Don't be surprised if the Bengals home game against the Oakland Raiders is the toughest ticket in town next season.
This is not just another game against an AFC West opponent.
This is personal.
This game has the plot line of a WWE feud, and whenever it is played, the Cincinnati crowd will treat it like a WrestleMania main event.
You know the story. The Bengals drafted Palmer first overall in 2003. He was supposed to be the team's savior, and for a while, he looked like he might be.
Palmer made two Pro Bowls and projected to be an elite quarterback. He made big throws in big spots and Cincinnati, with Palmer under center, was on an upward trajectory.
Palmer even led the Bengals to two AFC North crowns in 2005 and 2009, but his credit quickly ran out around the Queen City. Palmer was not the same quarterback after suffering an injury against the Steelers in the 2005 playoffs.
Bengals fans looked to Palmer to take leadership of the team, to be a more vocal presence, but he remained quiet and deferential.
After an abysmal 2010 season that saw the team finish 4-12, Palmer vowed to retire unless Mike Brown traded him. And retire he did.
Last October, Mike Brown traded his disgruntled signal-caller to Oakland for a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL draft and a conditional second-rounder in 2013. The acrimony aimed at Palmer was so strong that, for the first time ever, Bengals fans praised Brown. In a related story, the devil shivered.
In under a decade, Palmer went from savior to goat. Bengals fans feel disrespected after Palmer decided to call it quits instead of playing for a fanbase that had once embraced him. Time has yet to heal this grudge.
Who Dey nation would love nothing more than to show Palmer that the team and the city is better off without him. Expect downtown Cincinnati to roar when the Raiders visit the Bengals.
You won't want to miss it.