The Cincinnati Bengals Have Been One Letdown After Another

The Cincinnati Bengals Have Been One Letdown After Another

The extension of Marvin Lewis is inexplicable and Mike Brown should be ashamed.
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The Cincinnati Bengals are a terrible, horrible, no-good organization. Anyone who follows football knows this. Anyone who lives in Cincinnati and follows football knows this to a painful degree.

Since Paul Brown died and his incompetent, profit-seeking, too-loyal, probably-a-nice-guy-but son Mike Brown took over, the Bengals have consistently ranked among the worst organizations in all of professional sports. A 2011 ESPN Magazine ranking comprised of numerous categorical considerations such as affordability, success, fan relations, and more put the Bengals as dead last out of every single NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL franchise. 122 out of 122.

They treat their fans like garbage, they struck a stadium deal with the city that has been widely panned as bad for Hamilton County residents, they fail to seemingly ever spend money on free agents in an attempt to benefit the team, and they lose. They lose a lot.

Though recent years have seen some positive change (albeit only in the regular season), for virtually all of the '90s and much of the 2000's, the Bengals were the laughingstock of the league. Think the Cleveland Browns but no one cared about them. Meanwhile, they have not won a playoff game in 27 years.

The last time they were victorious in the postseason, it was January 1991 and they beat a now nonexistent Houston Oilers team. This means that the last time the Cincinnati Bengals won even one playoff game, the Soviet Union had yet to collapse. The President was George W. Bush. The first one. There was no Google, Facebook, Yahoo, or Amazon. The World Wide Web had yet to expand outside its internal servers. Beyonce was nine years old.

And yet, this isn't even the worst of it. The worst of it occurred this past week, when the Bengals inexplicably and unexpectedly retained head coach Marvin Lewis for a two year extension. This for a man who had reportedly said as recently as a month ago that he would be resigning at the end of the season.

This for a man who has not won a single playoff game in his fifteen seasons as the Bengals head coach. He has gone 0-7 in playoff games, the worst mark in the history of the league for a coach in the playoffs. Over the last two years, his teams have gone a combined 13-18-1 with a litany of disciplinary problems. Fans are understandably outraged.

Mike Brown and the entire Bengals organization should be ashamed of themselves. They have continuously and unflinchingly showed no respect for their fans and it would not surprise me if loyal fans continue leaving the team in droves, as attendance has plummeted.

For shame, Cincinnati. For shame.

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7 Struggles Of A Girl Who Understands Sports

Other girls just don't get it.
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I love sports. I live for the time of the year when football season and basketball season overlap so I can watch my two favorite sports at the same time. However, as any other girl that likes sports knows, there are a few different struggles that we experience on a day to day basis.

1. People won't believe you.

I’ve gotten very accustomed to the “look” people give you when you tell them you like to watch sports. It’s a look that reeks of disbelief. I'm sorry I don't know the blood type of the former coach's oldest son. You’ll just have to learn to let it go... but yes, I do watch sports.

2. People will try to explain the game to you.

Yes, I know that was a sack. Yes, I see that it’s a fourth down. Yes, I know what foul that was. Yes, they are about to take a free throw. Please stop talking while I watch my team play. Thanks for trying to keep me updated, though.

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3. Guys will think you are trying to impress them.

Dude, stop flirting with me while the game is on. Don’t block the TV. I need to see this. I could care less about you. My team is playing.


4. Your girl friends will never care about sports as much as you do.

You will have to beg and grovel just to get them to watch the game with you. Even then, either they won’t pay attention, or they will ask you what’s going on every couple of minutes.


5. No one finds it acceptable when you yell at the TV.

My dad yelled at the TV during football games when I was growing up. My guy friends do it. But the minute I open my mouth when my team starts losing, people start staring at me and silently begging me to act more like a lady.


6. Women's sports apparel is awful.

I get asked on a regular basis when shopping for team apparel, “Do you need me to show you where the women’s stuff is?” No, no, nope, absolutely not. I would much prefer not to run around with rhinestones on my chest or in a pink football jersey. I’m cringing at the thought.

7. You turn into a child when your team loses.

No, it is not my time of the month. You know good and well my team just lost. Don't speak. I’m going to my room to lie down under my baby blanket and eat chocolate ice cream. It’s just too much.


