Watching the Pro Bowl for a Bengals fan is like kissing a girl goodnight after a horrible date. There is a big buildup, then a big letdown, and then you kiss her because it is the customary thing to do even though it means nothing and you should probably cut your losses and look forward to the next date. That said, in the first few plays I remembered why I don’t like to watch the game:
- Too many players I absolutely hate. Ray Lewis flapping his lips. Ben Roethlisberger wearing a ridiculous trucker’s cap. I feel sorry for the Hawaii 5-0, because with those two in town there could be a lot of rapes and murders (allegedly)…
- An unbelievably apparent lack of effort by the players, especially the linemen on both sides of the ball. I was stunned at how bad the play was. It was worse than watching 7 on 7 drills at training camp. It reminded me of one of those walk through’s that players do when the coach is trying to teach them a new play. The offensive and defensive linemen stand facing each other, arms outstretched, like they were at a school dance before the boys and girls hit puberty. It was pathetic. I loved that the crowd boo’ed them early in the game.
- Too many guys there on name alone. Especially at positions where fans don’t have counting stats to look at, the same guys go year after year. Joe Thomas deserves a nod over Big Whit? Are you kidding me??
Just in case you didn’t watch the game, I will break down the play of the Bengals in this farce of a game.
- AJ Green made a great play, burning Patrick Peterson on a double move to get a score on a pass from Roethlisberger. He later made a bone headed move of stretching out for the end zone and getting the ball knocked out of his hand for a fumble.
- Andy Dalton looked sharp, going 7/9 for 100 yards and two touchdown passes to Brandon Marshall. His pass in the corner of the end zone to Marshall was a thing of beauty, while his bomb into double coverage was not… but it went for a score when the defenders collided and Marshall, flat on his back in the end zone, kicked the ball into the air and caught it. Marshall set a Pro Bowl record with four touchdowns.
- Geno Atkins must have not gotten the memo that he was supposed to stand there and waltz with the NFC linemen, as he was in the backfield and tipped a pass at the line of scrimmage. He nearly got the elusive Cam Newton down for a sack. Atkins really seems to be a star in the making.
- Jermaine Gresham was his usual self, able to make a nice catch on a 14 yarder but disappear for long stretches of the game.
The AFC won the game, and Dalton especially looked good moving the AFC on scoring drives and not making the big mistakes that he made in the playoffs. I hope the players had a good time, but it would be nice to see them not make it back to Hawaii next year… because we will be in the Super Bowl. Who Dey!