Tuesday, October 31, 2006

I am the lamest person you know.

Do you know how I know this? Here's how: out of all the cool shit to take photographs of, such as the view we have of the Cincinnati skyline from our front porch, the cool buildings in the city where we live, or the plethora of graffiti all over our cool-ass area:

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Instead of all that cool stuff, I take pictures of my cats. Yes, my cats. It's like I'm a 40 year old spinster or something.

And you know what? I'm going to show them to you. Bask in the too-cuteness:

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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Umm... Crap.

I did not expect that. An exciting one, for sure, but the Bengals had these problems:

(a) No intensity until the 4th quarter.
(b) Not nearly as good against the run as they have been with Dexter Jackson in the lineup. Scary.
(c) Vick can actually pass now... who knew? Terrible. The Falcs looked better than they should have; Ron Mexico's definitely a weapon, on three fronts now--passing, running, and in the bedroom, apparently.
(d) The O-Line didn't give enough time for the receivers to get open. That said, Chad (ochenta y cinco) had a pretty good game.
(e) The Falcs' offense kept Ahmad Brooks more or less out of the game. Which is huge, because the kid is, as the Bostoners say, "Wicked awesome."

Plusses:

(a) No picks.
(b) Our boys kept it respectably close (and exciting, for that matter).
(c) Marvin Lewis took a hit on the sidelines and got up laughing.

Other than that, it was depressing. Am looking forward to the Roller Derby tonight to lift the spirits a little bit. Go Full Metal Corsets!

Tuesday, October 24, 2006

A few Bengals-related YouTube videos...

KK Putting it on ice.
Ahmad Brooks 1st NFL sack
Why haven't I seen this before?

I hope he does this against Atlanta.

Monday, October 23, 2006

Oh, I nearly forgot...

People who steal pumpkins from other people's front porches blow. That's like six bucks down the tube. Friggin' kids. I swear.

The worst part is this: all I can do is complain about it. It is, after all, only a pumpkin.

Feh.

Wow...

The first quarter-and-a-half of the game yesterday had me scared that the Bengals weren't ever going to get back to any kind of form. The whole offense seemed kind of out of sync for a while there--but that probably says an awful lot about the quality of Carolina's defense, in all honesty.

The big stories of the game, though:

Only one sack given up by the O-Line. Palmer wasn't given all that much time in the pocket through the whole game, but the fact that he was only sacked once by Carolina speaks to the decrease in the apparent communications on the line. Our boys are improving here. Nice.

The safety position on defense came up huge. Dexter Jackson came back and split time with Kaesviharn. Carolina ran a decent amount and the defense did a pretty good job of containing him. Dexter Jackson is a huge cog in the defense, and the decrease in the rush yardage is an indication of that.

Which isn't to say that Kaesviharn should be left out of the conversation. One of my brothers-in-law is, how should I say this, not a big fan of KK. But in the Bengals two most important games so far this year (Pittsburgh (for some advantage in the division) and Carolina (to snap a losing streak)), Kaesviharn has come up with two interceptions in the end zone to ice games. Huge. He gets beaten badly by good receivers fairly often, but you can count on him to come up big when you need him.

Finally, there's the play. Big play of the day, and something that the Bengals have been missing for the last couple weeks--a huge play that breaks the game. 31 yarder to 85, in a 4th and 1 situation. Amazing, ballsy call. Bordered a trick play. What it represents, though, is something more important: the offense is returning to form. They're starting to fire on all cylinders. I haven't been this happy about a football game in weeks.

The Pittsburgh victory was sweet, but this one confirms to me that we've got an elite team here in Cincinnati. Marvin, sometimes I question you. I shouldn't.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Ouch!

Two games in a row, the Bengals lose. Here are the two huge things I noticed this time around: horrible refs and an enormous lack of intensity.

Our boys didn't appear to play with the intensity that they needed to win the game. Of course, I'm not on the field or anything, but my general feeling watching at home was that they didn't seem to be too quick off the snap and that they generally got beat in many facets of the game (see TB's first touchdown, where KK got smoked on a short route). Two amazing plays got them about ten points.

There was absolutely no reason that Justin Smith should have gotten called for roughing the passer at the end of the game. If it weren't for that call, the Bengals win. Period.

Which isn't to say that they played well--because they didn't.

The good news? Fewer sacks, which means that the line's starting to play better AND Carson Palmer is finding receivers quicker... If there's one positive to take from the game, it's this.

But how much are we missing Chris Henry right now? Chris Perry? Rich Braham? Dexter Jackson and Brian Simmons? There are more, too, which doesn't bode well for the season.

Thursday, October 12, 2006

Huge game this weekend...

The Bengals play Tampa Bay on Sunday, at Raymond James Stadium. I've got a few friends in Tampa--Jeff, Kevin--so, yeah. I would wager bragging rights or something like that, but there's not much of a point.

That said, though, the Bengals ended up with former Buc Dexter Jackson, which has turned out great for us (despite his injury). Here's hoping he'll get to play on Sunday. Otherwise, the ol' gentleman's vehicle (i.e., Cadillac) may have a huge day, given the pattern thus far in the season--last two games (without Dexter), the Bengals have given up something like 4 million rushing yards (it's more like 400). With Dexter, the Bengals are under 100-ish. So, yeah, there's a difference.

Tuesday, October 10, 2006

The Fam

Old cat:
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New cat:
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Wifecat:
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Monday, October 09, 2006

The real and true height of civilization.

Yes.

Better Than Cats!

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Slowly but surely...

I'm learning technology here and there, usually by accident. I found a feature on my cellphone--one where I can send the pictures I take to an online album. I'm sure that every picturephone in existence has this feature, but I just found out that I can do this. Had I known that this feature existed, I would have taken more than two pix with my phone while we were on our honeymoon--and I don't mean adult-oriented ones, either.

At any rate, here's a photo from Hawaii:

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I'm going to use this feature a lot more often.

We did just get another cat, after all.

Friday, October 06, 2006

A New Review Brews...

Soon, I'll be posting a review of the house Jill and I bought. I hope to be able to include pictures, but those might wait until after we paint and crap.

Did anyone see The Office last night? Call of Duty!

Thursday, October 05, 2006

One more chance...

Okay. I like hearing from people who are reading/checking out this little crack in the web that I've occupied. Here and there, friends leave comments and so on, and it warms my heart to see that someone's cared enough to respond to something I've posted. But lately, there have been a couple comments that were advertisements for travel websites that turn out to be dead links.

I'll make this short--if I get too many more of these, I'll be disabling comments from the weblog. Nothing makes me angrier than unsolicited advertising, no matter what it is or where it comes from. It's kind of like someone walking up behind you and putting their finger in your buttcrack--never pleasant, never welcome. Always way too intrusive.

So, yeah. If you loved me, you'd tell me not to disable the comment feature. Am I fishing for comments? Absolutely.

J
Pancake Mountain

A D.C. cable-access children's show. Note the appearance of Brendan Canty, drummer of Fugazi as the man reading the newspaper.