Old Men Who Don’t Care

ALL The Way To The Bank

It starts at the top.

Clueless boss runs Bengals like mom-and-pop store ….


In 1978, I met Mike Brown, owner of the Cincinnati Bengals and his father Paul, a football genius, in Wilmington, during training camp. But the point of this story must wait, until I relate my conclusion while attending the game of the century.

On September 24th 1977, #3 Oklahoma battled #4 Ohio State at the Horseshoe in front of a record crowd: it was the game of the century. Barry Switzer was in his glory. Woody Hayes was in decline and he would be fired the next year.

Oklahoma took a 20-0 lead and we just hoped the Bucks wouldn’t be shut out. ABC switched its coverage to regional games. Thanks to several Sooner turnovers, the Buckeyes took a 21-20 lead with 8:04 remaining in the third quarter. The Bucks extended their lead to 8 after an OSU interception and a Greg Castignola touchdown pass. Victory seemed certain at the end of the third quarter.

With 6:23 left in the game, on a third and eleven, Castignola fumbled. Switzer switched quarterbacks and the Sooners moved within the Ohio State 20-yard line. Aided by a fourth and four off-sides call on the Ohio State 12-yard line, Elvis Peacock scored six from the two. The two-point conversion attempt failed. As everyone expected, the Sooners tried an on-side kick and recovered it. Senior reserve quarterback Dean Blevins moved his team down to the Ohio State 23-yard line. With six seconds left and the wind at his back, Uwe von Schamman kicked a 41-yard field goal: final score: 29-28. Ohio Sta,e had lost a big game.


Ohio State lost another game of the century in 1935. Picked by the national sportswriters as pre-season #1 favorites in the last year before the Associated Press poll, they took on the mighty and undefeated Irish on November 2nd. After falling behind 13-0 at half-time, the Irish closed the score to 13-12 through passing. Ohio State fumbled with a minute left to give Notre Dame the chance to win the contest. Dick Beltz dropped an interception in the end zone with forty seconds left. On the next play the Irish scored on a pass to win 18-13. The following week Notre Dame lost to Northwestern and ended the season 7-1-1. Ohio State had a record of 7-1. The following year Ohio State again lost to the Irish.


When sportswriters voted on the best game of the first 50 years of the 20th century, however, the 1935 battle between the Irish and the Buckeyes was the overwhelming winner.


Fortunately, the Buckeyes won a game of the century in 2006 when they were ranked #1 and that team up north was #2. Unfortunately, Ohio State went on to lose to Florida in the national championship game. Ohio State’s overall record against Notre Dame is 3-2 and the Buckeye winning percentage is better than the used to be “Fighting” Irish.


In 1978, I went to the Bengals’ training camp to take photos for the Ohio State Lantern. Paul Brown was there observing practice. He looked dapper. Taking the chance to meet someone famous, I approached him and identified myself as an Ohio State student, not knowing at the time he had coached Ohio State to its first national championship in 1942. He was gracious and allowed me to eat lunch at the team training table. Thanks Neighbor.

Mike Brown was lurking about: I asked him: “Why don’t you have stripes on your helmets?” He replied: “We don’t think the fans can see them.”

During the pageantry and drizzle leading up to the kickoff of the Oklahoma game, I thought: “This is why we’re better than the commies…What does communism and democratic capitalism have in common? Old men who don’t care…”

Since Mike Brown took charge of his father’s team, the Bengals have lost 200 out of 311 regular season games; the team hasn’t won a playoff game. Mike Brown is an old man who doesn’t care, who thinks because of his father’s legacy, the son is a football man. He’s a loser and everyone familiar with the history of the Bengals knows it. Like George Bush, Mike Brown pretends to be something he is not, a leader.

Brown threatened to relocate the team and in exchange for a football palace that Hamilton County can not pay off, the Bengals remained in Cincinnati. Akili Smith, David Klingler, Ki-jana Carter, Dan Wilkinson, Andre Smith, are legendary Bengal busts in the first round. Mikey Boy blames his lack of success on bad luck. Successful people make their own luck and Mike Brown’s autocratic rule over a football empire, if not a civil crime is immoral, a sin.

2010 Bengals could be franchise’s biggest flop

By Paul Daugherty • pdaugherty@enquirer.com • October 31, 2010

If this were their last gasp at playoff relevance, the Bengals wheezed. They lost a must-win, easily winnable game at home, to a mediocre team that offered them salvation. Over the years, the Bengals have provided any number of ways to lose football games. None have been harder to figure than the losses this fall.

The Miami Dolphins gave Cincinnati a touchdown on a tipped interception. They fumbled a punt stupidly at the Bengals 45-yard line. They committed a personal foul late in the fourth quarter that should have given life to the refuse-to-live Bengals. And still, the visitors escaped with a 22-14 win.

How does this happen, week after week, to a team that considered itself so ready to make a Super run?

“If it was simple, it would have been fixed awhile ago,’’ Carson Palmer suggested.

