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Bengals1181
06-09-2014, 10:14 AM
Scribe Session returns as we kick off the first in a special series that will take us up to training camp in July. So often fans today complain about the frustrations rooting for a team that has made the playoff three consecutive years and four of the last five. How soon they forget what life used to be like around this franchise.

That's why I'm catching up with Bengals from 90s and early 2000s to see what they are up to now, stories from old days, opinions on what went wrong (and occasionally right) as well as the challenges of a concerning new age of post-football life.

The series opens with former Bengals linebacker Adrian Ross. He spent six years with the team from 1998-2003 playing in 90 games with 34 starts, 127 tackles, three sacks and one memorable black and orange hairstyle.

Ross, now living in Sacramento as a sports agent, dishes on his real feelings about exactly why the Bengals could never get over the hump, how Marvin Lewis changed the culture, Akili Smith, Carl Pickens, Bruce Coslet and the stink of Spinney Field.

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Adrian Ross tackles Eddie George.(Photo: The Enquirer)

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks as a string of former players will join me to discuss life after football and stories from The Lost Decade. Next week will be former free agent splash and All-Pro cornerback Ashley Ambrose.

Remember to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by following the link here. Or if you want to listen on your drive to work or during the morning workout just download a free podcasting app on your phone, search Scribe Session and subscribe. The podcast will come directly to you the instant we post a new one.


podcast in the link

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Bengals1181
06-09-2014, 10:16 AM
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Andy Freeland
06-09-2014, 10:56 AM
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That's the first thing I thought when I saw the name Adrian Ross, greatest afro in Bengals' history. Maybe the 2nd best in the history of afros (to Oscar Gamble, of course).

Bengals1181
06-09-2014, 10:59 AM
That's the first thing I thought when I saw the name Adrian Ross, greatest afro in Bengals' history. Maybe the 2nd best in the history of afros (to Oscar Gamble, of course).


I just knew you'd comment on that photo in some fashion.

texbengal
06-10-2014, 04:58 AM
Pretty interesting interview, actually. He sure didn't respect Ricky Hunley much; speaking of, I don't think he's coaching any more... At least, not in the NFL.

Bengals1181
06-10-2014, 09:18 AM
New Orleans Breakers Flashback: Dan Ross – VIDEO



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The New Orleans Breakers were a United States Football League franchise that played in the Louisiana Superdome for one season, in 1984.The Breakers began their USFL tenure in Boston, in 1983, but a stadium issue forced a move, allowing New Orleans real estate developer Joe Canizaro to buy the team, and move it to New Orleans for the 1984 season.
In 1984, the Breakers began the season 5-0, but went 3-10 the rest of the way, and missed the USFL playoffs.
New Orleans supported the team well, with the Breakers averaging 30,557 per game, but the USFL opted to move their schedule from the spring to the fall in 1986, and with the Saints in town, the franchise elected to move to Portland for the 1985 season.
All summer long, we’re looking back at former players for the New Orleans Breakers.
Today, tight end Dan Ross:
Born in Malden Massachusetts, Ross played his college football at Northeastern University in Boston, where he went on to be one of the all-time greats at the tight end position, compiling 153 career catches for 2,343 yards and 13 touchdowns.
A second round pick of the Cincinnati Bengals in the 1979 NFL Draft, Ross spent the first five years of his career there, garnering All-Pro honors in both 1981 and 1982.
Ross has his best season in 1981, totaling 71 receptions for 910 yards and five touchdowns, helping lead the Bengals to Super Bowl XVI, where he caught 11 passes for 104 yards and two touchdowns.
In 1984, Ross left the Bengals, and the NFL, for the USFL, signing with the New Orleans Breakers, where he was part of a potent offense, catching 65 passes for 833 and two touchdowns.
When the Breakers moved from New Orleans to Portland in 1985, Ross had 41 more receptions for 522 yards and five touchdowns.
The 6-foot-4, 238-pounder returned to the NFL in fall of 1985, splitting time between the Bengals and the Seattle Seahawks, before finishing his career with the Green Bay Packers in 1986.
In parts of seven NFL seasons, Ross compiled 290 receptions for 3,419 yards and 19 touchdowns, while catching 106 passes in the USFL for 1,355 yards and seven touchdowns.
Sadly, Ross died in 2006, at the age of 49.
Ross, who has his number 84 retired by Northeastern University, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 2004.
Based on his success at the college, NFL, and USFL levels, Ross is arguably the most accomplished player to have ever worn a uniform for the New Orleans Breakers.
Below is a New Orleans Breakers’ profile from a USFL game on ABC in 1984:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFPMiKEl9fo


