Five For Friday

  1. A minor move that could impact the Bengals draft:  Bengals signed running back James Wilder Jr., to a future/reserve contract.  There is a very good chance that Wilder will now stick on the roster next season as a fourth running back. Only players who were not on any NFL team’s active roster when the previous season ended are eligible for these types of contracts.  In 2013, Wilder averaged 7 yards per carry. Wilder was named All-ACC Honorable Mention.  Wilder rushed for 1,363 yards with 20 rushing touchdowns during his career at Florida State University. He entered the 2014 NFL Draft after his junior season.  Wilder is 6’3, 235.
  2. Former Bengal Running Back Ostell Miles has been indicted by a Denver, Colorado grand jury on 44 counts involving stealing cars while posing as a towing company. The counts also include violating Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act and identity theft. The 44 year old Miles was drafted by the Bengals in the 9th round of the 1992 draft out of the University of Houston.  Miles played with David Klingler in Houston and backed up Harold Green and Derrick Fenner for two seasons with the Bengals.
  3. The Reds announced their non-roster spring training invitees.  Most interesting is 29 year old Brennan Boesch who started three years in the outfield for the Detroit Tigers, 2010, 11, & 12. In 2013, Boesch had 53 plate appearances with the Yankees and in 2014, 77 PAs with the Angels.  Boesch will push some roster competition and how embarrassing it would be to see him outplay 37 year old Marlon Byrd.
  4. The Oscar nominees for Best Picture are:
    1. American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper, based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
    2. Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s 12-year chronicle of the life of a boy from kindergarten to college.
    3. Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as an actor who once played a superhero and attempts a comeback on Broadway.

    4. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s offbeat but meticulously drawn story of a concierge played by Ralph Fiennes and his young protege.

    5. The Imitation Game, liberally adapted from the actual life of Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke Germany’s Enigma Code during World War II and was later prosecuted for homosexuality.

    6. The Theory of Everything, about the marriage and early career of scientist Stephen Hawking.

    7. Whiplash, the tense tale of a drummer played by Miles Teller facing off against a teacher played by veteran actor J.K. Simmons.

    8. Selma, Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the events surrounding the Selma civil rights marches of 1964 and the development of the Voting Rights Act.

  5. Six high school basketball teams from northern Kentucky tip off today at NKU’s Bank of Kentucky Center: It is almost certain that one of these teams will be representing the 9th region in the Sweet 16 and Campbell County won the 10th region in 2014.  This is a great opportunity for high school basketball players to showcase their ability on a division I campus.
    1. * Scott vs. Campbell County, 5:30 p.m.
    2. * Cooper vs. Holmes, 7 p.m.
    3. * Covington Catholic vs. Newport Central Catholic, 8:30 p.m.
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