A battle cry is a yell or chant taken up in battle, usually by members of the same military unit. Battle cries are not necessarily articulate, although they often aim to invoke patriotic or religious sentiment. Their purpose is a combination of arousing aggression and esprit de corps on one's own side and causing intimidation on the hostile side. Battle cries are a universal form of display behaviour (i.e., threat display) aiming at competitive advantage, ideally by overstating one's own aggressive potential to a point where the enemy prefers to avoid confrontation altogether and opts to flee.
Fanhood always differs with each individual, some are casual fans others are considered the diehard, the Fanattics. Those are the people I'm trying to reach out to and that's what most here at CJ are. I know your all frustrated and talks of hope have quickly become the blame game and once that starts agruments incite and tempers flare. It makes for a long week of reading here at the Jungle. Nothing here should be taken personal and everything with a grain of salt but there's something I just can't get off my mind. Last week like every other we had the opposing team vist, asking questions about our team and how we thought it would play out. Well, it didn't take long before our visitors were back home and guessing how big the blowout would be. Here is just a little from a conversation that they had after their vist and honestly it's embarasing as hell.
Den#1 If the Bengals are as negative as their fans then this will be a blowout.
Den#2 Yeah fans on their SB blog are pretty apocalyptic about this game I was surprised. I hope the Broncos aren't reading any stuff like that. They are a hungry team that could still compete for a playoff spot.
Den#3 Broncos sound like they're taking this game very serious, which is good, as their fans have already given up.
Then it went on a few more post about how someone visited Cincy and a Native told them how much our sports teams suck. Is it just me and my competition streak that's a mile wide but how can someone submitt to defeat before the game has even begun? People making comments before the game about having a feeling we'd pull off the upset only to be followed by a "are you crazy' responce. Hell even one of our writers picked us to lose! Does anyone else believe in Any Given Sunday or the fact that any team can be beat? I see Bengal fans as a team in their own right, battling it out against 31 others and just like the real teams of the NFL there's good teams and bad ones. We might not be able to change the team we root for but we can definitley change the team of fans that we are. We can shake that "bad fan" label by sticking up for our team once in awhile and standing tall on the strengths of our team. Big thanks to the guys that made sure our visitors knew not one man shuts down AJ Green, not even Champ Bailey. 100 yards and a TD later they know it as fact.
Things are tough and we are all frustrated, but the season isn't over and the rest of the games aren't meaningless. Until it's mathematically impossible for the Bengals to make the playoffs we shouldn't count them out. If that day comes than we can still be a thorn in other teams sides. We could possibly knock the steelers out of a wildcard berth or take away the ratbirds home field. Anything is possible! We aren't the worst team in the league by any means, we were a special teams touchdown and a missed field goal away from knocking Denver off their mile high horse. Show a little faith please and lets show those 31 other fan bases that we aren't those same fare weather fans and our Bengals aren't a push over they once were. If a visiting fan asks you about our team answer with something besides "they suck" and try to focus on the positives.
I never expect to lose. Even when I'm the underdog, I still prepare a victory speach. H. Jackson Brown, JR
Most of this was typed up after Sunday nights game and wasn't ever going to be seen by anyone else but after reading about John today I felt inspired to finish it. It might be mixed and jumbled but the point is we can sometimes be better fans regardless of how hard things seem. We need more fans that stand up for our team like John and aren't afraid to voice their opinion because it's positive and not popular. Those fans that would stand behind the Bengals even if they were playing the NFC Pro Bowl team and expect a win all the while screaming our battle cry at the top of their lungs. WHO DEY! WHO DEY! WHO DEY!