Cincinnati Bengals


Bengal bites: Dillon, Anderson glad to be buddies again back in Bengaldom

A pair of former Bengals named to the team’s Top 50 (retired) players are happy about their honors, and you can just about count on Willie Anderson and Corey Dillon showing up in Cincinnati when these greats are honored this season. Dillon, who played for the team from 1997-2003, told Bengals.com, “I texted Willie two weeks ago and we talked by text and he said, ‘Hopefully when it&rsquo...
Who did fans, media vote the No. 1 Cincinnati Bengal of all time?

Who did fans, media vote the No. 1 Cincinnati Bengal of all time?

Anthony Munoz was the very best Bengal, which should surprise nobody since the offensive tackle remains the only former full-time Cincinnati player in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. With the team’s 50th season approaching, the Bengals have been rolling out the top 50 retired players as voted on by fans and media, and this morning the top 10 came out on Bengals.com with Munoz (1980-&rsquo...
Chad Johnson impersonator jailed; Ocho Cinco may help

Chad Johnson impersonator jailed; Ocho Cinco may help "mentor” the man

Maybe we’d all like to be Chad Johnson for a day, but if you were actually going to pretend to be the former Bengals wide receiver, then maybe you should look a little more like him than the guy who got busted for trying to buy more than $18,000 worth of stuff while posing as Johnson. According to the Aspen (Colo.) Daily News Online: Mervin Cabe, 25, of Plantation, Fla., and two people he was...
Site strikes out by ranking Ohio 48th among 50 states

Site strikes out by ranking Ohio 48th among 50 states

This doesn’t have much to do with the Reds, Bengals or sport, but folks dialed into all of the above need to cross-train their brains, and when skittering near a . . . site . . . thing . . . sewer . . . that ranks Ohio as the No. 48 state in our nation, every Buckeye has to go into full boo-bird mode, right? Kevin Alexander and Matt Lynch of “Thrillist” wrote that ...
Might Nick Mangold be on the move?

Might Nick Mangold be on the move?

It’s been a while since Nick Mangold did any football, but the former Alter High School and Ohio State star is a candidate to move back into the NFL.  Waived by the Jets in February after 11 years with the team that drafted him in the first round in 2006, the seven-time Pro Bowl center checked in with the Ravens this spring, but did not sign a contract. Shortly after he was released, Mangold...
A.J. Hawk is at peace in retirement

A.J. Hawk is at peace in retirement

Remember when former Centerville High and Ohio State football star A.J. Hawk tackled that fan at a celebrity golf tournament a few years ago? That was all because the former Packer/Bengal/Falcon couldn’t say no, but if another NFL team calls to try and bring him out of retirement, he will not say yes. That’s not to say that Hawk does not miss football. He had 644 tackles in a solid 10-year...
Sports Today: Reds decline continues as we run out the clock until Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Reds decline continues as we run out the clock until Bengals training camp

There might only be 10 days left of the 2017 MLB season in Cincinnati, but the Reds are working to pack as much bad news in as they can before southwest Ohio fans can turn their attention to Bengals training camp.  A dismal four days of defeats at the hands of the Washington Nationals was compounded yesterday with the revelation recurring knee pain will likely send Scott Feldman to the disabled...
Ochocinco campaigns to be NFL general manager, may follow President Trump’s social media methods

Ochocinco campaigns to be NFL general manager, may follow President Trump’s social media methods

The NFL’s Panthers fired general manager Dave Gettleman Monday afternoon, and at least two former Carolina players reacted on Twitter while former Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson seized the news as an opportunity to go job hunting. Sort of. Maybe. Gettleman looks to have ruffled a few feathers with players, but Panthers safety and former Northmont High and Ohio State star Kurt Coleman...
Bengal bites: buzz is building for Burfict and his buds; football is just days away

Bengal bites: buzz is building for Burfict and his buds; football is just days away

If this doesn’t get your blood going, then you may be dead -- or not a Bengals fan. Training camp is 11 days away, and the Bengals are not vacationing in their final days of 2017 without football. Look at the way linebacker Vontaze Burfict, tight end Tyler Eifert and running back Giovanni Bernard are going at it in the weight room! There’s plenty of chatter emerging about the Bengals,...
With training camp schedule set, putter extraordinaire Marvin Lewis & Larry The Cable Guy will return to day jobs

With training camp schedule set, putter extraordinaire Marvin Lewis & Larry The Cable Guy will return to day jobs

