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Marvin Lewis says there will be no football vs. baseball race

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Perhaps the only thing faster in Cincinnati than either John Ross or Billy Hamilton was Marvin Lewis pulling the plug on any thoughts of them racing each other.

The Bengals coach said he didn’t approve of the suggestion of his first-round wide receiver (and all-time Scouting Combine speed king) staging an exhibition race against the Cincinnati Reds center fielder/base-stealer.

John is not a circus act or anything. John is a football player, ” Lewis said, via Katherine Terrell of “I don’t think either one of them needs to risk their careers in some kind of race.”

Hamilton brought the idea up, and it’s always fascinating to see how the varying definitions of speed (Hamilton’s one of, if not the fastest players in baseball) stack up.

But Lewis also pointed out that Ross wouldn’t be medically cleared for minicamp in June because of his recovery from labrum surgery, and Lewis said he needed to work himself into shape for his day job.

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26 Responses to “Marvin Lewis says there will be no football vs. baseball race”
  1. stew48 says: May 5, 2017 5:48 PM

    Oh, good! Now, the media can whine like crazy. While it does sound interesting on the surface, a simple act could ruin a
    career, so got get ’em Marvin.

  2. wmnf says: May 5, 2017 5:58 PM

    Marvin barely knows what day of the week it is.

  3. thegreatgabbert says: May 5, 2017 6:04 PM

    “Not on my lawn!”

  4. maust1013 says: May 5, 2017 6:08 PM

    While it would be foolish of Ross to take the risk since he is not yet under contract isn’t the decision his to make?

  5. peytonwantsaflag says: May 5, 2017 6:12 PM

    good safe conservative comment –

    Conservative NEVER wins the Superbowl

  6. greg3117 says: May 5, 2017 6:13 PM

    Not even a 90ft race???

  7. stillabengalsfan says: May 5, 2017 6:14 PM

    No distractions. Chad already raced a horse.

  8. Angry Orange Man says: May 5, 2017 6:27 PM

    Now a face punching contest, that’s something Mr Lewis can get behind.

  9. ikeclanton says: May 5, 2017 6:36 PM

    In football, you march downfield, penetrate enemy territory, and get into the end zone.

    In baseball, the object is to go home.

    “I’m going home!”

  10. 3wordanswers says: May 5, 2017 6:42 PM

    Angry Orange Man says: “now a face punching contest, that’s something Mr Lewis can get behind”.

    …….so says someone called ‘angry orange man’…….

  11. jonwill57 says: May 5, 2017 7:25 PM

    Well considering his stance on players respecting his disciplinary measures…when and where will the race take place? Probably at Paul Brown Stadium…BOOK IT!!

  12. drcap says: May 5, 2017 7:40 PM

    Until John Ross signs a contract, he can do anything he wants.

  13. genericcommenter says: May 5, 2017 7:40 PM


  14. tedmurph says: May 5, 2017 7:47 PM

    So this is where MLewis chooses to draw the line? Beautiful.

  15. jpoh333 says: May 5, 2017 7:55 PM

    A simple sprint can endanger your career? What happens when he actually plays football? This type of fearful, timid thinking is why the Bengals crumble in tough situations.

  16. galkie11 says: May 5, 2017 8:03 PM

    I find it egregiously hypocritical that Marvin Lewis says that John Ross is “not a circus act” and that neither one of these athletes need to “risk their careers in some kind of race.” While it might not be a sound idea for a professional athlete to exert his body in an unnecessary capacity, it was a neat idea to raise some money for charity.

    Meanwhile, a prospective players 40 time is meticulously looked at to predict and ensure a players greatness. But let’s be honest: we all know how many careers the 40 has ended. This needs to be put to a stop…

    I full expect Marvin Lewis to boycott the circus every February when it comes to Indianapolis.

  17. Brobokil says: May 5, 2017 8:34 PM

    Dowager. Letroy Guion.

    Lol. Phone changed Letroy to Leroy. How fitting.

  18. tonebones says: May 5, 2017 8:36 PM

    I couldn’t agree more with Marvin Lewis.

  19. wrlegrand says: May 5, 2017 9:21 PM

    Such a stickler for rules and sensibility, that Marvin Lewis..

  20. theallegedone says: May 5, 2017 9:27 PM

    Ross is lucky. Billy Hamilton would wax him.

  21. justandrews says: May 6, 2017 6:30 AM

    They’re not running a circus, they’re running a correctional facility.

  22. burtmustin says: May 6, 2017 7:13 AM

    Why risk injury? I recall a number of years ago that a young running back named Robert Edwards blew out his knee participating in some worthless rookie flag football game during Pro Bowl (speaking of worthlessness) week .

    Edwards had rushed for 1100 plus yards in his rookie season for the Patriots and after the knee injury he was never the same.

  23. cincy85 says: May 6, 2017 9:21 AM

    As a fan of both teams I’d love to see the race, on the other hand as a fan of both teams I agree with Marvin 100%

  24. deuce656 says: May 6, 2017 9:36 AM

    So I’m guessing a Rhonda Rousey v Joe Mixon fight is out of the question as well?

  25. jag1959 says: May 6, 2017 9:42 AM

    justandrews says:
    May 6, 2017 6:30 AM
    They’re not running a circus, they’re running a correctional facility.

    And they are just about as successful as one when it comes to rehabilitating the ‘inmates’

  26. fmc651 says: May 6, 2017 11:02 AM

    Very smart move by Marvin. Stop that type thinking early . Both have better things to do with their teams.

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