AFC North: Five words or less

Cam NewtonESPN.com IllustrationCould quarterback Cam Newton be the heir apparent to Carson Palmer in Cincinnati?

We threw a curveball earlier this week in the AFC North blog. In five words or less, we asked for your thoughts on this interesting photo of Auburn quarterback Cam Newton, considering all that's happened recently with the Cincinnati Bengals.

Here are a healthy sample of responses from our AFC North community:

  • "Newton's First Law: Hold out."
  • "Better than Carolina, I guess."
  • "I'm already their best player!"
  • "Making Joe Flacco look elite."
  • "JaMarcus Leaf in Cincy."
  • "Man, Andrew Luck was smart."
  • "Rather play for the Reds."
  • "No indoor practice facility, really?"
  • "Kimo Von Oelhoffen Part II?"
  • "Akili Smith two point zero."
  • "Another reason to abandon Bengals."
  • "Ensures more Steelers division titles."
  • "Cam to Troy for 6."
  • "No Louisiana-Monroes in AFCN."
  • "Bigger bust than Andre Smith."
  • "Just glad it's not LeFevour."
  • "Reed and Polamalu interceptions skyrocket."
  • "Mike Brown makes me cry."
  • "Groundhog's Day: AkiliKlingerBlake!"
  • "Trade for Kevin Kolb instead."
  • "Bengals draft me, I'm retiring."
  • "Steelers fans say do it!"
  • "Reed and Polamalu start giggling."
  • "Just threw up a little."
  • "The Cam-Ocho show?"
  • "A whole lot of upside!"
  • "Please go easy James Harrison!"
  • "Carson, take me with you!!!!"
  • "Two wins, 14 losses."
  • "Good luck Dick LeBeau."

Five words or less: Cam Newton

March, 1, 2011
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Cam NewtonESPN.com IllustrationCould quarterback Cam Newton be the heir apparent to Carson Palmer in Cincinnati?
Occasionally we like to throw a curveball in the AFC North blog to test the collective creativity of our community. This week we have a VEEEERY interesting photo of Auburn quarterback prospect Cam Newton, who has been a lightning rod for attention and controversy.

You know the deal. In five words or less, tell us what comes to mind when you see this picture?

Send your comments below or to our division inbox and AFC North Twitter page, and we will run the best responses throughout the week.

Have at it!

Five words or less recap: Mike Tomlin

November, 23, 2010
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We brought back the always popular "Five words or less" blog this week with Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin. The Steelers manhandled the Oakland Raiders Sunday but set a franchise record for penalty yards.

So what is Tomlin saying in this photo?

Here are the best responses from our division inbox and AFC North Twitter page:

  • "Richard Seymour wasn't suspended?!?!"
  • "NFL...National Flag League."
  • "Fine us, we hit harder."
  • "Olympic ceremonies have less flags!"
  • "Haven't you met the quota?"
  • "Shoulder pads equal helmets now?"
  • "James Harrison doesn't control gravity!"
  • "Harrison's coming after YOU next!"
  • "I'm telling Mr. Rooney!"
  • "I know a good optometrist!"
  • "Six turnovers and no win?"
  • "You must think we're Baltimore!"
  • "Classic Reed pick and pitch."
  • "Bengals are on the clock."
  • "Steve Johnson: 'Why so serious?'"

Five words or less: Mike Tomlin

November, 22, 2010
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Mike TomlinAP Photo/Keith SrakocicSteelers coach Mike Tomlin was less than pleased with the officials during Sunday's game.
It's been a while since we tested the collective creativity of our AFC North community. But we have a classic photo of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin that we couldn't pass up.

In five words or less, what is Tomlin saying to officials during the Steelers' victory over the Oakland Raiders, where Pittsburgh set a team record for penalty yards? Something has clearly gotten under Tomlin's skin.

So share your five words or less on this photo in the comments section below, or send it to our division inbox and AFC North Twitter page. We will run the best responses throughout the week.

Five words or less recap

September, 9, 2010
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We had another interesting "Five words or less" in the AFC North blog.

This week, we had this photo of Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and New York Jets counterpart Rex Ryan, who will face off on "Monday Night Football."

