From one Clevelander to the entire state of Denver: I understand you.
If you haven’t heard, the Cleveland Browns are quite possibly the laughing-stock of all American Football. And watching the Super Bowl was like watching a Browns game.
To be fair, Cleveland has never gotten to the Bowl, so we really don’t know what it’s like to play some of the best American Football only to have the worst game all season be the game that matters most. So, on that count, I don’t understand you. But I understand that sinking feeling when the team you hope to actually do something that matters just doesn’t show up.
I know I’ve shared this video once before, but I’m going to share it again because it really does explain exactly how it feels to be a Cleveland Browns fan.
And if you enjoyed that rant, here’s a more recent one from just two months ago.
And while it’s true, our team is terrible and we will probably never make it to the Super Bowl because we can’t even get a coach to stick around for longer than one season (and yes the team that was formerly the Browns was sold and the year after that they won the Super Bowl…….) the point is that we at least understand watching a team fail. The only difference is, we watch it week after week, month after month, year after year.
The definition of insanity it doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. And that’s what Cleveland does best. We get a new coach, or a new owner, or a new something-or-other, at least once a year and then keep on playing shitty football. And the fans have just come to expect it. And, at the end of the season we usually say, “There’s always next year.”
But the brutal fact is, next year the Bronco’s will come back from their Super Bowl and still be a decent team. More than decent, really. They’ll win some games, they’ll lose some games, but they’ll play football like it matters. Cleveland? Well, we’ll just continue to flounder about the field wondering which way the end-zone is. In fact, I’d be willing to bet that at some point in 2014 the Cleveland Browns will score a touchdown for the other team at least once. Why? Because I’m pretty sure we haven’t done that yet, and if there’s one thing the Browns excel at its bad football. It doesn’t get much worse than that.
So, I’m sorry Denver. But you gotta admit it: the Seahawks played one hell of a game. They showed up hungry for the win and they delivered. And to Peyton Manning, I’m extra sorry. You had a great season! And you did something that Cleveland will probably never get to do: play in the big bowl. So, believe me when I say this, I really really mean it: There’s always next year.
This post has been submitted to February 2014 NaBloPoMo. NaBloPoMo is a month-long challenge to post once a day on your blog, hosted by Blogher. Each month has its own theme. February’s theme is “perspective.”