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As the Browns begin another season of futility and bitter disappointment, I find it amazing the enthusiasm fans have at the return of the team.  I went to the game.  80,000 people were losing their minds beforehand.  Downtown was a sea of orange and brown, easily the NFL’s ugliest color scheme.  Men drinking enormous cans of Bud Light while wearing “Jerseys of the Damned”.  Players that serve now as trivia answers like Droughns, Green, Morgan, Quinn, Delhomme, and Courtney Brown across their backs.  Young women packed into their most special jeans and “cute” football shirts.  Each and every one of them with wide eyed enthusiasm.  “Here we go Brownies!  Here we go!  Woof!  Woof!”  As collective amnesia is washed over the crowd.  It is the one day of the year a Browns fan can cling to hope that maybe, just maybe, they’ll be right in the mix of this thing.

By the time the second quarter rolled around, it was evident that this season will be just like most of the last 14 seasons.  The offense ran plays counterintuitive to the team’s strengths.  The QB sucked.  The receivers dropped catchable passes.  The defense never came up with the big turnover.  Another home opener loss as fans filed out of the stadium smoking cigarettes with the muttering of the key phrase of NFL Football in NE Ohio.  “…fucking Browns…”  And the Browns home games will reliably settle back into an excuse to get drunk in a parking lot on a Sunday morning.

Meanwhile across town the Indians are playing in very meaningful games in mid-September.  Just 1.5 games out of the Wild Card, the team has the easiest schedule of anyone in baseball over the remaining twenty or so games.  There is a very good chance this team is going to the Playoffs, and as the last decade has taught anyone even slightly paying attention, anything can happen once you get in.  Yet, no one cares.  I mean, NOBODY…

There were less than 10,000 people last night to see them beat the Royals on a gorgeous evening.  There are some legitimate MLB players on the Indians, and some overachievers that should have really captured the town’s interest.  Yet, all anyone can talk about is the Browns, a team destined to finish last in the AFC North as usual.  Is this fan indifference because of the disastrous trades of Sabathia and Lee from five years ago? Is it last year’s historic August collapse?  Is it the team’s utter inability to play competitively with the Tigers?  Is it all of these things?

The NFL is certainly King.  The Public, after years of iPhones and multiple screens screaming for their attention now can’t focus on anything that isn’t immediate.  Maybe baseball has become a game from another era at this point.  I still can’t get past that a city so starved for a winner can barely maintain a passing interest in a team that at worst will flirt with the Playoffs.  If the Browns were in the same position, there would be people spontaneously bursting into flames from their excitement.  These same people used to faithfully go to Jacob’s Field for years supporting the Tribe in their glory days.  How the hell do you go from selling out 455 games in a row to 9000 people at a big September game?  The Indians went from the hottest ticket in town to a depressing empty ballpark in record time.

I suppose I have no room to point fingers.  They lost me too.  I latched onto the Giants years ago and I’m not coming back to the Tribe.  Even though my beloved Giants are now playing out the string on a nightmare season, I’m at least academically interested in what happens with the Indians since I live here.  High pressure baseball is awesome.  I think the city may have forgotten what it’s like.  Here’s hoping that some of these dopes in their backwards Browns caps go check out the only franchise with a prayer of winning anything this season.  There will be plenty of time to embrace the 1-4 Browns later.

-Greg Miller

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