Tuesday, April 21, 2015

How About Pregame Fraternization?

Donovan McNabb, criticized for smiling and greeting Giants players after last week's loss, embraced Bengals receiver Ocho Cinco Sunday after Cinco jumped into the Eagles' warmup and caught a pass.

How About Pregame Fraternization?

   We're guessing Donovan McNabb might not be the one to get the heat from the fans this time.

    Early in warmups for today's game, according to Eagles Web site czar Dave Spadaro and radio analyst Mike Quick, Bengals receiver Ocho Cinco, nee Chad Johnson, jumped into the Eagles' pass receiving line. He caught a slant from Donovan McNabb and then raised his face and arms to the heavens, presumably rejoicing in the opportunity to catch a pass thrown by his friend and offseason confidante, as Cinco told reporters in a midweek conference call. Then McNabb and Cinco hugged, calling to mind McNabb's postgame rites of friendship with Giants players afrer last week's loss.

   If I'm Bengals quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick, I'm not real pleased with Senor Cinco. If  I'm Bengals coach Marvin Lewis, I'm not real pleased with Senor Cinco. If I'm a Bengals fan ... If I'm a Bengals fan, I think about relocating, but that's another story.

  Other news on a blustery, snow-flurry-blowing day on the Eastern shore of the Ohio River: Lorenzo Booker again inactive for the Eagles, along with ex-Bengals tight end Matt Schobel. Otherwise, the usual suspects. Carson Palmer (elbow) is Cincinnati's third quarterback, as expected, behind Ryan Fitzpatrick and Jordan Palmer. Ex-Eagle Bobbie Williams will be starting for the Bengals at right guard, next to right tackle Stacy Andrews, who apparently has not gone to join his brother Shawn in establishing residence in Southern California.

   That's about it for now. 

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