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  1. 9 points
    Hey guys. I'm kind of new here, but Phil is my grandfather. I was adopted by his son, Steve Samp, in 2004, so I don't remember meeting him, and I don't know a lot about him. I have been reading some of the posts on here about him, and it makes me so so happy to know that people still remember him. Thank you so so much.
  2. 9 points
    As my news feed scrolled past revealing the events of the day, there it was. Bengals-Dolphins. My mind reeled - could it be the end of the season already? Alas dear friends, you'll have to find new reasons to drink after this weekend. As the great philosopher Roy Orbison once howled, "It's over, over, over." Ahhhh, look at them funny white people sway to easy listening. Anyhoo. Gonna be hard to make Christmas dinner after the way they fucked this turkey. Gonna be hard to swallow, but that's what you get for sucking all year long. Shout out to my boy, Zac Taylor. 1-15. I feel for you. All of those plays worked in electronic football, why did they seem to fail in the NFL? Joe Mixon seen here converting 3rd and 20 on a shotgun draw Mike Brown. The Grim Reaper won't have to tiptoe 'round the trophy case when he comes to get you. I hope they find you died while jerking-off to pictures of Hitler. I'm going to assume they did, but they're keeping it quiet. Katie and Troy, we fans just don't get how hard it is to run a Billion and a half dollar business you were gifted by virtue of coming from one of Mike Brown's gonads. The fans owe you loyalty and understanding more than you owe them competence. Now, let's raise the price of luxury seats again because $30 Million a year for doing nothing isn't economically feasible. Andy and AJ, thanks for your time in stripes boys. Side Note: I was in Paris and caught a French dude wearing an AJ Green jersey. Asked if he was a fan and he said "No, it was just the coolest looking jersey in the store." Still the coolest jerseys. They just have the stink of being around some ugly football. Better luck in 2020 Bengals. You're going to need it. A lot. Skill might not hurt too, just throwing that out there.
  3. 9 points
    You're like a guy who just got a blow job and is upset she didn't brush her teeth. Breathe. Relax. Learn to enjoy the little things.
  4. 8 points
    I'm sure many of you knew who Onyx was on here, some may not. His real name was Jason Holland. He and I became really close friends through this website. I would go so far as saying he was like a brother. At 1pm (ish) he was lost to Post-Covid Sepsis. He got Covid a few weeks ago but in he hospital as of last Saturday he tested negative but got Sepsis from it. He didn't make it. It was like he knew, one of the last things he said to me was that he wasn't gonna get to see Joe Burrow play, he was so exited for him, he believed he was gonna take us the playoffs this year. I am going to miss him every single day for the rest of my life. Nobody could be silly and have a quick witted sense of humor like he did. I told him in tribute that he was one of the friends that I was going to ask to be a groomsman if I ever got married. Rest in Power my friend Onyx, Jason, my brother. I love you and will miss you every single day.
  5. 8 points
    Now I remember why I ignored your dumb ass before here and on other boards. Sad you have to wallow in negativity but enjoy.
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  7. 7 points
    No, a clueless Bengals fan would think an average NFL QB like Dalton can make a team with a TERRIBLE offensive line, injured WRs and a bad running game make a playoff run. It is utterly ridiculous. Dalton was an emergency pick due to the Quitter. The fact he managed to lead a 4-12 team to the playoffs the next year is pretty amazing. The cold hard fact is the Front office kept him around. They could have picked Mahomes but didn't, they chose Ross. If you want to blame anyone for Dalton being here 9 years its Mike Brown, Duke Tobin and Marvin Lewis. Why people continue to shit on Dalton bewilders me.
