Mike Fightmaster

  • joined Jan 26, 2012
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I'm a life-long student who is obsessed with the Bengals and the NFL in general. I'm one of those guys who watched NFL Live everyday in March and April, pining for the start of OTA's.

My most vivid Bengals memory is sitting in a packed basement with all my friends watching the Wild Card game in 2005, and watching with horror at the beginning of the end of Carson Palmer's career. I still get bitter when that game is every brought up or highlights are shown on TV.

I'm a Cincinnati Homer who tries to stay as objective as possible. CINCINNATI BENGALS SUPERBOWL XLVII CHAMPS!!! (sorry, it just comes out sometimes)

Many thanks to Cincy Jungle and SB Nation for allowing me to be a part of the best sports blog in the NFL.

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User Blog

BenJarvis Green-Ellis Contract Details Emerge


Green-Ellis, who signed a three year deal with the Bengals earlier this week, is said to make a base salary of $3 million per year. For a starting running back in the National Football League, the might be a bigger steal for Mike Brown than dealing Carson to the Raiders for a first and second, possibly first, round pick.

Around the AFC North: Offseason Notes, Free Agency, and the Draft


The Bengals are not doing anything in free agency, so what is the rest of the AFC North doing right now?

Cincinnati Bengals and Safety Reggie Nelson Expected to Talk on Monday


Reggie Nelson is one of the top free agent safeties available. Will the Bengals be able to re-sign him? Nelson, Bengals meeting on Monday to see if they can come to terms.

NFL 2012 Free Agency: Carl Nicks: "I Pretty Much Am Gone."


Carl Nicks himself says he is "pretty much" out of New Orleans. Can the Bengals open up their wallets and pay him? Should they?

Steve Wyche: Michael Bush One of the Top Running Backs in 2012 Free Agency Market


Steve Wyche thinks that Michael Bush is a top free agent in 2012. Would Bush be a good fit in Cincinnati?

NFL Free Agency 2012: Brandon Jacobs Released by New York Giants


Brandon Jacobs is released by the Giants. Could he be a good fit in Cincinnati in the new committee running style Jay Gruden wants to install?

Saints Restructure OG Jahri Evans' Contract


The Saints have restructured Evans' contract and saved themselves around $2 million in cap space for the 2012 season. Restructuring Evans' contract could be a consequence of trying to re-sign two of their key free agents to new contracts: Drew Brees and Carl Nicks.

Indianapolis Colts Release Several Veteran Players


Colts clean house and release notable veterans such as Joseph Addai and Dallas Clark. In a year where there are a plethora of running backs and wide receivers available in free agency, the talent pool gets a bit deeper with the addition of several Colts veterans. Cincinnati Comes In At No. 10 Worst City To Live In For Sports Fans


Forbes lists Cincinnati as the no. 10 worst city for Sports. Is there hope for the future for Cincinnati sports teams?

2012 NFL Free Agency: Asante Samuel on His Way Out of Philadelphia?


Asante Samuel might be on the way out of Philadelphia. Would he be a good fit for Cincinnati?

2012 NFL Free Agency: Drew Brees and Saints Still Far Away from New Contract


Brees and Saints are still far apart on contract negotiations. What does the mean for the Bengals?

Are Interior Offensive Linemen Worth the Risk of a First Round Pick?


Pat Kirwan writes about the risks of a first round pick on offensive guards. If a team has a need, is it still bad to draft the best guard in the draft class in the first round?

Jay Gruden wants a Committee Running Attack in 2012


The Bengals are moving to a running back-by-committee game plan, according to Gruden. What does this do to their free agency and draft targets?

2012 Bengals Free Agent Watch: Stevie Johnson to Become a Free Agent


Stevie Johnson is not going to get franchised by the Bills. Does that mean he could be lining up across the field from A.J. Green next year?

Bengals Coaching Staff Keeping a Close Eye on the Combine


The Bengals coaching staff is helping out at the combine in Indy. Does this give the Bengals an insider's look at draft prospects?

NFL Draft 2012: Offensive Guard is a Necessity for Bengals


The Bengals need help on the offensive line. Will they be able to find any help at guard?

Trent Richardson has Minor Knee Surgery (Updated Post)


Trent Richardson has minor knee surgery to clean out loose particles. What does this mean for his draft stock and could this help him fall to the Bengals?

Trent Richardson has Minor Knee Surgery


Trent Richardson, who suffered a knee injury in the weeks leading up to the BCS National Champsionship game, underwent a minor scope to rid his knee of of some loose fragments and assuage discomfort he was having. The surgery happened three weeks ago and, as a precaution, Richardson will not participate in on-field drills at the combine and will likely miss Alabama's pro day on March 7 as well.

Cedric Benson Criticizes Bengals' Offense. In Other News, the Sun Rose This Morning


Cedric Benson had a lesser role in the offense in 2011. How does he react? Criticism, of course.

Steve Hutchinson's Time as a Viking Might be Up


Hutchinson might be cut by the Vikings as a salary cap casualty. Could he be a good fit for the Bengals?

Ravens May Not Be Able to Afford Both Ray Rice and Ben Grubbs


Could OG Ben Grubbs become a Bengal? If Ray Rice re-signs with the Ravens, he definitely won't be in Baltimore.

2012 NFL Draft: Latest Mock Draft has Same Story, but Different Possibilities for the Bengals


Charley Casserly came out with his latest mock draft, but the story is not who he has the Bengals drafting, but what he would do as the Bengals GM.

2012 NFL Draft: NFL Network Releases the Combine Schedule


NFL combine schedule has been released. See what days you will need to clear your schedule.

2012 NFL Draft: Is the Combine Really THAT Important?


Is the combine that important? For the Bengals, it's everything.

Bengals' Free Agent Future Coming into the Clear


Geoff Hobson writes that the Bengals' silence on the Stanford Routt situation could mean that they are going to stay away from the largest free agent market ever in the NFL on March 13, and concentrate on re-signing their own free agents. This is not a new strategy for Mike Brown but, if true, it would likely take the Bengals out of the market for big name free agents like Ben Grubbs, Carl Nicks, Brandon Carr, Cortland Finnegan, etc.

Is Trent Richardson Really a Valuable Pick at Number 17?


If Trent Richardson is a top-3 prospect in the draft, why are many mocks having him drop to the Bengals at no. 17?

Could Cincinnati Bengals Free Agents Sign with the Miami Dolphins? The Kevin Coyle Connection


Bengals have a few top free agents in the NFL this off-season. Could Miami's hiring of Kevin Coyle bring them to South Florida?

Colts Hire Bengals Assistant Jeff Fitzgerald


According to, the Colts have hired former Bengals defensive assistant Jeff Fitzgerald as their linebackers coach.

Chris Crocker has Arthroscopic Knee Surgery


Chris Crocker has knee surgery. How will it affect his play in 2012?

Cincinnati Bengals 2012 Regular Season Schedule Preview


Can the Bengals sell out more than two games next year? Their home opponents will help them do that.

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