24 September 2007

Oktoberfest Observations

The crowd was big, but not so dense as to make it difficult to get around. I think they sectioned off the right amount of area.

Lots of Bengal jerseys. Seemed like the most popular were Houshmanzadeh and Palmer.

Saw a middle-aged man wearing a t-shirt, red skirt, and red heels. Anybody else see this guy?

The card magician was pretty cool.

Plenty of annoying losers asking for change. One woman asked me for precisely 38 cents ("38 cent," actually. Never use the plural, that's the code).

I liked the kielbasa served at the corner of 5th & vine. And that huge pot was unbelievable! He told me they found it at the World's Longest Yard Sale. That thing had to be 4 or 5 feet in diameter.

And finally, the Bengals. As my preseason forecast predicted, success this year depends on good defense and a good running game. Once again, both were largely absent against the Seahawks. Worse, it's getting hard to imagine pass coverage improving. When cornerbacks are in the wrong position, that's one thing. But to get flat-out beaten over and over... I don't know if that's something that can be fixed.

This is going to be a tough season to watch.

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