Mary Kay Cabot is a beat writer for the Plain Dealer. Yeah, she covers the Browns (that's about all any Brown fan would say about her). Find a more respected beat writer then her. A majority of Brown fans, and especially the members of the forums I'm on .... which are like RZ (avid fans who follow and take their analysis/critique of the game of football rather seriously..... roll their eyes and laugh at many of her observations.
There are plenty of other far more credible beast writers covering the Browns then her.
"panic" only comes from having real expectations
Living in Browns territory most of my life, I can say that, while some of my friends are realists in their fandom, I know quite a few who seem to have this overall way too optimistic view of the Browns. It's like the flipside of Bengals fans. No matter how well the Bengals do, a sizeable number are convinced that doom is just around the corner. Meanwhile, quite a few of my Brownie friends seem to believe that the Browns have a shot at the Super Bowl every year and that every new acquisition by the Browns is a future Pro Bowler. This summer I had a debate with my own brother, where he stated that Brandon Weedon was an elite QB, who would have a much better career than Andy Dalton. Well Dalton may not be an elite QB, but he did win AFC Player of the Month and is still playing, whereas Weedon has already lost his starting job. And of course I've already heard how first Hoyer and now Campbell will lead the Browns to the promised land.
I will say that when things go wrong, some Browns fans can be extremely funny in cracking jokes about the team (see Mike "Factory of Sadness" Polk).
One thing I've noticed is that many Browns fans put the team on the same level as the Bengals recently.
Which look, the Bengals are a rough franchise to be a lifelong fan of, but they've gone to the playoffs 3 out of 4 years, and this year will probably make 4 out of 5. 2010 was a bad year, but otherwise they've been an above average franchise since 2009.
Meanwhile, the Browns have lost double digits every year since 2008. And yet I read things on forums and blogs that suggest at least some Browns fans put the franchise on the same level as Cincinnati's. It's weird.
We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
The Operator (11-20-2013)
He may have been a nice guy and a good teammate, but he just killed an innocent person an a completely awful way.
Maybe all of his teammates should be pouring out their sympathy to the family of the person he killed instead of the family of the guy who did the killing.
Just my two cents. Carry on.
I've seen thoughts similar to yours, and I get it. It's a tragedy is that someone who didn't do anything wrong was killed (at least in part) because someone else was driving recklessly.
But to say one is more deserving of sympathy or more of a tragedy misses the point. The end result is the same, regardless of who is at fault. The sadness doesn't result from someone blameless losing his life, rather its from someone losing his life period.
Howard's teammates remember their friend. The other driver, no matter how blameless, is not someone they knew. So of course they're going to be focused on their friend who died that they knew more than the other driver.
The teammates, media, and fans aren't justifying or condoning Howard's actions that night by remembering his positive attributes. They are simply focusing on the man who meant something to them.
People all over the world die every day in tragic circumstances. A human can not mourn everyone who dies. Humans mourn those who's life meant something to them personally and thus the death will mean something.
When people say that I donít know what Iím talking about when it comes to sports or writing, I think: Man, you should see me in the rest of my life.
How do we know he's not Mel Torme?
Vinny Rey to split time with Darth Maualuga when he returns from injury. I think we may be seeing a changing of the guard at MLB.
If you have a losing record at Reds games, please stop going.
The one constant through all the years, Ray, has been baseball. America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. -- Terrance Mann (Field of Dreams)
This season Maualuga has looked good against the run but has always looked heavy and a half a step slow in coverage. I don't know the ins and outs of LB play in defensive schemes, but if the OLB is forced to cover TE's and RB's then he would be exposed.