Category Archives: Cincinnati

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

Here’s another of Lisa’s photos:

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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 the 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!

Scot Schebler Knocked a Ball All the Way Out of Great American Ballpark

What a way to join the team. In his first game since being called back to the big leagues, he crushed a walk-off 3-run homer to beat the Cards in the bottom of the ninth. There was no doubt about whether it had the distance from the moment it left his bat, though it just snuck fair inside the right foul pole. The ball bounced once near the Bowtie bar, and right on out of the stadium. We will miss Jay Bruce, to be sure, but this guy could be an up and comer to pair with Adam Duvall for a few years!

http://m.mlb.com/video/v1001837183/stlcin-schebler-wins-it-with-a-threerun-moonshot

Joe’s Truck Stop on the Radio

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Joe’s Truck Stop, via Facebook

One of my brother’s bands, Joe’s Truck Stop, was on Knoxville’s Blue Plate Special this afternoon. The archive is available online, you can listen on the link here. Joe’s truck stop appears in the 12:00 pm hour, from the July 8, 2016 broadcast. Check it out!

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The Winter Blues…

So, feeling my age this week after:

Report: Steve Francis Not Using Drugs, Just Old” … He’s 38

and Peyton Manning’s ongoing fight to stave off retirement, at the grand old age of 39…

“Broncos QB Peyton Manning will practice today, for the first time since being removed from a disastrous game against the Chiefs and put up on the shelf to let his various bruises and tears heal. He is not expected to play this weekend—Brock Osweiler is still the starter, but probably not for long.

Gary Kubiak made the announcement yesterday, and it’s a reflection more of Manning’s medical progress than of any hints toward the team’s plans. Manning’s body really started to break down this year, but it was a partially torn foot ligament that finally forced him out—amid a career-worst start to his season—and put him in a hard cast and then a walking boot for few weeks….”

Then I hear that the Reds have traded Todd Frazier, which may be the smart thing to do, but he’s so cool, and it just makes me sad that we can’t hang on to more than 2 players for more than an arbitration year. That’s baseball… we can’t have nice things, and that makes me sad, too… on top of losing Chapman last week. And Andy Dalton’s injury. And global warming, and Trump, and so on. At least Trump is entertaining.

Star Wars better not suck… I don’t think I can handle the disappointment! That said… I can’t wait. This will cheer the darkest of hearts…

 

Pete Rose’s Ban Will Still Not be Lifted

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Very Bad Person Pete Rose

The NY Times just reported that Commissioner Rob Manfred has denied Pete Rose’s third appeal for reinstatement. Baseball’s all-time hit king will still not be allowed to participate in MLB activities, nor be allowed entry into the Hall of Fame. The ban was entered in 1989- so that’s about 26 years since Charlie Hustle has been barred from the sport.

In other news, it appears Alex Rodriguez will return for another season. A Rod has been caught actually cheating with performance enhancing substances on multiple occasions.

See Also: Pete Rose is a Terrible Person, You Guys