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Bengals Draft Picks

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

The Cincinnati Bengals made 10 selections in the 2008 NFL draft in New York this weekend. The Bengals draft picks were made up of 3 wide receivers, 2 outside linebackers, 2 defensive tackles, 1 offensive tackle, 1 safety, and 1 tight end. 

Here is a the list of the Bengals selection:

1   (9) Keith Rivers OLB  USC

2 (46) Jerome Simpson  WR Coastal Carolina

3 (77) Pat Sims DT Auburn

3 (97) Andre Caldwell WR Florida

4 (112) Anthony Collins OT Kansas

5 (145) Jason Shirley DT Fresno State

6 (177) Corey Lynch  S Appalachain State

6 (207) Matt Sherry TE Villinova

7 (244) Angelo Craig DE Cincinnati

7 (246) Mario Urrutia WR Louisville

An issue of concern is why the Bengals selected DT Jason Shirley who was in and out of trouble last season at Fresno State.  The selection just reflects on the management and personnel for Cincinnati.  One would think that after what happened with Chris Henry, that the personnel and management would be smart enough to consider that kind of intangible.  Another interesting pick came in the second round, when the Bengals chose Jerome Simpson from Coastal Carolina, when there were a few other big name and higher ranked wide receivers still avaliable, such as Texas WR Limas Sweed, but maybe Simpson will have an impact for the Bengals and end up being a good pick. 

The players selected won’t make the Bengals have a winning season this year, but lets hope they have the potential to make the Bengals a better team and have a winning season in the future. 

Scarlet Defeats Gray in Buckeyes Annual Spring Game

Monday, April 21st, 2008

The Scarlet team defeated the Gray team 20-7, in Ohio State’s Annual Spring Football Game on Saturday afternoon.  In spite of bad weather, about 76,000 fans still came out to watch the Spring Game.

Quarterback Todd Boeckman started the game out for the Scarlet team and completed 12-of-18 passes for 145 yards and 2 interceptions.  Boeckman scored the first touchdown for the Scarlet team on a 1 yard run. 

Quarterback Joe Bauserman played the most for the Gray team throwing 7-of-14 for 125 yards and threw a 51 yard touchdown pass to Taurian Washington to tie the game at 7 – the only touchdown of the game for the Gray team.    

Kicker Aaron Pettrey made a 48 yard field goal attempt for the Scarlet team to make it 10-7 at half.

Antonio Henton took over for Todd Boeckman and threw 5-of-7 for the Scarlet team, including a 30 yard pass to Ray Small on a drive that setup a 1 yard TD run for Daniel “Boom” Herron to score the other TD to make it 17-7 for the Scarlet team.  Henton also played for the Gray team and completed 1-of-5 for 11 yards. 

Kicker Mike Mattimoe scored on a 24 yard field goal for the Scarlet team in the fourth quarter to make it 20-7.

Brian Hartline had 6 catches for 82 yards to lead the Scarlet team offensively.  Taurian Washington lead the Gray team offensively with 4 receptions for 71 yards and 1 touchdown.

Defensively, Andre Amos lead the Gray team with 8 tackles and Marcus Freeman added 7 tackles.  Austin Spitler lead the Scarlet team with 5 tackles.

Rushing the ball no one really stood out offensivley. Running back Brandon Saine had a disappointing performance with 4 rushes for -4 yards. Another disappointment in the Spring game was not being able to see the #1 high school football recruit Terelle Pryor in action on Saturday because he has not enrolled yet at OSU.

Bengals Release 2008 Schedule

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008

The Cincinnati Bengals released their 2008 schedule for their upcoming season.  According to Espn.com, the Bengals have the 6th toughest schedule in the NFL.  The components that make up the 2008 strength of schedule are opponents’ 07 win percentage, opponents’ 07 wins, and opponents’ 07 losses.  The Bengals opponents’ 07 win percentage is .547 with opponents having 140-116 record. 

The 2008 season doesn’t have any Sunday night or Monday night games like last season.  However, in Week 12, the Bengals get to play at Pittsburgh Thursday night primetime. 

The Bengals 2008 schedule is made up of 8 games against playoff teams from last season, with four of those games at home and four on the road.  The playoff teams from last season on this year’s schedule are Tennessee, the defending Super Bowl Champion New York Giants, Dallas Cowboys, home and home with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Jacksonville Jaguars, Indianapolis Colts, and Washington Redskins.

I don’t expect the Bengals to have a winning season this year.  Hopefully I will be wrong and be in for a pleasant suprise.

