Wednesday, September 26, 2001

Oct. 14 Browns game sells out

Bengals attracting attention nationally

By Mark Curnutte
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        The Bengals have sold out their Oct.14 game against Cleveland, meaning the game will be shown on television in Greater Cincinnati.

        The team had a big rush on tickets Monday, the day after upsetting defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore 21-10.

        The Browns' game last season — the first regular-season game at Paul Brown Stadium — was one of only two in the eight-game home schedule to sell out. The Bengals failed to sell out their first two games at home this season, against New England and Baltimore.

        They play their next two games on the road, at San Diego and then at Pittsburgh, before returning home to play Cleveland.

        Only a very limited number of obstructed-view seats are available for the “Battle of Ohio.” Those tickets are available only through TicketMaster, at 562-4949 or


The Bengals' 2-0 start is attracting attention nationally.

        Marcus Allen of CBS-TV's NFL Today and Greg Garber of ESPN's Sunday Morning Countdown will be at Paul Brown Stadium on Thursday to conduct interviews and prepare reports on the team's surprising start. PELFREY WAITS:

Former Bengals kicker Doug Pelfrey turned 31 Tuesday and spent the day, as he does most days, working out and kicking at the University of Cincinnati. Pelfrey still hopes to get another NFL job.

        “We're hearing that 80 percent of it is the veteran minimum ($477,000),” Pelfrey said. “Twenty percent is, "He can't kick off,' but my kickoffs are going to the 5 with good hang time. I'm in the best shape of my career.”

        Pelfrey's 660 points are second in franchise history to Jim Breech's 1,151.

        MAN OF STEELE:

Defensive tackle Glen Steele signed a new contract through 2003. Steele's 2001 contract was renegotiated and two years were added.


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