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John Fay has been the Reds beat writer for the Enquirer since 2001. Prior to that, he served in a variety of roles for the Enquirer: backup Reds writer, UC beat writer, backup Bengals writer and as a general assignment reporter. He is a Cincinnati native and a graduate of Elder High School and the University of Dayton.

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Friday, April 18, 2008

New rule

If you mention another poster's name in a post, I'm rejecting it. I don't care what you think of others posters. Keep the conversation to Reds talk.


at 12:51 PM Blogger redsfan said...

Thank you, John. I had stopped reading the comments with so much school-boy bickering back and forth. Let's just give our opinions as Reds fans and let it go. It is a game, not competition to put somebody else down.

at 12:56 PM Blogger bp4..mvp said...

is there any news on any roster moves today??

at 1:00 PM Blogger jdeezman said...


What's the latest on any moves... any rumors or innuendo's that you could leak?

I wouldn't mind it getting "Foggy" in Louisville, or sending another Castro to take over down south. Is it true that there will be a re-release of "Bruce Almighty" in select venue's in Cincinnati?

inquiring minds...

at 1:04 PM OpenID dbltbl550 said...

Way to go John! Most of this fighting is becoming hard to read.

at 1:09 PM Blogger Frank Robinson's Ghost said...

Mr. Fay -

I think that JackBlueAsh, CSA, Redlegg in Colorado, Kevin from Ft. Meyers, Grizzlyfox, Al from Ohio, RobDickens, and all of your other posters are absolute delights. They liven up the blog, and their witty, incisive commentary enhances my enjoyment of the site.

(I guess that got me rejected 7 times over?)

Sorry to bust your chops . . . Heheh. The stuff you have to put up with . . .

I enjoy your writing and your blog, although not usually the comments.

Take care.

at 1:14 PM Blogger Scott said...

Thanks, John. This is a great rule. I read your blog every day and many of the comments just bring it down.

at 1:14 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I still think that George Grande is the worst baseball broadcaster that I have ever heard and when Chris Welch is with him, he is just as bad. Neither of those guys post on here do they? Just Kidding (about them posting).

Hope Bronson Arroyo can manage to get somebody out tonight. If he ever has to rely on a singing career, he will be in big trouble.

at 1:17 PM Blogger Mike Stapp said...

Great Idea J_ _ _ F _ _, well done, this should help out alot.

at 1:21 PM Blogger Jim said...

Sounds good to me! Go Reds! Drop Fogg!!

at 1:28 PM Blogger Pat said...

Maybe you should plug Arroyo's ipod into your blog to loosen us up a bit. Five game losing streaks bring the mean out in everyone.

at 1:43 PM Blogger Brj said...

Who ever thought the job of sportswriter would have to be merged with that of playground supervisor? But, John, it's a good rule.

Any word on roster movement? Please don't tell me they called for Piazza delivery...

at 1:56 PM Blogger REddlegg in Colorado said...

How can you debate with a particular person without using their handle?

Nothing wrong with a little disagreeing & agreeing to disagree.AND maybe SOMETIMES agreeing.

Ok here's my Batting lineup,since everyone else posted their's,I thought I pass mine along.It's has speed at the top,power throughout, & it would work.


at 2:09 PM Blogger Emilio said...


Thank you, John, for all of the great work you do on this blog keeping the Reds nation up to date on the team. Judging from the patterns established, I dare say that there will be many postings that fail to make the cut, if you will.

More baseball talk, people! Less immature, petty sniping!

I am happy to say that I am heading up to Cincy from Orlando on Monday for the four home games next week! Although, I must admit, if Fogg takes the mound on Monday, I may charge the field.

Of course, I am kidding. I must remember to take my medication.


at 2:12 PM Blogger Brad said...

Thanks for implementing the new rule. It will make it more enjoyable to read

at 2:24 PM Blogger ArGee said...


Does the Enquirer demand that you do this blog? It seems like a major hassle for you. I understand your frustration and the attempt to keep it civil. I spend a lot of time on stock message boards. Trust me, you are fighting a losing battle. Either let the posts be what they are or give up. The internet elevates a lot of wimps to sand kickers.

at 2:25 PM Blogger E.H.D. said...

