CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Sorry, Bengals, but we need to break up.
I've tried to be patient, I've tried to be understanding, but I can't do it anymore.
I watched another lackluster performance from the Bengals last night against the Giants and their performance and predictability just makes me shake my head.
I've been a fan since I met Ken Riley and Reggie Williams at the Florence Mall way back in 1981, just before the first Super Bowl performance.
I was six years old.
Since then, I've watched everything from Super Bowls to the Ickey Shuffle and the SWAT Team to Jeff Blake and Carl Pickens to Carson Palmer's shredded knee.
I've also seen the dark ages with guys like Akili Smith, David Klingler, Dan Wilkinson and Kijana Carter.
I imagine I'm just like a million other Bengals fans in Cincinnati.
So, probably also like everyone else, I was encouraged when the team drafted Andy Dalton and A.J. Green and made the playoffs.
Then made it again, and again, and again.
The first few years I thought "they're still young, they'll get it"... then it became "OK, bad luck, they'll be back"... then "My God, are they ever going to win in the playoffs?"
Now I'm just over it.
The Bengals aren't progressing towards the playoffs. They're regressing.
Their defense has gone from untouchable to very good to serviceable to just plain terrible.
I think my flag football team from 1999 could score 14 points on this defense.
And don't even get me started on the play calling and offensive line.... aaaaahhhh!!
(Deep breath) I love the Bengals. I always have and always will, but I can't do this anymore.
I can't watch three hours of sloppy football from an undisciplined, mistake-prone team every week.
I'm sure my wife and kids will be thankful on Sunday when I offer to go shopping or do yard work or whatever
It's going to beat getting frustrated for another weekend about something that I know will never change.
See ya, Bengals. I'm moving on. (sniff, sniff)