Yes, the Bengals are getting hosed again. But, the bias against the team won’t end until they make a run for the Big Dance.
Yeah. it’s time to put on your black track suit, throw on some Adidas sneakers and just deal with it. The Bengals are never going to be the darlings of America until it happens. What’s that, you ask? Simple. Either the Bengals make it to the AFC Championship game or they win it all. At this point, most fans would be happy with either one. But, a Lombardi would really quiet the pundits and haters.
Would things actually change if the Bengals were a large-market team with four or five Super Bowl wins? Of course. The NFL has the predominant mentality of “what have you done for me lately?” The last time Cincinnati actually generated the kind of attention the league embraces was 1981 and 1988. Both years, the Orange & Black made it all the way to the Super Bowl. It’s been so long, there are fans who don’t know the Bengals competed for it all.
If you’ve been on another planet, you’re not aware of the media bias and unfairness that’s leveled against the Bengals. Rest assured, it’s real. The latest suspension of Vontaze Burfict is a perfect example. Whether football fans want to side with Cincy or not, the film of Burfict will be used as more fuel to label him a monster. Truthfully, there are horrendous hits that could end careers each week football players hit the field. Yet, Burfict is the villain. He’s the one that has to be taught a lesson.
Not A Good Look
This is just one of many wild and insane rulings that have been handed down under Roger Goodell’s watch. But, it won’t be the last. The problem? Why are the Bengals always the recipient of the shaft? Yes, there is no doubt other teams get no love also. But, being a homer, it hits home. Even with ESPN’s latest NFLRank list, the shade is thrown on Cincinnati players.
Since we’re on the Burfict kick, let’s stay there. Why wasn’t he on the list…somewhere? Seattle’s Earl Thomas chimed in at number 18 because he was a difference-maker for the Seahawks. Well, so was Burfict. Per the biased people at the four letter network, the Bengals are always better when he plays.
The defense is stout against the run and quarterbacks are definitely not faring well against them when Tez is in the house. Yet, he’s MIA from the list.
It’s not just No. 55. The Bengals suffer from biased opinions regarding other players as well. Until there’s a party in downtown Cincinnati and Marvin Lewis is giving a thank you speech on Fountain Square, not much will change.
Those Adidas have to be paired with a gold chain and bucket Kangol. It’s like that, and that’s the way it is.