Cincinnati is home to many a fine sports team. I could probably write a book about all the teams that graced the city with success and spirit, but, lacking the time and resources, I will have to make do with a single post. The Queen City has a team for every major sport in the area, including football, baseball, basketball, and even soccer. Here is a list of five teams the city is famous for. Sadly, I will not be including the Mighty Ducks, as they don’t exist anymore, which is a shame – they do have a fascinating history.
Cincinnati Bengals are a football team that is over 50 years old. They compete in the NFL and were founded by Paul Brown, who was also the main coach from 1966 to 1975. The team is now owned by his son, Mike Brown. The Bengals have a logo which is the capital letter B with tiger stripes. They appeared 14 times in the NFL playoffs and won 11 championships. They lost two Super Bowls in 1981 and 1988 to San Francisco 49ers.
We also have a solid team when it comes to baseball. The Reds have been around since 1881, meaning that they have been active for over 120 years. This allowed for them to be recognized as the first baseball team in history. During this time, they played almost 21,000 matches. The only dark time in their history was the Black Sox Scandal, in which White Sox were accused of losing intentionally against the Reds in the 1919 World Series.
The reason this scandal tarnished their reputation, apart from not playing fairly, was the fact that this was their first World Series title. The other four wins, two of which were achieved by the Big Red Machine in the 70s, went without such scandals. An interesting fact about this venerable team is that they played the first televised baseball match against Brooklyn.
While soccer isn’t the biggest sport in the US, it does have a global audience and therefore deserves some level of recognition. FC Cincinnati is, by far, the youngest team on the least, having been founded in 2018. The team plays in MLS and originally succeeded the lower division team of the same name, founded in 2016. Its biggest rival in the state of Ohio is Columbus Crew and its president is the former executive of the Cincinnati Bengals, Jeff Berding. It is owned by Carl Lindner III and, because of its infancy, we are yet to see some serious accomplishments on the field.
The East Coast Hockey League has a Cincinnati team as well – the Cincinnati Cyclones.
A minor league ice hockey team is affiliated with the Buffalo Sabers and the Rochester Americans. For a team that was created in 1990, it has done well for itself with 2 Kelly Cups, 3 Conference Championships, and 5 Division Championships. They played in the International Hockey League for 9 years but, after returning to the ECHL, they had to take a break between 2004 and 2006. Their current coach is Matt Thomas.
Last, but not least on our list, is the women’s basketball team – the Cincinnati Bearcats. The team represents the University of Cincinnati and has appeared four times in the NCAA Tournament. They have played almost 1.500 games since 2015 and their current coach is Michelle Clark-Heard. The team, belonging to the NCAA, has both the freshmen and the seniors.