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In the words of one Longworth Hall employee, "The floodgate of tailgaters" began at 2:00 Monday, six and a half hours before kickoff between the Cincinnati Bengals and Houston Texans.

Everything from Bengals decorated buses, to campers, to trucks with heavy-duty grills streamed into 700 West Pete Rose Way all afternoon.

Jake Murray, Mike Steirs and friends have one of the flashiest set-ups complete with Bengal-themed cornhole competitions and a big spread of food.

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Other than the Steelers, there's one team every Bengals fan loves to hate. Cincinnati squares off against the Cleveland Browns Thursday night in a rivalry that's only grown over the years... especially when former coach Sam Wyche famously chastised a Cincinnati crowd saying, "You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!" Earlier this year WVXU's Tana Weingartner teamed up with Kabir Bhatia at WKSU in Kent to figure out the source of all this intrastate animosity.

Here's an encore presentation of their report:

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Inside the Cincinnati Bengals locker room the mood was upbeat Friday as the team prepared for its final walk-through before playing the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at 1:00 p.m.

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“NFL Turning Point” features Andy Dalton leading the Bengals comeback victory Sunday over the Seattle Seahawks on the NBC Sports Channel series Wednesday.

The weekly NFL Films’ program “reviews Andy Dalton’s performance on Sunday and provides an analysis of his consistent play through the first five games of the 2015 campaign. The segment then examines the thrilling conclusion of Sunday’s game and highlights how Dalton orchestrated the Bengals’ comeback win against the Seahawks to remain undefeated,” NBCSN announced.

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On this date in TV Kiese history…

Sept. 7, 1998: Former Bengals quarterback Boomer Esiason debuts as an ABC “Monday Night Football” analyst.

Esiason retired from the Bengals after the 1997 season and walked immediately into the “MNF” booth with Al Michaels and Dan Dierdorf, after Frank Gifford retired.

He didn’t last long - dumped after two seasons and replaced by comedian Dennis Miller and former quarterback Dan Fouts - but that didn’t hurt his broadcasting career.

“Big Brother” fans can watch Thursday’s episode live on WSTR-TV (Channel 64) when the final Bengals preseason game airs Thursday on WKRC-TV (Channel 12).

The CBS feed will air live in its regular time period (9:01-10 p.m.) Thursday on Sinclair sister station Channel 64, says Rick White Sinclair Broadcast Group regional program coordinator.

The reality show also will be broadcast on delay on Channel 12 at 11:37 p.m., after the 11 p.m. news.

The Channel 12 lineup Thursday:

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This week, Cincinnati is hosting the National Sports Forum.   Jackie Reau with the Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation says it's another opportunity to get the area more national, and international attention.

"There are about a thousand people here from really all over the country, representing all the four major league sporting bodies, as well as a number of colleges, universities, sporting properties, and also vendors who supply the sporting industry," Reau says.

The Cincinnati Bengals are a step closer to getting that new scoreboard. Hamilton County is reviewing bids to replace the scoreboard and control room.

County finance specialist Erica Riehl expects the total will be about $10 million based on bids the county received.

The county is required to pay for the upgrade, however, under a bargain struck last year, the Bengals are chipping in $2.5 million.

The contract will likely be awarded by the end of the year.

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Your chances of being able to watch live Cincinnati Bengals' games on TV just got better.

The Cincinnati Bengals say they are opting in to the NFL's relaxed blackout rule. That rule allows teams to have TV blackouts lifted when 85 percent of non-premium tickets are sold.

  Ben Utecht earned a Super Bowl ring with the Indianapolis Colts in 2006; later he signed with the Cincinnati Bengals and received a serious concussion during training camp in 2009. It took eight months to recover and he began having serious memory problems and behavioral problems. He walked away from the game, making music his full-time job. Today he is a musician, actor, author, public speaker, and an advocate for brain health.

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Hamilton County and the Bengals have a reached a deal that could pave the way for luring General Electric to the Banks.

The county announced Thursday the Bengals have agreed to waive height restrictions that would've halted a office space large enough to house General Electric's new Southwest Ohio Global Operations headquarters and a planned apartment building in exchange for six items.

Commissioner Greg Hartmann says the deal will allow the county and city to aggressively bid for GE.

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Hamilton County Commissioners could take the first steps Wednesday toward balancing the stadium fund for the next five years.

The plan is much the same as last year, but involves a different bank and a three-year deal. Essentially the board would take out an insurance policy with PNC Bank to cover the bulk of the debt and fund what's left from county reserves.

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The NFL is suspending Cincinnati Bengal DeQuin Evans for the first eight games of the season. The league says Evans violated its policy on performance enhancing substances.

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