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  1. WHO-DEY everyone! Long time no see! Just wanted to check in with all of you long time sufferers! I think I've had several mental breakdowns and a mini stroke during these playoffs (just kidding, I think) What an amazing team we have! Hopefully we can bring home the Lombardi in 2 weeks! And this is the beginning of the Bengals Dynasty! WHO-DEY!!! GO BENGALS!!!
    16 points
  2. Ruminations on the pre-Super Bowl Bengals - It is hard to overstate how amazing this Bengals turn around has been. The 5 teams with the worst odds to reach the Super Bowl heading into the season are the teams picking 1-4 in the upcoming draft, and the Bengals. The fact that Zac Taylor isn’t the coach of the year shows the award is meaningless. This season qualifies as the greatest 1-year transformation ever in the NFL, but also in the history of sports. - There are no superlatives that can fully capture the magic that is Joe Burrow. He is every human attribute that any coach would ever want all molded into 1 person. Natural leader, the appropriate degree of swagger, selfless, charismatic, confident, diligent, obsessive when it comes to winning, cool under pressure, doesn’t take himself too seriously, tough, fearless, and has an indomitable will to always believe he’s in the game when down. No lead is safe with him on the opposing sideline. He also has a magnetism that draws other players to want to succeed beside him and believe they can be better through their proximity to him. If the Chiefs offered Mahomes plus five 1st round picks in a trade, Zac still rightfully wouldn’t even answer the call. - Everything Joey Jackpot touches turns to gold and he can make any cynic believe in destiny. You don’t win your first 7 win-or-go home postseason games in college and the NFL (including a national championship), win the Heisman, be the #1 pick of your home state team, shred your knee in your rookie year, and then come back to win comeback player of the year and star in the Super Bowl. Those things just do not happen. If you presented this script to Disney, they would scoff that it was too unrealistic and that audiences would never buy it. He has the chance to carry Cincinnati out of 33 years of darkness in his first real season and etch his name into immortality – and he’s ONLY 25 years old! Just imagine what the next 12 years has in store. He has the ability to remake everything that anyone thinks of the Cincinnati Bengals for the next 40 years and in 2050 there is going to be some middle-aged man sitting at a bar saying he “first became a Bengals fan as a kid watching Burrow win the Super Bowl”. An entire generation of Bengal fans is being created right now with every post season win and icy fur coat interview that Joe Brrrrr gives to the national media. - Everything the Bengals organization has done over the last 2 years has led to this moment. You can go back and dissect brick by brick how the foundation was laid for to create this Super Bowl roster. From draft picks, to free agency, to trades, to coaching hires, to who was released and retained. It is nearly impossible for a team to bat 1.000 in the way the Bengals did in free agency. Mike Hilton is worth every dollar and the best nickel in the NFL. Hendrickson is the most underrated DE in the NFL and makes the least $ per sack of all the top DEs. Bates and Bell are the perfect backfield duo, which led to the OT Int to beat the Chiefs. The BJ Hill trade might be the best value in Bengals history as he has made key plays throughout the post season to get this team to the Super Bowl. Reader clogging the middle, Spain plowing run holes. They hit on everything. If this was a casino they would be getting knee capped for cheating. - Lou Anarumo deserves credit as being one of the best coordinators in the NFL and perhaps the BEST halftime adjustment coordinator in all of football. The way he shutdown Mahomes was legendary. When you consider that the Bengals often play with 5 DBs and that their 2 LBs Wilson and Pratt were college safeties, then you realize that the Bengals essentially play a base 4-7 defense (4 DL, 7 DB, with no LBs), something that has never been done before in the NFL. This defense is very formidable to game plan against because it essentially is a bend but don’t break until we get a Int or force an FG defense, that can also drop 7 into coverage, use a DE as a QB spy, and only rush 3 DE and leave the opposing QB running around in panic as I am sure it looks like they are throwing against 12 defenders back there. - Ja’Marr Chase is the most dangerous WR in the NFL and its not even close. He has the speed of a punt returner, the strength of an RB, the jukes of a 3rd down back, the fade route of Randy Moss, the slant ability of Jerry Rice, and the toughness of Steve Smith. He is a threat to take it all the way every time he touches the ball and uncoverable 1 on 1 on the outside. Him and Burrow will win multiple Super Bowls over the next decade and be the face of the NFL, a match made in heaven. Really the Bengals should not even have both players, but it is only because of