Apologies for the lack of posts, but it's hard to get excited about all the non-news stories (Carson leaving - yes or no? Chad continuing to do PR stunts, etc). Two recent developments perked my ear, though.
The first is that the Bengals are at least considering building an indoor practice facility. As Joe Reedy points out, "The Bengals are the northernmost NFL team without an indoor facility; coach Marvin Lewis has made it clear he wants one. Movement on the issue was considered one of the reasons he signed on in January for two more years."
WDR has covered the lack of an indoor practice facility for some time. Check our old posts here and here. We have covered the fact that the Bengals, a "professional" football team, force their players to practice in an indoor practice stadium in the winter months leading up to the playoffs, and that an indoor facility helps curb injuries. And that the team, not the county, would be forced to pay for the construction and maintenence of the facility. But it is certainly a promising sign that the Bengals are at least sniffing around to assess the possibility of building. Though, I have my serious doubts that this will ever be built. Likely just going through the motions to satisfy Marvin and placate moronic Bengals fans like us.
Second, I was shocked when MLB was able to seize the Dodgers from owner Frank McCourt, using a vague "Best interest of baseball" clause that gives MLB Commishioner Bud Selig almost universal power over teams to do what he thinks is in the best interest in baseball. Can we hold out hope for something in football?