Throughout the lost decade of the 90s I knew many a fan that maintained the Bengals' losing ways were the result of the Curse of Paul Brown. The prevailing thought at the opening of Paul Brown stadium was that by naming the stadium after Paul the curse would be removed and the Bengals would once again return to the playoffs. Well, as we know, that didn't exactly work out that way, and the only curse Paul placed on the franchise was by having his son run it.
That's the last time I put much thought into the Bengals being cursed by some other-worldly power until earlier this year. The picture you see at the right is the 2007 Kings of the Cincinnati Gridiron bobble head set from Burger King. Careful examination of said set will reveal that in every season since the introduction of this set a player whose bobble-headed likeness is featured found employment with another team. After 2008 Housh departed for Seattle via free agency. After 2009 the Bengals said adieu to Graham and his playoff choking. With Ocho's reported departure for New England to unite with his BFF Bill Belichick and Carson's reunion with his couch (at least until 2012) the curse is now complete.
So, in addition to clogging the arteries of the Bengals fans that chomped down on 5 whoppers to procure it, this seemingly harmless collectible has also proven prophetic in eliminating the stars of the Bengals franchise. Burger King, I beseech you, can we please get a set with Mike Brown, Pete Brown, Katie & Troy Blackburn this year?