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Posted by hobsonschoice1 on April 19, 2010 – 6:17 pm

There are three things I vowed would never appear on Bengals.com.

A headline that says, “About Me” complete with my biography. (If you’re coming to Bengals.com, and we thank you for doing so, you don’t want to read about me and I certainly wouldn’t presume that you would care.)

A report card that grades players right after a game. (What is more interesting, it would seem, is what the players and coaches think after the game. And there is only one grade that is relevant. They hand it out  about 45 minutes after the game. The stat sheet. If you rush for 2.9 yards per carry, there is the offensive line’s grade right there. F.)

 A blog. (If it is important enough and factual enough to write, then it should be strong enough to stand on its own in a story or as a story rather than as a throw-away thought or mindless speculation.)

Well, as Meat Loaf once sang and the Colts seem to do every season, two out of three ain’t bad.

Welcome to the Hobson’s Choice Blog.

I’m not sure what the true definition of a blog is.

All  I know is what I don’t want it to be.

I don’t want it to be a reservoir where I dump guesses, grudges, and gripes. I don’t want speed to replace substance or brevity to replace context.
 
But I do think The Blog can be a welcome complement to news stories, features, matchups, news conferences and videos that we hope take you in-depth. The blog elements of quickness and reaction are, as Carson Palmer would say,  huge, huge. It is a place where we can break up the quick hits, quotes, and notes packages into single items and do it more often throughout the day. 

 Like Twitter, The Blog can also tease future stories. I also the like the fact that The Blog allows readers to respond and spark some interaction.

So we’re doing away with the Hobson’s Choice e-mails. Yes, I was miserable in updating that section of the site. But hopefully this new format allows for easier and quicker responses, and more give and take. (To comment on any blog post simply click on the “Comments” link at the bottom of the post.)

No matter what Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis says, speculation is part of the game. Always has been. Speculation is what separates the sports page from the rest of the staid news world. But we don’t want the blog (or the site) to be run on speculation.

And this is no knock on other sites, which offer truly great speculation, debate, opinion, and insights. We’re just trying to nail down whatever we write and if we can’t get it and somebody else does, we’ll give them credit. We hope to spend more time breaking down a story than trying to predict which story it will be.

One of the best writers of this or any time, Don Henley, said it best in his 1982 iconic song, “Dirty Laundry”:

“We can do The Innuendo/We can dance and sing/When it’s said and done we haven’t told  you a thing.”

There’ll be times we’ll have to dance, no doubt, but hopefully with the help of The Blog we’ll tell you something more often than not.


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7 Responses to “Blog debut”

  1. By homerbengal on Apr 19, 2010 | Reply

    hey you go hob my first comment in cyberspace only took me ten minutes to do this it must be easy. 2009 we figured out how to beat division opponents lets now figure out how to beat Jets Bills Saints and Colts HOO-DEY

  2. By chrisdunhamjr on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    It’s great to see this blog on Bengals.com! I’m looking forward to seeing how it develops and am sure it will be one of the site’s most popular features in no time.

  3. By mwindle1973 on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    Geoff, I’ve often wondered who you are and where you come from. I vote for a bio! But appreciate your lack of pretension.

  4. By Zak Kirchner on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Geoff! Great to see you’re keeping Bengals.com fresh. I’m definitely going to miss the Hobson’s Choice emails, but I can understand your distaste for them. Almost all of the points were re-hashed from other articles and kind of repetitive, but I liked the format of give and take with fans, so I hope elements of that still exist here.

    I don’t know if you remember me, but we met up at the Packers game and then you featured me in the article about fans spending the night at PBS to get the free tickets from Chad to the Houston game. Being featured in a Bengals.com article was one of the highlights of a very rough year. My Mom, who I moved back to Cincy to take care of, passed away in January… as if the Jets loss wasn’t hard enough! :-) She was always a big Bengals fan though, so I’m glad her last season was exciting.

    Being home made me think a lot about how important the Bengals are to me and my relationship with my family. I call my Dad every weekend to catch up, but mostly we just talk about the articles you write and our dream scenarios for how the Bengals can bring home a ring. Right now I’m dreaming of a crazy offensive alignment with an unbalanced double TE line where it would go from left to right, Andre Smith, Whitworth, Mike Iupati (my projected 1st round pick), Cook, Bobbie, Reggie Kelly and Chase Coffman… how do you defend that?! I love the unbalanced line because of the message it sends other teams, but think the formation limits the passing game too much. With Ochocinco, Bryant and Coffman on the field, you HAVE to respect the pass. Anyway, I digress, but the point was that Bengals.com is a rallying point for me with my family. A way for us to share a passion and keep the lines of communication strong, which isn’t always easy when you live on the other side of the country. I thought an article about how the Bengals’ fan experience extends outside of Cincy might be interesting.

  5. By tmorra16 on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    As a displaced Bengals fan who checks the site multiple times throughout the day, I welcome the addition of frequently updated content and info (and even YOUR opinion Geoff!) on a more regular basis.

    Looking forward to the big draft weekend…I hope we don’t draft a TE in the first 3 rounds. I think Chase can be the real deal.

  6. By hobsonschoice1 on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    HomerBengal – I think the reason they figured out how to beat their division opponents last year is because they finally decided on a philosophy, stuck with it and didn’t waver from being a physical, running, and defensive team.
    Obviously they need more offense to win playoff games and they will have to score 24 points in order to at least beat the Saints, and Colts, something they don’t have to do in the North.
    But they still need to be true to their philosophy that swept the division. Don’t give up 20 points, run the ball and now add the big play.
    With Roger Goodell saying the last weekend of the regular season is going to be all division games and that they’ve tried to backload the sked with late-season division games to get more competitive games, all the more reason they stick with it because of the weather.

  7. By hobsonschoice1 on Apr 20, 2010 | Reply

    ZAK _ My best to your family. I’m glad she saw a winner.
    I love your alignment, but we may need to pass a rule at the next owners’ meeting to get 15 guys on the field.
    You’re right, though. They have to find a way to throw out of the unbalanced line, and they were going play-action earlier in the year off of it. They’ve really got to go to town on play-action this year and with Carson’s left thumb now repaired, they ought to be better at it.
    Again, my best to you guys and you know she was proud of you.

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