Imagine a world with no texting. What life was like in 1991 when the Bengals last won a playoff game

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The Bengals last won a playoff game, beating the Houston Oilers 41-14, on Jan. 6, 1991. That’s 31 years ago – more than a generation.

As one meme pointed out, there has never been a text message about a Bengals post-season victory. The first texts were sent in 1992.

So, how much has changed since 1991?

The Bengals and Reds both played at Riverfront Stadium. Sam Wyche was the Bengals coach, Lou Piniella managed the Reds and Paul Brown was still alive. He died that August.

There was no Freedom Center. No Aronoff Center. The Banks area was mostly warehouses.

West Chester was officially called Union Township. TANK buses still ran to Dixie Terminal. The Tyler Davidson Fountain was still green.

Oct. 6, 1996: Tyler Davidson Fountain in fountain Square Plaza on East 5th St.
Oct. 6, 1996: Tyler Davidson Fountain in fountain Square Plaza on East 5th St.

The Cincinnati mayor was David Mann. George H.W. Bush was in the White House. Jerry Springer was a news anchor on Channel 5.

“Home Alone” and “Edward Scissorhands” were in theaters. Will Smith was “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” “The Simpsons” was in its second season.

A half-gallon of milk was $1.37. A gallon of gas was $1.14. A movie ticket cost about $4.20.

There was no Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. No World Wide Web. Your cellphone – probably a Motorola – was analog. The company released the first digital cellphone later that year.

It’s safe to say, a lot has changed since the last Bengals playoff win. Here’s hoping one more thing will change on Saturday when the Bengals take on the Raiders – who played in Los Angeles way back then.

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: What Cincinnati was like when the Bengals last won a playoff game

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