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Rodney Harrison tees off on the Bengals

The Cincinnati Bengals recovered from a deflating last-minute loss to the Broncos by entering Lambeau Field and leaving with a win.  So the Bengals are now 1-1, and they’ve got a chance to send the defending Super Bowl champs to 1-2 on Sunday.

But NBC’s Rodney Harrison — who says what he thinks when he thinks it — doesn’t think much of the Bengals.

During a recent radio spot with former Bengals Artrell Hawkins and Charles Fisher of 1530 Homer’s new show 2 Deep Zone, Harrison called the team a “clown show.”

As former Bengals defensive tackle John Thornton explained it on his Twitter page, Harrison basically said the Bengals aren’t good.  And that’s puttin it lightly.  He stirred it up.”

Clown show or not, that road win over the Packers got our attention.   And if they can continue to play that way, maybe the Bengals will be introduced at their playoff opener with a Volkswagen driving into the middle of the field, and all 53 players climbing out of if.

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  1. joestick says: Sep 24, 2009 8:43 AM

    I guess Harrison doesn’t like the Bengals b/c they play “clean” and don’t dive at player’s knees. Maybe Harrison is back on the “juice” and it affected his brain. Cheater.

  2. bearsrule says: Sep 24, 2009 8:46 AM

    Keep it coming, Rodney. He’s the only person on that pathetic NBC crew who’s not a total moron.

  3. ForrestGump says: Sep 24, 2009 8:52 AM

    Of course it’s a clown show. the whole town is freakin’ nuts.
    Seen this yet Florio?
    Halloween park display mocks deaths of Steve McNair, Sahel Kazemi

  4. capitala23 says: Sep 24, 2009 8:57 AM

    I really dont know much about Rodney Harrison, but from what I have heard of him and from him, he seems like the Clown. A joke if you will.

  5. hayward giablommi says: Sep 24, 2009 8:58 AM

    I live hot Rod and think he is great so far on NBC, but I think he is off on this one.
    But then again, Rodney was always the first to play the “no respect” card and use it as motivation, so maybe he is sending a subtle message to the Bengals to step it up this week vs. Pittsburgh.

  6. Devils Advocate says: Sep 24, 2009 9:04 AM

    @joestick
    you are an idiot or you dont watch much football.
    Harrisons career with the Chargers and Patriots is full of heavy hits up high. He was not a low hitter as you claim. as a matter of fact Harrisons career was cut short by a cheap shot to his knees. so if you dont know what the F you are talking about stop flapping your gums with hate speech.

  7. billsfanaddict says: Sep 24, 2009 9:08 AM

    blah blah blah
    Rodney dont listen to bearsrule… you are total moron
    Your mouth is writing checks that your Patriots (@$$) cannot cash.

  8. jb347 says: Sep 24, 2009 9:15 AM

    Not a Bengals fan, but they have a good defense. I like their linebackers and corners. If their pass rush stays consistent they may make the playoffs.

  9. borg says: Sep 24, 2009 9:24 AM

    I luv the NBC coverage….the sound of Dan’s deep resonance, the pithy Keith, and the youthful exuberance of tiny Bob…yes …they are fun and fabulous…can’t wait for next weeks “Metrosexual Makeover.”

  10. hayward giablommi says: Sep 24, 2009 9:29 AM

    capitala23 says:
    I really dont know much about Rodney Harrison, but from what I have heard of him and from him, he seems like the Clown. A joke if you will.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^
    Clearly you don’t know anything about him. He is an intense guy who played his ass off for over 15 years.
    Maybe you should just keep quiet on things you don’t knowe anything about, or do some investigation on your own rather than sounding like a buffoon for the world to see.

  11. ADX says: Sep 24, 2009 9:30 AM

    @Devils Advocate
    Actually he’s just not being a Harrison homer.
    Rodney was the most fined player in the history of the league. Your opinion is he was a clean player?
    You’re a douche.
    Why don’t ya ask Trent Green if Rodney tries to take players knees out.

