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What the World Looked Like When Miami Last Beat Cincinnati

Miami has not beaten Cincinnati since 2005. Back than, the world was an entirely different place.

Cincinnati v Miami Ohio Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images

2019 will be the 124th edition of the Battle for the Victory Bell between Cincinnati and Miami Ohio. The Bearcats have won 13 in a row, with Miami’s last victory coming back in 2005.

The last time Miami won, the world looked quite different.

Here is a look at some various topics, some related to UC, some not, of what the world looked like back in 2005.

Cincinnati Bearcats athletics

In 2005, Cincinnati was wearing Nike jerseys in their second season under head coach Mark Dantonio, playing in their first season in the Big East.

Since 2005, Cincinnati has had:

  • Five football coaches (Dantonio, Brian Kelly, Butch Jones, Tommy Tuberville, and now Luke Fickell).
  • Two conferences (Big East, American Athletic Conference)
  • Three apparel providers (Nike, Adidas, Under Armour).

Mick Cronin was a year away from becoming the men’s basketball coach.

Luke Fickell was in his first year as Ohio State’s Defensive Coordinator and one of his players was LB Marcus Freeman (now UC Defensive Coordinator), who was a redshirt freshman.

Prior to 2005, Cincinnati played in 8 bowl games. Since the start of the streak in 2006, the Bearcats have played in 10 bowls in the last 13 years.

Miami athletics

2005 was the 12th consecutive winning season for the Redhawks (finished 7-4). In the 13 seasons since, they have just one winning record (10-4 in 2010).

They have played in just two bowl games during this lost streak.

Current coach Chuck Martin was an assistant coach at Grand Valley State, coaching under head coach Brian Kelly and Offensive Coordinator Butch Jones (both, obviously, future Cincinnati head coaches)

College Football

Nick Saban was head coach of the Dolphins

3 of the top 4 teams in Mountain West Conference were TCU, BYU, and Utah (all elsewhere now).

Colorado and Nebraska finished 1-2 in the Big 12 North and Missouri finished 4th (all elsewhere now).

In addition to Cincinnati playing their first year in the Big East, so did Louisville and South Florida (all three left Conference USA). Temple was kicked out of the Big East (due to performance and attendance) prior to 2005 season.

In 2005 there were 28 bowl games. In 2019, there are 40 bowl games.

That season ended with the historic Texas over USC Rose Bowl National Championship victory.

Cincinnati pro sports

Bengals made the playoffs for the first time since 1990 in Marvin Lewis’ third season as head coach.

Reds finished 73-89 and had an outfield of Ken Griffey Jr, Adam Dunn, and Austin Kearns

Top 10 Songs

1. We belong together - Mariah Carey

2. Hollaback Girl - Gwen Stefani

3. Let me love you - Mario

4. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson

5. One, Two Step - Ciara feat. Missy Elliott

6. Gold Digger - Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx

7. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day

8. Candy Shop - 50 Cent

9. Don’t Cha - Pussycat Dolls feat Busta Rhymes

10. Behind these Hazel Eyes - Kelly Clarkson


Highest grossing films (top 5, in order) :

  1. Harry Potter and the Goblet Fire
  2. Star Wars Episode III
  3. Chronicles of Narnia
  4. War of Worlds
  5. King Kong

Batman Begins was released, the first of three blockbuster trilogy movies.

The first Marvel movie was three years away from being released (Iron Man came out on May 2008)

Electronics and Internet

Blackberry and RAZR phones were the two most popular cell phones.

First iPad was released five years later (2010)

YouTube launched (February)

Twitter had yet to launch (March 2006)

Facebook was active for one year (launched February 2004)

United States

George W. Bush was in his 5th year as President of the USA

Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans

Pro Sports Championships

White Sox defeated Astros to win World Series

Spurs beat the Pistons to win the NBA Finals

Patriots beat the Eagles in Super Bowl XXXIX

NHL was in a strike and no Stanley Cup was held

What do you remember about 2005? How was the world different in your eyes, since the last time Miami beat Cincinnati?