Originally Posted by traderumor
Thanks for watching us poor saps' backs
I get you, trade, but I mean no disrespect... I wish better for my Cincinnati friends, sure... but I think, when it really comes down to it, my ire is driven more by the same repugnance I hold for Donald Sterling of the LA Clippers and Bill Bidwell of the AZ Cardinals...
But w/ Brown it's a lot worse. Bidwell's dad was not football royalty.
Mikey mocks his own father, arrogantly succling his own vanity, playing along all these years as if he is just as great a football talent evaluator as his dad. And the man just isn't real enough with himself to admit that this is a franchise crippled by his refusal to give someone else the GM reins, and just generally, crippled by his and his family's greed -- greed for BOTH money AND control.
How can you not respect and hallow Paul Brown if you're a football fan, regardless of what team you cheer for?
But EXACTLY to my point... how can you be Paul Brown's son and care more about your own reputation as an NFL general manager and your own family's fortune than NFL championships???
It's just repulsive to anyone who isn't emotionally-tied to the Bengals; it's been repulsive, too, to most Bengals fans as I sit here and remember all the talk after LeBeau's exit... but unfortunately enough, most of that repulsion proved only sporadic and apparently based on fickle emotion.
Guess I'm just looking for that Bengals fan, or two, or three, who have a backbone, and who refuse to be put on by this "Mike Brown, General Manager" futility and silliness any more.
I'll part with this, and leave you all with the last word if you choose... putting aside the fact that the Bengals had to have a late season spark to even attain their 2003 record... sure, Coach Lewis has things on a positive track for the present... but I ask you this, which goes to the core of all I'm putting forward to you -- how much better could the Bengals be if Lewis had the luxury of a real football mind sitting in the GM chair, truly a sounding board for his own superb judgment, and someone who's own track record showed some success that deserves Lewis' respect???
Just my opinion, which doesn't count for much here obviously, but I dare say you would have had a playoff team last season -- or at the least, all of your preseason optimism about finally breaking into the winning season column would have come about. But your head coach hasn't the benefit of a viable personnel person b/c Mike Brown -- still -- considers himself equal to Paul Brown
So if you love Mike Brown... go ahead... all I can say is, you deserve each other.