  8. 7 points
    When he follows you into a public restroom & his cop buddy watches the door
  9. 6 points
    I think that most sane people have begun to accommodate themselves to the idea that there probably will be no football this year. It sucks but there it is. Consider and try to visualize: --Paul Brown stadium capacity is 65,515. Fill it up twice and that's how many people have died from this (130,224 as of 7-7.) And that's quite likely an under count. --Again, also probably an under count, but as of 7-7, there are 2,936, 077 people who have confirmed cases. That would fill Paul Brown just under 45 times. Source: Johns Hopkins Clearly this is a very serious virus despite what some poorly informed people would have you believe. We don't know a lot about it even six months in and what we will learn over time will probably cast an ever darker picture. What we do know thus far is this: The response in the US could have been better. Not only from our government(s) but most especially from a subset of our citizens. Instead of coming together and doing some things that, in reality, are minor inconveniences, like social distancing and wearing masks, many have chosen to flaunt their stupidity by making this a political issue. The worst aspect of this is that many people have decided to completely abandon the first premise of our notion of liberty: Do no harm to others. In fact, to the contrary, there have been untold instances where infantile members of our society have asserted their so-called "right" to actively do harm to others. Let me repeat that. Instead of doing the proper things to stomp this pandemic down and get back to some semblance of normality, a crazed portion of our citizenry has actually prolonged this crisis by who knows how long. So, in brief, if you want to see some football again any time soon, then put on a fucking mask and keep your distance. And stop whining. Jesus, a lot of you people would never be allowed in a foxhole with me.
  10. 6 points
    Yeah Simmons wasn't a HoFer but he was a pretty good LB here. About the clueless take I'd expect from some windowlicking Steeler troll but I'm not sure why we're tolerating those now?
  11. 6 points
    You can take this post and switch Andy Dalton with Carson Palmer and have the exact same results. It was always fun watching Pick Six Palmer who blamed others for his failings besides himself. Hell even Willie Anderson called him out on it but please keep telling us how Andy Dalton who had a better career with the Bengals is worse than the guy in your sig.
  12. 6 points
    It's what dickheads do.
  13. 6 points
    People have strong negative opinions on Dalton, and I get it - we never won a playoff game with him. But you know what? He NEVER quit on this team or the city.
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  15. 6 points
    Thanks for one of the (if not the) best decades this franchise has ever managed, Andy. Go somewhere, prove your haters wrong, and get us a juicy comp pick.
  16. 6 points
    Oh, that explains everything. Here;s a fun Dalton stat: Rape Accusations: 0
  17. 6 points
    you are the most miserable fuck ever have you ever said one positive thing on this board? serious question!!!
  18. 6 points
    ~~> That the franchise is still historically terrible in the year 2020. Their regular season win-loss record since Carson Palmer was drafted #1 overall: 123-130-3 Is that good? Nah. Is that so horrible that it warrants the franchise being treated the way the Browns are treated? Hell no. It's a tick below .500. We all know they're also 0-7 in the postseason, and we can legitimately gripe about that. Before we can even arrive at that gripe though, we're forced to acknowledge the existence of seven playoff berths in that span. A whole bunch of NFL franchises cannot match that. ~~> That the Bengals are a quarterback black hole. Number of opening starters since 2004: two. That's good. Five pro-bowls and a first-team PFF all-pro between Palmer and Dalton. This assertion is just plain horseshit and has no basis in anything. Akili was over 20 years ago, and Klingler was nearly 30 years ago. Even bringing them up right now is freaking ridiculous. ~~>That the Bengals don't do anything to support their quarterbacks. This millennium (may not even be comprehensive): - Chad Johnson, TJ Houshmandzadeh, Chris Henry**, AJ Green, Marvin Jones, Mohamed Sanu, Tyler Boyd, John Ross** - Jermaine Gresham*, Tyler Eifert**, Drew Sample* - Eric Steinbach, Andrew Whitworth, Andre Smith, Kevin Zeitler, Cedric Ogbuehi*, Jake Fisher*, Billy Price*, Jonah Williams** - Rudi Johnson, Chris Perry*, Kenny Irons**, Giovani Bernard, Jeremy Hill*, Joe Mixon All of these players were either successful or drafted in the first two rounds (many of them both). *Drafted high and sucked / **Drafted high and disappointed for reasons that cannot be sensibly blamed on the front office. We can rightly criticize the franchise for all of those single asterisk names. Now show me how many other NFL franchises don't have a comparable record of misses within the same time frame. Moreover, show me how many of those misses were egregiously questionable picks given the general projections of those players in their respective drafts. There are a couple, but many of them were projected right around where the Bengals took them. Shit happens. ~~> That Mike Brown still has his dirty fingers in every personnel decision the franchise makes. This has not been true for nearly a decade if not longer, but he's still the easy name to throw around when shitting on the "Bengals" as clueless pundits are wont to do. ~~> That the Bengals don't have a GM. This is only technically true. Duke Tobin is close enough FFS. Is he good at what he does? Maybe, maybe not -- there's plenty of evidence of both. A crappy "director of player personnel" is not remotely equivalent to "Mike Brown makes every pick". I'm sure I could rant more, but this will suffice.
