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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;


    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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Of course, Brown never really addresses the issues raised, like usual. Granted, the tone of the original letter probably just told him to not take this guy seriously anyways, but that's beside the point (and it wasn't a great idea to take the same tone). He provides no justification for keeping himself as GM, the primary issue raised in the letter. He didn't call it a "theme" this time, but his response works all the same.

But did they actually meet? What happened between the writer's second letter and the one from Brown the next summer? Brown says he got another letter the summer of 2000.

All I see are red x's.

holly crap, the dude caved in and allowed his company to continue to pay him to advertise his company? That is CLASSIC! LOL I can't believe how many fools fall for Mike Brown's letters. What a wuss! Uh, was it worth is Mr. B? LOL The Bengals continue to lose and MFB has not changed 10 years later. LOL

THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!!! And was written in '99! Is this for real?
The fact that MB has the stones to write such a snide and snarky response to a season ticket holder like that has me dumbfounded. He even sent back the returned season tickets with a derogatory note- I just can't find the words to express my disbelief. The Browns GM sends a short and passionate email to a fan during the Bills game this past year and he gets smeared in the media - Mike Brown sends this out to a fan with no coverage.
I feel sorry for the original writer of the letter. He likely missed out on the rest of an exciting 4-12 season - another classic Bengals season. Furthermore, he might have missed out on the 4-12 season that followed in 2000. He might have missed out on the utter collapse of Akili Smith after Mike Brown refused to take all of the Saints draft picks for him.
I also feel bad for the owner because he spelled apologize wrong, didn't have the stones to back up his original position, and crumbled when the owner of his childhood dream invited him for a visit.
This is just a testament to the fact that as long as Mike Brown is walking this Earth the Bengals are doomed to failure.

I just want to point out something to the fans that live in Cincinnati.

If something bad happened to Mike Brown then naturally he would no longer be running the team.

I read nothing coherent among Mike Brown's response.

It has no context to the letter previously sent.

None of this should surprise us, however.

All I see are red x's.

Posted by: thom tadsen | March 21, 2009 at 12:33 PM

ME TO :(

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Don't I have to be able to think in Russian to get that to work right?

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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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