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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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That is backwards. Don't we elect political officials to serve the people? Isn't that actually the definition of politics? (It is). And agree 100% that if he had to quit one job to focus on another it should be quitting on the Bengals and focus on something that actually matters i.e. the well-being of Cincinnati.

As a senior Political Science major at Miami (OH) and a huge sports fan, this rings home. That being said, however, this is ridiculous. I would never think of running for a political position while representing a major corporation with very real interests. It's like a lobbyist working in Congress. How can your views and decisions NOT be influenced by your other employer? Just more of the same from Mikey & the Nespots.

I forget who said it Ryan but I think the quote goes "I keep getting more cynical, but I can just never keep up." Trust me, you'll graduate and find it's much worse out there than you ever imagined.

My brother worked full time as a legislative aid to a council member and it requires all your working hours and then some if you do it right. How on Earth anyone with that responsibility can have another job, let alone one for a major public welfare recipient/corporation/civic icon and it doesn't even raise an eyebrow is beyond me. Such is the state of our nation I guess. Conflicted leaders? Who cares!

Oh I have no doubt it'll be that way. I'm working in a campaign for a no-name guy right now who's great but I also worked for Boehner (for the experience - don't agree with him at all) and didn't meet him once. Understandable but literally all the guy seems to do is golf.

Kinda fits with Berding selling tickets. Why work for something better when you can have fun? Conflicted leaders indeed. Permeates all levels too.

I hate to tell you this but Berding and Bedinghaus were the ones that got MFB his sweet stadium deal and have worked for MFB for years. How hard is this to see? Moral and Ethical Values do not come into play here? They both are SCUMBAGS and work for the HEAD SCUMBAG. Good Luck selling those tickets Berding, but you do not have to worry, MFB FIRES nobody so even if you do not sale tickets you will still have your SCUMBAG job!

How is it going to help ticket sales, for Berding to quit his City Council job, to sell Bengals tickets full-time?

What's he going to do, tap-dance on people's door steps?

That would not make me want to buy tickets.

I hope he realizes, that ticket sales are down, because Bengals fans are fed up with the long-standing, traditional losing culture of the Bengals under Mike Brown...

...i.e. not because he's been working another job with City Council...idiot

Yeah - I mean, I am not sure what having him spend all his energy on ticket sales will do. My guess is a man that is both on city council and in the bengals employ has plenty of relationships with businesses that own suites/club seats and they are focusing on retaining those.

The Bengals could probably survive with about half of their season ticket holders cancelling quite frankly as long as the club/suites were still sold. It's embarrassing to have an empty stadium, however, and will be a problem long term, and it really hurts concessions too.


Great story -- one that again punctuates WDR's service to those who wonder whether the worst is over (Answer to that: "NO").

Reading this really makes one want to pull Mikey's ass out of his Indian Hills estate and deposit him in an Eastern Avenue brothel. The love of money is the root of all evil. Mike Brown loves money, is evil and is a (man) root. Any other questions?

As an aside, with Jeff Fisher and the Titans "parting company", does that now make Marvin the third-longest-tenured head coach (behind Belichick and Reid)? Or are there other coaches I forgot? John Fox would've been ahead of Marvin, but he's no longer with the Panthers. Let's look at the comparison:

Belichick: (126-50-0, .716), 4 AFC Championships, 3 Super Bowls
Reid: (118-73-1, .617), 1 NFC Championship (4 straight appearances and 5 in the last 10 years)
Lewis: (60-67-1, .469), 2 Winning Seasons/Playoff appearances, 0 Playoff Wins)

(cue Sesame Street music)
"One of these things is not like the other,
One of these things does not belong..."

Also, if you need any better proof that we as fans have been Bengalized, look no further than how you felt after the 2004 seasons ended. How excited were you when the Bengals had two consecutive 8-8 seasons? Like me, you probably looked at it as a complete turnaround of an organization mired in futility. Contrast that with Rex Ryan's first two years as head coach of the New York Jets, a team with an actual General Manager who's committed to winning - two winning seasons, two AFC championship game appearances, and 4 playoff victories. FOUR.

Berding's job title may be "head of ticket sales" but if it is anything like Bedinghaus's real job, it will be more of making sure that the tire pressures on Mikey's Lumina are correct for ultimate mpg.

I like that Wyatt about the Sesame Street Music and it fits to a tee. Classic! LOL

ignore the fact that another person in city/county goverment enjoys gainful employment from the Bengals for the moment - it is what is.

This is victory for democracy.

I want to ask you a question about American holidays.0

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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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