"panic" only comes from having real expectations
"No matter how good you are, you're going to lose one-third of your games. No matter how bad you are you're going to win one-third of your games. It's the other third that makes the difference." ~Tommy Lasorda
If they had won a playoff game period over the last 4 years, then it probably would sell out. That, and the fact that the NFL makes playoff ticket prices, the cheapest seat to get in is $100, and fans probably figure why spend that much money to get kicked in the balls yet again
I'm still going, bought 2 in 249 for $215. Feel like a sucker, but I'll be there
The main problem is that they don't have a large season ticket base anymore.
I dropped my season tickets during the lockout, when they demanded a deposit but couldn't actually promise me that there would be football. In fairness to the Bengals, they did tell me that they would hold my seats anyway, and they did. At that point, though, I just realized that I could buy tickets to 4 or 5 regular season games off Stub Hub or elsewhere, watch the rest at home, sit in different seats around the stadium (usually better than my season tickets), and not pay full price for two exhibition games. I've done that the last few years, and it's cost half as much as season tickets.
"In our sundown perambulations of late, through the outer parts of Brooklyn, we have observed several parties of youngsters playing 'base', a certain game of ball. Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms, the game of ball is glorious"
They'll show them all right.
Last edited by traderumor; 12-31-2013 at 11:44 AM.
Can't win with 'em
Can't win without 'em
It's not just the Bengals...
Obviously I agree with you; I never stopped rooting for them. In the pre-Direct Ticket days, I watched many meaningless Bengals games by myself on the worst TV in the sports bar (when I did not live in Cincinnati). All I ever wanted was for them to be competitive, so the last few years have been great.
Didn't the 1869-70 Red Stockings after winning all those consecutive games......then after losing 1 game...in EI, on the road.... start to have their attendance drop after just one loss, losing investors in the team and forcing Wright to leave for Boston?
Seems to me Cincinnati cannot tolerate anything but complete dominance by their teams....not just winning.
There are several obstacles to the playoff tickets. For the season ticket holders, they hit you up for money about 5 weeks ago. Do I really want to give a billionaire my hard earned money to hold for 5 weeks collecting interest? This will be their 3rd home game in a row which is a pretty big commitment for many people. It is also easy to just watch the game from the comfort of your own home, especially when the weather is cold.
We're over 1,000 posts, so I'm going to start a new thread for continued discussion.