Nothing refreshes life better than a full football weekend in Cincinnati. Something about casting chores aside and delving into the abyss of the games makes me want to hug strangers.
It concludes tonight when Armon Binns makes his professional active debut for the Bengals at the Ravens.
Exciting moment last night when Derek Wolfe notched his first career sack in Game 1 against the Steelers. He tossed down Ben Roethlisberger with a great stunt from the DT position while also adding another tackle for loss. He moved inside and outside all game and was as disruptive as any player on that defense not named Von Miller.
Looking at it, a question can be posed if Cincinnati is becoming D-line U? Take a look around the NFL right now? Trent Cole. Connor Barwin. Derek Wolfe. John Hughes saw time for the Browns yesterday in his first game.
My gut tells me Walter Stewart will be joining them next season.
A legacy is brewing.
--- In the Morning After on Friday I mentioned the fact Munchie Legaux passed for more than 200 yards and rushed more than 100. As far back as I was willing to trace I couldnt' find a QB to do that at UC since 2004.
UC SID Ryan Koslen dug the rest of the way for me and found Munchie to be the first UC quarterback in the modern earn to throw for 200 and rush for 100 in the same game.
How's that for a debut? First game as the team's official stater and he accomplishes a feat no other UC quarterback has done.
As far as around college football the first two weeks, only these four QBs accomplished the task in a game:
Braxton Miller (Ohio State) vs. Miami (Ohio): 207/161
Denard Robinson (Michigan) vs. Air Force: 208/218
Cody Fajardo (Nevada) vs. USF: 271/134
Jake Medlock (FIU) vs. Akron: 209/141
Munchie Legaux (UC) vs. Pitt: 207/117
The good news, two of those teams who already allowed a 200/100 remain on UC's schedule this year.
--- Down the Drive mentions that not only the yards were impressive about Munchie, but also the decision-making he displayed.
--- I mentioned Stewart earlier and more weeks like his opener will move him up draft boards everywhere. Stewart was named Big East Defensive Player of the Week after his 9 tackles, 3.5 for loss, 2 sacks and FF.
His 3.5 TFL ties him for second in the country in average. Remember, that was a category Wolfe owned last year when he ended the season with 21.5, finishing fifth in the country.
To think Stewart will keep up the pace would crazy, but certainly a great way to start his senior year and well-deserved honor.
--- Amazing what happens when the games start. For maybe the 10th straight year it seems, UC moved up the power rankings once the games started.
In this case, the Bearcats jump from fifth to second in Andrea Adelson's Big East Power Rankings at ESPN.
At CBSSports.com they didn't have the heart to jump UC over USF for No. 2.
--- Bill Koch wrote about the breakout star from Thursday's game -- RDAIV. The multiple ways in which Mike Bajakian used Abernathy highlighted a great gameplan from the OC. I think he comes away as the most underappreciated star of the night.
Despite losing so many key components to last year's offense, he had that attack humming and hitting open spots from the opening snap. He scouted and found his talent while finding ways to get them involved at their strength.
The less is more approach with Munchie's running game played out perfectly. Personally, I'd like to see a few more runs, but who am I to question the output. Bajakian backed up his ranking from ESPN as the best OC in the Big East.
--- Catching up with Saturday's opponent Delaware State, they lost to the Delaware Blue Hens -- the artist formerly known as the Fighting Flaccos -- 38-14 on Saturday. They beat VMI in Week 1.
--- ESPN loved showing this video of the UC player taking a digger coming down the steps. I like the way he kept "playing" through the adversity. A true fighter's spirit.
--- AA pointed out the poor weekend for the Big East. Perception in non-conference has been the biggest problem for the conference in its battle to stay relevant. Weekends like this one don't help. While the conference fared well in bowl games over the years, struggling against other conferences and losing to teams like NC State and Maryland are a step in the wrong direction.
The BE starts 0-2 against the ACC.
--- Virginia Tech sits on the horizon on Sept. 29 and while they are 2-0, they looked beatable. The Hokies ended up beating Austin Peay 42-7, but were up only 7-0 with six minutes left in the second quarter.
VT's defense will be strong, but they are looking for consistency offensively. Of course, they play Pitt this weekend, so help is on the way.
--- Love the behind the scenes look at the Pitt game from ButchJonesblog. Like this line from Butch, "this team doesn't play with emotion, it plays with passion and energy."
There is very much a difference between being emotional and being passionate/energetic. It showed between how UC handled situations compared to how Pitt did.
Perhaps the best news of all, Get the Dub is back.
--- The art of the trending wedding. Sad the #WurthmanWedding that owned my timeline a few months back didn't get a mention.
--- Every time I look at pictures from the Hubble telescope I start thinking very deep thoughts.
--- This story comes from Florida? Really, so hard to believe. #Sarcasm
--- If a bison is standing on your walking path -- find another walking path.
--- Attempting to rank the top 25 Seinfeld episodes as Paste did only ends in argument. It's too subjective. But if you try to contend the Yada-Yada tops The Contest, I have a hard time even debating you.
--- Eddie Vedder hopped on stage with Bruce Springsteen in Chicago. That sentence makes me want to cry tears of joy. Here they are singing My Hometown. Have a great day.