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Tuesday Topics

Posted by Matt on August 28, 2007

Well I first would like to apologize to any TNB Loyalists out there who have missed me as class started back for me last Thursday and I have been a bit busy. However, in my absence, “Doc” and “Bob” picked up the slack so make sure you check out what you might’ve missed. On to a couple of Tuesday topics…

♥ The Cincinnati Reds take on the Shitsburgh Pirates tonight in a ‘Double Header’ that sees the first pitch of the first game at 5:05PM EST. The Pirates are in last place of the National League Central but are on a bit of a tear of their own at the moment going 7-3 in their last 10 games. The games are in Shitsburg but the Pirates have virtually the same record at home as they do on the road so that shouldn’t be much of a factor. The Reds need to continue their hot streak, especially with two games tonight, as the Milwaukee Brewers and the Chicago Cubs play one another this week, so one of them has to lose (hopefully Chicago tonight – sorry “Bob”). It has been fun being a Reds fan the last few weeks as they have at least made the back stretch exciting and, more importantly, the baseball watchable.

♣ The Cincinnati Bengals lost their third straight preseason game last night to the Atlanta Ookies by a score of 19-24. The first-team offense finally got their ass back on track and scored two touchdowns before half time, so Bengal Nation can breath a sigh of relief. What we cannot become complacent with his the defense who made Joey Harrington look like Johnny Unitas. Joey went 13-21 with 164 yards and 2 touchdowns to no interceptions and the Bengals’ “swiss cheese” defense (as “Charlie” likes to call it) showed no signs of being able to stop either the run or the pass. They’re more or less out of excuses and this season will be make-or-break for that damned defense. Also it should be noted that Shayne Graham sat out the game with a hip pointer stemming from covering a kick off. The team turned to 2-point conversions while Shayne-o-mac sat out and he will not play in Friday night’s preaseason finale. Graham and the team is optimistic for his return for the September 10th opener and he is not scheduled for an M.R.I. and is listed on the injury report on a day-to-day basis. This was devastating to me as I drafted Shayne in Fantasy Football, as usual, and now I have to pray to the Fantasy Gods that he returns for the season…

More to come as Florida’s football preview drops tomorrow and I continue the Bengals’ offensive previews…ciao!

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