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I am a freelance writer. I've covered the Cincinnati Reds, Bengals and others since 1992. I have a background in sales as well. I've sold consumer electronics, advertising and consumer package goods for companies ranging from the now defunct Circuit City to Procter&Gamble. I have worked as a stats operator for Xavier University, the University of Cincinnati, the College of Mount St. Joe and Colerain High School.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Why Do We Cheer Pete Rose And Boo Andy Dalton?

I now have a bald spot on the back of my head.  I've been scratching it trying to figure Cincinnati sports fans out.

I was extremely disappointed in hearing boos when the Bengals quarterback participated in the celebrity softball game.  What he do to those people except give them a chance to watch four playoff games after two decades of darkness.

First of all,. far more than baseball, football is a team game. All 11 individuals must do their jobs on every play for it to be effective.  Baseball is a collective accumulation of individual events over time be it nine innings or 162 games and playoffs.

Pete Rose was part of a collection of great individuals that eventually became big winners. Rose started with the Reds in 1963. The Reds didn't even sniff a post season game until he had played eight years.

Dalton has played in the post season in each of his four seasons.  Peyton Manning couldn't do that.
And oh by the way, if you want to point out postseason success.  Manning, like Dalton, went to the playoffs his first four times and came up empty. He wasn't part of a playoff win until his fifth season. Dalton has a chance to do that.

Rose's Reds failed in postseason play in 1970, 1972 and 1973.  Rose's teammates didn't help him win it all until he was a big leaguer for over a decade.

I am not going to get into the moral arguments for the purpose of this discussion, yet it boggles the mind that people, even if it is just an ignorant few, will boo a young man who has been a winner at every level and done nothing to embarrass himself, his team or Cincinnati.

Then wildly cheer a has been, who has lied to them for over a quarter century.
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Rose should be cheered for his efforts on the field. He was exciting to watch play. His moral downfalls are of his own doing. 

My contention is that Andy Dalton should be cheered as well.  He can still achieve the success that Rose had.  His book is still largely unwritten.

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