Burrow’s injury that the team was even picking #5. But really if that draft was redone, Chase would go #1. For the Bengals it meant the team got to draft Tim Duncan and Shaq O’neal in back-to-back lottery drafts. - For as devastating as the Burrow injury was (I still have PTSD from it), it was a net positive on Burrow’s development and likely the reason the team is in the Super Bowl. Not only does the team not get Chase without it, but I think it caused Burrow to reshape his throwing motion, build his lower body strength, and rebuild himself from the ground up. The way he throws the ball post injury is much better, as he’s like a blind man who had to learn to play the piano without eyesight and then was given his vision back, making him a virtuoso as the rebuilt lower him, blends with the amazing football mind and moxie he already had. This is Picasso with a paint brush and Jimi Hendrix with a guitar type of generational talent, he’s not just your average good QB in the clutch. That special “it” players and coaches feel around him, is the special sauce that only gold-jacket QBs have. - Regardless of what happens in the Big Game, this team is here to stay and will only get better as crazy as that is to believe. They have such an amazing foundation to build on, combined with rookie contracts, lots of cap space, and all their coaches returning. There is no reason this can’t be the start of a Bengals DYNASTY. Burrow will be making 9 a year while Mahomes makes 45 for the next 2 seasons. Chase will be making 8 a year for the next 3 years, while other WRs of his caliber all make 25. The way the Bengals roster is set up salary wise, I think that if the majority of GMs and owners in the league were given the right to pick any one roster in an expansion draft to have on their team, the majority would choose the Bengals to mold over the next 5 years. I foresee Gronk wanting to come play with Burrow magic and a host of other big name free agents taking less money to play in Cincinnati this offseason. The Nati will now be the place that aging players seek out to get a ring on a discounted rate before they retire. In the same way that players flocked to New England to be beside Brady, now guys will crave the sizzle of Joe Shiesty. - No fans deserve all this more than Bengal fans, and I say this as someone who has photos of myself in a Bengals onesie back before they had stripes on the helmets. For as bitter as the dark decade was, the 2020s will now be that much sweeter. WHO FUCKING DEY as this team is only 60 minutes from never being forgotten by an entire nation! A win on Sunday will echo in the collective football mind of NFL fans forever.
    13 points
  3. I met Kenny Anderson just now! He came into Holy Grail which where geep and I had decided on for lunch. I got a chance to go over and thank him for the good memories growing up cheering for him and that I had flown back to cheer for him one more time. Even got to shake his hand. It was very cool and weirdly meant a lot to me. Life is strange and turning 50 has made me nostalgic.
    13 points
  4. Really? WTF? We're talking about a young man's life! I hate the Stealers org as much as anybody, but this is neither the time or the place?
    12 points
  5. Thank you for a fucking awesome year. What a hell of a ride!
    12 points
  6. This is it, first time poster from Australia, supported this team since 1989, we will go all the way I'm sure of it. Come on Cincy it's our time.
    12 points
  7. I don't do Good Bad Ugly but my general reactions: I am still buzzing. ---Love LOVE how businesslike they were on the sidelines in the 4th quarter - like they expected this. Those cues come in large part from Joe Burrow. ---He gets better as games go on. Multiple times this year his passes has have seemed off in the first quarter and then he locks in. He was 4 for 11 but finished 23 for 38 - so 19 for his next 27. Impressive. ---really impressive work from the o-line after they took some punches early from a jazzed ravens d and crowd. ---I almost cried watching the o-line impose their will late as we closed the game down running the ball. That's the way it should be (when you are a good team). ---Pretty much 100% of the bengals world owes LouA an apology. (me included) ---Not sure what else can be said about Ja'Maar Chase - but having him on this team gives us legit room to dream. Like Super Bowl dream at some point. Montana to Rice kinda dreams. ---Really happy for Uzomah - AND glad to see us punish teams for trying to guess at tendancies. That first TD to Uzomah was pure filth from our play design - so good. ---It's lost in the shuffle, but that was a weirdly important 3 points early from McPherson - 52 yards in that spot - it was nice to score early. ---This team's ability to respond in the second half is strange days for this fanbase. Down 17-13 and the crowd going insane and Burrow just calmly answers and the D then backs it up before the Chase 82 yard magic. Just not a normal sequence for us as fans. ---Major MAJOR props to Zac Taylor. He had the team ready and had a really good gameplan ready on offense. ---I am so happy.