Marvin Lewis got in a little golf recently and made a heck of a putt in the American Century Championship, a celebrity tournament in Lake Tahoe, but the Bengals head coach will put the sticks away soon as the team is less than two weeks away from opening training camp. Most practices will be free to the public on the fields west of Paul Brown Stadium, beginning  Friday, July 28 at 3 p.m. Gates...
Agree or disagree? Bengals’ top 50 retired players list stocked with short-timers, long-timers

Agree or disagree? Bengals’ top 50 retired players list stocked with short-timers, long-timers

With the Bengals’ 50th season fast approaching, the team is rolling out a list of the top 50 retired former Cincinnati players as voted by fans and local media, and Monday’s release of players 40-31 includes several short-timers like defensive end Coy Bacon (1976-’77), defensive back Solomon Wilcots (1987-’90) and linebacker Bill Bergey (1969-’73). Surely, these five...
Sports Today: 7 football facts for Friday

Sports Today: 7 football facts for Friday

This may be July, but it’s never too early to start talking football around here.  To help pass the time before baseball finally returns to our lives, here are seven random football things to know for a Friday:  Are you ready for some football?  Stupid question, I know.  This is shaping up to be a make-or-break season in Cincinnati, where coach Marvin Lewis is on the last...
Here’s a kicker: rookie Elliott looks to be Bengals’ booter

Here’s a kicker: rookie Elliott looks to be Bengals’ booter

You don’t see a lot of stories about NFL kickers in the offseason, but the Bengals’ kickers -- yes, that’s plural -- are making for some water cooler talk because, well, the Bengals aren’t really sure if they have a kicker even after drafting Jake Elliott in the fifth round.  Given the folly of predicting what a kicker will do on even one kick, let alone a season&rsquo...
Bengal bites: Is A.J. Green Hall of Fame material?

Bengal bites: Is A.J. Green Hall of Fame material?

With two weeks and a day until the Bengals open training camp, there’s chatter on social media about Cincinnati wide receiver A.J. Green as Pro Football Focus asks if he might land in the Hall of Fame. By their grading system, Green’s past two seasons have been his best, and when looking at his numbers, that’d be hard to argue although he was limited by a hamstring injury to 10 games...
The Ickey Shuffle, by Bengal No. 39

The Ickey Shuffle, by Bengal No. 39

Ickey Woods sure didn’t play pro football for long, blowing out a knee in his second season, but his rookie season of 1988 was one to remember as he rushed for 1,066 yards and 15 touchdowns -- and busted out one of the great celebrations in NFL history. Even though Elbert L. Woods played in just 37 games for Cincinnati, SB Nation ranked him the No. 39 Bengal of all time, and the dance sure didn&rsquo...
NFL scout says Chad Johnson, A.J. Green two of the best he’s ever seen

NFL scout says Chad Johnson, A.J. Green two of the best he’s ever seen

A.J. Green is one of the best wide receivers in the NFL now and Chad Johnson holds most Bengals receiving records, so it’s probably no surprise that former NFL scout Bucky Brooks thinks highly of them. Brooks, though, goes a step further than simply praising them by recently suggesting that Green and Johnson are two of the 10 best wide receivers he’s ever scouted. It’s interesting...
Bengals bites: Mixon working out with fellow former Sooner Adrian Peterson

Bengals bites: Mixon working out with fellow former Sooner Adrian Peterson

Joe Mixon isn’t waiting until the Bengals open training camp to get his work in, as the rookie running back has been working out with Saints runner Adrian Peterson and Chargers back Melvin Gordon among others. Peterson set the Oklahoma single-season rushing record of 1,925 yards as a freshman in 2004. Mixon, a second-round draft choice from Oklahoma, is believed to have a shot at earning considerable...
Eye on the O-line: Bengals looking to improve up front

Eye on the O-line: Bengals looking to improve up front

Training camp is just a little more than two weeks away, and the chatter is kicking up around each and every NFL team and all of their idiosyncrasies. In the Bengals’ case, focal point No. 1 figures to be the offensive line, and Pro Football Spot this morning took a look at that question. In asking “can the offensive line develop cohesion,” Spot doesn’t go very deep here...
Top-notch tackle: Geno Atkins praised far and wide although he’s not tall, nor wide

Top-notch tackle: Geno Atkins praised far and wide although he’s not tall, nor wide

Geno Atkins got some love Tuesday morning, when NFL.com broadcaster Willie McGinest tabbed the Bengal and former University of Georgia star the fifth-best defensive tackle in the league after he led all NFL interior linemen last season with nine sacks. “Nobody can block this guy one-on-one,” said McGinest, who played 15 seasons in the NFL as an outside linebacker with the Patriots and...
Bengals bits: A look back at bad ’backer Bill Bergey

