To expand upon Brosef's brief post yesterday...Buried deep in Baghdad Hob's most recent roster analysis, are four words that we already highlighted...and with good reason. Leaving aside the rest of the contents of Baghdad's article, four words that appear under the Offensive Line heading jump off the page:
In the past the Bengals have usually kept nine. They need 3.5 tackles and 2.5 centers. The rest have to be able to play some combo of center, guard and tackle.
Much depends which tackle they make Smith. With a potential holdout and Whitworth and Collins both with snaps under the belt at left tackle, Smith could very well end up at right.
Did you see what he did there? Did you see what he did there? Tell me you saw it. To my knowledge (which could be wrong), of the first round draft picks, only Matt Stafford has signed a deal. Yet, Baghdad Hob just casually massages in "With a potential holdout." Immediately after reading these four words, a headache ensued. As one starts to feel good about the offseason moves that the Bengals have made, one has to start factoring in "a potential holdout" of the first round pick.
Are any other clubs expecting a hold out on May 12, 2009, 4 months before the first game and 2 1/2 weeks after the NFL draft? Wouldn't you just look at what the 6th overall pick got paid last year and prepare to pay slightly more? Our line will likely have 2 rookies and a second year offensive tackle on it and Hobson has the Bengals already thinking holdout. With this much youth on the line, the Bengals and Carson Palmer can't afford a holdout. But one is introduced to us from the Bengals' in-house writer. And it's the way that it's just casually dropped into the article with zero explanation as if to say, "Holdout? It's no big deal. We'll just put him at right tackle." Knowing Baghdad and the Bengals, there's got to be more behind these four little words. And then...Later last night, Baghdad expands on the matter-of-fact squib, as pointed out by Comrade Buck. This is how Baghdad operates: (1) Learn of story; (2) Mention it in "Oh by the way" fashion causing reader to think "Did I just read that?" and/or "Why would he mention that?", and (3) expand upon it when it is pointed out by non-spinster media.
As punishment, WDR will point out a terrible opening line from a Baghdad Hob article that I once e-mailed to some friends. For awhile, it became a great e-mail chain that pointed out the absurdity of Baghdad Hob's
shit "creative" opening lines. Eventually the pace at which the e-mail chain participants read Baghdad Hob's articles slowed drastically for fear of going blind. Here is ridiculous opening line of a past Baghdad Hob article #1. There are more in the reserve but right now, let's just go with one. The below excerpt is from an article preceding last year's NFL draft where Hobson was mocking, apparently with March Madness on his mind. Please note the catchy title "Mock Madness" and that Baghdad Hob had us drafting "????????????????????".
It's finally happened.
The NFL mock drafts have now merged with the NCAA basketball pools.
So you may be asking yourself what happens if USC defensive tackle Sedrick Ellis is there with a ninth seed in the Midwest bracket, and the No. 5 seed Chiefs trade out of the East with No. 12 George Mason to take the Boise State tackle in a 10:40 p.m. start in Anaheim and the Ravens throw in Derrick Mason...?
Ladies and Gentlemen, that was actually professionally written.