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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 could add something, how about this quote from the article:

“Robert Boland, sports business professor at New York University’s Tisch Center says that while the Cincinnati deal was skewed, it’s important to remember there were two sides at the table. “You can’t blame the Bengals at all for negotiating the most favorable deal they can,” he says. Hamilton County was a “willing participant.”

but yeah, Mike Brown is the devil... blah blah blah

What particularly pisses me off is not the deal and the stadium.

It's the product on the field since. The deal is done. If this team could have continued the build up to success that they performed to in 2005, we'd have a team we could be proud of.

Instead Mikey ball still reigns and we have an embarrassment.

I don't blame the bengals for taking advantage. I dong blame the taxpayers for voting for something when times were good.

I blame Mike Fucking Brown for getting his stadium, getting his coach, getting his quarterback.............. And fucking the entire thing up.

@whodeyfans - the point is quotes like that from Robert Boland become meaningless because when the lead negotiator for one side becomes an employee for the other side, it makes the negotiations appear rigged. The conflict of interest is enormous. And we're supposed to believe it was just coincidence the Bengals got the best deal of any stadium lease and the negotiator for Hamilton County now works for them?

There's a line from someone, I forget, that goes "I keep getting more cynical, but I can just never keep up." You should view the negotiations in that light.

This is, of course, the county and its citizens fault for letting all this happen. And you can't blame Mike Brown, per se, for getting the best deal he could...but at the same time, they knew they were raping the county. You hope someone who owns a business with such an important public function would not focus so ruthlessly on only his own personal gain. But he does. And so I will continue to crucify him for failing to acknowledge the public responsibility that comes with owning a taxpayer funded sports franchise.

@JM - everyone should have cast a cynical eye on Mike Brown's claims about needing the stadium to compete as well.

Lies, all lies! Mike Brown loves us! He would never do something so repugnant. He gives tens of dollars a year back to the community. All he wanted was a middle-of-the-road deal like any other team was getting at the time. D@mmit, I can't find them right now, but I know I've got a couple of obscure, obtuse stats that prove it. So trust me, OK?

All these newspapers and magazines and scholars and writers just hate on our benevolent, totally non-money-grubbing owner because he is a redeemer and they are jealous. Besides, I know for a fact that all of those people meet every other Tuesday night to make up lies about Mike Brown and to throw kittens into kiddie pools filled with marshmallow fluff. You aren't going to listen to people who would do something like that to cute, innocent little kittens, are you? Don't believe the slander! Believe me!

The propaganda meisters have formed their rebuttal.

I have told you guys before that Bob Bedinghaus was not the only one in on the negotiations on this stadium contract. Jeff Berding who is on MFB's payroll and has been for many years. He just recently resigned from his city council seat to focus on the Bengals. Hmmmmmmmm A higher paying position? Who would have thunk it.

Mike Brown cares only about the citizens of Hamilton County and the City of Cincinnati.He gives and gives and gives...

I am not a resident of Hamilton county(Thank the good Lord) nor have i ever lived in the Cincy area but i can claim to have wasted vast amounts of money on a substandard product. I have been to Cincy numerous times and can attest to the economic struggles the town faces. This issue with the stadium is clearly a "he said, she(Mikey Boy)said" argument. I have a real problem with Mikey not only having his minions refute articles like a whiney child but also show no support to a city that is currently suffering as a result of his product. If Mikey truly gave a shred for the city wouldnt he try to help by offering some of his millions he has saved from his lack of spending on the team to the city or educational programs? He continually refuses to spend any money on anything but washed up, overrated free agents, or criminals looking for a 3rd and 4th chance. I dont suffer from the issues related to the deal but many people as well as a city do. Hey Mikey Douchebag Brown, do something nice for a change and help out the town who agreed to build you your palace you spoiled brat. Furthermore, as a disgusted fan, please put a product on the field that isnt the laughing stock of the country. I canceled my season tickets two years ago and refuse to spend a penny on the Bengals until changes have been made. Regardless of the stadium deal, the constant losing, poor decision making, lack of spending on necessities, (i.e. recruiters, indoor practice facility, coaching thats worth a damn, or an actual good free agent signing) and overall incompetence by Mike Brown is unacceptable. My heart goes out to the the taxpayers of Hamilton county. The only advice i can offer is stop going to the games and stop spending more of your hard earned money for a guy who clearly could careless about your problems. Hit Mikey where it hurts, in his Jewbag wallet.

Viva La Revolution!

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ahh TheFreshmaker, you seem to exude class in your argument. How many millionaires live in Cincinnati? Why would you only call out Mike Brown in giving back. GE, P&G and UDF have also received tons of breaks from the city and they are not giving back, maybe you should call all of them "jewbags" also.

Classy is what i do best but in my free time i also strive to stay fresh. Apparently WhoDeyFans you are unaware that GE provided a 20 million dollar education grant to Cincy Public Schools. P&G have a fund for the Greater Cincy Area which provides funding for numerous activities for children and education. Furthermore, both GE and P&G provide part-time and full-time jobs, year round to hundreds if not thousands of Cincinnati residents. I'd say that constitutes giving back. Its a shame you missed the point here though, that being instead of helping a city and its residents Mike does very little if anything for his loyal fans. Additionally, GE and P&G do not have stadium deals in place that are causing further damage to an already weakened economy. Im sure you thought of all this though as you appear to be a real thinker. It must be your ineptitude in common sense that is holding you back.

'Shocker' lol, yes, *shocker*...

'Jewbags'? They are not 'jewbags'. They are orange and black Jujubes, and not only is that not my favorite snack at the movies (Sno-Caps), but we are not at the movies.

'Redeemer'? Makes Mike Brown sound like a Coupon Queen. The Original Coupon Queen.

That's all the county, its taxpayers and fans are MikeBrown: coupons.

From the topic blog post (SWB):

"That the Bengals felt the need to create a public outlet to justify their own ineptitude only serves to confirm it.
I don't know who Jack Brennan is, but I certainly hope they paid him quite well to ruin his name by associating it with this organization."

LOL, I only wish that excerpt could be seen/read on the Beng's website!

Next best (maybe better actually) would be Sports Rock (WLWT TV-5). They should start including that with their show;
it would go great with their "Did You See That?" segment.

@ WhoDeyFans, who wrote:

"...but yeah, Mike Brown is the devil... blah blah blah"

and now I know that's not correct, because Dennis Rodman just said that he (himself) is the devil (or was that 'Duh Dabble'?).

Anyway I see a Charity Death Match on the horizon....or at least a car-crush-off, at the 'newly re-landscaped' PBS...

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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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