Bengals bits: A look back at bad ’backer Bill Bergey

As fan voting has wrapped up to choose the 50 greatest Cincinnati Bengals ahead of the team’s 50th season, the aura surrounding strong candidate and former middle linebacker Bill Bergey is fascinating, and so is this story on bengals.com. Although he played but five seasons in the Queen City, Bergey definitely established himself as one of the fiercest players to ever wear the Bengals&rsquo...
Twitter alert: Bengals QB Andy Dalton’s not shy about his wedding anniversary

Twitter alert: Bengals QB Andy Dalton’s not shy about his wedding anniversary

Andy Dalton doesn’t exactly light up social media, especially during the season, yet the Bengals’ quarterback sure wasn’t shy about his sixth wedding anniversary. He went public Monday night, Tweeting a link to his Instagram page where he and his wife, Jordan, are pictured dancing on their wedding day. Dalton, a seventh-year pro out of Texas Christian University and Katy, Tex., and...
Iloka

Iloka

Bengals free safety George Iloka intercepted a pass against the Redskins last season in London. More recently, he made a pass at his girlfriend, Gaby Barcelo, and she accepted his singing video proposal and agreed to marry.
WATCH: Bengals’ Iloka makes ultimate pass in singing marriage proposal

WATCH: Bengals’ Iloka makes ultimate pass in singing marriage proposal

It’s a well-known fact that George Iloka can cover some ground, but who knew that the Bengals’ free safety could also cover a whole bunch of notes, as he did here in a well-produced singing proposal to his girlfriend, Gaby Barcelo: Iloka was in on plenty of plays for the Bengals last season, when he the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder from Boise State was in on 74 tackles while making three interceptions...
Bengals’ Shawn Williams on the rise

Bengals’ Shawn Williams on the rise

With 60 days to go before the kickoff of the NFL season, Bengals strong safety Shawn Williams is getting some love. Upon becoming a full-time starter in his fourth professional season, Williams produced in big ways in 2016. He was in on 81 tackles, 59 of them solo, picked off three passes, broke up five more, and was super solid in run support. Drafted in the third round in 2013, Williams and free...
Miller Time? How about FaceTime with former Wayne, Ohio State standout

Miller Time? How about FaceTime with former Wayne, Ohio State standout

Braxton Miller is once again helping the American Heart Association by donating several items for silent auction, and one lucky fan who ends up making the highest bid will win the right to a video conversation with former Wayne High and Ohio State star quarterback. Here’s another way to see fund-raising items, or if you want to talk to Miller in person, you could just go to his youth football...
Bengals linebacker considered one of the NFL’s best against the pass 

Bengals linebacker considered one of the NFL’s best against the pass 

One might make the argument that Vincent Rey is the most effective linebacker among the Bengals, which would probably raise some eyebrows with Vontaze Burfict playing nearby, but football heads at Pro Football Focus probably wouldn’t argue. They sure like Rey as a pass defender. According to PFF, which is beginning to flood the airways with player and unit rankings, and nuggets of information...
Fantasy Football: Bengals’ Mixon catches eye of ‘experts’

Fantasy Football: Bengals’ Mixon catches eye of ‘experts’

So the Bengals will open training camp three weeks from today, but there’s no sense keeping the lights dark in your war room if you’re a fantasy footballer, right? There are impending drafts to obsess about, after all, and as Cincinnati fans do their due diligence, they’ll see the name of rookie running back Joe Mixon come up frequently in research. The folks hammering out Pro Football...
Bengals fantasy

Bengals fantasy

Joe Mixon hasn't even worn a Bengals uniform yet, but there are plenty of fantasy football pundits who believe the rookie from Oklahoma should be the first running back chosen from Cincinnati's roster. Here, he's running away from the Auburn Tigers in the AllState Sugar Bowl.
Bengals loading up to chase history

Bengals loading up to chase history

Time seems to be moving so slowly as the Bengals still have three weeks to go before opening training camp on July 28, but soon after they crank it up, several players -- especially quarterback Andy Dalton and wide receiver A.J. Green -- will be in position to move quickly up franchise charts in several statistical categories. Fan-friendly bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson, a master at filling the dead...
Vegas has a pretty good feeling about the Bengals

Vegas has a pretty good feeling about the Bengals

The Bengals are still more than three weeks away from the beginning of training camp, but some of the fine folks in Las Vegas aren’t waiting to make predictions about NFL teams and they kind of like Cincinnati. The Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook is putting the over-under on the Bengals’ regular season win total at 8.5, leaving bettors to either take the over -- which means that...
Centerville football: Top 7 players in Elks history

Centerville football: Top 7 players in Elks history

Just like Jay Niswonger at Valley View, this was the high school football program that Bob Gregg built. A wiry figure with a stinging - and colorful - bark, Gregg already had established himself at Jefferson, initiating the Broncos’ 49-game win streak from 1970-75. He would continue that domination at Centerville for 26 seasons and 301 career wins. The Elks’ transformation wasn’t...
Can Adam “Pacman” Jones do it again?

