As America spends the next two weeks
readying for its largest annual sporting event, the spectacle, hype and
excitement of the Super Bowl will undoubtedly overshadow the toll our
enjoyment takes on the players on the field.
Orson Charles had no idea that the
Bengals hadn’t won a playoff game in his lifetime. Yet, it’s true. The
Bengals rookie tight end was born Jan. 27, 1991 — just three weeks after
the team’s 10-7 victory over the Houston Oilers on Jan. 6, the
franchise’s last playoff victory.
Last week, former San Diego Charger and New
England Patriot Junior Seau, a future Hall of Famer, committed suicide.
Like former Chicago Bears safety Dave Duerson, the 42-year-old Seau shot
himself in the chest. Last February, before shooting himself, Duerson
sent a text to several family members.
It seems every mock draft out there — and
there are a ton — knows exactly what the Bengals will do with their two
first-round picks on April 26: The team will take a guard and a
cornerback. They seem to be the two glaring needs,
even though the team addressed their depth at the positions in free
When it comes to docs, I can be one hard-headed mofo. Back when I had a wisdom tooth yanked, after I had a bizarro reaction to the numbing meds that made me feel like I was on speed, the super-hot dentist handed me a detailed sheet of aftercare instructions. It was well written, but I promptly threw it in the dumpster.
Fantasy football drafts. Tailgating. Running your mouth. There are many great aspects to this narrow season between face-melting heat and bone-chilling cold called we call Autumn. In many ways sports come to mind when mentally tallying the good things about fall. What Thanksgiving would be complete without you and your weakarmed relatives throwing wobbly passes back and forth in the yard?