It’s not a Cincinnati Bengals playoff game without an inordinate amount of trash-talking beforehand, but then Cincinnati Mayor Aftab Pureval decided to take things a step further before the championship game in Sunday’s AFC.
Two days before the Bengals are scheduled to take the field against the Kansas City Chiefs, Pureval released a video in which it issued an official proclamation asking Bengals quarterback Joe Burrow to take a paternity test to confirm if he is the father by Patrick Mahomes.
Yes, for real.
The background here is that the Bengals are 3-0 against Mahomes and the Chiefs since drafting Burrow, which has made the Bengals and their fans, already high after their 27- 10 over the Buffalo Bills last weekend, be pretty sure. about this confrontation.
The Bengals themselves have made it clear they’re willing to get in on the action, considering Arrowhead Stadium to be “Burrowhead.” Since Burrow has a 1-0 record there, you see.
Of course, it’s not like the Bengals have dominated Mahomes in all three games with Burrow (which doesn’t include that time Mahomes beat them 45-10 before drafting Burrow, of course), and it’s definitely not like Burrow is ahead in the one metric that will undoubtedly be the most used to measure their careers when all is said and done: the Super Bowl rings.
But you can’t let that stop goobers like Pureval from taking their shots now, especially when it makes Kansas City fans angry. That included both Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas and Mahomes’ wife, Brittany Mahomes, who responded on Twitter.
You really have to appreciate Lucas saying he won’t answer, after he’s crazy enough to bring up the Bengals’ lack of rings and their former mayor.
Also on hand was “Modern Family” actor Eric Stonestreet, a well-known Chiefs fan, who took the high road as he took down Pureval.
It goes without saying that the Bengals are signing themselves up for a beating on the line if they lose on Sunday, but they’re probably well aware of it. With an AFC North title and wins over the Baltimore Ravens (sans Lamar Jackson) and the Bills, it’s at least been a fun ride.
But it should be fun if they win. Which, well, is usually true if a team makes it to the Super Bowl in back-to-back years.