Can Adam “Pacman” Jones do it again?

Adam Jones is getting some love, and a bit of shade, after Pro Football Focus put up a graphic suggesting that he played well last season in at least one important way, yet it’s comes with question that Bengals fans can see is not too, well, comforting. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">How many...
Would fewer catches for A.J. Green help the Bengals?

Would fewer catches for A.J. Green help the Bengals?

A.J. Green knows about big numbers, but the Cincinnati superstar is not necessarily worried about wracking them up. He even suggested recently that if he caught fewer passes, the Bengals might be better -- kind of like the Falcons improved last season as wideout Julio Jones had fewer receptions than before. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="...
Who are the 10 most important Bengals for 2017 season?

Who are the 10 most important Bengals for 2017 season?

The Cincinnati Bengals don’t quite find themselves in the midst of an upheaval, but the departure of their two best offensive linemen in Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler and their most experienced defensive player in Domata Peko certainly makes this a roster in flux. As the team attempts to get back to the playoffs after seeing its streak of five consecutive postseason appearances wither in...
In Musburger’s mind, McCarron deserves a shot

In Musburger’s mind, McCarron deserves a shot

Brent Musburger looks to be doing fine as a retired broadcaster, and he sure seems to think highly of Bengals backup quarterback A.J. McCarron, but he’s not going to sign up for linebacker Vontaze Burfict’s fan club. Oh, and he still considers Katherine Webb, who is married to McCarron, to be, “beautiful.” A fixture for nearly 50 years at CBS and ABC/ESPN before stepping away...
Browns, Bengals offensive lines on different spectrums

Browns, Bengals offensive lines on different spectrums

The Browns’ and Bengals’ offensive lines couldn’t be much different.  One is arguably the league’s best on paper, the other is a work in progress. One is the result of a spending spree, the other was victimized by free agency. Pro Football Focus ranked the NFL’s offensive lines heading into the 2017 season. The Browns came in second, while the Bengals sank to 31st...
Former Bengals tackle is NFL’s most efficient pass blocker

Former Bengals tackle is NFL’s most efficient pass blocker

Departed Bengals tackle Andrew Whitworth has been the most efficient pass blocking tackle in the NFL since 2012, according to Pro Football Focus. Cincinnati drafted Whitworth in 2006. He was the foundation on one of the NFL’s best offensive lines that helped the Bengals to playoff appearances from 2011-2015. PFF graded Whitworth at 97.6. The stat “measures pressure allowed on per snap...
Bengals sign offensive lineman to reach 90-man roster limit

Bengals sign offensive lineman to reach 90-man roster limit

The Cincinnati Bengals on Tuesday signed offensive lineman Cameron Lee to bring their roster to the 90-man limit heading into the start of training camp July 28. The 6-foot-6, 320-pound Lee played in 39 games at guard and tackle during his four years at Illinois State, including starts in all 25 games as a junior and senior. He signed as an undrafted college free agent with New Orleans in May and...
4 Cincinnati Bengals thoughts to ponder between now and training camp

4 Cincinnati Bengals thoughts to ponder between now and training camp

With the Cincinnati Bengals done practicing until the start of training camp in late July, Jay Morrison broke down the roster heading into Marvin Lewis’ 15th season as the team’s coach. Here’s what jumped out at me: Jeremy Hill is the only healthy, experienced, highly drafted back on the roster. Can he hold down the fort until Giovani Bernard is healthy and/or Joe Mixon is ready?...
Bengals announce dates for training camp practices open to public

Bengals announce dates for training camp practices open to public

The Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday released their list of training camp practices open to public, beginning with the opener on Friday, July 28. All practices will held on the grass fields adjacent to Paul Brown Stadium except for the Family Day practice, which will be held inside PBS on Saturday, Aug. 5. The practice fields have bleacher seating for 1,250 fans, and all practices open to the public...
Breaking down Bengals roster, position battles heading into camp

