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Bengals Weekend Forecast: First glance at the Packers

The Green Bay Packers head into their Week 3 game against the Cincinnati Bengals with a handful of injury questions involving key players. Wide receivers Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb, defensive tackle Mike Daniels and cornerback Davon House all left Sunday night’s loss at Atlanta in a rematch of last year’s NFC Championship Game. And all four starters’ availability for Sunday&rsquo...
More hopeful future: Cincinnati Reds or Bengals?

More hopeful future: Cincinnati Reds or Bengals?

Things have taken quite a turn for the worse when it comes to major pro sports in the Queen City lately.  Earlier this decade, the Reds and Bengals were both postseason participants in the same year multiple times, although neither of them have advanced in the playoffs in more than two decades.  The Reds are in the midst of a rebuild that started at least one year too late while the Bengals...
The Cincinnati Bengals are No. 1 -- Wait, what?

The Cincinnati Bengals are No. 1 -- Wait, what?

After two weeks of action, the Cincinnati Bengals are ranked No. 1 in the NFL in pass defense and No. 5 in total defense. The Bengals are allowing just 104.5 passing yards per game, which is 32 fewer than the No. 2 passing defense (Carolina) and 267 total yards, which further highlights how bad the offense has been in the team’s 0-2 start. “(Being ranked No. 1) is something for the defense...
Stop the insanity: The Bengals are not signing Colin Kaepernick

Stop the insanity: The Bengals are not signing Colin Kaepernick

Even if the Pro Football Talk report is accurate, which is debatable, the Cincinnati Bengals are not going to acquiesce to the alleged wishes of a couple players and sign Colin Kaepernick. The PFT report said that if Bengals starting quarterback Andy Dalton continues to struggle, “there’s a feeling among some of the players that the Bengals should go off the board and consider bringing...
Rookie Carl Lawson impressing for Bengals

Rookie Carl Lawson impressing for Bengals

Bengals rookie defensive end Carl Lawson has been one of the few bright spots on an otherwise dark season. Lawson is tied for the most pressures among rookies. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Most pressures among rookie defensive linemen:<br><br>1 (tie). Deatrich Wise, Patriots (7)<br>...
Bengals one of two touchdown-less teams

Bengals one of two touchdown-less teams

The Bengals and 49ers are the only two teams in the NFL which haven’t scored touchdowns through two weeks. The Giants came close to joining that list, but crossed the goal line once in their Monday night football loss to the Lions. The Seahawks and Giants both have one score. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="...
Boyd says Bengals haven’t told him why he was inactive Thursday

Boyd says Bengals haven’t told him why he was inactive Thursday

Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver Tyler Boyd said he was surprised to find out why he wasn’t active for Thursday’s game against Houston, and added that he still hasn’t been told why. ›› Dalton on PFT report: Anybody can create a headline “I guess they needed more roles on special teams or whatever they need, but I haven’t gotten a specific answer,”...
McCarron throws support behind Dalton

McCarron throws support behind Dalton

You can add backup AJ McCarron to the list of people who think Andy Dalton should remain the starting quarterback for the Cincinnati Bengals. “I wish people in this city would back him and go with it,” McCarron said,. “Listen, I think I’m a great quarterback, and I think he’s an unbelievable quarterback. I love him to death. He’s our quarterback. Stop making it...
Bengals’ Dalton on Kaepernick report: ‘Anybody can create a headline’

Bengals’ Dalton on Kaepernick report: ‘Anybody can create a headline’

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said he wasn’t aware of the Pro Football Talk report that said some players want the team to sign Colin Kaepernick. When Dalton was the given the details, he offered a dismissive response. “Anybody can create a headline,” he said. The report also suggested the Bengals could be ready to bench Dalton in favor of McCarron...
ESPN’s FPI rankings unimpressed by Bengals

ESPN’s FPI rankings unimpressed by Bengals

Much like everybody else, ESPN isn’t fond of the Bengals’ performance so far. In its FPI rankings - predicated on how current performance projects for the season - the Bengals came in 26th. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Patriots are back on top. After yielding the No. 1 spot in FPI's...
Tyler Eifert’s status for Sunday uncertain

