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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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...except that some of the proceeds for those plates go to the team, and I thought we weren't supposed to be giving any more money (even indirectly) to the team? this is one of the reasons why I cancelled NFL Sunday Ticket this year.

First of all, I am very jealous. Secondly, I feel like big douche for my Bengals license plate that just has the generic crap.

Thank God for you Josh, the wind beneath my wings.

I think Who Dey Josh should be mentioned before MLK Jr and Abe.

Sticking with the car theme, are there WDR bumper stickers? If not, why not? If a band opening at the free concert I drove 2 1/2 from Cincy to Louisville to see can give bumper stickers to the entire audience, they can't be that expensive to make and easily sold to half the people who visit this site.

Mike Brown thanks you for the donation.

I wouldn't be so quick to assume that the team gets much, if any money. At least $25 of the $35 extra for the plates goes to the United Way. Who knows where the other $10 goes. Even if the team gets $10 or so to insult them using their own logo, it is worth it.

i'd be down for a bunch of WDR bumper stickers - that way there is not a single chance Li'l Mikey gets a cent and we can still display our displeasure.

I want a bumper sticker toooo !!!!!!!!

@ Kevin - NFL Properties absolutely gets a cut of the revenue through a licensing program (which is how the State(s) get the right to print team logos on license plates), which NFL Properties then distributes to each team according to the agreement it has with each franchise (each NFL team owns its respective logos, and they license them to NFL Properties for purposes of exploiting them in a league-wide licensing program). Even assuming the teams take their share of the licensing revenue and contribute 100% of it to charity, the team realizes the revenue as a tax-deductible contribution to charity. So, the Bengals get money either way. How much money is immaterial. The point is that we're not supposed to be giving the team any money whatsoever, despite any value attributable to social commentary.

That said, +1 to the idea of WDR bumper stickers which read,"HIRE A GM, MIKE".

Or, you could have steve spencer design something with Mikey on it doing something aweful w/ Viva La Revolution on it. Hell you could even put the Thomas Jefferson Quote on there. Regardless of what's on there I think stickers are a great idea and you guys could fund all kinds of project mayhem tasks with that.

I like the idea of bumper stickers. Great idea!

I would buy a bumper sticker and proudly display it here on the west coast!

Somebody needs to design and produce WDR flags to prominently display at tailgates and other events and venues, i.e., Sunday BBQs, front lawns, sports bars, Bengals games, etc.

It would have to be immediately recognizable and immediately offensive to management.

like my shirt...the last time I wore my WDR shirt with ol Mikey Boy on the back some guy asked me who I thought I was wearing a Che Guevara shirt and didn't I know I lived in the USA...I laughed at him and then explained what it really was...needless to say he had no idea who Mike Brown was.....

I would like to also fly the little flag from my car window lest go all out i have a van that we can do the car wrap thing if someone want to help pay for it(serious) and believe me we drive around like crazy so we would get a lot of ppl looking!

I was questioned at Winn-Dixie in Florida by the redneck kid at check-out about what kind of shirt it was. After I explained what WDR was and stood for, he told me it looked like a communist shirt and that he didn't take too kindly to communism. True story.

What about the top banner? That would make an excellent bumper sticker, just crop a little off the sides to square it up a bit.

He gave money to the Bengals, and you're calling him a hero? I understand that the phrase on a plate is cool, but REALLY? A hero? I am going to the game tomorrow (relax, I didn't buy tix, they were season tix for a corporate account, and I will NOT purchase food, beverage or merchandise, (haven't in two years)) and will wear any attire you would like to donate to me between now and then, "Fuck Mike Brown" shirt? Sure! "Jim Lippincott can be used as a floatation device in case of emergency" shirt? Sure! I will check this thread again later just in case this suggestion interests you. BTW, I would love to donate money, but alas I am as close to destitute as I can be and still own my house, boo hoo, just wanted to get out in front of a possible stab about support.

ha ha ha. By going to the game you are supporting Mike Brown.

