Insolent sportsmen cause loss


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Bengals quarterback AJ McCarron throws a pass against the San Francisco 49ers on Sun., Dec. 20. This was one of the last games the Bengals played in and won before round one of the playoffs against their archrival, the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Cincinnati football team lost in a bitter defeat to their opponents on Sat., Jan. 9, 2016, with a final score of 18 to 16.

The Queen City football team’s defeat during round one of the 2016 playoff games ended with much heartbreak and anger for the fans. Bengals linebacker Vontaze Burfict charged at Steelers wide receiver Antonio Brown, resulting in a concussion for Brown and a 15-yard personal foul penalty for the Cincinnati team.

Pittsburgh coaches came on to the field to assist their injured player when an angry Cincinnati cornerback Adam Jones shoved Steelers assistant coach Joey Porter after a shouting match between both sides.

This resulted in another 15-yard personal foul penalty for the Bengals, giving Pittsburgh kicker Chris Boswell an easy 35-yard field goal. Prior to the episode of arrogance during the final minutes of the game, Cincinnati had a lead of 16 to 15.

Sophomore Isabella Stevens said, “I thought they did horrible, and should have gotten together and won.”

Unfortunately, this was not the only scuffle between the two teams. Many intense arguments happened throughout the games, nearly disintegrating into fistfights, and almost causing the referees to lose all control.

Assistant principal Derrick Richardson said, “I thought they played well, but made some silly, childish, selfish mistakes.”

The stadium seats were also close to falling into anarchy, with a few Bengals fans throwing trash at Steelers Quarterback Benjamin Roethlisberger after he injured his shoulder and had to be carted into the locker room.

The crowd came close to losing their cool after the game ended, with dozens of devotees threw garbage at the Pittsburgh team as they exited the stadium. The Steelers lost the week after to the Denver Broncos. The Bengals will have to wait until next season to once again try to claim the AFC title.

Freshman John Hagen said, “It completely stunk. The Bengals could have done way better, and what was with someone running into the locker room with a football?”