Tyler Eifert’s status for Sunday uncertain

The Bengals’ offense could use all the help it can get for Sunday in Green Bay. But that may not include its star tight end Tyler Eifert. Eifert’s status is up in the air, ESPN reports. Eifert is dealing with back and knee injuries. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Bengals TE Tyler Eifert...
 Bengals’ LaFell welcomes son into world

 Bengals’ LaFell welcomes son into world

Brandon LaFell welcomed a new member to his family on Sunday. LaFell posted a picture of his newborn son, Josiah, to Twitter. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Breez Josiah LaFell ����������������...
Fans react to report that Bengals players want Kaepernick

Fans react to report that Bengals players want Kaepernick

Could the Bengals consider signing Colin Kaepernick? One report says yes. Pro Football Talk reported Sunday that some Bengals players want the team to sign Kaepernick as they admit the team’s offensive struggles. Fan reactions were all over the place: <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">The Bengals...
Report: Some Bengals want Colin Kaepernick

Report: Some Bengals want Colin Kaepernick

A disastrous start has prompted several rumors in Bengals world, but none so more intriguing than the latest. lf players want the team to consider signing quarterback Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick, of course, is still a free agent. Speculation has run rampant that he’s unsigned due to his silent protests via kneeling for the national anthem, though there’s no concrete evidence that&rsquo...
Sports Today: Who wants to be a quarterback, anyway?

Sports Today: Who wants to be a quarterback, anyway?

OK, so football turned out a little better in The Heart of It All this weekend, but not by much.  Especially if you’re a quarterback.  Andy Dalton kicked things off by getting outplayed on his home field by a rookie making his first start Thursday night.  J.T. Barrett went next, playing a key role in Ohio State’s 38-7 win over Army on Saturday. The Buckeyes won comfortably...
Bengals face long odds with Steelers, Ravens success

Bengals face long odds with Steelers, Ravens success

As if the odds weren’t against the 0-2 Bengals enough (roughly eight percent of teams that lose their first two games qualify for the postseason), the division looks like an upward climb. The Steelers took down the Sam Bradford-less Vikings relatively easily Sunday. That comes after a slightly underwhelming win against Cleveland. Either way, Pittsburgh is 2-0 and the offense looks as advertised...
Looking beyond Bengals 0-2 start

Looking beyond Bengals 0-2 start

Everyone fears an 0-2 start in the NFL because 0-2 teams rarely make the playoffs.  Those numbers themselves don’t mean anything, though. Losses in Week 1 and 2 count the same as losses in Week 8 and 9.  The reality is most 0-2 teams miss the playoffs because they are bad.  That's a big factor in being 0-2.  So, are the Bengals bad?  Let’s take a closer look&hellip...
New Bengals coordinator to focus on Dalton, running backs first

New Bengals coordinator to focus on Dalton, running backs first

When Bill Lazor puts the headset on for the first time as Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Sept. 24 in Green Bay, he knows his group isn’t going to have a drastically different look. But he fully expects there to be a different feel. “As a coordinator, two of the most important things that you have to do is to get the quarterback in rhythm and get the running back in rhythm,&rdquo...
Bengals fire offensive coordinator Zampese

Bengals fire offensive coordinator Zampese

Less than 90 minutes after a press conference in which Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said he wasn’t going to say whether any personnel changes are forthcoming, the team made a change. The Bengals fired Ken Zampese as offensive coordinator and replaced him with quarterbacks coach Bill Lazor. Zampese’s offense failed to score a touchdown in the first two games this season, a...
6 things to know about Bengals loss to Texans

6 things to know about Bengals loss to Texans

How bad has the Cincinnati Bengals offense been to start the season? This type of futility hasn’t been seen in 78 years. That’s nearly four score, which is one more score than the Bengals have posted after managing three field goals in Thursday night’s 13-9 loss to Houston on the heels of a 20-0 blanking in the opener . The...
Debut doesn’t go as planned for Bengals first-round pick

Debut doesn’t go as planned for Bengals first-round pick

Cincinnati Bengals rookie first-round pick John Ross made his debut Thursday night in the 13-9 loss to Houston, but it’s one he’d rather forget. On his first NFL touch, Ross showed off his speed when he ran around the left end and got into the secondary. But Houston cornerback Kareem Jackson hit Ross after a 12-yard gain and popped the ball loose. Texans linebacker Jadeveon Clowney...
Andy Dalton lets Bengals down again in prime time; now what?

