And Now In “Football Players Are Not Meteorologists” News… Adam “Pacman” Jones was recently ordered to pay an $11.65 million dollar settlement stemming from his 2007 “Make It Rain” incident at a Las Vegas night club. With the fights that ensued after utter chaos broke out, two men caught more than money raining in the club. Instead, they had bullets pelleted down on them, and one victim remains paralyzed. The victim’s wife even received separate compensation for “loss of marital relations” in the settlement because of his injury. What else baffles me, though, is “Pacman” received an invitation to speak at this year’s NFL Rookie Symposium, allegedly as a person who can advise the newly wealthy professional athletes on how to handle fame and fortune. Please!!! Are you kidding me!?!?! If the NFL really wants to help rookies, they need to make a list with pictures of all the people who were paid to supposedly “handle” Adam Jones and keep him out of trouble! That way, the new rookies know not to give any of those clowns their money!!!
Don’t Believe The Hype (because this should be the only time I quote Flavor Flav): Yes, Andy Dalton looks dangerously ready to play serious football this season. The Bengals finally act ready to put a high-powered offense on the field. But….
- The running game plan still leaves much to be desired. Yes, “Law Firm” (aka BenJarvus Green-Ellis) has never fumbled the ball, but he has never been a workhorse power running back for a team. The shift in responsibility and expectations right now do not seem to cater to his strengths.
- The Cincinnati Bengals notoriously underperform to high expectations and overperform to low expectations. With AFC North shake-ups in perennial powerhouse teams, the Steelers and Ravens, people are increasingly waxing poetic over the amazing season the Bengals can have. Uhm… Calm down people and stick to low expectations. We know that works for us!
Fantasy Football Prediction (because it’s never too early to strategize): Speaking of Andy Dalton… If you play in a league with a) less than 10 players and/or b) allows you to carry two quarterbacks, I strongly suggest placing him on your roster. Now, it is very difficult to tell you to draft him first if Cam Newton or Aaron Rodgers are available, but I believe Andy has a lot of points waiting for you – even if Cincinnati only slightly improves their running game as compared to last season. Yes, you will thank me later!
Shameless Rumor Mongering (because I know I can’t verify it): How does “Bengals’ quarterback Colt McCoy heaves a pass downfield to Jordan Shipley” sound to you? Rumor has it that the Bengals may jump in the dance to get McCoy from the Cleveland Browns at bargain basement prices since the Browns seem practically ready to auction McCoy off on Ebay for a good deal. If it happened, I doubt Colt McCoy would greedily eat humble pie as a third string quarterback. I wouldn’t mind a little on-field drama at training camp six weeks from now while we watched a quarterback competition play out. What say you?