Cincinnati Bengals -- Game Over. Someone Please Press Reset.
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#1 Dec 10, 2010
SORRY, THEY WON'T LET ME 2X SPACE OR INDENT! SO *= NEW PARAGRAPH.
*The Cincinnati Bengals were formed in the 1960s by Paul Brown as a grudge against his former team which today is known as the Cleveland Browns.
*The Bengals of the 1980s won 2 AFC Championships but lost 2 Super Bowls against the same team through careless mistakes.
*The "Bungle era", in which they were the worst team in football, lasted from the early 1990s to 2002. A new stadium was built and named after Paul Brown. That money sure could have helped build the team instead.
*Then came the Marvin Lewis era. In 2003 Head Coach Marvin Lewis led the Bengals to an 8-8 break-even season. To them it was as good as going to the Super Bowl. Quarterback Jon Kitna was named the AFC Comeback Player Of The Year. They were the Bungles no more. They were respectable again.
*Instead of building on the success with Kitna at the head in the 2004 season, Lewis decided to bench him and go with 1st round NFL Draft pick and Heisman Trophy winning superstar college quarterback Carson Palmer. Kitna remained on as backup and mentor to Palmer. Palmer set out the final 3 games due to a knee injury courtesy of the New England Patriots and Kitna played in his stead fininshing the season with another 8-8 break-even record.
*In 2005 a healthy Carson Palmer led the Bengals to a winning season and a playoff game. They were a Bengal team playing like champions and looking destined for the Super Bowl. They were moving the ball down the field against a Pittsburgh Steelers team that could not stand in their way. Then tragedy struck. A low tackle to the knee took Palmer out of the game and set him up for replacement surgery. Kitna stepped in but the team still lost.*There was one more losing playoff game in the late 2000s.
*Which brings us to where we are right now in December 2010. The team stands poised to finish the season with the same record that they had in 2002, their worst ever.
*The ownership has always been a Brown family business of father Paul and son Mike. I don't think anyone would question their dedication to the franchise. Mike needs to become willing to spend more money than has ever been put into building a champion NFL team.
*All Bengal head coaches have been first year head coaches and so far when they leave the team they never head coach another NFL team. The Bengals have never had a former head coach with the experience of leading a team to a Super Bowl victory.
*I love Marvin Lewis. No one can dare question his devotion to the Bengals. I can remember him in krutches coaching from the sidelines, tears in his eyes at press conferences where he faced an angry mob of reporters demanding answers, and that smiling face and a twinkle in his eye when his team won. This is his 8th season and I would like to think that given a few more years in Cincinnati, he could have the Bengals where he wants them -- back-to-back winning seasons and a deep playoff run with a possible Super Bowl victory. But we don't know if that will happen or if the worst is yet to come. And the blame can't be squarely put on Marvin. There has been big understandable setbacks that have prevented him from having immediate success -- Palmer's knee injury, Chris Henry's death, players getting in trouble with the law, etc. He deserves better than what the Bengals are giving him.
*Carson Palmer's loyalty to the Bengals is amazing. He has been hit so many times to the point of blood and serious injuries. But that's just it. Sadly, he seems shell-shocked psychologically about his major knee injury and this may be affecting his performance on the field, especially with a team that can't seem to protect him while in the pocket. He has the potential to be an NFL legend and on another team he may be a multiple Super Bowl winner.
*In 2011 the Bengals may need to be completely torn down and re-built from the ground up. This may mean all new coaches and all new players and if necessary new ownership.
*Who Dey! No, Who Dey?
#2 Dec 10, 2010
*THANK YOU topix.com FOR ALLOWING ME TO DO MY POST ABOUT THE CINCINNATI BENGALS.
*AND THANKS TO THE READERS FOR READING IT AND FEEL FREE TO COMMENT.
*Hello, Who Dey here. I'm the one who wrote "Cincinnati Bengals -- Game Over. Someone Please Press Reset." I need to clear a few things up.
*First, I'm not Grove City, OH. I'm Hillsboro, OH. That was a mistake by this website. For some reason they automatically had me as Grove City but I had cleared that up. In fact before posting this article, the top of the web page did say Hillsboro, OH.
*Second, why the asterisk symbol (*)? As stated at the top of the article, this website won't allow me to indent a paragraph or at least double space (2X) it. Without the separation, all the lines run together and it's difficult to read. In fact, my note about it, at the top of my article, explaining the use of the asterisk was ran together by the website. It should be "*= INDENT" meaning that an asterisk is used to let the reader know where the paragraphs begin. You'd think they know if they allow 4,000 characters, they have to have a format that allows paragraph indentations and double spaces for those of us writing more than one paragraph.
*Thanks for understanding. I appreciate the freedom of speech at topix.com .
#4 Mar 24, 2012
Who Dey here!
I think the above post was probaly my first ever post on the great topix.com website. Was way back in 2010.
It does look like in the 2011 season that the team has made some serious changes and may be turning it around. New Quarterback that made records in his rookie year. A heck of a Defense. They even made the Playoffs. Now 2012?
#5 Mar 24, 2012
Those double spacing errors in the Post #1 was probally just technical difficulties. Maybe I was posting so many characters that the posting system changed my post to single spacing to get it all in? Or maybe there was so many posters posting at the time of the post being made that the posting system made an error? Who knows? Whatever. Oh, well. Thanks for understanding my confusion!
#6 Mar 24, 2012
I wouldn't really mind if Topix would go back to displaying my posts with my ISP (Internet Service Provider) location which is Grove City, OH.
I did say in Post #2 that I'm Hillsboro, OH and not Grove City. And that post did display the location as Grove City but now displays the location as Hillsboro. But at the time I was new to Topix and not familiar with the fact that Topix has a policy of displaying a poster's ISP (Internet Service Provider) location with posts and that may or may not be the poster's actual location. I would come to topix.com and the Forum location would be Grove City, OH. And when I posted this thread, my location said Grove City, OH. Later, last year, I posted on another Forum and my location displayed as Hillsboro, OH and now when I come to topix.com , the Forum location is Hillsboro, OH. Now, my past posts, including the past ones on this thread, have changed to display as Hillsboro but were once Grove City. So, I would have no problem with my post location displaying as Grove City again.
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