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Fourth of July news & notes

Hello to all my loyal and devoted readers! -all five of you- (just kidding). Sorry for the lengthy delay in any postings. I’ve had the good fortune of being on vacation lately, and this means spending less time in front of a computer. However you’ll be glad to know that I’m starting every day bright and early at the crack of noon.

Here’s a run-down on some of the recent Bengal-related banter found on the intergoogle:

The team announced their training camp schedule. An easy to print copy can be found here.

Head Coach Marvin Lewis is visiting troops overseas as part of a USO tour with other NFL coaches. Coach Lewis is a bit of a history buff and military-phile. Maybe this year’s training camp t-shirts will be camo?

As written in this space a few days ago, Cedric Benson’s status for the 2010 season has become a thing of conjecture,as there is building concern he’ll be suspended for some period of time by Commissioner Goodell. It also seems to be shining a spotlight on my concern that the team should be shopping for another capable veteran running back.

In my view they need one now, even without a suspension. Guys that could be had in trades may be Reggie Bush and Marshawn Lynch, but the team will likely wait to see who gets the axe in training camp.

Personally, I doubt the team will see Benson suspended, and if so, it’ll likely be just a game or two. The real concern for me is injuries, as all three top backs (Benson, Bernard Scott, and Brian Leonard)  had a variety of dings last year.  If they all stay healthy and out of the Commissioner’s dog house, the Bengals will have a legitimately strong backfield, as expressed in more detail by Big “C” here.

Speaking of Mr. Holmes, he has a nice piece on Andre Caldwell.  Caldwell had a hot-and-cold 2009, catching a couple of game-winning touchdown passes in the closing seconds against Baltimore and Pittsburgh, but also had some game-crushing fumbles against Oakland and San Diego. The team clearly saw a need to upgrade the wide-out position in general, and the slot guy in particular, drafting Jordan Shipley in the third round.  Caldwell insists he won’t go down without a fight.

Personally, I’m cool with him keeping the job as long as he can learn to hold onto the football. And get open. Seemed like the latter was the major problem as the season ended.

This, despite Mike Florio’s incredibly stupid assertion that the team should cut Cedric the entertainer, as he put him as the seventh guy on his “Seven guys who should be cut list.”  The article smacks of desperation in trying to fill space during dull football-less days (I can relate), but he was really reaching on that one.   He contends that the team should move on with Scott as the starter, which he feels they will anyway after Benson’s contract expires.

Sounds like a closet Steeler lover who hates watching Benson tear them up on a regular basis…but I digress…

However, to give the devil his due, the aforementioned West Virginia Italian did give us a nice piece about Bengal great Cris Collinsworth, World Cup soccer versus good old American football, and the dangers of concussions.  His take on concussions is dead on:

Americans, by our very nature, take risks.  And if we didn’t take risks, we wouldn’t be celebrating 234 years of independence today.

As the team prepares to play in the Hall of Fame Game in Canton, OH in a few weeks, an effort is being made by the Ironton Tribune to get Coy Bacon into the hall.  Bacon had somewhere between 21.5 and 26 sacks in one season with the Bengals, depending upon who you believe, in 1976.

You can sign the petition here. 

We need more Bengals in the hall, with guys like Ken Anderson, Ken Riley, and Lamar Parrish getting yearly snubs.

Lastly, Fox Sports put out their 100 best players in the leaguelist. Bengals making it are Chad Ochocinco (99), Leon Hall (98), The cut-able Cedric Benson? (90), and QB Carson Palmer (55).  Incidentally, there were 2 Browns on the list, five Steelers, and six Ravens.

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