Bengals Draft Preview

  It’s like Christmas in April. Yes, I love the NFL Draft far more than the average human should. The 2013 version of the draft kicks off Thursday with the first round. Rounds 2-3 will follow on Friday and the proceedings will conclude on Saturday with rounds 4-7. (Is this a good time to mention I like the relatively-new format that the NFL uses? It’s better than doing...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

Bengals Draft Preview

  It’s like Christmas in April. Yes, I love the NFL Draft far more than the average human should. The 2013 version of the draft kicks off Thursday with the first round. Rounds 2-3 will follow on Friday and the proceedings will conclude on Saturday with rounds 4-7. (Is this a good time to mention I like the relatively-new format that the NFL uses? It’s better than doing...
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April 23, 2013  |  Discuss

2013 Reds' Record Prediction, Roster, Lineup, Etc.

  The Cincinnati Reds won a whopping 97 games last year and expectations are even higher entering the 2013 season. While I have no doubt the Reds are a better team, I don’t think they’ll reach their win total of last season. A lot went right for them during the 2012 regular season when they didn’t have a starting pitcher miss a start and their run-differential of plus...
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March 30, 2013  |  Discuss

Reaction To Chapman Decision

  Aroldis Chapman turned in one of the best seasons by a closer in MLB history last season when he saved 38 games (in 43 opportunities) struck out an amazing 122 batters in 71.2 innings, had an ERA of just 1.51 and a WHIP of merely 0.81. Interestingly, the only season by a closer since 2004 that was on par or better than what Chapman accomplished last season … happened...
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March 26, 2013  |  Discuss

Top-20 Reds Prospects

With the 2013 Major League Baseball season nearly upon us, let's take a look at one man's opinion on who the top-20 prospects in the Cincinnati Reds organization are and why. Note: prospect means they're still considered a rookie by MLB standards or are still in the minors. Top 20 Reds Prospects 1.      Billy Hamilton – CF – Combined 2012 numbers at High...
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February 17, 2013  |  Discuss

Gruden, Zimmer Sticking Around

Wanted to toss a quick post up for those who might have missed it: Despite there being a whopping eight head coaching vacancies filled around the NFL, none of said jobs went to Cincinnati Bengals offensive coordinator Jay Gruden or defensive coordinator Mike Zimmer. This is absolutely huge because while I think Marvin Lewis is an average head coach at best, this is clearly the...
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January 20, 2013  |  Discuss

Things Fall Into Place Nicely For Bengals

Well, so much for having to deal with playing at New England in the first round of the NFL playoffs.And no one is saying playing at Houston is easy -- the Bengals know that as well as anyone after getting waxed by the Texans in the opening round of the 2011 postseason. However, the Patriots are a better team in my opinion and I think it's a good thing for the Bengals that they...
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December 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Bengals Playoff Bound, Despite Odd Decisions From Lewis

The Cincinnati Bengals have made the playoffs in back-to-back seasons for the first time in 30 years and that should be the main story. And it is. But just barely. It’s simply hard to get over the mind-blowing decisions of head coach Marvin Lewis during the Bengals’ 13-10 win over the Steelers in Pittsburgh on Sunday which allowed Cincinnati to clinch a wildcard berth at 9-6...
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December 24, 2012  |  Discuss

Bengals 3.5-point Dogs In Playoff ‘Play-In’ Game

If we were doing the “confidence points” thing that is popular in college bowl pools – from 1-10 with 10 being the most confident I could possibly be about the Bengals beating the Steelers in Pittsburgh this Sunday … I would go with a 3.5. I don’t think it’s some insurmountable challenge – the 2012 Steelers are just not very good – but they’ll probably use their...
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December 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Bengals ‘Win Ugly’ In Philly

Is it possible to play poorly through almost an entire game on the road in the NFL, be losing at halftime and still emerge with a comfortable 34-13 victory? Of course it is, when your opponent is the 2012 Philadelphia Eagles. That’s who the Bengals were thankfully up against on Thursday night and Cincinnati came away with a crucial win that puts them at 8-6 on the season and...
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December 14, 2012  |  Discuss

Choo Deal Official

According to multiple media outlets, the deal sending Shin-Soo Choo and Jason Donald to the Cincinnati Reds for Didi Gregorius and Drew Stubbs is now official.We won't know for sure for a long time, but this appears to be a coup for Reds general manager Walt Jocketty, who has been very active early this offseason.First the Reds locked up relief pitcher Jonathan Broxton to a 3...
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds On Verge Of Landing Choo

The Reds are on the verge of a blockbuster trade with the Cleveland Indians that would bring outfielder Shin-soo Choo and utility infielder Jason Donald to Cincinnati in exchange for CF Drew Stubbs and shortstop prospect Didi Gregorius.Choo will be a free agent after the 2013 season and will make roughly $7.5 million via arbitration this coming season. So, it's a one-year rental...
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December 11, 2012  |  Discuss

