The above image is a billboard located at four locations around Cincinnati, asking that the Bengals finally hire a real General Manger. 18 seasons of Mike Brown making football decisions have led the Bengals to a record of 98-183, the worst winning percentage of all professional sports teams over that stretch. Einstein's famous quote "Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results” should be framed and put above the door to Mike Brown's office.
To make sure these billboards can stay up for the rest of the season and into the once again Bengal-free post-season, we need some help from our fellow Comrades. We are asking for you to donate $18 using the Paypal link on the left of the page - or $1 for each year of Mike Brown's ownership of the team. However, if you are in a financial position to donate more than $18, by all means go for it. We don't want to hold you back. We need all the donations possible to keep these billboards up. Just think how much of your money Mike Brown has buried in a tin can in his backyard (he doesn't trust those new fancy "banks") and contribute to a cause that is working to take back our team. Unfortunately, the fathers of the writers of WDR did not start an NFL team so we need your help to keep these billboards up.
Remember, Project Mayhem has two goals:
1. Disrupt the natural order of Mike Brown's Bengals
2. Reduce Mike Brown's profit
The purpose of these billboards is to bring local and national attention to the underlying cause of the Bengals almost 2 decades worth of historic losing: a lack of football minds making football decisions. WDR is calling on the entire Bengals organization to do whatever is in their power to get Mike Brown to hire a GM.
We are not delusional. We don't think that these billboards alone will cause Mike Brown to change. But unless the Bengals make some big changes, you can expect a lot more losing. So Bengals fans have a few choices: 1) blindly follow the team and just be happy our humble city has an NFL franchise; 2) get so fed up with the Bengals that you either quit following the NFL, become a passive fan or adopt a new team, or 3) join with WhoDeyRevolution and your fellow comrades to demand change.
The locations of the billboard are on West 3rd Street and Clay Bridge Rd. (Downtown), Wooster Pike at Red Bank Road (Fairfax), Beechmont Ave at 8 Mile Road (Anderson Township) and Glenway Ave at Muddy Creek Road (Western Hills).
We will get an actual shot up of the billboards as soon as possible. In the meantime, we really need your support by donating $18 (or more) to our cause using the Paypal link on the left side of the page.
And remember, the first rule of Project Mayhem is to tell EVERYONE about Project Mayhem.
UPDATE: As of 9:00am today (11/13), Bengals fans have donated a total of $3,140.11. To fund the billboards for the rest of the season and into the postseason, we need to raise an additional $1,359.89. If only 75 more people donate $18, the billboards will be up for another 2 months telling Mike Brown and the Bengals what the fans really think. Please donate using the Paypal link on the left.
PRESS UPDATE: Cincinnati media have been all over this story. Check out the story on ESPN NEWS, WCPO (Channel 9) and the online story on WCPO.com at WLWT Channel 5 and at 700WLW.com. Here are the interviews about the billboard with Paul Daugherty of 700WLW, with Mo Egger of 1530HOMER (start at 19:30) and with Lance McAlister of 1530HOMER (start at 8:30).
Local blogs run by Lance McAlister picked us up here and here, and we were discussed on the blogs of Mo Egger , C. Trent, Ken Broo and the Enquirer's Mark Curnette as well. We were also well represented on the leading sports blogs in the country, including Deadspin, ProFootballTalk, ESPN, Hot Clicks with Jimmy Trainia over at SI.com, National Football Post, AOL Fanhouse, Hugging Harold Reynolds, FanIQ, Yahoo! and Big Lead. Also, check out this interview with James Beale of the Philly City Paper.
More national media: the New York Times, the LA Times, 640-WTMJ in Milwaukee, the Columbus Dispatch, and SI's Dan Patrick talked about the billboards with Paul Daugherty on his radio show and in his blog. Also check out Philly uber-blog 700 Level. The billboards were also discussed on ESPN News and by TheDirty.com.
BILLBOARD'S EFFECT: For those who say these billboards will have no effect, watch this story on the billboards by John London of Channel 5 (NBC). Without these billboards, would the media be asking players about a Bengals GM? Reaching out to Mike Brown for comment? Check out C. Trent's take here. Because of these billboards and the hundreds of fans who have contributed to the site to keep them up, the focus is back on the real reason the Bengals are 1-8: a lack of football minds making football decisions. And make sure you read this post by LeRoy Jenkins on why this year is different than past years.