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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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The revolution is on life-support.

FUCK THE REVOLUTION!!!

Hey Bono, take a hike and go back to the hole you came out from! Why don't you clowns post where someone really cares like bengals.com or gobengals.com. You are probably from there anyways.

Funny how it takes Ocho Cinco and his sponsor to buy up the remaining tickets. Notice, it was not the FANS! Plus, Chad might want to watch out what he is doing because he owes back taxes to the county.

http://www.upi.com/Sports_News/2008/05/29/Bengals-Johnson-owes-thousands-in-taxes/UPI-67541212099428/

I would rather high 5 a steelers fan than you guys. You also make people resort to name calling. There is no rationalizing with you guys so I will just say this and all of it's immaturity.

You guys are terds. I wish you could walk around with red stickers on your jerseys so when the Bengals win and you guys are jumping up and down... I am asking you to wear your logo shirts so we know who you are. I would know who to hug and who to pour beer on.

You guys are terds and you know it. You should be ashamed. Have fun at Black Finn with all of the other true relegion jeaned, firmly pressed jersey wearers.

Doochbags.

I'd like to take this time to ask all fellow revolutionaries to not fight venom with venom. It makes us look as bad as the people who decide to come here just to insult us, and distracts readers from the fact that we're thinking with clear heads. Just let it roll off. History is on our side. (Sadly, it's not on Mike Brown's side...)

The revolution is over. You clowns that buy this crap are just stupid. These idiots get you to buy mugs and shirts to line their own pockets. What a joke. What a bunch of losers.

What's amazing is to think about this team last year at this time (and beyond). Who was coming around threatening to pour beer on anyone who was calling for front office change? Who was telling the site's regulars that they were impossible to reason with? Nobody, of course, because the need for drastic change was obvious.

Next year, if there is another, say, 5-11 campaign, who will say these things? Nobody, I would imagine, unless if it were to make injury excuses or something to that effect.

What has changed between last year and this year? We had a draft to add two players who has seen significant playing time (Maualuga and Huber) and another who has not been disappointing when he gets in the game (Michael Johnson). We got to look in on the team during Hard Knocks, and see a room full of football minds exasperated as Mike Brown attempted to convert people to unnatural positions to save money. We saw yet another prolonged holdout from a first round pick, who unsurprisingly showed up out of shape and was injured immediately. We saw sweeping censorship from the Brown administration over any kind of criticism that might be levied against him and the Bengals front office in general, including attempted arrest. We saw Jim Lippincott tell someone that he was being cut because of a lack of ability at 5 AM, then leave the team playbook on a doorstep with nobody around. We've seen Bob Bratkowski call the same predictable games and schemes that everyone but he understands will be shut down more often than not. We've seen Brad St. Louis retained through five games despite vastly underperforming at his singular job for the duration, presumably due to continued lack of good scouting.

I'm not sure what in the above would lead anyone to believe that anything is different about this team in the long run. We've also seen good things, of course, like the emergence of Cedric Benson, the clutch play of Andre Caldwell, play from the offensive line that can't be properly termed "putrid," and so forth. And all of these things have been given their due credit, on this very site. But do they change any of the above paragraph? Of course not. This is why change is still necessary to maintain success. That's the key word. We've found some success, but now don't you want to see it maintained? That's what we're all looking for, as Bengals fans. It's a common goal for everyone associated with this franchise - except for Mike Brown and his next of kin.

If you want to celebrate over 4-1, great! So do I. I was cheering like crazy when I saw the Ravens bite it. I'll be cheering more if and when Houston goes under. But enjoying the Bengals' current success doesn't necessitate accepting all the things Mike Brown continues to do very poorly. And it CERTAINLY doesn't necessitate coming to WDR to lay out blanket insults on fellow Bengals fans, who only want to see this team winning Super Bowls.

~two players who HAVE seen significant playing time...not has.

I don't think this year's team is particularly good, although they're more entertaining than last year's model. They have a ceiling, and we'll see it later in the year if not this Sunday. I think this year demonstrates how hopeless it is to try to pressure for change in the Bengals management. Mike Brown found his suckas, and they'll never be dislodged. Next year could be 2-14, but the suckas will still be back. All it takes is a couple of squeaker wins and everyone thinks Mike Brown suddenly got a clue. Hilarious and sad at the same time. The Revolution was a nice idea. But like a lot of

I say kudos to Motorola and Esteban Ocho Cinco for purchasing the tickets and then giving them away for free. But like someone mentioned in another thread, why didn't Mike Brown do this? It's an obvious public relations coup. He could have been like the Pied Piper with all the new found love.

