Houston Texans coach Bill O’Brien created a quarterback controversy by yanking starter Tom Savage and inserting rookie Deshaun Watson. Watson is expected to start when the Texans face the Cincinnati Bengals on Thursday Night Football (5:30 p.m. PT/8:30 p.m. ET, NFL Network).
As soon as I found out the date of the Cincinnati Bengals’ home opener, I cleared my schedule. I have always wanted to go to a game on opening day in any sport, and I decided that this would be the one.
What better day to go than the day on which they celebrate 50 seasons of Bengals football. This wouldn’t be a normal opening day. No, I knew this would be a memorable experience. So on May 23rd, I bought tickets without hesitation.
Fast forward four and a half months. I parked in a garage underneath Great American Ballpark, and I could feel football in the air. As I ascended the stairs to the surface of Cincinnati, I could hear loud music, but was unsure of the significance.