Todey is the dey. The Cincinnati Bengals are playing in the Super Bowl. It’s been 31 and a half years since a franchise from Cincinnati has played for a championship. Some of you may remember the 1990 World Series. Some of us don’t. It’s been a long time coming.
While not everyone that visits Redleg Nation is a Bengals fan, a large majority probably are. And the rest of you who aren’t probably plan to watch the Super Bowl tonight. Even non-football fans tend to watch the game, celebrate in some manner. The commercials. The snacks. The halftime show. And it all gets started with The Puppy Bowl at 2pm.
What’s on your menu for today? At Casa de Me we’re going to have calzones and Gold Star dip (Skyline and I are not on speaking terms). There will be chips and pretzels. And around 11pm, hopefully there will be fireworks in the greater Cincinnati area.
If you’re, uh, life-experienced enough to remember the previous Bengals Super Bowl or two, do you have any good stories to share? I’ll start.
In January of 1989 I was 4-years-old. My parents were hosting the Super Bowl party. I have zero memories of the actual game. But perhaps that’s because I was traumatized before the game even began. You see, my cousin, who was five, came over with his mom to watch the game. And he showed up with his face painted like a bengal. My mom asked me if I would like to go get my face painted before the game started. In my 4-year-old brain my mother was asking me to get a face tattoo that would be there forever and I just lost my mind and had a meltdown. Why would my mom want me to look like that for the rest of my life? I couldn’t handle it. Anyways, that’s my only memory from the last time the Bengals played in the Super Bowl. I really hope today goes better than that one.