Cincinnati Bengals 2016: This Is Why Your Team Rocks

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Dec 28, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs with the ball during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 28, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs with the ball during the second half against the Denver Broncos at Sports Authority Field at Mile High. The Broncos won 20-17 in overtime. Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY Sports /
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Bengals running back Jeremy Hill. Raj Mehta-USA TODAY Sports
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The Bengals continue their trend of no respect, even after posting consecutive winning seasons. But, real fans understand the reasons they still rock.

In less than two weeks, the 2016 NFL season will be upon us. Dress rehearsals are in effect around the league and most fans are going insane. Unfortunately, there are the steadfast Cincinnati Bengals haters. Those are the confused outsiders who need a gentle reminder.

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The 2015 season was a combination of cheers and tears. The Bengals started the year with a boatload of promise. An 8-0 start propelled them to the forefront of the “undefeated” argument. There were the diehard fans who envisioned the team running the table and claiming Super Bowl L. On the other hand, there were the haters who were entrenched in the flameout theory.

As usual, the whole gamut of emotions was felt by Bengals fans. But, the majority of the interesting theories came from Stilluh fans and their close friends (a.k.a bandwagoners). Being a lifelong fan (since 1975), I listened to the put-downs with a sly smirk on my face.

Could some of the snide remarks be true? Nah. True Bengals fans are able to roll with the punches and respond with the facts (cue Dragnet theme music and chill). It’s not always so easy to be a Bengals fan. But, the bottom line is simple. We know why our team rocks.

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