Watching this video sends a shiver down my spine. It makes Al Pacino’s “one more inch” speech from Any Given Sunday seem lame by comparison.
That fiery orator is Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown. He’s a member of the Lucky Genes Club as his father was legendary NFL coach Paul Brown. Hopes were high that some of his father’s genius was passed down to his son when Mike assumed control of the team in 1991. Unfortunately, despite Mike’s charismatic leadership, the Bungles have only managed to accumulate 102 wins against 188 losses.
The Bengals were featured on HBO’s documentary/reality series Hard Knocks. We were given the chance to witness the inner workings of an NFL franchise from the first day of training camp up through the start of the regular season. This gave us the opportunity to witness behind-the-scenes moments like Mike Brown addressing his players. I don’t know about you but his words sure inspired me.
My favorite part was when he said their terrible season, “Left us open to criticism from the media, who mocked us.” What criticism? Oh, he probably means things like, “Mike Brown drafts worse than Al Davis.” Or “Trojan provides more protection for Carson Palmer than Mike Brown.”
No doubt thanks to Mike’s inspirational pep talks, the Bengals seem to have an air of confidence about them. Chad Johnson Dick Ochocinco has vowed to make our cornerbacks kiss his baby or da baby or something about a baby. Not to be outdone, our superstar wide receiver Hines Ward has vowed that he’d gladly obliterate LB Keith Rivers‘ jaw once again, despite Herr Goodell (Sieg Heil!) passing more rules to pussify the game. Cincy comes in to this Sunday’s game at 1-1, the same record as your World Champion Pittsburgh Steelers. Not to put too much emphasis on such an early season game but division games are crucial at any time of the year and after last week’s debacle in the Windy City, the Steelers really need to right the ship before they need an pep talk of their own from Ambassador Rooney.
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