I've lived in the city of Indianapolis for two years and have spent countless hours in Indy over the past 17 years. I've been to public areas all over the city: malls, restaurants, downtown streets, sports events, bars, you name it. In all of the countless hours that I've spent in the city of Indianapolis, I could probably count on my hand the number of times I've seen someone with Bengals gear on. I've probably seen more Cowboys or Packers stuff than Bengals.
You maybe have a few old hanger-ons but for the most part, no one cares about the Bengals around here. They might as well be the Seahawks. 99.9% of the Indianapolis population would rather watch Peyton play than the Bengals.
In all honesty though, Romo did get ****ed over by his team last night. A couple of the early picks weren't on him really. And it all just went downhill. Was great to watch as an NFC East leading Eagles fan though :D
This has nothing to do with what the fans want or who they are interested in. That's not how regions are determined. You can count many fans in Indy that would also rather watch the Packers or even the Lions over the Bears. And the Steelers or Browns over the Bengals. This is about miles from the stadium and regional rights.
For years, Sports Channel OH (Cincy) had the Indy region broadcast rights for those zip codes, even over Prime Sports Midwest (both before and after Fox owned them all) even when Prime was showing the Pacers games. Even with an Indy Zip Code, I had to subscribe to DirecTV's sportspack to get PSN-MW until FSN-I actually became its own entity. The Reds were paying such a premium to keep the SC-O(Cin) and FSO-CN rights to Indy (vs. letting the Cubs have the rights to that region) that -- from a national rights allocation view -- Indy might as well have been a northern suburb of the Cincinnati market. Again, that has nothing to do with your perception of interest in the teams, that may be true but that is not related to the regional rights. If the Colts aren't on CBS and the Bengals are playing during the "regional" timeslot, that's the game that will be broadcast in Indy. If it isn't a CBS-doubleheader weekend, Indy won't get the "national" game no matter how many people would rather watch it.
I thought you (or somebody) said the opposite - Cartoons at 1 and Jags-Bengals at 4. I must've misunderstood.
If that's the case, then they picked up the late national game instead of the regional game. I guess a hometeam bye week is different than a blackout scenario.
I get so tired of all of the national focus on the Jets. Has there ever been so much focus on such a mediocre team? Has there ever been so much focus on a mediocre player who isn't even playing right now (Tebow)?
Outside of Jets fans, who really cares that a crappy QB (Sanchez) might eventually be replaced by another crappy QB (Tebow)?
You can take two sub-0.500 teams, have them play a sloppy and boring game, and still get huge ratings on SNF or MNF just because they're in the NFC East. The same applies to Jets.
He's in a tough division for QBs (although we really need to get Harrison and Polamalu on the field and healthy for that to actually be true!) but outside of the division he should be able to move the ball against the AFC West and NFC East. Gruden, Zampese, and Lewis have done a good job of preparing QBs over the past decade... between Esiason and Palmer that position was a real problem for the Bungles, but it really hasn't been their problem for the past decade as long as either Palmer or Dalton have been in there. (some of the other scrubs really sucked, though!) He's a solid system QB in a solid system. Not likely to make a deep playoff run, but they'll be in the playoff mix all season long.
Teacher: Okay Suzy, to win the 4th grade spelling bee, all you have to do is spell the word "suck".
Suzy: "Suck, J-E-T-S, Suck".
(The teacher hands Suzy the 1st place trophy)
I have an admission. I grew up between Cincinnati and Indy, before the Colts moved. I was not much of a football fan, to be honest, but I liked the Bengals almost by accident (I was a Reds fan, and they were both talked about on the radio a lot in the 80s).
In the 90s I moved to Massachusetts. This was before direct TV and before NFL network and all of the extensive coverage we have today. There were two Sunday games and a Monday night game, period. For years I tried to remain a Bengals fan, but they were consistently so bad for so long that no only could I never see them play, there would never even be a highlight on TV or more than a stats box in the paper.
Finally it just dawned on me I couldn't even follow them anymore. There was simply not even a real way to keep on top of who was on the team. I had started to follow the Patriots some when Parcells came, and transitioned over to being a fan. They were local, they were competitive. I wasn't fully on board for the 1996 super bowl, but I was getting there. By 1998 I was there.
At first that choice seemed disastrous, because after Parcells came Pete Carroll and he was in way over his head. Then came Belichick, then Bledsoe got hurt, and the best sportwriter in the nation (Dr. Z) said that the Patriots were the worst team in the entire NFL, saying "This is sad. Drew Bledsoe took a big hit and is out indefinitely. Honestly, I don't know what weapons they have with which to win a game."
Things started looking up after that though...
Wow, he had the Colts at 2. They ended up going 6-10. That was the worst season of Manning's career (I don't count the rookie season because you expect a rookie to struggle).
The Colts had excellent seasons in 1999 and 2000, so having them high made sense on his part.
That's hilarious that he had NE at the bottom.
The Sanchize nickname remains the best in sports.
That was a very improbable run. Statistically speaking, on both offense and defense relative to the rest of the league, it was certainly a well-below-average Patriots team in the context of the last 11 years.
Oddly, that Dr. Z column was written on a Tuesday, an off day for Belichick teams. So the very next day was the 1st practice ever for Tom Brady as a starter.
That was a very improbable run, due to SpyGate, that led to the Patriots stealing the AFC championship game in Pittsburgh. Fixed. :D