Below are highlights of Super XVI, featuring the Bengals, with Ross, taking on the San Francisco 49ers:


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Bengals1181
06-10-2014, 09:22 AM
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Andy Freeland
06-10-2014, 10:43 AM
There seems to be an odd crossover from Adrian Ross to Dan Ross. Or is that how you guys do things, sort of stream of a consciousness, word association thing. Either way, I love seeing videos of Dan Ross. He was a great player for a very short time and also happened to go to my college (Northeastern).

Bengals1181
06-10-2014, 10:49 AM
There seems to be an odd crossover from Adrian Ross to Dan Ross. Or is that how you guys do things, sort of stream of a consciousness, word association thing. Either way, I love seeing videos of Dan Ross. He was a great player for a very short time and also happened to go to my college (Northeastern).

coicidence, lol. Cincy Enquirer is doing a series with old players and they started with Adrian. Then I just happened to come across a Dan article from a separate source this morning.

Andy Freeland
06-10-2014, 10:50 AM
coicidence, lol. Cincy Enquirer is doing a series with old players and they started with Adrian. Then I just happened to come across a Dan article from a separate source this morning.

Too bad, I was looking forward to your Ross Browner post.

Bengals1181
06-10-2014, 10:51 AM
Too bad, I was looking forward to your Ross Browner post.


Ross Browner had foot amputated - ESPN.com (https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=8&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=0CEwQFjAH&url=http%3A%2F%2Fespn.go.com%2Fcollege-football%2Fstory%2F_%2Fid%2F9698860%2Fformer-notre-dame-fighting-irish-star-ross-browner-had-foot-amputated&ei=axuXU9-RD6TgsATy-YBw&usg=AFQjCNHL8XjgBsE6HS7kbwFFubBt3q698g&sig2=vO0o41ySVM2_Hzy_1QIkng&bvm=bv.68445247,d.cWc)

Bengals1181
06-12-2014, 08:35 AM
Scribe Session Series: Ashley Ambrose

The Scribe Session podcast series catching up with former Bengals from the 90s and early 2000s continues with the second installment to see what they are up to now, hear stories from old days, opinions on what went wrong (and occasionally right) as well as the challenges in the changing landscape of post-football life.
This week I chat with former free agent splash and All-Pro cornerback Ashley Ambrose, now the defensive backs coach at the University of Idaho.
Ambrose put together a 13-year NFL career with his greatest season coming in 1996, his first of three in Cincinnati. He collected eight interceptions that year and went to the Pro Bowl but the season goes down as one of the most interesting in Bengals history for many other reasons.
Why would a top player on the free agent market come to Cincinnati at that time? What was the locker room like during Dave Shula's final days before Bruce Coslet was promoted to head coach? What is the internal struggle like deciding whether or not to pursue coaching once an NFL career ends? What do you tell kids today chasing an NFL dream about concerns of the league and how it's changed?
Answers to all those questions and much more as this series rolls on.
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Keep an eye out over the coming weeks as a string of former players will join me to discuss life after football and stories from The Lost Decade. Next week will be former longtime Bengals tight end Tony McGee.
Remember to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by following the link here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cincinnati-enquirer-bengals/id675833480?mt=2). Or if you want to listen on your drive to work or during the morning workout just download a free podcasting app on your phone, search Scribe Session and subscribe. The podcast will come directly to you the instant we post a new one.













