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  1. I think I found the answers to your Lynn Swann question, not that you didn't already know. On the other hand, Bobby Moore was a long-time broadcaster and was married to Claire Huxtable, and it didn't help him.
  2. This is what frustrates me about the whole HOF thing. Five of the 15 were never judged to be the best in the league in any single season? Six never won a passing title? That being said, 5 of the 10 got in without winning a Super Bowl, so that shouldn't be keeping Anderson out. His accolades are certainly worthy, so what's the holdup? Is it that he didn't have a star or an "NY" on his helmet, or that he didn't wear an ugly black helmet with a steel sticker on only one side? Another point that needs to be made is that HE PLAYED IN A DIFFERENT ERA. There were only 14 games per season in his first few seasons, teams didn't pass as much and quarterbacks didn't play in the big plastic bubble they do today. When you dropped back to pass, there was the threat of, you know, getting hit and stuff. Don't tell me that didn't affect passer performance. I will also add that, of the top 100 all-time pass percentage seasons, only six happened before 1990. Anderson has two of those six. Induct the man, already, and while they're at it, maybe they can go ahead and include one of the best cornerbacks of all time, the other Ken. Like I said, there were 14 games a season for much of his career and teams didn't pass as much, yet he still had a bunch of INTs.
  3. The white over white is the team's best current look. The awful white side panels aren't visible with that jersey. I don't think the striped helmets would work with a traditional jersey like the team wore in the 70s. The jerseys they have now are awful, but they'll need something with some stripes to balance out the helmet.
  4. Forrest Gregg and Sam Wyche are the only two coaches to have much success against Pittsburgh. The teams played their first game in 1970 and the Bengals were 6-14 during the 1970s. Gregg arrived in 1980 and promptly swept the Stealers that season and again in 1981, the first two times the Bengals had ever swept them. Wyche followed him and swept them in 1984, 1985, 1988, 1989, and 1990. The two coaches combined for 15-6 during that 1980-90 era. One thing those two had in common was that they had zero shits to give and were fearless. Things unfortunately returned to normal in 1991 and the Bengals have gone 14-44 since. Four of the best teams in Bengals franchise history have had their seasons ruined by those bastards: 1975, 1976, 2005, and 2015. The 1975 and 1976 teams were 0-4 against Pittsburgh but 21-3 against the rest of the league, and we all know about '05 and '15.
  5. The one-helmet rule was put in place starting with the 2013 season. The Stealers have worn nothing but black helmets and the Packers nothing but yellow helmets since 2011. Some teams (NE, for one) wore an alternate helmet as late as 2012, but none since then. The Bengals can't wear their pre-1981 uniforms, but why not throw back to 1981-96?
  6. I didn't realize they still had card shows. I attended my last one right before I discovered ebay. It was 1999, I think.
  7. For comparison, is the previous version they wore 1981-95. I always thought I preferred the original stripes, but now I think the 1996-2002 version was probably better. I'm not sure it would work today, but it would make a good starting point for an update. I like the striping pattern on the current pants, but that and the helmet are about the only things that aren't horrible.
  8. Estimated Career Earnings YEAR TEAM SALARY SIGNING BONUS ROSTER BONUS WORKOUT BONUS RESTRUCTURE BONUS OPTION BONUS INCENTIVE TOTAL CASH 2005 $230,000 $2,000,010 $1,570,000 - - - - $3,800,010 2006 $842,500 - - - - $5,630,000 $1,500,000 $7,972,500 2008 $1,742,500 - - - - - - $1,742,500 2009 $545,000 - - - - - - $545,000 2010 $295,000 - - - - - - $295,000 2011 $640,000 - - - - - - $640,000 2011 $353,000 - - - - - - $353,000 2012 $700,000 $75,000 $175,000 - - - - $950,000 2013 $750,000 $750,000 $500,000 $100,000 - - - $2,100,000 2014 $1,700,000 - $250,000 $100,000 - - $500,000 $2,550,000 2015 $1,550,000 - $250,000 $100,000 - - $400,000 $2,300,000 2016 $2,300,000 $2,000,000 $4,500,000 $200,000 - - - $9,000,000 2017 $6,023,529 - $281,250 $200,000 - - - $6,504,779 2018 $1,015,000 - - - - - - $1,015,000 13 seasons $18,686,529 $4,825,010 $7,526,250 $700,000 - $5,630,000 $2,400,000 $39,767,789
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    Uniform change