Good Rule. I grew up in Reds country and am i die hard fan now living in New York. This is one of the best ways to get immediate news and info about the organization. Thanks for taking the time to put it up here, it is much appreciated for us 'out of market' fans. However; I can not believe that you have to monitor this yourself. It seems like a large waste of your time weighed against what I would imagine your real responsibilities to be. the paper/site might actually hire someone to monitor the various blogs that occur on the site. Unless of course it is something you enjoy. Regardless, thanks for that as well and perhaps the comments will now stay more focused.

.....Go Reds.

at 2:36 PM Blogger robdicken said...

John, as I said before in another topic, I love your blog. I've never had a problem before the last week of posting around here.

I don't want to argue, and I don't want to bicker. I want to have fun and talk about baseball.

You're right...the constant calling out and name calling of posters needs to cease and desist. If I didn't have CERTAIN PEOPLE using my name in every single post, or referring to me as "Dr. Dicken" because I give factual information about something, then you wouldn't hear a peep from me besides pertaining to the Reds. We ALL can do without the snide remarks.

I'm not here to ruin people's times. I am just here to read about the reds, that's all.

Anyway, time to move on! GO REDS!

at 2:40 PM Blogger jc said...

i don't exactly know how you go about this but i think you have to have another pitcher on the roster. the pen has been well used over the past days and no day off in sight. i guess you can use fogg as a long man... mop up. add starter.... belisle probably gets first chance. i don't really like that volquez threw well over 100 pitches last night. i think you add an arm and somebody has got to go.

at 2:49 PM Blogger Joe said...

Good rule. I've been checking the blogg frequently to see what moves would come today. It will come when and if it does.

Hope Arroyo puts together a good game tonight and does not shy away from using the fastball early.

This should also be the series Dunn and EE convince us they are out of he doldrums.

at 2:54 PM Blogger TimW in SC said...

John, I don't want to break the rule right out of gate, but ehd took the words right out of my head. So no need to duplicate.
Looking very forward to the much anticipated roster shake up today.
Waiting for your upadates!
If we bring up Belisle, will he be out of options?

at 3:15 PM Blogger Mr. Redlegs said...

In the past two days I've seen too awesome snarks on these blogs: Daugherty's use of "spoon-bangers" for Chad Johnson, and ArGee's line of "sand-kickers" for Internet bullies. Let's see if those words caan become verbs on the blogosphere.

at 3:31 PM Blogger JackBlueAsh said...

We don't listen to the TV announcers anymore.This Chris Welch is wishy- washy.

John appreciate the new rules but as I told ya there is nothing wrong with good debate and argument..the internet is not gonna melt

Until people starting threatening one another or using foul language ..just let it roll..Yet..make it fair

we got two tickets from the parents for this evenings game right behind the Reds dugout..Arroyo is due for a win

I would bring all the youngsters up and let em learn on the job. Much rather see Bruce in centerfield and Bailey rather than Fogg


at 4:25 PM Blogger Another losing season said...

While Arroyo always seems due for a win, I feel Sheets will be too much for the Reds to handle tonight. Maybe close but I'm feeling Brewers 5 Reds 2.

at 4:48 PM Blogger Grizzlyfox said...

How did I get included on that list? I don't even post here that much.

at 5:14 PM Blogger NVreds said...

also my analysis on votto: I love this kids eye at the plate, he has a very short compact swing, and he stays very well balanced. I've seen him at the park, but i sat too far away to watch his swing, so the TV is a great way to see the things i couldn't. Dunn is repeating his swing mechanics way better than at the beginning of the year, seems jacoby has been working with him. hows that for analysis from the tele.

at 5:20 PM Blogger NVreds said...

I'm sure he's a fantastic man, but grande annoys me too, I enjoy thom a lot more. Welsh gives good insight on the pitchers and strategies going on, he's better than some of the other teams announcers who seem to never pay attention to the game. I can't see them firing grande though, that would probably create some sort of rift between the new owners and people with long tenures within the front office or business side or former players. That has the potential to distract the team, and they have enough to deal with.

at 5:55 PM Blogger Cheviot Sports Authority said...

I am sure that George Grande is a very good man. I just wish he would shut up once in while or learn how to judge a fly ball. Better yet, retire!

at 6:00 PM Blogger Al in Ohio said...

Hey, I appreciate the shout-out, even if it was tongue-in-cheek! I enjoy the back and forth (as long as it's at least knowledgeable).

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