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Bengals1181
06-19-2014, 10:16 AM
Scribe Session Series: Tony McGee
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This week I chat with tight end Tony McGee, who spent nine years in Cincinnati and two more in the NFL with the Giants and Cowboys. He's currently the CEO of HNM Enterprises, a successful global logistics company with over 30 employees at the home office in Orlando and multiple locations, warehouses across the US.
Scribe Session Podcast Series:Adrian Ross (6.5.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/05/scribe-session-series-adrian-ross/10004901/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Ashley Ambrose (6.12.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/12/scribe-session-series-ashley-ambrose/10362209/)
He played 156 games with 322 receptions for 4,089 yards and 21 touchdowns, but by arriving in Cincinnati in 1993 never experienced a winning season or trip to the playoffs.
Beyond telling stories about his time as a player, McGee opens up about how he made one of the most successful transitions from football to the business world of anyone you will talk to from that era.
He also talks about frustrations in that despite that remarkable transition, valuable advice he could offer and a loyal nine-year career with the Bengals, the team has never invited him back.

"Quite honestly, I can say I haven't been invited back to do anything or be a part of it or talk to the guys. There's been no outreach at all. And that's fine. At some point I will come to a game and buy my own ticket and take my daughter to a game just to show her where I used to play. It would be greatly appreciated if the team would reach out and put something together and invite us out. I know some teams have alumni functions and things like that, quite honestly, I've never been invited to anything or heard anything. So, you just go on with your life."Keep an eye out over the coming weeks as the series continues.

Remember to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by following the link here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cincinnati-enquirer-bengals/id675833480?mt=2). Or if you want to listen on your drive to work or during the morning workout just download a free podcasting app on your phone, search Scribe Session and subscribe. The podcast will come directly to you the instant we post a new one.

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Bengals1181
06-19-2014, 10:21 AM
Paul Dehner Jr. ‏@pauldehnerjr (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr) 2m (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr/status/479629149930524672)
The #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) have done many things right in recent years on/off field, but relationship w/ alumni is glaring issue.

Bengals1181
06-19-2014, 10:47 AM
Paul Dehner Jr. ‏@pauldehnerjr (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr) 15m (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr/status/479632577796767745)
Will be interesting to see what team does this year after success, positive reaction to bringing '81 team back before playoff.

Nancy
06-19-2014, 12:54 PM
There seems to be an odd crossover from Adrian Ross to Dan Ross. Or is that how you guys do things, sort of stream of a consciousness, word association thing. Either way, I love seeing videos of Dan Ross. He was a great player for a very short time and also happened to go to my college (Northeastern).

One of my all-time favorite players. The man caught anything that came near him and was as tough as they come. I think I actually wept when the Bengals let him go to the USFL. Still believe he's the best TE they've ever had.

Bengals1181
06-19-2014, 01:14 PM
Hi Nancy!

Bengals1181
06-19-2014, 01:22 PM
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RT @JoeskiBroski (https://twitter.com/JoeskiBroski): @pauldehnerjr (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr) Are they the only team without some kind of RoH or Retired #'s?// Bob Johnson No. 54 is only retired #


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RT @cincy2france (https://twitter.com/cincy2france): @pauldehnerjr (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr) The #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) have, in effect, unofficially retired @AnthonyMunozHOF (https://twitter.com/AnthonyMunozHOF) number // Yes. Nobody has worn 78 since

Bengals1181
06-23-2014, 07:51 AM
Memorable game; Pro Bowler LeClair reflects on career, Freezer Bowl


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By Michael Savaloja (http://www.jamestownsun.com/users/michael-savaloja) on Jun 21, 2014 at 8:00 a.m.



It’s hard to escape the unremitting conversation about the weather in North Dakota.

Just try saying hello to someone in January.


So in that respect, it’s only fitting that one of the newest members to be enshrined into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame played in arguably the coldest game in NFL history.


Mayville’s Jim LeClair was near the end of his 10th season at linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals on Jan. 10, 1982. The air temperature at Cincinnati’s Riverfront Stadium was minus 9 as the Bengals and the San Diego Chargers took the field for the AFC Championship Game.

To add insult, standing in the way of Super Bowl XVI was a sustained wind of 27 miles per hour, producing a teeth-chattering wind chill of minus 59. But LeClair and the Bengals, led by quarterback Ken Anderson, overcame what came to be known as “The Freezer Bowl” to defeat the Chargers and NFL Hall of Fame quarterback Dan Fouts by the final of 27-7.

