CINCINNATI, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Jeremy Hill #32 of the Cincinnati Bengals sits on the sideline during the fourth quarter of the game against the Baltimore Ravens at Paul Brown Stadium on September 10, 2017 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Baltimore defeated Cincinnati 20-0. (Photo by John Grieshop/Getty Images)

Lance:

 Emailer: Breaking up with the Bengals

I received this email from a long time fan of the Bengals:

Lance,

I fell in love with the Bengals during the magical 1988-89 season when I was 9 years old. For the next 27 years I stuck with them through the few ups and many downs.  I spent a lot of money on merchandise and tickets, and drove 6 hours round-trip to many games during this time.  My breaking point came in the 2015-16 Wild Card game against the Steelers.  Watching the Bengals hand the victory to Pittsburgh thanks to two bone-headed personal fouls (by two players, whom one has been named defensive captain and the other given an extension since that game, and that pretty much sums up the franchise over the course of the last 28 years), I realized I just couldn’t do it anymore. I was way too emotionally invested in a team that had not rewarded me even a fraction of what I had invested in them in terms of my time, money, and emotion over the years.  
(I have to admit to throwing a few remotes, and punching one hole in my wall that night).  

As the seconds clicked off that playoff game I looked over at my daughter, who was the same age I was when I first began loving the Bengals as she was near tears over the game and realized, “nope, I’m not doing this to her.  I am not dooming her to a lifetime of disappointment from the pro football team from Cincinnati.” 

I made the decision then and there that I would never watch one second of a Bengals football game again, and over a year a later I haven’t.  I still love football, and since have begun watching and rooting for the Packers, an organization that is first class all the way and is the polar opposite in every aspect both on and off the field to Cincinnati. Last season was the first truly enjoyable football season for me in almost 30 years.  Some will call me a sellout, maybe even disloyal. However, answer me this, what have the Bengals done to earn mine or anyone else’s loyalty the last 29 years?

PS feel free to share this with your listeners/readers, if you want.  Over a year has passed since my decision to break up with the Bengals, and I am not ashamed nor do I regret this decision.     

Sincerely,

Bryan C.

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