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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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Hey I live in Utah but I want a mug. Will you guys ship one to people like me?

~Buzz

MillerCoors is an official sponsor of the Bengals. How is supporting them any different than buying beer from MFB at PBS? When Miller does a post-analysis of the sponsorship they'll see that sales are good during football season and renew the deal with the Bengals when it expires. This raises a larger point...why not add a sponsor boycott as a future Project Mayhem? It wouldn't be that hard on us fans since the Bengals only have a few meaningful sponsors in the first place.

In the meantime instead of drinking MillerCoors products on gameday maybe WDR should support an independent (local perhaps?) brewer with no ties to MillerCoors or Anheuser (another Bengals sponsor).

Disclaimer: I do not work for any companies in this industry and I'm not pro or anti domestic beer in any way. Although I am partial to Sam Adams Oktoberfest.

BOOM! Black Finn was a great choice. I'm not going to be in town on Thursday, can we still buy the mugs and cards during next games.

Rodger, you will be able to purchase mugs every Sunday throughout the season. $1 beers EVERY Sunday with said mug.

Ship one to me! I'll pay shipping!!! I am in need of a new mug.

I'd also like to donate the 4.50, plus shipping, for the mug and membership card. The rest of the stuff I could care less about, but I'd hate to miss out on this opportunity.

Ditto Buzz 'bout getting a mug. I'd like to use it at my favorite Bengals bar here in the Tampa Bay area, wilst watching every Bengals game this season. I'll even drink Sam Adams Oktoberfest!!

What's the color of horseshit? Brown, Brown, Brown!!

I like the idea of sponsor boycotts, especially because the Bengals opted for Gold Star over Skyline as their official chili sponsors.

Hey! I wanna mug too. How 'bout shipping instructions?

Yes, I live in Columbus, so it's kind of hard to get down to the 'Finn, I would also like to purchase several mugs + shipping if at all possible.

Wish I could be there, I am spreading the word of the manifesto in the capital city!

¡Viva la Revolution!

I live in the Bermuda Triangle of football, Harrisburg, PA (stuck in between Pitt, Baltimore, and Philly) and I want a mug! Hopefully I can get out there to party with my Who Dey Revs soon, but I'll raise my glass to the revolution every game day! Down with Brown!

I still don't see why you guys can't buy Bengals tickets off the secondary market (Craigslist, eBay, etc) and not spend any money on concessions in the stadium.

If you buy tickets on the secondary market you're not putting any money into Brown's pocket. Those tickets have already been sold. Further, by member of the WDR buying the tickets and not buying ANY concessions or parking, you're COSTING Brown money by keeping them out of the hands of OTHER Bengals fans who WOULD buy concessions and parking, etc.

I would like a mug how do I get one, shipped to California?

At this point I don't know about shipping the mugs, as we don't have a system in place to coordinate the process. For now we will just be selling the mugs at Blackfinn every Sunday throughout the season, and on the next two Thursdays, Sept. 3rd and 10th.

Bring mugs to Phebe's in NYC!!

SaintsFan,

This is why we don't support the secondary market:

http://www.whodeyrevolution.com/whodeyrevolution/2009/02/economics-101-bengals-secondary-ticket-market.html

We prefer to err on the side of caution...so don't buy tickets at all.

Unrelated suggestion -

Tasks of project mayhem should be renamed "themes".

The real question is will Blackfinn be playing the Bengals game on the radio? If the goal is to not have the Bengals sell out, but we are all supportive Bengals fans. We are therefore rooting for the Bengals to be blacked out and then we go to Blackfinn so we cannot watch the game? Wouldn't it make more sense to either:

A: Drive to Louisville or the closest bar where the games are not subject to blackout and watch it there.

B: Create an enormous tailgate outside the stadium where everyone just listens on the radio.

This Blackfinn idea doesn't really make sense.


If the bar has Direct TV with NFL Sunday Ticket (NFL Network), then it doesn't matter if there's a local blackout, i.e. for regular-TV network coverage...

That's the whole point of having NFL Sunday Ticket isn't it?

If that's the case, then the Blackfinn idea does make sense...

However, I too wish that the WDR mugs, etc. could be ordered online.


It is in fact possible to stream the games online over the internet (it is in fact entirely free, provided you already have internet access)...the picture quality isn't always HDTV, but personally, I've decided to skip buying an HDTV, for the time being, since I can watch the games online, free.

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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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