Category Archives: Cincinnati Bengals

Is PacMan Jones Above The Law?

Bengals cornerback Adam “PacMan” Jones is not exactly someone you would call a “Model Citizen”.  He has had numerous scrapes with the law.  Adam has been charged in the past with the following– assault, felony vandalism, marijuana possession, felony & misdemeanor counts of obstruction of justice, felony coercion, battery, misdemeanor count of threat to life and conspiracy to commit disorderly conduct.  Jones was also suspended by the NFL in 2008 for violating the league’s Code of Conduct.

On January 2nd, 2017, Adam was involved in a bizarre incident.  Jones was at Cincinnati’s Millennium Hotel & according to prosecutors was “beating on different hotel room doors.” Prosecutors also say Adam pushed and poked a hotel security employee in the eye after they came to investigate.

A 911 call was made from the hotel and a police dispatch log says the phone was apparently dropped and “a lot of…arguing” could be heard.  Jones was eventually arrested…which led to this disturbing video…

It is also alleged that Jones spit on a jail nurse that evening.  What’s particularly puzzling is that Hamilton County Prosecutor Joe Deters now discredits the jail nurse’s accusation, claiming that the nurse, Tammy Hopkins, is trying to squeeze money out of Adam Jones and the Bengals.  Hopkins denies the accusation & is upset by Deters’ inaction regarding Jones.

Even more odd is that Deters said he is unsure about prosecuting Jones & will wait to see what punishment, if any, the NFL will take against Jones.  He also said that Jones has entered anger management & alcohol-related treatment.

WHAT IN THE HELL IS GOING ON HERE?  If Adam Jones broke the law, he should be prosecuted….and why are the Bengals being so quiet about this???  Just look at the tape of Jones in the police cruiser.  That should be enough.  Bengals Owner Mike Brown needs to grow some stones and do what is right….and that is to GET RID OF PACMAN JONES.

Do what is right for the Cincinnati community & law enforcement.  Get rid of this menace.

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Christmas Wishes for Ohio Sports Fans

It’s the Holiday Season…so why not give our “Christmas Wishes” for fans of Ohio’s major sports teams?

CLEVELAND BROWNS- Hope, any glimmer of hope. All the fans of this downtrodden franchise want is a sign that the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t an oncoming train.

CINCINNATI BENGALS- Success on the “big stage”.  This is the season where the Bengals need to show their fans that they can deliver in ‘primetime’. Yes, Andy Dalton is injured…but AJ McCarron should keep the ship afloat until the “Red Rifle” can return in the playoffs.

OHIO STATE FOOTBALL- A convincing win over Notre Dame in the Fiesta Bowl.  Yes, the dominating victory over Michigan was nice but Buckeyes fans need a big win over the Irish to take the sour taste of no return to the College Football Playoff out of their mouths.

CINCINNATI REDS- A blueprint of a true, concrete plan.  Most reasonable Reds fans probably understand the need for the mid-market team to shed payroll.  But those fans also need to see what is being done to rebuild….or maybe just get some more sweet bobbleheads.

CLEVELAND INDIANS- A sense of direction.  Is this team really in it to win it or just to keep their heads above .500?  The franchise has made some vaguely interesting moves so far this offseason to pique interest among the fanbase but is it enough to compete in the AL Central?

COLUMBUS BLUE JACKETS- Leadership from within.  Yes, the hiring of John Tortorella as head coach should provide discipline but the team needs leadership from the players themselves.  Nick Foligno was elected captain but it still seems like someone, anyone, needs to start being a bit of an asshole in the locker room.  Nice guys finish last especially in the NHL.

CLEVELAND CAVALIERS- A NBA Championship. Pure and simple.  This team is the only real hope Cleveland has of bringing a title to the city.  If they fail this season, it doesn’t look possible anytime soon.

OHIO STATE BASKETBALL- A .500 season with maybe a couple of Big Ten Tournament wins would be nice.  Kentucky win aside, this is a very young team and is due to disappoint Buckeyes fans a few more times this season. If they could sneak into the NCAA Tournament, that would be a bonus.

UC & XAVIER BASKETBALL- To use a cliche, “You keep being you”.  Both of these teams exemplify why  the city of Cincinnati is a true college basketball gem.  UC & X are very good teams with great coaches at the helm.  Added bonus, neither coach looks to be wanting to go elsewhere which should mean continued success for a long time.

Playoff loss still stings for Bengals fans

The sadness/bitterness/anger that has swept across the Bengals fanbase this week is not showing any signs of letting up.  On the team’s official Facebook page, a question was posted asking fans to list their favorite memory of the 2013 season.