Here are several responses from our AFC North inbox:

  • "Beautiful sunrise on Revis Island."
  • "Still want Gaither for Revis?"
  • "That's Ray Lewis' new dance."
  • "Mark Sanchez completes a pass."
  • "Uh oh, Big Ben's back!"
  • "We're overrated. No, we're overrated."
  • "Your brother's defense really stinks."
  • "How about those Browns?"
  • "HAHA! Edwards drops another pass."
  • "Houshmandzadeh=Championship!"
  • "You miss us, don't you?"
  • "Frank Walker is horrible!"
  • "See you in AFC Championship."

Five words or less: Harbs and Rex

September, 8, 2010
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HarbaughGreg Fiume/Getty ImagesWhat do you think caught John Harbaugh's and Rex Ryan's attention?
It's time to test our collective creativity once again in the AFC North blog. In five words or less, describe this picture of Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh and New York Jets counterpart Rex Ryan.

Both coaches are involved in one of the biggest games to kickoff the 2010 season when the Jets host the Ravens on ESPN's Monday Night Football. It's a matchup of two physical Super Bowl contenders and has an interesting tie-in with Ryan being Baltimore's former defensive coordinator.

But what exactly are these two coaches looking at in this picture? Send your five words or less to our division inbox or AFC North Twitter, and we will run the best responses throughout the week.

Five words or less recap

August, 20, 2010
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In this week's "Five words or less," we had an interesting photo of Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau.

What is LeBeau saying? Here were some responses from our AFC North community:
  • "Knock, knock. Who's there? Cleveland."
  • "Give me Ward at corner."
  • "I have something for Ochocinco!"
  • "Colt McCoy's going to start!"
  • "Ben's only getting four games."
  • "You seen the Ravens secondary?"
  • "Even I would start Dixon."
  • "Refs work, pull for us."
  • "Six rings, more to come."
  • "I could cover that guy."
  • "You're next for the Hall."
  • "Hey, it could be Maddox."
  • "Eli didn't want more stitches!"
  • "Where's the last recap?"
  • "Chad and T.O. together?"
  • "They underestimate us this year."

Five words or less

August, 19, 2010
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Mike TomlinAP Photo/Gene J. PuskarFive words or less: What is Dick LeBeau saying to Mike Tomlin?
Once again it's time to test the collective creativity of our AFC North community.

In five or words or less, provide your thoughts on this photo of Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin and defensive coordinator Dick LeBeau. These are two vital members of Pittsburgh's coaching staff, and the pair helped lead the Steelers to a Super Bowl title after the 2008 season.

So what is LeBeau saying that has Tomlin smiling?

Share your five words or less below or to our division inbox and AFC North Twitter. We will run the best responses throughout the week.

Five words or less

July, 29, 2010
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Terrell Owens and Chad Ocho CincoAP Photo/Tony GutierrezNew teammates Terrell Owens, left, and Chad Ochocinco greeted each other after this 2008 game.

It's that time again. Let's test our collective creativity with another interesting edition of "Five words or less" in the AFC North blog.

Last time we had a photo of two former teammates. Now we want to get your thoughts on two soon-to-be teammates: Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco. Both flamboyant receivers have created a significant buzz this week for the Cincinnati Bengals.

So share your five words or less below, or to our AFC North inbox and Twitter page.

Let's go!

Five words or less recap

July, 15, 2010
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We had another interesting "Five words or less" this week in the AFC North blog.

The picture in question is of Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer and Pittsburgh Steelers safety Troy Polamalu, who were former college teammates at USC. Here is a sample of responses from our division inbox and AFC North Twitter:

  • John from Nicholasville, Ky., writes: "Have fun winning Super Bowls."
  • MARTIN from Akron, Ohio, writes: "Don't cry, only 4-6 games!"
  • Davidarch4 via Twitter writes: "Thanks for shutting Chad up."
  • Tursini via Twitter writes: "Sorry, thought you were Maualuga."
  • Scott from Beachwood, Ohio, writes: "So what if we cheated?"
  • Drew from Baltimore writes: "Sorry, Ed Reed is better."
  • TJ Wilson from Columbus, Ohio, writes: "I hate the Ravens, too."
  • Shook writes: "I wasn't paid this week."
  • Ilivincin from Cincinnati writes: "I know, Pittsburgh. I'm sorry."
  • Lindzpatterson via Twitter writes: "Bengals sweep the North again."
  • Morgan from Washington, D.C., writes: "Wish we were Ravens."
  • PittsburghMick via Twitter writes: "Steelers thrive in underdog role."
  • RotoExpertNate via Twitter writes: "Ochocinco won't find true love."
  • MikeKling35 via Twitter writes: "Is that how success smells?"
  • Jon from Beavercreek, OH, writes: "Soon we'll be bitter enemies."
  • Keith from Fort Worth, TX, writes: "Troy, wish I was Stiller!"
  • Tim from Cincinnati writes: "We can't all be Bengals."
  • Alex from Baltimore writes: "Is that Head and Shoulders?"
  • G. Williams from Dayton, Ohio, writes: "If we could stay healthy."
  • PorkChop1972 via Twitter writes: "Bengals make believers this season!"