  19. 6 points
  20. 6 points
    None of this means anything at all. Of course there’s a chance that you could end up with Ryan Leaf instead of Peyton Manning but that doesn’t mean you don’t take your shot. Trading back and getting a guy like Andy Dalton is fine and all but if you have a chance to get a real difference-maker at the QB position you absolutely go for it. A guy like that makes everything easier for the entire franchise, that’s why they’re so sought after.
  21. 6 points
  22. 6 points
    yeah.. he should have just quit on the team. people seem to admire the one that did and he didn't win shit either
  23. 6 points
    Yesterday in the stands I heard someone yell "We want Joe" when Andy floundered. OK... it was me.
  24. 6 points
    Zac couldn't see the ankle was swollen because it's the foot AJ already has out the door
  25. 6 points
    Yeah, that isn't close to true. Dalton has one of the quickest releases in the league yet is near the top of the list for sacks and hits. Add in that John Jerry, a lifelong average guard is the starting Left Tackle and it is kind of obvious that he either gets rid of the ball quickly or he dies. And unlike guys like Rodgers whose team is able to maintain blocking discipline so he CAN move up and out of the pocket, Dalton has no idea where the pressure is coming from on this swiss cheese line. It collapses in front of him and around the edge, he has NO WHERE TO GO unless a hole opens up directly in front of him.
  26. 5 points
    Fans set arbitrary standards and then fail to remain consistent with them. If we want we can hate Boomer forever because he stunk up the field in the Super Bowl. Kenny Anderson must have been hot garbage; he threw two interceptions to the 49ers and let his team fall behind 20-0. The good things don't matter when you can't get over the bad things. It's a mindset for entitled little shits.
  27. 5 points
    incorrect. At the end of that one you would have to put..and then he quit on the team like a bitch, so at least he's gone.
  28. 5 points
    Moreover, part of the reason why I am so excited about Burrow is that he isn't one of these "I just want to give all the glory to God" type of guys in the post-game interview. Tua and even Sunshine for Clemson reek of this and so did Dalton in his little post game ritual of praying with the opponents in the center of the field. But Burrow, realizes that God has nothing to do with it, he either wins the game or loses it based on preparation and skill and his "righteousness" has nothing to do with the final score. This worldview of Dalton's was part of the reason why he was never that upset when he threw an interception or fumbled at a key time. He would chalk it up to destiny or divine intervention (guess I wasn't meant to win). Burrow on the other hand has swagger. He exudes confidence and knows it's all on his shoulders, Jesus is not showing up in the fourth quarter to help him. I'd much rather have flawed characters with heart, than missionaries that are auditioning for a post-football career hawking their 'inspirational' memoirs in mega-churches.
  29. 5 points
  30. 5 points
    Hey Jason thanks again for doing this every year. It adds another fun/competitive dimension to the draft for us.
  31. 5 points
    Thank you guys for your feedback. From the sounds of it, you guys are sold on Burrow and I cant blame you. I would want him too. Hopefully both of our teams land a franchise QB this year. The draft is a crap shoot but Burrow seems like the real deal. I'm not sold on Tua, Herbert and Love but it sounds like I'm gonna have to support one of them going forward. At least Brady is out of our conference, we can all celebrate that. PS the hot chick from Pittsburgh photo had me lmao
  32. 5 points
    Had missed this column a few weeks ago on The Athletic (which is free for a few months - I cannot recommend it higher to you all) - a "what the scouts are saying" piece: https://theathletic.com/1665631/2020/03/17/mcginn-scouts-size-up-their-top-prospects-on-offense/
  33. 5 points
  34. 5 points
    I hope the camera crew and production staff take up the slack and boo Roger.
