Just when I think we have a chance of success fighting the agents of status quo, I read something like Comrade Buck's post on the season ticket renewal letter and I realize the anti-Bengals forces possess a reach far greater than I could have imagined. I kidded reader Ben from Chicago a little for suspecting conspiracy about Cowher's statement on a pregame show that the Bengals would make the playoffs, Ben said:
Maybe Cowher has read up on the revolution and wishes to counteract it by heaping undeserved praise upon Mike Brown's Bengals, causing some of our fans who you all had started to win over to scratch their heads and think "Hmm… Bill Cowher HATES the Bengals, but he thinks we're gonna be GOOD next year! Maybe those WDR guys don't really know what they're talking about… I better be sure to renew my season tickets, and while I'm doing that I can also pick up Benson and Henry jerseys for all the nieces and nephews!"
A clever and amusing theory, I thought at the time, and a good enough excuse to officially label Cowher as Enemy Number 1 (as if any excuse was really needed). But then witness Jeff Berding using that very Cowher statement as the main ploy to get Club seat owners to renew in his letter:
This past weekend, former Steelers Head Coach Bill Cowher spoke to this optimism in his commentary on NFL Today prior to the Playoff games: "Next season watch out for the Cincinnati Bengals. I am picking them to make it to the playoffs next season."
It would be unbelievable if it wasn't so expected. Like the opposite of too good to be true...it's so awful it has to be true. In fact, that sums up most things about the Bengals: so awful it has to be true.