WK DATE OPPONENT TIME (ET)
1 Sun, Sep 7 at Baltimore 1:00 PM
2 Sun, Sep 14 Tennessee 1:00 PM
3 Sun, Sep 21 at NY Giants 1:00 PM
4 Sun, Sep 28 Cleveland 1:00 PM
5 Sun, Oct 5 at Dallas 4:15 PM
6 Sun, Oct 12 at NY Jets 1:00 PM
7 Sun, Oct 19 Pittsburgh 1:00 PM
9 Sun, Nov 2 Jacksonville 1:00 PM
10 Sun, Nov 9 at Houston 1:00 PM
11 Sun, Nov 16 Philadelphia 1:00 PM
12 Thu, Nov 20 at Pittsburgh 8:15 PM
13 Sun, Nov 30 Baltimore 1:00 PM
14 Sun, Dec 7 at Indianapolis 1:00 PM
15 Sun, Dec 14 Washington 1:00 PM
16 Sun, Dec 21 at Cleveland 1:00 PM
17 Sun, Dec 28 Kansas City 1:00 PM

Columbus Destroyers Lose and Other Interesting Information

Monday, March 31st, 2008

The Orlando Predators defeated the Columbus Destroyers 47-44 on a last-second field goal as time expired Saturday night in front of 13,035 fans in Columbus, Ohio on Huntington Field at Nationwide Arena. 

This is the Columbus Destroyers 5th season as a franchise since relocating to Columbus and having their inaugural season in 2004.  Originally, the franchise was located in Buffalo, New York and the team was called the Buffalo Destroyers.  This is a timetable of significant points of the team history. The Destroyers are owned by Jim Rennaci, John H. McConnell, majority owner of the Columbus Blue Jackets, Steve Germain, and current Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver and former Ohio State football player Joey Galloway. 

Here are some other famous Ohio State football players and coaches that are involved with the Columbus Destroyers.  Legendary Ohio State football coach Earle Bruce was named the first head coach and general manager of the Columbus Destroyers.  NFL great and former Ohio State linebacker Chris Spielman first joined the Destroyers as the team’s Director of Football Operations.  Two former Ohio State football players are on the team roster of the Columbus Destroyers.  Quarterback Justin Zwick is the backup quarterback and defensive back EJ Underwood, who played with Ohio State for a few seasons, before transferring to Pikeville College both play for the Destroyers.

Those that aren’t familar with Arena football, the rules are different than college football and NFL.  Check out the AFL rules and see the difference.

The Columbus Destroyers dropped to 1-4 on the season.   The Columbus Destroyer’s next game is at home on Saturday April 5th at 7PM against Tampa Bay.

Pryor Commits to Ohio State

Monday, March 24th, 2008

Terelle Pryor, the #1 high school quarterback football recruit in the 2008 class finally announced his decision and signed a letter of intent last week on March 19th to play football in 2008 for the Ohio State Buckeyes. 

Pryor’s final 4 choices were Ohio State, Michigan, Oregon, and Penn State.  This is bad news for new Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez and the Michigan football team.  Since Pryor chose not to sign with arch-rival Michigan, Michigan has no advantage over Ohio State nor anything going for them like how Ohio State has this upcoming season.

ESPN provides an intriguing timetable of Terelle Pryor through the recruiting process and other significant points playing high school football.

Ohio State’s 2008 football recruiting class is currently ranked 4th in the nation. The recruiting class is made up of 20 commitments, which include four 5 star recruits – tieing Florida for the most 5 star recruits.  The other three 5 star recruits include wide receiver DeVier Posey, and Rivals #1 offensive linemen Mike Adams and offensive linemen Michael Brewster.   The remainder of the recruiting class is nine 4 star players and seven 3 star players.

It should be exciting to see these players in action during the spring game in April and expect Ohio State to be a pre-season top 10 football team when the pre-season polls are released in August.

Buckeyes Lose Again in Title Game

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Well, it was deja vou all over again for the Ohio State Buckeyes. Just like last year, the Buckeyes came out strong from the get-go. Ohio State scored early on a Beanie Wells 65 yard touchdown run; reminding fans of Ted Ginn’s opening kickoff return for a touchdown. After that score in last year’s game, players and fans were hyped thinking they would easily beat Florida, but Florida would come back to score 41 unanswered points to route and shock the Buckeyes 41-14.

This year it was similar as Ohio State scored 10 quick points in less than 6 minutes into the game making the score 10-0. LSU would comeback scoring 24 unanswered points to go into the half leading 24-10.

Although the Buckeyes played a little better in this year’s title game than last year’s title game, the Buckeyes shot themselves in the foot with penalties and mistakes at costly times. If you look at the stat sheet, the Buckeyes had more total yards than LSU and seemed to outplay them, but the turnovers, penalties, Robiskie’s dropped touchdown pass, blocked field goal, and missed tackles made the Buckeyes pay the price.

A big turning play in the 2nd half of the game was when the punt that an OSU defender tried to block missed and was called for a personal foul, followed by another personal foul on OSU the next play that LSU took adavantage of on the opening drive as if it were a gift in the 2nd half to score a touchdown to make it 31-10, instead of OSU stopping LSU and getting the football back. OSU also had other plays throughout the game they didn’t complete (i.e. blocked field goal, Robiskie’s dropped touchdown pass, and turnovers).

