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Classic Bengals

The 50 Greatest Games in Cincinnati Bengals History

Black Squirrel Books, Classic Sports, Recent Releases, Regional Interest, Sports


Foreword by Dave Lapham

Description These iconic games are but a handful of the 50 greatest in the 50-year history of the Cincinnati Bengals.

  • The “Freezer Bowl” AFC Championship victory over the San Diego Chargers.
  • The AFC title game victory over the Buffalo Bills that put the Bengals into their second Super Bowl.
  • A heart-stopping Super Bowl classic against the San Francisco 49ers and Joe Montana.
  • The Bengals’ first-ever victory in their inaugural home game, played at the University of Cincinnati’s Nippert Stadium.
  • Turk Schonert coming off the bench to lead the Bengals to a wild comeback victory to open a Super Bowl season.

In Classic Bengals, authors Steve Watkins and Dick Maloney tell the stories of the 50 greatest games in Bengals history — along with the stories behind the games. Their choices are sure to spark much interest, and argument, among the legions of loyal Bengals fans.

They set the stage for each game, detail the big plays, stunning comebacks, and fantastic finishes and paint a picture that makes fans feel as though they’re at the game. They include comments from players and coaches while also listing the scoring details and statistics of each game.

The book includes an insightful foreword from “Mr. Bengal,” Dave Lapham, who has played or broadcast games for the team in 42 of its 50 seasons of existence.


Steve Watkins is a reporter at the Cincinnati Business Courier. A native of Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and graduate of Carroll University, he has lived in Greater Cincinnati for more than 25 years and has attended plenty of Bengals games, including several featured in this book.

Dick Maloney, a Cincinnati journalist for over 34 years and a lifelong Bengals fan, currently works as a freelance journalist. As a sports editor, he was part of the award-winning sports department at the Community Press newspapers in Cincinnati.


“As a Bengals fan and broadcaster, I look forward to reading about the greatest games in franchise history. And as a lover of sports lists, I look forward to debating whether Steve Watkins and Dick Maloney got the order right!”—Dan Hoard, Bengals radio play-by-play broadcaster

“With more than 50 years combined of Cincinnati-area journalism experience, Maloney and Watkins give any diehard Bengals fan a trip down memory lane as they touch on their list of the 50 greatest games in Cincinnati Bengals history. Fans will savor the franchise highs, recall a few of the lows, and relish recalling some of the distinct personalities that have comprised more than 50 years of Cincinnati Bengals history. Enjoy!”
—Joe Jacobs, coauthor of The Comeback Kids, a book about the Cincinnati Reds’ 2010 season

“Steve Watkins and Dick Maloney have picked the top 50 games in Cincinnati Bengals history, and they make a strong case for their choices, stamping every page with professional authority. Anchored by considerable research, the book vividly evokes the excitement of the games and the historical eras, allowing fans to savor the rich legacy of our orange-and-black franchise.”—Jack Heffron, coauthor of The Local Boys: Hometown Players for the Cincinnati Reds.