LeClair, 63, along with Grand Forks’ Glenn Hansen and Oxbow’s Mike Podolak, will be inducted into the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame tonight at the Jamestown Civic Center. The induction banquet, auction and awards program begins at 5.
“That was cold. I mean really cold,” LeClair recalled of the ‘81 AFC title game. “It was a great game. We ended up winning it, and it was a good setting for a football game from that standpoint.

“But the wind … I just can’t tell you how cold it was.”

The Freezer Bowl stands as the coldest NFL game played in terms of wind chill. The 1967 NFL Championship Game, dubbed “The Ice Bowl,” won by the Green Bay Packers over the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 at Lambeau Field, was colder in terms of air temperature at minus 15.

Born in St. Paul, Minnesota, in October of 1950, LeClair became a standout football player and wrestler at South St. Paul High School before bringing his talents to the University of Minnesota-Crookston in 1968, and then to the University of North Dakota in 1970.

LeClair shined at North Dakota, garnering Little All-American honors and being awarded the North Central Conference’s most valuable defensive lineman during his senior season in 1971. He piled up 187 tackles, three interceptions, four fumble recoveries and 11 forced fumbles that season, en route to his second All-North Central Conference selection and North Dakota’s 12th conference championship.

“That was a great season,” LeClair said. “You get there and you try to help the team get things done, and before I knew it, it was all set. We got things done.”

LeClair didn’t have to wait too long for the NFL to come knocking. He was selected 54th overall by Cincinnati in the third round of the 1972 NFL Draft.

“When I got the call it was very exciting. You can’t say that it wasn’t,” LeClair said. “It was about where I thought I was going to go.”

LeClair spent 12 years and played in 158 games for the Bengals from 1972-83, recording 10 interceptions and 10 fumble recoveries. He became a full-time starter at linebacker in 1975 and was named to the NFL Pro Bowl in 1976.

The Bengals reached the pinnacle after defeating the Chargers in the Freezer Bowl, but another NFL Hall of Fame quarterback stood in the way of LeClair and Cincinnati in Super Bowl XVI. San Francisco’s Joe Montana completed 14 of 22 passes for 157 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing for a second TD, as the 49ers defeated the Bengals 26-21.

It was the first of four Super Bowl rings for Montana, and his first of three Super Bowl MVP performances.

“It was challenging. (Montana) was a good player,” LeClair said. “But we played pretty good too and left it all on the field.”

After the 1983 season, LeClair played two seasons for the New Jersey Generals of the United States Football League before returning to North Dakota to coach football at Mayville State University from 1986-88.

LeClair has remained rooted in Mayville ever since — even serving as the city’s mayor — where he and his wife, Betty, raised the couple’s three children.

“Thinking back, I think most about just playing the game,” LeClair said. “I played it pretty well, and (Cincinnati) was the right fit, and the right setting for me.”

Along with the North Dakota Sports Hall of Fame, the retired Pro-Bowler and insurance agent is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame (1999), the University of Minnesota-Crookston Hall of Fame (1999), the University of North Dakota Athletic Hall of Fame (1985) and the South St. Paul High School Hall of Fame (2007).

“It’s quite an honor, and I’m really looking forward to it,” LeClair said of tonight’s induction. “You can’t beat it.”

Sun sports writer Michael Savaloja can be reached at 701-952-8461 or by email at msavaloja@jamestownsun.com

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Bengals1181
06-26-2014, 07:43 AM
Scribe Session Series: Akili Smith

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Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati7:36 a.m. EDT June 26, 2014
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(Photo: The Enquirer)


The Scribe Session podcast series catching up with former Bengals from the 90s and early 2000s continues with the fourth edition to see what they are up to now, hear stories from old days, opinions on what went wrong (and occasionally right) as well as the challenges in the changing landscape of post-football life.

This week I chat with quarterback Akili Smith, a centerpiece of the The Lost Decade and third overall pick of the 1999 draft. Smith spent four seasons in Cincinnati going 3-14 as a starter, completing 46 percent of his passes with five touchdowns to 13 interceptions.

