Dear Browns, I have a favor to ask…..

Brian HoyerDear Rob Chudzinski, Ray Horton, Norv Turner, Chris Tabor, and all Cleveland Browns players:

I am a lifelong season ticket holder who goes to every home game. I watch all road games (other than my boycott job two weeks ago). I wear your gear. My kids wear your gear. No matter what has happened since 1999, I have stuck with you through thick and mostly thin. Regime change after regime change has been frustrating. But I still have not jumped ship and I won’t. With that said, you need to do something for me and and all other Cleveland fans tonight. I don’t ask you for much.

We are a broken group today. Last night’s season ending Tribe loss in the AL Wild Card game has us all tired, bruised, and little beaten down. We came together as a city to get behind this Indians team for the first time in years. The city was abuzz. There was an electricity in downtown Cleveland like we haven’t seen since the heyday of the LeBron James era. But you have seen it before. You see it every single home game down at the lakefront. 78,000 plus come down to support you. But today of all days, we need a pick me up.

Last week was terrific. The defensive effort was exactly what we expected when Joe Banner and company brought you over here, Ray. Norv, your offense really seems to flourish with Brian Hoyer under center and Josh Gordon back from suspension. Hopefully we can see more of the quality special teams play like what went down in Minnesota two weeks ago, Chris. Chud – whatever you are telling the players since the trade of Trent Richardson, give that same message. Tell those players in that room that the city needs them to come out with an A+ effort and performance tonight. Not only is it their one chance on National TV all year, but your fan base needs you tonight more than ever.

The narrative in this city today is classic Cleveland – “well, the Tribe lost last night, so you know what will probably happen to the Browns.” Lets change all that, guys. Fire out of that locker room and provide the city a big win that is so desperately needed . Give us a reason to cheer again and put us back in a positive frame of mind.

We know you can do it. We have seen it these last two weeks. But if there was ever a time when this town needed a strong performance and a big win, it is tonight.

I promise I won’t ask you for anything the rest of the way. I just need this particular one. My wife also thanks you in advance.


TD on behalf of Cleveland Sports fans everywhere


  • Big Z

    Or at least don’t get blanked…

  • Paul Marsh

    I concur. I’m an out of town season ticket holder so I can’t make the weekday night games but I’ll be back in town for the Detroit game. I really want to see the Cleveland that was on television last night.

  • Ezzie Goldish

    Amen. Especially because there’s nothing for ten more days, and if they lose it will be some of the most miserable 10 days to be anywhere in the CLE area.

  • RGB

    PLEASE, don’t step on your dicks on national TV.

  • Harv 21

    I ask an even smaller favor. Just don’t lose. The tribe already reduced your crowd’s decibel level by 1/3 minimum, just by sucking the life out of us.

    But this game is so eminently winnable that to lose in any way would be the uppercut to the chin that follows the sucker punch to the gut. It’s so simple: Bills have a short week road game, both their main RBs are badly dinged up and/or out, and they have a rook QB who hasn’t yet learned to read a defense. If the Bills try to come out throwing against this defense EJ Manuel is effed. Smother their run, get some sort of lead, and then when they have to throw welcome the young man to the NFL. You’re tired, but so are they. This shouldn’t be that hard. If it’s possible for you to blow out a team this year, it’s this team, this week.

  • Garry_Owen

    Dear TD (and Cleveland Sports fans everywhere),
    We got this. Why worry?
    Chud, Norv, and Ray (the Horton that hears you)

  • maxfnmloans

    Horton hears a Who?

  • mgbode

    DQ gave the pregame speech last week. Tonight, I think it’s Hoyer’s turn.

    He is one of us. That doesn’t make him play better, but it sure does make him understand the mindset better. He will know that what the fans are craving is for the team to come out blazing with their hair on fire and lots more wording of fire and hot and such that doesn’t make much sense, but is INSPIRING in a speech (so I’m told) and then keep rambling with increasing (and sometimes decreasing) decibels for effect and really push this team to DESTROY THE BILLS while appeasing the fanbase and putting the Browns in 1st place in the AFC North ALL BY THEMSELVES. That is the desire, that is the need, that is the destiny.

    Git Errr Dun, Hoyer.

  • mgbode

    He’s on 1st.

  • Hopwin

    I actually thought WFNY forgot there was a Browns’ game going on tonight.

  • FearTheElf

    Cleveland sports have always been the same. Build up excitement, just to tear our hearts out. This is why I see no reason to get excited about 2 wins in a row. It’s happened plenty of times before. Even last year they won 3 in row. Cleveland teams always find a way to let us down in worst way possible. I hope I’m wrong. But the result of the Indians game, while unrelated, hasn’t left me feeling very positive about tonights Browns game. It just reminding me how tough it is to be a Cleveland fan.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    This reads more like a plea to me. Poor TD I tried to warn ya but nobody listens to me around here!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    There was no “he” minus -100 posts!

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Well unless maybe he was in RF.

  • The_Real_Shamrock

    Multitasking when rooting is tough I mean look at me Red Sox, Patriots, Bruins, Celtics – all these championships are a true cross to bear your lucky Cleveland!

  • Cleveland Browns

    Sorry TD, we still suck!

  • Big Z

    Nah, the Indians got to the playoffs and the Browns look like an NFL team – with a real QB. It’s all good man!

  • Sam

    Boys and girls…the Brownies are winning BIG tonight. This defense is going to stop the run and then swallow E.J. Manuel. Hoyer throws a deep TD to Gordon early in the game, one to Cameron, and one to….Greg Little!

    Browns win 24-6.

  • And it is precisely because we need them to win that they will most assuredly be down 10 before the smoke from the team introductions clears.

    Sorry, still bitter over last night’s events.

  • RGB

    Who was in RF?

  • mgbode

    No, who was on first.

  • What?

  • Wow

    Even that would be huge for us tonight.

  • maxfnmloans

    What’s the name of the guy on second base

  • LilBoyBlue

    Dang, psychic.

  • Sadly, no. Just experienced.