Will Mike Brown reach his 200th loss, and hence, achieve this dubious honor faster than any of his NFL peers in the history of the league?
Yes, according to our records, since 1991 the record of Bengals owner/GM Mike Brown is 113-199-1 (including two playoff losses). According to others research (would love some verification), even if Mike doesn't achieve this feat tonite, Bill Bidwell of the Arizona Cardinals, Mike's main competitor in futility took 348 games to reach his 200th loss. Mike will be overseeing the 314th game of his tenure tonite, so unless the Bengals go on roughly a 34-0 run over the next few years he all but has this honor locked up. And he also was the slowest to get his 100th win.
Like a 30/30 baseball guy, Mike is now a 100/200 guy, but for wins and losses. We would like to be the first to welcome him to this ignominious club, of which he is the Chairman. And we'd like you to help us welcome him at tonite's game too. It's a little late, we know - and it's not a Project Mayhem task - but if you are heading down to taxpayer funded PBS tonite and are inclined to make signs/banners or start chants make it a point to incorporate this theme. The Commisioner himself will be tailgating in Lot E, wander over there and let him know as well.
But Sleeping With Bieniemy, I thought WDR boycotts attending games? Ah, good point. However, for Steelers games we make exceptions. As we all unfortunately know, Steelers fans will pretty much guarantee sellouts for Mikey even if Bengals fans don't show up. And the only thing worse than Bengals fans giving Mike Brown money, is Steelers fans giving Mike Brown money. So enjoy the game guilt free and let Mike Brown hear your wrath. Just don't spend money on concessions and merchandise! We encourage flasks and drinking too much before the game if you need to get your booze on.
For a little more history on inept owners, it appears the only other owners who would have made Mikey look just bad instead of historically miserable were the original Bucs and Saints owners. Both began with expansion teams that had few advantages that more modern expansion teams receive. Mikey, on the other hand, inherited a playoff team and promptly won 14 games in the next 4 years. Those owners had winning percentages around 30.7% versus Mikey's 36.1%. However, one died before he could beat Mikey to the 100/200 club and the other sold the team to someone else.
No matter how much hate spills forth from our pages here, we assure you we would vastly prefer Mikey follow the latter path and not the former.
For the spreadsheet oriented, here's a spreadsheet where you can see the win breakdowns: Download Bengals 2nd Half Wins
So here's to Mike Brown on the brink of his 200th loss. Not just any one can accomplish that feat so fast, and in fact, no one else has.