Bernard to fans: Stay in your seats

Bernard to fans: Stay in your seats
September 24, 2013, 7:15 pm
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Cincinnati Bengals running back Giovani Bernard (25) runs against the Pittsburgh Steelers in the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Sept. 16, 2013, in Cincinnati.

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If you’re a Bengals fan at Paul Brown Stadium, Giovani Bernard wants you to take care of your business — a trip to the concession stand or the restroom — when play is not on.

For one thing, you might miss something like this: Bernard’s high-flying trip into the end zone. For another, you might be thinking Cincinnati is out of it — like, say, when the Bengals are down to the Packers by 16 points late in the third quarter — and miss it when the comeback starts.

“I was a little bit disappointed this past game where I saw some fans leave,” the rookie running back said on PFT Live on Tuesday. “I was looking into the stands and saw some fans leaving once we kind of got down to the 30-14 range, and it was a little upsetting. Then once we kind of got closer, once Terrence Newman scored that [go-ahead] touchdown, you could see those seats started to fill up a little bit.

“So I don’t know if they went to get a drink or had to use the bathroom during that time, or whatever it was, but I started to see those empty seats pile up.  I’m not going to say they left, but we’ll see.”

So people left the stadium and then came back? Or they were so disheartened they decided they needed to go get beer? And then after having the beer, of course, they needed to use the restroom. By then, the Bengals were on their way to scoring 20 straight points and picking up a 34-30 victory over a team that many had pegged as one of the NFC’s elite.

Now that Bernard has delivered his message to the Cincinnati fans, it’s up to him and his teammates to keep them in their seats — or make them jump up out of them.