Bearcat1975 Posted February 1, 2009 Report Share Posted February 1, 2009 Everyfan has two season tickets at Paul Brown Stadium she intends to keep. They are in the North end zone, eight rows up, Section 128, on the aisle. The bill for them this year is $1,380. A 20 percent deposit is due by Feb. 27, the balance by late March. Everyfan will write the checks.AdvertisementQuantcastShe says everyone she knows with Cincinnati Bengals tickets is doing the same. They do it because they love football or because they love the atmosphere or they believe in tomorrow or because, well, because it's just what they've done forever. Listen to Debbie Kincaid, and see if she doesn't sound like you:"We like going to the games," she says. "It doesn't have a lot to do with the team. My family had seats at Nippert Stadium. I went to the Freezer Bowl. It's the ritual of it."The notion is floated after every disappointing Bengals season: Fans unite! Don't go to the games! Take off your Johnson jerseys! Stop drinking $7 beers! Change the channel! Corporate execs: Rise up! Don't lease the suites! Don't pay to associate your products with the Cincinnati Bengals!Viva la revolucion. Or something.It all sounds swell, in a grassroots, proletarian sort of way.And it never happens.It probably never will.If ever there were an offseason for the bourgeois to storm the palace, this would be it. The economy stinks, the team stinks, the team has done nothing yet to demonstrate why things will smell any better. Clubs with better records fire head coaches, juggle staffs, hire general managers with Super Bowl track records. The Bengals prefer their continuity.A Web site so devoted to revolution it has the word in its name - whodeyrevolution.com - got some national traction last fall. The Pittsburgh Steelers - family-owned in a small, lower-revenue market - are celebrated as the NFL's model franchise. The Bengals, who could be the Steelers, flail.It doesn't matter.When I ask Kincaid where winning fits into her thinking, she says, "That's not why I go." She isn't some stubbornly loyal, overly optimistic naif with unlimited income. She knows the Bengals' track record and she doesn't care. It's not about the outcome."I love football," she says. In college, she slept outside overnight to secure a seat in O Block at Ohio State games. "It's the getting out and going," she says. "I don't play golf, I don't play tennis. It's something to look forward to."The fans around her in Section 128 must feel the same. Most, if not all, Kincaid says, are keeping their tickets. She likes the camaraderie, the shared misery, the partying. The actual performance of the team is secondary. "It's like watching a band in a bar," Kincaid explains. "The music is sometimes the background. I'm paying to enjoy the atmosphere."You can agree or disagree. I'd prefer to report Kincaid is irrational and in the vast minority. She is not. Mike Brown runs a business in which performance is secondary. As long as Everyfan looks like Debbie Kincaid, Mike Brown has it made.Kincaid's friend in her office gets on the phone. Jenny Coloado's family has two club seats and two seats in an end-zone section. The club seats run $4,200 a pair. Because the Coloados have four sons, all of whom play or have played football, their love for the game runs deep. It also takes them away on some home Sundays. "Four tickets is a big investment, especially if you have to give them away," she admits.Coloado says she's "angry" at Brown. She believes he owns "a complete lack of caring for the team and the city." She wonders if he "even likes football."The Coloados' 50 percent deposit on the club seats was due Friday. The check's in the mail.Debbie Kincaid says she doesn't support the Bengals any other way: No food, no drink, no concessions, no parking in the stadium lots. No jersey glorifying Ocho Cinco. She got her renewal letter a little more than a week ago. Her pen is poised, her checkbook is at the ready. "They sent a letter asking me if I wanted to move my seats," she says. "I was going to see if I can get closer. But I like the crazy people I'm around."We will buy the tickets and we will lease the suites. We don't get what we deserve, or what we expect. We get what we put up with. Cesar Chavez isn't coming.http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090201/COL03/902010399...That one is just for you, HOF. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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