Somehow the Bengals are 3-1. It hasn't been pretty but it's a vast improvement over their 0-4 start last year. With 1:04 left in the game and the Bengals facing 4th and 11, I began to mentally prepare myself for another tie. Two ties in two seasons? I think I would almost prefer a loss just to avoid hearing all the jokes about the Bengals always finding a way not to win. But there was something different about this team on Sunday. They had a special aura about them, a unique vibe that, at first, I couldn't put my finger on what it was. Then it hit me. The 12th man, aka the crowd at Blackfinn, actually helped Palmer on his first down scramble that led to the winning field goal. That's right, by drinking beer and watching the game at Blackfinn, you too, can help the Bengals win football games.
Seriously though, we appreciate everyone who came out to watch the game and drink almost free beer at Blackfinn. The crowds are growing each week, and with a trip to Baltimore on the horizon, the 12th man will need to play a large role if we hope to stay in the game. And for those of you doubters that don't think Aubrey O'day was actually at the bar, well, I guess you'll just have to come find out. More pictures after the jump.