Bengals fan may spend Thanksgiving on rooftop of Indiana restaurant

Bengals fan remains living on rooftop of Indiana restaurant

MILAN, Ind. (FOX19) - The Bengals tenth loss means one fan will continue to live on the rooftop of his Indiana restaurant a little while longer.

Jeff Lanham has been on the rooftop of the Hog Rock Café since the Bengals lost to the Arizona Cardinals on Oct. 6, 26 to 23.

The idea started as a casual conversation to get his wife’s attention, but it turned out to be one giant commitment.

He says he will continue to camp out on the rooftop of his restaurant until the Bengals win a game.

“If I say I’m going to do something, I do it,” Lanham said. “I had no intention of ever coming up here and staying."

The Bengals are 0-10 and at this rate, Lanham could be living on the rooftop for the rest of the season.

“It doesn’t look good for us. We are not playing well at all,” Lanham said. “Our defense is starting to play a little bit better, but our offense just isn’t clicking.”

Since he has been living in the 10 x 12 tent space, Lanham has had a lot of company including another fellow Bengals fan, Dennis “Wildman” Walker, and former Bengals fullback, Ickey Woods.

Other than watching the Bengals and hanging out with some local celebrities, Lanham says there is not that much to do.

He says his wife gave him a volleyball similar to the one Tom Hanks talks to in the movie "Castaway."

Lanham also has a stocking hung up in his tent but hopes Santa does not have to visit him to fil it.

“And I’m wondering if I didn’t get jinxed to where now I’m going to be up here during Christmas,” Lanham said. “So, I don’t know if I need to get it out of here or what."

If the Bengals lose Sunday against the Steelers, Lanham says he will spend Thanksgiving in the tent.

"I'll take everything out just like I do when we watch the game on Sundays, put a table in here, and will have Thanksgiving."

He says if the Bengals do not get a win this season, he will be back on the roof in 2020.

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