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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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I don't get this site. Those people are financing the 20 years of incompetence and the millions of dollars that went into Mike Brown's pockets in spite of his criminally negligent ruining of the franchise. WTF? It's one game.

MFB borrowed a famous line from one Dave Chapelle yesterday as the winning score posted "Gotcha Bitch" as in win a game or two and all is good. Which means buy my tickets bitches.

Part of the reason Mike Brown doesn't change his ways is because of all of those fans in the stadium who will go watch the team play anyway. They either don't care about Mike Brown or are ignorant of this site and Mike Brown's stranglehold of the Bengals. Part of me cant blame them...they really want to see their team win and/or want to go and get wasted with friends and watch football.

This site previously put up an article about the Golden State Warriors (maybe I got the team wrong but its the NBA team from Sacramento) and how as much as they suck, their fans keep coming back to watch games & buy merchandise. The whole point was that Sacramento's fans' behavior doesn't provide an impetus (namely a change to the team's bottom line) for the front office to change.

I dont think one of the guys from the site went, he/she just found the video on youtube.

Besides, they beat the Steelers in PBS. That pretty much never happens. I hate Mike Brown too... but whats wrong with savoring the moment?

Anyway, I like watching the Steelers fans hating life in that video.

I thought the whole premise of this blog was that all of these people are the problem.

I always thought the idea of this web site was to be a bengals fan first and a Mike Brown hater second. I never read on here where it said do not go to the games and not to cheer on your team. I believe the site has said, dont spend money on tickets, dont buy beer at the game, dont buy overpriced food.
Again we can cheer on our team. And if I was given free Bengals tickets I would go in a heart beat. I watch the game on my tv and cheer it on with friends and family. We can all be Bengals fans and not support Mike Brown.....

Nothing wrong with cheering the victory.

Definitely something wrong with buying the tickets or the merch.

If you're sane you want Mike Brown OUT as general manager or involved in making any football decisions... insanity is putting money in MFB's pocket over and over again and expecting different results. Part of the problem with the mostly-lost decade of the 2000s is that the hiring of Marvin Lewis bought so much time to pretend something had changed from the entirely-lost decade of the 1990s. If you don't want to see another-lost decade of the 2010s, then you won't pretend this victory over the Steelers is meaningful, or that some new "attitude" or some-such slogan about lunchpails is suddenly going to make the team a consistent winner when they still don't have a competent GM, decent scouts, smart coaches, or the class to run a winning football operation.

as i agree the team mantra has not changed and the coaching still leaves much to be desired, lets not forget we did just beat the stealers...... lets enjoy the fact we will have a winning record going into the baltimore game........... but yes we do need a gm.......

some revolution. you think the french revolution cheered the troops but hated the dictator?

it seems like you're all fair weather fans.

i'm going to root for them to lose every game until brown is gone, because doing anything else is working directly against that goal.

get your heads on straight "revolutionaries". jesus. it's like no one ever taught you how to revolt.

Yes, Kato, I'm positive your pouting on Sundays if the Bengals win will really convince Mike Brown to change. Way to put effort toward that goal.

WDR has put thousands of dollars into a campaign for front office change. What have you done? Come here and complain about it? You're right, you win.

That video is awesome.
The whole point of the WDR, in a nutshell, is that there just haven't been enough of these moments.
That doesn't effect at all how much we enjoyed this.

god that video almost makes me cry tears of joy..... and i think i ejaculate a little bit every replay i see on espn.... i got so many looks sportin the icky woods jersey at the strip club sunday, there was pretty much nothing outside of my mom getting shot that could have taken me off of whatever cloud i was on and will continue to be on until next week when its time to pay a visit to cleveland

hear that Bengal growlin,
mean and ang-a-ree,
here he comes a prowlin,
lean and hung-a-ree,
an offensive brute,
run, pass, or boot,
and defensively he's rough, Tough
cincinnati Bengals,
that's the team we're gonna cheer to victory
touchdown Bengals
get some points up on that board
and win a game for Cincinnati

We all love our Bengals, therefore we want them to win. I couldn't imagine rooting against them. Ever.
Our biggest enemy is not in Pittsburgh, Cleveland, or Baltimore - he's sitting in the front office counting his cash.
I thought Sunday was a great day, and I'm still enjoying it. We all should enjoy it.
Who dey!

