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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;

    Introduction

    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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Serious question here. What happens when the Bengals average 45,000 or less per game? I can't imagine those kind of numbers sitting well with an owner like Jerry Jones who has to share revenue with Mike Brown.

no way we get Asomugha. He's already got money and our offer would need to be leaps and bounds larger to convince him to play for this organization. He wants to play for a contender. On the bright side, it looks as though we're getting Luck in April.

SWB, I think you have already broken into that bottle of W.L Weller if you are even insinuating they'll make a run at Asomugha, we all know better than M.B even dreaming of spending that kinda money for one man.

I think you're right about Zimmer getting the hell out of here. Did you see the article on the Bengals website? He sounds pissed. The Bengals will probably take the article down shortly. His most telling comments are...

"I'm upset, disappointed, frustrated. It's disappointing. You get good guys off the field, they work hard in the weight room and on the practice field and you kind of mold them what you want them to look like and they get out of here. I was under the assumption in the conversations I've had since before the lockout that we were going to get him back. I was pretty much told we were going to get him back."

Brilliant article, exactly how I (and probably every other Bengals fan) feels. In a tweet from joereedy he has already discounted making a run at Asomugha, with a "Child Please"
-DHolthaus85

Um ... Brian Leonard has two first names also.

Well I gotta say fellas I think I'm out. You're all aces in my book for staying with this team, but i can't put up with the crap anymore. It is mind boggling how bad of an owner this guy is, and whats even crazier is that he won't realize or admit it. I feel like this offseason was an intervention for the Bengals, and they chose to stay with their lifestyle. I will always silently root for them and remember who-dey's of the 80's when I was a little lad, but after 20+ years of this I have to say goodbye. I don't live in cincy (live in FL actually) I have no connection to the team other than I liked Icky woods and I tried to stick with them since then. But when you watch a good organization run properly, football or otherwise, it really makes you wonder how in the hell the bad ones stay in business. So I as the paying customer am taking my business elsewhere. So long Bengals....

Aparently Morgan Trent has now NOT been cut. In a only-the-Bengals-could-pull-off-this-type-of-ineptitude moment, Lance is reporting the following...

From the Bengals
The Bengals’ announcement of roster moves earlier today included an incorrect report of CB Morgan Trent being waived. Trent has not been waived and remains on the training camp roster.

let's imagine that they continue to lose their own free agents and sign nobody significant. Lose C.Benson, D.Jones, J.Fanene, B.Johnson, R.williams and end up 60M under the cap. Then with the same salary base for next year and a 125M cap, there would be a 123.75M floor, but the Bengals would be 124.58M under the floor. More if B.Williams retired. Suppose you made a contract offer and nobody took it because no one wanted to be here? Or on the other hand we might have the best team money can buy in 2012

People have to STOP going to games. PERIOD.

Blackouts have to happen. Lots of them.

It's time for a Project Mayhem task.

Organize something, ANYTHING to deter people from going to games. I baffles me that idiots still have season tickets. Mike Brown IS STEALING from you and has been for 20 fucking years.

Christ, I hate him.

Is Mike trying to pocket piles of cash for one big year and then get out?

None of this makes any sense.

Why would Marvin come back for this? I don't see more than 4 wins and really can't tell you how they'll get to 4.

This is crazy.

MFB does not have to spend to the CAP for 2011 and 2012. The interpretation of the new CBA WHAMBOOZLED all Bengals fans. Now you know why JJ was never re-signed.

The Bengals don't have to spend any money at all if they don't want to. There's no floor, all there is, has the league as a whole has to spend 99% of cap space. Since that leave's us as the team who will not spend!
Salary cap plus benefits of $142.4 million per club in 2011 ($120.375 million for salary and bonus) and at least that amount in 2012 and 2013.
» Beginning in 2012, salary cap to be set based on a combined share of "all revenue," a new model differentiated by revenue source with no expense reductions. Players will receive 55 percent of national media revenue, 45 percent of NFL Ventures revenue, and 40 percent of local club revenue.
» Beginning in 2012, annual "true up" to reflect revenue increases or decreases versus projections.
» Clubs receive credit for actual stadium investment and up to 1.5 percent of revenue each year.
» Player share must average at least 47 percent for the 10-year term of the agreement.
» League-wide commitment to cash spending of 99 percent of the cap in 2011 and 2012.
» For the 2013-2016 seasons, and again for the 2017-2020 seasons, the clubs collectively will commit to cash spending of at least 95 percent of the cap.
» Each club committed to cash spending of 89 percent of the cap from 2013-2016 and 2017-2020.
» Increases to minimum salaries of 10 percent in Year 1 with continuing increases each year of the agreement.

