Who Dey nostalgia keeps striping this Bengals season.
This month it was a reunion of the 1988 Super Bowl team during the Paul Brown Stadium opener charged by the '18 team's historical re-enactment in a 34-23 victory over the Ravens.
Next month it is all-time franchise passer Ken Anderson hosting his third annual Post-Game Legends Party at the Montgomery Inn Boathouse following the Oct. 7 game against the Dolphins at PBS. Anderson, the only man to win back-to-back NFL passing titles in two different decades, goes back-to-back-to-back with an all-time roster of Bengals greats anchored by Hall-of-Famer Anthony Munoz and Super Bowl coach Sam Wyche.
With tickets set at $125 each to raise funds for the Ken Anderson Alliance (they can be purchased at kenandersonalliance.org), Anderson plans an evening of storytelling accented by Montgomery Inn food as well as cigars, bourbon and wine tasting and autographs. Joining Munoz, Wyche and Anderson are Archie Griffin, Bob Trumpy and Jim Breech. There is also entertainment, but Anderson says the true entertainment comes from the informal panel discussion he chairs.
"You've got so many great stories here like Archie," Anderson says. "The only back-to-back Heisman Trophy winner and there's always so much interest with Ohio State. And I'll ask Sam about how the no huddle offense came to be. He coached for the 49ers when we played them in the first Super Bowl and then came within 34 seconds of beating them coaching the Bengals (in '88). It will be fun. The great thing about it is that one story leads to another and different guys have different perspectives."
Two weeks later Anderson continues to raise funds and awareness for his foundation that creates "live, work, play opportunities for adults with developmental disabilities," with the Oct. 21 Stadium Stride. As the Bengals prepare to play a 1 p.m. game in Kansas City, both the Bengals and Reds stadiums are open for the 1.5-mile morning walk led by former Reds pitcher Bronson Arroyo.
Former Red Ron Oester and Teddy Kremer, America's Bat Boy, serve as the greeters at Great American Ball Park and walkers can participate in flag football at PBS before the race. Anderson encourages walkers to sign up as a team and also play flag football. After the race, walkers gather at The Banks to watch the Bengals pay the Chiefs on big screens amid kids' activities and food booths. More info can be obtained at kenandersonalliance.org.