Five words or less

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Carson Palmer of USC hugs teammate Troy PolamaluEliot J. Schechter/Getty ImagesCarson Palmer hugs teammate Troy Polamalu.
It's time to challenge our collective creativity again in the AFC North blog.

In five words or less, provide your thoughts on this interesting photo of former college teammates Carson Palmer and Troy Polamalu. As you know, both are now cornerstones in the division for the Cincinnati Bengals and Pittsburgh Steelers, respectively.

Send your five words or less below, or to our AFC North inbox and Twitter feed. We will run the best responses throughout the week.

Five words or less recap

April, 8, 2010
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This week's "Five words or less" blog involved a picture of the Cincinnati Bengals. The photo was of Pro Bowl receiver Chad Ochocinco laughing it up with head coach Marvin Lewis.

Here are some responses from our division inbox and AFC North Twitter:

  • "Margaritas on Revis Island?"
  • "T.O. thought we were serious!"
  • "Who starts? Carson or Jordan?"
  • "All this without a GM?"
  • "We were called Beavers!"
  • "Marvin, let me kick."
  • "Contract extension? I'm outta here."
  • "They think we're contenders. LOL!"
  • "Mike Brown signed Matt Jones!?!?"
  • "We play the Browns twice!"
  • "So Jerome is my replacement?"
  • "Told ya you couldn't dance!"
  • "They picked up Jake Delhomme?"
  • "I should've stayed in Baltimore."
  • "HOW were we division champs?"
  • "Look at James Walker!"
  • "Berry will fall to us!"
  • "The Eagles did what?"
  • "Consecutive winning seasons!"
  • "Goldstar over Skyline? Child, please!"
  • "Pittsburgh LOST to CLEVELAND?!"
  • "Steelers thought they'd sweep us."

Five words or less

April, 7, 2010
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[+] EnlargeChad Ochocinco
AP Photo/Al BehrmanWhat's so funny, guys?
We have another interesting photo for this week's "Five words or less" in the AFC North blog. If you don't know the instructions by now, you haven't been paying attention this offseason.

It's simple. Provide your most creative thoughts on this fun-loving photo of Cincinnati Bengals receiver Chad Ochocinco and head coach Marvin Lewis in five words or less.

Ochocinco is coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2009 where he caught 72 receptions for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns. Lewis also was the NFL Coach of the Year last season.

So what are they talking about in this photo?

You can comment below, send your thoughts to our division inbox or our AFC North Twitter. We will run the best responses throughout the week.

Five words or less recap

April, 2, 2010
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We had an interesting photo and an overwhelming response to our latest version of "Five words or less." The blog post included this shot of Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh and Mike Tomlin of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Here is a heavy sample from our AFC North inbox:

  • "Do you get free ketchup?"
  • "Yinz need Ray's advice?"
  • "Why didn't Wannstedt play Flacco?"
  • "Primanti Bros wouldn't serve me!"
  • "Bill made them behave, Mike."
  • "Give Harrison back to us!"
  • "Why does Hines always smile?"
  • "You lost to the Browns?"
  • "We're playing for second place."
  • "Carson owned us twice, too!"
  • "John, please start Frank Walker."
  • "Why not try a FB?"
  • "You know we have Anquan?"
  • "No, I'm John. Jim's brother."
  • "Name three good Browns?"
  • "Every Pittsburgh team -- same colors?"
  • "Glad Walker covers our division."
  • "Troy Reed or Ed Polamalu?"
  • "My team is distraction free."
  • "Holmgren's gonna kick our butt."
  • "Watch out for Cleveland in 2015."
  • "We got dibs on Tebow."
  • "Wanna play Madden after this?"
  • "How heavy is the Lombardi?"
  • "What's with the chinstrap?"
  • "Boys will be boys, Mike!"
  • "Bengals swept you too, huh?"
  • "Rice for Mendenhall? You wish!"
  • "I can't win can I?"
  • "Congrats on playoffs...Wait, nevermind."

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