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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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Well said, Bienemy.

And to have the audacity to black out preseason games. For pure entertainment value, preseason games are steaming piles of shit. For the NFL to pretend in both ticket prices and policy that preseason games are equivalent to regular games is absolutely absurd. Black outs are a slap in the face to fans. Preseason games are nothing more than a method of screwing season ticket holders. But then there is that free box of popcorn with each $800 season ticket purchase:

http://www.bengals.com/tickets/season-tickets.html
Plus, for a limited time only, if you purchase new Season Tickets, you will receive a voucher for a free box of popcorn to be redeemed at any home game this fall at Paul Brown Stadium to help you take in the show!


On that happy note, when the games are blacked out it isn't so bad to watch them the next day since the games suck so bad.

Just a Canadian's point of view.

I'm a big CFL fan and while comparing an 8 team minor/developmental league to the 32 team major league is comparing apples and oranges......one thing I *don't* like about the CFL is the 2 game preseason, 18 game schedule. While they had a great opening game this year, *usually* the opening week games really suck and you feel like you just watched a practice that got to count in the standings.

The 18 game schedule would be strictly business (more fans want to watch games that actually count in the standings) but it would just diminish the meaning of the other 16 games a bit plus you'd probably get some really crappy games that would get to count in the final standings.

Not to mention teams that would clinch their playoff fate even *sooner* leading them to rest starters even *earlier* in the late stretch.

16 sits fine by me.

How about adding more bye-weeks to deal with the extra physical toll?

I prefer expanded rosters, but that's only because I'd like to see the Bengals keep guys like James Johnson and Cedric Peerman.

I know this will never happen in a million years, but I just wonder what would happen if a team, say the Bengals, open the gates at PBS during pre-season and said "y'all come". No admission charge. I just can't help but think that the money they would lose at gate admission they'd more than make up at the concession stands and pro shop. Not to mention goodwill that "might" be claimed by not charging admission to these games.

Some teams don't even play a full 16 games!(Colts)

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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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