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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