  35. 5 points
    Yeah and in those same 4 years JJ Watt had 21.5 sacks and 16 of them came in 1 season! lol Watt, Mercilus and Clowney didn't have big sack numbers during Readers time with the Texans. Readers rookie year, (2016), Watt missed 13 games with a back injury. 2017 Watt missed 11 games with a leg injury. Watt had a good year in 2018 but missed another 8 games last year, (2019). Mercilus missed 11 games in 2017. 2016-2019 Watt had 21.5 sacks total and 16 of those came in 1 year. 2016-2019 Mercilus had 20 sacks. 2016-2018 Clowney had 24.5 sacks. The only 1 out of those 3, (Watt, Clowney & Mercilus), that ever registered a double digit sack during that time was Watt in 2018 when he had 16. He didn't have a whole lot of help. 2016 the other NT/DT was Vince Wilfork, and he had 0 sacks. 2017 it was Brandon Dunn, 0 sacks. 2018 it was Brandon Dunn again, 0 sacks. 2019 it was Brandon Dunn again, wow he finally a sack! The only one but hey! lol He's only 25 and hasn't even played a down for the Bengals yet! I'd like to think having him alongside Geno vs. Billings, (who by the way only had 3.5 sacks in 3 seasons), will open up opportunities he probably didn't have in Houston. If not for himself, definitely for Dunlap, Hubbard and Lawson. Not being able to stop the run killed this team last year and has for years to be perfectly honest!! Even when we had better overall defenses looked how bad we got gouged in the playoffs versus the run! 2011 vs Texans 35 carries, 188 yards and 2 TD's 2012 vs Texans 39 carries, 158 yards and 1 TD 2013 vs Chargers 40 carries, 196 yards and 2 TD's 2014 vs Colts 25 carries, 114 yards and 1 TD 2015 vs Stealers 29 carries, 167 yards and 0 TD's That's horrible! Gave up an average of 34 carries for 165 yards. Almost 5 yards a carry!
  36. 5 points
    Stop being a dick. I am tired of reading all your bullshit.
  37. 5 points
    "We'll see ranges players are going" says it all. IOW they'll let other teams set the market with the top FA's & then go bargain shopping among the leftovers. Honorable mention to "you don't just bring in a guy, overpay him, and then he doesn't produce in that role" like that doesn't describe half his roster. It's true they don't just bring in a guy, though. They scout him minimally, draft him, watch him not produce for a few years & only then do they overpay him. There's a system. Mike Brown loves Duke Tobin because they both have the same qualifications for their job; being the son of someone that was competent.
  38. 5 points
    Every time I see the term "Vision Statement" (or "Philosophy") all I can think of is some lard ass, useless administrator trying to justify his job with bullshit by holding a useless meeting before going out to a two hour lunch while the peons return to their seat behind the oar while some ass kissing flunky pounds out ramming speed on the drum just for the hell of it.
  39. 5 points
    QB is the most important position on the team, if you have the chance at getting a great QB, you pull the trigger. It is much easier to build around a great QB than later. We just witnessed 9 years of pretty good teams with a mediocre QB unable to win at the next level. Do we want to waste another 9 years doing that again? Burrow needs to be the pick.
  40. 5 points
    WTF are YOU talking about? Zeitler was a day 1 starter and has been a solid starter his entire career. You don't get 3yrs $32mil by being average. Price is a part time starter that lost his job to an undrafted FA and had to share time at guard with a 4th round rookie. You pick players in the first round to immediately plug into the lineup, not develop over a few years into average starters. Can Price turn it around and become an OK starter? Sure but the team drafted him in the first round to be a good starter in 2018 not a long term project. It is why I get annoyed when people bash Dalton. Dude was an emergency 2nd round draft pick to replace the quitter. The team actually got lucky if you consider all the QBs drafted before him except Cam. 12 QBs were drafted in 2011, only 1 has over 200 TDs, 30,000 yds passing and 70 wins. That player's name is not Cam Newton. Jake Locker was the 8th pick that year, he won 9 games in his career. Don't get me wrong, if you have a chance at a possible generational QB, you have to take it. The game is far easier when you have a Brees, Brady, Mahomes, Rodgers, or Wilson.