Andy Dalton lets Bengals down again in prime time; now what?

Not all 0-2 starts are created equal.  After a 13-9 loss to the Houston Texans on Thursday night, this one looks pretty disastrous for the Cincinnati Bengals.  After a second loss to start the season, another ugly performance against an unimpressive opponent, the Bengals have 10 days to try to figure out how to turn things around. It won’t get easier when they travel to Green Bay. ...
Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green not happy with offense

Bengals wide receiver A.J. Green not happy with offense

A good rule of thumb when things aren’t going well offensively is to get the ball to your best player. That philosophy produced the longest play of the night for the Bengals when quarterback Andy Dalton heaved a deep, arching ball into triple coverage in the first quarter, and wide receiver A.J. Green went up and got it for a 50-yard reception. But the Bengals inexplicably ignored Green in a...
PHOTOS: Bengals honor legends on Thursday night

PHOTOS: Bengals honor legends on Thursday night

The Bengals’ offense hasn’t exactly been entertaining, but one aspect of the evening that brought fans to their feet was the honoring of several Bengals legends. The Bengals used the hashtag #Bengals50, and gave kudos to many of their greats at halftime of the game. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr"...
WATCH: Alex Erickson executes a heads-up return

WATCH: Alex Erickson executes a heads-up return

Always pay attention to wear your knee is. Bengals receiver and return specialist gave coaches everywhere a valuable piece of film Thursday night. He rolled over on a return, but realized he wasn’t down and ended up going 27 yards.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Great heads up 27-yard punt...
Adam Jones salutes Chris Henry with helmet

Adam Jones salutes Chris Henry with helmet

Adam “Pacman” Jones paid homage to his friend and former Bengals receiver Chris Henry during Thursday nights game. Henry died falling out of a moving truck in 2009. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Adam Jones is wearing a no.15 helmet. 15 was Chris Henry's number. <a href="https...
Twitter reacts: Atkins sacks Watson to end drive

Twitter reacts: Atkins sacks Watson to end drive

His handle is @GenoSacks for a reason. Bengals defensive tackle Geno Atkins stepped up and sacked Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson.  <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Geno Atkins is NOT a dude I want chasing me.</p>— Ryan Kartje (@Ryan_Kartje) <a href="https://twitter.com/Ryan_Kartje/status/908499313457635328"...
WATCH: Dalton, Green connect on deep bomb

WATCH: Dalton, Green connect on deep bomb

The Bengals offense has been putrid to open the season. The team hasn’t scored a touchdown in five quarters. But A.J. Green did his best to take care of it himself. Eluding defenders, Green came down with a 54-yard catch from Andy Dalton, helping the Bengals get into field goal range to tie the Texans at 3-3 in the second quarter. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"...
VIDEO: John Ross shows off speed but fumbles opportunity away

VIDEO: John Ross shows off speed but fumbles opportunity away

Bengals fans got a glance at John Ross’ potential, but also his first major mistake. Ross took an end-around, blazing through the Texans defense. Problem is, he fumbled the ball, and Jadeveon Clowney ran it back into Bengals territory, leading to a field goal that put Houston up 3-0. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en"...
WATCH: Chad Johnson greets, cheers on Bengals

WATCH: Chad Johnson greets, cheers on Bengals

Chad Johnson - or Ochocinco, depending on the era - was back in Cincinnati for the Bengals week 2 Thursday night contest against the Texans. Johnson was greeting players and coaches before the game. He’s among the Bengals greats being honored at halftime. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">.<a...
Bengals still without a TD after losing to Texans 13-9

Bengals still without a TD after losing to Texans 13-9

After 120 minutes, the Cincinnati Bengals are still looking for their first touchdown in 2017. And their first win. Any many, many more answers. The Houston Texans got a 49-yard touchdown run from rookie quarterback Deshaun Watson with 50 seconds left in the first half and made it stand up for a 13-9 victory Thursday night at Paul Brown Stadium. After getting blanked 20-0 by Baltimore in the opener...
Bengals sign offensive lineman to practice squad

