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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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July 09, 2012

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I don't really think this is a big deal. It would be one thing if they charged every STH for the $10 admission whether or not they plan on attending. But as a former season ticket holder this wouldn't bother me one bit. Yeah, it would be nice if it were free (although a "corporate" pep rally wouldn't really motivate me to go even if it was free) but $10 and $5 is pretty inexpensive. I certainly would let this be the "last straw" between me and my season tickets, especially after some of MB's other past stunts.

I gotta agree with Tito. I don't see a big deal in this. I'm no Mike Brown fan at all, hate the guy, but to crucify them putting an event together and only charging $10 to get in is probably going a little overboard if you ask me. Gotta pay the band something (even if it isn't a lot) and fireworks aren't cheap. I'd bet Mike makes next to nothing, if anything, off this and you get the opportunity to get up close to some current and former Bengals.

No posts for over 2 months on this site, and we get a post about this non-issue? I thought the last post "Optimism" had a snippet in there about bringing on another person to help keep content coming?

people pay $20 for training camp and have to drive all the way to G'town to stand in the burning sun for 2 hours and possibly get a few autographs.

this is in Cincy, includes a concert, speakers, autographs, fireworks, and is only $10.

Whodeyrevolution has sunk to an all time low. Bengals most definitely won't make a dime off the pep rally. In fact, it will cost them a pretty penny. Kudos to Mikey (for a change) for charging only $10.

In addition, Redsfest only give a season ticket holder 1 ticket per seat for Reds Fest. Bengals are allowing season ticket holders as many tickets as they wish. In addition it is only offered to season ticket holders, so they get more personalized attention from the current and former players.

Let's hate on Mikey for what he deserves. You lose credibility when you overdo it.

I agree with Kevin Glaser here.

Mikey is a horrible GM but this is nothing.

Your Kidding me right...Your whining over 10 bucks....I agree with alot that goes on here but this is really reaching.....Whats up you running out of hate so this is the best you got...Give credit where credit is due and this is a good thing even if you need to be small not to see it...Sad case here to even mention this

Yes I whine over 10 dollars we all should. This is an absolutely plebian effort for putting on a Pep Rally. Hamilton Countians paid for a 490 million dollar stadium, pay for maintenance, witnessed no playoff wins from a team in a salary capped league for 20 years and the owners have been plenty profitable during that time.

Why would you defray costs for this event. Who is this event designed for anyways? There will be a local band playing pop hits, an end of July fireworks show (Theme anyone?) and 30 minutes of comments from Marvin Lewis as well as unnamed Bengals (Can't what to hear Jordan Shipley's take on this years team!). This sounds like an awful night. There isn't free/reduced ticket prices for kids or any mention of the BenGals. Who is in charge of the Bengals marketing (oh right Jeff Berding)...a highschooler puts together a better campaign when his parents are out of town.

Poorly promoted event by a poorly run organization. I will defray the costs of my entertainment this season by listening to games on the radio.

And on July 9, 2012 WDR faded into the night. With its death knell it whined about a $10 charge for a pep rally. Next thing you know they'll complain about the bathrooms not being clean enough. Who cares that it costs $10 ppl complained they don't hold events like the reds then complain when they do. If you don't want to pay the $10 bucks then don't go.

RIP Who Dey Revolution! I always knew that you were a joke of a site that continually fed misinformation to its minions in order to further your cause (see the donation link to the left) but even your so-called supporters aren't going to follow you on this non-issue.

And, based off of your silly manifesto, no one affiliated with this site should have season tickets so what's your beef? You weren't invited. Alas, you come with another failed attempt to hold on to your relevance that, at best, was lost years ago but, in reality, was never there in the first place.

Wowser!

While I agree this pep rally is a first and good step and that $10 is not much, it seems to me that MB also needs to go the extra mile to win back support. If $10 per person isn't much, then it's not much for MB to front either.

MB is smiling ear to ear if he reads these comments!

(I am not a STH.)

I'm a little confused. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the Bengals just pay $200 million cash for the remaining controlling shares in the team, just last year? I guess that's why they have to charge season ticket holders $10; they used $200 million to have complete, total, forever in the future control.
If the cost is insignificant, don’t charge it. Or don’t have the special event. The charge isn’t worth the insult to the season ticket holders, and the bad PR. Any good will the Bengals had was lost 20 years ago. It will take a long time to build it back.

The amount isn't the issue, its the continued display by the entire organization that they simply don't get it. Season ticket holders already bankroll the organization and Mikey Boy can't give them anything for free outside of a box of stale popcorn. You mentioned Redsfest and that is a great parallel. Two years ago the Reds also invited all season ticket holders to batting practice the day before opening day. Parking was free and all the food you could eat in the club was free, and you could bring a friend. I have and will continue to give my $300 a year to the Reds because they continually reward their supporters, unlike the Bengals who take them for granted like no other franchise.

Well, this is a step in the right direction for the Bengals. It definitely isn't perfect and as I mentioned above, a team-run event really isn't my cup of tea but I think its a complete stretch to criticize the team on this.

It has been awful quiet on WDR lately and I think given the nature of this site, that can be viewed as a positive and what WDR existed for in the first place. There have been many positive changes since the end of the 2010 season. New OC, extra assistant coaches, new scouts, solid drafts, playoff season, etc... So let's not criticize WDR for not being as active as they once were. I know there are other factors, but the main reason is frankly, there's not much to complain about with the Bengals at this point. Especially compared to years past.

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Are these MFB plants coming to WDR to post? I have not seen hardly any of you clowns on here over the years. How much profit does MFB make off the Tax Payers PBS? He pays no rent! You people do not even know what WDR is all about. Can someone get rid of these spanish hackers?

Much ado about nothing. Cincy needs a quality WR opposite AJ Green. Now THAT is something to bellyache about...

As an out of town Bengals fan (Virginia) I can agree with both sides of the issue. WDR received an e-mail and reported on it(don't see much of a problem with that). Also, The Bengals could have gotten away with using concession monies for the cost of the event, right? Then again $10 is not that much, but if it's a family of 4 it starts to add up($45 to get in the door). If I was within driving distance I would probably go; Mike Brown and Company knows that fans will go. They could have given away one ticket like the Reds...

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