Lots of talk, again, in the home dressing area about “execution’’ and “adjustments.’’ What the Bengals did in their first drive – a playbook-perfect, 86-yard romp — was “execute.’’ What Miami’s defense did after that drive was “adjust.’’ The Bengals responded to Miami’s “adjustments’’ by not “adjusting.”

Or maybe, the Bengals did “adjust.’’ They just didn’t “execute.’’ Or some damned thing. Does it matter?

At 2-5, the Bengals have lost four in a row and play Pittsburgh here next Monday night. Figure on lots of ESPN shots of black-and-gold heathens in the PBS stands. When things get dreary for the home club, expect frequent mention of the TV careers of two Bengals receivers.

Marvin Lewis, prepare for your close-up, as Mike and Jon and Jaws wonder aloud about your contract status.

What a shame. What a colossal waste of what seemed to be a colossal chance to be very good. We’ve wondered, lately, if the Bengals might have oversold their talent. I’ve been told by some around the league that was not the case. The offense that ran the ball last year added receivers. The defense that finished fourth overall last year got a year smarter.

Even as the defensive line has underperformed, others were entering their primes: Both starting corners, being the most obvious. Rey Maualuga would be better. Domata Peko was underrated. This was what I heard all summer.

And yet facing playoff extinction just seven games into the season, the Bengals of Eighty-One!, Eighty-Five!, Carson Palmer!, Ced Benson! and a couple rookies with early bona fides went nearly two quarters on Sunday without a first down.

If you can explain how an offense that moves 86 yards in 15 plays as if it’s playing alone can then spend almost 30 minutes of playing time giving the ball to its punter, fill us in.

The Dolphins “have had the no-huddle on film a couple weeks,’’ said Andrew Whitworth. “They made some good adjustments. We had to make better adjustments.’’ That’s as good as you’re going to get from the home team, which is either completely closed-mouthed about its issues, or entirely befuddled. I go with number two.

The defense that was so good last year allowed Miami a 96-yard drive in winning time. The visitors were up 15-14 when the legendary Chad Henne took them from their 4-yard line to the opposite shore in just six plays. Brian Hartline did what Terrell Owens and Chad Ochocinco could not. He caught a 24-yard pass and “executed’’ a 30-yard end-around, just on that drive. Maybe he should have a TV show.

Henne also had the luxury of time, which makes even a mediocre QB look good. The Bengals’ sack total remains at five. For the year.

Pick your explanation of the week. Whatever, the whole remains far less than the sum of its parts. As of today, the Bengals likely would be favored to win two of their remaining nine games, home dates with Cleveland and Buffalo. That would finish them at 4-12, which would amount to arguably the biggest flop in the history of a franchise that knows a lot about flops.

What a waste.

There is a bright side: With only four more wins, the Bengals will be eligible for the Beef O’Brady’s Bowl.


Doc: Bengals just can’t quite get there

By Paul Daugherty • pdaugherty@enquirer.com • November 8, 2010

It was a push and shove game on a glitz and glamour night. Pittsburgh tends to win those. The Steelers can prevail without their A game. Maybe the Bengals can, too. This year, it’s impossible to tell. They haven’t brought their A game yet.

The Bengals were down 20 after one play of the fourth quarter. They rallied, they fought, they didn’t give up. Choose your cliché. They lost, 27-21, when Jordan Shipley couldn’t hang onto Carson Palmer’s pass at the Pittsburgh 4-yard line, after being sandwiched by Pittsburgh defenders James Harrison and Ike Taylor, with 34 seconds to play.

A noble L is still an L. And so the warmed-over leftover portion of the season has begun.

For three quarters, it looked like this: Pittsburgh came to town, did what it had to do and left. The game wasn’t especially electric, unless you count the gold paint on Chad Ochocinco’s shoes.

The Steelers weren’t especially good. They lost two starting offensive linemen to injury (center Maurkice Pouncey, left guard Chris Kemoeatu) in one, three-play stretch early in the second quarter. They lost another lineman, Max Starks, in the third quarter, even as Pouncey returned.

Their front seven did not overly harass Carson Palmer. Their secondary allowed two TD passes to Terrell Owens. Cedric Benson had as many running yards after three quarters as the Steelers had allowed on average per game.

In short, it was another game for the winning, if the Bengals had been in the mood for it.

As it was, they didn’t do enough right, which about sums up the first, lost half of the season.

Losing teams look for something, anything good to happen. The Bengals got something very good, early on. Being the 2010 Bengals, they didn’t take advantage.

The Steelers had a series from hell to start the second quarter. In five plays, they lost Kemoeatu, Pouncey and the ball.

Leon Hall’s helmet found the football after Pittsburgh’s Hines Ward caught it. Roy Williams picked up the loose ball. Two minutes later, Carson Palmer located his favorite toy, Terrell Owens, with a 19-yard TD pass down the middle. Owens did a strange little dance and the Bengals were down just 10-7.

