Hometown Bengals Road to the Super Bowl
January 25, 2023
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At Arlington, we firmly believe in life celebrations. Life celebrations for our loved ones who have passed away, as well as celebrating life with the living. Please join us as we celebrate the Bengals and their die-hard fans on the Bengals Road to the Super Bowl by registering below to win a $100 Rally House gift card to use on your favorite Bengals gear. This winning journey has been long awaited! Many fans have stuck it out year after year – winning and losing seasons. Read our own Lisa McClain’s Journey as a Bengals fan below.
Lisa McClain’s Journey as a Bengals Fan
My journey as a Bengals fan is not heart-wrenching or sappy. Just a simple girl who loves sports and supports her hometown team – win or lose.
I was a season ticket holder from 1986 (the year I graduated high school) until 1993 (when kids and family responsibilities became my top priority). During that time I witnessed a combined 54-73 record. I watched the Bengals make their way to a Super Bowl, as well as some not-so-pretty seasons. But I still yelled WHO DEY at the television each game, every season, or at least when I could actually watch a home game on TV that wasn’t blacked out due to not enough ticket sales.
Fast forward to 2011, I had the opportunity to attend a game on Christmas Eve. The Bengals won 23-16, and Jerome Simpson flipped into the end zone right in front of our seats. I knew then I would be back to attending all future games. The handsome gentleman who invited me to the game (now my husband) may have had a small part in my return.
2012-2015, I had a flicker of hope at the beginning of each season. We had winning records and in 2015, many, including myself, thought this was the year. The playoff drought was finally over, right? Wrong. For some reason, whenever the lights shone brightest, this team would lose in the most surprising way possible. This happened so many times that even the element of surprise vanished.
2016-2020 were hard years to endure as a Bengals fan. You loved a team that didn’t love you back and broke your heart season after season. At the start of the first game, you think this could be the year, and then question why you threw away good money on season tickets halfway through the season. Our “Sunday Family” of fellow season ticket holders gave up their seats, and we were surrounded by visiting team fans for years. But we never gave up. We just got used to knowing that it’s never actually going to be the year. And then, somehow, it suddenly is.
The 2021 and 2022 Bengals seasons are ones to remember. Many out there are older than I am, and who have supported the team longer than I have but I believe we can all agree that we collectively yelled a loud WHO DEY – FINALLY! The fans have turned out in droves, lining the streets and packing the parking lots with painted faces, freshly printed jerseys, and a hopeful spirit we can do it all over again season after season. I got to take my granddaughter to her first Bengals game and she already knows, according to her, that the Steelers stink. It’s been fun seasons of celebration and I look forward to many more Who Dey celebrations in the years to come!
Who Dey, Who Dey! Who Dey think gonna beat dem Bengals? NOBODY!!