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10 Cities That Should Have NHL Expansion Teams

The NHL should consider these cities for expansion franchises because new markets and fan bases can never hurt a sports league.

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The NHL expanded to Las Vegas last season and the Golden Knights made it all the way to the Stanley Cup Finals. They were perhaps the most successful expansion team in NHL history. The NHL also announced expansion into Seattle late last year. The NHL will be the second of the four major sports leagues to expand to 32 teams along with the NFL. With two new teams in the league, the NHL enters new markets and new fan bases. Hockey is a sport for everyone and the more fan bases in North America the better. What other cities need an NHL team? Which fan bases will provide exhilarating environments for a hockey team? These 10 cities should be candidates for NHL expansion in the future.

1. Quebec City

Quebec City once had a hockey team, the Quebec Nordiques. The team left Quebec City in 1995 to move out west to Denver. The Nordiques had an intense rivalry with the Montreal Canadiens in the 80s. Quebec City deserves a new hockey team for its fans. It has been 24 years and counting since an NHL team was in Quebec. Another added bonus to a team in Quebec City is a renewed rivalry with the city of Montreal.

2. Hartford

Similar to Quebec, Hartford also had a hockey team. The Whalers moved south to Raleigh, North Carolina in 1997. Hartford may not be a large city, but the fan base was loyal during the Whalers tenure in Connecticut. A new team would fit perfectly in the region along with other northeastern cities such as Boston, Buffalo, and Montreal.

3. Baltimore

Baltimore would bring a fresh market in the Mid-Atlantic. Close proximity to Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington D.C. may bring new rivalries as well. Baltimore is a great sports town. The Orioles and Ravens have had great success here. An NHL team in Baltimore could have success on the ice.

4. Houston

Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States. It is a fast-growing community with excellent sports fans. Houston has 3 sports teams — the Astros, Rockets, and Texans. Those teams play baseball, basketball, and football. Hockey in Houston is almost too easy. It brings a new market to Texas and the loyal sports fans are already there.

5. Indianapolis

Indianapolis is a typical Midwest city, and Midwesterners love hockey. Expanding in Indianapolis would be an excellent move by the NHL. It would bring new hockey fans from the state and new rivalries with Chicago or Detroit would thrive. Indiana may be a basketball state, but that does not mean there isn't room for a hockey team in town.

6. Milwaukee

The NHL expanded to the desert before Wisconsin. Residents of the state are long overdue for an NHL team. Hockey is almost as popular as football in the state. The popularity of the sport would skyrocket with the addition of an NHL team. Once again, geography makes the decision to expand an even easier one. Milwaukee is a great location for regional rivalries with Chicago, St. Louis, or Minnesota.

7. Kansas City

Kansas City had a hockey team in the mid-70s, but the Scouts had very little success. Today, a new hockey would be worth the investment for the NHL. It would attract many fans from mid-America, create sound geographic rivalries, and create a new market for the NHL. Kansas City sports fans love their Chiefs and the Royals. A hockey team would make KC a more well-rounded sports city.

8. Salt Lake City

Salt Lake City deserves another sports franchise. Its NBA team, the Jazz, has not been championship contenders since the late 90s. Utah would be the perfect location for another western hockey team. Expansion out west is nothing new for the NHL. Adding a team in Salt Lake City would bring in the fans and the money.

9. Portland

Portland is another West Coast city with only one sports organization, the Trailblazers. The city of Portland would be receptive to an NHL franchise. With the announcement of a franchise in Seattle, Portland would make perfect sense for a new team. Adding more teams to the west coast would counter the many teams the NHL has on the east coast.

10. San Diego

Hockey is not exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think of San Diego. But, some thought adding a team in Vegas was a bad idea, and the Golden Knights are successful thus far. San Diego is one of the largest cities in America and its only sports team is the Padres after the Chargers left town. A new hockey team in Southern California is just what the NHL needs. A team close to Los Angeles and Anaheim is great for breeding rivalries.

Each of these cities has fun things to do whether it is sports related or not. But, none of them have a hockey team. The Seattle franchise will be the 32nd in the NHL. One day a sports league will hit 40 organizations. The NHL and the owners should ask themselves if they should be first of the NFL. NHL expansion rumors come around each season, but new cities should be serious contenders for expansion. These 10 cities all bring something new to the table and have plenty to offer new fan bases.

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