Instead of sitting here writing about how depressing this season has been and what the problems are with this team this year (that'll probably come next week), I thought I'd see what other Bengals fans do before they watch the game--either in person, on TV at home or in a bar. Mine is quite quirky, so I want to see how many of you are as big of degenerates as I am.
I'm going to preface my rituals with a couple of tidbits of info: I live in California. So when the Bengals have the early game (which is 85% of the time every year), it's an early start for me. Secondly, in December 2008 (yes, even at the end of that miserable season), my brother and I turned his garage into a genuine "Bengals mancave". This meant disinfecting and Pine-Sol-ing his garage after moving everything out of it, painting the walls orange and black, putting down carpet, moving in sofas and chairs, moving in a ping pong table and nearly all of his Bengals memorabilia. Needless to say, this is where we watch all of the games. This is probably common place in the greater Cincinnati area, but when people drive by and see this in Southern California, I'm sure we get laughed at hysterically by neighbors. But, before we go there to watch, my brother and I go get about an hour and 45 minutes of exercise so we don't feel so guilty about eating and drinking all kinds of crap all day. We go run and throw the football around for 30 minutes and then hit the gym (I won't give you the embarrassing details of how we listen for "good luck songs" or look for "good luck gym attendees") for an hour and 15 minutes, then we watch the game after. At halftime we usually play a game of ping pong and/or cornhole--loser takes a shot of the winner's choosing. Then we watch the rest of the game.
That's pretty much it, outside of watching more football and drinking until about 9 PM. I just want to see what other Bengal fans do and if they're as ridiculous as I am. Hell, maybe some of you can end up tailgating together or whatever it is that you do, because of this post. So, now that I've embarrassed myself about what I do for 16+ Sundays a year, sound off and tell me and everyone else what your Bengals game rituals are.