It’s Steelers week in Cleveland and there is no shortage of emotion flying around.
I didn’t know what I was going to write about to do but this is starting to get out of control. I don’t know what’s got into Graig and Girlfriend’s Brother. At no point did I say the Browns are the greatest team ever or the Redskins are the worse team ever or the Browns would beat the Redskins everytime or I hate the Redskins or anything like that. All I’ve said the past week is that it is finally fun to have a team that is fun to watch.
Notice that again, “Fun to watch.” Didn’t say they were good (although I do think they are) and didn’t say they are the best and didn’t say anyone who thinks other wise is an idiot. The Browns have benefited from an easy schedule. That’s pretty obvious but who cares. As the old saying goes you can only play the teams you are schedule to play. If the Browns had to play Dallas and NYG and New Orleans and Indy or whoever else, would they be 5-3 right now? No. But who cares. They are 5-3.
I don’t know why the schedule is such a big deal to people. Sometimes you get an easy schedule, sometimes you don’t. Deal with it. As Browns fans we are lucky that this week’s game against Pittsburgh is the last against a team with a winning record. If people want to call it a weak schedule, so be it. I agree but I’m grateful for it. It gives a young team with a lot of talent a chance to experience things they probably shouldn’t have for a few years, like competitive, meaningful games in November, December and possible playoff games, or at least games with playoff implications.
Just like it doesn’t matter how you win games, as long as you win them, it doesn’t matter who you beat, as long as you beat them. There’s no pictures in the W-L columns.
We can all agree that regardless of who the Browns play, they are fun team to watch. That’s all I’ve been saying. I don’t how this whole Jets and Redskin comparison came about and frankly, it’s very stupid and ignorant.
The Pittsburgh game will be fun. Will the Browns win? Probably not. But that doesn’t stop the excitement around the game. It doesn’t stop the fact that if the Browns somehow, some way, pull off an amazing win, they will be in first place.
Of course the Browns aren’t one of the AFC powers yet. They have a long way to go. They weren’t even suppose to win 5 games this year, let alone 5 in the first 8 games. But they have. They are a young, talented team on the rise and they are taking advantage of a weak schedule. In past years, with the same schedule, the Browns may be 2-7, maybe. And that’s being nice. There’s no way they come back and beat Seattle like they did last Sunday. They probably don’t even come back and beat St. Louis after being down 14-0. That’s the difference this year. They winning games the are suppose to win. The bigger difference, there are actually games they are suppose to win.
So while we are far from the Pats and Colts, we are no longer the laughing stock of the NFL. The Browns success has nothing to do with the Redskins, or what conference is better or anything like that. It has everything to do with a team that is learning how to win and coming together as a team. Let’s keep the comments to that.
On a side note: How about the Cavaliers! Cut Larry Hughes and don’t ever put Dan Gibson on the bench. Is it possible that our Batman finally found his Robin (of course, in the non-gay sense). The Cavs look so much better without Hughes. As bad as Damon Jones is most of the time, at least he knows how to shot the ball.
They travel to Utah tonight. What a crappy state. I hope Boozer breaks his leg then Gordon Gund comes out of the locker room and hits him in the head with a chair (of course Gund would have to be lead out there by LeBron who guides the chair and then kicks him in the crotch for the hell of it).
Go Cavs! Go Browns!