Yeah I don't understand all these fains pissed b/c some of us are enjoying this win. Yeah I still hate MB with a passion and want him gone. But I am allowed to root for them and be happy when they win. Especially when that win is a last minute one against the Squeelers. Nothing will keep me from rejoicing that win. Nothing at all. I was down at the game. No I didn't spend money on anything there. But I had a damn good time watching the Squeeler fans whine and cry when we came back and beat them. It was a joyous occasion.

OK....maybe I am part of the problem but I am a born and raised Bengals fan. Sunday was sweet because the players showed heart and finally completed a drive that ended up winning the game. Kato and some of you others that claim to be fans but are cheering against the team don't make sense to me....it it's all a waste of time then why bother putting any thought towards them and post??? You are saving your money and not contributing, good for you but I have taken to much punishment from mf'n Steelers fan's in our stadium for the past few years to not celebrate that win!! Mike Brown didn't orchestrate that win. Carson, Chad, Andre, the O-line, our defense, and all the other guys that put their bodies on the line each week with our name on their chest are the guys that orchestrated that victory and that's who I cheer for. I GREATLY appreciate what this website is about because it is about accountability...it's not about hating the players......thank you for this forum.

Matt wrote: "I never read on here where it said do not go to the games and not to cheer on your team."

Are you kidding me? This blog quite clearly encouraged people not to renew their season tickets, and not to buy tickets, and therefore not to go to games.

Uh wow. You think the front office is not laughing thier collective asses off after seeing this video on this blog.
When Mikey talked about upset fans being a theme; I guess he was right after all. And WDR has just proved it.
As someone who did dump seats (very close to where this was shot from) I find it interesting that a blog that championed revolt has no problem attending the games after all.

No question that was an exciting moment, but in-stadium videos shouldn't be posted on this site. Why celebrate those who gave money to MFB? Instead we should be celebrating a cell phone video of the scene Blackfinn during the final four minutes of the game.

This video was made by a douche bag. Don't reward douche bags.

Exactly. That's why this revolution is a joke. They're all just complainers. They pull their little stunts and think they make a difference.

WDR has no idea how change is made, because they support the very thing they are revolting against. This video and the "fans" rooting for the team are proof.

"Fans"????? Why put that in quotes implying that we are not real fans? I'm a fan, always have been and always will be. Do I think that Mike Brown has no clue about how to run a football team??? Yes I do but that doesn't change the game. Should Mike Brown be held accountable, absolutely yes. I think his father would've fired him years ago but that doesn't change the game. You're probably gonna fire back with how I am an idiot and a moron for writing this but I am pretty sure that when are fighting for a spot in the playoffs you'll be the guy trying to find e-bay. Its cool that you don't like them. You are entitled to your opinion. In a day and time when we have nothing but murder and bankruptcy why not celebrate a victory???

@marc: How exactly is Mike Brown held accountable when Cincinnati spend half a billion dollars to build a palace to his incompetence and people like you spend hundreds of dollars more every single week to celebrate that incompetence? Going to the games means NOT holding Mike Brown accountable. People who go to games are exactly like sheep voting for more shearing. Enjoy your shearing, I guess.

@marc: Thanks for helping by supporting the losing. You said Mike Brown should be held accountable. Now, please explain to me how you are helping to do that.

And you are wrong saying I don't like the Bengals. I love them. Apparently, I love them more than you.. because you just enable their self destruction.

The fact that you even mention playoffs shows which one of us is dillusional.

There are a couple of absolute window-lickers that frequent and post on this site that have no idea what it's like to live in the real world.

1.) Comparing WDR to the French Revolution is an abomination of a statement. Not even close to the same thing. I was a History major and studied the subject extensively. I'm not even going to waste time describing why that's an asenine analogy.

