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 a downtime in the sports year for the Nati Boys with the Reds struggling, the Blue Jackets out of the playoffs and the Bengals season still several months away. We do our best to find some positives in the Reds season, like cheap tickets and specialty bobble head giveaways. We also talk a little more about the NFL draft and we mock the mock drafters and their lack of accuracy with their predictions. To wrap up the show we transition from sports misery to the misery of getting older as we do a fantasy draft of things we miss about being 17.
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.
The NFL is finally back, with the Draft happening Thursday night. We break down the first round, and have a live reaction to hearing the Bengals selection at 21. Our fantasy draft this week is of “busts” in homage to those first round picks that don’t pan out the way we all think the will. Enjoy the show!
After 50 episodes the Nati Boys are still going strong. We’re talking Bengals free agency on today’s episode and so far we’ve been pleasantly surprised. They’ve managed to resign a few key players in Eifert and Huber and filled some other holes through trades and external signings. Andre Smith and Russell Bodine have both signed elsewhere, which should ultimately lead to an improved offensive line, and there’s a new backup quarterback in town for all of the Dalton haters to start clamoring for. Finally, in honor of our 50th episode, we have a fantasy draft of things that lasted way longer than they should have.
We’re keeping things local this week as the Nati Boys kick off the show by talking about the regular season successes of the UC and Xavier men’s basketball teams. Both schools won regular season conference championships and took home a plethora of team and individual accolades. In the NFL, the Bengals decided not to use their franchise tag this year and we discuss whether or not the team’s first free agent signing will have a big impact on the upcoming season. In baseball, the Reds are struggling to find their bats as spring training gets into full swing but there have been a few bright spots with some of the teams young, up-and-coming stars. To wrap up the show we have a fantasy draft of athletes who went on to noteworthy second careers outside of sports.
The Nati Boys start off 2018 with a loaded NFL show for you! We talk Marvin’s contract extension, Carson calling it quits, #BillsMafia showing love to some Cincinnati charities, and we give you our NFL picks for Wildcard weekend. We also talk about the NCAA football playoffs, and our fantasy draft this week is people we want to replace Jon Gruden on the Monday Night Football broadcast. Enjoy the show!