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Old 08-14-2007, 02:27 PM   #1
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Default ESPN Tuesday Morning QB - AFC Preview

His columns are often too long (a hazard when you write only for a web site) but the Tuesday Morning Quarterback column by Gregg Easterbrook (his day job is at the Brookings Institution) on ESPN.com usually has some good points every week.

These nuggets are from his AFC preview column:

Baltimore Ravens

At tailback, fading Jamal Lewis has yielded to boasting Willis McGahee. Ravens coaches are saying McGahee will give them a new dimension in the passing game, but bear in mind that McGahee has never caught a touchdown pass. For Ravens supporters, it is nerve-grating to think that 2007 might be yet another remake of the past several seasons: fantastic defense, sputtering offense.

Followed by an observation on last year that I share

Pittsburgh Steelers

Not only was there a cloud over the Pittsburgh defense in 2006 but there was a cloud over the coach, too. After Bill Cowher's charges beat Mike Holmgren's players in the Super Bowl, Holmgren got a huge raise and Cowher got no raise. One can sympathize with Cowher's being steamed -- but one cannot sympathize with Cowher phoning in his 2006 year of coaching, as he did. Cowher spent more time last season crying woe-is-me than Tiki Barber; it's just that Barber complained in front of cameras while Cowher complained in private. Cowher's coaching was reflected both in the Steelers' 8-8 record and in the team's swings in performance

And last but not least, this entertaining rip job of the Bungles

Cincinnati Bengals

This year, ushers at Paul Brown Stadium will tell the crowd, "You have the right to remain silent." Is there no discipline or character associated with this franchise? For two years, Marvin Lewis has spent more time apologizing to fans for the arrests and legal entanglements of Cincinnati players than he has watching film. Leadership starts at the top -- if Lewis is unable to make his charges respect the law, maybe it's time for a coach with higher standards. If I were a Cincinnati Bengal, I'd be embarrassed to wear my tiger stripes in public. ...

Hey, kids! This summer's "Meet the Bengals" party will be held at the Hamilton County Public Defenders' Office. You can greet lots of Cincinnati players -- more every day -- and ask them to autograph authentic replicas of arrest records, indictments and bail bond documentation. Just don't expect them to answer any questions! As a special treat, kids under 12 can have their fingerprints taken with a Bengals player.


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Old 08-14-2007, 02:42 PM   #2
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The Ravens looked sharp last night....

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It's always nice to make fun of the bengals. Great read
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that is just Brutal! I love itl
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So where's the preview?
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So where's the preview?
You can click on the link for the full article - unlike some posters I do not cut & paste the entire article for reasons of brevity and those pesky copyright laws.

But since you ask, here is the preview for the Bengals

On the field, Cincinnati has been a downer, too. The Trick or Treats were a lame 30th in total defense in 2006. Flashy offense doesn't matter much with no defense; the Bengals' defense lacks both spirit and talent, and little of the latter was added in the offseason. In the January 2006 playoffs, Cincinnati gave eventual Super Bowl champion Pittsburgh a great game despite losing Carson Palmer on its first series. Since then, the Bengals have gone downhill and stand a good chance of being the train-wreck team of 2007.



What appears to be the light at the end of the tunnel for the Bengals is actually an oncoming train.
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The fans have a reputation, too. I read an article last year where a guy traveled to a bunch of stadiums around the country and kind of sampled the whole experience for each team. He stated that the Bengals fans were worse then the (get this) Eagles fans! Drunk and arrogant and obnoxious and ignorant.
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The fans have a reputation, too. I read an article last year where a guy traveled to a bunch of stadiums around the country and kind of sampled the whole experience for each team. He stated that the Bengals fans were worse then the (get this) Eagles fans! Drunk and arrogant and obnoxious and ignorant.
Well, put on my shock face!
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Actually, that is shocking. Eagles fans exist in their own stratosphere, and to find out there are worse fans is cause for concern.
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