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The Cincinnati Bengals are sharpening their claws

Sports fans know that a couple of Cincinnati Bengals tickets assures them the opportunity to enjoy high-flying football action from a talented team. The 2008 season was not the great year that was expected, but it did see some fascinating performances. Is Cincinnati going to use the 2009 draft to add that needed depth? It remains to be seen, but eager fans are already anticipating some phenomenal games as soon as fall rolls around.

Brown responsible for the birth of Bengals

The American Football League welcomed the Cincinnati Bengals as an expansion team 40 years ago in 1968. Paul Brown had coached the Cleveland Browns in the past and took over coaching duties for this new team. It was Brown who spearheaded the effort to bring a second professional team to Ohio State. Brown chose the Bengals name to honor some earlier professional football groups that had been established in the city during the 1930s and 1940s. The Bengals’ first season started off positively with 2 home wins, but ended with a disappointing record of 3-11. However, this was the most wins for any 1960-era football expansion franchise. With Brown’s guidance and experience, Cincinnati won its AFC Central Division title in 1970 and was the first team of expansion in winning a championship in its first years of competition. They had to wait a few years, but in 1981 the Cincinnati Bengals innings were hotter than ever when these players made their first Super Bowl debut.

Brash Tiger Cubs Highlights

Ken Anderson was selected as the team’s quarterback in 1971 and, although he had been selected with the third pick in the draft, he would become the team’s leader for the next 16 years. The team won a second AFC Central title in 1973 and earned a wild-card berth in the 1975 playoffs. In their breakout 1981 season, the Bengals sported their new tiger stripes adorning their helmets and uniforms and conquered the AFC Central Division once again with a 12-4 record. They then defeated San Diego 27-7 and used their tiger power to advance to Super Bowl XVI against San Francisco. The Big Title eluded the younger team as they fell a close 26-21. Boomer Esiason quarterbacked the Bengals for their second Super Bowl opportunity during 1988. The team defeated Buffalo 21-10 to claim the AFC championship and narrowly lost the title in Super Bowl XXIII when Joe Montana converted a last-ditch touchdown pass to edge the Bengals 20-16.

The future is waiting to be written

For fans, there is much optimism and excitement in the air as they part ways with the 2008 season and look ahead to the coming months of 2009. Tickets for the Cincinnati Bengals are forecast to sell out quickly again as Carson Palmer and his teammates team prepare to go out on the field. The draft will include some new players, and fans are hoping to see Stacy Andrews recover from knee surgery and take his place on the Bengals’ offensive line. What the new season holds for this young team remains to be seen, but it will definitely include some exciting games that will be played until the very end.

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