When Cleveland fans have cried their final tear over
What they will see is a Browns team that managed just five victories last season and has had only one winning season over the last seven years. And rightfully, many will wonder what they have done to deserve such a disproportionate share of sporting heartache over the decades. You know your pain runs deep when it's chronicled in two-word chapters, such as "The Drive," "The Fumble," "The Shot," and on Thursday night "The Decision".
"When I was a free agent that year, I had two teams that I visited, Dallas and Carolina," he said. "In choosing the Panthers, the thing that weighed on my mind more than anything was that they went 3-0 to start the 2002 season, lost eight in a row, then won four out of their last five. That same season we started 6-2 with the Saints and needed to win only one out of our last three to make the playoffs. We couldn't do it - and it's not like we were playing a bunch of powerhouses."
But Cleveland, let us not focus on that for now. Reporters are supposed to be objective, detached, impartial. But the truth is that a part of me will be pulling for the Browns and their fans in 2010, hoping that the next time I see them cry they'll be wiping away tears of joy, not sadnesss. Now wouldn't that be a sight?