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Bengals finagle final-game sellout

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The Cincinnati Bengals, whose fans became fickle even as the team powered its way to a franchise-first back-to-back playoff appearances in non-strike seasons, have managed to fill up Paul Brown Stadium for the last home game of 2012.

The Bengals have announced that Sunday’s regular-season finale against the Ravens has been sold out, and that it will be televised locally.

Since the Bengals are locked in as the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff field, there’s no way they can improve their standing.  Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton said on Thursday’s Pro Football Talk that, as far as he knows, the team will keep the starters in and pursue a victory in an otherwise meaningless game.

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25 Responses to “Bengals finagle final-game sellout”
  1. bengalsucker says: Dec 28, 2012 4:44 PM

    Here come the “Bungle fans are the worst in the NFL” chants in 3….2….1

    Too bad we had 57 (7 years) straight regular season home sell outs in a row all while they were losing miserably. We got fed up and are making dang sure that Mike Brown (the worst owner in all of sports) is for real about building this team or if he’s going to pull the rug out from under us.

  2. gadzod says: Dec 28, 2012 4:46 PM

    Bengals fans must be spoiled or something. If my Bills were not so crappy and in the position to making the playoffs or already in the playoffs, the game would have been sold out at least a week ago. Either Cincy doesn’t have fans for football, or they are ungrateful. It really is a shame they have to announce a sell out 2 days before the game…..

  3. ryandg5 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:51 PM

    Its pretty ironic to call Bengals fans “Fickle”while also stating, in the same sentence, that the team hasnt had back to back playoff appearances in team history … ANY Bengals fan, at this point, is a die hard fan. Fickle fans left a long time ago (about the same time Dave Shula exited the building)….

  4. duni423 says: Dec 28, 2012 4:56 PM

    Worst owner in all sports= Danny boy Snyder

  5. twoconeys says: Dec 28, 2012 5:13 PM

    these prices NEED to come down across the board… the NFL could charge these prices when everyone wanted to go to the game…. NOW these days alotta people wana stay home and watch AND in turn, you dang NFL teams are GETTING HUGE TV money that you used to not get that offsets all these tix monies you used to get… you cant have both cakes and eat them too… the sellout capacity needs to drop or them prices need to drop OR we’ll quit watchin it on Tv…(ahhh yea right, ill just pull my hair out)

  6. hummer53 says: Dec 28, 2012 5:22 PM

    What do these folks have to do Sunday. Go eat Chili? I though football was king in Ohio.

  7. mikebrownfaux says: Dec 28, 2012 5:26 PM

    “The Cincinnati Bengals, whose fans became fickle”

    ” a franchise-first back-to-back playoff appearances in non-strike seasons”

    Do you not see the irony here? Did you forget to mention the lopsided stadium deal that came with the promise of a competitive team? And the 7 year sellout streak that was in the midst of some pretty horrible seasons? Give me a freaking break.. The stadium I’m sure will be sold out every game next year. Everyone knows this game against the Ravens is going to more or less be a pre-season game by the beginning of the 2nd half.

  8. fraleyr says: Dec 28, 2012 5:42 PM

    ive been a die hard bengals fan since i can remember and i can tell you this if the bengals were in new york or a bigger market the press would bash mike brown for being so dang cheap. i love my bengals but mike brown is a cancer to football. he’d rather line his pockets then pay for a competitive football team. we got lucky in the last few drafts and got some young hungry talent. but dont let it fool you mike brown is still mike brown.

    P.S. WHO DEY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. ajonesmc931 says: Dec 28, 2012 5:51 PM

    Texans fans are funny. They make playoffs 1 time in franchise history and NOW they talk smack to titans fans. You think they would have already won Super Bowl. Here’s some news…..matt schaub will Never win a Super Bowl.

  10. whodeydaytonchapter says: Dec 28, 2012 6:56 PM

    I could have gotten my buddies tickets for $20 bucks but passed. 29 degrees and $10 beer is a little much to endure for a meaningless game. The only thing I will miss is the pregame tailgate party, but my liver will thank me.

