Bengals will play Cowboys in Canton

t1_action_smith_ap-01.jpgMy kid has been bugging me for more than two weeks about the identity of the teams who’ll play in the Hall of Fame game.

Finally, he can move onto another question that he’ll ask me over and over again.

The league has announced that the Bengals will face the Cowboys on August 8 in Canton.  The game will be televised nationally on NBC.

For the Cowboys, it’s their first appearance in Canton since 1999, and it coincides with the enshrinement of running back Emmitt Smith.  The Bengals last played in the Hall of Fame game in 1988.  [Editor’s note:  In a prior version of this article, we incorrectly said that the Cowboys last played in the Hall of Fame game in 1988.  I misread the release from the NFL.  I apologize for the error, to everyone except the guy who called me a “f–king idiot” in the comments because of the kind of mistakes that we sometimes make when trying to get one story done quickly so that we can move on to the next one.  We ain’t painting Picassos here, folks.  We’re just trying to keep you informed and, at times, mildly entertained.]

Also entering the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 7 will be receiver Jerry Rice, offensive lineman Russ Grimm, linebacker Rickey Jackson, defensive back Dick LeBeau, running back Floyd Little, and defensive tackle John Randle.

The Bengals-Cowboys game marks a return to the interconference format that had been used in most years.  Last season, the league scheduled the Titans and the Bills in honor of the AFL’s 50th season.

And with Cincinnati receiver Chad Ochocinco lobbying the team to sign free-agent receiver Terrell Owens, T.O. could be making his second straight visit to Canton — and he’d be getting his first crack at the team that cut him last year.

28 responses to “Bengals will play Cowboys in Canton

  1. I’ll bet if they called Haley an ex-49er, he woulda been voted in by now. That’s a travesty no matter how you look at it. That guy was a monster.

  2. Umm…Correction. The Cowboys played the Browns the first year the browns came back into the league after Modell moved them to Baltimore. Me thinks it was 99?

  3. florio, for cryng out loud, get the facts str8….the coboys played the browns in the 19999 hall of fame game…

  4. 17yr season ticket holder to the game. Been to about 10 of them. Its too far to travel anymore and since they shut down The Flats its boring after hours.
    My tix are for sale. 4 in the left endzone.

  5. Florio is such an idiot…as cboldt12 mentioned, cowboys vs browns 1999. I suppose Florio does not do any fact checking before he puts this BS on the internet. Hey Florio, go back to journalism school to remember you are suppose to check your facts before reportiong something. He is such an f@*!ing idiot.

  6. “dyhard says: February 24, 2010 5:18 PM
    Does anyone know what happened the last time the bengals played in the hall of fame game?”
    You were conceived?

  7. Before 1999 against Browns, Cowboys played Raiders in HOF game in 1979. I remember watching that game in Washoe County jail, Reno, Nevada.
    Former boxing referee Mills Lane was a judge in that county.

  8. Florio,
    Nothing personal, but the “f@*!king idiot” contigent are your bread and butter. Unless you respond to the NFL at an almost OCD level (yes, I’m talking about me) what would you be doing here at this time of the year?

  9. Disappointing and stupid in a shoot yourself in the foot kind of way.
    Here you have two arch rivals being enshrined with an opportunity to turn the game into something halfway meaningful (a rivalry pre- season tuneup between the Redskins and Cowboys)…and you put the Bengals in there.
    I guess the largest turnout by a single fanbase in HOF history for the Art Monk/Darrel Green inductions wasn’t incentive enough for the locals to make money off of all of those invading Redskins and Cowboys fans?
    Good luck drawing even a fraction of that number from the Bengals fanbase.
    Man, talk about blowing a golden opportunity.
    Just dumb.

  10. First of all, who the hell is that worked up over who plays in the HOF game?? Secondly, what does it say about the parent who raised that kid to have such a disturbing interest in a damn exhibition game? Florio, we all love football but take it easy.
    Back to reality, I want to know why Emmitt Smith is the “headliner” of this class. Jerry Rice was a superior player and deserves more recognition & respect for his career. I first noticed this in the Super Bowl when they introduced Smith last with Rice coming right before. It’s amazing how much mainstream ass kissing goes on with DallASS. I guess recognizing Jerry Rice with having the Niners play opposite DallASS was just too much.
    INSANE.

  11. in all sincerity mike i like that you do read the comments from the knuckleheads that choose to post. i would love to run into you a bar where you have had a few to many shirly temples and drag the truth out of you! FLORIO!…..who is the most annoying poster!….who is it! keep up the good work. we love the site.

  12. I can not wait to hear how STUPID emmitt sounds.
    I hope he doesn’t write his speech in crayons.
    He is about the dumbest SOB to go into the hall of fame, and it is a travesty that he owns the record for most yards.
    Will he do his Just for men commercials in that jacket now. He certainly is a JOKE. and sets black people back about 60 years by the way he talks.

  13. Ridiculous. What is with this league now, it just doesn’t seem to have the intelligence to take advantage of seemingly excellent marketing opportunities. Why not Niners vs Cowboys? You have the greatest NFL player of all-time being enshrined and his team isn’t playing? Goodell is too busy thinking of London to step in and make a good moment even better.
    Just made my decision not to attend the ceremony, thanks for making it easier.

  14. “Back to reality, I want to know why Emmitt Smith is the “headliner” of this class. Jerry Rice was a superior player and deserves more recognition & respect for his career.”
    Sorry, but anybody that gets busted cowering in the locked bathroom of a whorehouse during a police raid doesn’t deserve respect over another guy that never got into any trouble.
    “I first noticed this in the Super Bowl when they introduced Smith last with Rice coming right before.”
    “Alphabetical order”. Look that big word up if you need to.

  15. “Will he do his Just for men commercials in that jacket now. He certainly is a JOKE. and sets black people back about 60 years by the way he talks.”
    Lookee who’s channeling George Preston Marshall! I’d say that you set Deadskins fans back 50 years by the way you type but everybody knows that Deadskins fans are just generally pretty stupid.
    Would you like to see Emmitt hanged too, Grand Wizard?

  16. .VoxVeritas says: February 25, 2010 9:07 AM
    “Back to reality, I want to know why Emmitt Smith is the “headliner” of this class. Jerry Rice was a superior player and deserves more recognition & respect for his career.”
    Sorry, but anybody that gets busted cowering in the locked bathroom of a whorehouse during a police raid doesn’t deserve respect over another guy that never got into any trouble.
    —————
    He’s a scumbag, yeah – but Michael Irvin? All class.
    Hypocrite scumbag troll. Tell it to your blow-up wife.

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