The Sad and Enduring Life Of A Bengal Fan.

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I am a curious kind of guy, I like to get into peoples heads and love trying to figure out what makes some people tick. In politics, it’s pretty easy to do. Sometimes, some people leave me scratching my head.  When discussing Politics there is actually, a right and wrong way to do things. It’s easy to figure out because you can use History to base your findings.


However, when it comes to sports, that’s a whole different ballgame. Pun intended.


I get the reasons for having a favorite team you can root for. Your hometown team usually is the favorite. You have some exceptions, my friends Dave rooting for Dallas since I’ve known him and Terry and Todd being Steeler fans. The rest of us pretty much goes with the home cooking.


Which brings me to my reason for this note. A brief history on my Bengal rooting. It ended in 1995. What do I mean by that? I quit being emotionaly involved, I dont get upset or happy if they win or lose. My Sundays are sooooo much better for it. I still like the viewing of the NFL while visitng at a friends house.


As I stated before. I’m a curious guy, therefore, I like to read the Bengal message boards and actually be entertained by the blind faith and (ahem) foolishness of said fans.


From a fan who really believes what he/she wrote…


” I know everyone is down on us right now but i guess thats how it is when weve endured as much from this franchise over the years. our defense played one hell of a game today and our offense let us down. we have a really dominant front 7. they really showed up to play today. our secondary is 1 more good safety and cb away from being top flite. i believe that taylor mays will be the answer to replace crocker and once pacman comes back…our secondary will be really good. i believe our d is set for a few years to come and wouldnt be surprised if we take a cb in the 1st round next year.


our special teams are just fine. i believe nugent and huber will be our p/k for the next 5-10 years and im perfectly fine with that. i do have a problem with the addition of tate tho. i believe that we shouldve kept cosby as our pr and kept b.scott returning kicks. i mean at least thats one way our biggest playmaker was able to make it onto the field. hopefully tate will continue to improve…especially on punt returns cuz hes made a few really questionable decisions. overall tho, i think our st’s are set.


offense is the only real concern for me. bernard scott HAS TO PLAY. until he gets 10-15 touches a game….i will be completely critical of the offensive staff. b.scott needs to be our 3rd down back as well. im honestly tired of brian leonard being our back in passing situations. it makes absolutely no sense to me. sure he made a few plays in 09 but since then has done nothing. i always thought ur 3rd down back/passing situations back was supposed to be the guy that could catch a ball out of the backfield and make a great play to pickup big yards. b.scott is that guy. i believe that ced bensons suspension will be a blessing in disguise. our offense is young and growing pains are to be expected. next year the interior of our o line needs to be addressed. we need to dominant guards and i think our offense will be set. b.scott needs to be our starting back or at least get split carries with benson. eventually our young offense is going to click and once it does…were going to be good. i honestly think as soon as scott starts getting touches the whole dynamic of the offense will change….and thats when things will start to click and open up. we need to take more shots downfield. anyways….i know everyone is down after today…but honestly guys, i think were one breakout game away on offense from being a really good ball club. the foundation is here….now we just gotta deal with the growing pains. WHO DEY for life.”


Sad.   This comment could have come from 1993, 1997, 1998, 2001 or 2010. Get my point? They have only 2 winning seasons in both my kids lifetime, and they are 22 and 19!  What has this team done to produce such loyalty?  I get the novelty of going to a game or using it as a business tool.

Supporting this team is  THE definition of insanity.


I compare it to battered wife’s syndrome. ( In my best southern accent ) MOM : ”  Damn it, Lucy Lou, why don’t you leave Bubba”?  Lucy Lou :   “…But      I        Love       Him,      Momm maaaaaaa”!


Mike Brown is a happy owner.