For those unaware, the tailgates don't begin in Lot 1 ... they begin as the Bengal Bomb Squad gathers in the mornings (usually around 730 am) to get ready for the ride down!
For the final home game of the regular season, some members of the Bengal Bomb Squad took time to have some fun and pose for photos before heading down to the tailgate lot. This is the crew of the Who Dey Heroes Bus as the early morning sun rises north of I-275! A "Who Dey HoliDEY" was declared as the Bengals took on the Chiefs and the Bengal Bomb Squad gathered for the final tailgate of the 2009 regular season!
On a chilly morning, the group was ready to tailgate and party, for certain. After the holidays and two weeks of Away Games, every member of the Bengal Bomb Squad was ready to reunite for one more regular-season blast!
Holiday gifts were a plenty! "New Rob" debuted his brand new jersey, the Bengal Bomb Squad stocking caps kept many guests warm, and the all-new Bengal Bomb Squad t-shirts made their debut!
The more the merrier is always the case at a Bomb Squad tailgate ... and as more guests arrived, it continues to be the Who Dey truth of it!
Thanks to donations from tailgate attendees, a new heater was added for the chilly tailgate. Sadly, the new heater was defective and ended-up just being a teasing decoration. However, guests have no fear! It was replaced for upcoming tailgates!
Also, thanks to new members Jerry & Brennan --- and their family --- who've now merged their nearby tailgate with the Bomb Squad's, a third heater was added to the mix! All of our guests were as warm as possible as we enjoyed food, games, and great friends & family --- both new & old! --- during the HoliDEY!
Without a doubt, everyone was in great spirits and were ready to watch the Bengals clinch the AFC North title ... the team's 2nd in five seasons!
As has become a Bengal Bomb Squad tradition, the bagpipes cued a fun sing-a-long & dance-a-long rendition of "Kiss Me ...!" Always a highlight of the Bomb Squad tailgates!
Husbands, wives, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, family, dates, and strangers are always happy to pose together and celebrate a good time at the Bengal Bomb Squad tailgate! A little Paul Brown Cider, some good food, and great music go a long way in making a spectacular "Who Dey Day!"
It's a championship party in the air ... and there are smiles to be had all around!
The Bengal Bombs, of course, were in full effect and the party was flowing freely! Beer Pong, Tiger Bombs, & Bengal Bombs kept everyone in the wildest Who Dey moods ever! Even Brittany, who turned 21 during the week, was in great Bengal spirits ... although she was feeling the effects of her week-long party.
Everyone who partied enjoyed huddling together as a group under the tents throughout the tailgate to keep warm by the heaters. A party this size, however, can't be confined to such limited space!
There are new friends and new things happening at every turn at a Bengal Bomb Squad tailgate. It's all part of the magic of a Who Dey HoliDEY!
Sadly, this tailgate also marked the first home game since the tragic death of Bengals's Wide Receiver ... Chris "Slim" Henry. An idea spawned on the Bengals.com message boards ... at 11:15 am, tailgaters held their own tribute to #15 by honking their horns 15 times for 15 seconds. The Bengal Bomb Squad immediately joined the effort to spread the word of the tribute, and using Twitter, this website, message boards, and local sports media ... tailgaters across the riverfront joined in. It was one of the single most touching moments to be a Cincinnati Bengals fan.
At the end of the day, it was an unforgettable tailgate and a unforgettable game as Chris Henry was remembered and the Bengals clinched the AFC North. The Bengal Bomb Squad definitely did what we could to make 2009 memorable, with friends & family ... both new and old ... that we're proud to have join us in Lot 1!