  41. 5 points
    For Le Tigre. "What The Bengals Will Actually Do" thread. It's an easy one: 2019 Roster Decisions Retain Dre Kirkpatrick and make him a Team Captain Sign AJ Green to a mega four year deal Offer Joe Mixon an insulting contract extension and point to the first half of the season to assess his value Hold on to Andy Dalton Get outbid for Darqueze Dennard Resign Tyler Eifert, Nick Vigil, Brandon Wilson, Clayton Fejedelem, LaRoy Reynolds, Josh Tupou, Tony McRae, Cethan Carter and Andrew Billings Have Hobson churn out articles about the above being essential "in-the-building" building blocks and that their resignings put the Bengals in cap jeopardy Free Agency In typical Bengals fashion, overpay for an over-the-hill somewhat name tackle or guard (Mike Iupati) and a LB (Wesley Woodyard). Sprinkle in a few never heard of additions and have Hobson write puff pieces extolling their character in telling a story how they once helped an elderly lady cross the street or rescued a kitten from a tree. Draft Draft Burrow in the first and the best, oft-injured combine project on the board in the second. Extreme reaches in all other rounds.
  42. 5 points
    A stand-up guy’: Positive memories mark Andy Dalton’s Bengals legacy By Jay Morrison Dec 27, 2019 42 Andy Dalton, like everyone else in this world, doesn’t know exactly what the future holds. But Dalton and anyone who has paid any attention to the Bengals this season can be fairly certain what isn’t around the next corner – a 10th season as a member of the team he has led for his entire professional career. The Bengals are all but assured of drafting Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow to be their next quarterback, so Dalton’s time in stripes comes down to a final start Sunday at home against the Browns. Dalton still has another year left on his contract, but the idea of paying him $17 million to mentor his replacement doesn’t make much sense. He owns the Bengals career records for touchdown passes and completions, and there is an outside chance he could break the mark for attempts if he throws 54 on Sunday. The 32-year-old Dalton didn’t dodge questions during Thursday’s press conference about this being a final farewell, saying, “I understand the possibility of it. We’ll have to wait and see once the season’s over and see what happens, but I definitely understand the possibility of that.” But he wasn’t about to do the whole reflection, Memory Lane thing. So I decided to take a tour trip around the locker room, hallways and other corners of Paul Brown Stadium to ask those around the organization for some of their favorite moments, plays, conversations or other memories of Dalton’s first nine years in Cincinnati before he heads out to try to spin one more: John Ross, wide receiver “After my first bad game, like real bad game, when we played against Carolina, just my head wasn’t in it. I started messing up all over the place. Being young, not being ready and not understanding, I put Andy in some bad situations. After the game, he sent a message that said, ‘Come talk to me whenever. I know what you’re going through. Just relax.’ It was that same night. I laid down for a little bit and when I woke up I had the message from him – and A.J. (Green). Andy just basically was saying he was there for me and telling me not to worry about anything and just giving me advice on how to get past moments like that. “I thought he was a stand-up guy when I first got drafted and his message to me was sincere. But I knew he was really a stand-up guy when I got that message. Because really, I made him look really bad that game. I remember it vividly. For him to reach out to me and help get me back on my feet and get me back right mentally meant a lot to me. I’ll forever be grateful for that situation. And moving forward, he’s always been there. I’ve been over to his house for game nights and stuff like that. I’ve had some of my most fun being around him and his wife and his kids.” Zac Taylor, head coach “Right off the bat, just going to his banquet for his charity and seeing the people he really affects. He and JJ both. On a daily basis. It tells you exactly what type of person you are dealing with. It’s not fake. You can tell there is a lot of time and energy that goes in on their behalf to take care of people that can’t take care of themselves. That right away tells you.” Taylor had more to add. “After losses, he comes up in my office. On Sunday night. He knows I’m sitting at my desk, just staring at my desk for a minute, however long it is. He’ll knock on the door and come in. We are on the same page, why things happen. Just kind of talk through it a little bit. If only we could have done this a little better. Or this had gone differently. It’s kind of similar to when you are talking to a player, but when you are talking to someone who is on your wavelength of how something just unfolded.” How often did that happen? “Three or four times. After he just went through the battle, and we know. There’s a lot of things you don’t even have to say.” A.J. Green, wide receiver “I think a lot of it is just coming in together, playing that first game with him and then he got hurt, and then my second game with him I had first my 100-yard game. For us to come in together and have this