A Bellicose Bellowing of "Bell-Cow" for Belko

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September 18th, 2010, 4:22 am #41

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
I still can't keep up with all the bell-cows. The Bengals.com search engine doesn't work with Hobson's blog, and I've been slacking on the reader comments. Shame on me. From now on, I'm using this search request in Google: bell-cow site:bengals.com.

To hell with chronological ordering; I'll just tack these on to the end. Hey, only ten more to go before we hit the century mark. From early July:

INSTANCES 89 and 90 --- Hobson's Choice Blog -- No deadlines (Posted July 6, 2010)
From a reply to a reader in the comments section:

Scott was able to pinch hit for one game off the bench and went over 100 before he got hurt. But even before then it was clear he's not a month-long bell cow and is a complementary (but explosive) player.

I get the sense they find this backup bell cow late in training camp, cut from another team to join Benson, Scott, and Brian Leonard, or else they would have made more of an effort to draft one.


http://blogs.bengals.com/2010/07/06/no-deadlines/
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~ What Mike Brown never quite said, but should have.
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November 7th, 2010, 4:55 pm #42

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
Nine more to go! With the Bengals at 2-5 and headed for a slaughter against the Steelers, at least I have this to keep my interest piqued. Are you still out there, Belko?

INSTANCE 91 --- T.O. means tune on MNF (Posted Nov 3, 2010)
Benson, the Bengals bell cow running back, is having no problem standing up physically in this 2-5 start. But he admitted Wednesday the mental strain has been exacting.

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/T ... b98ae2b487
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~ What Mike Brown never quite said, but should have.
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November 8th, 2010, 4:16 pm #43

<p>i'm here... a troubled football season in Idaho.</p><p>Forgot to make my pick-em</p><p>dropped the wrong redskin in fantasy and accidentally lost Santana Moss off my pathetic team</p><p>Boise State winning  by a zillion points, and still dropping in the polls.</p><p>but yes.. feeling the cow bells with pleasure.</p><p> </p><p>Belko</p>

"Well, it ain't braggin' if it's true
Yes sir, yes sir
It ain't braggin' if it's true
Muhammad Ali said that
Back when he was a young man
Back when he was Cassius Clay
Before he fought too many fights
And left his brain inside the ring"
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November 21st, 2010, 9:47 pm #44

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
I do believe this is the first time that Hobson has referred to another team's bell-cow, other than a potential draft choice. Eight more to go until the Big 100. TOBB, I hope you make another appearance by then.

INSTANCE 92 --- Bengals look to roam on Bills (Posted Nov 20, 2010)
Pettrey's NFL debut is against a well-coached and deep unit. Spiller is out, but McKelvin has an NFL return TD and his punt return for a TD last week got called back on a hold. Fred Jackson is going to be Buffalo's running back bell cow Sunday, but he's dangerous, too. Last year he became the first player in NFL history to rack up 1,000 yards rushing and kick returns.

http://http://www.bengals.com/news/arti ... 05163b5a9a
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December 22nd, 2010, 11:35 pm #45

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
Well, well. The expected rate of bell-cows seems to have fallen off lately, and that's a darn shame. This alarming trend has me pouring over the data, trying to determine what is going on. When, oh when, might we hit the Big 100?

Check out the graph below for Hobson's historical usage of the term. You can see the running total as it increases over time, with each year being divided into thirds (January-April, May-August, September-December).
What really stands out are the two shaded zones, especially the one on the left. From May 2007 through April 2008, the bell-cows increased by a whopping 38 instances. That's over one-third of the total instances in a mere 12-month period! That's out of 11 years.

Talk about perspective. No wonder we had poor Belko howling at the mooin'.

Then there's the second zone, spanning September 2009 through August 2010. Here we had an increase of another 24 bell-cows. Think about that. Counting both zones, we had 60% of the bell-cows in only 19% of the total time period.

So what was going on during these two periods, and do they inform us of the future? I think they do. First we had the saga of Rudi Johnson. The old war-horse of a bell-cow was hanging on to his job in the face of age and declining skills.

Then we saw the dramatic emergence of a new bona fide bell-cow. Cedric Benson had his great 2009 season and playoff game, with the excitement extending well into the offseason. With his career turnaround, it was truly a great story.

Looking toward the immediate future, we now anticipate the potential loss of our beloved bell-cow running back to free agency. Talk of negotiations and college prospects should bring Hobson plenty of opportunities to wax bovinely. We may be on the verge of yet another big jump in bell-cow instances. And if we're lucky, we'll hit 100 sometime around the 2011 draft.

