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Today, 37 years ago, the House Judiciary Committee passed the first article of Impeachment against then President of the United States Richard Nixon for his part in the Watergate scandal. Shortly after, facing certain impeachment, Nixon resigned from the presidency, leaving Garald Ford as the new president.

To commemorate the anniversary of the beginning of Nixon's end as president, writer Adam Rank decided to pick six people that should be charged with crimes against the NFL.

On that list is Cincinnati Bengals owner Mike Brown. 

5. Mike Brown

We are sure that Mike Brown really is a direct descendent of the late Paul Brown, right? Because when Paul Brown was in charge, the Bengals wen to two Super Bowls. The Mike Brown-era has been associated with long stretches of losing, embarrassing off-the-field problems and now the face of the franchise would rather retire than return to Cincinnati.

Rank makes a good case for Brown to be grouped into the six other people, including A.J. Smith, Joe Buck, Bobby Petrino, Georgia Frontiere and anybody who shows up to a Super Bowl party just for the commercials, who should be impeached by the NFL.

Earlier Wednesday, Josh made an even better argument when he asked what Brown's principles, that have ultimately led to the end of the Carson Palmer era, have given any Bengals fan:

What has Brown's principles gotten us?

This: 3-13, 5-11, 3-13, 3-13, 7-9, 8-8, 7-9, 3-13, 4-12, 4-12, 6-10, 2-14, 8-8, 8-8, 11-5, 8-8, 7-9, 4-11-1, 10-6 and 4-12.

Mike Brown has taken our franchise, which was started by one of the greatest football minds in the history of the NFL, and driven it so far down into the mud that it only sees the light of day once every few years. In 20 seasons, the team has been to the playoffs only twice and never won a postseason game. Mike Brown has taken his father's legacy and made it nothing more than a feel-good bedtime story for a new generation of Bengals fans that have known nothing but losing.

So, if the NFL had some rules that allowed fans or some sort of ruling body to "impeach" an owner, Brown would certainly be on top of the list of owners that would need to go. That's not the case, though. The team belongs to Brown and, unlike Nixon, he's not going anywhere any time soon.