It’s a worthy variation on an old joke. How do you reward Cincinnati students who get straight A’s? Have them hang out with the Bengals for an afternoon. How do you punish Cincinnati students whose grades are slipping? Have them hang out with the Bengals for two afternoons.
This week, a pre-recorded phone call from coach Marvin Lewis went out to about 20,000 elementary school kids, inviting them to come party at Paul Brown Stadium with him and the players. Problem is, the invitation was meant for only the honor roll students, and since this is America and no city has 20,000 smart children, Marvin had to call each and every one of them back and tell them they weren’t welcome.