Recent disappointing injury news and cuts aside, the Bengals still have plenty to be optimistic about going into this season (though I still want my 3 number 1 WR juggernaut dammit).
For a dose of optimism, head to Bill Simmons land - roughly all of ESPN.com - and check out his recent podcasts on the upcoming NFL season to hear him do a complete 180 on the Bengals. In part 1 of his podcast with Cousin Sal, where they go through the Vegas lines, he shits all over their prospects. Then a week later talking with Mike Lombardi of nfl.com they both seem to think the Bengals can contend for the Superbowl. Anyway, I recommend listening to all his NFL podcasts if for no other reason than to get your crack fix of NFL info for the day. It's only 1130 and I'm already twitching like a junkie.
A friend of mine was walking around NYC and popped this photo of a small business store front:
Also, more from Will Carroll the FO injury expert on the Bryant thing. In an email responding to Peter King's musings that a medical guy said Bryant showed symptoms of Chrondral Defect:
Chrondral defect is something I've heard a couple times ... should have been caught. It's not hard to find if you're looking for it. I suppose they weren't looking for it. Cincy's training staff gets consistently low marks, another example here.
Cincy Jungle tosses out some WDR Bait. And, of course, we take it. How could we resist? It's so delicious. Basically, NFL Films (which fucking rocks) asked experts to help them assemble a list of the 100 greatest players for a multi-part series. One of the experts they asked? Mike Brown (honorable mention Peter King). I thought the focus was on the 100 greatest players, not bargains. Oh well.
And last but not least: Go REDS!!!! My favorite Reds blogs? Glad you asked: Redleg Nation & RedReporter. Great stuff. Living in NYC has been killing me this summer. Really likeable team. Really fun season. Hopefully a great foundation for a few years to come.