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Bengals won’t miss Stover

Posted by bengalsweb on May 25, 2011 – 1:31 pm

Word out of Baltimore via ProFootballTalk.com is that kicker Matt Stover is retiring as a Raven. Or, as he’s known around these parts, the kicker on the all-time Bengalskiller team. Stover is the fourth-leading scorer in NFL history and it seems like he kicked all of them against Cincinnati during his 18 seasons with the old Browns and new Ravens.

It will be recalled that Stover’s first winning kick came in the third game of his first season, all the way back to 1991 and the last season of head coach Sam Wyche’s run with the Bengals and Bill Belichick’s first as an NFL head coach. It was Stover’s 45-yard kick at the gun in old Municipal Stadium that allowed Belichick’s Browns to beat Wyche’s Bengals, 14-13, moments after Jim Breech’s 36-yard field had given the Bengals the lead.

How long ago was that? Boomer Esiason was the Bengals quarterback and Bernie Kosar was the Browns quarterback in the first Bengals-Browns game since the death of Paul Brown, founder of both clubs.

And Stover didn’t miss many against the Bengals in the next two decades. In 36 games against Cincinnati, Stover made 88 percent of his field goals (66 of 75) and all 88 extra points.

But it was that first one that dropped the Bengals to 0-3 and ignited Wyche’s now infamous postgame warning not to panic: “There’s golf to be played and tennis to be served up.”

Now Stover can do both and the Bengals have to be thankful.


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4 Responses to “Bengals won’t miss Stover”

  1. By theredbengal on May 25, 2011 | Reply

    I remember being at old Riverfront Stadium in either 1998-1999, and Stover was coming up to try a 50+yd field goal, maybe right before halftime. I remember saying then, “He can’t get it there, he’s getting old!” Stover did miss that kick, as it hit the bottom cross bar. One of the 9 FG’s he missed against Who Dey apparently. But if you’d of told me back then that he was gonna play another decade of solid play, I’d of said you’re nuts.

  2. By 2ndboot on May 26, 2011 | Reply

    Maybe they’ll keep him till they have to build him a special walker with a robotic leg thruster.. Can they really do that?

  3. By tepidfan31 on May 26, 2011 | Reply

    Bengals Payroll: Sure Savings – Palmer $11.5, Ocho $6, TO $2, Kelly $2. Total Sure: $21.5. Possible Savings: Odom $4.5. Geathers $4, Total Possible: $8.5. And why are we paying? Crocker $2.5, Total Why? $2.5. Grand Total: $32.5 less few FA signings. Probably 40+% of Payroll. MB will fill pockets in 2011-12

  4. By wildcat14278 on Jun 2, 2011 | Reply

    I didn’t know where else to put this. However if the Bengal players are looking for somewhere to practice, Newport High School in Ky would be a good spot. Its right across the river from Cincinnati, and it has field turf and new nice facilities. I have coached down there, and I believe that the head coach would be all for it because it would be good for the kids down there to see to meet NFL football players and to see how NFL players work to get where they are.

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