This picture was taken from Cincinnati Kid over at the Bengals.com message boards - more coming later from our photographer at scrimmage last night. As Joe Reedy tweeted last night,"Estimated crowd at Georgetown 6,500 plus one airplane."
The message from last night's banner is pretty straightforward - over the last 18 seasons, the Bengals have a cumulative record of 101-187-1. And yet they are the only team among the teams who had top 10 draft picks to not make one major change among coaching staff or front office. If the Bengals ever want to win football games, they need to have football people making football decisions, not the Brown family.
Last night's story is about more than just our message of "101-187-1: HIRE A GM!" that flew over practice for an hour. We had some plane issues that were overcome in a most heroic fashion.
What basically happens with these banners is that the plane takes off from Lunken Airport and flies down to Georgetown. Another guy will drive down to Georgetown and lay out the banner at the Georgetown airport. The plane then basically hooks into the banner while still flying and hovering close to the runway. It then takes off, circles the training camp and returns to the airport to drop the banner and return back to Cincinnati.
Remember last week when the Georgetown Police and Bengals security threatened to shut us down, with no jurisdiction whatsoever? Well last night as our pilot attempted to use the Georgetown airport again he was denied. We are still investigating the full reasons why he was not allowed to use their runway but the official reason is that the runway was under construction.
With the training camp already started, they needed a plan B. And they found it in a field next to a rural church about 3 miles from the airport. Off a gravel road, they found a vacant grass field. A guy in the house next door came over and agreed to let the plane use it. They laid out the banner on the grass field and the plane swooped in and picked up the banner without a hitch!
Again, more pictures coming soon. And if you will be at the Orange and Black game today from 1-2:30, here's a hint - look up.
ESPN.com is running the AP story on their website about last night's scrimmage, and the piece includes this great nugget:
"An estimated 6,500 fans showed up for the annual scrimmage. Soon after it started, a small plane flew overhead towing a banner that read: "101-187-1 ... HIRE A GM!" That's the Bengals' record since 1991, when Mike Brown took control of the team after his father's death.
Brown functions as the team's de facto general manager. He was sitting on a patio next to the press box, watching the scrimmage, when the banner flew overhead. The Bengals have had only one winning season during Brown's 18 years of running the team."
Also, ProFootballTalk gave Project Mayhem Task #9 a mention in their AFC North One-Liners.