Wow....from Bengals.com Since getting off to a 5-0 start against teams with a winning record in 2009, they are 4-19 against winners and haven't beat once since last year's Nov. 6 win Tennessee over the 4-3 Titans
Hoard: Esiason on Dalton and leadership
Cueto was jobbed
This really should be an argument between Kershaw and Cueto, but Cueto’s already been excused from the competition. Cueto faced tougher opponents than two of the finalists, pitching in the toughest park of any of them, and generated the most value. Set aside why he isn’t a finalist -- why didn’t he win? And the answer to that will no doubt be as varied as the 32 voters themselves. Maybe they’ll have picked Kershaw, which would be a great selection. But if anybody was going to unseat the big Dodgers lefty and win the award this year, it should have been Cueto.
The Roundtable Show
Brian Billick, NFL analyst and coach of the Super Bowl XXXV champion Baltimore Ravens, will check in tonight at 7:05. He teams with Thom Brennaman for the Fox call of Bengals-Giants on Sunday.
Bengals: No sell out
Ticket sales for Sunday’s Bengals home game against the New York Giants remain several thousand short of a sellout, and thus the game will not be televised in the Bengals home markets of Cincinnati, Dayton and Lexington, Ky. This week’s game is the first of five Bengals regular-season home games this season not to sell out.
Remaining tickets for the Giants game can be obtained by calling the Bengals Ticket Hotline at 513-621-8383 (also toll free at 1-866-621-8383), or by going online to Bengals.com. Additionally, the Paul Brown Stadium ticket office will be open until 5 p.m. today, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the Paul Brown Stadium north ticket office will open at 9 a.m.
The Giants are defending NFL champions, and this week the Bengals become only the second team to host back-to-back visits by the Manning brothers, as Giants QB Eli Manning will appear following a game last week against Denver and QB Peyton Manning. In conjunction with Veterans Day commemorations across the nation, the Bengals on Sunday will present a number of “Salute to Service” activities, including crowd participation in a stadium-wide card stunt.
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6:05, The Roundtable Show w/ John Thornton
8:05, Mick Cronin Show
Big East preview
4. Cincinnati Bearcats
I love Sean Kilpatrick's game, and I think things could break his way toward getting him on the Big East First Team in four months. The Bearcats lose big man Yancy Gates, but those who followed Cinci in wake of that Xavier brawl last year, when Gates was forced to sit six games, will remember how the team was better without him. In a macro sense, I don't know if that's true, but I think it is and we'll find out for sure this year. Bearcats fans railed against us harder than any other fan base re: our preseason lists and who we left off. Cashmere Wright was neglected from our top 50 point guards, and I think there's an easy case to be made that he should be on there. He'll probably prove it this year. Cinci's schedule isn't great (again) but it is an upgrade from last season, so if UC plays as well as I've pegged them here, expect a really nice seed and a continued rebirth of a proud program under Mick Cronin.
Better know the enemy: Bengals
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Lewis has a 72-79-1 record as Bengals coach, he's never won a playoff game and he's the owner of a new contract extension that takes him through the 2014 season.
Coughlin never enjoyed that kind of job security until after he won a second Super Bowl, something that probably says everything you need to know about why the Giants are the Giants and the Bengals are the Bengals. There are plenty of other ways, including the Bengals' refusal to employ a general manager or much in the way of scouting, but their happiness with the job that Lewis has done speaks volumes.
Making a fetish of mediocrity is the surest way to guarantee that your team continues to reside in that neighborhood and the Bengals do it like few other teams in football. There are some star players in Cincinnati, but the roster drops off tremendously after the first few names and that leaves them eternally vulnerable to the opposition.
Bengals missing fourth-quarter magic
Paul Dehner, CBS Sports
Andy Dalton and the Bengals are no stranger to what it feels like to lead a late game-winning drive. It became the team's calling card last year when the Bengals engineered five fourth-quarter comebacks, including four by the then-rookie quarterback en route to a playoff berth.
Only, with essentially the same personnel, the late magic hasn't translated to 2012. Each defeat in the current four-game losing streak came with the game within one possession in the final 10 minutes.
They have yet to put together a single fourth-quarter comeback victory this year.
2012 Award Finalist
Baseball Writers Association of America
NL Rookie of Year
Todd Frazier, Reds
Bryce Harper, Nationals
Wade Miley, Diamondbacks
NL Manager of Year
Dusty Baker, Reds
Bruce Bochy, Giants
Davey Johnson, Nationals
NL Cy Young Award
R.A. Dickey, Mets
Gio Gonzalez, Nationals
Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
Questions about the voting process
Billy Watch: 2-3, 2B, 2RBI, BB, SB (9), .275
Jocketty on Ludwick, Chapman and Votto
The Reds view Aroldis Chapman as a starting pitcher long-term and they could make him a starter in 2013 if they acquire a free agent reliever. “If we re-sign Ryan Madson or [Jonathan] Broxton or someone else it would allow us to move Chapman to the rotation,” Jocketty said. Pitching coach Bryan Price feels strongly that Chapman can become a top of the rotation starter.
How about a low risk/high reward CF?
Grady Sizemore looking for a team.
Age: 29, LH, '12 salary $5M
2012: Missed season due to back/knee injuries
2011: .224/.285 in 71 games
Injuries a constant problem. Played 0, 71, 33, 106 games last 4 years
Played all game in 2006/2007 with a streak of 382 consecutive games played into the 2008 season.
Over three-year span starting in 2009, missed more games (276) than he played (210)
3 time All-Star
From 2005-08 averaged 27 HR, 81 RBI, 29 SB, 41 2B
Gold Glove 2007, 2008
Jones wants fans to fill Nippert
“It’s the entire story of our football team,” Jones said at his weekly press conference. “I still think it’s not being told. All of the great things that are going on here is not being told. If the city of Cincinnati wants to embrace something that’s part of their DNA, it’s our football program.
