here’s a question: Do you care about being able to watch games on Facebook? 

Whether you do or not, you will be able to tonight when the Colorado Rockies come to town. 

While I was writing that story yesterday, I was thinking this seems like a pretty good idea for all involved. 

I don’t really get why Twitter wants to broadcast whole games nor why the NFL would find that to be worth its while (although maybe they are just willing to take money from a company that obviously has no idea what it’s doing and succeeds in spite of itself — that’s getting easier and easier to do these days…), but I can see Facebook making some sense. 

While Twitter is an on-the-go app (unless it’s on in the background while doing something else) that is already constantly updating, Facebook is more something one can settle in with. Surf around, see what’s happening with various people and whatever subjects and news sources you have liked. 

I have an easier time envisioning Facebook serving something to an audience that isn’t necessarily looking for it and having some success hooking new fans. 

While I’m sure reaching current fans (to retain them and increase their engagement) and finding new ones are both appealing to MLB, the latter is probably more important. 

What do you think? 

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With OTAs cranking up around the NFL, there are bound to be plenty of, “So what is THAT guy up to?” stories such as this one on former Ohio State/Centerville standout Michael Bennett. (H/T Land of 10

First Coast News in Jacksonville reports the Jaguars defensive tackle is optimistic big things are in store for his third year in the NFL after hip and calf injuries marred the first two. 

He missed all of last season because of the latter and had surgeries to clean up both. 

“I’m a lot strong than I’ve ever been, same with my quickness,” Bennett said.

“Then just studying football. Going into this year, I’m very optimistic, I feel very good about it, just because I’ve never been this knowledgeable about football, I’ve never been this strong or as fast. My technique has never been this good.”

Bennett is one of the most fascinating guys I covered in my decade-plus on the Ohio State beat.

Not only was he always ready with an informative answer to football questions, he was one of the players who could speak thoughtfully on topics outside the lines like athlete compensation and unionization. 

He was also hell on wheels on a football field and one of the biggest reasons the Buckeyes won the 2014 national championship. 

Bennett found another level in the postseason, dominating inside and giving that OSU defense a different look and snarl against Wisconsin, Alabama and Oregon. 

Hopefully he can make an impact this fall for the Jags… 

Ohio State defensive lineman Michael Bennett speaks to reports at Big Ten Football Media Days at the Hilton in Chicago on Monday, July 28, 2014. David Jablonski

Speaking of NFL defensive lineman, were you bothered by Domata Peko telling Denver media he left Cincinnati for a better shot at winning the Super Bowl with the Broncos

That was one free-agent defection that was not hard to see coming given Peko’s age and the fact the Bengals seem to have been trying to draft his replacement for a couple of years. 

I’m guessing he’ll be missed in the locker room more than on the field, but he had a great career with the Bengals. 

His differentiation between trying to win a playoff game in Cincy and winning a championship in Denver is reasonable since the Broncos recently won the Super Bowl.

It also really doesn’t mean much in the grand scheme of things. 

I mean, it’s based in some fact, at least from an outsider’s perspective. There is a lot of focus on taking that next step and winning a playoff game since that hasn’t been done in so long. 

However, from a practical standpoint… well it’s not likely they will fold up their tents and ignore the following week once that actually happens, so again it doesn’t really matter. 

There is so much parity in the NFL, half the league could go on a run and win it all any given year. Then we spin everything based on that for the next few months. 

As for which team has more realistic hopes of winning the Super Bowl next February? 

Looks like a coin flip. The Broncos and Bengals finished last season 14-15 in Football Outsiders’ team efficiency rankings, and Denver still doesn’t have a quarterback. 

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