I'd rather he'd said "I've learned a lot from those days and there's no way we're going back them. I won't allow it and I'll work my tail off to see that we stay on top."“I know my track record,” he says quietly. “It is what it is. I wish it had a few more bright spots on it. But I can’t do anything to right the record. I have the record I have. So, yeah, I’d like to see the record have a star on it somewhere.”
That quote sounds like something Bob Castellini would say, and if he said it, it would be 100% right.
But if Mike Brown said it, it would honestly sound odd and inauthentic.
But I don't think that means Castellini cares more than Mike Brown.
Ultimately, I simply want the owner to care about winning as much as I do, and to put intelligent people in the best position to direct the team.
And ultimately, I've come to the conclusion that I am in no place to judge how much an owner cares about winning, so I try not to make judgements based on superficial comments about how much he "cares." There's plenty of room for judgements on the decisions he makes without having to try to decipher some statement he makes to the press.
When people say that I don’t know what I’m talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
This Sunday will be pretty interesting from a rooting perspective, and it will all depend on how the New England/Miami game (at 1:00 PM) turns out.
If Miami wins: The Bengals will control their own destiny as far as getting the 2 seed. They won't be able to clinch with a win Sunday night, but if they were to win they would be able to clinch the division with a Baltimore loss at Detroit on Monday night. (If the Bengals lost on Sunday night, though, and Baltimore won on Monday, then we would have to start to sweat even making the playoffs.)
If New England wins: The Bengals would be able to clinch a playoff spot with a win on Sunday night.
Either way, there will be a lot on the line on Sunday night (but not so much that our season is over if they lose). Personally I will root for the Patriots on Sunday afternoon. The Bengals were just too bad for too long for me to take making the playoffs for granted, so I just want Miami to lose so we can be closer to clinching a wild card. If they clinch a playoff birth, I'll worry about seeding then.
Next week New England plays Baltimore, so that should be really interesting depending on how things shake out.
One good thing is that, no matter what happens over the next 2 weeks, they can still win the division by beating Baltimore in Week 17. If the division comes down to that game, it will probably be flexed to Sunday night, so in a way they have at least clinched playing in a playoff-like game.
Everybody vote for Burfict!
Choo got it, dude.
I think the Bengals clinch tomorrow. Just hoping for a first round bye and not having to face the Ravens first round if we don't.
After that, even if the Bengals beat Minnesota, the Ravens would still be alive for the division in Week 17 if they win out. Admittedly, that would mean the Ravens were hot, but the Bengals are good at home. And they beat Pittsburgh last year on the road in a huge game with a playoff berth on the line, so they are capable of winning big games.
And ironically, the only way they can clinch a wild card birth is if New England beats Miami at 1:00 PM, which lessens the chances of your other wish--a first round bye.
Is it possible I have spent too much time playing with the ESPN playoff scenario generator?
Why folks spin their wheels in the cesspool of playoff scenarios with their team in an "on any given Sunday" type of league is beyond me. The Bengals are 9-4 and in a good position. They will probably win one of the last three and they will have a playoff game. Seeding is out of their control and even with only three games left, there are tons of combinations. I find better things to do, personally.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
Can we get over that this is the typical Bengals team?
I remember those underachieving 1983-87 teams...... those misfit and stupid 2005-07 Bengals teams.
This is not them. Sure they could still lose another game......and I guess if they do not win 1 playoff game they still are the SOB. But I do not see that in this team......they overcome things like no other Bengals team I have seen.
And...in regards to bruschi. He sure seems like a big time ***** who is seriously making me wonder what his agenda is right now.
I'm rooting for the 2 seed. I'd like to see the Dolphins, Lions and obv the Bengals win this week.
With tonight's game it's important to remember that road games against AFC North opponents are always tough.
Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.
Phins take the lead!
"I talked to an advance scout that told me if Joey Votto and Albert Pujols were on the same team he'd advise his team to do the unthinkable...pitch around Votto to get to Pujols." - Buster Olney, ESPN
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