  12. shaunypoo says: Sep 24, 2009 9:33 AM

    Rodney Harrison is not particularly intelligent or articulate. I expect his first season on TV to be his last. I heard the whole interview and agree with what Lance McAllister (the local 3PM guy) said, basically that he is talking like he is referring to a team years ago. Chad is the only clown, and he is harmless. Everyone else was purged from the roster, and Chris Henry has kept his nose clean so far. The Bengals did something out of character for them and won a game after a very depressing loss, and they still get banged on. And this is the first of three articles in a row on the Bengals. Hard on, Florio?

  13. The Jimmy says: Sep 24, 2009 9:34 AM

    As long as Chad Johnson is the face of the Bengals they really shouldn’t complain if someone calls them a clown show.

  14. RIP__21 says: Sep 24, 2009 9:39 AM

    Harrison has been fined a total 200k during his nfl career, which is the most ever for a player.
    I never watched him play consistently so I cant call him dirty; but the shoe does seem to fit.

  15. joestick says: Sep 24, 2009 9:43 AM

    @ Devils Advocate
    He is about as clean as a H. Ward terrible towel.
    Also, he was on the juice. Still a “cheater”.

  16. OrtonsNeckBeard says: Sep 24, 2009 9:43 AM

    This Harrison character is an enigma. On the one hand you have to kind of agree with him. On the other, you kind of have to wish he would show some class.

  17. JoeSchmoe says: Sep 24, 2009 9:52 AM

    Thank you Rodney. I hope each Bengal player sees your “I’m trying to make a name for myself in this trial run that NBC is giving me… I know Teddy Bruschi and a few dozen other ex-players are all gunning for my job so I better be sensational” minded rant.
    Bulletin board in Cincy: I hope you are dry-erase writing this stuff on yourself as we speak.

  18. steveinohio says: Sep 24, 2009 10:03 AM

    Rodney is a jack arse. Any one eles tired of washed up athletes shooting their mouth off. Rodney and Prime missed that day of journalism school when they taught you to report the news…don’t be the news. morons.

  19. Leone510 says: Sep 24, 2009 10:04 AM

    “Harrison called the team a “clown show.””
    Thats just stating the obvious. Florio is the only person who thought they were any good.

  20. hayward giapunchmi says: Sep 24, 2009 10:05 AM

    STFU hayward

  21. Lombardi 6 says: Sep 24, 2009 10:17 AM

    The Bung-Holes will do what they usually do against the Steelers on sunday

  22. pats suck, blow and cheat* says: Sep 24, 2009 10:21 AM

    Maybe HGHarrison would respect the Benglas more if they used PEDs like he did

  23. shake&bake says: Sep 24, 2009 10:24 AM

    Wow talk about the clown show calling the clown show a clown show ………. To bad nobody gives a rats ass what Rodney “Cheap Shot Roid boy ” Harrison thinks. Thank god taking roids and jumping on piles late and then running around the field like you did something isnt considered a clown show. Please make this guy go away !

  24. billsfanaddict says: Sep 24, 2009 10:28 AM

    haw haw haw
    this new hayward seems much more articulate than the old one
    and he only used one actual word

  25. StillMadAtSlobber says: Sep 24, 2009 10:29 AM

    ADX says: September 24, 2009 9:30 AM
    Why don’t ya ask Trent Green if Rodney tries to take players knees out.
    ______________
    Here’s a better idea, ask Trent Green about how he tries to take player’s knees out.

  26. VoxVeritas says: Sep 24, 2009 10:33 AM

    Who’s Rodney Harrison?

  27. Journeyman says: Sep 24, 2009 10:42 AM

    Harrison dont bother me as much as that tree hugging,gun hating,Republican hating, Nancy Pelosi Loving piece of cr-p Keith Olbermann…

  28. POSteeler Fan says: Sep 24, 2009 10:53 AM

    Squeelers look pretty normal this year. Maybe even abnormal !!! The bengals will give the POS squeelers a game.Maybe even some payback!!!!