    Yeah, I recall that article, but I thought the headline on the Uni Watch article was beyond misleading. It was based on this one line from the article: "A source has said that the Browns are seriously looking at replacing the plain orange helmet with a plain white one." The ESPN writer just repeated that quote (among other parts) verbatim. The Browns were foolish to mess with it in the first place. Tradition has worked very well for the Colts, Packers, Cowboys, Stealers, Bears, and several other franchises. It would have been fine for the Browns, as well. Maybe they thought it would break them out of their losing rut, but that's obviously nonsense, as well.
  10. Bleeds Orange

    Uniform change

    The Browns white helmets are an unfounded Internet rumor. As for the Bengals, I don't see the helmet going anywhere, but the costumes needed to go 15 years ago. There's a deadline that has to be met to file with the league for changes, so the earliest they could change would be 2020. Let's hope it happens. It's too bad the Bengals paint their stripes* on the helmets. Otherwise, they could rip them off twice a season and bring out the 1970s uniforms. I'd love to see those on the field again. There's no reason they couldn't throw back to the 80s now, and that needed to have been happening all these years. * I've been told that they actually start with a black helmet, tape off the stripes, paint it orange, then remove the tape, revealing the black stripes underneath.
  11. Bleeds Orange

    2019 Opponents

    Hey, why not dream big? My dreams are made of another magical 10-6 season that ends with an excruciating, embarrassing, first-round playoff loss, from a team that could have been better but lacked discipline, coached by an unaccountable asshole of a head coach.
  12. Bleeds Orange

    New team

    When the Titans made it to Nashville in 1999, I lived fairly close by, and tried to switch teams. I couldn't do it, and that was with a Titans team in my back door coming an outstretched arm's length from becoming Super Bowl champions. I knew then that it would forever be Bengals or nobody. Twenty years later, my give-a-shit level for all spectator sports has dwindled considerably, so when the Bengals suck, I revert to being an extremely casual observer of the league as a whole, and ignore the Bengals as best I can. I'm aware of whether they win or lose, and come here and scan some threads to see what the reaction is, but it doesn't really affect me, either way. The only real joy I get from the NFL these days is watching the Pittsburgh Stealers lose, and hoping that the losses are as excruciating and heartbreaking as possible, and that Ben Roethlisberger has a career-ending injury.
  13. Very good memories of Collinsworth the player. He was the first Bengals player to make the cover of Sports Illustrated (Paul Brown made it in 1968), and there was a very good feature story on that 1981 Bengals team in the issue. https://www.si.com/vault/1981/12/14/826209/catch-a-catching-star-give-a-listen-to-cincinnatis-rookie-sensation-cris-collinsworth-who-can-drop-a-quote-as-well-as-he-can-grab-a-pass One of his quotes from the article came after the Bengals beat Houston to go 6-3, the first of a five-game winning streak to start the second half of the season, sending them from 5-3 to 10-3. After suffering through 4-12, 4-12, and 6-10, I couldn't believe what I was reading when I saw it... "The writers keep asking us, 'Are you thinking about the playoffs?' They expect us to say things like, 'This is a tough league,' and 'It's a long season,' but when they ask me I tell 'em, 'Go ahead and make reservations for Detroit. We'll be there in January.'"
  14. Undersized, overperforming Woodside could be a late-round gem By Mike Giardi March 30, 2018 2:17 PM http://www.nbcsports.com/boston/red-sox/undersized-overperforming-woodside-could-be-late-round-gem

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