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The Roundtable Show
Our Thursday night Roundtable Show will be live from Belterra Park Gaming & Entertainment Center this season. I will be joined by former NFL linebacker and 700 WLW/ESPN 1530 Bengals analyst Rocky Boiman. We will talk Bengals and NFL each week. The show airs 6-8pm most Thursday evenings. There are a couple of week we will move to Wednesday due to UC football. Stop by and enjoy the food, fun, football, prizes and all that Belterra Park has to offer. We will broadcast live from  Stadium  Sports Bar & Grill. Stadium Sports Bar is a 21 & up facility.



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What they are saying
Watch what Andrew Whitworth, Carlos Dunlap, Jeremy Hill and Leon Hall had to say about the season and Ravens. HERE. 

Win a $50 Meijer gift card HERE
Pick Andy Dalton's passing total for Sunday.
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Dehner Jr, Skinner predict, preview the season HERE 

Harvey: Bengals brace for hostile environment in Baltimore

Goheen: Dalton gets chance to change perceptions right away

Jackson set to unveil "Bengals Coast" offense
Geoff Hobson,
 “That’s what smart people do,” says Houshmandzadeh, who ran offensive coordinator Bob Bratkowski’s form of Coryell’s passing tree under Jackson in Cincinnati 10 years ago. “You’ll see everything. He’ll take the best of everybody. Hue’s a smart guy, a great coach. You’ll see a little of Brat, a little of Jay Gruden. He’ll run some of Cam Cameron’s real nice little running schemes. Everybody.”

From Bovada
Cincinnati Bengals - 2014 Regular Season Win Total       
Over                                         9½ (EVEN)
Under                                       9½ (-130)

Can you imagine?
The Baltimore Ravens are unveiling a Ray Lewis statue on the plaza at M&T Bank Stadium today. The Lewis statue will be the second statue on the plaza, joining the Johnny Unitas statue. I will continue to beat the drum for the Bengals needing to recognize, connect and celebrate their past. Imagine walking around PBS and seeing a huge statue of Anthony Munoz in his blocking stance. They could add statues every few year, placing the statues around the plaza.

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College football

Notre Dame and Ohio State agree to series

TEMPE, AZ - JANUARY 02: Wide receiver Jeff Samardzija #83 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is tackled by Marcus Green #94 and A.J. Hawk #47 of the Ohio State Buckeyes in the first half at the Tostito's Fiesta Bowl at Sun Devil Stadium on January 2, 2006 in Tempe, Arizona. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The Ohio State University and the University of Notre Dame, two of the most tradition-rich and winningest programs in all of college football, have agreed to a home-and-home series on the gridiron for the 2022 and 2023 seasons.
The Buckeyes, with seven national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners, 850 victories and in its 125th season of football, and the Fighting Irish, owner of 11 national championships, seven Heisman Trophy winners and 875 victories, will kick off the 2022 season in Columbus on Sept 3. The return game in South Bend will take place Sept. 23, 2023.
 “We are extremely pleased to have this series with Notre Dame scheduled,” Martin Jarmond, executive associate athletic director, said. “Notre Dame adds to the prestigious series of non-conference games we have been seeking to schedule that are competitive, attractive for our fans and exciting for our student-athletes to be a part.” Ohio State and Notre Dame have met just five times previously in football with Notre Dame winning the first two meetings way back in the 1930s: 18-13 at Ohio Stadium in 1935 and 7-2 at Notre Dame Stadium in 1936.
A two-game series took place in 1995 and 1996 with the Buckeyes winning both: 45-26 in 1995 behind Eddie George’s 207-yards rushing and 272-yards passing and four touchdowns from Bobby Hoying; and 29-16 the following year in South Bend as Pepe Pearson rushed for 173 yards and Greg Bellisari (14 tackles) led a standout defensive effort that limited the Irish to 280 total yards.
Ohio State and Notre Dame were also matched in the 2006 Tostitos Fiesta Bowl, a 34-20 Ohio State win that gave Ohio State a 3-2 all-time edge in the series. Quarterback Troy Smith threw for 342 yards, Ted Ginn had eight receptions for 167 yards, Antonio Pittman rushed for 136 yards and A.J. Hawk led the defense with 12 tackles, including 3.5 TFLs.

