2 reasons Andy Dalton might be closer to winning it all than you think

Published: Wednesday, May 10, 2017 @ 4:31 PM

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton carries the ball during their 16-12 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday, Nov. 20 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

The website FootballPerspective.com has come to a conclusion about championship quarterbacks that should interest Cincinnati Bengals fans.

In a post titled, “Is Having a Great QB More Important Than Ever To Win It All?” the answer turns out to be no.

When analysts say that you need a great quarterback (or a great passing game) to win it all, that’s simply not true unless they are using the phrase in a big tent sort of way: if a mediocre quarterback who plays well for four games qualifies as a great quarterback, then yes, you probably do need a great quarterback to win (except for, you know, the 2015 Broncos). But in general, far too much deference is given to the phrase “you need a great quarterback to win.”

This conclusion was reached upon the realization four of the last 10 Super Bowl champions had quarterbacks that ranked 14th or lower in adjusted net yards per attempt. That number (four) matches the total from the previous 41 Super Bowl winners.

It just so happens Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton is 14th among active passers in ANY/A, but that’s not all.

FP also examined the seasons for every Super Bowl-winning quarterback one year before he hoisted the Lombardi Trophy and found 12 who weren’t coming off great years even if they had been great at some point in their career.

This descriptor would also fit Dalton, who was third in the league in ANY/A two years ago but has not finished in the top 10 in any other season.

Last year with many of his best weapons hurt or gone via free agency, Dalton’s ANY/A slipped from 8.17 in ’15 to 6.53. His quarterback rating went from 106.2 to 91.8 last season.

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Does this all mean Dalton and the Bengals are poised to break through?

Well.... that might be stretching it, but it is interesting to see numbers that make it seem less unlikely than the general narrative around Dalton’s career — and quarterbacking in general in the NFL — might.

Regional high school track and field meets

Published: Tuesday, May 23, 2017 @ 6:21 PM

Middletown sophomore Shandon Morris was third in the high jump during the D-I district track and field meet at Dayton’s Welcome Stadium on Friday, May 19, 2017. MARC PENDLETON / STAFF
MARC PENDLETON / STAFF

The following are this week’s regional track and field times and sites. The top four in each event advance to next week’s state meet at OSU’s Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus.

REGIONAL SOFTBALL: Pairings, results

WEDNESDAY

D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton

5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, discus.

6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Friday’s finals.

REGIONAL BASEBALL: Pairings, results

D-III at Memorial Stadium, Troy

4 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, shot put.

5 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Friday’s finals.

THURSDAY

D-II at Alexander Stadium, Piqua

5 p.m. field events: Boys pole vault, long jump, discus; girls high jump, shot put.

6:30 p.m. running events: 4x800 relay final; all other running events semifinals; top times to Saturday’s finals.

FRIDAY

D-I at Welcome Stadium, Dayton

5 p.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, shot put.

6 p.m. running finals.

D-III at Memorial Stadium, Troy

5 p.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, discus.

6 p.m. running finals.

SATURDAY

D-II at Alexander Stadium, Piqua

11 a.m. field events: Boys high jump, shot put; girls pole vault, long jump, discus.

12:30 p.m. running finals.

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Football recruiting: Xenia wide receiver Meechi Harris narrows his list to 9 schools

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:24 AM

Meechi Harris (1 in blue) of Xenia scores a touchdown against Beavercreek.

Xenia receiver Meechi Harris has narrowed his list of potential college football destinations.

The three-star prospect is down to nine as summer camp season approaches: West Virginia, Purdue, Michigan State, Iowa State, Cincinnati, Syracuse, Kentucky, Minnesota and Toledo.

Harris was fifth in the GWOC in receiving yards with 663 last season.

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He scored 10 touchdowns on offense and added four more on special teams, including a pair of punt return TDs against Sidney.

He also returned a kickoff for a score against Beavercreek and Fairborn.

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Harris scored 8.2 points and grabbed 6.1 rebounds per game for the Buccaneers basketball team last winter.