Bengals sign offensive lineman to practice squad

The Bengals today signed guard J.J. Dielman to the practice squad. »RELATED: 6 things to know about Bengals-Texans Dielman (6-foot-5, 309 pounds, Utah) was the second of two Bengals fifth-round selections in this year’s NFL Draft. The Bengals waived him on final cuts on Sept. 2. He was claimed off waivers by the Los Angeles Rams, and he was inactive for the Rams’ first game. The...
Sports Today: 2 keys to success for the Bengals tonight and beyond

Sports Today: 2 keys to success for the Bengals tonight and beyond

There were no surprising positives in the loss to the Cincinnati Bengals’ loss to the Baltimore Ravens, but there were negatives I didn't see coming.  Of course, Andy Dalton tops the latter list.  The young players on the front seven didn't really do anything.  Everything else was more or less expected.  Those two areas are probably going to be the most important on...
6 things to watch for in Bengals-Texans game

6 things to watch for in Bengals-Texans game

Reeling from a 20-0 blanking by Baltimore in the season opener, the Cincinnati Bengals will try to avoid their first 0-2 start since 2008 and just the third of the Marvin Lewis era when they play host to the Houston Texans on Thursday Night Football. The Texans will be trying to avoid going 0-2 for the second time in three years, although they rallied from that slow start in 2015 to make the...
Bengals rule out two starters for Texans game

Bengals rule out two starters for Texans game

The Cincinnati Bengals will be without two starters for Thursday night’s nationally televised game against the Houston Texans. Defensive end Michael Johnson (concussion) and right guard Trey Hopkins (knee) are out, while starting safety Shawn Williams (elbow) and tight end C.J. Uzomah (ankle) have been upgraded to questionable. Rookie first-round pick John Ross (knee) is questionable for the...
Is this new helmet the answer to the NFL’s concussion concerns?

Is this new helmet the answer to the NFL’s concussion concerns?

A segment about Alex Smith’s helmet during NBC’s broadcast of the NFL’s season-opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots caught my eye last week, and The Washington Post had more on it this week.  Turns out he wasn’t the only player wearing the new helmet from VICIS called the Zero1 that is designed to mitigate the impact of hits to the head. ...
Today in Bengals history: Sept. 14

Today in Bengals history: Sept. 14

The Cincinnati Bengals have played on Sept. 14 six times and are 3-3 in those games. Here is a look at each them: Sept. 14, 2014 – Cincinnati Bengals 24, Atlanta Falcons 10 at Paul Brown Stadium Giovani Bernard rushed for 90 yards and a touchdown, and Jeremy Hill ran for 74 yards and a score as the Bengals raced out to a 24-3 lead. Andy Dalton threw a 76-yard touchdown pass to Mohamed Sanu,...
NFL Predictions: Who will win in Week 2?

NFL Predictions: Who will win in Week 2?

Cincinnati Bengals beat writer Jay Morrison offers his predictions for Week 2 of NFL games. The Ravens rarely lose at home, the Browns rarely win … anywhere. Pick: Ravens 23, Browns 17 The Buccaneers will have gone 17 days without playing, but still, it’s the Bears. Pick: Buccaneers 31, Bears 20 Don’t be fooled by the Steelers’ lackluster opener, they’re a different...
Bengals cut player to make room for Pacman on roster

Bengals cut player to make room for Pacman on roster

The Cincinnati Bengals waived defensive tackle Christian Ringo on Tuesday to make room for cornerback Adam Jones prior to his roster exemption expiring at 4 p.m. Jones was suspended for the first game of the season for his actions during and after his Jan. 3 arrest. Ringo’s tenure in Cincinnati lasted just six days. The Bengals claimed him off waivers from Green...
Eagles sign Elliott off Bengals practice squad

Eagles sign Elliott off Bengals practice squad

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed kicker Jake Elliott off the Cincinnati Bengals practice squad, according to a report from NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport and a not-so-cryptic confirmation tweet from Elliott. The Bengals drafted Elliott in the fifth-round out of Memphis, but he was erratic in the preseason, leading the team to stick with Randy Bullock. Elliott was 4 of 7 on field goal attempts...
2 more Bengals return to full practice participation