success together, it’s been great. I don’t feel like a lot of people had high expectations for us coming in, and to do what we did leading up to this point was unbelievable. It’s very rare that you come in and have a lot of success like we did. It sucks that I couldn’t be out there this year. That’s the sucky part about it. Everything that’s gone on, I feel like if I was out there it would have been a little different. It sucks for me to go out this way, and we don’t know what’s going to happen next year for him or I. It’s tough. “When we beat the Stealers there in ’12, I ran a bench route and put us in field-goal range and we won the game. That was the first time we had beat the Stealers in a while. Our bond is more than football. We’re going to be friends no matter what happens the rest of our careers. That’s the good thing about it.” Darrin Simmons, special teams coordinator “The play I most remember would be the one against Tennessee when he caught the touchdown pass from Mo (Sanu), the throwback. It was unusual and he made a good play. Anytime you’re a quarterback and get a chance to catch a touchdown, it’s a pretty big deal. “The moment I’ll remember was this season. Probably the toughest point he’s had in his career when they benched Andy and named Ryan (Finley) the starter. Andy came up to the front of the room in the team meeting and told everybody, ‘Hey, I’m in full support of Ryan. Do I agree with this? No. But I’m going to do whatever I can do to help Ryan. I’m still myself. You don’t have to act different around me. I’m the same guy.’ I think that was a big deal for him to stand up and give Ryan that support like that in front of the team. It took a lot of courage. It took a lot of guts. Not a lot of people would do that. Some guys would be pissed off, but he was not. He was just the opposite. I think Andy probably got to Zac before the meeting and said, ‘I want to stand up and say something.’ I don’t think a lot of guys would’ve handled it the same way. It was pretty impressive.” Clayton Fejedelem, safety “He always puts others before himself, and he’s always been that way. I mean shoot, just talking to his character, when they chose to sit him down, I’ll always remember how he came into the meeting room and said, ‘It is what it is. It sucks. But I’m going to be here. I’m still going to be the same guy. If you need me for anything, I’m here.’ It just speaks volumes about his character. He’s a great guy. He said he wanted to address the elephant in the room and said, ‘I’m the same guy. Don’t tiptoe around me.’ You respect something like that.” Auden Tate, wide receiver “For me, it would be when I took that hit in the Oakland game. I went to the hospital and then got a police escort back to the airport and got there right before they left. They were just getting on the plane and I was in my scrubs and neck brace. Once we were on the plane, I was in the regular seats in the back and Andy and all the top dogs are in the front in first class. He came back and got me and was like, ‘I’d rather let you sit up there.’ For him to not only offer that but to check on me and ask if I needed help with my bags, that really meant something and will always stick with me. For him to give up that seat, I mean it was my neck, it wasn’t my legs or anything. I was good. That’s what I kept telling him at first, like, ‘Nah, I’m good. I’m good.’ But he kept insisting and I was like, ‘Well, you told me too many times, so OK.'” Jessie Bates, safety “Probably the best thing, and it’s not really football-related, but when Tate got hurt against the Raiders and left on the stretcher. He was in a neck brace, and I remember Andy had a first-class seat and Tate, being a young guy, he was sitting in the back of the plane with me. And Andy offered his first-class seat for Tate to go up there and be comfortable. That explains who Andy is as a man. It wasn’t surprising to me because I’ve seen what he stands for. He had been benched earlier in the season and a lot of things weren’t going his way this year. He wasn’t even playing against the Raiders and he still had the mindset of team first and being a good guy and letting Tate sit in first class. That explains who Andy is. “So he’s in the back with us. He was sitting next to Sam (Hubbard) and was going over tape with us. And Sam and I were like, ‘We really respect you.’ That’s the type of dudes you need in the locker room if you want to be successful.” Giovani Bernard, running back “Obviously, he’s a great player, but the biggest thing with him is how huge a lot of the stuff he does off the field. Not just what he does for this team and this organization, but his foundation. That’s done so much for the kids in the Cincinnati area. And obviously it brings a lot of help for those people. That’s the biggest thing that stands out to me, his off-the-field stuff.” Alex Erickson, wide receiver “I’ll always remember my first OTAs. I was going with the 2s and I ran this route and I came back to where the wide receivers were and Andy came over and said, ‘Hey, this is how we’ve been running this play. This is how you should run that route.’ It just stood out to me. Here was a Pro Bowl quarterback and I was just an undrafted free-agent rookie wide receiver. And for him to take the time to come up to me and correct me and point out a way I could do something better to help me become a better player, I think says a lot about the type of guy he is. He didn’t have to do that. It was a cool moment.” Dan Hoard, radio play-by-play announcer “My favorite memory of Andy involves a photograph. What I admire about him the most and appreciate about Andy the most is how great he is with fans. I’m guessing that there has never been a Cincinnati sports figure who has taken more selfies with fans than he has. Probably because the selfie kind of became popular during his Bengals career, and the fact that his hair is so distinctive made him a very popular selfie target. But if you look at the end of those training camp practices when guys sign autographs, he always stays until the very end, signs everybody’s autograph, poses for every picture and I think he always understood how much that can mean to a person. “And I have a personal story along those lines. A friend of mine from Charlotte reached out to me once to say that there was a Bengals fan in his neighborhood, a young man who was confined to a wheelchair, and he asked me if I could send him some sort of Bengals memorabilia. So I got a football and asked Andy to sign it and sent it to the young man. His name is Bryson Foster. And my friend sent me back a picture of Bryson after they gave him the ball, and it’s the best, happy-to-receive-somebody’s-autograph photograph you will ever see in your life. He is just beaming with joy and surprise simultaneously. So after I got that picture, I showed it to Andy, and he was so excited to see it and so thankful that I shared it with him. That really underscores how much he gets that whole aspect of being a professional athlete.” Tyler Eifert, tight end “What I’ll remember most is just the run we made early in the year in ’15. His confidence during that time, even when we would get down, he’d come tell everybody how we’re going to win the game. We’re going to find a way. That stretch right there was pretty fun and pretty memorable with him. He just really took charge of the offense and willed us to a bunch of wins.” Trey Hopkins, center “My favorite memory with Andy was last year in the Atlanta game. Because I think it epitomized his leadership. He’s always a ‘believe-it’ kind of guy. And you can always look at him in the huddle and tell he has complete confidence in the play that’s been called and his execution of it and in the guys around him to execute, whether the game’s been going that way the whole time or not. That Atlanta game was the epitome, not just because it was the most fun and obviously because we came out on top, but just because the pressure was mounting throughout that whole game. We were going back and forth with Atlanta. He never flinched once. And we got the ball that last drive and the confidence he had telling us, ‘We’re going to win this. We’re going to take this ball down and we’re going to score and we’re going to win this thing.’ And then it happened. That’s the kind of leader he’s been. I just remember that drive being crazy. That’s probably my favorite NFL memory to this day, to be honest.” “I know I’m the only one that can tell this story and it’s one I’ll never forget. During the 2015 (Major League Baseball) All-Star Game I was helping out with The Enquirer’s coverage and landed the gig of the Legends and Celebrity Softball Game on Sunday night. “Notoriously, this was when Andy Dalton was introduced before and during the game, boos rained down from the home crowd. Dalton had come off a string of four straight playoff berths, but the city was frustrated with the first-round losses. Dalton bore the brunt of it in this seemingly relaxed setting. “The moment the first boos happened, I dropped my head toward the ground in the press box knowing I’d have to talk to him about it after the game. So, I waited in the tunnel and eventually, Dalton came down. I pointed out I’d have to ask about this and Dalton kind of smirked and politely answered the question, stating that everybody has an opinion, it’s part of the deal and that he has lots of support out there. “That reaction could have gone a lot of different ways. It was the first time I had an inside look at his refusal to take the low road. What always stood out to me was how he focused so much on the positivity of those that were cheering for him. He went on to point out everyone was cheering for him when he hit two home runs later during the game, but never rubbed it in. “Fitting, he ended up having his breakout season the next year in 2015. It was the perfect example of how he never let the negativity that was out there affect him or the way he wanted to go about his life in this city despite what was often thrown his way.” “I enjoyed going to his birthday two years ago, his 30th. He had a bunch of high school friends and college friends come into town and then obviously a bunch of guys from the team. We all hung out, ate dinner, had some drinks. He had somebody come in – well, it was JJ’s idea. She arranged this whole thing. But somebody he knew from Texas came in and was playing live music for us and it was just an awesome time hanging out. “It was at Boca. It wasn’t a surprise party, but it was a surprise with how many people that were there. I don’t think he was expecting that