A season emerges and the picture slowly clears from the mist and smoke of thought, dream, and hope.
In 2010, there were changes in the air.
A recession had ended and so too, for a city known as a Queen hope renewed of a lingering past two decades removed.
The ghosts of the 1988 team dubbed by NFL Films as the Kings of the Queen City hover over the foundation of Riverfront Stadium—a ghostly industrial cathedral no more.
In modern and shaply jagged beauty cuts the glass like gladiator's ring known as Paul Brown Stadium.
2010 will be known for many reasons as a defining moment for the Bengals and the Bengals' management, players, and the city which has suffered greatly to emerge so strong.
With the buzz of triumph coarsing through the air like the electricity before a storm, the 2010 Bengals' season sits on the horizon with questions at the peak.