Friday, April 6, 2012

Cincinnatians and Sports

In celebration of the Cincinnati Reds winning Opening Day yesterday, I think we should take time to honor the wonder that is Cincinnati sports. No matter where I live, there will always be a soft spot in my heart for the Reds and the Bengals. We may not have the flashiest logos or the crazy quarterback drama that keeps other cities under constant media attention, but we do have a fierce love and passion for our teams. Whether it is the Reds, Bengals, Cyclones Hockey, Cincinnati Commandos Arena Football, the ever-popular Roller Derby, or other various sporting events around the city. We. Love. Sports.

From the Cincinnati Art Museum "Art In Bloom" 2009 Exhibition. Even our art is passionate about Cincinnati Sports.

I was raised to hold pride in my city and our teams. My parents love to tell the story of little Lori, in her Bengals sweatpants and t-shirt on a Sunday in the early 90's, yelling "That darn SAM!" at the television screen. Even as a young child I blamed the coach for the team's woes. Though we have our ups and downs in sports, the love remains. In January of 2010 when I was fortunate enough to get tickets to the Bengals' playoff game, I was thrilled!

My lovely friend and I, hyped to be at our first ever Bengals game in early '10.


But then, we lost. "There's always next year!" we say with enthusiasm. Through the last minute touch downs, 12th inning home runs, sudden death goal shots, seeing a player we've watched for years get traded, and playoff bids that only... just... end, we Cincinnatians endure, and our hope for the future never falters.

Guest Post written by Cincy Story Mural team member, Lorita


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