2 more Bengals return to full practice participation

Cincinnati Bengals cornerbacks Dre Kirkpatrick and Josh Shaw returned to full practice participation Tuesday after suffering injuries in Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore. Kirkpatrick (foot) sat out Monday, while Shaw (ankle) was limited. Both are expected to play Thursday night against Houston. ›› Pacman plans to address teammates about what he saw Sunday Two players not expected...
Stephen A. Smith: Bengals should fire Marvin Lewis

Stephen A. Smith: Bengals should fire Marvin Lewis

ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith has been vocal about Bengals coach Marvin Lewis in the past. Most recently, he said Lewis should be fired, but not for Sunday’s shutout loss to the Ravens. Smith calls Lewis’ 14-year tenure without a playoff win an “abomination.” He’s criticized Lewis and quarterback Andy Dalton throughout that drought. “I am not saying Marvin...
John Ross participates fully in practice, could play Thursday

John Ross participates fully in practice, could play Thursday

Bengals first-round draft pick John Ross fully participated in practice Monday. A knee injury kept the receiver out of the Bengals’ 20-0 season-opening loss to the Ravens. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">John Ross could be ready to make his debut on Thursday night <a href="https://t...
Dalton falls under scrutiny after Ravens smash Bengals

Dalton falls under scrutiny after Ravens smash Bengals

The Bengals were embarrassed 20-0 by the Ravens in their season opener. Quarterback Andy Dalton was one of the lead culprits, throwing four interceptions. His reviews after the game, well, weren’t very positive. <div></div><br><blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Wow Andy Dalton crowd surfing <a href="https...
Sports Today: Anthony Grant hits it big with newest Dayton Flyers verbal commit

Sports Today: Anthony Grant hits it big with newest Dayton Flyers verbal commit

Dayton Flyers basketball fans got a shot of great news yesterday evening with the verbal commitment of Dwayne Cohill.  The senior point guard from Cleveland Holy Name is a top 100 prospect in the country according to Rivals and 247Sports.  Needless to say, this is a huge get for Anthony Grant, who hasn’t coached a Flyers game yet but already has matched predecessor Archie Miller&rsquo...
Pacman plans to address teammates about what he saw Sunday

Pacman plans to address teammates about what he saw Sunday

Returning to the team Monday after serving his one-game suspension, Cincinnati Bengals cornerback Adam Jones said he’s eager to ignite a spark. And he’s not waiting until Thursday’s game against Houston. Jones said one of the things that bothered him most while watching the Bengals fall to Baltimore 20-0 in Sunday’s season opener was that a few of his teammates were helping...
Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

Sports Today: Bengals loss a blip, or sign of things to come?

The Cincinnati Bengals’ season-opening loss to the Baltimore Ravens could not have gone worse.  That isn’t hyperbole. There are virtually no positives to take away from it aside from no one being seriously injured.  The way Marvin Lewis’ team looked Sunday, that won’t matter in the long run because they can’t win with this collection of players if they can&rsquo...
5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

5 things to know about Bengals loss to the Ravens

Cincinnati Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis stopped just short of calling Sunday’s 20-0 loss to Baltimore in the season opener the most disappointing of his career. “I don’t know if I’ve ever been…,” he said before stopping himself. “It was a disappointing football game.” Here are five things to know about what went wrong...
6 things to watch in Bengals’ season opener vs. Ravens

6 things to watch in Bengals’ season opener vs. Ravens

The Cincinnati Bengals will open the 2017 season at home Sunday against the Baltimore Ravens, a team they have beaten six of the last seven times overall and five of the six at Paul Brown Stadium. A Bengals team already bursting with youth will be even younger in the opener due to the suspensions of cornerback Adm Jones and Vontaze Burfict. The team could have as many as 13 players making their NFL...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals ready to get started for real

The Cincinnati Bengals made their final cuts, set their practice squad then made a few more moves.  They kept seven receivers, and they got a lot younger.  The Bengals also got a little smaller on the defensive front, trading high-potential, low-yield Wille Clarke for short-but-productive offseason acquisition Chris Smith.  Four of the players drafted in April didn’t make...
Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

