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It's like a death in the family
It's like a death in the family
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My home town is Cincinnati, Ohio so I have no choice but to root for the Bengals. I now live in Florida, and used to live in Los Angeles, but try as I might rooting for the LA or Florida teams, my heart is in Cincinnati. Well not totally in Cincinnati otherwise I'd live there. Living in Cincinnati was never great for me since it's a conservative town, occasionally regressive, and I'm more of a progressive person. For example, to this day, all you can find on Cincinnati radio (for the most part) is right-wing talk radio. The most popular talk host there still refers to President Obama, as Barack Hussein Obama. This was an old right-wing tool to try and infer to hillbillies that Obama is most likely a Muslim. Most hicks already believe all that, but always love to hear race-baiting talk hosts fan the flames, especially because the President also is black-not a favorite color of the right-wing.

Cincinnati is where Larry Flynt's major problems began. The county prosecutor hated pornography, and tried to make Flynt a poster boy for all that's wrong with America. He may have helped Flynt get shot-but he only made Hustler a more popular magazine. What I'm trying to spell out is Cincinnati is and will always be a bit behind the times, and for that town, they don't like even mentioning a behind in any way. Ours ports teams likewise are conservative organizations, and you can see that more recently as they tried, yet again, to get into the playoffs, and beyond. Because the Cincinnati Bengals stick with what they think is good-they have a hard time letting go: in essence-they hate change. Bengal coach Marvin Lewis should've been let go years ago. Okay, we've made it to the playoffs for three years in a row, but we never get anywhere beyond the initial game. The fact is, like former Reds manager, Dusty Baker, the guy may be able to get a team to the playoffs, but that's as far as it goes. A more dynamic figure is what is needed for both the Reds and the Bengals, and because of their conservative ways, team management won't get it or go for it.

Andrew Dalton throws too many interceptions, and proved he's getting worse in their playoff game against San Diego. I'm not going over that game, it just became similar to watching a bad car accident over and over again. Try watching the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination over and over again, and that would be like watching the Bengal meltdown in the playoffs. The Bengals do have a core of good players and need to build on that foundation, but serious moves need to follow: get rid of Marvin Lewis, and find a good quarterback who could get better with time to share duties with Dalton. Use Dalton when he's on his game-and toss him aside when he starts giving opportunities to the opposition.If you don't have a viable second string quarterback, this strategy won't work, and the Bengals will continue following an ultimately losing pattern.

Cincinnati has examples of NOT being progressive. In Cincinnati, we had beautiful buildings from the past, and chose to knock them down. In the heart of downtown that happened, and they allowed a Westin Hotel to be built which has no character or style- all right on our Fountain Square-in the heart of town. Our newspaper is the size of a National Enquirer, and is just about as empty when it comes to content. The radio in town is worthless, and the local TV anchors have been there for decades simply because Cincinnatians don't like change. That's why is difficult to make things happen in Cincinnati.It's a city with potential, but they always seem to fall short.The mentality fits their motto: "why stand still when you can go backwards"? I hope to see a better Reds and Bengals next year, but I doubt it will happen. Even the clods who run the city never could get a good deal for funding the stadiums we built to house average sports teams. Much of the bill went to taxpayers, while team ownership were given a blank check. That right-wing talk show host I mentioned, actually compared the hillbilly county commissioner to a God because he was the primary mover and shaker that helped get the Bengals to stay in Cincinnati. All the taxpayer had to do was promise to pay for it, and give a huge majority of the concession revenue to the team owner, a two-bit hack son of a football pioneer (& a conservative) named Mike Brown. For this-we got an average football team. Maybe we're lucky we didn't get a truly great team-we'd be broke by now.