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Who Dey Revolution Manifesto

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    IN THIS TIME of perpetual Cincinnati Bengals incompetence and futility, with zero playoff wins in the nineteen seasons since the WhoDeyRevolution Godfather, Paul Brown, passed away in 1991 and handed the team to his fortunate son, the Despot, Mike Brown;

    Introduction

    WE, the members of the Who Dey Revolution, in our fervent dedication to the Cincinnati Bengals and fanatical desire to transform our hometown team into perpetual Super Bowl contenders, call for a popular revolution of fans to demand comprehensive reform to the managerial decisions and approach of Cincinnati Bengals ownership, management, staff and players, and hereby call for the adoption of the following Who Dey Revolution Manifesto:

    Manifesto Demands

    THAT the Mike Brown, Katie Blackburn, Marvin Lewis, along with every other member of the Bengals management, staff and personnel, state publicly to all Bengals fans, “I will do everything in my power to help the Cincinnati Bengals win a Super Bowl;”

    THAT Mike Brown will hire a general manager, drastically expand the scouting department and relinquish all control of player personnel;

    THAT all training, rehabilitation and medical facilities are considered best-in-class compared to other NFL teams;

    THAT the management fill the team only with players who fit the system, both mentally and physically, and are not reluctant to makes changes to player personnel when needed, regardless of cost or loyalty concerns;

    THAT offensive and defensive line depth is considered the top priority for all player personnel decisions;

    THAT all decisions made by ownership, management, staff and players, both on and off the field, are judged only by this criterion: “Does this help the Cincinnati Bengals win a Super Bowl?”

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Holy shnikeys.

I just commented about the stadium deal in another topic. Great minds although differing in agendas do think alike. It doesn't make me mad about Bedinghaus. I didn't vote for the new stadium. I guessing you did. I NEVER FALL for corporate welfare. And by the way what's with all the amazement about fuckups in Cincinnati history today? This is a town that has kept Simon Leis in power all these years.

Although it should be criminal for Bedinghaus to accept a job due to somehow, somekind of conflict of interest.

Here it is again (sorta) under a more appropriate titled topic. To the citizens of Cincinnati, your vote wholly built, not helped, raise a monument to collosal, utter fucking failure. Shiny ain't it? May it burn your retina's.

How could anyone blame the citizens of Cincinnati? What they did (I was in my early teens at the time) was voted to construct a stadium that would keep one of their two professional sports franchises in town. What they did not do was vote for the most lopsided lease on the planet that will ensure Mike Brown makes money no matter what.

I was too young to vote at the time. So I plead not guilty.

Point taken Who Dey NYC, but still, knowing the Brown family as well as we did, we probably should have had tougher negotiations. The fact that it was an army of lawyers vs Bedinghaus was unacceptable, I feel like it doesn't even take hindsight to see that.

I was too young to vote at the time. So I plead not guilty.

Point taken Who Dey NYC, but still, knowing the Brown family as well as we did, we probably should have had tougher negotiations. The fact that it was an army of lawyers vs Bedinghaus was unacceptable, I feel like it doesn't even take hindsight to see that.

I was more responding to commenter, jaso. You are correct in that "as a community, [we] dropped the ball." But it was our civic leaders that did not properly represent our interests. The taxpayers simply voted to build the stadium...but in practicality, it was voting on whether or not to retain our NFL team.

I think we in Cincy/ Hamilton County should be able to vote *again*, just like we did for the stadium tax, but now this time, to sue Mike Brown, for all the stadium tax money, plus revenue resulting from building the [then] new stadium...

This goes beyond mere blogging into the realm of investigative journalism. Sure, a lot of people knew about our shitty stadium deal, as my WDR comrades have posted a lot. However, many people in Cincy probably don't know all the facts, at least not in the context of other cities/deals. Having a comment from Rick Eckstein is awesome. That quote should be emblazoned on WDR signs, underwritten: -Rick Eckstein, author, "Public Dollars, Private Stadium"

If we are really going to take this fight to the people of Cincinnati, we need to remind them that whether or not they follow the Bengals, they are paying for this team. With the economy in shambles, that should get people's blood BOILING. It definitely pisses me off.

