To A Long 17 Weeks

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Eleven season openers since the Browns have been back in the league, one victory. Oh, the glory days of a week 1 win. The 2004 season opener was one where we Cleveland fans didn’t have to go buy new remotes the next day because we snapped ours in two.

I remember it like it was yesterday. Beating the Ravens 20-3 with William Green’s above average 65 yard performance, Jeff Garcia RIPPING it up for 180 passing yards, and a long Quincy Morgan touchdown reception. Alright, nothing spectacular, but we won right? Yesterday’s opener motions us to put our seat belts on Browns fans; it’s going to be a long season for many reasons.

Fans of 16 NFL teams are going to be disappointed with their teams’ 0-1 starts and are looking for something to build on. In my eyes, all of those teams can be happy about something they did, minus the Browns. I agree, Brady Quinn is our best option at quarterback, but none of our quarterbacks could start on any other team in the league.

I’d be surprised to see Quinn throw for even 3 touchdowns in a game this year. He’s more suited for GQ spreads, not the NFL. Jamal Lewis is probably our best offensive player, but he isn’t going to be getting many carries due to the fact we’ll be playing from behind all season. Adrian Peterson looked like the over-sized kid you see running the ball in peewee football, just stiff arming and running through every defender. Oh, but we did score an offensive touchdown. Good job fellas.

So, Browns fans, I hate to say it already, but, “there’s always next season.” Right now just cut your losses and save yourself a piece of mind by focusing on your fantasy football teams. Let’s hope at least they succeed. Thanks to our sub-par franchise, I’m off to Wal-Mart to purchase my 10th remote in 11 seasons. Maybe I’ll see you there.

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4 Responses to “To A Long 17 Weeks”

  1. Dennis Thompson says:

    I love football season, but have to admit that I follow it more closely when the teams I want to do well actually do well. Not this year, it seems. Or last year. Or the year before. Or the year before that. Etc., etc. Fortunately, we enjoy pretty decent weather around these parts until late October, so we can always find something outside to do, coming in now and then to see how bad things are progressing. Sometimes, I watch these guys out of a sense of morbid curiosity — sort of like watching a really bad movie or Chris Farley doing a Chippendale’s dance — the “I’m repulsed but I can’t look away” syndrome. Meanwhile, fans of teams like Baltimore and Pittsburgh can enjoy another strong run — one with a second-year QB. We’re reduced (again) to “celebrating” our punter and achieving ridiculous “moral victories” on a selected play basis. Yawn.

  2. Dusty says:

    Haha. I know how you feel Dennis. Every 12 seconds Cribbs has the ball, I’m excited. So, about 1 minute of every game. I’m rooting for my fantasy players this year to keep my mind off the Browns lol

  3. Try to relax a little. I know we’re all used to the Browns doing terrible every year, but game one isn’t the time to start moaning about another doomed season. A lot of people are picking the Vikings to make the playoffs–they have a solid defense, the best running back in the league, and a quarterback with several Super Bowl rings and something to prove. I think we’ll get a better sense of whether the Browns have anything to offer in the next four weeks when we play teams we should have a realistic chance of beating (Broncos, Bengals, and Bills–excluding the Ravens).

  4. Dusty says:

    There’s no reason you should give up 180 yards to any back when the team completed less than 10 passes more than 6 yards down the field. Hopefully we can steal a game or 2 out of those teams you mentioned, but with what we’ve got, I don’t see us winning any more than 5 games this season. Not based on our performance yesterday, just based on the talent we have. Favre has 1 superbowl ring, not that it matters, just saying.

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