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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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Sorry for the technical glitches kids. Lost a few of your comments. Typepad was killing me today.

On with the Revolution!

Forgive me Comrades as I have sinned. I recently sold my COA to another fan. I was going to just let it expire but felt it would be a reward to Mikey's imcompetance by having it available for him to resell.
While I agree season ticket sales need to take a huge dive it feels better to have the cash in my bank account and not Mikey's. And next month instead of sending Mikey a big check for tickets I'll be visiting the local Best Buy for a sweet flatscreen to view games. Thanks Mikey from the whole family.

My ticket is open next season. I hope the visiting fans have a better time in my seat next year than I did this past season.

My season ticket will not be renewed

4 tickets here not being renewed. I will miss all the bad memories the most.

A quick visit to cincinnati.craigslist.org gives an interesting opportunity to spread the word about www.whodeyrevolution.com. Lots of seat licenses for sale there, with e-mail addresses attached! I don't want to harass anyone but...

As I've always been a Bengals fan that didn't reside in Cincinnati (or Ohio or anywhere nearby for that matter), I always sort of felt guilty for not being around just to NOT go to the games. I only went to Paul Brown Stadium in 2005 when it appeared the corner had been turned (for the thrashing of the Vikings). Even though the Bengals won, I regret that I went in many ways.

I should have been smarter than that. I should have seen all the storm clouds on the horizon. The foundation of the organization was still weak and there were many on the MBS board that weren't buying it. Even though I bought the ticket on Ebay, I still feel like in some way, I contributed to the culture of contentment that has kept Mikey going to this point forward.

I hope this attracts publicity and furthermore, I hope that it is clear to the media if they interview you that you are not simply boycotting as a fairweather fan who can't handle the losing years of a franchise. This has nothing to do with being fairweather. There's watching an owner lose games and then there's watching an owner NOT DO ENOUGH TO WIN. We've seen enough.

What is strange about this is that many of you - and by that I mean the readers and writers of this blog - had tickets and went to Bengals games in 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and maybe 2008. And if the Bengals start out even 3-0 this year, even if Mike Brown doesn't change anything, every game will sell out, and you will all be back down there.

So, screw you, I won't be giving up my tickets.

There is another issue. THERE ISN'T ANYTHING TO DO HERE. You expect me to go watch horrible, awful Big East Football? NFL Football is like the one top notch thing we have in this city, even if it is worst of the best. We also have a good Zoo, and a decent symphony, BUT THOSE THINGS ARE BORING AS HELL. I NEED THE NFL. I CAN'T GIVE IT UP. I am an addict. Sad.

(Also, Comrade Robert, you do realize that if this works, you won't be able to watch 8 games a year. Well, 6, because we know the Browns and Steelers games will sell out.)

I have attended every single game at PBS, but no more. At least, before I go, I have the memory of dropping urinal cakes with my son (he says "hi" to all fellow Revolutionaries).

Top six - even if i was a season ticket holder (which i was not) those past years it is totally irrelevant to the point of this boycott. In those years, it was understandable that fans actually believed Mike Brown had stepped out of the decision making process and allowed Marvin real control. The decision to bring back Chris Henry shattered any illusions people had about Marvin about that.

If they win their first 3 games next year, I don't care (also see a previous post of ours that shows that there is almost 0 historical precedent for them winning early in the season). I will not be back.

You can still get your football fix. Football is everywhere in this damn country. All we're asking for is one season to see if Mike Brown can change. If nothing happens now, nothing will ever, and you can go back to spending your money on a worthless product in the future. I understand your addiction, just go cold turkey for one year.

Top six,

Sam Wyche was right. You can find a suitable substitute, I know you can. Good luck.

The response to top six are right on. Although I would add to it: there's a whole seven months to come before the season. Don't just assume that WDR will be asking you to boycott and leave it at that.

I think something that will probably be discussed here and amongst anyone boycotting is how to create other events that take attention away from the Bengals' circus. If that involves watching football somewhere far away from PBS or right outside PBS or whatever, time will tell. I understand that Cincinnati may very well be a boring city but I come from a pretty small town comparatively (22,000 population) and I learned that when you're dissatisfied with the options presented, you either have to make something to do or look harder.

If spending all that money to watch Mike Brown not try to make his team better is enough to satisfy you...well, that's your right. But if, in the long term, you *really* want to watch a winning team in Cincinnati, you would reconsider. Fighting off boredom today or having a winner tomorrow. If you can't have both, well, that's the choice to make..

Ultimately, MBB could shut the doors of the stadium and not let a soul in there except for the media to cover the games and he still would profit by the revenue sharing by itself. Sure, it wouldn't be as big of a profit but MBB doesn't carry on that way with his business principles. He believes that 1 penny of profit makes a victory and that anything more is just icing on the cake.

And for those that think the other owners would get pissed with MBB "mackin'" on their 'better' efforts, forget that. They WANT to see such a piss-poor team as MBB's. They know (and hope) that they get MBB's team on the upcoming schedule because the likelihood that they will win said game and therefore have a better record which, in turn, brings in better $$$$ than otherwise...

BMN is right. WDR is not just going to call a boycott and leave it at that. We are all season ticket holders. We all have great memories that revolve around being a season ticket holder. Tailgates, NFL excitement, camaraderie, and even a select few great memories from the Bengal's... There WILL be arranged activities for the Revolution to participate in that will involve NFL sundays, good times and cold beer. I, myself, have had a relatively hard time giving up my seat just thinking of all of the "what ifs."

As the overly cliche proverb says" "If you love something, set it free..." As fans, we need to implement a serious boycott and it starts with the season ticket holders. We need to force the change. The excuse of "there is nothing to do in Cincinnati" is no reason to feed that bastard Mike Brown.

WDR needs to select a location for the comrades to meet each week to watch the games, in order to create more incentive not to go to PBS. This can create more attention for the cause as a bar could easily have 100 patrons wearing WDR clothing, and crushing adult beverages.

For next season, WDR should organize massive tailgating parties during the game in lots closest to the stadium. that way those of us stuck with tickers can still enjoy the the best aspect of Bengals games, have cheaper beer, better food, etc. but the seats would be empty inside.

Good visuals, if you could show people partying just outside the gates and refusing to go in PBS while inside the stadium is largely empty.

WDR will be organizing tailgates before the game in lots around the stadium whose proceeds to NOT go to Mike Brown and then will be organizing events at bars around the stadium so fans can still watch the games but not contribute to the Bengals in any way.

This made SI's Hot Clicks (becoming somewhat regular) way to get the good word out.

Though i am on the wagon for change. Too low of an attendance and no money for brown will allow him to move the team and if cincinnati loses its NFL franchise, we as a city are not a big enough market to get one back.Just something to ponder, but we do need a GM. Hell i'll do it for 100,000 a year and do ten times better than mikey.

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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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