Perhaps sometime in the near future I'll be able to actually start a post with something other than, "Oh, the Bengals... they broke my heart this weekend." Today will not be that day. If any of you caught the Bengals v. Colts game yesterday, and for your sake I hope you didn't, you'll know my guys got completely shut down. 27-0. Do you know how miserable it is to watch your team not be able to get on the board for an entire game?! Ouch, guys, ouch!
The good news (sorta) is that Jared and I got to see the game live. We made the quick drive over to Indianapolis with some friends- some of which were Colts fans- to visit my 4th NFL stadium. I'd really love to see them all one day so I'm just aiming for a new one every couple of years. It's on my list to see at least one more before I'm 30!
Lucas Oil Stadium was awesome, though. Easy to get to, and completely hassle-free parking which was very unexpected. I thought we'd be parking miles away but Indianapolis had no shortage of good parking locations at reasonable game-day prices too. Thumbs up to you, Indy! You're a great city to visit.
It was cool to be in a huge indoor stadium for the first time. The retractable roof was open so it was actually pretty chilly in there, but it was great football-weather! Despite our seats being in the 600 level, we had a great view! People always call the upper-decks the nosebleeds, which drives me nuts. There's nothing wrong with being up top! You see everything from there. Sadly, there wasn't much for us to see Sunday- but we still made the best of it and had a great time.
Maybe now since our record is 3-2-1 (silly tie!) I can lower my expectations a little. I mean, if we were 6-0 right now, surely I'd have my Super Bowl dreams crushed come December, right? Now, I can just keep hoping for the best, and I absolutely still think we can make a run for the playoffs- but I've lowered the bar just a little bit for the coming weeks. Don't get me wrong, I'll be losing my voice week-in and week-out cheering on my guys, but any future loss probably won't hurt quite as bad for the rest of the season.
On the way home we got over the loss pretty quickly. We pouted for a few minutes, because any loss stinks- but then made the best of our drive home with some snacks and much needed caffeine.