    12 points
  8. I cannot underscore enough how much I am looking forward to sportstalk radio here in Baltimore tomorrow.
    12 points
  9. Just hung the flag and cranked up the orange lights!! We’ve waited a long time for this. Let’s go!!!! Share your house decorations. Would love to see them!!!
    11 points
  10. Hey guys. I lived in Cincy for years and have been a Bengals supporter, except when they play the Chiefs. Lots of respect for your team and I can say that everybody here is VERY nervous to play you guys on Sunday. I expect a huge showdown that will be VERY close. That being said, I live in KC and would be happy to offer any logistical help I can provide on places to eat, party, best routes into Arrowhead, etc. if anybody is interested. Here's to a great game by two amazing teams!
    10 points
  11. I seriously can't believe this is a thread about the AFC Championship w/ Bengals in the title. Given the uncertainty around what Burrow would look like coming back from the injury to now, what a staggering fun ride this has been.
    10 points
  12. I'm sure many of you knew who Onyx was on here, some may not. His real name was Jason Holland. He and I became really close friends through this website. I would go so far as saying he was like a brother. At 1pm (ish) he was lost to Post-Covid Sepsis. He got Covid a few weeks ago but in he hospital as of last Saturday he tested negative but got Sepsis from it. He didn't make it. It was like he knew, one of the last things he said to me was that he wasn't gonna get to see Joe Burrow play, he was so exited for him, he believed he was gonna take us the playoffs this year. I am going to miss him every single day for the rest of my life. Nobody could be silly and have a quick witted sense of humor like he did. I told him in tribute that he was one of the friends that I was going to ask to be a groomsman if I ever got married. Rest in Power my friend Onyx, Jason, my brother. I love you and will miss you every single day.
    10 points
  13. Hey, a big thanks go out to you and a few others around here for keeping me updated on all things Bengals. I don't spend alot of time on social media, so I really do appreciate all the posts that enable this place to be a one-stop-shopping for all things Bengals for me and many others. You're the best robot any guy could ever ask for!
    9 points
  14. I was in Dublin for the game and at a huge sports pub. There was a group of Irish fans at the table near us (go figure being in Ireland and all), asked them why they were rooting for the Bengals. They all said the same thing: Burrow. Asked another table, same answer. He has changed the face and perception of the whole franchise, and I think the ratings will be higher than expected because of it. On a side note, when they won and I lost my shit, the guy at the first table gave me his Bengals cap…
    9 points
  15. Are we allowed to give the OL credit? That group pretty much slammed the door on that last drive.
    9 points
  16. And now, the team in the AFC North with the longest playoff win drought is the Squeelers.
    9 points
  17. Meanwhile, back in Columbus… I know it’s just a playoff game but I don’t care! It’s champagne in my trusty Bengals glass!
    9 points
  18. It looked like Taylor played through a concussion
    9 points
  19. When we swept Baltimore and Pittsburgh, and when I saw that clip of Burrow telling a couple of guys, "If we can win this, we can win the whole thing", I started really feeling like we were destined this year. Everything since then has just reinforced it. That being said, I did pick us to win in the poll, but I won't be crushed if we don't. It's been a rough couple of years for everything in life from where I sit, From the pandemic, to the world being on fire with shit, to personal and family health issues, and before this year, the Bengals struggles. These guys have been one of the few escapes, and reasons to smile for me this year. They all seem like a great group of men and they make me proud to be a Bengal fan. I've been a Bengal fan as long as there have been Bengals, and will be until the day I die, but it's nice to be able to say that with admiration instead of ridicule from others. Win or lose, respect to this team, and WHO DEY!
    8 points
  20. From a Tom Zister on Cincy Jungle Facebook page (last sentence is pure gold): “Last season... Wink cried b/c the Bengals didn’t lose the way he wanted (kicked a FG to avoid the shutout). This week... Wink claimed the QB who put up 400 yards, 3 TD against him in October isn’t that good. So Burrow quietly outshined those numbers by 100+ yards and a TD. Today, Harbaugh cried that Bengals didn’t win the way he wanted. Looks like the Bengals got bored with nothing to do in Cincinnati and found some living space in the heads of the Ravens.“
    8 points
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