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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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Kudos on the self-deprecating humor. I have enjoyed the site for a long time now, and I agree that there is still a need for it. A second winning season doesn't offset the other 17 failed seasons under MFB's failed tenure as owner.

Your analysis of the Bengals was absolutely justified at the time because they had yet to put together a full 4 quarters of solid play. Now they have, and I'm glad to see it. We will start seeing respect for the Bengals in sports media because they have finally earned it.

I applaud your site for not yelling, screaming and kicking while the team is doing well. Let people enjoy the moment, it's been a painful 20 years. Sometimes for sanity's purpose, you need to look past all the flaws and just enjoy the success when it happens.

Enjoy this team, but keep the dream of change alive. I wonder if this season would even be possible if not for the fan rebellion that took place starting about this time last season.

Can you add to your goals? I propose - 3) Continue to mock Geoff Hobspin for his poor attempts at journalism at every turn.

Other than that, yeah, aside from the two goals already mentioned, very little to complain about as a Bengals fan this year. I don't live around the Cincy area, but I used to drive through there in 2005 and 2006 on alternating Sundays making my commute from western PA (home) to east Tennessee (work, at the time), and I remember whoever hosts (hosted?) the post-game wrap-up show would always say, "It's a great day for Bengals football!" That's been true more often than not this year, and it's hard not to enjoy it (unless you're an eternal pessimist, like WCH or the suddenly disappeared Kato).

Major, 4-1 doesn't equal a "winning season". Lets not count our chickens or we'll jinx this thing.

Alan Cutler was the coiner of that term "It's a great day to be a Bengals fan!" Or at least he was the first guy I heard say it. Thank goodness that prick is gone, worst post game radio host we have ever had, never let fans speak, was rude and talked over everyone, even Bengals fans. Only person that compares is P Doc, who writes a freat column, but is a prick of a radio host, kiss guests ass, berate, insult and generally dump on callers. Sorry, Culter brought back some animosity and BTW, I've never called in to either of those shows (Benglas post game or extra innings)
ChapelHill - I agree not counting chickens, but let's be real, The D is stifling, Run game is running on all cylinders, and this team is the opposite of the past four years, they refuse to fold down the stretch, hope the same holds true in December, or perhaps I hope it's not even an issue, maybe we come into December with AFC north all but locked up? Hahaha, just kidding, a guy can hope though.

great, not freat, got excited

Ya know, back in 06 we were said to have a great defense when really, it was an opportunistic defense. The offense jumped out to a lead, and the defense took advantage of the other team having to throw the ball and had so many interceptions. But if we weren't ahead early, we usually didn't win.
This year, I see a big difference...WE ARE STOPPING THE RUN! Another big difference is that we are winning close games, coming back from behind in each game so far. These differences make me think this season won't be 'magical,' like the 06 season. This success CAN BE SUSTAINED. And I (and probably everyone else here) hope it continues through the rest of this season and beyond.

I like that they are playing all the way to the end of the game.
No sitting around dejected and pouting halfway through the 3rd like last year.
Good teams win close games, the Steelers have been doing it for years, now its the Bengals turn for a change.

They need to find replacements for St. Louis and Dan Coats immediately. Both are terrible. The biggest difference in 2009 as opposed to other years? The botched snaps would cause this team to fold and they'd find a way to lose. This year, they sack up and find ways to win, even if it is always at the end. I'm going to need open heart surgery after this season if this trend keeps up.

I can say though that the show Ken Broo does after the game is crazy boring. That man doesn't have the voice for radio unless you're trying desperately to fall asleep. I can't stand listening to his show. Man it's bad.
Yes BSL needs to be gone asap and if he isn't gone tomorrow then something really is wrong. I really thought they were showing a replay of the last snap that went over Huber's head (i looked away from the tv a split second before they snapped). But then I realized he had done it again. I'm blown away. I hate for anyone to lose their jobs but he has ONE JOB TO DO. If I had one job to do and farbed it up as much as he does, I would have been in the unemployment line weeks ago. Just terrible.
Yeah the situation with Coats is bad too. That guy has the hands of an armadillo. Seriously he's terrible. Great blocker, just can't catch for $hit. And did you see how pissed Carson was over it? I bet he won't get many more looks from Carson this year. At least I hope not.

CurseofBoJackson,

It was "the Cutman" I was thinking of, and I do in fact remember him being a huge douche to most of his callers, especially if they had a good point that was counter to what he was espousing. I called in one time and spent about 40 minutes on hold, being assured repeatedly that I was going to be on in the next segment. Cutler kept getting douchier and douchier so I just hung up. But that doesn't change the fact that right now, every day is a GREAT DAY TO BE A BENGALS FAN!

Thanks, ChapelHill. I didn't realize that the season isn't over yet.

Not to be a buzzkill, but I want to see this team finish drives. Too many points left out of the field, especailly in the first half yesterday. Obviously, special teams leaves a lot of room for improvement, but what needs to be done there is obvious.

These next 3 weeks in my opinion are huge. H-town, Chi-town, and B-less. We need to to win 2/3 with one being the Ratbirds again at home. Sitting 6-2 with a 4-0 division record would be a dream, whereas 7-1 would be even more fantastic.

We need to make it our priority to shut down Andre Johnson and get in Schaub's face this week. The Texans smacked us pretty hard last year, so maybe that can be our rallying point this year, but we need to learn to step on team's necks and this week would sure be a good one to start.

Damn. I saw that Hob had posted a story called "Tough Goodbye" and thought/hoped it would be about finally cutting Brad St. Louis after years with the franchise. It was instead about the upcoming funeral for Mrs. Zimmer.

Double-whammy there.

Let's hit the Texans even harder, boys.

Props to the site for this honest assessment. Hey, no one expected us to win under Mike Brown, but things are working if only for a very short time thus far. Credit where credit is due. Incredible stuff, just hope it can keep going.

innocent? So a 4-1 start and Mike Brown is off the hook. You guys are so weak. I didn't know the season ended after 5 games this year? Please save everyone the time and just shut the website down.

This and deadspin are the best sports related blogs on the Internet. Keep up the kick ass work.

From now on we should just say the fluke Denver loss was appeasement.

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Mockenrue, that was the best comment I've seen in a long time. When you think about it, though, Mike Brown is to winning Super Bowls as Neville Chamberlain is to preventing WWII.

Yeah, I mean fine, who dey and all of that, but I REMAIN committed to our thoughts that we NOT give Mike Brown any disposable income this season. MFB still runs this team, and as long as he does that translates into my ass being OUT of a PBS seat. Oh and I loved (sarcasm) one of the stories on the news last night-- "Bengals merchandise is once again flying off the shelves!" That's great, but not opening my wallet for it. I will cheer on TV, but my loyalty stops there and remains with WDR. Viva!

I agree fully with rymo above. We can all enjoy the current winning AND desire front office changes at the same time! (Shocking thought, I know). The current winning is great, but don't we all want the winning to last beyond just "current"?

Yes we do.

WDR, we are with you.

As for "Bengals merchandise flying off the shelves," I just bought two WDR t-shirts. One for me, and one for my 3-year old son. We may wear orange and love the Bengals, but MFB isn't getting a dime out of us. WHODEY!

I feel bad for the players but the only way to make this team a good team that lasts is to hurt Mike Brown's wallet and hope that thick skull of his doesn't cause the message to bounce off.

Fuzzy - Do you think Ed Reed is the real life Omar Little?

I'm a terrible procrastinator too, it makes for a lot of half finished and not started projects. I hope you finish your dress top half - the colours go so well together. Have a productive weekend!

Make your own life easier take the loans and all you want.

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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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