Sunday's win isn't just making
the Bengals happy. Fans are excited for the regular season to wind down
while looking forward to clinching a playoff spot in the coming weeks.
Those fans braved the cold and snow to catch their beloved Bengals
on Sunday afternoon.
"2008, 2009 is the last time
we had a home playoff game. I'd love to see one here, maybe make it all
the way. The Superbowl's going to be outside in the cold this year.
It's going to be a real good time, just like today. We're a cold weather
team," said Steve Tilford of Taylor Mill.
A lot of these fans are at Paul
Brown Stadium faithfully every Sunday afternoon. But, for at least on
fan, Sunday's game was a first.
"This is my first NFL
game. It's been awesome to be here with the Bengals," said Dave Rogers,
who attended his first Bengals game on Sunday.
Rogers and his wife, Amy, are
missionaries in Uganda. They're living in Fairfield right now with their
kids for the school year. On Sunday, they braved the snow, a sight they
don't see in Uganda. Dave is a pilot, and a converted 49ers fan.
Amy is a teacher, and a lifelong Bengals fan.
"We don't ever get to see
football because it's Uganda. It's a British colony. We get to see
soccer, but never football. It's very exciting to be here," said Amy
Rogers, who grew up in New Richmond.
But, there's no American football
played there. Rugby is as close as it gets. But, they have friends
interested in learning more about American culture, including sports. In
fact, they've already spread Sunday's experience across social media with their
"A lot of our friends in
Uganda are already hearing about it. It's awesome because they'll all
begin to see and ask about it, and we get to show them what American football
is," said Rogers.
They've got expectations just as
high as the rest of the fans as this regular season is coming to close in a few
We asked one fan, "Is it a
good time to be a Bengals fan?Tom Roenker of Bellevue
exclaimed, "It's a great time to be a Bengals fan! Who dey!"
The Rogers are also happy that,
if the Bengals do make it to the Superbowl, they'll at least be here
stateside to see it.