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Bengals Game Draws Thousands Downtown

CINCINNATI (Angela Ingram) -- Even hours before kickoff downtown Cincinnati was crawling with fans headed to the game.

It's always busy on a Monday but people who work in the area say it's definitely been busier than usual.

All day long, you know it wasn't your boring Monday.  It was abuzz from 9 a.m. on, says one local.

Nobody expected it to be quite like this, even with the Steelers in town.

Another local says, Its the perfect storm, you know.  You have the Steelers, Monday Night Football, the first home game.  It's been nuts!

Koch's Sporting Goods made money hand over fist.  Everyone was shopping for the perfect jersey, hat, or tee-shirt.

And although the Bengals rule around her, the store has something for all fans.

Kochs Sporting Goods says they do cater to the Steelers fan, with some stuff, but no terrible towels! 
Tailgaters filled parking lots playing cornhole, grilling, and washing it all down with a little beer.

A sea of people at the banks filled the new bars and restaurants, Steelers fans waving their terrible towels.

Both sides debating which is the better team.

Some say, I can't stand the stealers.  I mean, I can't STAND the Steelers.

Others, Big Pittsburgh fans, always have been.  My family has been.

Regardless of who wins the game the old rivalry will likely go on.

Some fans say it's all about having a good time.

Oh it's all in good jest.  I mean you know.  Honestly it's just a game, you know we're at war around the world, there's too many problems that it's just a game, win or lose.



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