Breaking down Bengals roster, position battles heading into camp

The Cincinnati Bengals put the wraps on their offseason program with the culmination of mandatory minicamp June 16, freeing the players to scatter for a six-week break. As things stand, the Bengals have 89 players, one shy of the league limit. If the team elects to sign a 90th player for the start of camp, it will either be an issue of adding depth at a position the coaches deem thin (tight end or...
With a contract year coming, Burfict’s numbers don’t lie

With a contract year coming, Burfict’s numbers don’t lie

So you’re going a little bit nuts idling on the football wagon, and there’ll be no jumping off for another month-plus before NFL training camps open. You need a fix, a pigskin infusion, to hold your sanity. Here’s betting that, if you’re a Bengals fan, this interesting look at linebacker Vontaze Burfict will do the trick – at least for a while. One John Sheeran -- under...
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Vontaze Burfict missed five games for the Bengals last season, but made 73 solo tackles anyway, numbers that when projected over a full season suggest that the Cincinnati linebacker is one of the NFL's best.
PFF’s AFC projection has good news, bad for Cincinnati Bengals

PFF’s AFC projection has good news, bad for Cincinnati Bengals

Cincinnati Bengals fans looking for a reason to be optimistic about the 2017 season won’t find it at Pro Football Focus this week. PFF’s projected AFC standings have coach Marvin Lewis’ team improving, but almost literally as little as possible without staying at the same level as last season. In results published this week, the site sees the Bengals finishing 10th in the AFC with...
A.J. Green ranked as fourth-best wide receiver on NFL Top 100

A.J. Green ranked as fourth-best wide receiver on NFL Top 100

An injury-riddled 2016 didn’t hurt A.J. Green’s reputation.  Despite playing only 10 games and posting his first-career season with less than 1,000 yards, NFL players ranked Green as the 17th best player in the NFL on the annual top 100 list.  One year ago, Green ranked 16th on the list after an 86-catch, 1,297-yard season. Green finished with career-lows in yards and touchdowns...
A.J. Hawk pulls 9 G’s in F16 with the Thunderbirds

A.J. Hawk pulls 9 G’s in F16 with the Thunderbirds

Spending nine years with one ‘G’ on his helmet in no way prepared A.J. Hawk for the rush of nine G’s weighing on him while zipping across the Dayton sky at nearly 700 miles an hour as part of a VIP ride with the Thunderbirds Demonstration Squadron. “It’s obviously different than anything I’ve ever experienced,” said Hawk, a Centerville native who played 11...
Green makes NFL Top 100 for sixth straight year

Green makes NFL Top 100 for sixth straight year

A.J. Green may have come up short in his bid for a sixth consecutive 1,000-yard season, but missing the final six games of the season did alter his standing among his peers as the Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver is set to appear somewhere between 11 and 20 tonight in the NFL Network’s ranking of the Top 100 players of 2017. This will be Green’s six appearance on the list, and could be...
Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

Young guard Redmond benefiting from Smith’s absence

With Andre Smith missing Tuesday’s practice due to illness, three young players saw increased reps at right guard, with Alex Redmond being the biggest beneficiary. Redmond, who spent all of 2016 on the practice squad after signing as an undrafted free agent out of UCLA, got the bulk of the work ahead of Trey Hopkins, another 2016 undrafted college free agent and Christian Westerman, last year&rsquo...
Bengals draft class stamped with speed

Bengals draft class stamped with speed

After selecting the fastest player in the NFL Draft on Thursday and the fastest defensive lineman Friday, the Cincinnati Bengals kept their sights set on speed with their final eight picks Saturday. “That’s part of it with today’s NFL; we measure speed every day on the field,” coach Marvin Lewis said. “We have to make sure we feel good about it.” After drafting...
Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Bengals fans welcome Mixon to Cincinnati

Less than 24 hours after hearing his named showered in boos after the Cincinnati Bengals drafted him with the 48th overall pick of the NFL Draft on Friday, controversial Oklahoma running back Joe Mixon received a warm welcome Saturday afternoon when he arrived at the team’s draft party at Paul Brown Stadium. “It means a lot,” Mixon said. “Just to come here, walk in and see...
Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

Sports Today: Thames burns Reds again, Bengals’ McCarron speaks and many basketball moves

The Reds are back to .500 after losing the opening game of their series at Milwaukee 11-7.  Consider the optimism of their hot start officially tempered.  They've lost eight of 11, including four of five against the Brewers, who are 6-10 against everyone else.  The offense has returned over the last four games, but since the start of the season the Reds simply haven't gotten the...
Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

Sports Today: Reds roll behind Arroyo, NFL draft approaches, NBA playoffs continue, etc.