I love how people are so die hard on this site until it comes to their own sacrifice. BoJackson, by using the tickets that were paid for you are letting the Owner of the tickets know they are being used. A ticket is a ticket. A body in the stands is support.

Do you guys even know how a boycott works? When the bus boycott was happening you think supporters sometimes rode the buses if they found a buss pass or just this one time their legs were really tired?

I don't care if you support or not. I just think it is funny when people berate others for something then make excuses why it is ok for them to do it.

I will also be at the game. With tickets I paid for. I will also be buying some beers and who knows, a hot dog? I have not decided.

Then what the fuck are you talking about? I specifically stated that I have not given this org. a dime for two plus years. The money was already spent idiot, whether I go or not. It's a body in the stands at a pre season game.
I want to watch the game, I do not want to stay up until 245 to watch roster spot battles, I was told I could utilize someone's tix which are paid for by a coporation (ergo, money already being spent), so I am going.
Is what you're telling me is that the Browns look at the stadium with binoculars to see who is sitting in what seat? Attending a pre season game that is blacked out with tickets that were paid for LAST YEAR does not constitute support for the organization, it constitutes a desire to see my team with a large and (I thought) understandable loophoole.
Further, what are you doing here? Calling me out for being a hypocrite while you announce your monetary support for the organization and compare this to the Alabama bus boycott? WOW!

Ok, I will dumb it down for you.

I own a company and as a treat for my employees I buy season tickets to give away every game. Every week someone tells me they will use the tickets. I think great, they enjoy this. The next season when it is time to renew I think, well, they liked it last year I will do it again.

OR

I buy season tickets to give away. Every week no one wants them. When it is time to renew I decline because the tickets are a waste.

In which scenario are you affecting Mike's bottom line?

Also, at the end of last season, visitors to this site implored those with tickets to not go to the games. (that money also was already spent).

I don't think the Browns use binoculars to see who is in what seat. The fact that you think that's what I was stating gives me a good idea how intelligent you are. I bet they do however look around their stadium and see that many seats are filled. They don't care that you didn't pay for the ticket, they only care that it was paid for. In their eyes, you are supporting them by being there.

I compared it to a boycott. Hoping you would understand the comparison, sadly it was lost on you. Also, I am not allowed to read and comment on a public blog because I disagree with what some commenter stated?

You're obviously allowed to state your opinion on a public blog, and it is quite apparent that we enjoy stating our opinions in this type of forum.
These tickets didn't come from my company, I have only a tertiary connection to them, and again, whether I go or not, THEY WERE PAID FOR! and ThAT's ALL THE BROWN FAMILY CARES ABOUT! They got their money, my part in it is nothing, I am taking up space, and enjoying watching and predicting who does and doesn't make the team, who looks good or bad or indifferent, that's it.
Obvioulsy we disagree about the impact my presence has at a game, I contend it's minimal, you seem to think that it's monumental, one way or another, I really don't give a fuck, I am at peace with my logic, I just am trying to force my view on you, and vice versa.
The game is blacked out, the desired effect has been achived, and a free (to me) opportunity presented itself, I am taking advantage of it.
As for your stabs, fuck off, you have no idea how intelligent I am based on some website commenter section argument, step down off your high horse, you don't need to dumb anything down for me you pompous hypocrite.

Yeah, get someone over at lookatmeshirts.com to do some sort of sexy little girl's shirt saying "Mike Brown: Pro-Money, Anti-Fan" on the front and "www.whodeyrevolution.com" on the back and I will wear the shit out of that thing at tailgates (though I of course won't be stepping foot into PBS this season). Viva!

Bo, Chill.

If you want to go to the game by all means go. Like I said, I will be there. Shoot, I will even buy you a beer if that works with your theory.

My stabs were a direct response to being called an idiot. It is kind of obvious we are not going to agree. We do agree that Mike Brown needs to go and the Bengals need to get better.

Enjoy the game.

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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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