Today we welcome the Golden State Warriors to a place called #Believeland.
This is not the land of milk and honey. There was never a gold rush that caused people to flock to this spot from across the country.
This is a steel town. Our hated rivals got their name and infamous logo from a steel foundry in Cleveland instead.
This is a sports town. Even given the decades I overwhelming evidence, we never say die. Stick around for the end of a hopeless game once in a while and see how many Clevelanders stick it out I the bitter end. Can you remember two short years ago when Miami Heat fans got locked out of the arena because they didn’t stick it out for overtime? That will NEVER happen in Cleveland:
Seeing as the 2015 NFL draft gets underway at 8:00 PM eastern time tonight, it seems appropriate to take a look at the 2015 Cleveland Browns free agency season. After the draft, the preseason is just a few training camps away, so let’s take this time to reflect.
Soccer/Football has often been called ‘the beautiful game.’ Professional basketball at it’s highest level is just as deserving of this sobriquet. Just watch the San Antonio Spurs play just about every time they take the court. Rough and often times dirty play ratchets up during the playoffs though in the guise of ‘playing hard.’ This has caused numerous injuries which have derailed title hopes for numerous teams in the past.
It blows my mind that this needs to be said at all. Even more so surprising is that this is a shocking revelation. People of Cleveland, believe me when I say this. This isn’t 2008 anymore when my personal opinion claims CLE was the worst in the league even though the Detroit Lions finished with the perfect 0-16 season. I will stick to my guns until the end of time that the Browns had a worse overall season, finishing with a streak of 24 consecutive quarters without an offensive touchdown. Woe was we that season, but this was 2014.
I’m starting to think the person who wrote that letter most certainly not you. I’m watching a pretty substantial interview with you when you use verbage which is not similar in any way to the letter that was written in your name.
Yes Pettine, I’m calling you out. It’s about time someone stopped flaming players for their performance on the field and start examining your decisions off of it. I can’t even write this intro properly without YELLING in the biggest letters I can:
The return of Josh Gordon this week could be just what the Browns need to propel them back into first place in the AFC North. After sitting out 10 games as a result of a suspension due to a failed drug test, Gordon looks to pick up where he left off last season. Gordon was one of the best receivers in the league last season playing in 14 games and racking up 1646 yards and 9 touchdowns on 87 receptions.
At 6-4, 220 lbs, Gordon will be the biggest receiver the Browns have fielded this season. Quarterback Brian Hoyer has been effective so far this season with an under sized receiving core but the return of Josh Gordon will give a much needed boost to this offense. Hoyer is second in the league right now in completions and yards in attempts 20 yards and beyond. He is 25 of 50 for 806 yards with 3 touchdowns and an interception. It can be expected those stats will continue to grow with Josh Gordon back in the lineup. Gordon uses his blazing speed to be incredibly effective on deep routes. His size and overall athleticism makes him a tough matchup for any corner in the league. Last season Gordon had 15 receptions of 20 yards or more, second only to DeSean Jackson
Gordon should have a good game this Sunday against a below average Atlanta secondary. If he can shake off any rust that may have accumulated during his time off and manage to stay out of trouble, there should be no reason why Josh Gordon won’t be as effective for the Browns as he was last season.
I think it’s time to eat a slice. Yes Cleveland Browns, you are in sole possession on first place in the division for the first time in over 20 years. Yes, you have just dismantled the once mighty Cincinnati offense, but lets not forget that the season is 16 games not 10.
I think some of the worst offenders have been the Browns fans and media. Let’s not forget that this is Cleveland people. Acting a fool and making all kinds of brags about your team sucking and the Browns making the playoffs are going to be a lot harder to swallow in week 17 than they are to predict in week 11.
So everybody have a slice of humble pie this week and let’s show the NFL that the Browns aren’t like other AFC north teams. We put our money where our mouth is and not until it’s a sure thing. I couldn’t stand idly by and allow our fans to do the very thing that everyone hates about Steelers fans.
Everybody get in in this together and win with pride. The only thing worse than being a sore loser is being a sore winner. Everybody gather round and grab a slice. One slice now will taste a lot better than a whole pie to the face at the insistence of a 400 pound lineman in late December.