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Sam Wyche passes away at 74

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This casts a little cloud over my day.  I was a Bengals fan way back when - the moment Wyche grabbed a microphone in front of a snowball-throwing Cincinnati crowd and told them to stop because  "You don't live in Cleveland.  You live in Cincinnati."  made him an all-time hero of mine.

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If you look at the drafts under Wyche, he drafted Santana Dotson Chidi Anhanotu, Rhett, Jim Pyne, Courtney Hawkins, Horace Copeland Trent Dilfer (I forgive him!) Craig Erickson and acquired Brad Culpepper, (waivers) and Hardy Nickerson (persuaded the old skin flint Hugh Culverhouse open his wallet for Hardy and to re-sign Paul Gruber).

He had some clunkers like Eric Curry, Demetrius DeBose. One awful pick TE Harold Bishop was turned into Mike Alstott in 1996 (Dungy) but the trade was in 1995 for  a1996 pick. Depends on whether you believe it was Rich McKay or Wyche pulling the strings on the draft.

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