25 December 2006

Bengals Join War on Christmas

Are the Bengals a vile left-wing organization bankrolled by George Soros? Does Marvin Lewis derive game plans from spiritual conferences with Barbra Streisand? Is America-hating Cindy Sheehan a Bengals fan?

These are the questions we should be asking. After yesterday's loss to Denver, I have to wonder if the Bengals real goal this year was to ruin Xmas.

What a disaster of a game. I had to check the TV guide to make sure it said "NFL football" and not "Denver Broncos play guys who live in van down by the river". But to be honest, it wasn't this game that deflated my home team hopes; I've been deflating for a while now. The great game against the Ravens injected some new hope, but that evaporated quickly during the Colts game.

To win championships, you have to beat the best teams without your best stuff. That's how I look at it. As I watched the Colts game, I resigned myself to the fact that the Bengals just aren't capable of doing that this year. We lost too many players for too many games, and it has cost us (and I'm talking about injuries; the penchant for the cell block is a whole 'nother can of worms). This is not a Super Bowl team. Yes, it is still possible for the Bengals to squeak into the postseason, but does anyone really think of the Bengals as contenders?

It's been painful at times, but not as painful as 12 straight losing seasons. I'm very hopeful for next year. This team can take on anybody as long as they stay out of hospitals and courtrooms.

And hats off to Carson Palmer. He deserves a lot of credit for coming back from his injury the way he did. It's a testament to his commitment and drive to win. It's good to have him on our team... but please no more QB draw plays, okay? Those legs are only good for quarterbacking, not running!

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