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Cincinnati mayor enlisted to announce Bengals Chiefs game

Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval was a good sport in this video promoting the Chiefs vs Bengals game after being trolled for his joke video attempt last year.

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As we await for the announcement of the full 2023 NFL schedule tonight, we’ve at least been given a few early gifts. The NFL will release the full schedule tonight at 8 p.m. ET, but yesterday, they announced the five international games, the Black Friday, Christmas, and New Years Eve games, plus a juicy NFC Championship rematch between the Eagles and 49ers in Week 13.

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One of the best parts about schedule release day, which has grown into a huge spectacle over the years, is the videos that come along with it. The teams put out a video on social media to promote the schedule and they just get more creative over the years. Come 8 p.m. tonight, we are bound to see several funny, inspiring, and unique videos. For now, we’ve seen a few promoting specific games, including this one with Cincinnati mayor Aftab Pureval.

Cincinnati mayor keeps it simple

If that’s not automatically intriguing to you, allow me to explain. Last year, Cincinnati’s mayor Aftab Pureval kind of embarrassed himself. In an attempt to be funny, he put out a video on social media trolling the Kansas City Chiefs ahead of their AFC Championship game at Arrowhead Stadium, which he referred to as “Burrowhead” stadium.

“Joseph Lee Burrow, who is 3-0 against Mahomes, has been asked by officials to take a paternity test confirming whether or not he’s his father,” Pureval says in the video. “And whereas Kansas City is named after its neighboring state, which is, you know, just kind of weird.”

The Chiefs fans did not take kindly to this video nor did they find it particularly funny. Actor Eric Stonestreet called Pureval a “dork” and said he should “fire the dork that told you this was anything close to a smart, funny, factual or good idea.” Ouch. Yes, the mayor was roasted hard.

Not only that, but as we now know, the Chiefs won not just that game, but also the Super Bowl. At the end of the AFC Championship game, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce took advantage of having the stage to troll the Cincinnati mayor. “Know your role and shut your mouth, ya jabroni!”

This time around, the mayor is back, but he decided to keep it simple. Despite evidence to the contrary, it turns out Pureval does have a decent sense of humor. To announce the Bengals and Chiefs game on New Years Eve this year, Pureval got straight to the point, shown being filmed by Bengals tackle and former Chiefs lineman Orlando Brown Jr.

“The Bengals play the Chiefs Week 17. And I’ve got nothing else to add,” Pureval says in the video as Brown calls “Cut”. Pureval asks him how it was and Brown says, “Yeah, I think that was better than the last time.” Clearly, the mayor has learned his lesson.

More NFL videos ahead of schedule release day

As the NFL announced its international games yesterday, we were also given a few videos promoting those. This year, there will be two games in Frankfurt, Germany and three games in London, United Kingdom. The video promoting the London games is particularly good as it makes fun of its own English culture, calling the games a “takeover” by the U.S.A.

“England is the home of many things - fresh air...” cut to shots of buses polluting the city... “the home of proper cooking...” cut to shot of men eating burgers and a restaurant called Tennessee Express... “and most importantly, the home of football!”...cut to shots of American football being played inside the English stadiums. Check it out:

The Baltimore Ravens are also excited to be back in London this year:

And Germany is excited to host two NFL games in November this year:

Stay tuned for the full 2023 NFL schedule tonight and make sure you check out some of the impressive videos that will come along with it.

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