Great Interview with Drummer Aaron Cordell (My Brother!)

Check out this interview by Cincy Photog Lisa Sullivan, with the busiest drummer in the Midwest!

Posted by Lisa Was Here on Thursday, February 15, 2018

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The Bengals could move on from Andy Dalton, but should they?

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Andy Dalton

After an underwhelming year from Andy Dalton, a lot of fans in Bengaldom are ready to look for a new franchise leader. The Bengals missed the playoffs for a second year, and he has yet to win a playoff game in his seven years as starter, and the Bengals have A.J. McCarron in the wings, since his trade to the Browns fell through. Fun fact, the Bengals have NEVER completed a trade with the Browns, a streak that continues due to the Browns’ email SNAFU.

Here’s the thing, the Bengals got a great deal on Dalton. They have him through 2020, at an average of about $16 million per year. That’s actually a huge value on a starting quarterback, even one who has not one a playoff game. The salary cap is expected to rise the next few years, and quarterback salaries are expected to skyrocket. Think, Stafford set a new bar last year at an average of $27 million, topping Derek Carr at $25 million per year. Cousins is likely to get paid more than that on the open market. Alex Smith just got a raise to about $23 million per year. As an added benefit of Dalton’s deal, the Bengals have the option of cutting him whenever they want without a huge cap hit, since most of the guaranteed money has already been paid out.

And here’s the other thing, who would you rather have than Andy Dalton that’s going to be available. Kirk Cousins is less accomplished than Dalton– he hasn’t won a playoff game either, and he’s about to get paid twice what Dalton is. McCarron is intriguing, but unproven, and is in line to get paid as well. Blake Bortles might get cut, but only if the Jaguars think he’s not worth the $19 million he’ll make if they keep him. They could draft somebody, but making the transition to the pros is really a crapshoot: even many of the successes don’t exceed Dalton’s accomplishments. All three Vikings quarterbacks are slated to become free agents, but all of them are unproven. There’s nobody likely available that will perform as well as Dalton next year, and certainly nobody else for the bargain prices the Bengals are paying.

Andy Dalton isn’t the kind of elite quarterback that is going to elevate a team or carry, like a Brady or a Brees. There are not many of those guys around. Dalton is a quarterback who can lead a team and win in the right circumstance. Like an Eli Manning, he can succeed with the right tools around him: in particular, he needs protection. Dalton’s performance dropped off this year, but that’s likely directly due to losing two of his offensive line anchors in Andrew Whitworth and Kevin Zeitler. Couple that with losing Rex Burkhead, and dealing with other tailback injuries, and the situation at Offensive Coordinator, and it’s no surprise the Bengals offense struggled this year.

Andy Dalton is the Bengals’ best option at quarterback this year. He’s not the best in teh game, but he may be the best contract value in the game. If the Bengals can shore up the offensive line, and give the team coaching stability next year, there’s no reason Dalton can’t take the team to the next level. The gut reaction to make a change is natural, but right now Dalton still makes the most sense.

Bills Fans Donate to Andy Dalton’s Foundation

 

I love this story- after Andy Dalton threw a bonkers 4th and 12, 49 yard touchdown pass to beat the Ravens with 44 seconds left, and knock them out of the playoffs and let the Bills in for the first time in 17 years, Bills fans understandably went nuts…

Even the teams official Twitter feed gave a shout out!

But it wasn’t just idle chatter… after the game, Bills fans: the #BillsMafia started donating to Andy Dalton’s charitable foundation, and as of a short while ago, passed the $100,000 mark in donations since Sunday! It’s fun to see the spontaneous celebrations that sprang up, but even cooler to see people moved to support a good cause.

Here’s a link to the Andy and Jordan Dalton foundation website.

UPDATE: Wow! A couple more days in, donations have topped $315,000 way to go #billsmafia!

Poor Marlins Fans

 

2 years ago, the Miami Marlins had a young exciting roster with some real things to look forward to… now that’s all gone. The traded Marcell Ozuna yesterday, which is crazy, because not only was he good, he was an All-Star at a bargain price (they only paid 3.5 million last year.) Now they’ve got Yelich, and Bour, and… uh… is Ichiro still playing? It’s so sad. The traded the reigning MVP Stanton for a couple of minor prospects and an old second baseman to replace the most exciting player on the roster in Dee Gordon.

I understand the new owners are broke, because they had to finance their purchase of the team, so I understand why they wanted to move Stanton’s contract, but they didn’t get a great return. Jeter didn’t even show his face to explain it… Now they’ve traded 3 stars- young, fun, exciting players, so nobody is going to want to go see them.  This teardown rivals the post-championship teardowns… without a good season as a trade-off. Oh, by the way, they also fired, then botched the rehire of all-time great special advisers like Tony Perez, Andre Dawson, Jack McKeon, and Mr. Marlin, Jeff Conine. It’s like they want people to dislike them.

We went to a game this season where we wen to the Clevelander club located in the leftfield stands. That was cool… and at one point Ozuna started dancing to the music coming from the club- very cool. Also, he put on a show at the Home Run Derby. He’s gone, and all the life of the club with him. I’ll probably be back, but only to see my Reds in town. The Marlins had a poster day, and my kid got one, and hung it on his wall, and now half the players on it are gone. I’m not particularly a Marlins fan, and this is a reminder not to be one.

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Source- internet (author unknown)

Asian Water Lizard Captured on Collier Golf Course

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Kevin Hennings about to recapture Poseidon at TwinEagles

The headline makes this seem more ominous than it is, because there is not currently in invasive issue with Asian water lizards, but it must’ve been freaky for the golfers who saw the 6-foot reptile on the course! This one was an escaped pet, who made some national news when his escape was announced. Fortunately some good Samaritans notified him when “Poseidon” was spotted at TwinEagles. He was able to lure it with some frozen chicken and catch it without much difficulty. The Naples News story has the thrilling footage of the capture!

At this time, these reportedly don’t even need a permit: they are not one of the species that is currently joining the exotic invasions of African lizards that Florida is dealing with right now.

The Alligators are Eating the Sharks!

gator-sharkWe have a lot of dangerous wildlife in Florida- there’s probably more things that can kill you here than anywhere but Australia! And when dangerous critters get together, there are winners and losers! A recent study was published in the Southeastern Journal documenting the frequency of alligators eating sharks. There had been some anecdotal evidence before, but the new research indicates it is much more common than realized. Sharks frequently come into brackish fresh water, and while alligators don’t live in saltwater, they can tolerate it. Naturally, when a larger predator comes into contact with a smaller critter, even if it’s also a predator, the smaller critter runs the risk of becoming lunch. I’m sure a large shark would make a meal of a smaller alligator, if given the chance. Gators certainly have learned that can make a meal out of sharks and rays!

bobcat sharkThey aren’t the only predators willing to go after sharks. A couple years ago, a man named John Bailey snapped a pic of a shark being fished out by a bobcat near Vero Beach. Like I said, there’s a lot of nasty critters in Florida!