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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;

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    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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January 13, 2011

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Nice job, Matt...I, too, sent back, many an item belonging to the Bengals last week, along with a letter, supporting the revolution. I am truly ashamed of this franchise. I haven't felt this bad since 2002. I remember walking inside my local A&P in New Jersey at the end of that glorious season and having two employees of the store laughing behind me, making quips about "how sad it was" and "there's a brave soul to be wearing that!"

I mean, if we at least sucked truly trying to win games, with an owner who was responsive to loyal fans, who brought in football minds, I would still wear Bengal gear. I would at least know management was doing their best, even if they were bad at winning. Other teams at least hope for a better season and change things up to make that happen.

So let me get this straight... 4-12 following a division title, Marvin stays, Palmer stays, and Bratwurst stays??? Wake me up from this dream.

What is truly sad and pathetic is all the effort we fans have put into MFB making changes in the organizations structure is actually making him stay the course to show us that his way really can and will work.

Our anger towards him is his "Tackling Fuel". He wants so bad to tell us we don't know how hard it is to be an NFL team owner, how many decisions need to be made all while maintaining a budget. He wants so bad to tell us we are foolish.

Now more than ever he is going to make sure we know it is his team and his way of running it.

Well written, sadly, I'm sure he'll get the cookie cutter Brownburn response and no explanation or identification of what will be different.

Would anyone be surprised to see the returned jersey for sale in the gift shop?

Mike Brown, President/CEO & GM
Cincinnati Bengals
One Paul Brown Stadium
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202

Matthew Kevin Gray
2 Le Jardin de Devant,
Fauvic,
Grouville,
Jersey,
Channel Islands,
JE39BQ
UK

January 13th 2011

Dear Mr Gray,

It was with great enthusiasm that I read the account of your holidays travel to the U.S. to see the Bengals-Bills game this year. Although the game was hard fought, those pesky Bills were barely able to prevail despite our keen RB Cedric Benson leading all rushers in that game with 124 yards. It seems that our excellent coaching of former backup Ryan Fitzpatrick backfired on us as he used those skills to unleash a second half comeback when we were suffering with numerous injuries to our primary defensive backs. Despite those injuries, our boys fought hard and almost pulled off an upset of a tough Buffalo squad that is well remembered on this side of the Atlantic for taking its teams to the Super Bowl four consecutive years.

Hopefully you will be able to return to Cincinnati in 2011 to see another hotly contested game in which we'll feature young DEs Carlos Dunlap and Michael Johnson as well as WR sensations Andre Caldwell and Jerome Simpson. These players have the whole town hopeful of a quick turnaround and a Super Bowl season after this season's final two games in which they played forcefully against two top San Diego and Baltimore teams.

If you inform us in advance of your next visit, I will have one of our fine staff members escort you to the Pro Shop where you'll be able to purchase a new jersey with the enclosed 10% off coupon and I will make sure that they also give you one or our free bags of Bengal popcorn that have been warmly received from our season ticket holders.

Keep the faith, Mr. Gray, as most of our top fans around the globe have done because our system is headed on track and is working. With our fine head coach Marvin Lewis and his staff returning, we are expecting big things out of our team. Who Dey & God Save the Queen.

Mike Brown

@West TX: Brilliant!

No doubt all the returned Jerseys will be put up for sale in the pro shop... you can buy a lot of popcorn and Denny's with those.

So you're mad -- mad at MBMBB, mad at the team, mad, mad, mad! The next question would be: "So what are ya gunna do about it?' You've shown us (and saying so in a snarky way) you've shown MBMBB. Now let me ask you this... could you have done much better things with your team 'gear' by maybe just packing it away (as a way to show MBMBB that he's lost you as a fan) -- maybe donate it to a 'drop-in center'? Maybe just wear it but without a thought as to it meaning (and be willing to tell those who question thusly) that you support the team or the owner etc.?

Let me ask you this? Do you think what MBMBB cares what you think? Do you think that you showing up on a late-night news blurb, is actually going to make MBMBB repent and change his 'angle'? Do you think that MBMBB is going to give you your money back (unless he's figured a way to do so and in exchange for giving your money back, he gets FAR more back in terms of publicity)? In short, we all know that the average fan is pissed off at MBMBB -- you saying that; well the exchange: "Get in line!" comes to mind. Trust me, by now MBMBB knows that he pretty much holds the title of the most hated man in the tri-state, in football, maybe in the "world"????

Ask yourself if what you've done is redundant? Ask yourself what you could do or have done that would make it sure that your 'doing something' actually DOES SOMETHING?

I can answer that rhetorical question for you -- you simply don't buy anything to begin with. Right now, MBMBB already has your dollar. He's going to turn around and donate what you sent -- out of anger, idiocy, stupidity and lack of thinking with a clear head. And here's the kicker... ...when he donates it, he is going to 'lunch on you' yet again when he writes it off on his taxes!

You need to be well-grounded in your thought processes both in the past and in the future. Don't be a fanatic. Wear something because you like it -- it's practical etc. Not because you want to show support to something that that 'something' wouldn't know you from 'Adam'. It just doesn't make sense, now does it?

Know this... ... you made the mistake of allowing this guy to do what he's doing RIGHT NOW! Know that you won't make that mistake again. Know that there is little (if anything) that you can do to affect/change the situation. Know that it won't happen again. Know that you MUST use your head -- your intellect and not to fall prey to similar circumstances. Know that your actions, in doing so, might keep you from having a team close-by (so-to-speak). Know ALL of these things and rest assured that MBMBB knows them and that it isn't going to change. Do that and you can live in peace. Don't know this and just continue to beat your head against the wall. Remember the 'definition' of insanity? Doing the same things over and over again, time immemorial, and expecting a different result.

Remember, Practice Fields make puuuurrrrrrfect!

Wch --

"Know this": your parents don't like you.

Yeah he'll be putting these jerseys for sale on the "game worn" rack for $750 a pop.

Yeah I know they look nothing like game worn jerseys. Just thought it was a good joke. lol Something I'd fully expect Mike to do if they did look like a game worn jersey.

West TX, that letter is an obvious fraud. Mikey Boy would never use the words "Super Bowl Season." It's just not in his vocabulary.

wch, ask yourself this (one of your favorite lines).....Why are you suck a piece of shit? Why don't you go away? Why don't you shut the hell up? Why do you continue to post the same crap?

Do you just cut & paste your comments like Katie? Seems so!

I think wch might even be Katie Blackburn.

West TX - awesome. Right on the MONEY.

What does Kentucky have to do with it?

"We did however enjoy our trip in spite of this visiting neighbouring Kentucky as well."

Not even sure what that sentence means...

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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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