These days he helps run two football player preparation organizations, Akili Smith Training (https://www.facebook.com/AkiliSmithTraining) as well as Combine5 (https://www.facebook.com/Combine5) training and is a high school football coach in San Diego.

Scribe Session Podcast Series: Adrian Ross (6.5.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/05/scribe-session-series-adrian-ross/10004901/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Ashley Ambrose (6.12.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/12/scribe-session-series-ashley-ambrose/10362209/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Tony McGee (6.19.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/19/scribe-session-series-tony-mcgee/10842003/)

Smith discusses being depressed while with the Bengals and battling drinking, excessive partying in the offseason. These days he says he'll talk about anything -- and does -- from the parties to his biggest mistake to seeing Johnny Manziel make the exact same poor choices he did.

Mostly, though, Smith talks about taking responsibility for how his NFL career flopped. And how he changed from finger-pointing to growing up while accepting his own failure.


"Was just a realization about five, six years ago. At one point I said, I'm about to stop drinking, I'm about to get married, start a family and that type of stuff. I started doing some reading and trying to fix my mind before I ended up dead somewhere or in jail somewhere. It just clicked. Next thing you know I woke up and I'm looking in the mirror and saying my whole career is my fault. It's nobody's fault but my fault. Even if it didn't work out in Cincinnati if I would have kept my nose clean for four years in Cincinnati I could have possibly gone somewhere else and played for another team."


Smith went on to tell stories about his disastrous first season, the first time he realized he screwed up holding out and why he decided to include himself in the concussion lawsuit.

Clearly, Smith has turned a corner, and it shows with his honesty throughout the 35-minute podcast which includes moments like this discussing his bad offseason habits.


"At the time our leadership wasn't as strong as it needed to be. It wasn't where it needed to be as far as the leadership was concerned. We did have guys like Willie Anderson and Takeo Spikes. Sometimes I would listen to them then sometimes I flat out wouldn't listen because I was so depressed about my NFL career and the way that things had transpired."


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Keep an eye out over the coming weeks as the series continues.

Remember to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by following the link here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cincinnati-enquirer-bengals/id675833480?mt=2). Or if you want to listen on your drive to work or during the morning workout just download a free podcasting app on your phone, search Scribe Session and subscribe. The podcast will come directly to you the instant we post a new one.

Download Here (http://ia902506.us.archive.org/14/items/AkiliPodcast/AkiliPodcast.mp3)


http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/26/scribe-session-series-akili-smith/11271575/

Bengals1181
07-03-2014, 01:40 PM
Scribe Session Series: Lee Johnson




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The Scribe Session podcast series catching up with former Bengals from the 90s and early 2000s continues with the fifth edition to see what they are up to now, hear stories from old days, opinions on what went wrong (and occasionally right) as well as the challenges in the changing landscape of post-football life.
This week I chat with punter Lee Johnson, he spanned nearly the entire life of The Lost Decade in his 11 seasons from 1988 to 1998, totaling 1,266 career punts. The 1985 selection of the Houston Oilers eventually rounded out his career with the New England Patriots and then enjoying a playoff run with the Eagles in 2002 at age 41.
These days he works as an Associate Athletic Director in charge of development at his alma mater BYU in Provo, Utah.
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Adrian Ross (6.5.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/05/scribe-session-series-adrian-ross/10004901/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Ashley Ambrose (6.12.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/12/scribe-session-series-ashley-ambrose/10362209/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Tony McGee (6.19.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/19/scribe-session-series-tony-mcgee/10842003/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Akili Smith (6.26.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/26/scribe-session-series-akili-smith/11271575/)
Johnson discusses the feelings joining the Super Bowl team in the tail end of 1988, his record for longest punt in a Super Bowl which still stands, the disbelief in the Stanley Wilson story and his theory on why players struggle to deal with post-football life.
Mostly, though, Johnson discusses his time in Cincinnati, his theory on why he holds the record as the losingest player in NFL history and the details on his controversial dismissal over words stated postgame that irritated management to the point of cutting him the day after they were spoken.
Johnson still holds regret over what he said answering questions about the funk of the franchise in 1998 that led to this Paul Daugherty column (http://enquirer.com/columns/daugherty/1998/12/120798pd.html).
"We played the Bengals three years later when I was with the Patriots and I met Mike and John Sawyer and some of the owners at the 50-yard line and apologized. Look, Mike was great to me and my family and just to think that I was released because of comments that I made that made me seem so ungrateful for the opportunity. What I loser I was to come across that way. I was answering questions in a way I thought were truthful answers, but not vengeance, not spiteful, not bitter."
Johnson went on to discuss the situation further later in the podcast noting he never did speak with Mike Brown about the tone of his comments:
"He didn't want any part of me. He pulled me out of a meeting. I think it was a ploy to do all they could do to embarrass me. They knew exactly what they were going to do in terms of how they were going to cut me. It was a team meeting started, they grab me and pull me and Jim Lippincott ... pulled me out and let me go. I never talked to Mike. He didn't want to know how I felt. I think he felt like I betrayed him. And he was really good to me. Really, really good to me. One day I'll run into him again and I'll give him a hug and he'll probably hit me (laughs). I'll go buy him some Montgomery ribs or something."
Keep an eye out next Thursday as the series continues with offensive lineman Joe Walter.
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Nancy
07-03-2014, 10:48 PM
Good Ol' Akili.


