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Mike Nugent is Living the Dream!

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Mike Nugent is living the dream of a Dayton kid. The dream of watching your two favorite football teams growing up – the Ohio State Buckeyes and the Cincinnati Bengals – and hoping to play for both teams someday. Not only is he able to play for both of them, but he has been a superstar for both teams.

As a kicker at Ohio State, he broke or tied 22 records, including the most points by any player at OSU.  He was a consensus All-American and he won the Lou Groza award in 2004, as the nation’s top kicker.  He also became the first Buckeye kicker in history to earn team MVP (Wikipedia). 

The past several football seasons had been sub-par for Nugent until he recently signed with the Bengals back in April.  Since signing with the Bengals, he is having a breakout season so far.  In Week 2, he led the Bengals offense by making all 5 field goals in a 15-10 victory over the Ravens.  Nugent is off to an excellent start with the Bengals and was named AFC Offensive Special Teams Player of the Month.

Flyers and Buckeyes and Bengals! Oh My!

Monday, November 16th, 2009

 It was a great weekend for my favorite teams that I follow. 

The #21/22 Dayton Flyers tipped off the season at home in a high scoring contest beating the Creighton Blue Jays 90-80 on Saturday afternoon.  One can conclude from the game that Chris Johnson is a basketball stud (18 pts and 15 rebounds) and we can expect to see big things from him this year. 

Later in the day, the Ohio State Buckeyes beat Iowa 27-24 at home in an overtime thriller.  The win for the Buckeyes clinched a fifth straight Big 10 football title and a trip back to Pasadena to play in the Rose Bowl for the first time in thirteen years. 

On Sunday, the Cincinnati Bengals beat the Pittsburgh Steelers 18-12 to give them sole possesion of first place in the division and an undefeated record against division opponents.  The Bengals improved their record to 7-2 and we can keep our hopes up for the playoffs and a shot at playing in the Super Bowl. 

In summary, it was an exciting and victorious weekend for the Flyers, Buckeyes and Bengals.

Carson Palmer’s Rant

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

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Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer won the Heisman Trophy in 2002 in a USC uniform. The Bengals training camp began July 28th, but the regular season does not kick off until September 7th – six days before the highly anticipated matchup between Ohio State and USC.

Earlier last week, Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer was on an LA sports radio talk show and was asked what he thought of the matchup between OSU and USC.

“I don’t watch what I say. I cannot stand the Buckeyes, and having to live in Ohio and hear those people talk about their team, it drives me absolutely nuts . . . It’s amazing to hear what those guys think about that university and what they think about that football program and (Ohio State coach Jim) Tressel and all the crap I gotta put up with being back there. I just can’t wait for two years from now when SC comes to the ‘Shoe and I get to hopefully, hopefully we’ll have a home game that weekend and I can go up there and watch us pound on them in their own turf and kind of put all the talk to rest. Because I’m really getting sick of it and I just can’t wait for this game to get here so they can come out to the Coliseum and experience LA and get an old-fashioned Pac-10 butt-whoopin’ and go back to the Big Ten . . . I can’t wait.”

It was okay that Carson spoke his mind and rendered his opinion on how he felt about his own school where he is an alumnus and a Heisman Trophy winner. He was taking pride in his school. Not only was he taking pride in USC, but everyone could get an actual (not political) insight on how it must truly feel for a USC Heisman Trophy quarterback alum to be in Buckeye territory.

Although he is a public figure, he needed to be a little more political and watch what he says and whom he is addressing. Palmer could have said some of what he said, but added something a little more political before he went on a rant such as, “These are two great powerhouse football teams that should be exciting to watch on September 13th.  Ohio State coach Jim Tressel is a phenomenal coach, etc.”

Hypothetically, if an OSU football alumnus played for San Diego he would be a true OSU alumnus and want to blowout USC – just like how Carson wants USC to whoop on OSU.

Some fans won’t forget this and will take Carson’s rant seriously. Don’t be surprised if some fans are booing Carson back in Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium, particulary the next day on September 14th, when the Bengals kickoff their home opener against Tennessee.

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. 

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

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.