Tex Hollywood - January 16, 2023
The Cincinnati Bengals won against the ravens and are first in the AFC North division and this fan seemed pretty into the win.
Zac Taylor was also pretty into the win, as you'd imagine. His year end bonus and future in the league depends on these kinds of things.
The bengals released a transcript of everything he was thinking after the win, I've pulled a few here:
What is the difference if any this year versus last year winning a playoff game given the
previous history and last year’s Super Bowl run?
“It’s special. There’s such a tremendous history here. You don’t take anything for granted in this league. At this point, it really doesn’t matter what seed you are. Every game is going to be a dogfight, and we knew that, and we were going to get their best shot and we knew that. Our guys found a way to win. Is it different than last year? Winning’s just fun. We work so hard and this season is so long. You go through all the peaks and valleys with all the people in this room. You’re here every step of the way — to get to the playoffs and it can all be over in a heartbeat. Our guys didn’t want that to happen, so they found a way to move on.”
How special does it feel to now face the Bills given what happened and not being able to finish the regular-season game this year?
“It feels like two deserving teams (are facing each other). Buffalo is one of the greatest environments to play in in all of football. I’ve been there many, many times and it’s a fun environment. It’s a worthy playoff environment, and so our guys are going to be juiced up and ready to go. It should be a heck of a game.”
You started a new tradition of taking game balls around the city after wins last year. Will that continue this year and if so, do you have any spots in mind already?
“I know I’m continuing that tradition. That tradition is never going to die. That includes tonight. You guys keep holding me up — I don’t know what time the bars close here, but we’ll find one. We’ve got a good thing going and I’m not going to reveal that right now, but we will include as many people as possible.”
He continued the tradition of keeping the game ball and giving it to members of the community last night at 12:30 at a local bar and the video shows how much the fans appreciate him.
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