On this date:
Sunday afternoon, December 10, 1989
1989 NFL Week 14
Cincinnati Bengals (7-6) versus Seattle Seahawks (5-8)
From Steven Sharp:
The Bengals entered the game as 10.0-point favorites at home, but the visiting Seattle Seahawks had other plans, winning 24-17, on a snowy day in Cincinnati. During a drive, several fans began throwing snowballs toward Seahawks players prior to a play to be run near their goal line. Bengals head coach Sam Wyche ran across the field to Tom Kinder (the Bengals on-field public-address announcer) and used his microphone to admonish those fans by telling fans to point out anyone doing this so that the offenders could be expelled from the stadium. While Wyche's comments excited the fans in attendance, it wasn't enough to inspire his team to victory. The Seahawks scored a tie-breaking touchdown with 3:51 left in the fourth quarter, and the ensuing Bengals drive was stopped on fourth down, as the Seahawks won 24-17.
One week earlier, the Bengals went on the road and defeated the Cleveland Browns, 21-0. Perhaps the Dawg Pound at Cleveland Stadium was still on Sam Wyche's mind that afternoon. Cincinnati Bengals public address announcer Tom Kinder was one of the few public address announcers in the NFL (perhaps the only one) who worked from the sideline rather than from the pressbox. Tom Kinder passed away in April 2005, after serving as the Bengals P.A. announcer for the franchise's first 37 seasons.
6:05, Reds Hot Stove
6:30, Xavier basketball vs Evansville
(Courtesty: Lokomotiv Kuban)
Former Xavier Musketeer Derrick Brown is playing in Russia.
Brown was named MVP of the Russian Professional League for November.
"Brown finished as the Euroleague’s fourth-best scorer in November, with 18 points per game, while also contributing heavily on defense, posting 24 rebounds, 6 blocks and 5 steals. He did all of it with a true shooting percentage of 67.29%."
Brown was a 2nd round pick, 40th overall of the Charlotte Bobcats in 2009.
Brown appeared in 171 NBA games, averaging 5.2 points per game.
From Brad Moorhead: I made this 30 for 30 trailer for my C251 class at Indiana University.
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs for a touchdown during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
Next three weeks are key for Bengals
Coley Harvey, ESPN.com
Playoff berths are on the line and other postseason prizes are at stake, too. If the Bengals win all of their final games games and end the regular season on a 6-0 winning streak, they have a strong chance at claiming the AFC's No. 2 playoff seeding -- along with the first-round bye and home-field advantage that would come along with it.
Terence Newman expected to miss 1-3 weeks
Reedy's report card
CBS: Texans should consider Mike Zimmer
Bengals depth pulls ranks
As the Bengals built their team in the offseason, the pundits insisted that head coach Marvin Lewis had the deepest of his 11 teams and that Cincinnati had one of the deepest depth charts in the NFL. Everyone now seems vindicated looking at the league stats heading into Week 15 that came out Monday morning with the Bengals and Saints the only teams ranked in the top 10 in both offense and defense in a week Cincinnati can clinch the AFC North title.
It’s difficult to single out any one performance on the Bengal offense with how many great ones there were; the O-line was sensational, Gio Bernard continues to make a case for offensive rookie of the year, but how about the play of Jermaine Gresham. The tight end had what may have been the best all-around game of his career, grading at +4.6, solid in all three phases on offense.
Dalton delivers another win
Todd Jones, Columbus Dispatch
Three seasons and 28 victories into his NFL career, the daily debate about Andy Dalton shows no signs of dipping below hurricane force.
Sheldon: Reds engage in talks, but no deals yet
Price embraces high expectations
Mark Sheldon, MLB.com
How does a team like the Reds take the next step? Price suggested first looking at the Red Sox and Cardinals, who reached the World Series this year. He liked how both teams grinded and did not take stretches of games off and understood the importance of every at-bat and opportunity.
The Reds also need to look within to find what was missing from their performances.
Price on Chapman/MLB Radio
Source tells me free agent pitcher Bronson Arroyo is very interested in #Pirates. I hear club is interested, too.— Rob Biertempfel (@BiertempfelTrib) December 9, 2013
Rangers meet with Choo
Dallas Morning News
According to a major league source, the Rangers met with Choo’s representative, Scott Boras, for the second time this off-season Monday. But they also had an “amicable” meeting with Adam Katz, who represents Nelson Cruz. And there is always the possibility that Japanese pitcher Masahiro Tanaka will be “posted” soon, which could completely overhaul the team’s priorities.
Brett Gardner could be traded as Yankees try to fill holes
As Seg would say, the Holy Grail Banks was "packed and stacked" Monday night for Bengals Line. We had a record breaking crowd. Thanks to our special guests: AJ Green and Devon Still.
Quotes of note:
Lap: AJ Green is the most humble superstar I've ever met.
AJ on blocking: I don't want to let guys down. I don't want them to say, 'don't run to his side, he won't make the block."
AJ: Some guys come into this league to be good, I want to put on that jacket, I want to be great.
Devon: "we have good players on the field, but they are even better people off the field."
