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Five (or More)For Friday: “no lie”

Twice now, Bengals coaches have been compelled to come to the defense of Andy Dalton.  First it was Marvin Lewis a couple of weeks ago at the Senior Bowl in Mobile.  More recently it’s been the duty of offensive coordinator Hue Jackson.  When Jackson was asked about Dalton’s Pro-Bowl play he said that he missed Dalton’s Pro-Bowl performance because he fell asleep.

But even Hue couldn’t bring himself to completely ignore Dalton’s season.  His defense of Dalton was limited to a three game stretch.  He saw the same thing we did:  “I see in the first three games of the season a guy that played with moxie and tenacity and aggressiveness, and who played extremely well down that 3-0 stretch.” ~Quote from ESPN

I’m not hopeful.

If you didn’t see Paul Dehner Jr.’s “Ranking the Bengal’s Roster” you should.  We are lucky to have Dehner.  He is a sharp dude and so much better than the collection of pillow biters that write for the Reds in this town, save C. Trent.   He has Dalton listed as the 12th Bengal.  George Iloka is 11th.  A.J. Green and Jeremy Hill are number 1 and 2.

By the way, the shortest book ever written is called, “Super Bowl Champions who’s best two players are a wide receiver and quarterback.”

Tiger Woods withdrew. I always suspected he was a rhythm player.  The rumors about Tiger always finishing first are greatly exaggerated it looks like.  But I digress..

Tiger should stop playing until he is 100% healthy.  Tightness in the back?  Tiger has lost his mojo and I believe that can only mean one thing:

I can’t say Earl Thomas without saying Conley.

I wish “Cheers” was still an active television show.  Gronk and Edelman making cameos…it would be the best.  Carla following all over herself to get to Gostkowski.  An aging Sam Malone competing with the kids for the ladies attention.  We find out that Cliff was behind deflating the balls after tracking them down at the post office.  Woody getting high with Josh Gordon at a Super Bowl party.  Belichick sitting in Norm’s chair.  Frasier getting assaulted by a rabid fan for wearing a Seattle scarf.  The two part episode writes itself.

Los Angeles Clipper, Chris Paul dropped an all-time, sure to become meme, slur, “…this might not be for her” in regards to a female official.   Suspension and fine are forthcoming for sure.   Go ahead and tweet your “This might not be for her” memes @859sports.

Pete Carroll said, “I cried over the loss.”  He also told Matt Lauer that he never makes a call thinking it is going to go bad and that it “just didn’t turn out well.”   Was he talking about his time at USC?

Never trust a girl who shares a name with a teenage witch.  Julian Edelman learned the hard way.  Women will do anything these days.   Maybe Tinder isn’t for her.  sabrina-dudish-tinder-2 (1)

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Five For Friday: Balls rule, Air Balls, Ball Four, Pro Bowls, and Bowling

  1. The NFL rule book doesn’t say much about testing for HGH, beating your wife, or general jack-assedness (think Brett Favre); but it does have a pretty detailed section on footballs.

The Ball

2.  We haven’t talked much about the Bearcats and neither has anyone else.  The Enquirer has become the Musketeer Press and the B-Cats have been difficult to watch (not one player is averaging double digits). Last month, connecting UC with 2015-01-23 14-03-20the Big 12 was all the rage.  That has seemed to cool off at about the same rate as AAC scoring. We haven’t forgotten that the AAC is the producer of the reigning NCAA tournament champion.  But come on now, if Larry Brown is the most interesting thing about your conference how excited are we supposed to be?  Not much is going on anywhere else.  The biggest story in the SEC these days is when a depleted team that hasn’t competed nationally in 50 years hangs around to lose by double digits to a UK team that will likely go undefeated, while shooting air balls.  The Norse are the most interesting basketball story in the 859 to date, I don’t care what anyone says.   Until UK loses or wins their 40th straight, there is absolutely nothing interesting about #BBN right now.  The Bearcats in the Big 12 would change that.  What would be a bigger story than Huggins and the Mountaineers rolling into Clifton right about now?  Or Tubberville in recruiting battles in Texas?  Make it it happen UC.  I’d be interested to know what the college basketball TV ratings were in the 859 for games that did not include the Wildcats.

