Now that you’re done having an anxiety attack from thinking about giving yourself an oil change, we can move on.
Don’t get too excited though, this won’t be a regular recurring blog. I don’t drive that often so it takes me a while to hit the standard 5,000-7,500 miles most vehicle manuals suggest for an ol’ swapperoo of the black sludge and overpriced filter. Some auto parts stores give you a free filter when you buy 5-quarts of oil, but these oil change places aren’t so generous. I feel bad saying that because they gave me free coffee and a bottle of water while I wait. Now I feel bad for not considering the free WiFi access they gave me (which isn’t showing up on my list of available networks, but I’m not one to complain about such things). The coffee is a little burnt, which I suspect is a result of it being brewed this morning when they opened at 8am. I don’t want to disappoint anyone that thought this might be a blog about oil changes and the different places people take their cars to get their oil changed (e.g. their parents house, dealerships, a buddy’s place or your favorite local mechanic), but I think I’ll jump into some sports while I wait on my car. Continue reading →
Every year I swear to myself that I won’t get too emotionally invested in the Cincinnati Bengals. Every year I fail. Last year I had pretty much made peace with the fact that they weren’t going anywhere after the abysmal 0-3 start and I could focus on just enjoying the games and not getting too worked up over the outcome. In my dumb brain, ending the season on a miserable note would mean a slew of changes throughout the franchise. Well, whatta ya know, the Bengals won their last two games of the season against the Lions and Ravens and somehow saved Marvin’s job.
Sure, there have been some changes. Center Billy Price appears to be a steal in the draft and it sounds like John Ross is going to be released from Marvin’s Playing Time Purgatory. Add in the arrival of Sam Hubbard, a yoked Carl Lawson, the acquisition of LT Cordy Glenn and Preston Brown, things have to be looking better than last season. Right? Let’s check in with what some of the “experts” over at ESPN and NFL.com are saying. Continue reading →
We got a small taste of the 2018 NFL season last night when the Ravens edged out the Bears in a thrilling 17-16 game in front of 19,876 Cantonites that had nothing better to do on a Thursday night. Did I watch every snap of the game? Of course not. I had a podcast to record with my friends (sans DB) so it was on in the background. Did I enjoy that every time I lost concentration while Whitty tried to help Jefe with his fantasy draft picks I could look over and see NFL on my television? You bet your sweet ass I did.
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.
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.
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 →
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.
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 →