An important game will be played here on Sunday. Glorious!!
I can’t stand it anymore. I’ve tried not to talk about how brilliant the Browns are this year all season, but I can’t contain myself. The Browns, yes the Cleveland Browns are in the driver’s seat for an AFC wildcard spot. Let’s here ya Cleveland! Do you understand how terrible it’s been to be a fricking Browns fan for the past 12 years? Don’t get me wrong, it was no walk in the park before then, but let’s not go there (resisting urge to trash John “Donkey Face” Elway).
But seriously, the Ravens (whom I shall refer to as the Purple Midgets from this point on) took our team! Hey, do you understand how much the Browns mean to Browns fans? I’m not from Cleve-town, but let me tell you, things aren’t that much better 90 miles down The Beautiful Lake in my hometown of Erie, PA. We have the same lake effect snow, miserable Canadian winter winds off of the lake, the same downtrodden economy, the same grey skies, and the same passion for football (except unfortunately in Erie, half of us have been misguided to the loser Squeelers). Let me tell you, these conditions lead to a love for the Browns that I’m sure most medical types would classify as unhealthy. But we love it. The crazier we get, the more fun we have! I’m pretty sure that taking the Browns away is the worst possible prescription for that condition. I’m still in shock. Did that actually happen? I was livid at everybody. I refuse to mention the bad man’s name. Any time an NFL game was on TV from November 6th 1995 until the Browns returned to the field in 1999, I swore loudly, disrupting everyone in the room.
But in ’99, the Browns came back. And I crap you not, this excitement of just having a team carried me all the way from 1999 through the Butch Davis teams. But the team was putrid. QB’s got brutalized year after year. Carmen Policy, Dwight Clark and Butch Davis made a mockery out of judging talent (while completely ignoring judging character). But no matter how painful the Ty Detmer/Tim Couch/Doug Pederson/Spergon Wynn/Kelly Holcomb/Jeff Garcia/Luke McNown/Trent Dilfer/(and I add this name regrettably) Charlie Frye Era was, the Cleveland mother f’ing Browns were playing football every Sunday. When Butch Davis fell apart, things got tough. I realized the Browns needed to royally screw their salary cap just to sneak into the playoffs at 9-7 and ultimately lose in heartbreaking fashion to the loathsome Steelers. It was terrible. The franchise was a shell of it’s old self. Kicker Phil Dawson was their best player for 6 seasons! The kicker! At least the teams that broke my heart when I was growing up were good, solid football teams. These guys didn’t have a clue, from top to bottom. In fact the only thing the Revitalized Browns had in common with the Stolen Browns was heartbreaking losses. Somehow they still seemed to have that mastered.
But the Browns have been building with super scout GM Phil Savage, and now they have talent. They even drafted a left tackle at number 3 this year. A left tackle, an o-line!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you Phil Savage. I don’t know how much longer I could have watched the opposing team’s defense making a living in the Browns backfield.
Oh no, I’m rambling again. The point is, the Browns are FINALLY playing a game that matters in December. Win, lose or draw they FINALLY have a talented group of players. Dudes that seriously kick ass. Braylon, Joe Thomas, Winslow, Josh Cribbs? Those dudes are all complete badasses and it rocks. I can’t even remember the last time I could mention a Browns player being awesome and not get smirked at. Anyone want to take issue with any of the 4 guys I just mentioned? The Browns are playing the Bills on Sunday with playoff implications and I LOVE IT!
Sorry, just had to get that off my chest.