The "revolution" (what a joke) thinks they're having an impact. Well, obviously they're not. Quit donating your money to them. Quit buying the cheap t-shirts from them. Just sit back and watch em' sink... WHO DEY!!!!

I doubt anyone who supports this site even bought tickets in the past 5 years.

Anyone who thinks MFB would support the community and buy up the remaining tickets has lost it. He cares about nothing, but the bottom line and that is profit. He does not care about any of you. If you think he does then you are the most clueless individuals on the face of the earth! It took a player and his sponsor to get the game on local TV. Do you get it? Nothing has ended here. A 4 and 1 record is a nice start, but the season is not done. If they don't make the playoffs, I wonder if the sheep will come back here to post. I highly doubt it!

Factor: there are always doubters. Truth is, I was a season ticket holder from the day they opened PBS, but I refused to renew this year. I've had enough of MFB. I still love the team, though, and am thrilled with their progress so far this year. The past 18 years, however, have made me a doubter. I doubt that they can sustain their success over the long run, with the ownership and front office that's currently in place. That's why I'm here.

Why are you here?

I came across a post you may want to read.

It appears the Bengals home sellout streak my be coming to an end. Fans for whatever reason are reluctant to buy tickets to the upcoming game against the Texans. CincyJungle has a suggestion that holds some value to the Bengals. While they would lose revenue from the tickets being sold, they would probably gain in concession sales and good PR.

WhoDeyRevolution urges to not believe the hype. They equate sitting in a bar in NYC the same as supporting the players at Paul Brown. I am sure when it is 3rd and short and the crowd noise is needed to help disrupt the offense of the Texans they will be distracted by all of the cheering from Phoebe's in NYC, Washington DC bars and Blackfin. While I may agree with the motive of the Bengals sustaining success, I can't get on board with the idea that you can support the team by not actually supporting the team. (FYI, the NFL Sunday ticket which is needed to watch the Bengals outside the market does put revenue in the pocket of the people you are against. Same with advertising on the radio)

I also know the facts, the Bengals have had no success in the past two decades to speak of. This is why I think it is so sweet when the Bengals are doing well. The Bengals are in first place in the division, they just swept the 3 division rivals and can control their own destiny. Mo Egger has even come up with the magic number. These are the things that make being a fan awesome. The same people that throw out the terms "Fair weather fan" and "Real fan" are some of the people that are supporting not rooting for the Bengals until they prove they are winners. (somehow in their minds this is different than being a fair weather fan).

I have tried posting my opinions in the message boards on other sites and have been berated that I am an enabler, sheep and not a real fan. I have been told that I am ignorant because I go to the football games because they are entertaining. I am part of the problem because I keep my season tickets. Many of the people slinging these insults never had season tickets. What really have they given up? Make no mistake, I love football, but at the end of the day it is just entertainment. Same as any movie or tv show. People are paid to perform and the viewer decides if they like that or not. For those of you putting more weight on your Sunday afternoons take a step back, realize it is a game, and let it go.

I challenge you to not call me a real fan. I own a website, 3 season tickets and a Bus. I have an old ratty Boomer Esiason t shirt from when Boomer was a Bengal (the first time). I still pull out my James Brooks and Ickey Woods action figures. I remember Tim Krumrie's leg in the Super Bowl. I still can't stand John Taylor. I cheered when Blake hit Pickens with the rainbow even though the Bengals had no shot of winning. I watched Dillion shatter the rushing record and later was there when he threw his pads in the stands. I still kringe when I think about Kimo and I still smile when Caldwell catches the pass from Palmer against the Steelers.

Buy a single game ticket, come check out the Bengals. I understand if you are not ready to buy a season ticket yet, it may take time. Buying a ticket now does not mean you forget what the Bengals record has been the past 19 years. It simply says you like what the Bengals are doing right now. Support the team the best way possible, by being there and cheering. Who knows, maybe this is the turn around and you can later say I was there when.

WhoDey.

Cincinnati 23 -- that other pathetic team 10

"Anyone who thinks MFB would support the community and buy up the remaining tickets has lost it."

Why should he buy the tickets?

If Mike Brown buys the remaining tickets this time then people will come to expect it for other games. It's not a very good way to try to sell out games which is the goal.

Get real.

In an earlier post, I noted that I thought that the real cost of the cash for clunkers program went well beyond the $4500 rebate per car. Edmunds.com just came out with an analysis that shows that the cost of the program, once purchases that would have occurred during that period without the rebate are taken into account, at $24,000 per car!

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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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