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A Cure for the Bengals Injury Woes and Bengals Sign New Punter

The Bengals had a record number of players on the injured reserve list last season.  Good news. Help is on the way...from India.  The New York Post reported today that a Hindu nationalist movement is developing a soft drink made from cow urine.  “Don’t worry. It won’t smell like urine and will be tasty too,” said Om Prakash, of the group’s Cow Protection Department.  Hindus revere cows as holy and believe that their urine is curative.  Forget weight lifting and conditioning -- this could be the answer to the Bengals injury epidemic.

Today, the Bengals acquired punter Ryan Plackemeier on waivers from the Redskins.  Plackemeier (6-3, 247; Wake Forest) is a 4th-year NFL player in 2009. He was a seventh-round draft choice of Seattle in 2006and punted in every Seahawks game over 2006-07, averaging 42.4 yards with 55 inside-20 kicks and 21 touchbacks. He was an NFL All-Rookie Team selection by Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers in 2006, when he averaged 45.0 yards for the season.  He was waived by the Seahawks on Sept. 9 of last season, after averaging 40.9 yards on 11 punts in the season opener, and he signed with Washington as a free agent on Oct. 15. He played in the Redskins' last 10 games, punting 55 times for a 41.7-yard average, 15 inside-20s and 10 touchbacks.

If the above story from the New York Post on the sports drink of the future wasn't a sign that I have been traveling too much, this story is -- I was on a regional jet today and smelled something. I looked across the aisle and a man was changing his daughter's diaper on the seat-back tray table.  No pad. No towel. Just the diaper and the tray table.  I don't think I can ever eat on a plane again.