  11. samoanjungle says: Dec 28, 2012 7:41 PM

    The whole attitude about going down to the game seemed to change when Mike Brown & Marvin Lewis held that press conference announcing Marvin’s new contract a couple of years ago. His arrogance and “this is my team and deal with it” attitude just turned everyone off.

  12. djaehne says: Dec 28, 2012 8:05 PM

    Bengals could relocate in LA. They’d be appreciated for a few seasons at least.

  13. drbandkgb says: Dec 28, 2012 8:22 PM

    All of your people fussing about this sell out need to look at your own teams..

    The Titans could not get 30k for a Monday night game.. Sure it may have been sold out but thats meaningless if they do not show..

    I see a ton of empty seats across the board..

    The NFL is pricing them self out of a live audience.
    You can say that the Brown family is cheap.. but maybe in a small small market you have to be.

    I will say the 90s as a Bengals fan was pretty hard..
    But come on.. We are playing good football over the past couple of seasons…

    If you want to fuss.. Look at the Rams.. How many super bowls and over the past 10 years and where are their fans? Id say Cinci is doing ok for where the USA is right now…

    I love my Bengals and always will

  14. mikebrownistheworstownerinprosports says: Dec 28, 2012 8:28 PM

    The Bengals have been at 93.3% capacity for all 2012 games combined.

    Ahead of these teams:

    Buffalo
    Cleveland
    KC
    St. Louis
    Washington
    Oakland
    Tampa Bay
    San Diego
    Miami

    Not bad for a small market. Especially considering that the Bengals have the longest streak without a playoff win (21 years).

  15. tluke25 says: Dec 28, 2012 8:57 PM

    You mean to tell me that they play their first meaningless game in YEARS and it finally sells out. I’m not sure who has kookier fans: Cincinnati or Cleveland.

    It has to be confusing living in Ohio.

  16. staffordsyear says: Dec 28, 2012 9:10 PM

    I wish i could talk smack on this one but im a lions fan…*sigh*

  17. halusbr33 says: Dec 28, 2012 9:15 PM

    This doesn’t surprise me, and I don’t mean that to be a zing towards Cincinnati.

    The NFL has done just about everything in its power to ruin the game for fans who attend the game – – from ticket prices, parking prices, limited tailgate times, flex scheduling, ridiculous time-outs for the ‘viewer at home, ‘et cetera, et cetera.

    Of course…one must consider the concession prices as well.

  18. hrdcorbengalsfan says: Dec 28, 2012 9:43 PM

    ajonesmc931

    You are obviously in the wrong storyline…lol

  19. twoconeys says: Dec 28, 2012 10:07 PM

    ive been a die hard bengals fan since i can remember and i can tell you this if the bengals were in new york or a bigger market the press would bash mike brown for being so dang cheap. i love my bengals but mike brown is a cancer to football. he’d rather line his pockets then pay for a competitive football team. we got lucky in the last few drafts and got some young hungry talent. but dont let it fool you mike brown is still mike brown.

    ha…. Dude… 1998 called and they want back their “Bengals Talking points” back

  20. joshh967 says: Dec 29, 2012 3:20 AM

    Bengals could relocate in LA. They’d be appreciated for a few seasons at least.

    ——————

    People say that as if LA hasn’t had a team before that was forced to relocate…

  21. joetoronto says: Dec 29, 2012 6:28 AM

    The Bungals are a joke and will never ever win a Super Bowl.

  22. starfan79 says: Dec 29, 2012 8:23 AM

    Cowboy fans show up every week, look what we have to work with..

  23. ravensdominate says: Dec 29, 2012 9:57 AM

    Oooooooooooh! They sold out a game! Congratulations! What a joke of a franchise…

  24. ravensdominate says: Dec 29, 2012 10:00 AM

    Who cares about your 7 year sell out streak??! The ravens have sold out every game in franchise history! 7 years… I say again, joke of a franchise and fan base. Move to LA, Bungled.

  25. inthezone4 says: Dec 30, 2012 8:37 AM

    Ravens dominate at losing important games and for toronto , no one cares about your comments. Find a job!

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