Fans are tired of it.
The Browns — in particular owner Randy Lerner — should pay close attention to the upcoming season, because the team is on the cusp of witnessing fan apathy.
The Browns are on the verge of losing an entire generation of fans to the NBA.
Laugh all you want.
If I were Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert, I would love the position I'm in right now.
The perfect storm of good fortune surrounds his team. A local kid — Akron's own LeBron James — leads the team. They've finally put the talent around him — Mo Williams, Delonte West and others — to make this team one of the three best in the NBA.
The Cavs represent Cleveland's best hope for winning a major title since the 1997 Indians.
Look at the actions of that younger generation. Pay attention to them. I not only pay attention, but I also subsidize a member of the current crop of America's youth.
Browns gear? They don't know what that is. In fact, they don't even want to know what that is. Look around at the area's young sports fans. Their jerseys say ''James,'' ''Ilgauskas,'' ''Gibson'' and ''Williams.''
How often do you see a
Browns sweat shirt or jersey on someone in that group? There's only one marketable name — Brady Quinn — on a team that is rebuilding again and rolling out the promises of making the Browns into the team that this area deserves.
The problem: The area already has a team it deserves — the Cavs.
I'm a Browns honk and I auctually agree with this article. Though, I think you could add that a good percentage of my generation are still football fans....just of a team that represents all that is vile and evil just east of us.
Before the inevitable "SUCK IT BROWNS FAN" post comes, I happen to agree that the Cavs are everything at this moment that the Browns are not. Since I've been alive, I've been around for ONE division title in my lifetime, and only three playoff apperances, and I only remember one. Since I was really old enough to have followed the Brownies I can only pretty much recall these highlites off of the top of my head:
-The Browns move
-The Browns come back and get beat down by the Inbred on Nat'l TV
-The Browns beat the Saints on a Hail Mary
-The drafting of Tim Couch, Courtney Brown, Gerard Warren, Willy Green
-Ty Detmer,Tim Couch, Spergon Wynn, Kelly Holcomb, Jeff Garcia, Trent Dilfer,Charlie Frye, Derek Anderson, Bruce Gradkowski all have been starting QB's for us within in the span of ten years.
-"Run William Run"
-Holcomb putting up a NFL record only to lose to the Inbred in the playoffs
-Couch's last hurrah beating the Inbred 33-13
-The Inbred drafting a Ohio Kid who is some hellish fairweather fat Elway.
-Losing to the Inbred 9 straight times since '03.
-The Steelers winning TWO super bowl titles
-Drafting Joe Thomas and Brady Quinn
-The 10-6 '07 season
-Cribbs is a beast.
-Braylon dropping TD passes.
-Bizzaro Browns show up and Beat down the Giants on MNF
-Staph, Staph and more staph
-Phil: "F.U. got root for Buffalo"
-Fans chanting "Cowher" after getting BEAT BY THE HOUSTON TEXANS.
-Hiring another coach off of the Belichick coaching tree.
-Trading our Pro Bowl tightend away
Take it for what it is but that's what kids from my generation pretty much remeber this team doing, compare that to the LeBron era for the Cavs and it's not even close.
All it would take Mangini to do get the fanbase back to what it was and get the younger folks who aren't diehards like myself and others pumped would be to be competitive and to beat the Inbred once in a while. But does anyone see that happening?