It certainly wasn't pretty, but in the NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE, a win is a win and your Cincinnati Bengals are the 2009 AFC North Champs. This is hard to believe. In my lifetime, the Bengals have made the playoffs three times. The first time, Joe Montana showed me that we live in a cruel, intolerant world and ruined my childhood. The second time, I have no lasting memories. The third time, Kimo von Oelhoffen left me questioning humanity. Fourth time's a charm?
Perhaps - but anyone who has seen any of their last few games would have a hard time believing the Bengals are well positioned to win in the playoffs for the first time in 19 years. We here at WDR have been writing about the issues all season (Dennis Roland has reported eligible). But, today is not about harping on the many issues the Bengals need to address before the playoffs. Today is about celebrating how far the Bengals have come in one season.
Hopefully some day winning the division will be expected and not so surprising. But for a team that has made the playoffs twice in my lifetime and has not won a playoff game in 19 years, today is a good day to be a Bengals fan.