Could Another Bengals Fan Tradition Be Blossoming With Free Bacon and Eggs?

It started with visiting bars to hand out game balls and may be evolving into free meals for Bengals fans in the right place at the right time.

CINCINNATI – Cincinnati Bengals head coach Zac Taylor may have stumbled into a new tradition, and pretty much any fan of the team could be the beneficiary.

Bengals fan Tom Bobinger detailed a chance encounter he and his wife Kathy had recently with Taylor at the Tealside Diner.

Tom and Kathy were wearing Bengals gear when Taylor and his son, Luke, came in and sat down for breakfast.

Zac Taylor May Be Starting a New Tradition for Lucky Fans

When Tom went to pay at the counter, the waitress who had been serving the Taylors told him he had to wait because the manager needed to talk to him. That’s when he was informed that Taylor had paid for the couple’s meal.

Tom detailed the encounter in a letter to the editor in Friday’s Cincinnati Enquirer.

Taylor was asked about the interaction during a news conference Monday to kick off the voluntary portion of the team’s offseason program.

“My other son (Brooks) was in a basketball tournament, so my younger son Luke and I went into the diner there and had a great time, and there were several people wearing gear,” Taylor said. “It’s fun interacting with people, seeing them wear Bengals gear. So I just felt like I wanted to show my appreciation.”

In addition to paying for the Bobingers’ meals, Taylor approached after he paid to introduce himself and thank them personally.

Taylor has never shied away from going out in public because he enjoys interacting with fans. Last month at Ted Karras’ tattoo event, Taylor showed up to sign autographs and pose for photos with fans for nearly an hour.

And he hinted that buying breakfast for a handful of fans might not be a one-and-done experience.

“Hey, if I see people out wearing Bengals gear, you never know,” he said. “It may continue to happen. It may be something we stumbled upon there that is fun.

“I love driving down the road and seeing people wearing Bengals gear out jogging or walking,” he added. “So when I get a chance to go into these restaurants and see people, it’s just fun to interact with them.”

It was a similar “man of the people” incident that endeared Taylor to the fanbase after going 6-19-1 in his first two seasons.

When the team broke its 31-year drought without a playoff win in the 2021 Wild Card round, Taylor hand-delivered game balls to a number of bars around town.

The following week, when Cincinnati won at Tennessee for the first road playoff win in franchise history, the first thing Taylor did when he got back to the stadium that night was plot where to deliver more game balls.

The tradition has spread among the players, giving the Bengals a chance to get to more bars to hand off more game balls.

Whether it’s back-slapping and high-fiving after a playoff win or getting free bacon and eggs on a random Saturday morning, fans in Cincinnati are getting rare access to a head coach.

“Interacting with people, it’s amazing,” Taylor said. “I know there’s a lot of negativity in the world that can happen online and all that stuff. But face-to-face interactions that I’ve had with people in the community are 100% positive and supportive. I’ve always appreciated that.”

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