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February 07, 2005

Popping Culture Super Bowl Recap

Justice, finally.

No, not for the Patriots. For Corey Dillon.

For years, we lived in Louisville, KY and now in Youngstown, OH. In both places we were exposed to unhealthy doses of Bengals football (Q: Why won't Columbus get a professional football team? A: Because then Cincinnati would want one). For YEARS, Dillon was one of the best (if not THE best) running backs in the league, trapped on a terrible, mismanaged team. I saw him beat the then-single game rushing record in spite of having a team with no offensive line to support him.

If he had played anywhere else - ANYWHERE - he would be a legend by now. Instead his best years were hidden to everyone.

One year away from the Bengals and he has not only his first playoff appearance, but a shiny new Super Bowl ring. I just like to root for the little guy, which is probably also why I became obsessed with Marino's tries for a big game win as well.

Good for Corey Dillon.


Posted by Dan at February 7, 2005 08:36 AM

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You're not serious!

Corey Dillon epitomizes the problem with Professional Sports! His "what about me" attitude is what got him benched in the first place. He is, for lack of a better word, a cancer. In New England, he's in remission, but watch out if Kevin Faulk gets some PT back next season. Dillon is classless, and fortunately, for all the world, quiet for now. He was the sole reason I was pulling against the Pats last night. It was a struggle too, because T.O. is just as bad, he just didn't directly offend me while he was in SF.

Cincy was 8-8 (At their best) with Corey Dillon and went 8-8 without him. The Pats won the SB without Corey and now with him. Plus, when the Bengals went through their 14 season losing streak, they didn't seem to get any better when Corey was running crazy. I must stop, but please save the Kudos for somebody besides Dillon.

Posted by: Doug at February 7, 2005 11:48 AM

His "what about me" attitude?

Are you referring to the way he has been quietly playing team ball, not trash talking or demanding the ball when he didn't get enough carries?

Maybe you mean the way he insisted on playing out his contract in Cincy, never holding out and demanding to be traded until it was clear he didn't want to re-sign when his tour of duty was up?

Sure the Patriots could have won without him; that has nothing to do with my point.

Posted by: Dan at February 7, 2005 12:14 PM

Which is not to mention that I hate the Patriots, being a Dolphins fan.

Doug, I am starting to suspect you like to hear an opinion (me on Dillon, Joel on The Royal Tenenbaums) and go off.

My opinion on Dillon is my opinion. Joel's opinion on the Royal Tenenbaum's is also just an opinon.

You may have been living in the Bible Belt to long; you seem to be responding to statements of opinion as if they were personal attacks.

Or perhaps the cup has been in your possession too long. Power corrupts. Absolute cup power corrupts absolutely.

Posted by: Dan at February 7, 2005 12:24 PM

You're right. Opinions are for thought, not for assault. However, I think the shrine I created in my home has finally gotten to me. Tonight, I will remove The Cup from the altar I designed and built out of 14K gold and Rubies. I didn't see it until you mentioned it. I feel bad now!

Posted by: Doug at February 7, 2005 02:04 PM

Good, good. If I can make even just one person feel bad during the day, I sleep a little better at night.

Posted by: Dan at February 7, 2005 03:04 PM

If someone disagrees with "your opinion", it is not "a personal attack." "Doug's opinion" is simply "Doug's opinion." All he did was state some facts. The only thing that was personal, was the ,"You can't be serious!" Get the "Big chip" off "Big Dan's" shoulder. This illogical smack down might work on Mrs. Popping Culture. It will not work on "Thinking Cup Worthy Men!"
Give the brother a break, he is a Bengal's Fan. It is a sickness far greater than anything we as Dolphins' Fans will ever half to deal with on a multi-year basis.
As for your Bible Belt comment, I'll forgive you. Anyone who has spent as much time in KY and OH as you deserves praise. (I understand the time served is like dog-years.)
As for his time with the Cup, you are right! Anytime, anywhere, anybody, but Doug!

Posted by: Jim at February 7, 2005 04:01 PM

Wait one second here. When did my opinions stop being universally-acknowledged facts?

Posted by: Joel Caris at February 7, 2005 05:19 PM


I presume you are joking. All he did was state some facts???

So if I call you classless and a "cancer" (on this site of all sites), you would take those as facts?

Sure, Dillon and Cincy had a hard breakup, but don't tell me I have a chip on my shoulder because I'm glad the only guy in town with talent found a way out.

Posted by: Dan at February 7, 2005 05:33 PM

I take it all back. There's no way I could take someone calling a guy I just praised a "cancer" personally.

Call me Mr. Over-Sensitive.

I'm sure it's the chemotherapy that does it.

Posted by: Dan at February 7, 2005 05:37 PM

Either that or the alcohol.

Posted by: Jim at February 7, 2005 05:57 PM


Has Dan been secretly watching Oprah?

Hmmmmmmmm I think he's coming out of the closet..

Posted by: Cam at February 7, 2005 06:11 PM

I think he is worried that the time between Corey postings is getting longer and longer.

Posted by: Jim at February 7, 2005 07:16 PM

Well, I can see how that would occupy his brain..

Posted by: Cam at February 7, 2005 08:13 PM

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