  29. Danishpackerfan says: Sep 24, 2009 10:56 AM

    Lol i have followed this site for about 5 years never made a user, did it just to say how hillarious that final comment was! Thumbs up ;)
    Just recently started to read the usercomments, wonder why all these people follow this site when they hate it so much, americans: u ppl r weeeeeird

  30. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Sep 24, 2009 10:57 AM

    “you are an idiot or you dont watch much football. Harrisons career with the Chargers and Patriots is full of heavy hits up high.”
    Correct. He was a cheap-shot headhunter. His ‘tough guy’ routine was perfected by helmet-to-helmet shots on defenseless receivers.
    Apparently Rodney wasn’t tough enough to take on somebody his own size who was actually looking at him. Or to play without HGH. Coward.

  31. crewfish13 says: Sep 24, 2009 10:57 AM

    You’ve got to love the comments following the linked Dayton Daily News article. A bunch of fans of a cetain 1-1 team that think their team is going to the playoffs are ridiculing the fans of another 1-1 team that think that their team is going to the playoffs.
    “Hello, pot? This is kettle…”

  32. SteelersSB44 says: Sep 24, 2009 11:23 AM

    I think everyone’s missing the underlying motive here. Harrison is a Patriot, always will be. I think the two teams he hates most are probably the Steelers and the Colts.
    So what better way to make sure Cincinnati is as focused and motivated for this game against the Steelers than to tell the Bengals they’re terrible?
    Belichick strikes again, genius move on their part.
    This game worries me more than the Titans game. There’s more at stake, they have a couple chips on their shoulder, and we didn’t exactly look to be in midseason form last week. (I’m talking to you defense, Santonio, and Reed)
    Close game, could go either way…

  33. Resolution says: Sep 24, 2009 11:43 AM

    more trash talk, keep it comming! ‘Love it when players start calling out their opponents. Obviously, it shows they seriously want to win and thats what you want – passionate players. It makes for more intense games, big hits, and more entertainment. On the other hand, it also sets up analysts for long winded diatribes on how players should hit/not hit, speak or not speak. Either way, the more intense the game the more entertaining it is. I hope both teams get pissed and play their asses off.
    And if you disagree, when was the last time you saw a fight in the NFL and didn’t root for one side to win? When was the last time an intense game didn’t have at least one person talking trash before it?

  34. capitala23 says: Sep 24, 2009 11:45 AM

    # hayward giablommi says: September 24, 2009 9:29 AM
    Clearly you don’t know anything about him. He is an intense guy who played his ass off for over 15 years.
    Maybe you should just keep quiet on things you don’t knowe anything about, or do some investigation on your own rather than sounding like a buffoon for the world to see.
    ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
    You obviously have some issues to take a very mild statement and run with it like you did. I prefaced my comment so as turds like you would take it with a grain of salt. I know my lack of knowledge and admit it. I never questioned his playing ability, just about him running his mouth.
    I’m obviously not a Rodney lover like you. Maybe he is trying to get the Bengals to step up their game like you said, sounds good to me. Just don’t be insulting people in the process for mild statements such as mine. Just let people voice their opinion, don’t insult them. Counter them with facts instead of making yourself sound “like a buffoon for the whole world to see.”

  35. Atlanta Love says: Sep 24, 2009 12:08 PM

    Rodney Harrison. Lets see. Voted by his peers as the dirtiest player for multiple years. HGH user while playing. Dirty high hits. And as I watch him on NBC he is clearly out of sync with whats going on.

  36. sullijo says: Sep 24, 2009 12:19 PM

    If the 24th ranked Broncos beat you on your own field on opening day and hold you to 7 points (which you scored with 38 seconds left), then you obviously must be terrible.
    After all, did you see all the stuff that went on in the off-season in Denver. That matters SOOOOOO MUCHHHH.

  37. Jungle Juice says: Sep 24, 2009 12:32 PM

    @ SteelersSB44
    “we didn’t exactly look to be in midseason form last week. (I’m talking to you defense, Santonio, and Reed)”
    The Steelers seem to rely on their inspirational leaders heavily. With Polumalu out they look a little lost, like they were when Bettis was out a few years back. If Ben or Ward ever gets hurt they are in trouble.

