Tag:Shayne Graham
Posted on: February 20, 2009 11:12 am
Edited on: February 20, 2009 11:20 am

Bengals tag T.J. . . no, wait . . . Shayne???

When the Bengals stuck the franchise tag on Shayne Graham earlier this week, I nearly fell off my chair. Here's a link to the story on www.bengals.com.


And here is T.J. Houshmandzadeh's reaction to that announcement.


I like Shayne Graham. I like T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Both have provided great value to the Bengals. The tag gives Graham a one-year $2.48 million deal, though Graham said he would have preferred "a long-term market value contract" either with the Bengals or through free agency.

And this move virtually assures that Housh is headed out the door. All Bengals' fans have had some time to mull this over. Some believe the team will be OK without him. I would like for him to stay for the leadership he provides to the wide receiver corps and the young guys now rising through the ranks among them. I suppose I will have to get used to the idea of Housh in a different uniform, barring a shocking announcement from the Bengals that they have reached a long-term deal that will work for them and for Housh. I just don't have confidence that anyone can step up and be the leader Housh has been the last few years. To replace that leadership, the Bengals likely will have to step into the free-agent market for a big-name, big-reputation wide receiver.

I'm happy for Shayne. He has done enough for the team to deserve that kind of dough. But I'm not sure what the move says about the overall thinking being employed right now by what passes for a brain trust with the Bengals. Tag a place kicker and let arguably one of your best players walk away, again? Sheesh.

Posted on: October 14, 2008 1:20 pm
Edited on: October 16, 2008 4:33 pm

Bengals' charitable work a ray of sunshine

In the midst of another horrible, if not horrifying season, the generosity of the Bengals organization, Marvin Lewis, and several of the players continues to be a ray of sunshine to Cincinnati and the Greater Cincinnati region.

We all want the Bengals to win. We all feel down when they don't, and I believe the players (most of them) and the coaches (most of them) feel down when they lose week after week. While suffering through another subpar season, the team continues to initiate their own charitable efforts and to support the ongoing efforts of community organizations.

One notable example is the Marvin Lewis Community Foundation, which seeks "to empower, educate and inspired individuals in the Greater Cincinnati region." The focus of MLCF, which was formed in October 2003, is to protect and serve the needs of children.  Marvin Lewis is a well-known community activist and advocate for youth.

Cincinnati kicker Shayne Graham has joined two former Bengals kickers, Jim Breech and Doug Pelfrey, in Kicks for Kids, another organization that helps kids. Graham has his own foundation and also recently has partnered with Ronald McDonald House. Graham supports numerous other charitable organizations, including Cincinnati's Free Store Food Bank.

The team works with youth throughout Cincinnati and Greater Cincinnati by offering numerous football clinics in the region. Among other organizations, the Bengals regularly work with and support Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. Thanks, Mike Brown, for opening your heart and your pocketbook.

I'm sure some of the other Bengals fans out there know of some examples of charitable work done by the team. Feel free to add yours here. And here is a link to the Community Index page on the Bengals' website, which details the activities of the team, complete with photos.


Remember, while losing on the field is difficult for all of us to swallow, the Bengals will always be winners in the hearts of many for all the wonderful work they do in the community.

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