Reds: Tough to watch

BALTIMORE, MD - SEPTEMBER 03: Members of the Cincinnati Reds look on from the dugout during the ninth inning of their 6-0 loss to the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on September 3, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

Final: Orioles 6 Reds 0
*13th time Reds have been shutout.
*13 shutouts are 2 more times than 2013 total.
*Reds were shutout 13 times in 2012-2013 combined.
*Reds must win 7 of final 23 games to avoid 90 losses. Have won 7 of previous 23.
*Reds 73rd loss, surpassing 2013 total...with 23 games remaining.
*From Jeff: In the 44 games since the All Star break the Reds are hitting .217.

What happened to that accountability thing?

Reds have to hope Phillips is hurting
John Fay, Enquirer
Phillips isn't going anywhere. He is under contract for the next three years for $39 million. He reached five-and-10 status last week, i.e., as a 10-year veteran with five years with the same team he can reject any trade.
That's why the Reds have to hope Phillips is hurting -- because right now he isn't hitting like the player they signed two years ago.

Bearcats at the Banks
CINCINNATI – The University of Cincinnati Department of Athletics will create a pregame festival-type atmosphere downtown on college football gamedays with a new event branded Bearcats at the Banks.
UC will play all six of its home contests at Paul Brown Stadium in 2014 due to the $86-million Nippert Stadium Renovation & Expansion Project currently underway on campus.
Bearcats at the Banks is a free event, located adjacent to the Holy Grail on Freedom Way between Joe Nuxhall Way and Walnut Street. It is open to all fans and students starting three hours prior to kick off at Paul Brown Stadium. The event will conclude 30 minutes prior to kickoff to enable fans to be in their seats for the start of each game.
“We are excited about playing downtown in the home of the Cincinnati Bengals and creating the Bearcats at the Banks zone on college football gamedays,” Director of Athletics Mike Bohn said. “We are most appreciative of the outpouring of partnerships from the Bengals to the Holy Grail, the City of Cincinnati and many others. Combining enthusiastic alumni, students, donors and fans in one dynamic area will be enjoyable for all Bearcats fans.”
Fans will have access to all the restaurants and businesses along the Banks. A DJ, beverage vendors, games and activities for all are scheduled to occur. Convenient parking is available underneath the Banks in the Central Riverfront Garage. Paul Brown Stadium is just a short walk away.
UC will open up the season against Toledo on Friday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m. ET inside Paul Brown Stadium. Season tickets for UC's six-game home slate at PBS are on sale now, starting at $99 or $16.50 per game. 

Tommy Tuberville tonight
CINCINNATI - University of Cincinnati football head coach Tommy Tuberville will kick off his weekly radio show on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014 from 8-9 p.m. ET at the Original Montgomery Inn.
Coach Tuberville's show will originate from its season-long home at the original Montgomery Inn, and typically air two days before UC gamedays.
The hour-long program will air weekly from 8-9 p.m. ET on both ESPN 1530 AM and 700 WLW AM this season. The first two shows (Thurs., Sept. 4, Wed., Sept. 10) will air on ESPN 1530 with the remaining shows broadcast on 700 WLW.
Coach Tuberville will be joined by co-hosts Dan Hoard and Jim Kelly, Jr. throughout the season.

Well done
Activities Beyond The Classroom is the nonprofit arm for all extra curricular activities for Cincinnati Public Schools. They have received a combination of support from the NFL and LaRosa's for the Western Hills High School Football Team to receive new uniforms. Buddy has always done a lot to support high school athletes in the community, and Western Hills High School has always been close to his heart.

NFL spells growth for Cincinnati Prediction Machine
Steve Watkins, Cincinnati Business Courier
PredictionMachine finished second out of more than 100 prediction services last season in NFL Pickwatch’s compilation of expert predictions straight up, meaning those selections don’t take the point spread into account. It correctly forecasted 57.4 percent of NFL games against the point spread last year, Bessire said. And it’s averaged 55.5 percent over its history. That might not sound huge, but it’s great for gamblers, who make up the bulk of its customers. It means they’re regularly making money if they beat with PredictionMachine’s picks.