Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Bloopers, Blunders And The Bengals

Needless to say, the 2005 season brought glory and riches to Cincinnati and their beloved, and sometimes scoffed at, Bengals. Coming into that season, they already held the franchise season record for the fewest number of fumbles and during the 2005 season broke that same record.

This recovery strategy coupled with the fact that the 2005 Bengals also set a club record for turnover differential, tied club records for most takeaways and fewest giveaways, and posted the second-most interceptions in team history, all brought hope to the 'Who Dey' team and brought dreams of another AFC Championship to the realization of hopeful Begals fans.

Its seems ironic that this same team that, in 2005, had an orchard full of prospects, has been riddled with a bunch of bad apples.

A week before the first pre-game of the season, already Bengals have had a number of very public run-ins with the law.

In recent news, left guard Eric Steinbach seemed to have forgotten that driving under the influence is the same as boating uder the influence. He was stopped for speeding while on his boat on the Ohio River. According to the Cincinnati Enquirer, Steinbach failed a series of sobriety tests.

This incident falls on the hills of defensive tackle Matthias Askew being stunned with a taser, no less, alledgedly, for not doing what a Cincinnati Police Office asked.

(And people say that Cincinnati Police officers are not trigger happy)

With a history of sexual mis conduct, the Bengals still draft Frostee Rucker and in June he was charged with two counts of vandalism and two counts of spousal battery for something that happened in California the previous year.

Talk about drama.

Enter Chris Henry, resident hottie second (or maybe third) to Chad Johnson has had more than just a run in with the law enforcement in the Cincinnati area. The year started out with Henry's adorable face being flashed across the television screen because he was charged with possession of a concealed firearm, improper exhibition of a firearm and aggravated assault with a firearm while in Orlando, Fl. Then in June, an officer in an adjacent county to Cincinnati arrested Henry for DUI. If that don't beat all, just a week or so later Henry was arrested in Kentucky for providing alcohol to three under-aged females.

Just a few months after the Bengals picked up A.J. Nicholson, he was charged with burglary and grand theft (both felonies) and vandalism (a misdemeanors) for allegedly breaking into the apartment of a former Florida State teammate in mid-May and stealing $1,700 in electronics.

I know Marvin Lewis' paths have crossed with Bill Cowher, but I do not remember reading where Lewis went to the same coaching school as Bob Huggins.

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