  38. SoCalSean says: Sep 24, 2009 12:32 PM

    hayward giablommi – Dude you are being a douche. Calm the F@ck down!

  39. Raiders own the Steelers says: Sep 24, 2009 1:05 PM

    Rodney Allen Ripley is a Patriot rectum.

  40. redsquare says: Sep 24, 2009 1:07 PM

    Sounds like he’s a little worried that his beloved Pats have the same record as the Bengals after two weeks. And are a couple crazily unlikely plays away from being two games worse than said Bengals. And may still be one game back of said Bengals after this week.
    Either that, or he’s just starting to realize that no one’s really taking him all that seriously in his new role, and the only time people pay attention to him is when he trash-talks. And that he’s not going to be able to build a career–at least, not one as high-profile as his NBC gig–with such a one-note performance.

  41. SteelersSB44 says: Sep 24, 2009 1:19 PM

    @ Jungle Juice
    I agree completely. Troy is by far the most important piece to their D. You can plug a guy in to be almost as effective as James Harrison, but there’s no one on the team (or in the league in my opinion) that brings to a D what Troy does. His versatility and range are unrivaled.
    When he’s not in there, it not only affects the D, but the offense as well. More pressure gets displaced over the entire team because of it…Hence, dropped passes, missed field goals, not getting off the field on 3rd down…

  42. SteelersSB44 says: Sep 24, 2009 1:26 PM

    @ Danishpackerfan
    “wonder why all these people follow this site when they hate it so much, americans: u ppl r weeeeeird”
    ________________________________
    Well the best way to describe it is like this: This site is like a car accident. You don’t want to watch, but you can’t help it. You have to see what happens next.
    Also I find it funny that you are claiming “We American’s are weird people” for following this site….Umm…Dude, you’re following it too…No need to be a Countryist! Yeah, I just made that up…

  43. SteelersSB44 says: Sep 24, 2009 1:28 PM

    @ Danishpackerfan
    “wonder why all these people follow this site when they hate it so much, americans: u ppl r weeeeeird”
    ________________________________
    Well the best way to describe it is like this: This site is like a car accident. You don’t want to watch, but you can’t help it. You have to see what happens next.
    Also I find it funny that you are claiming “We American’s are weird people” for following this site….Umm…Dude, you’re following it too…And for the last 5 years apparently!
    No need to be a Countryist! Yeah, I just made that up…

  44. Scott22 says: Sep 24, 2009 1:48 PM

    Rodney Harrison – 1/2 douche, 1/2 bag.

  45. crex43 says: Sep 24, 2009 2:12 PM

    sullijo -
    If you beat the Packers at Lambeau Field (who many pick as a favorite to win their division), in what would have been a ten-point victory or more, had the Packers not scored in the last two minutes and Palmer thrown two INTs, you must not be that terrible.
    You can attribute that loss to Denver to a freak deflection and an out-of-sync offense giving its quarterback his first full game of snaps in about ten months. If the Bengals offense ever gets it in gear, given that Palmer shakes off his rust, his receivers produce, and the O-line can continue to progress, the Bengals will a team that gets circled on its opponents’ calendars.
    The Steelers have a game on their hands – this isn’t the same Cincinnati Bengals of the past two years and prior decade.

  46. footballrulz says: Sep 24, 2009 2:49 PM

    @ sullijo as much as the Bengals looked improved last Sunday, the Packers looked equally worse. Had the receivers been able to hold the ball on that first drive and Pack gets a quick score they could have gotten some “mo” going their way. Unfortunately, that same old tired Packer O-Line showed up.

  47. AdamEagle5 says: Sep 25, 2009 12:17 AM

    Rodney was a dirty player and now he’s a dirty commentator. The Bengals clearly aren’t the same team as they were the last few years (and I’m no Bengals fan).
    Suck one and choke on it, Hot Rod.

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