Listen to podcast here:
Hour 1: Devon Still
Hour 2: Marvin Lewis, 7:05.....AJ Green 7:30
AJ arrived around 7:30. He took a group of kids shopping at Dick's Sporting Goods with Jermaine Gresham, BenJarus Green-Ellis and Carlos Dunlap.
Hour 3: AJ Green until 8:30
Join us for Bengals Line!
Special guests: AJ Green and Devon Still
Who: Lap, me and Bengals players
What: Bengals Line
When: Monday night, 6-9pm
Where: Holy Grail Banks
Why: To talk Bengals, hear from the players, win cool prizes, enjoy great food and drinks.
I believe the Bengals will hand out autograph tickets, prior to the start of the show.
I will forward that info if/when I get it.
Final: Bengals 42 Colts 28
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Andy Dalton #14 of the Cincinnati Bengals runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
*9-4 with 3 games to go....3rd seed....hold tiebreakers over Pats and Colts.
*Patriots scored 13 points in 30-seconds to beat Browns 27-26 and prevent Bengals from grabbing 2-seed.
*Bengals 6-0 home. Undefeated at home in 1973, 1982 (4-0 strike), 1988. Undefeated at home this year: Bengals, Seahawks, Broncos, Saints, Patriots.
*3 straight winning seasons 1st time since 1975 (11-3), 1976 (10-4) and 1977 (8-6). 2nd time franchise history.
*Nice to see O put D on shoulders for a change.
*42, 41, 49 Bengals points three consecutive games at PBS, a franchise record.
*Bengals 3 games of 40+ points at home is a franchise record for a season.
*Last time Bengals scored 40+ three times season: 1981...41 at Balt, 40 at SD, 41 at Cleveland.
*Colts 2nd least penalized team this year...but 2 killer personal fouls Sunday....penalties led to 5 first downs for Bengals.
*AJ/Marvin 8 TD catches each. Last time 2 Bengals had at least 8 TD catches same season: TJ 12, Chad 8 in 2007.
*Dalton better head-to-head QB rating than Luck, Ben, Brady, Rodgers, Stafford and Rivers.
*Neither team committed turnover...neither team had a sack.
*Paging Robert Mathis, paging Robert Mathis.
Home: 6-0, 63%, 14 TD, 5 INT, 98.9 rating
Road: 3-4, 61.2%, 11 TD, 11 INT, 80.0 rating
*Andy: 24 of 35, 275 yards, 3 TD/Green, Jones, Gresham, TD run, QB rating: 120.5
*Dalton last 6 quarters: 33 of 48 (69%), 424 yards, 4 TD, 0 INT
*Big game/bad weather win for Andy.
*Bengals 6 plays 20+ yds…(29,29,28,22,22,20)…ties 2nd most of (Green Bay)…most 7 vs Buf.
*A do-it-all day for Gio. 12 rushes 99 yards, 4 catches 49 yards….148 total yards.
*Bengals rushed 35 times/155 yards (4.4) and passed it 35 times.
*Nice answer after Colts cut 21-14...60 yard drive....Andy to Gresh, 28-14.
*Andy to AJ, TD, 35-14, like taking candy from a baby.
*Andy 5 for 5 start, got AJ/Gresh involved. Connected with 7 of 9 players targeted.
*Marvin Jones 29-yards on beauty from Dalton, TD...8th. Great extension MJ.
*Jones: 3 catches/4 targets, 60 yds, TD…previous 3 games: 4 catches/12 targets, 23 yds, 0 TD.
*10 plays/83 yards, TD, opening drive...Dalton 6 of 7.
*4th and Goal TD? BJGE, I'll take it. 14-0.
*Dalton: 21 of 32, 288 yards, 2 TD, 0 INT combined 2nd half SD/1st half Indy.
*BJGE TD run, 21-0.,...9 plays/80 yards start 2nd half
*6 of 12 on 3rd down.
*I think this Whit at LG thing might just work.
*0 sacks three games row? Dalton 92 consecutive pass attempts w/o sack. Last sack :21 left 4th vs Baltimore.
*How valuable are Anthony Collins and Mike Pollack?
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: A.J. Green#18 of the Cincinnati Bengals catches a touchdown pass during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
*excellent 3rd down: 2 of 10
*Bengals allowed 4 TD passes Sunday. Had allowed 4 TD passes in previous 5 games combined.
*Big 3 and out after offense gave 28-14 lead.
*Reggie Nelson/Adam Jones miss Rogers by not wrapping, 69 yds, 21-7.
*really weak effort/6 missed tackles=19-yard TD pass Luck to Brazill, 21-14.
*Luck 1st visiting QB to throw multiple TD since Peyton Manning, November 4, last year.
*Brandon Thompson nice deflection on screen.
*Adam Jones 3rd down PBU twice in 1st QT.
*3rd down pressure Gilberry forced incompletion.
*Beauty deflection Reggie Nelson on what looked like TD pass
*Vinny 3rd down coverage vs Fleener forces incompletion
*Iloka out with head injury. Newman out knee injury. Trouble.
