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It’s been an eternity since the Cincinnati Bengals have made the Super Bowl. January 22nd, 1989 against the San Francisco 49ers is a long lost memory, a rare positive one at that, in the minds of Bengals fans. They lost that game 20-16 and since then, they’ve lost all sense of direction.

Though the 1990s, their overall record included 52 wins and an astounding 108 losses. Through the decade starting in 2000, their record of misery was 68-91-1. It seems that no matter what level of talented players they add, their perennial high level of haplessness never seems to subside. The only time this organization made news was when one of their many players were arrested for some off-the-field shenanigans that stayed in lock-step with their on-the-field shenanigans.

The 2010 season was full of hope. Adding Terrell Owens to an already deep wide receiver corps along with a rested and healthy Carson Palmer was supposed to turn the tide for the Cincinnati Bengals. While they seemed poised to finish in the upper-end of the AFC, it wasn’t long before the reality that has plagued this team set in. A 10-game losing streak was book ended by 2 wins and 1 loss to open the season and to close it as well.

And now, the alleged talent can’t seem to leave town fast enough. Carson Palmer wants out and has said he’ll retire before he’ll play another game for the Cincinnati Bengals. Carson Palmer even put his family home on the market. Chad Ochocinco appears so embarrassed by this team that he wants to change his name back to Johnson. Perhaps he thinks he can hide in relative anonymity behind the common surname. Terrell Owens is likely to be gone and has already started chirping about his desire to join the New York Jets.

None of this bodes well for a Cincinnati Bengals team that is known as a perennial loser. It’s gotten to the point where it doesn’t matter who they put on the field, there is no hope. There are no dreams. Only three Cincinnati Bengals’ seasons have seen them win more games than they’ve lost since Superbowl XXIII.

With Cedric Benson another year older, Terrell Owens out, Chad Johnson more than likely out, Chris Henry dead, Carson Palmer leaving a vapor trail he’s heading out of town so quickly, and Marvin Lewis inexplicably rewarded with a contract extension after another abysmal season – the poor Bungholes fans that remain are likely to be looking forward to another quarter-century of failure.