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Maybe the Browns should be ignored: While We’re Waiting

Thanks so much for stopping on in to WFNY today. I’m really happy you’re here. I want to personally thank those who have helped keep WFNY afloat and viable by supporting us via Patreon.

I don’t know how many of you understand how desperately the economics have changed in blogging, but those of you who have ad blockers turned on should get it. I’m not criticizing, mind you. Many WFNY writers live behind their ad blockers too. It’s reality. I’m not much for fighting reality. I’m just letting you know that this site is about 50-50 at the moment in terms of financial support from ads and via our wonderful Patreon supporters. If you like what we do here and think the contributors deserve your financial backing, please consider turning off your ad blockers on this particular site or throwing us a few bucks via Patreon. Now, let’s talk about not talking about the Browns.

We should make the Browns earn our conversation…

One of the main reasons I hate where the Browns are as a franchise is because I don’t feel like I ever get to write or say anything new about them. Despite some lean years with the Indians and Cavaliers, we’ve gotten to cover some legitimate championship runs with those teams. Only the Cavaliers finished, and I’m genuinely disappointed with the Indians bowing out to the Yankees, but don’t for a second think that their playoff berth isn’t at least somewhat worthwhile. Meanwhile, the Browns continue to find new lows, but that’s not fun to cover. I’m wondering if maybe the Browns should just be ignored completely.

I’ve repeated this here on WFNY many times, but when my first son was born in 2010, I gave the team six years to get things going. I started watching and understanding football in 1985. The Bears are the first Super Bowl champ that I remember watching win the whole thing. Or at least I was culturally aware of them. As someone born in 1979, I figured my math was safe and that it was fair for me to give the Browns until 2016 to get things going. My oldest son is seven going on eight. My youngest is five going on six. The Browns have a young team with some prospects, but anyone predicting this group knows how to build a full team is relying on hope more than facts.

It’s fun to have a guy like Myles Garrett to talk about, but this isn’t the first time we’ve had exciting prospects. Kamerion Wimbley had 11 sacks in his rookie campaign with the Browns. The Browns won four, ten, four, and five games in each of his seasons with the Browns before he was off to Oakland for the third round pick that became Colt McCoy. Granted Garrett is the first overall pick, and Wimbley was drafted 13, but I’m just saying we’ve seen good players before. It’s all just minutia for people who follow the Browns for the tumult.

Tumult is exciting in places where there is none, but like the fighting on the Jerry Springer show or bickering on a “Real Housewives” show, it wears thin when it happens all the time. The only way to make something exciting is for there to be a new storyline. For the Browns, the only thing new that they could do would be to win. It’s the one thing we haven’t seen at this website since its inception.

It’s one of the reasons that I find covering this team so miserable anymore. I feel like a broken record. I feel like I’ve said everything I ever had to say about the Browns. I don’t feel like it’s brought the best out in me. Until something much more significant changes, they don’t deserve to be talked about all that much. We do it because we were raised with this team and during this part of the year, it’s reflexive to try and focus on them.

I spent a considerable portion of this week reading about Pilot Flying J. I’ve spent time online spreading a hashtag #SellTheBrowns as a form of realization that talking about the Browns without focusing on the common denominator of suck is a waste of time. I even wrote some other things that I’ve kept to myself because in the end, while I think they’re correct, and while I feel irate, I don’t like myself for the way I’m covering this team right now.

My mother raised me to ask those three age-old questions. Is it kind? Is it true? Is it necessary? Most of the things I’m saying about the Browns lately are a no, yes, no.

I’m not making any announcement or proclamation other than letting you know what I think as I write this late on a Thursday night. I tend to think out loud and work on a conclusion in the open. Right now, I’m just sick to death of this team and what I’ve been doing personally. I need a change.

Welcome back to WFNY, Brendan Bowers!

I talked to former WFNY writer Brendan Bowers on the podcast this week about his new book, LeBron James vs. The NBA. I loved catching up with our old buddy and we had a lot of fun Cavs talk going all the way back to the off-season, Kyrie, and the prospects of winning in the playoffs.

Death Cab for Cutie Time Machine…

I went and saw Death Cab for the first time in Cambridge Massachussetts at the urging of a friend of mine. They had two albums out and a third on the way and I trudged down to the basement of The Middle East for an afternoon show with my friend. I was taken in by that awkward indie rock band that was willing to play impossibly slow, occasionally get heavy, and was artsy enough to sing choruses a full four feet off the mic even though nobody else was singing along. It’s amazing to see where that band has gotten to and where Ben Gibbard is today as an artist. I don’t begrudge them their success or progression. I’m just continually amazed how much I still love all that early stuff that almost sounds like a different band entirely from who they are nearly twenty years lately. I mean, it all makes sense. It’s just a sign of my age, I guess.

