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Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Posted on: December 26, 2011 12:11 pm
One of few loyal fans in Cincy these days. (Getty Images)
By Will Brinson

The Bengals have been one of the best stories of 2011, winning enough games so far to set them up for a win-and-they're-in situation against the Ravens in Week 17. (As noted at our playoff scenario home, Cincy's in if the Jets and Raiders both lose too.) But not enough people are taking notice, and Cincy's still struggling to fill Paul Brown Stadium.

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To make up for the woeful attendance (and to avoid a local blackout), the Bengals are offering a buy-one, get-one free ticket special between now and Sunday's game, an unheard of special for an NFL game. Oh, and the players are begging the fans to show up too.

"I just want to thank the fans who were out there today,” defensive lineman Domata Peko said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "We really felt you guys out there, and that helped us out big time. I really want to encourage all of the Cincinnati fans to come out and cheer us on as we try to make the playoffs."

You can't really blame the Bengals, though. On October 2, 41,142 people showed up to see Cincy play the Bills and it was the smallest crowd in regular-season history for the stadium. That was the third time in 2011 there were less than 42,000 folks at Paul Brown, including this past Saturday, when only 41,273 people showed up despite the Bengals battling for the playoffs.

Here's an alternate suggestion if the sale doesn't work out: just have Jerome Simpson do flips into the end zone at halftime.

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Since: Jan 14, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:46 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

It's expensive to go to a game.  Do you really blame anybody (not just in Cincy) for not wanting to spend their hard earned dollars on professional sports at these rates?  Even if it's blacked out, find a bar that has all the games and spend a fraction of the cost. 

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:40 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

The Brown's have hired former WKRP Sales Manager Herb Tarlek as the promoter of these ticket sales too.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:30 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Why not have WKRP drop turkeys from a Helicopter onto their stadium as a promotion too ?

Since: Dec 26, 2011
Posted on: December 26, 2011 3:23 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Dear Bengal Fans,

This post and the current story reminds me of one of the worst football periods in my life.  I grew up a Colts fan, Baltimore Colts.  The Colts arrived when I was very young and rose to being just about the most important part of the local community by the late 50's.  They dominated everything on Sundays through the 60's  and most of the 70's, and simply were a huge part of the glue that makes a community out of people who otherwise have little in common.  There was an excellent original owner who unfortunately traded the franchise to Robert Irsay in 72 in exchange for the LA Rams.  Robert Irsay changed coaching personnel and management.  He create negative relationships with fans players and coaches.  There is a long story of the decline of the Colts and the role of Irsayin that decline.  Basically the team decayed.  The right talent wasn't brought in; questions from fans and media were brushed aside or ignored, there was a near player mutiny in one season and the team started racking up losing seasons.  Fans responded by staying home.  Attendance dropped dramatically.  We were teaching him a lesson.  Robt. Irsay was the enemy.

This gets me to the Bengals and Brown.  Part of the Colt fan's response was to stay home, not to buy the season tickets, and complain about the "jerk" (no one ever earned that title more).   He was a nasty fan antagonist, a semi-functional alcoholic, and someone that gave every indication that he could care less about the city, it's fans or the history of the once great Colts.  I'm sure he delighted in watching the gut wrenching shock that greated Baltimoreans one dark morning in March of 84 when we awoke to the news that the Colts team facility, colors, trophies, history and name had been packed up in moving vans and were heading to INDY.

People said "he can't do that! We'll sue him! We'll use eminent domain! The NFL won't allow this!  This is outrageous etc. etc. etc.  The Mayor jumped into action, so did the governor, Senators and Congresspeople.  The cried out: they threatened; they litigated and eventually begged.  The cries fell on deaf ears.
There's no reason this can't happen to Cincinatti. 

  It took a few months to realize that the NFL is a little kingdom and that my beloved Colts weren't really mine at all.  It was over and my Sunday's were now hollow painfull reminders of what had been lost. The next 12 years saw various ownership grups try to get a team back, any!!team.  We even had the Baltimore Stallions of the CFL (Fans packed the stands).  Every NFL Owner meeting saw various ownership groups putting on dog and pony shows to convince the high priests that we should get an expansion team.  The insider club of the NFL could care less about fans.  When the Ravens arrived in 1996, the emotions were high with a certain background of guilt with regard to Brown's fans (they at least, got to keep their colors and really only missed a couple of years).  The success of the Ravens and time has erased the pain  of the loss.  The animosity from a few Balt. fans that appears directed toward Indy is really directed toward the foul memory of R. Irsay, with a good measure for Paul Tagliabue, Jack Kent Cook  and the NFL owners.  The moving of the team was one thing, but taking of the colors was inexcusable and should be prohibited by some NFL constitutional amendment.

So good luck  to my friends in Cincinatti on your relationship with Brown.  But keep in mind what can happen.



Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:34 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Just about as many Bengals fans in Cleveland nowadays at games between the two. That never happened in the old days.

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:31 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Indians fan. Go to Bws in Lyndhurst this weekend and tell me what you see. If its not the beginning of the year or you might be making a playoff push, There are not many Browns jerseys around. Not hating just stating what I saw every Sunday until I moved back to Cincy.

Since: Sep 21, 2010
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:11 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

JAX (4-11) average attendance: 62,310
CIN (9-6) average attendance: 47,224

even the Jags don't get this desperate. and we're the ones moving to LA?

Since: May 22, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:10 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

I know this is going to sound lame, but if you don't live in really can't understand this situation. Mike Brown has a sweetheart lease deal that puts the financial burden on the county residents, he takes all or most of the concession sales, and he is as cheap as they come. Profit is paramount, winning comes second. He's alienated the fans with his Scrooge like ways.

Since: Jan 12, 2007
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:06 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

You are crazy, there are hardly any Cincy fans in the Cleveland area.  You might find Steeler fans at the local pub, but no River Rats.  Heck, it is usually 50/50 Browns Bengals fans at Paul Brown stadium.  Cincy fans are perhaps the worst in the league, winning record and exciting young team and empty seats. 

Since: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: December 26, 2011 2:00 pm

Bengals offer buy-1, get-1 free tix for Week 17

Hog, better check your stats first. I had to live in Cleveland for the past 6 years. Thank God for all the blackouts because of lack of fan support. I got to see more of the Bengals games. The local Bw's near my house always had more Bengal jerseys in the crowd. The fans support the players and the colors but not Mr. Brown. His father is rolling in his grave and he is the only one who doesn't understand what he's done to his fan base. Obviously neither do you.

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