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Carson Palmer Has Our Full Support

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For those offering a don't-let-the-door-hit-you-in-the-ass to Carson Palmer, I have a message:

You are the reason why Cincinnati is considered a fair-weather town.

Now, don't get me wrong; I believe there's a strong fair-weather element in most cities. I'm a Cleveland native and I'll confess that since the Indians last made a postseason run, in 2007, I haven't cared as much. And since last summer's departure of whatshisname, I've watched the Cavaliers fewer than five times this season. It's just human nature. When our team isn't relevant in its league, it's less relevant to us.

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Chad Ochocinco Is The Most Insecure Athlete Ever

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I don't think I've ever liked one thing about Chad Ochocinco. His only value is on the football field 16 days out of every calendar year, but even that gets compromised from time to time with his never-ending, off-the-field soap opera disguised as a circus.

His latest episode went public Tuesday on -- where else? -- Twitter.

ESPN's best radio talk-show host, Colin Cowherd, did his job on Tuesday by expressing an opinion about moron athletes. I can't remember if his rant was prompted by the latest Allen Iverson drama or another Ben Roethlisberger sex-abuse allegation.

Regardless, Cowherd went on about how many athletes make bad decisions when presented with boatloads of money. I couldn't agree more.

Now, before we continue, please note there's no disputing that non-athletes make bad choices with their money as well. Some people are bad at sports, others are bad at playing a musical instrument and still others are bad at making decisions. It's just a part of life that some are good at and others struggle with.

But the reason the exploits of athletes are dissected and discussed the way they are is because they are high-profile citizens in our shallow and fame-obsessed culture. Becoming a high-profile person is partly -- maybe largely -- what drives some young people to work hard and pursue a career in pro football, for example. Fame, money, cars and women represent the promised land for many aspiring athletes.

They pursue those material things because to them, jewelry symbolizes a better life from the one that shaped their upbringing. How many times have we heard stories about athletes who made it despite a tough childhood in the ghetto with nine siblings and a single mother who worked three jobs because the alcoholic dad left home?

And despite an absence of proper parental guidance, some athletes remain strong enough to stick to their sport, stay away from the guns and drugs and earn a college scholarship and perform well enough to earn the notice of professional scouts. Years later, they're midway through a solid pro career, their troubles seemingly behind them.

But just because an athlete doesn't have a felony record, however, it doesn't mean those problems are entirely in the past. Psychological or social shortcomings, certainly far less tangible than a DUI or an assault arrest, don't go away with million-dollar salaries.

Perhaps an absence of attention during childhood is what drove Chad Johnson, years later as an adult, to sport gold teeth, to don a Hall of Fame jacket and to change his last name to, in his mind, match his jersey number. Maybe there wasn't an absence of attention and there's some other explanation behind Ochocinco's endless quest for the spotlight.

Perhaps it's why Terrell Owens kept a Sharpie in his sock. Maybe it's why Iverson is, well, Iverson. Could it be why Roethlisberger seems to find himself in trouble frequently?

A few of my Cincinnati friends sent me a video that made one of the local news channels a couple years ago, when Ochocinco went on some video-game shopping spree at a Best Buy or something like that. How come we never hear about athletes and their visits to Barnes & Noble?

But back to today's latest, where Ochocinco used the popular microblogging site to lash out at Cowherd for his criticism of athletes and their squandering of money. Cowherd singled out the Bengals' wideout for dropping $150,000 on an SUV, claiming he'll end up like former NBA player Antoine Walker, who at one point owned nine luxury vehicles, but now can't pay his bills.

And because Ochocinco can't take any criticism because he's a child, please, here were his Twitter reactions to Cowherd's rant -- eight of them, all within a span of about 50 minutes:

+ Colin coward talking shh?

+ Colin Coward with all the negative going on with athletes how do u find a way to lump me n yo show just say I don't like this black guy!!

+ I guess Colin won't be happy till I get a DUI, arrested, well hell maybe I should get accused of rape, maybe that'll make him STFU!!!!

+ @Reddy_Dean why talk about somebody who does nothing wrong? Talk shows are merely for negative material I don't fit that category.

+ @espn__michelle tell your lil fake Ryan Seacrest never made it in life so I am gonna judge everybody who does what I couldn't do to shutup!

+ @espn_colin its not my fault your girl is cheating on you, its your fault, try EXTENZE and stop worryin about me! Lmao-have a show bout that

+ @espn_colin you look like an extra from the movie LORD OF THE RINGS, get your lisp fixed before you do your next show!

+ Anyway back to being great, time is money and I just lost about awww nevermind, I love y'all, headed into practice


5 Questions: On The Bengals, Allen Iverson And Tiger


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+ What is going on in Cincinnati?
Just days after Rey Maualuga's high-profile DUI arrest and subsequent guilty plea, the Bengals worked out embattled Adam Jones on Thursday. Rather than trying to improve upon a nice 2009 season and build toward repeating in 2010 as AFC North champions, it looks more like the Bengals are trying to reclaim their reputation as the biggest collection of buffoons in the NFL. And there are rumors that the team is considering bringing Terrell Owens in from Buffalo? Oh my goodness.

Also in Cincinnati, the Bearcats are flaming out for the third straight February and basketball coach Mick Cronin's job is safe. That just doesn't add up. 

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+ Does Tiger Woods have henchmen?
How else do you explain no leakage of his alleged presence at a Mississippi sex clinic, or really anywhere else? My cousin brought this up the other day, and it seems clear that in the age of the camera phone, someone is getting some serious protection. Perhaps Tiger is handing out Buicks to those who comply with the keep-your-mouth-shut edict.

NBA Groupies

+ Which weekend is better for groupie whores?
The Super Bowl offers more crossover appeal, as stars from other sports -- and entertainment celebrities, too -- are all over the place. NBA All-Star weekend, however, is a completely light-hearted affair, so everyone, including the participants, is looking for a good time. If you're a large-breasted gal, pack your tightest tops because you will no doubt get some attention.

+ Why are "Allen Iverson" and "All-Star Game" being used in the same sentence?
Speaking of this weekend's big event in Dallas, I was surprised to hear the news about Allen Iverson Thursday. Certainly I hope his family issue will get resolved, but he has no business being in the All-Star game in the first place. I realize he was voted in, and that certainly speaks to a certain amount of popularity, but Iverson hasn't been a star in a few years.

+ What's the difference between a catastrophe and a disappointment?
Ask North Carolina basketball coach Roy Williams, who recently implied that his Heels' awful season has been catastropic, much like, the earthquake in Haiti that has left more than 200,000 dead. Clearly, Williams turned some behind-the-scenes PR advice into a public apology after the statement.

+ (Bonus Question) Could Hannah Storm look any more precious in ESPN's latest "SportsCenter" promo with Dwight Howard?

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