(I stopped writing on this blog sometime during the 2008 season as I needed a break from my abusive relationship as a lifelong Bengals fan. Most of my previous writing was about Jeff Query, Tremain Mack, and others from the loveable cast of losers the Bengals assembled during the 1990s.)
As a Bengal fan I have always wanted to go into a season that was filled with so many amazing possibilities for entertainment value. At this point, as we near the end of the endless desert without football, all I can think of is Maximus screaming, “Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?” And yes this is why I am finally here. I can think of a couple different ways this can play out....
Behind door number two is: the offense looks old; the first place schedule is way too tough; there are a couple of typical heartbreaking, how-did-they-Bungle-that-game losses; and they end up 7-9 just like every other promising year for the Bengals in the last twenty years (but at least we’ll always have Shake N’ Blake).
The third option is that the supreme confidence turns into total implosion. This is the nightmare scenario I have always dreamed about and that any lover of black humor can get excited for. This team has such high potential that if they went a not unimaginable 3-13 it would have to be the greatest 3-13 season ever; I’m invisioning TO and Ocho throwing down like Pinella and Dibble; Tank getting arrested, Pacman fleeing the police in a high speed chase then getting arrested and then getting waived; Ced visiting Texas; Marvin finally letting it all get to him and going Jim Mora type postal; J.T. O’Sullivan getting significant playing time; Mike Brown bankrupting Cincinnati; and Ed Werder camping out giving us all the grim details daily from PBS.
With all this in front of us fans I sure hope we don’t get stuck with a 7-9 season when this could be the year we finally win it all or have the best 3-13 season ever. Knowing how I’ve been treated the last twenty years as a fan I am glad that at least this year they are trying to entertain me.