Between 6:30 and 7:30 PM (Eastern) on Wednesday, the Cincinnati Bengals will be hosting a Fan Forum, where "you'll even have an opportunity to ask questions and voice comments to your team!" Former Bengals kicker Jim Breech will host the conference call which, we gather, is an attempt to get Bengals fans to purchase tickets for Sunday's game against the Houston Texans which, at last report, is looking very likely to not sellout.
Along with Breech, Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis will join Chad Ochocinco, Rey Maualuga, Dhani Jones and Andrew Whitworth as part of a table of guests that will answer questions from fans. Reportedly several season ticket holders and non-season ticket holders received a recorded message from Breech Tuesday night about tonight's conference call.
While it appears like a great idea on its own, allowing fans the chance to connect with the players they cheer for, we've believed for a long time that the Bengals should become more proactive with the fan community. Not when they become nervous about the rate of tickets being sold. One of my favorite ideas, which seems so simple, comes from Lance McAlister, who thinks that the Bengals should do something similar that the Reds do with the Reds Winter Caravan. Think about it. Do things for the kids, parents, or even adults, that would otherwise have nothing to do with the team. It's all about perception.
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Note: If anyone decides to join, make sure you come back here and give us a full report.