2.) I like (not love) this site and value it's opinions. I don't always agree with them, but it's good to see that there truly are avid Bengal fans out there. That is not the case where I'm from. I'm not even close to being a Cininnati native, so I can only imagine how some of you feel in that regard. I love this team and revolve my entire Sunday, if not week, around watching them. that being said, I'm not going to run around the streets of Cininnati with a noose and a pitchfork calling for Mike Brown's head (though sometimes I'd like to), as many of you (Kato) seem to want to do. This is an NFL franchise owned by a family. The only way changes will be made is if Mike Brown calls for them or if he dies. There really isn't THAT much we all can do as fans.

3.) That being said, I think that some of you originators of this site, along with most other disgruntled fans, should credit yourselves with a little of the early success in 2009. These efforts in the offseason forced MB to spend the most I've seen him spend in his tenure on free agents (most of whom have contributed already), make a trade for the first time in half of a decade for a player who saved the game on Sunday and put the team on HBO's Hard Knocks which I would never had dreamed of in a million years. There is still plenty that needs to be changed--contract negotiations, hiring a G.M. and scouts, etc., but they looked the best they've looked since 2005.

In summation: WDR is a mix of a literal revolution along with a metaphorical revolution. Don't take it so freaking seriously that you're pacing your living room and kicking your cat because you can't go lynch Mike Brown. Good God.

As far as calling me dillusional...the team is playing well right now. Why is it dillusional to think that they may be fighting for a spot come December?? Ive never seen Mike Brown throw an interception or miss a field goal or fumble or miss a tackle. Does he make business decisions with only the good of his wallet in mind...yes. I'll you what Mike Brown is laughing more at...is the fact that you think sitting at home and not going to the game or you posting your discontentment is going to make one bit of a difference. If you remember, there were a bunch of people that tried these same things in the 90's, minus the website.....what changed from then till now??? Nothing. I am a football fan, I like these players and the way they play, our front office SUCKS but me saying that or you saying that or staying home or going "to the game is not going to change anything....So, go ahead and be a "bigger" fan at home and I will enjoy my Sunday home games with my wife and brother and sister in law and watch some football......and celebrate when they win...and when you want to score some tickets later this season......I may be able to help you out....Sunday didn't look like self-destruction to me..i haven't started "drinking the kool-aid" yet but I liked what I saw in a team that minus a fluke play should be 3-0. Enjoy your Sundays and I will enjoy mine.

Are you saying on this site that you go to the games, Marc? Because I'm pretty sure that shouldn't be welcome here.

Really think Mike Brown is laughing about me not giving him my money?

People need to do what is right, man. Regardless of if they think the outcome won't go their way: You need to do what is right.

The argument "It won't change anything" is the ultimate bullshit argument.

If it's a revolution, we have to fight.

wow six took part of what I quoted and decided to use it..... here is what I wrote in its entirety.... "I never read on here where it said do not go to the games and not to cheer on your team. I believe the site has said, dont spend money on tickets..." slightly different than what you quoted..... Again they never said dont go to the game, hey if the tickets are free... why not.....

Kato, you are consistently taking the "easy" bait and ignoring all responses that point to the same thing:

For all your ceaseless demands of "we have to fight" and the like, you have evidently done absolutely nothing to encourage change. If you think sitting at home saying "Gee, I hope the Bengals lose today" has ANY effect on the franchise, you need to hop off the Ouija board once in a while. According to your own website, after you mock WDR, you cite your winner of a gameplan as follows:

"Openly root for them to lose every single game. Make fun of those who act like the team has potential to be good. Be knowledgeable when you do it, and don't pander to any conversation about improving the team that doesn't start with replacing the front office."

-Openly rooting for loss is irrelevant, because "rooting" does not involve finances.
-Making fun of optimists is asinine and counterproductive. I agree that optimism about this team is often poorly founded, but your goal appears to be to "educate" those who continue to fund Mike Brown's nepotist dictatorship. Do you really expect the "lemmings" to respond well to acerbic tirades?
-WDR has been nothing but knowledgeable in the game of football, the workings of the franchise, and virtually anything else of relevance.
-WDR has been as adamant as anyone that the problem with the Bengals lies in the front office above all else.

So all that said, why in the world are you hanging out here criticizing the people who are doing precisely what you think needs to be done, only better than you appear to be capable of doing it?

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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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