Just a little something to nibble on here right quick during tonight’s State Of the Union Address. Simple question: In an alternate reality where Mike Brown and the rest of the NFL owners decide to fatten their pockets a bit and move the Bengals from Cincinnati to LA or Vegas or really any other city for that matter, would you still remain a Bengals fan? I can definitely see both sides of the argument. On one hand, if the Bengals skipped town I wouldn’t fault anyone who burned their jerseys and refused to buy any more merchandise or watch any more games in an effort to try and bring Mike Brown and the rest of the League to their knees. On the other hand, I grew up watching this team. I’ve been there through thick and thin. I’ve seen two win seasons and the most gut wrenching, heartbreaking playoff losses imaginable and I still love this team as much as I did when I was three years old, Saturday be damned. I love guys like Andy and Geno and Whit and Tez and the AJ’s and my best friend ADAm Pacman Jones. I’m not sure I could just turn off the switch even if I woke up tomorrow morning and saw Mike Brown rubbing elbows with Ari Gold and AJ Green kicking it the studio with Kanye West.
I feel just awful for the fans in St. Louis. I mean, fuck the Cardinals and their fans and everything they stand for but I can’t even begin to fathom what I’d do if there was no Bengals football in Cincinnati to look forward to next season. Even though no Bengals would probably be the best for my cardiovascular health long term.
On a serious note, what’s the move here?
PS- I think this almost kinda happened back in the day? Like if the bill to use Hamilton County taxpayer’s money to build Paul Brown Stadium didn’t pass I’m pretty sure the Bengals would have been in line to leave had someone else made a home for them. Obviously that didn’t happen because Cincinnati is the greatest, nastiest, dirtiest, most backwards city in the entire world and loves their Bengals even if they don’t know it right now.