The Cincinnati Reds lost two of three games to the Chicago Cubs, but they snapped a four-game losing streak with a 7-5 win Sunday.  Bronson Arroyo had his best start of the season, striking out seven and walking none, and Patrick Kivlehan drove in three runs for the victors.  The Reds also got two hits, including a home run, from struggling right fielder Scott Schebler while Eugenio...
Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Sports Today: Fickell’s early impact at UC, high school spring football, Reds turn back clock, etc.

Think Luke Fickell is making a difference early in his tenure as head coach of the Cincinnati Bearcats football team?  Here’s what Malik Vann, a four-star defensive end from Fairfield, told our Rick Cassano after verbally committing to UC:  Vann is the second four-star to commit to UC, and he did so despite many Power 5 offers. That includes Michigan State, where teammate Josiah...
Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

Sports Today: Bengals back in action, Reds rebuild update, NBA coaching rants and perfect bunts 

The Cincinnati Bengals began OTAs Monday and there was no shortage of news.  The biggest headline of course came from Adam “Pacman” Jones losing his temper when he was asked about his offseason arrest, but there was actual football news as well.  Jeremy Hill told reporters the past two disappointing years are not him, and he stood by his statement to the NFL Network...
Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

Smith eager for fresh start with Bengals

Despite being assigned the same number and same locker he had when he played for the Cincinnati Bengals from 2009-15, Andre Smith called his return to the franchise a ‘fresh start.’ That’s because the Smith, who played all 86 of his games in an eight-year career at tackle, is making the move to guard. “It’s actually something I’m looking forward to,” Smith...
Hartman: Nobody seems surprised Bengals’ Pacman Jones is already back in the news

Hartman: Nobody seems surprised Bengals’ Pacman Jones is already back in the news

Cincinnati Bengals fans who had “Day one” in their “When will Adam Jones make his first wrong move this season?” office pool are winners.  The veteran Cincinnati Bengals cornerback, who is said to be taking anger management courses this offseason after again running afoul of the law in January, berated a reporter for asking about Jones’ latest transgression...
Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

Sports Today: Reds rotation issues, Blue Jackets black eyes, NBA playoffs, Ohio State spring recap

The Cincinnati Reds lost three out of four games in a series against the Brewers that concluded yesterday, and manager Bryan Price got exactly zero quality starts along the way.  Sal Romano was the perpetrator yesterday, giving up three runs and walking four in a three-inning major-league debut.  Brandon Finnegan pitched only one inning before leaving with an injury Saturday while Bronson...
Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Sports Today: Ohio State spring game, Bengals to honor history plus local links galore

Are you ready for some football?  The calendar says April, but we are loaded up with gridiron topics today.  The Ohio State spring game is tomorrow, and that will give us one big opportunity to see what everyone has been talking about since the beginning of March.  That is not a figure of speech.  Since the start of spring practice, we’ve had a lot of great interviews with...
Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Sports Today: Price’s Reds plan pays off again, NBA playoffs approach, Ohio State WRs, etc. 

Bryan Price’s bullpen made him look smart again Monday night as the Reds clobbered the Pirates 7-1 in Pittsburgh.  Cincinnati gave Brandon Finnegan a 5-0 lead, but he pitched himself into trouble in three straight innings.  With the bases loaded and a run already walked in, Price had seen enough – but he didn’t go to his long man and hope for the best.  Though it was...
Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron part of strange new sushi venture

Bengals backup QB A.J. McCarron part of strange new sushi venture

AJ McCarron has not had a chance to make much of a mark on the NFL, but he’s already got some plans outside of football.  Naturally, they include giving people in Alabama the chance to make their own sushi rolls.  The Crimson White reports the Bengals’ backup quarterback (along with Bengals defensive end Michael Johnson) is investing in a new restaurant called “AJian Sushi&rdquo...
Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Sports Today: Reds set rotation, UD Flyers candidates, Ohio State spring football updates, alligators, etc.

Dayton Flyers basketball’s nascent coaching search gained some steam last night with the revelation former Flyer Anthony Grant is among the candidates.  That was confirmed by WHIO’s John Bedell after Jeff Goodman of ESPN shared the name of Grant along with Dayton assistant Tom Ostrom, Northern Kentucky head coach John Brannen, former Illinois and Ohio head coach John Groce. ...
March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

March Madness: Xavier still dancing, Trotwood falls, Bengals mock draft, Reds rotation, OSU Pro Day, etc.