"At the time our leadership wasn't as strong as it needed to be. It wasn't where it needed to be as far as the leadership was concerned. We did have guys like Willie Anderson and Takeo Spikes. Sometimes I would listen to them then sometimes I flat out wouldn't listen because I was so depressed about my NFL career and the way that things had transpired."

Well, there's 30 minutes or so of my life that I can never get back. I love how he claims to accept responsibility for his behavior, openly states that teammates, coaches and probably the guy in the cheap seats tried to warn him about the drinking and the "partying"--then he goes on to say that they didn't really have good leadership in the locker room and thinks things might have been different if Marvin Lewis had been the head coach then. So, really, it was all the fault of his lousy teammates and Bruce Coslet.

Bengals1181
07-03-2014, 10:57 PM
Good Ol' Akili.



Well, there's 30 minutes or so of my life that I can never get back. I love how he claims to accept responsibility for his behavior, openly states that teammates, coaches and probably the guy in the cheap seats tried to warn him about the drinking and the "partying"--then he goes on to say that they didn't really have good leadership in the locker room and thinks things might have been different if Marvin Lewis had been the head coach then. So, really, it was all the fault of his lousy teammates and Bruce Coslet.



I took it more as "I screwedup. I wish the team had had stronger leaders to kick my ass and show me the error of my ways."

I haven't listened to the podcast, but that's the impression I get from the written portion. That he was a mess, he accepts responsibility for that while also noting that if there was a stronger system around him, maybe they could have saved him since he couldn't save himself.

Nancy
07-05-2014, 10:38 PM
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I took it more as "I screwedup. I wish the team had had stronger leaders to kick my ass and show me the error of my ways."

I haven't listened to the podcast, but that's the impression I get from the written portion. That he was a mess, he accepts responsibility for that while also noting that if there was a stronger system around him, maybe they could have saved him since he couldn't save himself.


Well, I'm glad he seems to have come to terms with his past and is sober and productive, but clearly people--including his veteran teammates--tried to tell him and he didn't listen. To then say he might have listened if different teammates had been there to tell him is weasle-y.

Bengals1181
07-08-2014, 09:06 AM
Paul Dehner Jr. ‏@pauldehnerjr (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr) 2m (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr/status/486495495058391040)
Bob Trumpy wins Pete Rozelle Radio & TV Award. HOF Award recognizes “longtime exceptional contributions" to NFL radio/TV. #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash)

Paul Dehner Jr. ‏@pauldehnerjr (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr) 1m (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr/status/486495961725042688)
Pro Football HOF gives out the Rozelle award annually. Trumpy, of course, played 10 seasons w/ #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) before joining media in '78,

Bengals1181
07-08-2014, 09:09 AM
Paul Dehner Jr. ‏@pauldehnerjr (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr) 3m (https://twitter.com/pauldehnerjr/status/486496553188982784)
For reference on the prestige of the award, last year's winner was Al Michaels.