*Huber 59 yard bomb, 30 yard not bomb, 70 yard rocket....2 touch backs entering game/2 touch backs Sunday.
*Why did Tate run ball out? Then returned next KO 44-yards...
*Tate 43 yard PR...blocks JK and Alex Smith.
*Dre delivered again.
CINCINNATI, OH - DECEMBER 08: Adam Jones #24 of the Cincinnati Bengals pumps up the crowd before the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Paul Brown Stadium on December 8, 2013 in Cincinnati, Ohio. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)
Don't sleep on the Bengals. They are for real.— Pete Prisco (@PriscoCBS) December 9, 2013
When it comes to knocking off Broncos, Bengals better suited than Patriots
The Sporting News
The Bengals have the run defense to contain the Broncos, and the pressure package to get to Peyton Manning, much bigger assets than what New England and Indianapolis have to offer in that matchup when there’s more on the line on the road.
Current playoff picture: 3 Bengals hosting 6 Ravens
Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com: Time for the offensive line to take a bow. They had their third straight game without a sack, rolled up 4.4 yards per rush on 38 carries on Sunday and left tackle Anthony Collins helped blank a star rusher for the third time in his third start of the season as Andrew Whitworth moved to left guard.
Joe Reedy, Enquirer: Andy Dalton just might be the Billy Joel of NFL quarterbacks. As we have seen during his two-plus seasons in Cincinnati no one go to extremes as much as he does.
Paul Dehner Jr, Enquirer: Andy Dalton and the Bengals offense of October returned with the first home game of December. With Good Andy in tow Cincinnati amassed its most impressive offensive output in nearly a month throwing and running all over the Colts.
Peter King, SI: 7. Cincinnati (9-4). Tough call, where to put the Bengals right now. This is probably the best Cincinnati team since the Boomer Esiason days. Andy Dalton, with three games to go, is 25-16 in the touchdown-to-interception ratio; last year he was 27-16 for the season. The difference? He should throw for 4,000 yards this year for the first time, thanks to Marvin Jones giving him a legitimate second option at receiver.
Jeff Triplette explains review of BJGE TD
Kevin Goheen, Fox Sports Ohio: Winning this division isn’t enough. There has to be an attitude that comes with the winning that will propel them to a deep postseason run. The Bengals seem to have it.
Joe Kay, AP: A disputed call went the Bengals' way — not that they absolutely needed it. Getting Andy Dalton back in form was quite enough.
Coley Harvey, ESPN: What it means: The Bengals are finally showing the football world that they are who many of us in the preseason thought they would be. Now that the end of regular season is almost here, the Bengals are preparing for a postseason run by flexing their muscles against teams they have to beat. Following last week's seven-point win on the road at San Diego, this weekend's dismantling of a division leader proves that they ought to be taken seriously during the postseason.
Belk Bowl fan guide
Complete bowl schedule HERE
How the coaches votes in USA Today Top 25 poll:
Tommy Tuberville: UC 25, OSU 6
Brian Kelly: UC --, OSU 7
Mark Dantonio: UC --, OSU 4
Urban Meyer: UC 22, OSU 5
CINCINNATI - The University of Cincinnati football team will face the University of North Carolina from the Atlantic Coast Conference in the 2013 Belk Bowl on Dec. 28, 2013 at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C.
The game will kickoff at 3:20 p.m. ET and air on ESPN.
UC will make its second straight appearance in the Belk Bowl. The Bearcats (9-3) defeated Duke in a 48-34 thriller in Charlotte in 2012. Multi-Grammy nominee and CMA Entertainer of the Year Blake Shelton will be the featured act at the 2013 Belk Bowl FanFest, taking place outside the stadium before the game. The Belk Bowl FanFest is free to the public and will begin at 11:00 a.m., with Shelton scheduled to begin his performance at 1:30 p.m.
The Bearcats (9-3) and Tar Heels (6-6) have met twice on the gridiron with UNC holding a 2-0 edge in the series. The teams first met on Oct. 6, 1979 with the Bearcats dropping a 35-14 road decision to No. 18 UNC and last met on Sept. 14, 1991, a 51-16 Tar Heels win in Chapel Hill.
Tickets are on sale now at CATSTIX.com, start at $50 and are available at four pricing levels: club seats ($100), lower sideline ($85), lower endzone ($75) and upper level ($50). All handling and shipping fees are included.
UCATS members and football season ticket holders can purchase club seats for $100, lower sideline seats at $70, lower endzone sections at $60 and upper level tickets at $50. In order to access the discount patrons must log in to their account at CATSTIX.com and then click buy tickets.
Tickets are available for purchase by all fans, including UCATS members, students and the general public. Seating assignments will be determined by UCATS tier level and then priority points within the tier level. Fans are strongly encouraged to order tickets online to avoid long wait times on the phone or in person at the Athletics Ticket Office.
All individuals who buy or donate tickets through UC will receive two (2) tickets to a future American Athletic Conference men's basketball game.
HOW TO BUY: Fans can visit CATSTIX.com immediately to purchase tickets.