The people will stop going to games. I don't think anyone has mentioned it but wait until this train wreck of an offense plays 4 preseason games. It's going to be a disaster and the opening day starter is Bruce Gradkowski.

Palmer for Gradkowski, and 4 horrible preseason performances. They may set a record for the lowest attendance ever for a NFL home opener.

We just signed some guard named Deuce from the Cardinals. The playoff tickets will be on sale soon, I hope they come with free popcorn. If I kill myself can Mike Brown be charged with Murder?

Rumor has it the bengals offered asomughua all $50 mil of cap space per year and he said no....

By the way, this will definitely happen:

AND WITH THE FIRST OVERALL PICK THE BENGALS SELECT ANDREW LUCK

CHRIS BERMAN: This just in.... Luck has decided that he will retire from football if he is not traded to another team

Next Project Mayhem: full page Enquirer ad. How much do those go?

It's time for the next project mayhem. Way overdue. Has to be something that will shock, get the attention of the media, and force a response from Mike Brown or his ugly daughter. Sow him that "themes",as he calls them, will never die.

Andrew Luck will not come here. He will ask for a trade or bolt to Canada. Mark it down!

been living in Nashville for past 12 years, have hung on as a bungles fan all that time. I think it's finally over, I might have to buy a Titan's hat. No wonder my Dad stayed a Brown's fan even after the Bengals come around.

I'm with Dave from Nashville. I've been living in Carolina for 3 years and I just became a Panthers fan. I can justify it because the Panthers won 2 games last year, so I can't be accused of being a bandwagon supporter and at the very least the Richardson family gives a crap about putting a decent team on the field.

Well in that case im with Dave and Brad, moved to Chicago 4 years ago, had been buying NFL Sunday ticket to watch my Bengals but this year, Im done... GO BEARS!

I'm from Montreal
Ive been a Bengal fan since '87 basically cuz I found their unis so cool and because of icky. Stuck with them through all these years but I must say this year seems to be the final nail in the coffin(hopefully mike fuckin prick brown's). I have no allegiance to the city of Cincinnati but also no ill will. But this fuckin prick of an owner is making me wish this team is just bought and moved. I want to just pick some other team to root for cuz I love football so much but I just can't seem to do it. What the fuck do I do?
You guys on the front lines need to spread the word and get the least fans attending these games to force something here.

I'm from Denmark been rooting for the Bengals for 10 years now. Dont know why i picked the Bengals all those years ago i just remember something about them having a cool offense and i thought wauw.. not thinking that anymore thats for sure ;)
Mb ill start rooting for miami or something atleast they got good weather..

Peter & GRIM - would love to keep you as fans but given you weren't born into this mess I won't begrudge you if you find another team to support. Thanks for reading the site.

A majority of fans are getting the message at this point that the Bengals are happy to take advantage of their unconditional support to run the team for their own benefit only. There are really only two things that matter: 1)how many hopelessly hardline fans there are that will ALWAYS buy tickets/merchandise/etc no matter how bad it gets and 2)if corporate sponsors will be willing to abandon the team. If there are enough of those fans and corporations just can't quit the Bengals, then we just have to wait for Mikey to die. My guess is that if the Bengals continue like this even those two groups won't be enough to save the Bengals.

Your sanity -- maybe, but the organization will still be here. You lost the second (though mostly none of your doing) best chance of getting rid of Mikey Boy Brown -- that is to say: hold out on a football season long enough that he can't afford it anymore and has to sell the team -- but reality says that he would have had to miss at least four seasons in order for things to come to that. The first chance? Tell him to go blow and not give him a stadimu and when he said he would leave, clapp at him for doing so. That WAS YOUR mistake. You could have done something about that -- and ultimately it didn't happen and now 'ya got what ya paid fer!'

Why is it so hard for people on here to admit that they voted in favor of the new stadium -- especially knowing what a POS MBB is? Why can't they simple say: "I fucked up!" "I have no basis in my views and it was purely being a spoiled SOB that I allowed my good conscience to be swayed to do what I did."

"Please forgive me and let me literally fall on my sword. It'll be bloody but..." See, no one wants to do that because they lack the integrity to do so. There "ain't" a one of you that didn't know this was coming or wasn't told it was going to happen -- so don't claim: "I didn't know!" That's bullshit, you knew and you only cared about yourselves being able to go see a football team where you didn't have to drive a 100 miles to Indianapolis -- that's the real facts. Oh well, until people start recognizing this as truly FACT...

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