The Cincinnati Bengals will hold joint practices with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday and Tuesday, August 5-6, that will be open to the public. Two days later the Bengals and Falcons will kickoff their preseason opener at the Georgia Dome on ESPN. It will be the first time since the New Orleans Saints visited in 2007 that the Bengals held a joint practice with another team.
A reader at Falcoholic named Redoubt, recalled a likeness between the Cincinnati Bengals and Atlanta Falcons:
I am and have been a Falcons fan since 1968. I recall a time when our teams had quite a lot in common... about the same time, late '60s and early '70s. Our stadiums were similar, the cities had much in common and the NFL was still feeling its way through the NFL/AFL merger... which made someone once suggest that Cincy and Atlanta should be 'sister cities'. But, that was long ago and today reading that my beloved Falcons would be practicing with the Bengals kind of brought back all those old memories. Best wishes to Bengals fans this year and looking forward to knocking shoulder pads with your guys.
+ The Bengals last played the Atlanta Falcons during the preseason in 2007, losing 19-24 on ESPN's Monday Night Football with Joey Harrington and Chris Redman embarrassingly carving up Cincinnati's defense. If you combine the regular season and preseason, a Jeff Blake inspired four-touchdown performance (three to Carl Pickens) led to a 41-31 win in 1996, signifying the most recent win against Atlanta. If you're only concerned with the preseason, the Bengals haven't beaten Atlanta since 1974 -- a 13-7 victory during overtime -- marking a seven-game losing streak.
+ The NFL Network continued counting down the Top 100 players of 2013.
No. 90: Percy Harvin
No. 89: Cameron Wake
No. 88: Jacoby Jones
No. 87: Bernard Pollard
No. 86: London Fletcher
No. 85: Charles Woodson
No. 84: Steve Smith
No. 83: Lance Briggs
No. 82: Logan Mankins
No. 81: Colin Kaepernick
More than half of the Cincinnati Bengals defense should make it based on those names.
If you were making a list of the best Bengals players in 2013, assuming that A.J. Green and Geno Atkins are No. 1 and 2 (order doesn't matter), who would be your top-five?
+ An oldie but goodie.
+ We've recently updated our free agency chart to include all transactions, from signings through the NFL draft. As always, we welcome anything we've missed.
+ Richard Deitsch reviewed the draft coverage from ESPN and the NFL Network, calling the second-team ESPN crew led by Trey Wingo the best, and Mike Mayock the best individual talent. Can't argue with Mayock, even if he comes off as full of himself and a know-it-all.
+ Unexpected Story of the Day: Broncos linebacker Von Miller is raising 38 chickens on his "eight-acre property near Dallas as he begins what he hopes will one day be a major poultry operation."
"I really wanted to get to the fundamentals, getting back to raising chicks," Miller said. "I raised chicks in college in class and stuff. Now it's a project for me to do it on my own, and see where I go with it. I'm pretty excited about it."
Good for Miller. Projecting and building alternate revenue options outside of football for an eventual and sudden retirement that most players fail to plan for. Still. Didn't expect that story when opening the USA Today sports page.
+ Former New York Giants linebacker Michael Boley, recently released to help the Giants save $4.25 million in 2013, was reportedly arrested three days after his release, charged with child-abuse charges. From Josh Katzowitz with CBSSports.com:
Boley reportedly struck a plea deal with prosecutors in Etowah County, Ala., that would allow him to plead guilty, enter a pretrial diversion program and then have the charges dropped upon completion.
Although TMZ speculates that the Giants knew about the charges because of the timing of Boley's release, the NY Daily News reports that the team actually didn't know about his legal problems before it let go of Boley.
+ Former Green Bay Packers safety LeRoy Butler tweeted in response to Jason Collins' announcement that he's gay this week. "Congrats to Jason Collins", Butler wrote. In response, his church cancelled a speech that Butler was scheduled to make. The church also threatened to cancel an one of Butler's events.
"FYI the fee was $8500, then I was told if i removed the tweet, and apologize and ask god forgiveness, I can have the event, I said no," Butler said.
With this country's hypersensitive atmosphere so charged, it's a wonder why anyone tries. Is tolerance a suggestion for people to accept others, or are we too intolerant with those that speak their own mind?