Here are a few…

  • When Gruden accepted the Redskins job
  • When they fired Marvin Lewis!  Oh wait…
  • That one time Andy Dalton didn’t throw 3 interceptions a game
  • When the Chargers embarrassed us at home, nullified the entire season
  • Getting let down yet once again in the playoffs, I love it!!
  • When Marvin Lewis was fired.  Oh, that’s right that was only a pleasant dream.
  • When we were teased with a contender.
  • Still waiting on it…the firing of Marvin Lewis.
  • Watching us choke in the playoffs again
  • When Dalton triumphed over pressure and adversity.  Oh wait, that didn’t happen.
  • This is too soon.  I am still mourning.
  • Well it sure wasn’t the playoff game I went to.

Read it for yourself.  It goes on and on and on…

It’s been long enough

As Cincinnati returns to the playoffs this weekend, I decided to take a trip down memory lane. The last time the Bengals won a playoff game was January 6, 1991 against the Houston Oilers. It was also the first Bengals game I ever attended.

My family had been to Riverfront Stadium many times to see the Cincinnati Reds. It was really weird to see the field transformed into a football field. The lower level of seats, or “blue seats”, had been shifted around to make the playing area more suitable for football. At the time, I had no idea those sections of seats could even move. The white paint on the Astroturf had changed from baselines to yard lines. Dad and I made our way to the upper deck or “red seats”. We were right under the scoreboard, just a few rows from the very top.

I learned very quickly that the atmosphere for a football game was quite different than baseball. The intensity and excitement was incredible! I can remember a guy sitting near us screaming, “Holman! Holman!” as Tight End Rodney Holman raced down the sideline. Quarterback Boomer Esiason complied with the fan’s wishes and connected with his tight end for a big gain and the rout was on. The Bengals jumped out to a 34-0 lead in the third quarter en route to a 41-14 victory. Esiason, running backs Ickey Woods and Eric Ball each rushed for a touchdown. Kicker Jim Breech kicked two field goals. Running Back Harold Green and Tight End/Wide Receiver Eric Kattus each caught a touchdown pass from Esiason.

The Bengals ended up losing the following week against the Raiders, but the experience I had caused me to frequent Riverfront Stadium a lot more after the baseball season ended.

I have no idea how many Bengals games I have attended. I’ve even made road trips to Pittsburgh, Cleveland and Detroit. My family and I are able to make it to Paul Brown Stadium at least once a year. However, I will never forget the excitement of my first Bengals game. Hopefully, the fans lucky enough to be in the seats on Sunday will be able to experience a playoff victory too. It’s been long enough.

Something we can all agree on

Fans of the Cincinnati Bengals and Cleveland Browns can always share one thing – hatred for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Why I Hate The Baltimore Ravens

Ladies and gentlemen, why I hate the Baltimore Ravens…

Joe Flacco. His name reminds me of Shane Falco, the quarterback of the Washington Sentinels in The Replacements. The Sentinels’ head coach was played by Gene Hackman, who played Norman Dale in Hoosiers. He would have never won that state championship without Jimmy Chitwood.

History. I will admit that I didn’t exactly lose any sleep when the Browns packed up and moved to Baltimore. However, Art Modell flipping the bird (pun intended) at one of the league’s most loyal fan bases was an absolute tragedy. I was at the last game in Cleveland Stadium and it was really sad.

Team Name. Ravens? I can’t help but think of Raven-Seymone, who played Olivia on The Cosby Show 20 years ago. The problem is I remember her being on the show, which shows how old I am getting.

Logo and Colors. I always think something is wrong with my television when I see the red blocks on their logo at midfield. Purple and black were the same colors as my college baseball team and I always thought they were stupid. Besides, watching a man dressed in Barney colors flapping his arms like a bird after making a tackle is just disturbing.

The Bengals are AFC North Champions!

The Bengals continued their home field domination today with a 42-14 destruction of the Minnesota Vikings. Couple that with the Patriots beating the Ravens and the Bengals are AFC North Champions!

Andy Dalton had a big day, completing 27 of 38 passes for 366 yards and four touchdowns. He now has 31 touchdown passes for the season, one shy of Carson Palmer’s single-season club record. Dalton is also just the fourth quarterback in NFL history to take his team to the playoffs in his first three seasons.

It has been a fun season in Cincinnati, but there is unfinished business. A division title means nothing with another one-and-done in the playoffs. The Bengals have surpassed the “happy to be here” phase and the players know it. This team is capable of more, a lot more.

With a win against the Ravens next Sunday, the Bengals will lock themselves in as the #2 seed and, hopefully, begin a run to the Super Bowl!