3.  Pitchers and catchers report to spring training in less than four weeks.  The Reds do not have a starting rotation and somehow along the way got older in left field.  Good job, good effort.

4.  The Washington Post lured me in with this headline: “Andy Dalton is not the worst QB selected to the Pro Bowl in last decade. Colts’ Andrew Luck is.”  At first I thought maybe they meant “worst looking,” as in attractiveness.  But then they go on to explain that 2012 Andrew Luck was a bad Pro Bowl selection too.

5.   ESPN will be televising Chris Paul’s celebrity bowling event on Super Bowl Sunday instead of Carmelo Anthony and the Knicks taking on the Lakers. Im not sure if that says more about ESPN, the Knicks, or the viewing public.  We all lose.

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Five For Friday

  1. A minor move that could impact the Bengals draft:  Bengals signed running back James Wilder Jr., to a future/reserve contract.  There is a very good chance that Wilder will now stick on the roster next season as a fourth running back. Only players who were not on any NFL team’s active roster when the previous season ended are eligible for these types of contracts.  In 2013, Wilder averaged 7 yards per carry. Wilder was named All-ACC Honorable Mention.  Wilder rushed for 1,363 yards with 20 rushing touchdowns during his career at Florida State University. He entered the 2014 NFL Draft after his junior season.  Wilder is 6’3, 235.
  2. Former Bengal Running Back Ostell Miles has been indicted by a Denver, Colorado grand jury on 44 counts involving stealing cars while posing as a towing company. The counts also include violating Colorado’s Organized Crime Control Act and identity theft. The 44 year old Miles was drafted by the Bengals in the 9th round of the 1992 draft out of the University of Houston.  Miles played with David Klingler in Houston and backed up Harold Green and Derrick Fenner for two seasons with the Bengals.
  3. The Reds announced their non-roster spring training invitees.  Most interesting is 29 year old Brennan Boesch who started three years in the outfield for the Detroit Tigers, 2010, 11, & 12. In 2013, Boesch had 53 plate appearances with the Yankees and in 2014, 77 PAs with the Angels.  Boesch will push some roster competition and how embarrassing it would be to see him outplay 37 year old Marlon Byrd.
  4. The Oscar nominees for Best Picture are:
    1. American Sniper, starring Bradley Cooper, based on the memoir of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle.
    2. Boyhood, Richard Linklater’s 12-year chronicle of the life of a boy from kindergarten to college.
    3. Birdman, starring Michael Keaton as an actor who once played a superhero and attempts a comeback on Broadway.

    4. The Grand Budapest Hotel, Wes Anderson’s offbeat but meticulously drawn story of a concierge played by Ralph Fiennes and his young protege.

    5. The Imitation Game, liberally adapted from the actual life of Alan Turing, the mathematician who broke Germany’s Enigma Code during World War II and was later prosecuted for homosexuality.

    6. The Theory of Everything, about the marriage and early career of scientist Stephen Hawking.

    7. Whiplash, the tense tale of a drummer played by Miles Teller facing off against a teacher played by veteran actor J.K. Simmons.

    8. Selma, Ava DuVernay’s dramatization of the events surrounding the Selma civil rights marches of 1964 and the development of the Voting Rights Act.

  5. Six high school basketball teams from northern Kentucky tip off today at NKU’s Bank of Kentucky Center: It is almost certain that one of these teams will be representing the 9th region in the Sweet 16 and Campbell County won the 10th region in 2014.  This is a great opportunity for high school basketball players to showcase their ability on a division I campus.
    1. * Scott vs. Campbell County, 5:30 p.m.
    2. * Cooper vs. Holmes, 7 p.m.
    3. * Covington Catholic vs. Newport Central Catholic, 8:30 p.m.

Five For Friday: Damien Harris, Marvin Lewis, Reds, NKU, K-Mart

damien-harris1.  Madison Southern Running Back, Damien Harris is set to announce where he will be playing football next season.  The announcement will take place at 1:15 pm from his high school.  I don’t normally get interested in where a teenager decides to go to school; but this has been a spectacle that only central Kentucky could produce.

