Tuesday, September 22, 2009

U.C. Fun and It's The Bengals Time

It's time for the Bengals to show Pittsburgh a little swagger for a change. The unvarnished truth is that the Steelers come to Cincinnati not only expecting to win, but expecting to push the Bengals around. From crashing into Carson's knee with no fear of retribution, to the Bus spiking the ball at Bengals feet, to Hines Ward breaking the jaw of Keith Rivers. All of those things happened right here in Cincinnati. When was the last time you really thought the Bengals whipped Pittsburgh's posteriors? The Steelers have won the last five meetings. It's time for the Bengals to take the physical upper-hand in this series. With this defense, the Bengals should be able to do some damage against a struggling Steelers offensive line. It's time to dish it out to the black and gold. If the Bengals don't, shame on them.

How fun is this U.C. thing getting. Pete Fiutak of CollegeFootballNews.com painted a scene that has the Bearcats taking on Florida in the BCS Championship game. Then before anyone had a chance to digest that, U.C. sophomore running back Isiah Pead declared U.C. the "top dog" in Ohio. Now people in Cincinnati AND Columbus are buzzing about this stuff. The NBC television station in Columbus requested the videotaped interviews from U.C. players about the issue. I've worked at WLWT for better than 25 years and I never, ever, recall a Columbus television station wanting anything from our U.C. football coverage outside of the occassional U.C.-Ohio State matchups. So Isiah stirred the pot and brought some attention to the Bearcats. He might have a future in marketing. Here's Isiah igniting the fuse, followed by Tony Pike's and Brian Kelly's comments.

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