Special Sub-Topic: All About the Bengals
|What was the first season of the Cincinnati Bengals as a professional team?|
1968. The Bengals joined the American Football League in 1968, then when the AFL-NFL merger happened in 1970, they joined the NFL.
|Who was the original owner/head coach of the Bengals?|
Paul Brown. Ironically, Paul Brown was also the founder/owner of the state rivals Cleveland Browns. His time with Cleveland ended after selling his share of the team to Art Modell, and then was fired 2 years later. Art Modell never worked with the Bengals. Dave Shula coached the Bengals 1992-1996. Dick LeBeau coached the team from 2000-2002.
|What was the name of the stadium the Bengals shared with the Reds for three decades?|
Riverfront Stadium. In the Bengals first season in the AFL, they played at Nippert Stadium, but then moved to Riverfront from 1970-1999. Riverfront Stadium was also known as Cinergy Field in 1996.
|What new stadium did the Bengals call home in 2000?|
Paul Brown Stadium. The Bengals moved to their own stadium in 2000, leaving the Reds to play at Riverfront until their new stadium, Great American Ball Park, was completed for the 2003 season. Obviously, the new home of the Bengals was named for their founder, Paul Brown. His son Mike Brown was the owner at the time of the new stadium opening.
|What are the main colors of the Bengals?|
Orange and Black. Its funny to me that the Bengals' orange was indeed very similar to the Cleveland Browns' orange. The uniforms have changed over the years to include more black, and to add a little flair with tiger stripes.
|What was the name of the celebratory dance that started during the Bengals run to the Super Bowl in the 1988 season?|
Ickey Shuffle. Ickey Woods was a rookie running back in 1988, and did his little dance after scoring touchdowns. This was to be the start of NFL penalties for excessive celebrations.
|What Bengals coach first made the no-huddle offense a standard for his team?|
Sam Wyche. Although all four choices coached for the Bengals at some point in their history, Sam Wyche made this a regular way of life on the offensive side of the ball. Most teams only used this offense when time was running low. Several NFL rule changes developed from this offensive strategy, giving defense time to substitute. Stopping the clock for injury means that injured player is required to sit out one play. Further, they could penalize a team if they have a clock-stopping injury when a limited amount of time is left in the game. Wyche coached the Bengals.
|Who was the first Bengals player to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame?|
Anthony Munoz. Anthony Munoz was an offensive tackle from USC and was the first round, third pick of the 1980 draft. He played 13 seasons for the Bengals and was an 11-time Pro Bowl selection.
|What opponent did the Bengals face twice in a Super Bowl?|
San Francisco 49ers. The Bengals faced the 49ers twice in the big game. In Super Bowl XVI, they lost 26-21, and in Super Bowl XXIII, they lost 20-16.
|Which Bengal was the 1988 NFL MVP?|
Boomer Esiason. Boomer was the quarterback of the 1988 Bengals team that lost to the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl. He threw for 3572 yards with 28 TDs against 14 interceptions in the season.
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