The Rich Professional Sports Past and Present of a Well Known Southeast City of Ohio

Cincinnati is undoubtedly a city with a rich and interesting history. Many people know that the city was once known as Porkopolis due to the large amount of pork produced in the downtown area. However, what some people fail to realize is that there are many other great things about the city in the past and present as well. For example, orthodontics and braces are also known for their quality and excellence.

In addition to excellence in the field of dentistry, Cincinnati also has a rich tradition in professional sports. Currently there are two major pro sports teams in the city, the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB) and the Cincinnati Bengals of the National Football League (NFL). Also, in the now fairly distant past, the Queen City had a basketball team called the Cincinnati Royals, for which NBA hall of famer and University of Cincinnati graduate Oscar Robertson played. In the upcoming paragraphs all three of these interesting professional sports teams will be discussed along with a review of how the two currently existing teams have done in their recent seasons.

The Cincinnati Reds are one of the older teams in professional baseball and in fact used to be known as the Cincinnati Red Stockings. Currently the team plays in the Central division of the National League. In their past the team has had both some excellent success and some truly miserable failures. In fact, from the year 1970 to 1976 the team was given the nickname of “The Big Red Machine”, which was a time of unprecedented success for the team that brought two World Series Championships. The most infamous player of all time was Pete Rose, who on talent and achievements alone deserves to be in the hall of fame. However, his partaking in and admitting to gambling on baseball games while playing has barred him from receiving that magnanimous honor.

The other major professional sports team in Cincinnati is the Cincinnati Bengals of professional football. The team has in fact never won a Super Bowl and was closest when Boomer Esiason played at Quarterback, losing in the Super Bowl to San Francisco. Recently the team has found some success under Coach Marvin Lewis, and they in fact have made the playoffs two times in the past five seasons.

Lastly, the Cincinnati Royals used to be a professional basketball team in the city. A local star from the University of Cincinnati named Oscar Robertson, who is now an NBA hall of famer, was the star of the team and they met with a reasonable amount of success. The team in fact had been moved around all over the nation, originating in Rochester then stopping in Cincinnati and Kansas City before making their final stop in Sacramento where they are now known as the Kings.

Despite the fact that most of them are not horribly successful these days, as anyone can tell from the preceding paragraphs, Cincinnati has a very diverse and rich history in professional sports.

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