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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;


    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 find myself moving slowly from the "Carson the Omnipotent" to "Carson is fallible" camp. I gotta tell you, it is a more painful journey than it ought to be and I hope I am wrong.

I found myself doing that for the first time ever Rich. It really is terrible. I hope my man Blesterov is right and he just needs to get comfortable again...

Think of it from his perspective. From 2006 to 2008, every time he would drop back he would be hit within a few seconds since the OL was so porous due to injuries, age, and/or incompetent (Ghiaciuc). He was constantly hurrying and forcing throws to WR's for the past 3 seasons which led him to pick up some back techniques and screw with his head. He has worked out the mechanics and footwork problem, and now he just needs to cool down the ticking clock/ hypersensitive spider sense in his head that tells him someone is going to come and break his leg. Once he can work this out, I think he will be back to normal. I just hope it happens sooner then later.

The one thing I will give credit to Bratkowski on is that he switched over to the run last year to take the pressure off Palmer knowing that he had an inexperienced but rebuilt OL in front of him. He wanted Palmer to settle back down in the pocket so he didn't feel like he had to rush and get comfortable with his new OL. As Boomer stated in his interview with Joe Reedy, he should bounce back.

I really like this album. I think it really demonstrates KOLs ability to grow. Lets be honest if they continued to produce the same music they were in the beginning, people would moan as well. |Having been a KoL fan for a while now, I much prefer the first three albums (the first two being the best) to their more recent 'sound' of stadium rock. Sadly, it seems like the garage rock that they did so brilliantly seems to have disappeared completely, with nothing approaching the genius of California Waiting, Four Kicks or Charmer. The Kings seem to have enjoyed the popularity of Only By the Night, and carried on with the same sweeping guitars and radio-friendly melodies, and in doing so, have become boring.

Come Around Sundown, in my opinion, is an improvement on the massively commercialised Only By the Night, and has a few stand-out tracks (Back Down South, Radioactive, and The End), but the album seems to blur into one. Tracks such as The Face and Birthday are weak, but no worse than Be Somebody or 17 off the previous album.

In short, if you like KoL based on Sex on Fire, or Use Somebody, you will probably enjoy this album. However, older fans hoping for a change in sound, should stay away. Disappointing.

I've seen the opposite, where parents put their kids into private school kindergarten to get them in a year earlier than the school district would have allowed them. This ended up with a six year old in my second grade class. She wasn't ready.

It really is something that should be considered on an individual basis. My sister was eligible for kindergarten based on her birthday when we lived in California, but when we moved, she ended up being more than a year younger than her classmates for the rest of her schooling. My mom wishes that she had kept her out another year.

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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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