In the conflict that broke out during the Bengals and Steelers playoff game, Bengals players lost total control during the last two minutes. They had two personal foul penalties that cost them 30 yards in field position. Those 30 yards in penalties in the last two minutes of the game allowed the Steelers to kick the winning field goal..
Had never played a doubleheader in Minute Maid Park. The fact that we could bring people back home, give them a day of service in the community in Houston, and then play a doubleheader for the first time ever in front of a hometown crowd was a life moment for me. It makes me very, very proud to be part of this organization.
Of our position coaches devotes a significant amount of time in the spring and then also in training camp, particularly in individual, one on one type drills where a lot of times there are only two or three guys on the screen instead of all 22 so you can really get a good, close up look at a lot of rules like that the holding and illegal contact and offensive pass interference, defensive pass interference all those kinds of things. So that’s covered very much on an individual basis, specifically to that position. Talk to the team on a regular basis on situational plays, which involve officiating, timing, utilization of timeouts and so forth and so on, so that’s probably on a regular basis from training camp all the way through the end of the season it’s more than that, but always trying to keep our team aware of situations, and a lot of times we change the situation a little bit just to extend the conversation about a play.
Thing I now remember most about that year, Branch said, with little contained bitterness, they didn want a rematch in the championship game, but have decided to do nothing but rematches every time since. It pretty ridiculous. But we were a really good core group of guys that played really hard.
I’d like to say that the valuable experience was a class I took, or a castle I explored, or one of the many beautiful women who told me my accent was cute but I was clearly too drunk and possibly suffering from some kind of allergic reaction and badly needed to go home, seriously, can they call me a cab but the real moment that defined my journey from adolescence to adulthood was a fart. A fart that, eventually, would teach me lessons about myself, about fate, about justice, and most importantly about friendship. What I’m saying is that in this story, even the most impossible parts are true.