Sports Today: All you need to know about the Reds, Marvin Lewis down on NFL celebrations, Cavs up 3-1

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 9:42 AM

Reds starter Amir Garrett pitches against Indians on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, at Great American Ball Park in Cincinnati. David Jablonski/Staff
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If you haven’t been watching the Cincinnati Reds much this season, they crammed pretty much everything about who they are into the last two days against the Cleveland Indians. 

The home team went 1-1 while putting 12 runs on the board. 

This team can hit, but the pitching staff has some glaring limitations. 

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Last night, talented rookie starter Amir Garrett pitched five innings but only had problems in one. That was enough. He lost Francisco Lindor to a one-out walk after being ahead 0-2 in the count, gave up a double to Michael Brantley then couldn’t put away Carlos Santana, whose single scored Brantley with the tying run and proceeded a mammoth two-run homer by former Red Edwin Encarnacion. 

The Reds came back to tie it only to see fourth or fifth-best reliever, free-agent acquisition Drew Storen, give up the go-ahead run in the eighth. 

Contrast that to a night before when they actually got a great start from a veteran Scott Feldman, who saw the team’s three best receivers shut the door after he left. (Two of them were presumably not available last night.) 

Such is life on the rebuild. 

On the bright side, manager Bryan Price sees Robert Stephenson on the upswing lately… 

Scott Schebler’s three-game home run streak was snapped last night, but the slugging right fielder got on base via a walk before being lifted as part of a double switch. 

Like most great people from the Midwest, the Iowa native says he once thought football would be his thing past high school

“I didn’t get any looks out of high school for baseball,” Schebler said. “I thought it was going to go football. I was a little bit of an underdog my whole career. It puts a little chip on your shoulder. You always want to prove people wrong. It can be a good thing or a bad thing because last year I had a chip on my shoulder and I was trying to prove everything to everybody, thinking ‘I’ve got to show them why they traded for me.’ You saw it in a bad way. I pressed. You’ve go to find ways to use it to benefit you.” 

He entered last night on pace for 47 home runs. 

He probably won’t hit that many, but he’s got to be giving the Reds something to think about as the trade deadline gets closer and they will have to start figuring out how to juggle their young hitters. 

READ MORE: Schebler exceeding expectations after slow start 

LeBron James scored 34 points last night while Kyrie Irving added 42, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Boston Celtics in Game 4 of the Eastern Conference finals last night. 

Although we’ve been writing Boston obituaries for about week already, there is still at least one more game to be played in this series, believe it or not. 

Then it’s off to the Finals, where the Golden State Warriors may score 140 a night…

 

Football is back in earnest down by the Ohio River, and there’s good news and bad. 

William Thompson III and Brandon Thompson are back, but Dre Kirkpatrick is out

Meanwhile, the NFL is changing the rules about celebration, and Marvin Lewis is against it

Why? 

He’s worried about the example it sets for the kids. 

“We had a good standard, and the whole standard has always been you want to teach people how to play the game the correct way and go about it the correct way. And that’s not a very good example for young people.”

This is a reasonable take, but the flip side is that a celebration that doesn’t shame the opponent also is likely to fire up youngsters looking for some entertainment on a Sunday afternoon. 

I suppose it might be interesting to see if there is a difference between Sports Media Twitter and the average fan, though. 

WATCH: Kyle Schwarber blasts career-long home run out of Wrigley Field

Published: Wednesday, May 24, 2017 @ 10:22 AM

Chicago Cubs’ Kyle Schwarber hits a home run off San Francisco Giants starting pitcher Johnny Cueto during the first inning of a baseball game Tuesday, May 23, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Chicago Clubs slugger and Middletown native Kyle Schwarber has hit some memorable home runs in his brief Major League Baseball career.

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He added another one Tuesday night in the first inning of a 4-1 win over the Giants.

Schwarber obliterated a pitch from former Reds pitcher Johnny Cueto that traveled 470 feet — the longest HR of Schwarber’s three-year MLB career — onto Sheffield Avenue behind the right-field bleachers at Wrigley Field. It was the longest HR by Cubs player this season.

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It’s been a tough start to the 2017 season for the former Middletown High School standout. Schwarber is batting .186 with seven home runs and 19 RBI in 41 games.