This season brings back memories of my youth. Bad ones. Specifically from 1999, when the Rams came to town to battle the Bengals for the worst team of the decade. That Rams team it turned out wasn't so much like the other Rams teams of the 90s. That was Kurt Warner, Marshall Faulk, Orlando Pace and the Greatest Show on Turf. They fucking steamrolled us 38-10. I sat in the lower section of the upper seats at Riverfront, next to a grizzled old fan, decked out in all orange, who just sat staring catatonically, save for the occasional outburst of "who dey dammit" that he yelled at nothing and no one in particular. Also, he was stupefyingly drunk. It was a profoundly depressing game. The low point in all Bengaldom.
Ah, the lost decade, when blackouts roamed freely throughout the TV sets each fall and Bengals fans medicated with gallons of light beer. Well, those blackouts appear to be a staple again of the Cincinnati fall as last week's crowd indicated. Only now, I hope I can look back fondly on these blackouts as the first stages in Bengals financial collapse and hence potential for change. I am probably naive to think that. But, well, WHO DEY DAMMIT, is what I say to you. Now where is some Keystone Light for me to chug...
I did my all too infrequent (screw you real job) perusal of the Bengals blogs out there and stumbled into a back and forth between Who Dey Fans and Cincy Jungle over Ced Benson and his general usefulness as a Bengal. Who Dey Fans says he is quite useful, Cincy Jungle says his usefulness has expired. I agree with Cincy Jungle but not for the reason cited (character stuff, pending suspension from Texas incident).
Benson's usefulness has expired because Bernard Scott is just better. In fact, Cedric Peerman probably is better too. Hell, throw the White Weapon on that list as well. This team makes strange personnel decisions all the time, but two of the strangest that had easy solutions in the past few years involve Bernard Scott & Evan Mathis. Both players clearly are much superior to those who start in front of them, and yet the Bengals not only did not play them, they went out of their way to deny them opportunities even when those starting in front of them went down. Can anyone tell me why the fuck we worked out two RBs this week (or maybe the week before) in case Benson got suspended?
If I could find out one thing from Marvin, Mikey and Co it would be why they refuse to give Bernard Scott more chances.
In other news, the Bengals rank 11th overall according to Football Outsiders measurements. This will likely drop as they adjust more for strength of opponent later on. As expected, that comes almost entirely from the defensive side of the ball where the Bengals rank 5th. Mike Zimmer truly is The Judge from Blood Meridien and no matter how far you flee he will hunt you down and murder you.
(Bad) Gambling advice alert! The Bills come to town this week. Even when they're terrible, and it appears they are not this year, they beat us. Couple that with my thesis that the depressing home stadium drags down the Bengals play with it and the fact that the Bills are 3 point favorites and I'd probably take the Bills and laugh all the way to the bank. And hey if the Bengals win, well, THAT'S WHAT WE'RE ALL HOPING FOR RIGHT? RIGHT?? RIGHT???
who dey dammit