Ranking head-coaching candidates
8. Butch Jones, Cincinnati Bearcats
At 6-2 this season, Jones is getting frustrated about support. That's the constant uphill battle in Cincy, where it's largely a pro audience -- a big reason why Brian Kelly and Mark Dantonio left for jobs in more visible college spots. Although Jones has undoubtedly wanted to distance himself from those before him, be his own man and all that, it probably helps in hiring circles to see Kelly and Dantonio doing well in high-profile jobs. If a good Big Ten job comes open in the next few years, Jones would be a solid option.
Low expectations for Xavier after nightmarish offseason
"I think part of it is discouraging," Redford said. "Anytime you get news one of your teammates may have to leave the team or the school, you care about that guy, care about him, you've been in practice with him day after day. You're saying goodbye to a good friend.
"It's a matter of sticking together."
Cincinnati Commandos suspend operations for 2013
NFL player survey: Which coach would you most/least like to play for?
NFL playbooks: There is an app for that
Check out Willie Anderson's son
Jair Anderson is a Freshman QB who played the 2012 season for Cambridge High School's JV Team.
Big Blue Nation Cares Raises $500,000 for Superstorm Sandy Relief
(UK Athletics/Michael Reaves)
Lexington, Kentucky, November 8, 2012 — The Big Blue Nation Cares – Rebounding from Sandy telethon hosted by University of Kentucky Men’s Basketball Coach John Calipari and WKYT TV raised $500,000 for Superstorm Sandy Relief.
“We had an amazing night of support for the important work of the American Red Cross,” said Bluegrass Region of the American Red Cross CEO Terry Burkhart. “We are so thankful to Coach Calipari, WKYT, and all the donors for stepping up to help those affected by this terrible disaster.”
Fundraising efforts got a big boost early when John Schnatter, founder of Papa John’s pizza called in to report $1 from every pizza sold on November 7 will be donated to the relief efforts. Schnatter estimated that could total up to $400,000.
“When you consider the money raised on the phones, on-line, through the auction, and with Papa John’s contributions we hope to surpass $1 million,” said Burkhart.
Remember 'The Big Dog'?
Tim Lewis is the color analyst for Idaho State University football and he's hosting a morning Sports Talk Radio show. I worked with Tim on 1160 WBOB and ESPN 1530. He also did news on 700 WLW.
5th/3rd Bengals Trivia
Each week I will post a Bengals trivia question. I will randomly select one winner each week. Each winner will be entered into an end of the year drawing for 2 suite tickets for Bengals vs Ravens at PBS on Sunday, December 30. Weekly winners will be notified by email. ONE ENTRY PER PERSON. Weekly deadline is noon on Friday.
Send answer to: LanceMcAlister@clearchannel.com
QUESTION: Name the two non-QBs in franchise history that have thrown at least 2 career TD's for the Bengals.
Last week: 12 times in franchise history the Bengals have had both a 1,000-yard rusher and 1,000-yard receiver in the same season. Name the first RB/WR duo to accomplish the feat for the Bengals, and name the year. Answer: 1981, Pete Johnson rushed for 1,077 yards and Cris Collinsworth had 1,009 receiving yards.
Help save lives
My son Casey was diagnosed with leukemia (AML) 10 years ago. He needed a bone marrow transplant to save his life. Nobody in our family was a match. We were at the mercy of the national registry of bone marrow donors. A mother in the Boston suburbs was close enough to a match for doctors to attempt the transplant. Today Casey is a healthy 12 year old in 7th grade. He plays baseball and runs cross country. A perfect stranger saved his life. You can help save lives by registering as a donor. Please read the event info below.
Be The Match: Bone Marrow Drive
When: Saturday, November 17 from 10A.M.-2:00 P.M.
Where: Yelton's Jewlers (parking lot) 9263 Schulze Dr., West Chester, OH
Who: The age range for donors is 18-44.
What: Bone marrow drive.
How: Registering is as simple as a swab of the cheek to get on the registry.
Why: Save lives. Yelton's Jeweler's is an advocate because Mr. Yeltson received a transplant, but is no longer with us. Yelton's will be giving away prizes that day as well.
From Krista Crawford: I was diagnosed with AML in 2009. When my sister was not a match, I was devastated. I needed a bone marrow transplant to be there for my children and husband. Rainer Schuter saved my life! He was my donor. Please get swabbed and help a chlid or adult be with their family. 70% of patients don't have a matching donor in their family. Please help us save lives. Visit my website for more on my story and to donate. Thank you so much for helping on this. My three kids have a mom because of Rainer Schuter, who lives in Germany. He got on the list two weeks before I was diagnosed because he heard a colleague talking about it. If it weren't for that person spreading the word I might not be here. Statistics show 70% of family don't match. We need Be The Match to connect all these people and give them hope. Male donors are better for woman that have had kids. Our survival rate is better due to our antibodies not fighting each other. The James Cancer Hospital did my transplant with Dr. William Blum.
NFL Films Presents "All About the QB". The episode focuses on former Bengals QBGreg Cook. Bob Trumpy narrates the episode with clips of interviews from Cook, Bill Walsh, Paul and Mike Brown. Sam Wyche and Ron Jaworski offer present-day insights about Cook. It will re-air on NFL Network on Friday at 4:30 p.m. and Saturday at 1:30 p.m.
This is NOT from the episode, but it is a look at Cook's career:
Channel 9 looked back at Cook's career when he died in January of 2012
She did what?
Read her story