Undrafted rookies Carter, Nickerson excited for Bengals opportunity

On Saturday Cethan Carter got the call. On Sunday, the car. Carter, a tight end from Nebraska, knew making the Cincinnati Bengals roster as an undrafted rookie was a longshot, so there was no reason to bring his car to town. But after he got a call from head coach Marvin Lewis on Saturday morning, his parents made the drive from New Orleans to bring him his car. “It means a lot, it means everything...
Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

Sports Today: NFL’s terrible rules screw Bengals again

The further criminalization of physical contact in the NFL caught up with the Bengals late Sunday night when news broke Vontaze Burfict is facing a five-game suspension.  My knee-jerk reaction was five games seems like an awful lot, even for a repeat offender.  I thought I should sleep on it, and this morning I still feel that way.  But, hey, rules are rules, right?  Well...
Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Sports Today: Welcome back, high school football!

Writers are told not to use exclamation points often, if at all, but today I’m making an exception because there is nothing like high school football in Ohio.  The season is only one day old, and we already have some surprising results.  Fairmont ended 13 years of misery by upsetting rival Alter 13-12 last night in the Battle of Kettering.  While that is undoubtedly a big...
Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

Sports Today: How disappointing will the Reds be before 2017 is over? 

The Cincinnati Reds are really working hard to erase all the positives they established in the first half of the season.  OK, that’s probably overstating it a bit. Maybe.  As things stand, they still have proven they have solid-or-better players at all eight every-day positions with Jesse Winker still a wild card and Nick Senzel on the way.  The overburdened bullpen has had some...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals might have a pair of pass-rushing steals

The training camp performances of a pair of rookie pass rushers indicate the Cincinnati Bengals knew what they were doing when they waited until the third and fourth rounds to address that area of need in the draft.  Jordan Willis is in the spotlight today after Carl Lawson hogged it for much of the early part of camp (not to mention offseason workouts).  At 6-foot-2, 261 pounds, Lawson...
Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

Observations from final full practice at Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their final full practice of training camp Wednesday, and the first one void of any fans. After a walk-through Thursday, the Bengals will take Friday off and then face Kansas City on Saturday at Paul Brown Stadium. After that, the schedule shifts into regular-season mode, where media are kicked out of practice after 30 minutes. That makes this final observation article...
Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Sports Today: Reds show backbone, potential in taut thriller at Wrigley Field

Unless it costs them a slot in the draft next summer, the Reds' 2-1 win over the Cubs at Wrigley Field on Tuesday night doesn't mean anything.  But it sure was fun.  Tight. Tense. Tremendous.  Unless you hate pitcher's duels, this one had everything.  An exciting young starter (Luis Castillo) making a strong appearance at an iconic ballpark against the defending World Series champions...
Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

Sports Today: J.T. Barrett’s legacy in focus, key to Ohio State’s success this fall

After a weekend spent mostly off the grid, I’m in catch-up mode this morning.  I missed the Bengals’ first preseason game, but my biggest takeaways from Jay Morrison’s takeaways were that new defensive ends Chris Smith and Jordan Willis has nice games and the offensive line wasn’t bad.  The ability of those guys — not to mention running back Joe Mixon...
Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Sports Today: It’s a Cincinnati Bengals game day

Cincinnati Bengals fans, the long wait for preseason game No. 1 ends tonight with Marvin Lewis’ team hosting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Jay Morrison already laid out his six things to watch tonight and hit all the most important aspects of the game I can see, such as they are when the outcome doesn’t matter.  I am with Jay in wanting to see how Trey Hopkins performs on the offensive...
6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

6 things to watch in Bengals preseason opener

After unfurling banners, standing sculptures and counting down legends to honor their 50th season, the Cincinnati Bengals will finally get to hit the field, and an opponent, at 7:30 p.m. Friday when they face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in both teams’ preseason opener. Other than a couple of goal-line plays, the Bengals haven’t done any live tackling through the first 11 days of camp, which...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

