As Comrade Sleeping with Bieniemy so eloquently put it - progress has been made. However, progress does not happen overnight. Since launching this site in 2008, the Bengals have failed to sellout just five regular season games. The good news? They have been the last five games played at the mausoleum known as Paul Brown Stadium.
Nearly 20,000 revolutionaries refused the...umm...urge to watch yesterday's titanic struggle. Think about that. Last year's home opener against Baltimore had over 64,000 in attendance. Sunday's announced crowd was 43,363. The rest of America might be saying this morning that Cincinnati is not a football town - but boy do we know better. Looking ahead to the schedule - the announcement for a non-Bills sellout is forthcoming. The 0-3 Manning-less Colts will not be sold out. While Pittsburgh on November 13th will be the only reprieve (unless the fighting Colt McCoy's keeping winning), expect a mid-90's like appearance by Steeler fans to get the "Litter Box" sold out.
By the way - that's my new name for the Jungle - the Litter Box.
The Bengals continue to amaze, if nothing else. Yesterday, it was no halftime entertainment for a home opening NFL football game - in 2011. Hell, you could argue they forgot the actual entertainment for 4 quarters. A friend who had never seen the NFL Sunday Ticket RedZone channel asked if they too were blacking out the Bengals-Niners game. It's hard to show a game on the RedZone channel if neither team gets there, I explained.
The sad part, which I will be explaining in more detail during an upcoming post, is the following:
- I love Cincinnati.
- I love football.
- I love the NFL.
- And yet I absolutely detest the Cincinnati Bengals franchise.
The Bengals continue their free-fall, slamming into new lows on the way down. Unbelievable to think we are only at Week 3.