Elephant in the Room

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May 11, 2012; Cincinnati, OH, USA; Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown watches work outs during mini camp at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati, OH. Mandatory Credit: Frank Victores-US PRESSWIRE


I can’t help it. I know this is a time we’re all supposed to be thinking happy thoughts. The Bengals are back…back in the win column, and back in the playoff race.

But Mike Brown is ruining it for me. It’s not really his fault this time, I suppose. For me, Mike Brown is sort of like that crazy ex that you still deep-down love, and at the same time despise—you’ve moved on, you’re happy, but then you see something, anything, could be completely unrelated—that reminds you of that person, and it just puts you in a bad mood.

I had one of those moments when I saw that the Kansas City Chiefs sold out Sunday’s game against Cincinnati. The Kansas City Chiefs sold out 76,000 seat Arrowhead Stadium. The same Chiefs that last year finished 7-9, which was actually their second-best record over the last six years. The same Chiefs that have started this year 1-8—and it is a well-deserved 1-8. The same Chiefs that have a huge contingent of fans organizing to wear black to Sunday’s game to show their disapproval of team management. The same Chiefs that have fans who have hired planes to pull banners above the stadium during the game saying “Fire Scott Pioli.” Yeah, those Chiefs. And yet they still sell out Arrowhead for a matchup against the Bengals who, let’s face it, aren’t exactly a big draw as a visiting team.

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