The last time the Bengals made consecutive playoff seasons, Motley Crue was just hitting mainstream. Gas was $1.38/gallon on average. A dozen eggs was merely 90 cents. A gallon of milk was $2.22.ACDC’s album, Black in Black, was the Number 1 album. Kim Carnes’ Bette Davis Eyes was the number 1 song. Ronald Reagan was inaugurated as the nation’s 40th president. The Cold War still had ten years left. The Houston Oilers were still in operation, they weren’t the Tennessee Titans. The Ravens, Jaguars, Panthers, and Texans did not exist.
Today’s stars like Andy Dalton and A.J. Green weren’t even born yet. Ken Anderson was the QB of the Bengals, won that season’s MVP award and we went to the Super Bowl, only to lose to the Joe Montana-lead San Fransisco 49ers. Yeah, it has been a long time. For some of the Bengals older fans, it has been forever. A lot of things have happened in the NFL since then. Joe Montana won three more Super Bowls, Barry Sanders was bringing a whole new meaning to the running back position. Deion Sanders was busy returning interceptions, fumbles, kickoffs, and punts for touchdowns, as well as catching touchdown passes, and running for them.
The great debate of the 1998 Draft was going on: Manning or Leaf? We all know how that went. The Browns jumped ship and moved to Baltimore, becoming the Baltimore Ravens, and producing that monster of a linebacker, Ray Lewis. A kid from Michigan, taken in the sixth round of the 2000 Draft, changed the Patriots franchise forever. That kid being Tom Brady. Brett Favre broke records for most TD passes, yards, and interceptions. He also retired, came back, re-retired, came back, and re-retired again.