Sports Today: Cincinnati Reds call in legends to work with Hunter Greene 

If you’re really into the whole, “Hunter Greene is the next face of baseball,” thing, well, last night was a good night for you.  The Reds’ first-round draft pick made his professional debut last night in Billings, Mont., and he stroked a two-run triple for his first hit as a Mustang.  Greene is a prospect as a pitcher and a shortstop, but he got his feet wet...
Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Sports Today: Cincinnati Bengals defense showing signs of feistiness

Friday night, the Cincinnati Bengals defense got rave reviews.  The pass rushers and the defensive backs were among the standouts, which of course is a double-edged sword when your own guys are working against each other.  We have reason to believe protection could be a problem for the Bengals’ offense this season, but the team’s pass rush was also in need of an upgrade. ...
Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

Sports Today: Bengals offense gets a scare while defense gains versatility

We got a reminder yesterday about how quickly fortunes can turn in the NFL. One day you’re rookie Joe Mixon making headlines for running past defenders, the next you’re rookie Joe Mixon watching from a cart with a banged up heel.  Of course there is good news here on two fronts: It appears he is fine, and Giovani Bernard’s faster-than-expected recovery from ACL surgery...
Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Sports Today: To live tweet or not to live tweet? That is the question

Should we put the Twitter machine to bed when we’re in the middle of an interview?  Yeah, probably. Not that we will. Or can?  These are thoughts I had when I saw Texas coach Tom Herman (a Cincinnati-born former Ohio State assistant) is banning social media posts from reporters while they talk to his guys.  I may be in the minority, but I don't hate this at all.  I wasn't...
Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

Sports Today: Bengals/Flyers Fight Club Edition

For the middle of the first week of August, we’ve got all kinds of stuff going on — including knuckleheads for the Bengals and Flyers.  But first a reminder: Never do anything wrong in 2017 because there will be video. This applies to you, me and people who play for the Bengals and the University of Dayton basketball team.  The moving pictures from the Greene County Jail are...
Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

Sports Today: Joe Mixon turning heads at Bengals training camp

The star of day four of Cincinnati Bengals training camp was Joe Mixon if social media is any indication.  He put on a show at practice, reminding everyone he has a unique blend of size, speed and open-field elusiveness.  Mixon moves very fluidly, especially for a 228-pounder.  If he can give the Bengals a breakaway runner to go with the vertical receiving threats of A.J. Green and...
Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

Observations from Day 4 of Bengals training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals held their first full-padded practice of training camp on Monday but did not do any live tackling periods. Here are some observations from the fourth practice, which drew a crowd of 1,350. Sooner speed Second-round pick Joe Mixon has flashed his speed since the start of camp, but he was at his most explosive Monday when he right tackle Jake Fisher and right guard Trey Hopkins...
Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

Sports Today: Positives abound in Cincinnati Bengals first weekend of training camp

The Cincinnati Bengals got going over the weekend down on the riverfront and…. so far, so good.  On offense, the big story was thought to be Tyler Eifert and John Ross getting clean bills of health.  Then everyone saw Giovani Bernard looking like, well, Giovani Bernard despite having ACL surgery less than eight months ago.  This is a huge development for a team with...
Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Sports Today: Coaching won’t hold back Ohio State offense this season

Maybe the first day of practice isn’t the time to make sweeping statements about a football team, but here’s one anyway: Ohio State’s offense won’t be held back by coaching this year.  New offensive coordinator Kevin Wilson said everything Buckeye fans should want to hear about fixing the scoring unit after day one of preseason practice.  While quickening the...
Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Sports Today: It’s beginning to look a lot like football everywhere you go

Welcome to what counts around here (and this is my column) as the official start of football season: The first day of Big Ten football media days.  The Bengals formally start the season tomorrow with a media luncheon (more on them later), and we’ve got our series of the best high school football players from many area schools going strong.  Later this week, I’m heading to Canton...
Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Sports Today: Rejoice as football plans come into focus

Good news: The slowest sports week I can remember* this year is almost over.  Ohio State announced yesterday training camp will begin for the Buckeyes next Thursday. Heroic OSU SID Jerry Emig also gave us a way to kill some time yesterday by publishing the 2017 media guide. I’m not afraid to admit I used to love going through those when they were still printed (but I’d rather pretend...
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...
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...
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