While you were (probably) sleeping, Xavier became this tournament's historic sleeper.  There's always one, right? Well the Musketeers staked their claim by knocking off Arizona on Thursday night.  They are the lowest seed left and the only hope left of getting a double-digit seed into the Final Four, which would put them in some exclusive company and make sure they are forever part...
Let’s grade Roger Goodell’s ideas for improving the NFL viewing experience

Let’s grade Roger Goodell’s ideas for improving the NFL viewing experience

Roger Goodell may be a divisive figure in the world of football, but he’s got at least one thing going for him: The NFL commissioner is opposed to television broadcasts going commercial break-kickoff-commercial break after a score.  That was among the revelations in a great story from USA Today about planned changes in NFL game broadcasts for this year and the future.  So...
Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

Sports Today: USA reigns in WBC, Reds dodge bullet, Adam Jones saga continues and basketball is back

If I weren’t ready for baseball season to officially begin, I am now after watching the United States crush Puerto Rico 8-0 in the World Baseball Classic championship game.  It was enough to bring manager Jim Leyland to tears apparently.  This was the third WBC but the first I can remember getting much traction on social media.  Maybe I just follow more baseball people on Twitter...
Prosecutor Deters: No felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones

Prosecutor Deters: No felony charge against Bengals Adam Jones

Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters decided to drop the felony charge against Bengals’ cornerback Adam Jones. Jones still faces three misdemeanor charges in the case. A Cincinnati Bengals’ spokesperson said they will not be making a statement at this time. The decision on whether Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters will pursue felony charges against Bengals’ cornerback Adam Jones...
Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

Sports Today: Bracket busted yet? NFL bonuses paid, coaching moves and more

How’s your bracket?  I had a solid first day that would have been great if Providence hadn’t thrown its game against Northwestern and the kid from Princeton had made his potential game-winner.  All of my Sweet 16 teams are still alive, and that’s the most important thing at this point.  This must have been a fairly predictable day as I am still only in the 31st percentile...
Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

Sports Today: First Four fun, Bengals questions, WBC rocking, UFC rallying, etc. 

It was a fun time at the University of Dayton Arena for the beginning of the First Four last night.  Both games were competitive most of the way as Mount St. Mary’s beat New Orleans 67-66 and Kansas State pulled away from Wake Forest late.  (The MSM mascot started rocking long before the game started.)  I know pooh-poohing the First Four is fashionable in some circles, but...
Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

Sports Today: March Madness, NASCAR fights, Reds arm troubles, etc.

I am not the only one of the opinion the NCAA basketball committee got it wrong with Wichita State.  Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com called the Shockers’ No. 10 seed the worst decision of all time.  That, of course, is terrible for the Dayton Flyers.  While there were fears UD dropping its last two games could cause the Flyers to end up in a dreaded 8-9 game, their ultimate...
Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

Sports Today: Bengals rocked, Browns rolling, Ohio State speaks and basketball, basketball, basketball

So, NFL free agency officially started yesterday, and it was pretty much a disaster for the Cincinnati Bengals.  The possibility of losing guard Kevin Zeitler in free agency was always there, but I think most people expected them to at least keep tackle Andrew Whitworth.  They’re both gone, and the offensive line that was shaky to begin with is currently in shambles. Barring a big...
Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

Sports Today: College basketball, NFL battle for headlines while Reds inexplicably win 4 in a row

While the NFL Scouting Combine provided all kinds of nuggets, we have to defer to basketball season around here.  It was a great weekend for Dayton, so-so for Wright State and pretty bad for Ohio State.  Archie Miller’s Flyer men lost their regular season finale at George Washington. The game had no impact on UD’s status as Atlantic 10 champs, but it could hurt their...
Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Sports Today: 2 Reds positives, Browns QB talk, another Buckeye could be a Bengals fit and more 

Reds win! Reds win! Reds win!  OK, normally this is not headline news in March, but in this case one has indeed belonged to the Reds for the first time.  (We may be heading into a season in which positives are few and far between, so just roll with it…)  The Cincinnati 9 beat the Chicago Cubs 6-2 yesterday to improve to 1-6 on the spring.  Far more significant: Amir Garrett...
Sports Today: Cincinnati keeping McCarron, more Bengals from NFL Combine, Mick Cronin calls out NCAA, etc. 

Sports Today: Cincinnati keeping McCarron, more Bengals from NFL Combine, Mick Cronin calls out NCAA, etc. 