This was after the Bengals gave away 10 points to start the game. With losing teams, it’s always something. Monday night, the Bengals special teams took a turn modeling the horns. Bernard Scott fumbled the opening kickoff, which led to a 25-yard Steelers touchdown “drive.’’

Their next possession, the Bengals had a punt blocked. William Gay steamed in unbothered from Cincinnati’s left side. Six plays later, the Steelers had a 10-0 lead.

That should have been where the home team seized the day. Good teams smell a little blood in the water at that point: The other guys lose arguably their two best offensive linemen, they turn the ball over, the Bengals capitalize and, just like that, a season of missteps does a little dance.

The Bengals even forced a three and out.

Then, predictability set in, at least as it applies to the 2010, one step up, two steps back Bengals: Palmer tried to force a pass to Owens who was double-covered. Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons intercepted.

Pittsburgh took a 20-7 lead into halftime. The home crowd booed the home team as it left the field.

The game seemed to end on the first play of the fourth quarter, when the Steelers offense did something “innovative.”

(In-no-va-tive: Advanced, forward-looking, modern.)

Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger took the snap and handed the ball to wide receiver Antwaan Randle El, who threw a very nice spiral to wide receiver Mike Wallace in the end zone. The advanced, forward-looking and modern play might have been entirely foreign to Bengals fans. But it worked just fine for the Steelers, who took a seemingly unbeatable 27-7 lead.

With the Bengals, you feel like you’re watching the same game every week.

Especially on offense, where the well of creativity continues to be a dry hole. The Bengals are very good at run-run-pass. They are accomplished at sending Ced Benson off the tackles for eight yards on two carries, then passing on 3rd-and-2.

Carson Palmer had plenty of time to throw Monday, which more often than not means he had plenty of time to lock on to one receiver. That’s what happened when Palmer threw the interception to Timmons. Palmer couldn’t have looked more intently at Owens if he’d been taking T.O.’s picture.

It got a whole lot better in the fourth quarter, if that thrills you. The Bengals have excelled at failed comebacks this year. This one was just the latest.

Thanks for coming, ESPN. Hope you enjoyed The Tiara.

Wed Nov 10 12:02pm EST
Ten facts about Mike Brown’s record-setting ineptitude in Cincy

By Chris Chase

On Monday night, the Cincinnati Bengals lost their 200th game since Mike Brown took over as owner and president in 1991. According to Joe Reedy of the Cincinnati Enquirer, that’s the quickest an NFL owner has ever reached that mark. Brown’s Bengals are 113-200-1 over the past 20 seasons.

It’s another mark of infamy for one of the league’s most inept franchises. How bad has Cincinnati been in the Mike Brown(notes) era? We decided to look deeper into the numbers:

1. It took 314 games for Brown to lose 200. The previous record, Reedy notes, was held by the original owner of the Atlanta Falcons, Rankin Smith, who did it in 327 games. (The third-shortest road to 200 losses was by Art Rooney of the Steelers, which is a pretty big surprise considering Pittsburgh has the most Super Bowl titles).

2. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Carolina Panthers began playing in 1995, but both franchises have more wins than Mike Brown has had, despite the fact they’ve been playing for four fewer seasons. Jacksonville has 129 franchise victories, Carolina has 118.

3. Brown’s teams haven’t won a playoff game during his tenure. Every other team that has existed since 1991 has won at least one postseason game. (The last playoff win for Cincinnati was in 1990, the year before Brown took over. The Texans haven’t won a playoff game, but they only joined the league in 2002.)

4. The team has finished over .500 twice since 1991.

5. Twice is also the amount of times Cincinnati has made the playoffs in Brown’s 20 seasons at the helm. (We’re assuming the 2-6 Bengals don’t make it this year.) The Detroit Lions have made it six times in that stretch.

6. In those 20 years, the Bengals have ranked in the top 10 on offense or defense just five times. They’ve been ranked No. 22 or below 18 times.

7. The Bengals have been outscored by 1,488 points during Brown’s reign. They’ve only outscored opponents in five of Brown’s full 19 seasons.

8. Brown was the fastest to 200 losses, but the slowest to 100 wins. It took the team 288 games to get to the century mark, the slowest in NFL history.

9. Since 1991 there have been 13 times when an NFL team began the season 0-8. The Bengals have done it four of those times.

10. The Bengals have had a winless October in eight of Brown’s 20 seasons. His teams started 0-21 in the month before getting its first win in the month on Oct. 19, 1995.

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About Jerry Frey

Born 1953. Vietnam Veteran. Graduated Ohio State 1980. Have 5 published books. In the Woods Before Dawn; Grandpa's Gone; Longstreet's Assault; Pioneer of Salvation; Three Quarter Cadillac
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One Response to Old Men Who Don’t Care

  1. Jamal Spencer says:

    Take a good look at the Bengals:Yo ­u would see that the majority of this team was drafted by Mike Brown and Marvin Lewis. By the way,how many teams can actually say that the defensive lineman came from the draft? If Brown runs a mom and pop store,then he is getting fresh produce every single day.

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