The Bengals are a mess

There’s not a lot going on right now, but plenty with the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals are in bad shape, obviously. Head coach Marvin Lewis is a fraud and it was a mistake to bring him back. They should have blown this whole thing up in the off-season. Not that Lewis is to blame for Chris Henry’s latest transgression, but Lewis is ultimately accountable for the litany of problems his players have had – and of course their lackluster play and poor W-L records the last two years. He’s supposed to be a guru on his side of the ball, yet his defense has been miserable in his five seasons. He’s been the Brian Billick of the defensive side of the ball. It took a while for Billick to get canned, but he finally did, and Lewis will be soon as well. I will say that the frugal (ok, cheap) Bengals don’t help Lewis at all. DE Justin Smith is gone, and so is S Madieu Williams, for example.

I feel really bad for Carson Palmer. He must feel like the only normal person in a family full of dysfunctional nut-jobs. The sad thing is Henry was to be a […]

Another off-football post

Just a moment today on another off-football post. If you read this blog you may recall a soapbox moment of mine last February on how kids need to diversify because they’re generally too into sports these days. I wrote about how I was no longer sweating my oldest kid’s baseball career because it just wasn’t nearly as important as I thought it was. Oh, it would be great if the kid had a nice HS career, but it’s not the end of the world if he doesn’t. More importantly, it behooves parents to point their children to more than one endeavor, and not just sports, just in case the sports don’t work out. Or just in case they hope to be interesting adults.

Well, he played HS ball and Babe Ruth last year and had a solid season. Ironically, his BR team won the county championship, yet he wasn’t there for the big game. He played in all the games leading up to the championship, but after six years of clearing my schedule out in June I decided to book a trip for him and my 10-year old to the mountains to do some hiking and the like. Of course, they […]

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