Have you ever noticed that everything Bengal within that stadium is temporary? Sure they put up the orange and black graphics around the bottom of the stadium on Sundays, but thats it. The seats are green, there is no "ring of fame", there is no tiger eyes on the scoreboard, no player banners or graphics anywhere in the vendor areas....nothing. If there isn't a Bengal game going on, its just a concrete stadium with green seats.

Some may say this is because of the public participation in the stadium deal and the fact that they do use the stadium for a high school game now and then. I think its just another item the Brown family is not prepared to pay for and doesn't really care about. I mean seriously, Tampa Bay has a pirate ship, Pittsburgh has gawd awful yellow seats...if this is the "Jungle" then where are the vines hanging from the upper deck and the big growling Bengal on the scoreboard??

Just a quick note on Rick's statement that: 'the commissioner who represented Hamilton County now works for the Bengals, for example' is either a bad grammatical error or a bad error in fact. The statement would cause one to think that Hamilton County has but one commisioner when in fact there were three at that time and that said ONLY Commissioner was 'in the tank' for the Bengals as circumstantially 'proved' by his working for the Bengals. The better statement would have been: 'One of the commisioners who represented the people of Hamilton County during the negotiations and voting on the new sales tax that allowed for the Stadium (Identify him by name) is now working for the Bengals. The two other commissioners have gone elsewhere.'

WC - I said that in an email, not Rick and he replied "I had no idea Bedinghaus worked for the Bengals"...

The fact that he knew it was Bedinghaus right away without me naming which commissioner is all you need to know about who was in charge during negotiations. He was the President of the Commission, of course.

If you read historical articles it appears that Bedinghaus framed the argument as if we would be lucky to be able to keep the Bengals at all and that selling suites, club suites and boxes would be an uphill battle. He acted as if the city was holding none of the cards and the Bengals were holding all of them. Thus he gave into basically all their demands. Perhaps this is true that our negotiating position was just incredibly weak but giving into everything is frustrating at the least. Downright suspicious when later this guy goes and works for...

I've always thought that the Brown/Bedinghaus relationship should have been pounded more by the worthless local media. This would be a good way, perhaps the only way to nail Mikey. Of course, Mikey beat the IRS so I'm sure that he has protected himself somehow(the only thing that he is good at). How much does it cost to file a class action lawsuit? How much higher can that thermometer to the left go?

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    Bengals Futility - By The Numbers

    • 20 - Years since the Bengals have won a playoff game

      0 - Total number of playoff wins in Mike Brown's tenure as owner

      .359 - Bengals regular season winning percentage since Mike Brown took over as owner (115-206-1 in 20 seasons)

      29-34-1 - Record since 2005 playoff game vs Steelers

      6 - Seasons the Bengals have lost their first six games since 1991. No other team has more than two.

      0 - Teams North of Cincinnati without an indoor practice facility

      10 - Players arrested in a 14 month span from 2005-2006

      32 - Mike Brown's ranking, out of 32, of the "Best Owners in the NFL" by Michael Silver of Sports Illustrated in 2007

      458,000,000 - Amount, in dollars, that Hamilton County Taxpayers paid to build PBS

      2032 - Year that Hamilton County will have finally paid off its debt on the stadium deal

      3 - Total number of non-clerical employees employed in the Bengals scouting department, lowest in the league

      747,000,000 - Amount, in dollars, paid in free agency by the Bengals from 1994 - 2005, second worst of all 28 teams in existence for the duration, behind only Arizona

      118 – Ranking, out of 118 professional teams, of the “Worst Franchises” in professional sports, as ranked by ESPN the Magazine in 2003.

      97 – Ranking, out of 98 general managers in all four major sports with three or more years of experience, of Mike Brown’s performance as a GM, as ranked by Forbes in 2007.

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