Cincinnati Enquirer: 122 Ways to Make the Bengals Better

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When ESPN put out their pro sports franchise rankings having the Bengals come last, the Cincinnati Enquirer asked the fan base for 122 ways to make the Bengals a better franchise.

The Enquirer has now compiled the list and it’s up on their site. I recommend giving it a look, go see what the fans came up with.

39. Create an actual hall of fame, similar to the Reds’, to make the stadium a destination.

86. Don’t have cheerleaders over the age of 25.

89. Require every cheerleader to know the Ickey Shuffle.

121. Let Bootsy Collins perform the national anthem at every home game.

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  • BrennenWarner

    the top ten are pretty much no-brainers. Hire a GM, scouts, practice bubble, etc. My personal favorites of the rest:

    34. Have one or two “black-out” or “orange-out” games this year. The Bengals could have a corporate sponsor provide some sort of giveaway in the same color.

    35 . Bring back a live tiger as a mascot. That would liven things up on the sidelines.

    53. Bring in tougher, more vocal leaders on both the offense and defense

    56. Sign a strong-side linebacker with leadership skills and ability to cover tight ends.

    57. Re-sign Johnathan Joseph and extend Leon Hall. Can’t run Bengals’ system without two solid cover corners.

    75. Have Mike Brown sell the Bengals to Mark Cuban.

  • C Byers

    @BrennenWarner “34. Have one or two “black-out” or “orange-out” games this year.” The Bengals are probably going to have AT LEAST 1 or 2 “Black-out” games this year. lol So this one goal has already been reached.

  • BrennenWarner

    @C Byers I see what you did there… And probably more than 1 or 2!

    Also, can I just call attention to how friggin’ awesome a live tiger would be.

  • C Byers

    @BrennenWarner All I think of when I hear/read “live mascots” on the side line is the Youngstown State Penguins. They actually went through 3 penguins before they realized Youngstown, Ohio was not great weather for a penguin. The first one died from weather induced illness. The 2nd one drowned under the ice in it’s enclosure and after that one died they said hold up let’s try again one more time.