Monday, August 17, 2009

Odds and Ends As We Get Ready To Roll

You want cynical? I'm half thinking the Bengals camp is so boring that HBO and NFL Films teamed up to back the Bengals in their offer to Michael Vick. That would have stirred the Bengals pot. I'm also half thinking HBO and NFL Films trucked in Muhammad Ali to spice things up today. How's that for cynical?

Speaking of "Hard Knocks", I guess the Bengals didn't take Mike Brown's advice and move defensive end Chris Harrington to tight end. They signed two free agent tight ends today.

I keep vacillating on Carson Palmer's status. If he can play Thursday night, should he? I want him to get in as much work as possible under live-game action, since last year he saw very little action. This offense needs to be clicking, and needs the work to get all of the timing down. Carson looked pretty good for the first time out of the box Friday night. I'm guessing he won't play, but I really want him to take the field for most of the first half.

I can't wait for U.C. football. Think about this. Last year U.C. had the experienced defense and an All-America punter. Fighting through the quarterback injuries in 2008, the 'Cats could afford to play conservative offense and let the defense and special teams win games. With 10 new starters on defense and a new punter, head coach and resident mad scientist Brian Kelly is probably thinking he'll need to score some points. There could be a mushroom cloud over campus by the time he's through. Just think of the wild plays he'll conjure up for his offense. With qb Tony Pike, wr Mardy Gilyard, and a slew of other home run hitters at the skill positions, I think this is going to be fun. I hope they added a third digit to the scoreboard at Nippert Stadium!

High school football is about to kick off, and as you probably know that's a big deal around here. Kentucky games begin this Friday and we'll have our tailgate show up and running this Friday at Ryle. The Raiders are hosting Covington Catholic in a mammoth tilt to start the season. Another game that is intriguing Firday night involves NewCath and Dixie Heights. Beechwood coach Noel Rash and Simon Kenton coach Jeff Marksberry will be watching that one with interest. Beechwood plays Dixie while Simon Kenton will meet NewCath the following Saturday in the Crosstown Showdown.

How can the Reds be this bad? I NEVER thought it would come to this in 2009. Have you already given up hope on 2010? I'm getting close.

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