A depressing but not suprising email sent to a WDR Comrade from Bengals executive and assumed Mike Brown successor Katie Blackburn is printed below. This reader seems to send frequent emails to the team, and this one - sent after Marvin agreed to stay in what has been confirmed as the worst press conference ever - got under Katie's skin.
You would think that Katie could just hit the "report spam" button if she was offended by the emails, as I doubt the life lesson tidbits she sent to a frustrated Bengals fan are going to have much impact. But what is more depressing is her flawed logic and skewed statistics. Let's take them line by line:
There is reason to believe that next season will be a good one.
Always with the next year will be better. The Bengals seem to always win games when they mean the least (when they are already eliminated from the playoffs), and this year was no different. Then the team can fill us with false hope because there is always next year!
We had 395 yds and 371 yds of offense in our last two games against top 10 defenses and teams that were playing to win.
And the team went 1-1! All hail Bratkowski! Because statistically speaking, 1-1 is like, almost a winning record! Gosh, I wish "yards of offense in the last two games against top 10 defenses and teams that were playing to win" was what got you into the playoffs instead of, you know, scoring more points than your opponents, also sometimes called "winning."
Next year's schedule is not as difficult as this year's where our opponents had the highest winning percentage of any team in the NFL.
Yes, it is true that the Bengals' opponents had the highest winning percentage of any team in the NFL. Guess why that might be true? 12 of their wins came against the Bengals! Guess what Katie - the Bengals don't play in the NFC West. You have to play four times against the Ravens and Steelers, and it is probably not a good long term strategy to hope your opponents are somehow worse than you to actually win some games. I don't think the Pats, Steelers, Falcons, etc are banking on a favorable strength of schedule to get some wins.
The great thing about football is that for the next season you do get to start over and we will start over with a good attitude and high hopes and expectations.
Again with the next year. What is most depressing about this email is how much it sounds just like her dad. Cherrypicking flawed stats, banking on false hope - will things ever change in Cincinnati?
UPDATE: from the comments, it appears perhaps this is a canned response sent to anyone inquiring as to what the Bengals plan to do to right the ship. Please forward said canned response to whodeyrevolution-at-gmail-dot-com for confirmation if you received one. REGARDLESS, wow what a horrid response, canned or otherwise, to send. Grammatically sloppy, poorly argued, annoyingly preachy...just an abomination from top to bottom. Seriously, you have the future head of the organization officially admitting the Bengals strategy for improvement is to rely on an easier schedule. Something affected by only two games each year. Wow.
There is reason to believe that next season will be a good one. We had 395 yds and 371 yds of offense in our last two games against top 10 defenses and teams that were playing to win. Next year's schedule is not as difficult as this year's where our opponents had the highest winning percentage of any team in the NFL. With all due respect your interest and comfort in sending messages that show little decorum and all negativity don't shine a very good light on you. You can perpetually be negative but that is an easy and not very respectable approach to life. The great thing about football is that for the next season you do get to start over and we will start over with a good attitude and high hopes and expectations. Who Dey!
From: WDR Comrade
Sent: Wednesday, January 05, 2011 11:01 AM
To: Mike Brown; Blackburn, Katherine; Blackburn, Troy
how are the season ticket sales going today?
i'm sure its usually a big day after the club announces its plans for the future. lot's of hope and excitement out there, right?