Personal Foul Adam Jones

Well, folks, we waited most of the summer for Adam Jones news and we finally have it. For those of you who haven’t seen the fight (view below), Adam Jones was in an altercation with an airport employee (Big Surprise). Before you comment, I understand according to authorities he was defending himself, but come on you’re Adam “PacMan” Jones, just walk away when someone gestures or yells towards you. I have a very hard time feeling bad for someone like Adam Jones who is so easily drawn into an altercation time after time year after year. His temper and inability to just walk away has not only brought him legal trouble/financial ramifications, but it has also cost the Bengals games. It should be obvious based on him still being a free agent, but I really hope the Bengals have finally moved from this clown.

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In Desperate Attempt to Attract OSU Fans, Bengals Choose not to Draft JT Barrett

It’s no secret that Bengals fans are fed up with the organization right now. After five straight years of first-round playoff exits, they’ve failed to make the postseason the past two years. The team seems to be headed in the wrong direction, and without much promise for a quick turnaround. Sprinkle in a handful of on- and off-the-field incidents and you’ve got a level of discontent in the fan base that’s at an all time high. Most feel that the majority of the blame falls with head coach Marvin Lewis, who’s failed to deliver a playoff victory after 15 seasons. For a brief moment this past season, it felt like change was finally on the way when reports surfaced that Marvin did not plan to return next year. That hope was short lived, however. Marvin came out and denied the reports the next day, and Mike Brown offered him a two-year extension after the season ended. For many fans, that was the last straw. Now the team’s leaders are faced with the task of replacing the fans that they’ve driven away. Luckily for them, there’s a massive college fan base just a couple hours up I-71, and they took some pretty obvious steps during the draft to tap into that fan base.

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The Bengals Learn Their Lesson, Don’t Draft QB That Will Cause Fan Uproar

NFL: AFC Wild Card Playoff-Cincinnati Bengals at Houston Texans

I can’t believe I’m saying it, but the Bengals are actually starting to make some moves that make sense. Anyone who has been around the Cincinnati Bengals over the last 3-4 years knows how annoying a very specific sect of the fan base can be the second Andy Dalton began to struggle. Has Andy been good? Yeah. Has he been great? At times. Has Andy been frustrating? Absolutely. The fact remains, he’s been the best QB on the Bengals roster since the day he was drafted.  Continue reading

2018 NFL Draft – Bengals Edition

The 2018 NFL draft is just a day away.  The Cincinnati Bengals (the only team that matters) originally had the 12th pick.  Mike Brown and company, shockingly, made a great trade in moving back from pick 12 to 21 and gaining a franchise LT in Cordy Glenn.  This trade would not have been necessary if Mike Brown would have committed to Andrew Whitworth but the team does get younger and will likely have a few more years out of Glenn.   They did not really lose much moving back 9 spots.  This draft is deep with talent and is not as top heavy as prior years. For what the Bengals need the 21st pick is likely to provide better value.  Most of the players they would consider at 12 and help the team win would be reaches at 12 and great value picks at 21.

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Targets heading into round 1. Some of these guys are a pipe dream at pick 21. Bold players are best case scenario.

By moving back, the Bengals have mostly moved out of a chance to select Mike McGlinchey, Derwin James, Roquan Smith or Tremaine Edwards.  The only guy I’ll be sad about missing out on is McGlinchey as I think he will be a 12+ year starting OT. Continue reading

I Hate Sports and I Quit

Let the record show: Sunday, February 18th, 2018 is the day I finally quit. I’m sick of the constant letdown and disappointment. Its my fault, honestly. I could just become a bandwagon fan like I’ve seen so many people do. I could be a Duke basketball fan, Alabama football fan and alternate between the Patriots and Steelers, whichever was winning the most at the time. Yankees too? Why not? If I’m going all in, I might as well wear a pinstriped Aaron Judge jersey and spit on people as I scream about 27 rings.

 

Instead, I’ve remained loyal to my Cincinnati roots. I even refuse to root for an NBA team with one of the best players that ever lived simply because they’re in Cleveland. Rooting for the Cavs would be so easy, yet I would rather be caught watching Lena Dunham make out with Jake Paul by my grandma than Witness anything King James is doing up north. Sure, I have my on-again off-again relationship with the Denver Nuggets, but we’re like Ross and Rachel from Friends. Will we end up together when it’s all said and done? I guess you’ll have to buy the box set to find out.

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“Seasoned” Backup Veteran Hits Free Agent Market

Well, it is official AJ McCarron has won his grievance case against the Bengals and this means he is officially a free agent as of March. This also means that the botched trade with the Browns, as if it wasn’t bad enough, will sting just a little bit more. Continue reading

Getting Personal: Baseball, The Reds and Hibachi

I was a huge baseball fan from nearly the day I was born.  Baseball was my dad’s favorite sport and he always dreamed of having a son that had a love for baseball just like him and he could coach.  Some of the first memories I have are my dad playing toss with me at home.  We watched Reds games whenever we could.  The games were not all televised back when I was young like today on FSO.  We listened to many games on 700WLW with good ole Marty and Joe (RIP).  I played baseball as year-round as you could in Cincinnati, OH.  We did tournaments in the very early spring and late fall while playing our league and random weekend tournaments through the summers.  In the winter we would go to the batting cages all the time to keep up and not fall behind.  When we would get those random 40 and 50 degree days in the winters we would end up at a local field to take some ground-balls and fly-balls.

iconic duo

The greatest duo in announcing history.

I was a die-hard Reds fan and a statistics guru.  I always knew the entire 25-man roster and could recite players updated statistics every day.  This was quite the incredible feat without the internet.  I lived for looking at the newspaper box scores the next day.  I also was always playing a baseball video game as the Reds because playing as any other team just seemed like a sin.  I remember in one of the first MLB games that allowed you to create a player I was drafted by the Cubs and was so disgusted with it that I have never played that game mode again.

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