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"Evil" Bengals are good for game

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When we were discussing something to write for The Sporting Blog on Larry Johnson potentially signing with the Bengals to replace and eventually spell the injured Cedric Benson, I thought we could do a graphic as a play on the Land of Misfit Toys.

Turns out, SB Nation beat us to the joke. Bloggers.

For the last few years, discipline has been an issue for the Bengals, and seemingly -- I'm sure injury had as much to do with it, but public perception is what it is -- the more the team ended up in the police blotter, the further back the team slid from the top of the AFC.

Carson Palmer needs to be the face of the Bengals, and his comments after the win over Pittsburgh, explaining that his team isn't even close to a Super Bowl contender, show he's doing his best to take this team back.

And that's a good thing for the league. Look, police activity aside -- and I don't think anyone would condone some of the things the Bengals have been accused of in the last few years (Chris Henry I'm looking at you) -- the league always needs a bad boy image team for people to root against. It's no fun when that team is always the Raiders, especially now that the Raiders can barely field a competitive team of NFL players.

In addition to that, more good teams is always better. People talk about parity, but parity should be at the top. Nobody really wants 9-7 teams going to the Super Bowl. We want a select group of four or five teams in each conference that have a legitimate shot to get to the Super Bowl. Palmer's comments aside, the Bengals have proven thus far to be one of those teams.

It gets boring when its the same few teams every year. That's how we end up with 'rivalries of the decade.' I'm all for diversity, and finally Marvin Lewis has a team that seems to play hard for him. I can't see how this is bad for the league.

Now if two of their players get arrested this week...

By Dan Levy  |  November 17, 2009; 6:34 PM ET  | Category:  Cincinnati Bengals Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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....or root for. I've always loved the bad boy teams and players.

Fred "the hammer" Williamson
Donnie Shell
Jack Tatum
Dennis Rodman
Spreewell
Johnny Sample
T.O.
Allen Iverson
Mike Vick

I could go on and on and on. Love these guys!!!

Posted by: kentonsmith | November 19, 2009 5:27 PM

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