  • CBiscuit

    The bitter taste of ale, a hint of maple tones, and…what’s that…the overwhelmingly putrid stench of 18 years of torturous football.

    PS. For reals, I would take over that family operation if I were you. Maybe I’m basic this way, but I love all things maple.

  • Garry_Owen

    Not SO bad, if you think about it.

  • Chris

    You might have yourself a deal… original, tropical fruit, or wild berry?

  • Chris

    Odd that you didn’t deny the bedwetting part.

  • Steve

    All of this, and Chris above, right here.

    There’s been a certain segment of Cleveland fans, who, for years now, have said to the Craigs around town that if its so frustrating, find something else to do on Sundays. No one has a gun to their heads. And these people tune in every Sunday anyway, if not buy tickets and a jersey for whoever the new first round pick savior is this year.

    There’s nothing here to suggest the cycle won’t be broken. Every April, the fanbase works themselves up into convincing that this team can get all the way to six or seven wins this year. And then they fall flat on their faces in September again. And the reaction is groaning about how much they suck and how unfair it is that the team sucks. And then, as winter subsides, hope for the Browns arises. And even when they do things like trade down for future picks, and leave themselves more cap space than anyone else in the league, and then use that cap space to buy future picks, the same people who get so frustrated over the Browns line back up to get excited again.

  • Steve

    Except the behavior wasn’t ignored, but supported. A lot of people may not be showing up at the stadium anymore, but they bought the tickets. NFL ratings are down, but they are still very good, even in Cleveland.

  • CBiscuit

    That type of thing is basically a challenge to the commentariat, espec on a Friday. Easy peasy over.

  • CBiscuit

    And just to prove my point on comment generation, here’s one depicting a delicious maple Rx Bar. You should try them. Really good. Too good. I’d been chowing on them for snacks for weeks, until my wife told me they are meant to be meal replacements. To each his own, though. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1ece6cf2d7db53e70a74767cc39b81b85509eb28c078f817d14b2fd4f7534d2d.jpg

  • Chris
  • tsm

    You are a Browns fan and Twelve Dogs is too strong??? Given our record the last few years, I would think – not strong enough.

  • CBI
  • Chris

    Deal! And how appropriate? Kind of like tricking someone into adding comments and getting closer to the Over bet.

  • Garry_Owen

    Why deny it?

  • scripty

    the original tulip glasses that can’t be found

  • scripty

    GLCA
    Celebration (SN)
    Accumulaton (New Belgium)

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  • Chris

    In my naivete, I ordered a Christmas Ale on Saturday night without specifying the brewery. I was given a Shiner Holiday Cheer. Two questions… 1) Do you happen to work at ABC Tavern? And 2) Why did you feel it was appropriate to make such a sick joke?

    I must note, the bartender was super accommodating and I have no ill will to ABC Tavern for that issue (other than having Holiday Cheer in the first place)

  • mgbode

    Undercurrent on why the Browns get the most posts on display today. Browns day-old recap & current pieces getting tons of views & comments. Day-old Buckeyes articles & current Tribe stuff getting limited views/comments.

    Just is what it is in this city.

  • JM85

    Oh I understand the Browns articles Monday and Tuesday after the game. Just give me my weekly Cavs column and I’m good!

  • mgbode

    Oh, you don’t want ME to give you your weekly Cavs column 🙂

  • BigDigg

    Super late to the party but just want to add one thing – you have to take a full view of Cleveland Browns Football to be appreciate this team properly. Yes, admittedly it’s a tough unwatchable embarrassingly bad product for 4 months of the year. But we’re generally the most relevant team in the league post-Superbowl through Draft. After that there’s the never ending Mary K hope-springs-eternal optimism articles for first mini-camp through training camp before the putrid stench of real football seeps back in. By then you’re probably enjoying the beautiful Cleveland fall weather, getting ready for holidays or focusing on Cavs upcoming season. Just a couple short months then until Draft season begins again and the cycle of hope and failure renews.

  • KFunk

    To be very clear, the Browns are not even close to the most relevant team in the league, ever. They are a train wreck, and everyone in the league knows it. Folks feel sorry for the fans, but shake their heads @ the Haslams for being so inept. But they are all getting rich off the revenue sharing, and are happy with the guaranteed win when the Browns come up on the schedule.

    The only thing that will solve that is wins. Excellent players and excellent coaching is a great place to start. Or just #SELLTHEBROWNS!