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.
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 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!
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 →
Who didn't see this coming? It was a head scratcher from day one when the Buccaneers used their second round pick on Roberto Aguayo in the 2016 NFL Draft. Sure, reliable kicking can be hard to find, but unless they are a franchise changing kicker with a cannon for a leg (see: Sebastian Janikowski), there's no reason to use a draft pick, let alone an early round pick on a kicker. They're not even real football players, so in a way it's a crock of shit that they're even eligible for the draft.
Hopefully the rest of the NFL learns from the Bucs' mistake and in turn, kicking gets phased out of the game. Go watch soccer if you wanna see 5'8" 135lb men kick stuff. I'll stick to my 6'7" 285lb tight end colliding with a linebacker and a healthy dose of CTE.
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