Ice Melts – The Bengals F’ing Blow Up! – 2016 AFC Wild-Card – Pittsburgh VS Cincinnati

After letting the pain and emotion of the 2016 AFC Wild-Card game subside for a few days, a game that’s quickly become known as “The Meltdown At Paul Brown Stadium”, I have to admit that despite the way that game ended the Bengals had an amazing year. Twelve wins and four losses. With each of the four losses coming against teams that would all advance to the playoffs.

And after our starting quarterback Andy Dalton went out with a thumb injury, things could have easily fallen apart, but they didn’t, they still managed to win with a rookie backup quarterback from Alabama named AJ McCarron.

And the amazing thing is, with that backup quarterback the team scored more points in the second half of that playoff game against Pittsburgh than in the second half of all six previous playoff games combined. (That’s just from memory but I’m going for it)

And with under two minutes left in the game, with under two minutes left till our first playoff win in 25 years, we had the lead, we had the ball, we were easily within field goal range, and the game was all but in the bag.

But time and chance and a pro-Pittsburgh bias have their effects on all things. (That’s an exact quote from Ecclesiastes and I’m sure of it) But seriously, the more I pay attention to it, the more I see that pro-Pittsburgh bias everywhere. Keep your eyes open and I’m sure you’ll start to see it too.

So, should we have won? Absolutely. But we didn’t. And it was an ugly, excruciating, can’t sleep for days, kind of loss. And if you’re like me it would have been easier to live with had we not scored all.

Can we blame the Refs, Jeremy Hill, Vontaze Burfict, or Adam Jones? Sure. But after 25 years of losing in the post-season, what good would it do? Because in my opinion, even when things seem so simple and obvious, they seldom are.

Despite recent improvements, the Bengal’s franchise, the franchise the legendary Paul Brown built, has been somewhat of a train wreck for close to 30 years now. We all know the knocks on the team. We hear them every week from a biased national media, and from that one neighbor we all have who flies a Steelers flag every Sunday. And we all know that when it comes to the Bengals, we cheer for them, invest our time and our emotions in them, at our own peril.

My hope for next year is that the core of the players, and assistant coaches, stay on.

I can’t say I have that same hope for the Head Coach Marvin Lewis, or Mike Brown the Team’s Owner. Because, other than the name of the team, they are about the only common denominator in the longest playoff losing streak in the NFL. But at this rate, we could easily spend the rest of our lives with those two right where they are today.

What bothers me most about that is outwardly they don’t seem to care about their lack of playoff success as much as their fans do.

And after a meltdown like we saw in the 2016 AFC Wild-Card game, I for one want to see their pain. Pain like we saw on Hill’s face as he stood alone on the sideline after the fumble, or the pain in the frantic and exaggerated Burfict explaining how he tucked his shoulder to avoid a more serious hit on the Pittsburgh receiver, or the pain as Jones cried on the bench, his head buried in his hands, as the game ended.

Finally, I want to know that Marvin Lewis and Mike Brown have a plan to make sure a meltdown of such epic proportions never happens again. Because without at least that, for myself and many real Bengals fans, the pain is simply too much.

CFR Christmas Party 2015 – Speeches Are Easy – Titles Are Hard

Merry Christmas 2015Good evening.  And thanks for being here. It’s hard to believe another year has passed and we’re once again back at John’s for our year end Christmas party

But it is nice to see you guys with a beer in your hand someplace other than behind your desk. Which reminds me, I have a few friends who think for that reason alone, that we have the best jobs ever!

Anyway.. as some of you know, every year for as long as I can remember, our Christmas parties have include some great food, wonderful gifts from Rose, a few silly awards, and an inspirational speech from John.

Well..This year things have Changed!

The awards and the speech from John will be noticeably missing. And that’s a good thing.. of course I mean that “CHANGE”.. that change is a good thing.

But speaking of change, it would do us all well to remember that the only constant in life is change, and more importantly, that life does not get better by chance, but by change. And the same can be said of our jobs, our marketing efforts, and the company as a whole.

I for one think we have certainly seen a lot of good things happen this year because of change. From new procedures to new ways to market our services. A few changes that come to mind are more of a business to business focus using LinkedIn, and believe it or not, even some old fashioned marketing using the Unites States Postal Service. And no discussion of change would be complete without remembering some good people that have moved on, or mentioning some new good people that have taken their place.

But despite all the change we’ve gone through in the last few years. We are still not where we need to be. However, thanks to the efforts of everyone in this room, we’re not where we use to be.

So, tonight I’d like to challenge each of you to help shape the change necessary to move us toward our goals in 2016.

Goals of better customer service, better customer and vendor communication, better prospecting, better blogging, more effective content distribution, and more innovative and more personal social outreach. Just to name a few.

And this is not just wishful thinking. This is critical thinking, because let’s be honest.. the competition is tough. And the rental, security camera, and computer service industries are as tough as they come. And for every vendor in one of our industries who sees us as a marketing partner, and who’s thankful for our business, there’s another who sees us a competitor, and they would just as soon see us fail.

And these competitors, these people who would prefer we just go away, they’re smart people. They’re motivated people who know their business and  most are way bigger than we are. And what their marketing efforts lack in creativity, time, or effort, they make up for with money and outsourcing.

And that’s what we are up against.

So the way I see it, our only chance to survive, our only chance to be back here next year, is to work harder than our competition, to work smarter than our competition, and most importantly to have a better team than our competition.

And we do that by coming to work every day, staying focused on our goals, working together, and always moving a little close to where we need to be as a company.

But we can’t fool ourselves into thinking that will happen if we just come to work and sit quietly in our own little safe space. Because it won’t.

We each have to join in and participate in discussions and share out thoughts with the team, we each have to  help others around us, help our vendors, help our customers, and we each must do this in every way we can, and across every platform we can, every day. Because that’s what it will take and that’s what good social marketing does.

And if we do that, I know 2016 can be our best year ever, and in no time we’ll make it back here together… but we can only make it together.

Thanks again for all your hard work. Thanks for listening. And Merry Christmas!

Andy Wendt

The Real Top 10 Reasons Your Company Needs Security Cameras

10 Real Reasons A Business Needs Security CamerasIn case you missed it, the company I work for, CFR Inc, has a division called They, as you might be able to guess, sell and install security camera systems for businesses nationwide.

The other day I was having some fun with the staff brainstorming a top 10 list.

The top 10 list was to help explain why businesses needed security cameras. Simple, right?

Well, it appears my top 10 list was not quite the politically correct content the marketing guys had in mind. So, in the spirit of truth and honesty, and with a little bit of a “toughen up cupcake” attitude, I’ve decided to publish my list myself. Which I will call the top 10 REAL reasons your business needs security cameras.

And now without further delay…

The Real Top 10 Reasons Your Company Needs Security Cameras

10 – An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.
9 – National Take You Kids To Work Day is real. Just let that sink in.
8 – 1.2 million shoplifters a year wont’ catch themselves.
7 – Things actually do go bump in the night.
6 – Americans spend over 100 billion dollars a year on illegal drugs. That money has to come from somewhere.
5 – Trust But Verify!
4 – There are 1.3 million lawyers in the U.S.
3 – If you want to know how your business runs when you’re not there.. watch your business when you’re not there.
2 – “Screws fall out all the time, the world is in imperfect place.”
1 – If you want your business to do all it can for you.. then do all you can for your business.

And that’s the real list!

If you ever need an honest opinion of your company’s security camera needs give me a call anytime.

Thanks for reading,

Andy Wendt
Vice President
877-422-1907 x226