I think he is going to choose UK; but either way, expectations should be tempered for any kid coming off a knee injury who wants to play running back in the SEC.  The 5’11, 200 pound Harris seems to be without mentorship and has been outspoken at times.  He has never won a high school playoff game in an era with the most football classes and with the most teams going to the playoffs.  He has some really great numbers but he plays running back.  The position of running back has been devalued greatly as the trickle down effects of the NFL have influenced the college game. There hasn’t been a running back taken in the first round of the NFL draft since 2012.  That streak likely ends in 2015.

The top 5 Kentucky high school running backs I have ever seen in person probably all played at Boone County between 1986 and 1994 when the school finished state runners-up 4 times during that span.  But here is a top list to consider:  1. Shawn Alexander, Boone Co./Alabama, 2. Brandon Black, Boone Co./drafted by the Mets, 3. John Ransdell, Boone Co., 4. Justin Frisk, Highlands,/JUCO, 5. Bryan Sheperd, Campbell Co./Cincinnati

headshot_606652.  The Reds made a savvy move after spending most of the winter pissing down their leg, when they acquired Keyvius Sampson off of waivers from the Padres.  Sampson filled the remaining open spot on the Reds 40 man roster.  Sampson also may fill the void left by Alfredo Simon.  It is not everyday a team can pick up a 24 year old major league ready starting right hander who can touch 99 MPH.  The Padres have gone mad. This is the kind of low risk/high reward chance the Reds should be taking on hitters.  The miss on Nelson Cruz still stings.  The Reds get a pass while the Bengals get raked over the coals for losing in the playoffs.

3.  Marvin Lewis is going to be the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals until it is no longer profitable for the Bengals to have him at head coach.  That is how the Bengals do business.  Mike Brown looks at the head coaching position as the CEO of a company.  Lewis fits that mold perfectly.  In a league where there is very little difference between the teams that make the playoffs and the teams that do not, making the playoffs four straight years (6 of 10) is beating the market. Lewis has the trust of the front office and the players.  I think they are to a point that the reason they get beat can be identified as something more than coaching.  The Bengals played a physically and mentally demanding schedule where 8 of 16 games were against really good playoff teams.  They never get an off week and to play at the level they have to play to carry the shortcomings of their quarterback is a tough road to navigate.  If Dalton never gets better, they never will play in a Super Bowl; it doesn’t matter who is coaching.  I’d like to see some better offensive coordinating; but really, winning 10 games after losing Zimmer tells me they are doing something right.  Over the last two years the Bengals have hung losses on all of the darlings of the NFL: Brady, Rogers, and Manning. This upcoming draft is an important one.

nku basketball4., the Cincinnati Enquirer’s website still does not have a tab for NKU on their sports page which amounts to professional malpractice.  One day soon NKU is going to win the Atlantic Sun and make their very predictable mid-major run in the tournament.  Madness  will ensue.  I lived in southwest Florida when FGCU made their run and now there are billboards on I75 down there that still say, “Welcome to Dunk City”.  The Enquirer will be behind the curve when it happens here.  I appreciate what Xavier basketball is all about but I’m not sure how many more big east basketball stories I can stomach.  It should be a crime to even call that conference the “Big East”.  Jimmy Burke and Henry Hill are turning over in their graves.

5.  Kenyon Martin is back.  The man who embodies post championship Cincinnati sports has tweeted that he will be playing for the Bucks:

The 37 year old Martin has already put together a lengthy NBA career.  He was drafted 1st overall by the New Jersey Nets in 2000.  He didn’t ever live up to his first pick status but he has made over $112 million dollars while averaging a little over 12 points per game, across 14 seasons.  

In his last year at Cincinnati, Martin won college basketball’s three most prestigious awards:

1999-00 NCAA AP Player of the Year
1999-00 NCAA John R. Wooden Award
1999-00 NCAA Naismith Men’s College Player of the Year Award

But he will most be remembered in these parts for the broken leg he suffered three minutes into the Bearcats’ first game of the Conference USA Tournament, keeping him out of the NCAA Tournament that year. The team finished with a record of 29-4.  Many thought the Martin would lead the Bob Huggins coached Bearcats to a National Championship but the injury was too much for the team to overcome on the eve of the NCAA.