The Bengals declared yesterday they more or less intend to keep A.J. McCarron, though they are open to trading him if the right deal comes along (like from Hue Jackson and the Browns?).  This is the right plan of action, especially for a team that already has a high pick in the first round of the draft and 10 more picks.  Cincinnati also has a roster with several small holes rather...
Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Sports Today: NFL combine, Ohio State buzzer-beater, NBA developments and local gems galore 

Welcome to NFL Combine week!  (The annual event actually overlaps two weeks, but this is easier shorthand, OK?) There are lots of storylines, starting today when many of the league’s coaches and personnel staffers meet with reporters to talk about the state of their teams.  This draft year already includes a lot of intrigue around the quarterbacks, who seem to be going through...
Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Sports Today: Reds start spring training (poorly); Marvin Lewis states obvious; weekend of champions; Bama comin’ for our players

Welcome back from a weekend jam-packed with news from sports world local and beyond.  We start off with the Cincinnati Reds, who have lost their first three games of spring training.  Of course wins and losses don’t matter at this point, but how certain players perform does.  To that end, Amir Garrett, Robert Stephenson and Tim Adleman all allowed runs in their spring debuts...
Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

Sports Today: CBK buzzer beaters, NBA trade deadline, Flyers become champs and more on Ohio State’s struggles

If you’re like me and itching for the arrival of March Madness, last night was a pretty good appetizer in college basketball.  Franklin grad Luke Kennard scored 23 points, but Duke lost at Syracuse on a buzzer-beating three-pointer.   No. 6 Oregon fell behind bit at California but rallied to win – also on a buzzer beater – and No. 22 Butler went to No. 2 Villanova and beat...
Steelers still threatening to ruin another NFL postseason

Steelers still threatening to ruin another NFL postseason

Bengals and Browns fans can be forgiven if they are annoyed to see Pittsburgh getting ready to play in another AFC Championship Game. The Steelers are moving on in the playoffs despite not being able to score touchdowns, avoid illegal hits or keep their locker room to themselves.  1. The foot of Chris Boswell supplied all their points last week at Kansas City.  Their 18-16 win was the first...
Bengals’ Jones released from jail, apologizes to fans 

Bengals’ Jones released from jail, apologizes to fans 

Adam “Pacman” Jones apologized to Bengals’ fans after he was released from jail this morning, according to a report from our news partner, WCPO-Cincinnati. The Bengals cornerback was ordered to stay overnight at the Hamilton County Justice Center as he awaited a court-ordered blood test, according to WCPO’s report.   Jones stopped to talk to a reporter as...
Bengals sort through wreckage, vow to play to win in final two games

Bengals sort through wreckage, vow to play to win in final two games

One day after the Cincinnati Bengals were eliminated from making the playoffs for the first time since 2010, head coach Marvin Lewis made it clear the team will approach the final two games of the season the same as if a postseason berth was still on the line. “We have to play to win the game,” he said. “That’s what it’s for. We owe it to everybody. The guys out here...
7 things to know for NFL Week 15: Bengals-Steelers, Browns-Bills, etc.

7 things to know for NFL Week 15: Bengals-Steelers, Browns-Bills, etc.

Week 15 of the NFL season is upon us.  Here are the things you’ll want to watch for around the league, starting in Cincinnati with the Bengals against the Steelers. Cincinnati enters the weekend in third place in the AFC North, but the Bengals could still improbably win the division if they beat the Steelers this week, the Texans next week and the Ravens in Week 17. Of course, the Steelers...
7 things to know about NFL Week 14: State champs, baby!

7 things to know about NFL Week 14: State champs, baby!

The 14th week of the NFL season featured multiple snow games, so that’s always fun. Here are seven things that stood out to us this week across the league:  Cincinnati still needs a heck of a lot of help to make it back to the postseason, but the Bengals can at least claim a sweep in the Battle of Ohio for 2016.  Hey, a state championship is better than no championship, right? ...
Kirkpatrick added to list of Bengals not practicing

Kirkpatrick added to list of Bengals not practicing

Cornerback Dre Kirkpatrick became the second Cincinnati Bengals player this week to miss practice with an illness when he sat out Thursday. Center Russell Bodine was sick Wednesday but returned Thursday. Safety George Iloka showed up on the report with a groin injury and was listed as a limited participant, along with guard Clint Boling (shoulder) and long snapper Clark Harris (groin), both of whom...
Stephen A. Smith's latest take on Marvin Lewis the dumbest yet

Stephen A. Smith's latest take on Marvin Lewis the dumbest yet

ESPN sports yeller Stephen A. Smith is back to embarrass himself with another terrible take on Bengals coach Marvin Lewis.  It’s hard to tell exactly what he’s trying to say, but the gist of this mostly incoherent rant seems to be Lewis is threatening to make all assistant coaches unemployable as head coaches in the future.  Initially he expresses his concern for what the continued...
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