Bearcats and Bengals. Two teams that I am proud to be a fan of. My love for these 2 teams is plain and simple, it’s my hometown. I am glad to bleed red, orange and black! As an alumnus of the University of Cincinnati, it’s my nature to be a Bearcat fan.
Growing up, I’ve never really followed sports. I did play basketball in my elementary days and Karate in my high school years, but it wasn’t until college that I was really into Football and Basketball. Being in the marching band, we had to be at the football and required basketball games. The atmosphere, intensity and feel is so surreal that I was instantly a fan. 2009 was probably THE most successful football season UC ever had. Going undefeated in regular season and playing against Florida in the Sugar Bowl was pretty amazing. After the 2009 season, we lost coach Brian Kelly to Notre Dame and we picked up Butch Jones as the new head coach. His first year was not great but his last 2 years at UC, were not so bad. We had quality wins, entered the top 25 at one point, 2 conference titles and a pair of bowl wins. Not so bad, put it wasn’t the level I wanted to be at. After Jones left, we picked up the legendary Tommy Tuberville. The hype was intense. THE Tommy Tuberville, who had tremendous success at Auburn, is coming to Cincinnati. Mostly because his wife’s family is near the area, Tuberville came into Bearcat nation. However, after 3 years…the hype isn’t so big after all. After 3 seasons, Tuberville has no wins against ranked teams, never been in the top 25, 3 bowl loses and 3 different defensive coordinators in the process. I can go on and on about the past 3 years under Tuberville but I am on team FIRE Tuberville. There’s no intensity, no leadership and no direction on this team. This is pretty much Tuberville’s “Retirement” Season. You can see it on his face that he is not taking the school and team where it should be. Butch Jones and Brian Kelly have done better in 3 seasons than Tuberville…that’s crazy to think about. Even though I am upset on where this football team stands, I will always be proudly Cincy.
Bengals on the other hand, is a different story. Head Coach Marvin Lewis, 13th year, has won 0….play off games. What’s crazy is that for 4 straight seasons, we’ve gone to the play offs 4 times but lost 4 times. Primetime games is our specialty. We happen to choke during Sunday/Thursday/Monday night games. Last night, playing the Broncos, we needed that 1 primetime win to secure our bye week in the playoffs. However, playing pretty good in the first half leading 14-0, the bengals failed in the 2nd half and OT, losing 20-17. It’s so frustrating to see that we have so much talent on this team and not the right leadership from the coaches. You would think that Lewis would figure it out by now, but nope. Nothing will change. I wouldn’t be surprised if we lose in the playoffs. Do I want to win? YES I DO. But you can’t ignore history. 0-4 in the playoffs…it’s pitiful. But will I always be a bengals fan? Until the day I die.
I look it as we are the underdogs. Both Bearcats and Bengals. Bearcats havn’t had much national recognition since the 2009 tenure and Bengals have yet to win a playoff game. It’s great to be the under dog because no one expects it. Its easy to root for OSU or Xavier or Alabama because they’re big top notch schools with winning records. But kings are meant to fall at some point. It just takes the right coaches and right players to establish the right football team. I believe that it will happen to the Bearcats at some point. We’ve seen ups and downs with this team but I know with the right coach that we will succeed again.