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~ What Mike Brown never quite said, but should have.
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March 11th, 2011, 6:02 am #46

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
We're still in a holding pattern at 92. Can't count this one as a real instance. It's presented as part of an anonymous media-person question, not as Hobson writing in his own voice. Thus we have another auxiliary herd member. For your reading pleasure:

BONUS INSTANCE --- Marvin Lewis combine transcript (Feb 26, 2011)
Can Bernard (Scott) be a bell cow?
ML:
I think Bernard has to take another step in development and maturity-wise, maturation physically and mentally and then, I don't know. I don't like when people set limits on people. He's a little slight. That speaks to maturing more physically. And your habits, maturing a little bit in your preparation. He certainly has great ability and we don't want to downplay that. Right now Ced (Benson) is one of those guys that we have at other spots that is unsigned. Now you're looking at Bernard Scott.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/M ... 17d382e9fd
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March 18th, 2011, 1:17 am #47

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
I was all set to post that we were in the midst of the longest bell-cow drought since 2006-07. Then Hobson obliges and leads two more into the barnyard for us. Six to go before we celebrate. Nice excuse for the next get-together at Molly Malone's?
INSTANCES 93 and 94 --- More Thinking and Believing (posted March 15, 2011)

Jay Gruden's West Coast scheme is perfect for backups Bernard Scott and Brian Leonard and by virtue of being The Bell Cow, Cedric Benson would probably grab 30 to 40 by himself. In his three seasons here, Benson's high has been last season's 28 catches, but they seemed more out of desperation and it didn't look like the checkdowns were emphasized all that much. Benson may not be a scatback, but try tackling him in space when hes got a running start. Remember late in the '08 season when he burned the Redskins on a 79-yard screen that was the Bengals' longest play of that season? And the clinching TD he caught against Carolina last year?

The Bengals haven't always been infatuated with Scott's attention to detail in the passing game, but if he's heard about this playbook yet -- and it's anything like the usual West Coast -- this thing is right down his alley out of the backfield. For whatever reason, he's the most under-used guy on this roster. I'm not saying 15 to 20 touches a game, but how about between eight and 12? Or maybe even make him a bell cow for a couple of series like they were using him late in the year. In the coaches' defense, he did get nicked up here and there and that cut down on his availability.


http://blogs.bengals.com/2011/03/15/mor ... believing/
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April 27th, 2011, 4:17 pm #48

http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/W ... bfec357c8c

"No matter what, Benson is a free agent and the Bengals would dearly love to have back their BELL COW of the last three seasons. If they could have signed him in March, it would have opened up their draft board a tad. But this isn't any other year and not only is Benson free, so is third-down back Brian Leonard if the 2010 rules are in place."




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April 27th, 2011, 11:00 pm #49

Thanks, BAC. This is more fun when other folks join in.

That was officially Instance 95. If the Bungs draft another back, we might get a few more this week.

INSTANCE 95 --- Weekend moves (Posted April 27, 2011)
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~ What Mike Brown never quite said, but should have.
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May 22nd, 2011, 11:56 pm #50

<font face="new times roman" size="3">No fan is an island, entire of itself.
Each is part of the main, a piece of the rock.

If by the sea the clods be washed away, or the bluff crag,
or thine friends home, or thine friends themselves,
Bengaldom is more the less.

Each loss burdens me, as I am involved in hob spin.
And so, ask not for whom the bell-cow lows.
It lows for thee. Moooooooo!


~Geoff Hobs-Dunne</font>

What could possibly be more tedious than waiting for yet another NFL draft? Football-wise, it's by far the most excruciating time of the year. Might as well seize the opportunity to honor one of our very own MBS members. To be prepared especially for you, Belko -- an exhaustive catalog of Geoff Hobson bell-cow-isms. Periodically updated into perpetuity.

A current search on Bengals.com brings up 70 instances of the term. Rather than making one long post, I thought I would break things up into multiple entries. That way, I can add a dozen or two at a time, and return later when circumstances permit. The plan is to number each quotation for future reference. First set of entries to follow shortly.
Two more came in over the past two weeks. We are moooving closer to the big number.


INSTANCE 96 --- Biggest roster questions (Posted May 9, 2011)
RB: How many touches for Bernard Scott?

Assuming Cedric Benson and Brian Leonard are back, this is still the huge question. In his two seasons Scott has averaged 4.6 yards on his 135 carries and he's coming off a year he averaged 4.9 on a team that averaged 3.6. And he's caught just 16 NFL passes. The Grudens love to throw to their backs. Tampa Bay running back Michael Pittman averaged 47 catches per his six seasons under Jon and Jay Gruden and Jay has indicated he'll have no fear throwing even to his bell cow Benson<b>.</b>


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/B ... f06c3c8d41
INSTANCE 97 --- Rey lifts off (Posted May 12, 2011)
» Bengals running back Cedric Benson made headlines in the past 24 hours when he said on Sirius Radio that he wants a major contract as a free agent. Welcome to the lockout, where anything uttered in a new cycle gets the World War II headlines.
Back on Feb. 15 he said he's "looking for what I lost" when it comes to his first contract since he's proven he's a reliable bell cow.


http://www.bengals.com/news/article-1/R ... 105ba7be3c
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~ What Mike Brown never quite said, but should have.
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