Bengals1181
07-09-2014, 09:23 AM
what could have been.

Enquirer Sports ‏@ENQSports (https://twitter.com/ENQSports) 6m (https://twitter.com/ENQSports/status/486861105667395584)
Happy 31st birthday to former #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) linebacker and 2005 second-round pick Odell Thurman pic.twitter.com/k8zHwBFv30 (http://t.co/k8zHwBFv30)
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Numbers
07-09-2014, 11:09 AM
what could have been.

Enquirer Sports ‏@ENQSports (https://twitter.com/ENQSports) 6m (https://twitter.com/ENQSports/status/486861105667395584)
Happy 31st birthday to former #Bengals (https://twitter.com/hashtag/Bengals?src=hash) linebacker and 2005 second-round pick Odell Thurman pic.twitter.com/k8zHwBFv30 (http://t.co/k8zHwBFv30)
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You just had to bring up him. Thanks for reminding me of another big what if

Bengals1181
07-10-2014, 04:12 PM
Scribe Session Series: Joe Walter

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Paul Dehner Jr., Cincinnati11:02 a.m. EDT July 10, 2014
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The Scribe Session podcast series catching up with former Bengals from the '90s and early 2000s concludes this week with the sixth and final edition to see what they are up to now, hear stories from old days, opinions on what went wrong (and occasionally right) as well as the challenges in the changing landscape of post-football life.
This week I chat with offensive lineman Joe Walter. A 1985 Cincinnati draft pick, he spent his entire 12-year career with the Bengals - amassing 166 games played and 136 starts. He was a starter at guard for the 1988 AFC Championship team and hung around through the bottom falling out into the mid-90s.
These days he works as a Vice President at Forcht Bank in Kentucky.
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Adrian Ross (6.5.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/05/scribe-session-series-adrian-ross/10004901/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Ashley Ambrose (6.12.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/12/scribe-session-series-ashley-ambrose/10362209/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Tony McGee (6.19.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/19/scribe-session-series-tony-mcgee/10842003/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Akili Smith (6.26.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/06/26/scribe-session-series-akili-smith/11271575/)
Scribe Session Podcast Series: Lee Johnson (7.3.14) (http://www.cincinnati.com/story/blogs/2014/07/03/scribe-session-series-lee-johnson/12154873/)
Walter discusses his transition from football into the banking world, the reaction when Sam Wyche began installing his revolutionary offense and, of course, how he came up with the sandwich that bears his name at Izzy's.
Mostly notably though, Walter discusses why the back end of his career ended up shrouded with losses and the frustration and sadness watching those great teams from the '80s quickly dismantled.
In answering a question many still ask today regarding Dave Shula, Walter offers when he believes the young, inexperienced head coach lost control of the team.
"He lost the team, I would say, from the get-go. The very first meeting that we had you had those (overhead projectors), he was sweating so bad and so nervous that everything was wiped off before you could see what it was. So right then you lose your guys because you see your head guy that nervous. What's that telling you? How's he going to run the club? What's he going to be like in a stressful situation? Dave was a great guy, a really good guy. He would talk to me quite a bit, call me up, have me come in the office, talk things through me, I was the old head. But there was no way he was going to win. He was done before he even got started."
Walter offers this and much more about Shula, suspicions the coaching staff was plotting against the head coach in his later years, the significance of this box score (http://www.pro-football-reference.com/boxscores/199610200sfo.htm), discusses the good guys that graced the locker room -- and spills those who weren't so good. Regardless, a fantastic 30-minute look inside the transition from Super Bowl to super bad.
Keep an eye out next Thursday as the series will offer a best-of podcast for those of you slackers who haven't been paying attention. I'll pick out the best parts of each of the six throwback podcasts and splice them together for you. Clip Show!
Remember to subscribe to the podcast on iTunes by following the link here (https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/cincinnati-enquirer-bengals/id675833480?mt=2). Or if you want to listen on your drive to work or during the morning workout just download a free podcasting app on your phone, search Scribe Session and subscribe. The podcast will come directly to you the instant we post a new one.

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