17 Former Players From Every Era Highlight The Bengals First Ring Of Honor Ballot
A slate of 17 former players, one for every game of the new expanded schedule, goes in front of Bengals season-ticket holders later this month to decide which two join team founder Paul Brown and Pro Football Hall of Fame left tackle Anthony Muñoz in the Ring's inaugural class.
Old School Scribe Podcast: Lap's Look At Lap
We begin celebrating the 40th anniversary of the 1981 Super Bowl season the only way possible. In an Old School Scribe podcast with Bengals radio legend Dave Lapham, the Bengal who started their first Super Bowl and called their latest. One of Paul Brown's coveted heady players, Lap recalls how Brown giving him two grades on each of his tests set the stage for his education in the game.
Lap Returns To Mobile To Find Another World
Dave Lapham flung open the door of his Senior Bowl hotel room all those years ago and found himself face-to-face with pro sports' first Super Agent. That was one of those not-in-Kansas any more moments of that week. When the long-time Bengals radio analyst returned this week after 46 years, he really wasn't in Kansas.
'75 comes alive as P.B. takes his bow
On the 40th anniversary of another 6-0 team that had weapons teeming out of those playbooks Paul Brown invented in the shadow of World War II, 1975 is a honking and crowded intersection of sports history where the past and the future dodged each other in a blur of transition. P.B. and his last team that laughed at conventional offenses were symbolic of that crossroads.
This Day in Bengals History: Bengals Thaw Freezer Bowl for First Super Bowl Trip
January 10, 1982: Ken Anderson's moustache. Dave Lapham's biceps. Ken Riley's sideburns. The smoke steaming off Eddie Edwards' ears when he catches on fire on the heated bench. The Riverfront Stadium scoreboard, locked at Bengals 27, Chargers 7. All frozen together in a historic tableau known as "The Freezer Bowl."
Top 50 Moments: Offensive Line goes Sleeveless in Freezer Bowl
Dave Lapham remains a stone cold lock as a footnote to history. In the 59-below wind chill of Riverfront Stadium on January 10, 1982, he convinced the Bengals offensive line to put something up its sleeve before taking the field for a game that began as the AFC title game but ended as "The Freezer Bowl."
Forrest: The Tough Teddy Bear That Muscled Bengals Out Of Mediocrity
When the Bengals lost their first Super Bowl coach with Friday's passing of Forrest Gregg, it unleashed a torrent of memories matching that 59-below wind that ripped through Riverfront Stadium's Freezer Bowl in the perfect storm that matched the tough team Gregg nurtured in the toughest of elements. While Mike Brown remembered "a teddy bear," his players recalled just about the toughest coach they ever knew who wasn't always old school.
Top 50 Moments: Bengals Clinch AFC Central Title in Overtime
Jim Breech calls it "Divine Providence," and the 52,157 who witness it on the riverfront can only agree after a 20-17 numbing overtime victory over the Super Bowl champion Redskins fittingly ends this Ripley's Believe It Or Not 1988 regular season with more improbable drama and home-field advantage.
A Jim LeClair Appreciation: "God Made Him To Be A Football Player"
Bengaldom takes a timeout this week to mourn the passing of Jim LeClair, the latter-day Cincinnati strongman who captained the Bengals' first Super Bowl defense with a physical ferocity that once allowed him to pin a loss on an undefeated 457-pound bear in their fateful wrestling match.
Earning Their Stripes: 10 Interesting Facts About The 1981 Bengals
Led by quarterback Ken Anderson, the 1981 Most Valuable Player, and Pro Football Hall of Famer Forrest Gregg on the sidelines, the 1981 Bengals enjoyed a magical run to the Super Bowl. Digging deeper into the numbers, here are 10 surprising facts about one of the greatest teams in Bengals history.
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Dave Lapham On 40th Anniversary of 1981 AFC Champ Bengals | Old School Scribe Podcast
In the latest edition of the Old School Scribe Podcast, Bengals.com Senior Writer chats with legendary offensive lineman Dave Lapham to discuss the AFC Champion 1981 Cincinnati Bengals. The '81 Bengals went 12-4 in the regular season and advanced to its first Super Bowl in franchise history.