Discussion for today:
Who best represents the Mt Rushmore of Bengals?
Are fans in Cincinnati the epitome of a mid-major fan base?
How does Brandon Phillips compare to Joe Morgan?
I'm considering taking Peyton to a Columbus Crew game. Ever been? Got any advice?
A former ML manager wants robot umps calling ball and strikes. How about it?
The Bengals today signed DE Margus Hunt of Southern Methodist, one of their two second-round selections in the 2013 NFL Draft.
Hunt (6-8, 277) brings rare potential and an intriguing personal story to the Bengals’ plans for continued improvement of their highly ranked defense. A native of Estonia, in northern Europe, he earned international honors as a track thrower (discus, shot and hammer) before coming to U.S. on an SMU track scholarship. When the SMU track program disbanded, he joined the football team and became an immediate factor, despite lacking any gridiron experience. He used his superior height and agility to block 17 career place kicks, including an NCAA-record 10 blocked field goals, and he showed continuous improvement in base defense, closing his career with 16.5 sacks.
The Bengals have now signed seven of their 10 selections from the 2013 draft. Signed previously were LB Sean Porter of Texas A&M (fourth round), G Tanner Hawkinson of Kansas (fifth round), HB Rex Burkhead of Nebraska (sixth round), WR Cobi Hamilton of Arkansas (sixth round), OT Reid Fragel of Ohio State (seventh round) and C T.J. Johnson of South Carolina (seventh round).
Votto forges bond with Rose
"Early in my career, Pete kept an eye on me," Votto said, "and the one piece of advice he gave me was, 'When you get the second hit, get the third hit. And when you get the third hit, get the fourth hit. And when you get the fourth hit, get the fifth hit.' That really stuck with me, because it's a genuine challenge when you're tired, or you're sick, or the score is mismatched, or you're facing a tough pitcher, or you're not in a good mood that day. Whatever it is."
Grantland: The 20 types of depressed sports fans
Here is your 2013-14 College Football Bowl schedule
This is fantastic!
I went to the dentist this morning. I felt like Kramer afterwards.
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Peyton is a 6th grader!
MLB Power Rankings based on food
1. Cincinnati Reds
Final: Reds 4 Mets 0
Reds move to season high ten games over .500 at 28-18.
How about Mike Leake? Last 7 starts: 43.1 innings, 11 ER, 2.28 ERA
It's the 6th shutout of the year for the Reds and the 17th time allowing 2 runs or fewer.
Jocketty not strongly looking for RH bat
With Cueto back, steadily rolling Reds are even better
It's a reasonable assessment that the Reds' current midpack standing in relief ERA is going to get better, not worse, as the season goes on. Relievers can be unpredictable, but the best way to have a good relief corps is to have a lot of good arms, and the Reds have that.
In fact, the Reds' biggest worry may have absolutely nothing to do with their own roster. It's the team in front of them.
Have Reds benefited from easy schedule?
So the Reds have played an easier schedule. But what's the difference between a .515 winning percentage and .484? Over 162 games, we're talking about an 83-win team on average versus a 78-win team, so while the Reds have played an easier slate than the Cardinals -- Cincinnati has played the Marlins seven times, for example, while St. Louis is yet to play them -- I don't see it as a huge benefit. An advantage? Yes.
Bob Brenly wants robot umps calling balls and strikes
Top 10 QB's 25 or under
9. Andy Dalton, Cincinnati Bengals
Dalton has an opportunity to make a Pro Bowl or two and make more playoff appearances. But he still has a lot to work on before he's a top-shelf guy. At best, he could have a Jeff Garcia-like career. Something closer to Jim Harbaugh or Steve DeBerg seems more likely.
AAC considers creating a bowl game in South Florida
Cronin proud to be an 'American'
Mike DeCourcy, The Sporting News
“Our conference is still going to be major,” Cronin said. “The thing about being in a league with football, your brand is on ESPN in August. That allows you to start promoting your basketball brand. I think that was probably a problem for the Atlantic 10, and now could be for the Big East. There’s definite positives to the football factor.”
High school Football
Schedule announced: Skyline Chili Crosstown Showdown
Peyton: The softball player
ProFootballTalk.com is accepting nominations for the Mt Rushmore of each NFL team.
Today it's the Bengals. PFT is looking for the George Washington, Abe Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson and Theodore Roosevelt of the Bengals. What four individuals best represents the history of the Bengals franchise? Nominate in the comment section below.
Email of the day:
From listener Matthew
Why doesn't the media around here get serious about drawing more positive attention to our local sports teams? Whether its....
*Reds being great, but hearing non-stop from media and fans how our manager sucks.
*How our NFL team has an owner with some evil diabolical plan to make sure we never have a good football team and a coach who doesn't know anything about winning.
*UC, where our basketball coach will never meet the gold standard, yet the departed coach left here after overachieving so much that in 16 years of NCAA tournaments he never once beat a team seeded higher than him.
*A UC football team who no one in this town believes is worthy of belonging in the Sun Belt conference, much the SEC conference.
Are we ever going to tackle the issue on why our fan base in Cincinnati is the EPITOME of a MID-MAJOR fan base? We find excuses why we suck at everything. Its pathetic how this city is about its teams and its no wonder why the National Media, National Conferences and people across the nation do not take Cincinnati serious. Until the media and fan base tackle this issue then we will always be a Mid-Major city when it comes to sports.
Agree or disagree? Comment below.
I could use your help
Ever been to a Columbus Crew game? I'm thinking about taking Peyton to see a game for the first time? Any advice? Drop me a comment below.
What do you think?
Mike Tanier, of Sports on Earth, says Andy Dalton is an average NFL QB.
What do you think? Can you win with average? What needs to happen for Dalton to be better than average? Leave a comment at the link below.
Mandatory Monday: The Average QB
Mike Tanier, Sports on Earth
The average NFL quarterback is 16th best in the world at his profession. The 16th most beautiful woman in the world -- Olivia Wilde, according to Maxim -- could dispel logical thought from your brain with a glance. The 16th best guitarist in the world -- Derek Trucks, according to Rolling Stone -- can shred your face. The 16th best quarterback in the NFL, according to me, is Andy Dalton. You wonder if he is good enough.
Bengals begin paper chase
Geoff Hobson, Bengals.com
"I love the offseason they had," says former Bengals safety Solomon Wilcots, one of the heavy hitters in NFL punditry as a CBS-TV and NFL Network staple. "We can see the Bengals as an organization doing as good a job developing their roster as any team in the league.
Rosterology: Where things stand heading into OTAs