For Bengals fans, it's been a long five months since the end of the season came crashing down in the most ridiculous of fashions. Time heals all wounds, though, so, if you haven't already, it's time to move on to the 2016 season.
It's Memorial Day weekend and we're sending positive vibes out to Bengaldom. Aside from the true nature of the holiday, honoring veterans for their service (thank you!), it's also a symbol for kicking off summer in the form of barbecues and time with family and friends. We're putting the Wild Card debacle behind us and bringing some Memorial Day positivity in the form of some epic radio calls from the excitable Bengals radio duo of Dan Hoard and Dave Lapham.
Here are some of the great ones in recent years.
Adriel Jeremiah Green:
Though this clip is the rare one where Hoard doesn't use his trademark moniker for the Bengals' star wide receiver, it definitely captures the excitement and chaos from the Week 3 matchup against the Ravens in Baltimore last season. With about 6:50 left to play in the game, the Bengals trailed 17-14, after holding a two-touchdown lead through the first half. Two A.J. Green touchdown receptions from Andy Dalton capped the comeback and a 3-0 start to the 2015 season for Cincinnati. The big play was the 80-yard strike on the first play after a Ravens fumble return for a touchdown.
The Legion of Whom?
Cincinnati had a tough test when Seattle made the rare trip to Paul Brown Stadium in Week 5 last season. It was a back-and-forth affair early on, with parts of the game getting ugly. The Bengals were down 24-7 in the fourth quarter, but began an improbable comeback, scoring 17 unanswered points in the final period to send it to overtime. Mike Nugent, who expertly nailed the game-tying field goal on a chaotic fire drill scenario, lined up for the game-winner with 3:42 left in overtime.
Jeremy Hill Shines on Monday Night:
After an exchange of failed opening drives and a pick-six thrown by Dalton, the Bengals' offense took the field again as the spotlight shined brightly on the Bengals. Needing their quarterback to calm down, yet also needing a big play to get back into the game early, they called on their rookie workhorse, Hill. The star rookie galloped 85 yards and one of the most exciting games of the 2014 season was on for the nation to watch just before Christmas.
Dalton's Record-Setter to Marvin Jones:
The offense was flying high in 2013 and Dalton was on his way to re-write the franchise record books. Squaring off against the Ravens in Week 17, Cincinnati was surging towards the postseason, but the Bengals' quarterback had an individual day to remember. He dropped back and hit Jones for a bobbling touchdown catch, giving him 33 on the year to break Carson Palmer's previous 2005 record of 32.
The Newman Scoop:
In another wacky matchup between the Bengals and Packers in Week 3 of the 2013 season, fans got to see a little bit of everything and then some in this head-to-head clash. After both teams kept dealing scores on each other, the Bengals cut the Packers' lead to 30-27 early in the fourth quarter. Green Bay marched to the Cincinnati 41-yard line on 10 plays, but faced a critical 4th-and-1. They decided to go for it and glorious results ensued for the Bengals, who went on to win, 34-30.
What are some of your favorite radio calls? Did we miss any on our list?