My daily email from the Cincy Business Courier informs me: "Reds Popularity on the Rise". Apparently a poll concluded Cincy is now the 15th most popular MLB team up 3 spots from the last survey.
The article provides no explanation for their rise in popularity but I'd love to hazard a guess at one explanatory factor: more Cincinnatians are devoting their attention to the Reds since the owners/mgmt actually put energy, thought and money into trying to make the Reds as successful as possible both on the field and off it.
The contrasts in ownership styles between the Reds and Bengals could not be clearer. I can see Bengals fans, after years of getting crapped on by Mike & Co, finding it much more palatable to support the Reds with their money...particularly now that there is a young, talented, likable core to the team.