“A Cincinnati Championship?”

In my opinion, a Cincinnati Bengal's Super Bowl victory would be the sweetest victory the city of Cincinnati could have. What are your thoughts?

I have come to the realization that the majority of my viewers for this blog are people from the Cincinnati Tri-State area.  And I realize that much of the time when I talk about the National Sporting Stratosphere, there could be a lack of interest within some of my viewers.  Though I know many of you who read this column are die-hard sports fans and would read about anything that is related to the sporting world. 

But this morning, I was walking to class and a thought popped into my head.  What if the Reds won the World Series?  What if the Bengals won the Super Bowl?  What if the UC Bearcat Basketball or Football Team captured the National Championship?  What if it never struck midnight on the Xavier Musketeers and they brought home a hoops National Championship? What championship would have a more profound effect on the city?  

So I just rambled off a few of the thoughts.  But when looking at the Cincinnati sporting realm.  Here are the top 5 main teams, in no particular order: 

Cincinnati Reds 

 Cincinnati Bengals 

University of Cincinnati Bearcats Basketball 

 University of Cincinnati Bearcats Football 

 Xavier Men’s Basketball 

It has been 2 decades since any of these teams captured their respective sport’s highest title (championship).  That team was the 1990, “Wire to Wire” Reds.  This summer has brought back memories of that amazing team especially since the home town guys are heading to the playoffs for the first time in 15 years.  

The Bengals have been to the Super Bowl two times, but have never won the big one.  I can only imagine the madness that would ensue if the Who Deys took home the Super Bowl Title. 

The UC Men’s basketball team has won 2 National Championships.  But these were each were won in the early 1960s. 

The UC Football team has never won a National Championship, though their last 2 seasons have really gotten the city on board with UC Football.  The BCS Bowl appearances really got this city back into the College Football Game. 

Lastly, the Xavier Men’s Basketball team has been very good the past 20 years.  They are a team that has made people question the term, Mid Major.  But sadly, they have never won a National Championship.  Every March, or at least for the past few, people have road the Muskies deep into the tournament and kept the dream alive of having a local team take it home. 

If I were to say which team’s championship would have the most profound effect on Cincinnati, I would have to say a Cincinnati Bengals Super Bowl.  Who Dey chants would continue for a month non stop.  This is our unquestioned favorite football team.  They have never won the big game.  Not to mention the big game is the most viewed sporting event that we have in American sports.  So if pushed to decided which title would have the most momentous effect, I would have to say a Super Bowl Championship. 

So I pose the question to you.  Which team winning a championship would have the most profound affect on Cincinnati and why?  Please do not be shy with your answers. 

Stay tuned for the next edition of TheSportsKraze. 

-TheSportsKraze 

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4 responses to ““A Cincinnati Championship?”

  1. SportsKraze, I beg to differ.

    The Bengals are not the favorite football team in this state or EVEN IN THIS CITY. The Ohio State Buckeyes are still the favorite in a large amount of households. Even though there are plenty of Buckeye haters, I would venture to guess that at least 1/3 of this illustrious Queen City prefer the Buckeyes over the Bengals. In other words, if you ask a Cincinnatian ranging from downtown all the way up to the outskirts of Dayton who their favorite football team is, I bet you 1/3 (maybe closer to half of them) would say the Bucks. UC football is also nowhere close so I don’t think I have to explain myself by saying they don’t compare in this discussion.

    The Bearcat basketball team and the Musketeers cancel themselves out. I think 60- 70 percent of the city is in favor of the Bearcats over the Muskies. Simply put, UC is a bigger school so they have more fan support. Therefore, if the Cats won a national title, 30 percent of the city would be unhappy and root against them in the title game! 60-70 percent would root against the Muskies. I think it is rather obvious that these two teams would not have the biggest effect on the city either.

    In my opinion, the team who doesn’t have an opponent within four hours of themselves would produce the greatest amount of hoopla. If the Reds won a World Series, the ENTIRE CITY would be excited and it would span all the way up to Columbus and all the way down throughout Kentucky. There is a reason why Cincinnati is a baseball town, Kraze. If the Reds won the Series, it would EASILY have the biggest effect on our beloved city.

    -DC

    • DC,
      All very valid points. But you are missing out on one major key that I brought up and will continue to. The Reds have won 5 World Series.

      How many Super Bowls have the Bengals captured?

      Also, what is the most viewed sport in the United States right now?

      Lastly, I realize the Reds have 81 home games and the Bengals have only 8. But the Reds barely fill half of the stadium on average. The Bengals sell out.

      Just some food for thought, but you do bring up some good points.

      -TheSportsKraze

  2. Yes, SK. The Bengals have yet to capture a Super Bowl and the NFL is king in the USA. Both true and both valid. However, the fact that the Reds have won championships makes them a more historical favorite in our town. I quote Marty Brennaman in the 1976 World Series when I make this point: “Cincinnati, from this day forward, is and always will be a baseball town.”

    Lets both root for both of these scenarios to happen soon so we can see which creates a bigger buzz…

    -DC

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