phunkadelic wrote:Only the dumb ones last year at this time were down on Carson. The rest of us knew he'd be extremely good someday. Actually, in week 1 of last year, he looked amazing. He didn't put up great numbers, but he played with such confidence and poise that all the talk that week was extremely positive. He just had a few bad games after that.
The biggest problem was we had probably about 8 or 9 guys on IR by this point last season. I believe it was week 2 or 3 when our highly-hyped MLB, Nate Webster, went down for the count (He's still out by the way, PUP I believe). Most people were down because of the injuries. We knew we'd have a possible play-off team (just barely though) if we didn't have all the injuries. But we always knew that we couldn't win with what we had left.
This year is pretty electric, but there is surprisingly a ton of detracters yet. "It was just the Browns..... Minnesota handed us the win..." are things you hear more than you'd think.
But in a few weeks, this city will be going nuts, I'm sure.
good point re: the city's reaction to carson last year. i think espn put their own non-representative spin on the city's sentiment. after marvin's first year, we all bought into his plan.
the vibe now is really special. remember, this is not a big city. when something goes right, everyone pees their pants. last sunday, i went for a 45-minute run, and it seemed like every other house was decked out with tailgaters screaming at me, "go bengals. who dey"
very entertaining. very refreshing. it's been a while since we had anything to celebrate in professional sports. '99 reds almost made the playoffs. it's a shame when that's my last recollection of a city building the fever. more power to what's happening, now!