OSU fans were down after that touchdown to make it a 21 point deficit, but later in the 3rd quarter Malcolm Jenkins would intercept a pass and take it to the LSU 6 yard line. The Buckeyes would capitalize on a fourth down from the 6 yard line on a Brian Robiskie touchdown making it 31-17. This put OSU fans back on their heels thinking there was still hope.

However, in the fourth quarter Ohio State was faced with another 4th down situation, when it was 4th and 7 on the LSU 34. Todd Boeckman was sacked for an 11 yard loss and fumbled the football to LSU. That was another momentum changer in the game, making OSU fans losing hope of coming back. LSU scored a touchdown on an OSU turnover on a different drive, and OSU played for pride scoring a touchdown that was too late to make a difference with less than a minute left in the 4th quarter to make the final score 38-24.

The SEC curse continues as Ohio State is still winless against SEC teams in bowl games with a 0-9 record. Even though Ohio State lost, the Buckeyes still finished in the top 5 in the country and OSU fans can still be proud of a season that OSU did better than what was expected. OSU was expected to finish 3rd in the Big Ten and have a rebuilding season; instead it was a reloading season and a trip to the title game for the 3rd time in the last 6 years. How many other teams have been to the national championship that many times in the last 6 years? OSU will be back again next year, we will have to wait and see who stays and leaves for the NFL, but expect the Buckeyes to be ranked in the pre-season top 10 and have another great season in 2008.

Bengals Commentary

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

The Cincinnati Bengals lost to the San Francisco 49ers Saturday evening 20-13.  Besides the fact, that the Bengals could never beat the 49ers, I’m not going to summarize everything that happened in the game. Instead I’m going to give my commentary on the Bengals.

The Bengals are one of the worst franchises in NFL history. The loss to the 49ers gave the Bengals another losing season. Is this franchise cursed? They have never won a Super Bowl and when they went to the playoffs in 2005 – it was the first time in 17 years since 1988 – the year they went to the Super Bowl and lost to the 49ers. Look at how many losing seasons and coaching changes the Bengals have had since they went to the Super Bowl.

Last year, the Bengals had several games where all they had to do was win or do something simple in the game to win and clinch a playoff spot, instead they found a way to lose and blew a winning season, and dropped to 8-8 for another neutral season under the Marvin Lewis era.

I thought this year the Bengals were going to have a winning season at 9-7 before the season started. In the preseason, Marvin Lewis is playing suspended for half the season Chris Henry at wide receiver. What kind of discipline is that? In the past two years, the Bengals have started to turn into the Cincinnati Convict football team. The Bengals need a change of personnel and a coach who knows how to discipline his team.

The only hope and thing to look forward to for the rest of the season for the Bengals and all the Bengals fans is beating the Browns this Sunday in Cincinnati in the Ohio or Ohio State rivalry. The classic Ohio State rivalry featuring the Northeast Ohio kids from Cleveland and other northeast suburbs versus the Southwest kids from Cincinnati and other southwest suburbs. The Bengals can beat the Browns this Sunday and lessen their chances for the playoffs and all the Southwest Ohio kids can take pride in beating the Browns in part 2 of the rivalry, after losing in part 1, 51-45 in a high scoring game at Cleveland back on September 16th.

My prediction is this: if the Bengals offense plays like they did in the first meeting, and unlike last time if the defense shows up this time and  plays solid defense, then the Bengals should beat the Browns by at least 2 or 3 touchdowns on Sunday and put all the Cleveland and Northeast Ohio kids in their place.

Bengals Win at Home Against Rams

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Third string quarterback Brock Berlin made his first starting debut starting for injured quarterback Marc Bulger Sunday afternoon in the wet rainy weather against the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brock Berlin didn’t make any big plays which was the difference for the Cincinnati Bengals.

Brock Berlin completed 17-28 passes for 153 yards and 1 interception. Carson Palmer didn’t play much better, completing 21-29 for 189 yards and throwing 2 interceptions.

The Bengals scored on a 1 yard Rudi Johnson touchdown in the first quarter and Shayne Graham kicked 4 field goals for the Bengals offense that couldn’t finish their drives as they beat the St Louis Rams 19-10 Sunday afternoon at Paul Brown Stadium.

Besides the 1 field goal for the Rams, the Rams only touchdown came on Fakhir Brown’s 36 yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter to make St Louis down only 10-7.

The Bengals defense held the Rams to 3-13 on third down conversions while the Bengals were 7-15. Cincinnati had 18 1st downs compared to 10 for St Louis.

Rudi Johnson led the Bengals in rushing with 92 yards on 23 carries and 1 touchdown – the only offensive touchdown of the game. Stephen Jackson rushed for 91 yards on 18 attempts – 3 more yards than the whole team.

The Bengals rushed for a total of 192 yards and 370 yards total for the game, while St Louis only gained a total of 241 yards.

The Bengals improved their record to 5-8 – however the disappoint for the Bengals is that they now have been eliminated from the playoffs – while St Louis fell to 3-10.