The Chinese calendar denotes it’s the Year of the Monkey. But, Bengals fans hope it’s the Year of the Tiger.
Bengals fans are hungry. There’s no other way to describe the dull ache that gnaws at Bengals faithful each season. The Orange and Black have done marvelous things, over the past five years. But the window of opportunity is gradually closing. The road to the Holy Grail of football achievement is always littered with “what if” and “if only.” The Bengals were so close, last year. The smell of Super Bowl L was all over Paul Brown Stadium. This is it. This is the year they do it. This is the year of the tiger.
If the bandwagon has been growing, this year it should explode.
The heartache of January 9 will be the D-day of every Bengals fan past and future. The agony of coming so close and seeing it slip away was brutal. There’s only one way exorcise the demons of that dreadful day. Win big. The Men in Stripes will have to take it to the next level and prove that dreams do come true.
Do the Bengals have the talent? Yes, without a doubt. Does the team have motivation? Losing another playoff battle to the Pittsburgh Steelers is more than enough. The talk of curses and bad coaching have worn out their welcome. In 2016, the Bengals will be equipped with everything they need to hoist the Lombardi.
It’s time to move to the next level. Bengals brass has proven the desire to win. The re-signings of key players, savvy draft picks (steals), and the hiring of dedicated coaches make it possible. If the bandwagon has been growing, this year it should explode.
Cincinnati players have vowed to put the Wild Card game away and focus on the season at hand. That’s all good. But, it really makes my spider sense tingle. Could that be code for “we’re goin’ all the way?” Before you start humming the theme to Spider-Man, here are a few reasons to believe this is the year of the tiger. Put away the Chinese calendar and free your mind.