Monday, August 28, 2006

Carson Palmer Returns

While I've never written about sports on this blog, I am a big fan of my boyhood teams--the Cincinnati Reds and the Cincinnati Bengals. And I visit ESPN daily.

Seven months after getting his knee blown out in January, Carson Palmer capped off his amazing return to action with a great performance tonight against the Green Bay Packers. 9/14, 140 yds, 3 TDs, and even an 11 yard run. Carson looked good, which means the Bengals' hope for a Super Bowl season looks good.

Pundits and fans have talked endlessly about Carson's return to the field--how his knee would hold up and Carson's psyche under pressure in the pocket. Blah. Blah. Blah. But when Palmer finally stepped on the field for that first time since his injury, ESPN's Monday Night crew completely missed the moment!

After the Bengal's Madieu Williams intercepted a tipped Brett Favre pass, the change of possesion happened quickly and without a TV timeout. So after all the hype about Carson getting back on the field, what we saw instead was a confusing shot of a Bengal sideline camera moving to a new position. The producer in the truck messed up and ESPN missed a climatic scene. When we finally did see Palmer, he was at the line getting ready for the snap. But we saw the rest--and that's what really matters to Bengal fans.

Palmer is a Christian. Here's an article posted on the website of Palmer's high school team that briefly mentions his faith.

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