Bengals On A Roll; In Thick Of Playoff Race

Hey, it's one of those times I'm thrilled to be wrong.I thought the Bengals were among the "walking dead" of NFL teams this year when they had a 3-5 record. But suddenly they've won three straight -- all in blowout fashion -- and are tied with the Steelers at 6-5 and for the final playoff spot in the AFC (the Steelers currently own the tiebreaker due to their...
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November 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Bengals 4-5 After Impressive Win Over G-Men

Time to give credit where it’s due. I’ve been tough on the Bengals this year. Brutal. But here they were with their backs against the wall and they responded with an improbable 31-13 dismantling of the defending Super Bowl champion New York Giants in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bengals dominated this game from start to finish. They had some luck go their way – every bounce was...
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November 12, 2012  |  Discuss

Bengals’ Struggles Should Come As No Surprise

Remember all those improvements the Cincinnati Bengals made during the offseason, addressing glaring needs? Of course you don’t; it never happened. It was obvious to everyone who follows the team that the Bengals needed a serious upgrade at safety. Reggie Nelson was fine at one of the spots (although he hasn’t played well for the most part this season) but there was no way the...
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November 06, 2012  |  Discuss

Putting A Wrap On Reds’ Season; Look Ahead

If you’re a Reds fan, that burn is going to stay with you for quite a while – perhaps until Opening Day. The Reds not only had the Giants on the brink of elimination in the NLDS, Cincinnati was legitimately a good team this year that had a chance to win the World Series. This was not the 2010 Reds who were just happy to make the playoffs and then played like it against the Phillies...
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October 17, 2012  |  Discuss

Marv Needs To Re-Take First-Grade Math

Let's take a moment to discuss the latest blunder by Marvin Lewis. All right, it's actually blunders, plural, in this case.The Bengals scored a touchdown to cut the Dolphins lead to 17-12 last Sunday in the early fourth quarter. The obvious choice there was to go for two and attempt to make it a 3-point game. Lewis decided to kick the PAT and the Bengals were down 17-13 with...
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October 13, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds To Face Giants In First Round Of Playoffs

The Cincinnati Reds will play the San Francisco Giants in the 2012 National League Divisional Series. Since nothing comes easy in the playoffs, I don't mind the matchup for the Reds. The Giants are a good team, but they have some things working against them -- such as the shocking decline of pitcher Tim Lincecum and outfielder Melky Cabrera being suspended due to testing positive...
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October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Rapid Fire: Bengals Dominate Jags, Move to 3-1

Here are some rapid-fire thoughts after the Cincinnati Bengals’ dominated the host Jacksonville Jaguars to the tune of 27-10 on Sunday. AJ Green is one of the top-5 WRs in the NFL and it’s not even a legit debate: It’s amazing to make such a bold statement so early in his career, but it’s absolutely true. In fact, I might go top-3 if you really wanted to drill down on it...
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September 30, 2012  |  Discuss

Bailey Throws 15th No-No In Reds History

Boy was I wrong about Homer Bailey.I didn't think he was horrible, but I never thought he'd put it together. I thought he was hard-headed and immature.And maybe he was at one point. But he's turned himself into a mature, humble young man. And more-importantly for the Cincinnati Reds, he's developed into one hell of a pitcher.Bailey threw the 15th no-hitter in Reds...
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September 29, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds Take Central Crown

With their 6-0 blanking of the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers in front of a sold-out Great American BallPark crowd on Saturday, the Cincinnati Reds clinched the 2012 NL Central Division championship.It marked the second time in three years that the five-time world champs have accomplished the feat, but this year's team is so much stronger than the 2010 outfit. Also, this club is...
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September 22, 2012  |  Discuss

Reds Become First To Clinch Playoff Bid

The Cincinnati Reds became the first team in Major League Baseball this season to clinch a spot in the playoffs on Thursday. There are 12 games remaining in the season, but the Reds, at 91-59, have at least a wildcard birth wrapped up. And they can capture the NL Central Division championship for the second time in three years with a Cardinals loss to the Cubs and a Reds win over...
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September 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Bengals Surge Into First Place!

Talk about a true, yet misleading headline.Enjoy it while it lasts my fellow Bengal sufferers. Cincinnati's finest professional football team finds itself in a three-way tie for first-place in the AFC North with the Baltimore Ravens and Pittsburgh Steelers. Hey, a three-way with the Ravens and Steelers! Just like you always dreamed about. It's even better than putting chili...
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September 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Bengals Record Prediction, Roster

The Cincinnati Bengals will kick off their 2012 season one week from tonight in Baltimore against the Ravens on Monday Night Football. While the Bengals made the playoffs last season as a wildcard with a 9-7 record and return a young, talented team, I expect a small step backward this season. The team lost 40 percent of its starting offensive line during the preseason when left...
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September 03, 2012  |  Discuss

Hamilton Sets Steals Record

Billy Hamilton of the Cincinnati Reds’ Double-A affiliate has racked up 147 stolen bases on the season, eclipsing Vince Coleman’s professional record of 145. Coleman was also a minor-leaguer at the time and set his mark in 1983. Hamilton accomplished the feat on Tuesday when he swiped four bags for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos. Hamilton, who stole 103 bases in 2011 with the single...
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August 22, 2012  |  Discuss
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