I truly hope it doesn't come to this, but, 5 minutes before the deadline, Mike Brown should buy the rest the of the unsold tickets. He should give away the tickets at the gate in exchange for 5 cans food, to be given to a local food bank. The amount of goodwill a gesture like this would bring to the fans, the community, and the players, would be immeasurable in years to come, as there are many potential NEW local fans among television viewers, who truly should be able to witness the first Bengals playoff victory in nearly a generation. Giving away these tickets would also be one less excuse for Mike Brown haters to hate Mike Brown. Giving away these unsold tickets would invigorate fans and players alike. If it happens to be tax deductible for MB so much the better. I think the reason for the unsold tickets is a combination of the short time to plan a trip to the game, combined with economic reasons, which are generally worse for most people this time of year. Paying $150+ just for a (cheapest) ticket and parking is tough right now for many local people. Of course someone will say how much better it is to stay home and watch it on television and the weather is cold blah blah. What true fan would not want to be there to watch a PLAYOFF victory if they could? This may be a once in a lifetime chance for some people. I'll tell you this also, a whole lot more people will claim to have been there after the fact than were actually there.
The Blackout rule is outdated, with television coverage and television screens being better than ever, the way to grow your fan base IMHO, is to get your product on television locally by hook or by crook. You folks from Dayton and other local towns, want to know why so many of your neighbors are Sqeeler or Klown fans? It is because THEIR games were televised more often around here.