I am getting the impression that most people reading the headline of this article are going to think I am crazy because of the Bengals' 1-8-1 record. (Wait, I had no idea you could have a tie in the NFL!)
I am aware that the Bengals have one of the best offenses on paper with Carson Palmer, Chad Ocho Cinco, and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. I am aware that a majority of fans wish Mike Brown would step down after this season. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure all of this out.
After an 0-8 start, the Cincinnati Bengals have gone an entire month without losing a game, even if that includes their first victory against Jacksonville, the bye week, and the first tie in the NFL since 2002 against the Philadelphia Eagles.
To be honest, I think it's safe to say that the Bengals will not be going to the playoffs this season. With an 0-8 start and an elbow injury to keep their star quarterback Carson Palmer sidelined a majority of the season, we all knew that Ryan Fitzpatrick wasn't going to lead the Bengals to the promised land.
This upcoming weekend the Bengals play the Baltimore Ravens, who are coming off a huge victory in which Ed Reed and the Ravens defense dominated McNabb and the Eagles more than a No. 1 seed in the opening round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament.
To be honest, I expect the Ravens to own the Bengals. Then again, everybody else thought the Eagles would own the Bengals, and look what happened.
I'm sure most Bengals fans have had the opportunity to attend at least one Bengals game over the years. For those of you who have never had the opportunity, why not take this wonderful opportunity to attend one.
I know exactly what those of you who are scratching your heads are thinking: Why would I want to attend a game when my favorite team is 1-8-1? I'll give you two reasons.
1. A fan should love his team, no matter what their record may be.
2. This is the best time to buy Bengals tickets because they are so cheap!
One of the things I hate about attending sporting events is how expensive they are, especially NFL games. Not only do you have to pay for the tickets to the game, but then there is the price for parking, food, and fan gear on top of that. Overall, it usually turns into one expensive afternoon.
For most NFL teams, the retail value of tickets is in the $50-$65 range. With the high demand for tickets, individual tickets tend to sell out within a matter of minutes for each team. This means most fans have to find another way to get tickets, whether it's from ticket brokers or websites.
It's funny how the pricing of NFL tickets works. If your team does really well, the prices for tickets increase. If your team performs poorly most of the season, the prices for tickets decrease.
A few weeks ago, I purchased six tickets for the Eagles-Bengals game for $40 each. The tickets may have been in the upper level, but the retail value of each ticket was $65. With taxes taken into consideration, I saved close to $200 on these tickets. If the Bengals were 8-1 coming into that game, I would be looking at tickets that would cost me in the $80-$100 range.
The other day, I decided to do some research on Bengals tickets for the remainder of the season. According to our friends at Ticketmaster.com, the retail values of Bengals tickets, depending on you section, are $64, $72, $74, and $82. That seems about right for an NFL team.
One of the popular websites used to obtain sporting event tickets is Stubhub.com. The way it works is fans who already have tickets for a particular team post their tickets on the website allowing other fans to purchase these tickets.
After checking out Bengals tickets on Stubhub.com, their disappointing record has resulted in fans posting tickets for fans to purchase way below retail value!
How low do you ask me? Take a look at the upcoming Baltimore Ravens game this Sunday.
The first thing I see: FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS SELLING FOR $16 AND $17 APIECE! Not to mention there are sets of Kansas City Chief tickets selling for $12 apiece for the regular season finale.
Is this for real? Bengals football tickets going for the same price as Cincinnati Reds tickets in the outfield? Too bad these wouldn't be the prices if the Bengals were playoff contenders!
The Bengals may have been a major disappointment for their fans this season. However, this is the perfect chance for fans to turn a negative into a positive.
There are plenty of fans who have never had the chance to attend a Bengals game at Paul Brown Stadium. This could be because tickets were always too expensive. This could be because they were always sold out.
No matter what the reason, these last three home games are the perfect opportunity for those certain Bengals fans. Tickets are finally affordable. Not only do you finally get the chance to see your favorite team live, but you get the chance to see a great Baltimore Ravens team as well.
And the best part about football...on any given Sunday, anything is possible. With the way the Bengals have been playing lately, who says they don't have a chance at beating the Baltimore Ravens this Sunday?
For Bengal fans, all I'm trying to say is take advantage of a wonderful opportunity. The Bengals may have been frustrating all season, but that doesn't mean you should stop watching their games.
Take advantage and watch your team live while the tickets are at an affordable price. Football games are fun to watch on the television screen. They're even more fun when you're there in person.