NKU conducted a survey measuring interest and support of the Reds and Bengals, and the results are clear. Cincinnati is turning away from Mike Brown's Bengals and towards the Reds. This can not be only due to on field performance, because the Reds have been just as bad as the Bengals (or even worse). While comparing NFL and MLB teams performance is complicated, it is clear that the Reds have not performed better than the Bengals. The Reds have not been over .500 since 2000, while the Bengals were above .500 in 2005. The Reds have not made the playoffs since 1995, the Bengals made the playoffs in 2005. But why then did self identified Reds fans rise to 35% from 33%, while the Bengals dropped to 25% from 38%? Management. The Reds have not won. But they have convinced fans that they are at least making an effort. The Reds went out and hired a GM with a track record of success. Mike Brown is stuck with himself. More evidence why WDR will win and Mike Brown MUST change after the jump.
Contrary to what the Bengals want you to think, they will not sell out every game this year. The NKU survey found that 40% of fans who ATTENDED games last year, will attend LESS this year. This is not asking random fans whether they will go, or want to go. This is fans who actually went to games, are saying they will go to fewer games this year. The Bengals will face serious financial pain this year. While the Reds have realized that the economy is tough and they need to work with fans (5 Dollar Beer), the Bengals spend their time sending threatening letters to their season ticket holders. The most horrifying part of the article is the conclusion. Which says Bengals fans will return with an 8-8 season. It is up to WDR and all of the comrades to prevent this. We will not like Mike Brown's goal of an 8-8 season satisfy us. We deserve at team that expects and demands to win championships. WDR will continue to demand the Bengals to raise the bar.