Posted on: December 4, 2008 12:48 pm
Edited on: December 4, 2008 12:55 pm

Bengals@Colts - It is but to laugh - prelude

I checked the line this morning on the impending matchup between the Bengals and the Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Las Vegas has the Colts by 13 1/2. Not sure why they don't just bump it to two touchdowns and leave it there. Chances are good it will be there by game time, and chances may be better that the Colts will roll over the Bengals like the Ravens did last Sunday.

That's the first clue that another beatdown of possibly horrific proportions could be coming Sunday. I decided to read the CBS preview, and, while I will dig into the stats a little more with a "By The Numbers" preview blog sometime before the game (because I enjoy torturing myself), I only had to see one feature on the preview page to tell me how this one will likely go.


Look on the right hand side of the page. Scroll down almost to the bottom. Check out the "Key Players" section. Peyton Manning for the Colts (281 for 445 -- 2,948 yards -- 19 passing TDs), and Cedric Benson (114 carries for 335 yards and 1 TD, 13 catches for 77 yards) for the Bengals. The Colts throw Manning out there, and the best the Bengals can come up with is Cedric Benson? Should they even bother making the trip up I-74? Ye gods!

Posted on: February 2, 2008 4:00 pm
Edited on: February 2, 2008 4:01 pm

Glass half full -- what's on the menu?

The Reds have set the table, now let's see what kind of meal they can put together and serve to us . . .

Dusty Baker is on board. Walt Jockety is in the front office, serving at the conduit/liaison between Bob Castellini and Wayne Krivsky (I have a feeling that, if Krivsky has a rough year, he will be fired either before the season is over or shortly after season's end. And they would lose nothing, because Jockety could slide right into the job).

Enough player moves have been made to stock the cupboard. Cordero, Volquez, Affeldt, Adkins, Brower, Herrera, Lehr, Pettyjohn, Valenzuela -- all pitchers. All, to a greater or lesser degree, will get a look in spring training. Cordero and Affeldt are the only ones likely to be a lock in some kind of role for the Reds. Volquez may be next in line. The rest will get a shot, but likely will end up somewhere in the minors. But, for the first time in a long time, there is some new, and good, material to work with.

I must say I'm a bit puzzled by the raise that Matt Belisle got -- considering his numbers from last year (OK -- not good, not great, but OK), somebody  in the organization must see something that most of us don't. Whoever that person is, I hope that person is right.

Position players acquired in the offseason look to be role players, either in the minors or occasionally in the Bigs.

I think the starting lineup won't look much different from last year, which also disappoints me to some degree. I had hoped the Reds would deal Dunn or Griffey or both, but the market just wasn't there, or the terms couldn't be worked out. One side or the other asking too much. Oh, well, we'll have to live with it one way or the other.

Let's hope Homer Bailey is more consistent and able to have a good showing, and, if he makes the Big Show right out of spring training, let's hope he can stand the routine of starting every fourth or fifth game.

Things to look forward to: seeing what Joey Votto and Jay Bruce can do, and, on deck, Johnny Cueto.

Here's the CBS Team Page for the Reds if you want to get the full lowdown:


This year, I'm not counting on the playoffs, but who knows? If all the pieces fall just right . . . I'm fairly confident, though, that they will finish above .500. At the very least, THAT will be an achievement for them.



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