‘Go Bengals, Who Dey, and Amen’: Hamilton City Council shows support for NFL team

Hamilton Vice Mayor wore his stripes at Wednesday's City Council meeting, with a team scarf, striped tie and a Bengals coozie around his bottle of Hamilton water. His house also is decorated in honor of the team. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

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Hamilton Vice Mayor wore his stripes at Wednesday's City Council meeting, with a team scarf, striped tie and a Bengals coozie around his bottle of Hamilton water. His house also is decorated in honor of the team. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

Residents encouraged to show Cincinnati Bengals pride this week and weekend

Who Dey gonna root hardest for those Cincinnati Bengals this weekend? Among Hamilton City Council, the odds-on favorite is Vice Mayor Michael Ryan, although Councilman Eric Pohlman may have one-upped Ryan at Wednesday’s council meeting by praying for the team.

“Heavenly Father,” Pohlman began his opening prayer, “we come to you today asking you for your guidance, wisdom and support as we begin this meeting. Lord, as always, we ask you to watch over our firefighters, police officers and all first responders, that they may return home safely after each day.”

“We ask you, Lord, to watch over all our athletes this weekend,” Pohlman continued. “Keep them healthy, and let them show sportsmanship. Go Bengals, Who Dey, and Amen.”

Some council members wore outfits a bit different from usual for council meetings: Ryan wore a Bengals’ scarf with his dark suit and a black-and-orange tie. He accessorized the look with a prominently placed Bengals coozie on his bottle of Hamilton water. Councilwoman Carla Fiehrer wore a bright orange Bengals hoodie.

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Hamilton Council Member Carla Fiehrer wore a Bengals hoodie to Wednesday's City Council meeting. If the team makes the Super Bowl, Hamilton likely will declare a name in the Bengals' honor. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

Hamilton Council Member Carla Fiehrer wore a Bengals hoodie to Wednesday's City Council meeting. If the team makes the Super Bowl, Hamilton likely will declare a name in the Bengals' honor. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

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Hamilton Council Member Carla Fiehrer wore a Bengals hoodie to Wednesday's City Council meeting. If the team makes the Super Bowl, Hamilton likely will declare a name in the Bengals' honor. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

And Mayor Pat Moeller, who announced Hamilton officials accepted a bet from the second-largest city in Greater Kansas City — Overland Park, Kansas — wore a brighter tie than he often wears, featuring orange, black and yellow stripes.

But before that, Moeller asked Ryan to provide a “Bengals’ update.”

“Sunday’s a very special day,” Ryan announced. “And it’s so special, unofficially, we’re going to label Sunday as Bengals Dey — D-E-Y — in the city of Hamilton.”

Showing those Stripes

Ryan urged residents to “show their stripes, get those claws out, wear that black and orange.... Let’s show this team that we care, we’re gonna win, we’re gonna go to Kansas City, and and we’re going to wipe them all over the … field.”

Ryan asked students, their teachers and staff across the city to wear Bengals colors “the rest of the week.”

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Hamilton Mayor Mayor Pat Moeller wore a stylish striped tie at Wednesday's City Council meeting, during which he announced Hamilton accepted a bet from the second-largest city in the greater Kansas City area: Overland Park, Kansas. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

Hamilton Mayor Mayor Pat Moeller wore a stylish striped tie at Wednesday's City Council meeting, during which he announced Hamilton accepted a bet from the second-largest city in the greater Kansas City area: Overland Park, Kansas. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

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Hamilton Mayor Mayor Pat Moeller wore a stylish striped tie at Wednesday's City Council meeting, during which he announced Hamilton accepted a bet from the second-largest city in the greater Kansas City area: Overland Park, Kansas. MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

Ryan also announced, “I’ve got all kinds of orange lights, and spotlights on my house,” and said some sculptures have been lit up, and the Fitton Center for Creative Arts will “be tuning on some orange lights for us.”

“You have waited for this your whole life,” said Fiehrer, who herself is an active fan of several area college and pro sports teams.

“I haven’t slept all week, I’m so excited about this,” Ryan responded. “Unofficially, Sunday is Bengals Day in the city. It’s time to get excited.”

“Sunday, the Bengals are America’s team. Who dey,” Ryan added.

“When we win this game, then we’ll make the next one official,” Fiehrer said.

“We will do that,” Moeller said, before he tried to use his political might to convert city staff to root for the team in the stripes. Director of Engineering Rich Engle, when asked who he was rooting for, said: “I haven’t decided yet.” City Clerk Daniel Tidyman was praised for his diplomacy after being evasive: “I like Ohio teams,” Tidyman said.

A Bengals/Chiefs Bet

Moeller said people who weren’t around for the Bengals’ two Super Bowl appearances during the 1980s “don’t know what this’ll be like if we get to the Super Bowl. Think it’s kinda crazy now? Just wait.”

Moeller said he received an email late Sunday night. Overland Park “must have done their homework, pretty quick, I guess, because they found out we’re the second-largest city, next to Cincinnati.”

While Hamilton is far smaller than Overland Park, (63,399 according to the 2020 Census, compared to 197,238), but Moeller said he believes Hamilton residents are hungrier for a win.

Moeller said the mayor of Overland Park, who he called “a super-nice guy,” told him, “I wish I had a river in my city.”

If the Bengals win, Hamilton officials will receive barbeque from there.

“If we happen to lose, we’ve got 12 Richards (Pizza) steak sandwiches, six bottles of Neal’s (Famous BBQ) sauce, and a case of water going to Overland Park,” Moeller said.

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Hamilton City Councilman Eric Pohlman, who prayed for the creator to "watch over all our athletes this weekend," ended the prayer with, "Go Bengals, Who Dey and Amen." MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

Hamilton City Councilman Eric Pohlman, who prayed for the creator to "watch over all our athletes this weekend," ended the prayer with, "Go Bengals, Who Dey and Amen." MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

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Hamilton City Councilman Eric Pohlman, who prayed for the creator to "watch over all our athletes this weekend," ended the prayer with, "Go Bengals, Who Dey and Amen." MIKE RUTLEDGE/STAFF

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