The Cincinnati Bengals are in the SuperBowl: Who Dey from EXAIR!

As a lifelong Cincinnati Bengals fan it’s almost surreal to type this out, but the Bengals are going to the Superbowl!! Professional sports here in Cincinnati have often been the butt of many jokes, but this latest season has given us quite a bit of hope. The Cincinnati Bearcats, my alma mater, made their first ever appearance in the College Football Playoffs. Although they took a decent shellacking by Alabama on New Year’s Eve, it was a big step to relevancy for our hometown team. Having the Cincinnati Bengals follow suit has given us quite the ride this football season.

For many of us diehard Bengals fans it has been several decades of disappointment and frustration. While we’ve had some good fortune and had a nice run from 2010-2015 of playoff appearances, anyone that follows the NFL will know they held the longest playoff drought in professional sports for quite some time. Along with my lifetime of dedication, it was always a desire of mine to hold season tickets. We picked quite the year to take that plunge. The 2021 season was my first ever attending every single home game. Seeing them win the AFC Championship in Kansas City just recently (Cheifs fans were great by the way) was an experience I’ll not soon forget. I can still smell the BBQ now…

My fandom started as a young kid watching games with my father. As the oldest of 7 siblings, this tradition continued down the line with all of us donning our orange and black on Sundays and gathering in the living room to cheer on the Bengals. The joy we all shared together with each other and other Bengals fans over the years is a camaraderie unlike any other. We all share the same passion and excitement and it gives the city an opportunity to come together and all cheer on the same team as one. I think the late Betty White said it best:

“Everybody needs a passion. That’s what keeps life interesting. If you live without passion, you can go through life without leaving any footprints.”

Betty White (If You Ask Me (And Of Course You Won’t))

My passions in life center around my love for cooking, not coincidentally training in the gym (so that I can continue my love for cooking…), and of course the Cincinnati Bengals. My relationship with the Bengals has been quite the rollercoaster, but in order to enjoy the highest highs you have to be there for the lows. Fans of Cincinnati sports have endured their fair share of time in playoff purgatory. Here at EXAIR we’ve been celebrating with Bengals themed Spirit Days on Fridays (complete with treats from a local bakery!) as the whole city is buzzing.

Bengals themed cookies and king cakes from a local bakery

EXAIR loves the Cincinnati Bengals, but it’s not our biggest passion. We strive each and every day to leave a footprint on our customers. We approach each and every day with the goal of being “easy to do business with”. Sometimes that’s as simple as taking your order and shipping it on time, completely and accurately. This becomes even more critical as supply chains have been disrupted and many things that may have typically been easy to acquire are now difficult.

To make your life easier, EXAIR ships same day for stock products with an order received by 2:00 ET. Just give us a call at 1-800-903-9247, send a PO to orders@EXAIR.com, or place your order online and we’ll do our best to get it out to you immediately.

Stock products are also all offered with our Unconditional 30-Day Guarantee. Not only do we want to make sure you get your order quickly and on time, but we want you to get the most out of our products as well. Sometimes you may need to trial out a few different solutions before determining the optimal product selection. Rather than stick you with something you won’t need, we encourage you to test out a few options yourself so that you’re comfortable with the solution. Simply contact us within 30 days of your purchase if and we’ll arrange to get it back here and provide you full credit, UPS Ground shipping to you included.

Our team of highly experienced Application Engineers is waiting by to assist you via phone, chat, and e-mail Monday-Friday to make sure you feel confident in your purchase. If you’re struggling with a difficult application or troublesome process, we’re here to help. Each and every one of us is passionate about helping our customers to the best of our ability. It’s what makes EXAIR different than the rest.

This Sunday I hope you join us in rooting for our Cincinnati Bengals as they take on the L.A. Rams in Superbowl LVI. From all of us here at EXAIR, WHO DEY!! Let’s bring that Lombardi trophy back to Cincinnati!

Tyler Daniel

E-mail: TylerDaniel@EXAIR.com

Application Engineer

Twitter: @EXAIR_TD

Tourney Time!

This week begins my favorite time of year – college basketball madness!

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It’s Awesome baby, with a capital A!

