Best of 2011: The End of the NFL Lockout

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We’ve come  a long way from Spring, lying to ourselves that there won’t be a lockout and that it would be over soon.  Luckily no football will be missed and both sides got it together before serious deadlines were missed.

What this means for the Bengals fans?

It means a lot of great things are coming soon. It means training camp is right around the corner. It means that Bengals rookie QB Andy Dalton can show the fan base and the NFL what he’s made of. It means that we can see how Jay Grudens offense looks. It means we get to see who the one “big” Free Agent signing is this year. It means we get to tailgate and enjoy the NFL season.

NFL.com even is even hyping up a Bengals PRESEASON game. Steve Wyche named Bengals week 3 game vs Carolina one of the top 5 important games in the preseason.

Carolina at Cincinnati, Week 3: If either team is going to open the season starting a rookie quarterback, this should be affirmation time. The Panthers’ Newton and the Bengals’ Andy Dalton should have given enough indication by this point if they’re ready. If there’s any indecision, this is the game in which they prove themselves — or open the door for someone else. Cincinnati also needs to forge the QB-WR relationship with whoever is going to be throwing the ball to first-round pick A.J. Green.

With all these things in my mind I can’t refrain from becoming excited. One of the first images that pop up in my mind when thinking of this young Bengals team is Rey Maualuga posing with with the “We Believe!” sign.  That’s why I made sure the first photo you saw on SH today was the one posted above. With all this buzz about the NFL, I’m beginning to do the same thing that happens every season… I’m Drinking the Orange Kool-Aid.

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