for sure. It’s cool to be able to meet guys’ friends from back home. I know most of my friends here haven’t really met my college or high school guys. So it’s cool to see them interact with one another. That was something that really resonates in my mind with Andy, just that type of fellowship outside of football.” Dave Lapham, radio analyst “In the postgame, the worst thing in the world is to have to go to a guy when he has a tough game and ask him a couple of questions about it. It’s live and it’s only five minutes after they come off the field. Sometimes it can be a brutal scenario. But multiple times he has been a pro’s pro. That’s what I’ll remember most about Andy. He never turned it down. He knew everyone’s got a job to do and it’s not going to be pleasant, but he’ll do it. “The other thing is, I’ve been fortunate enough to have him ask me to emcee his fundraiser for the Andy Dalton Foundation, the dinner. Seeing the way he integrated himself with people and talked to people, they looked at him like they were looking at some kind of god or something. He was just tremendously levelheaded. He gave everybody every ounce of time and energy that he had. That’s when you find out about guys, when the camera’s not on them. In that situation, no microphones, no cameras, it’s just real world and in a setting that’s a lot different. And he was a superstar. Exactly what most people would expect. He was as good as I’ve seen at one of those types of events, in that type of environment.” Billy Price, offensive lineman “Well, my first impression when I met him was after I got drafted and went out to dinner with him and his wife. I was kind of frugal with money then, more than I am now, and he goes, ‘You’re going to spend some of that money.’ And I’m like, ‘No, nah, no I’m not.’ And he said, ‘No, you’re going to spend some it.’ And then my first offseason I got to enjoy it and go on trips and stuff and the first thing he said to me when we came back was, ‘I told you that you were going to spend some of that money.’ “So that was kind of a funny, lighthearted moment. But competitively, you really got to see the competitor he was when we played the Ravens and I got hurt. We jumped out 21-0, and you could see this fire in his eyes. It was something really admirable. And then this past weekend was something I’ve never seen anything like it, as far as coming back, leading us back, and just the passion he had for it. That’s Andy. That’s our QB1.” Randy Bullock, kicker “Well, I mean that comeback we just had. That was pretty impressive. I don’t know if anybody has scored that many points that quickly in the history of the game. That’s the biggest thing that sticks out in my mind, and just what a leader he is, too. He’s an all-around first-class person, player, everything. That’s how he’s handled everything throughout his time here.”
  43. 5 points
  44. 5 points
    I don’t really understand the need to bash a guy that gave everything he had to this city (on the field and off) simply because he wasn’t a great QB. I mean you act like he killed your dog or something...tell me how THAT’S not being irrational. How is it Andy’s fault that the team stuck with him for all of those years instead of trying to find someone better? Isn’t that where all of the angst should be pointed towards? Bashing Andy on his way out the door is just petty and mean spirited. Let the guy leave out of here in peace, he at least deserves that much..
  45. 5 points
    yea its all Daltons fault! even those 3 games he didnt start.... all those TEs and FBs the def didnt cover... yep daltons fault. actually the only thing that sucked more over the duration of Daltons career is the dribble of incoherent and ignorant bashing of anyone and anything that didnt subscribe to your rant of the moment. so enjoy your celebration, until this team provides a OL that can block and a def that can cover a TE or RB no QB will match what he did manage to accomplish with this organization, let alone survive it does not matter who you put back there.
  46. 5 points
    In my books, TJ can say whatever the fuck he likes...
  47. 5 points
    Highlight: Son and I escorting Anthony Munoz and Ickey Woods on to the field for a halftime ceremony recognizing veteran Bengal players.
  48. 5 points
    You know it says BENGALS FAN under your profile pic, right?
  49. 5 points
    Not to let this sorry ass franchise or the sorry ass franchise that plays down the street from them off the hook, but I really think much of this comes with age and life experience. I don't feel the same about any sports anymore, and I doubt a championship by any of my favorites would feel the same today as it would have 20-30-40 years ago. Marriage, kids, work, mortgages and bills, aging parents, the passing of old friends, and the realization that your 70-some or 80-some years on the planet are going to pass by a hell of a lot faster than you ever dreamed they would... ...all of that works together to put sports in a different perspective. I think that once all that starts to become reality, interest in sports begins to slowly erode. Sorry to get philosophical.
  50. 5 points
    Sorry Bob: your history has shown you will be crapping on Mr. Basketball too sooner than later.
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