Like many of us around the country, my fan loyalty resides with a relatively small, local college that has seen a lot of program growth in recent years – Xavier University. For example, during the 2003-2004 season, the team was ranked preseason top 11 in the country but stumbled along the way and found themselves at 10-8 with a pivotal game against their in state, conference rival. They ended up losing the game and the players held a “team only” meeting afterwards so the seniors could, let’s just say, “focus” the team on their goals. Whatever was said in that locker room worked, as the team went on to finish the regular season with a 9-1 record and win 4 conference tourney games in 4 days (first team to ever tackle this feat) to capture the automatic bid to the national field of 64, where they eventually lost by only 3 points in their first ever Elite 8, to a certain team from Durham, NC. (It was the REFS fault and no I’m not bitter LOL).

In 2008 the team was facing a similar challenge as they had lost several close games and were now again faced with needing to win 4 games in 4 days to get the automatic conference title bid. They went on to secure the bid and were able to reach the Elite 8 again for the 2nd time in 4 years but their run ended with a loss to the #1 seed in the region. The school has now joined a larger conference which is great for national notoriety and recruiting but also brings a higher level in competition, either boosting or damaging their tournament resume.

This year has followed suit to previous years as the team didn’t perform up to expectations and spent much of the latter part of the regular season on the proverbial “bubble”. After each win or loss, the prognosticators would move them from a “lock” to the “bubble”, or even more confusing, “still has work to do” category. All that mattered was just win and let the rest take care of itself. The team did just that as they went on to make the finals of the conference tournament but were easily handled by the first place team and eventually lost.

The selection committee has rewarded their conference affiliation along with conference tournament success and ranked them as a 6 seed for this years national championship tournament (a little high in my opinion but I’ll take it!) playing the winner of one of the play-in games.

Who knows what tournament success or failure lies ahead but that is what makes this time of year so awesome. Even when my team loses, there is always a local team, an underdog or the year’s “Cinderella” that grasps the country’s attention and makes it hard to root against them. Since we are in Cincinnati, many of our folks live in Kentucky and the Wildcats prove their wide reach among many of our Ohio based people as well. It makes the office banter and challenges and trash talk more interesting when pitting the hopes of a small “bubble” team up against a behemoth like Kentucky. We would be remiss not to mention the other behemoth with a huge fan base in this neck of the woods, Ohio State. We cannot forget our loyal base of University of Cincinnati Bearcats, who have provided us with some stellar employees, though not much of a basketball team this year (I’m a Xavier fan, remember?). And with the late breaking news from last night’s winning Dayton Flyer team, we have some solid regional representation in the tourney year.

Wow, now that I think about it, we’ll be lucky to survive the next few weeks without a bit of office bloodshed. At the very least, a small skirmish is certain to happen ;-).

Here at EXAIR we have a great team too! From the production team all the way up to management, we understand that we need to remain focused on our main goal – to satisfy YOU, our customer! We are always striving to get better by developing new products, testing existing products or maintaining near perfect (99.9%) on-time shipments.

To put our team to work for you, give us a call!

And to all who may be distracted throughout these next four days – Good luck to your team as well!

Justin Nicholl
Application Engineer
justinnicholl@exair.com
@EXAIR_JN

 

Basketball hoop image courtesy of Steve Johnson. Creative Commons License

Professor Penurious: A Day In The Life Of The Co-Op

Our brave co-ops, from the University of Cincinnati, weather all of the usual tasks and exercises that we throw at them – then we throw them to the Professor. We recently had some complaints from our current co-op which led us to capture this hidden camera footage*.

  • No co-ops were harmed in the making of this video – it’s a joke people! This is not hidden camera footage, it’s just that amateur. 

Russ Bowman
Application Engineer
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Today We Say Goodbye

Today is a sadhappy, well let’s just say it’s a day here at EXAIR.   It is back to school time throughout most of the country and sadly enough, it is the last day of our Co-Op’s final quarter semester as a Co-Op.

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You may notice him from his star role in films such as, Escape To The Planet Of Professor Penurious, Will It Launch, Penurious 2012, What I Do, and The Professor “Raps”? I’m Speechless.   Yes, he is the first and only Co-Op here to get a face tattoo, for work purposes.   Needless to say the Co-Op program here at EXAIR is not the normal engineering Co-Op experience.

We like to think that we have given our Co-Op the experience of a lifetime.   The truth is, he has learned a good amount about compressed air and how to save it, mostly thanks to The Professor.  Below is Prof. Penurious in his casual Friday dress with the Co-Op and his trophy of things that didn’t make it through his time of use here at EXAIR.

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We all wish him a great final year at the wonderful University of Cincinnati, along with a great future even after he graduates.  Hopefully for him it will be far away from the Professor.

Brian Farno
Application Engineer
BrianFarno@EXAIR.com
@EXAIR_BF