The Browns: The Next Generation TM used to blow opportunities like this. Well, at least they did under Butch Davis. The other years we just lost so frequently and badly that there was nothing to blow. But last Sunday the team seemed to understand the significance of a playoff chase and played their most solid, although not perfect, complete game this season. Almost as important is their continuing dominance at CBS, another aspect that has eluded them for decades.
When goofy Browns' hata Bill Caher, arguably the most inarticulate talking head in the history of inarticulate TV sports talking heads, says that he can see the team growing up and gaining confidence before his eyes, you know something good is happening
Not to be redundant, but actually seeing the Browns take care of business in a workmanlike fashion against a decent team on a playoff march is as rephreshing as an ice cold Stoli and Ting at Ocho Rios. Yeah, that's right Big Man; I used the term "playoffs". I use it because it is appropriate. This team stands at 7 - 4 with a schedule that is reminiscent of the inside of a Suzy Q. If the season ended today, they'd be in. All they need to do is win three of the next five and that gets us to ten wins. It is so doable it hurts. Most years, ten wins simply gets it done in this era. I actually have visions of 11 wins after Sunday. And so should you. This team has enough talent, skill and heart to get there. Sunday showed that they have the poise and maturity as well. There is nothing more fun than watching a team grow and come together and get good for the first time before there are expectations. Well, a championship might be more fun, but I wouldn't know anything about that as a C-town fan. Believe in this group, this team. I'm not saying that the Patriots should worry, but I am saying that we are fully capable of doing what we are doing, which is having the 5th best record in the conference that the grown up teams play in on Sunday.
Going Larry King Dawg with some random semi-coherent takes...
Next up are the Arizona Cardinals, who along with the Browns and Lions are one of the surprise teams clawing their way up from doormat status. They remind me a lot of Houston - they aren't bad, but they aren't good either. They're not sick but they're not well. And in ‘zona it's so hot, cause they're in hell. Last Sunday we saw a young team take another maturation step by taking care of bidness at home. This week we'll see what's what and if they can take another big step and win on the road in a late time zone. Right now the Browns control their own destiny. (I mean "destiny" as in "fate", not the name of the western Pennsylvania trailer park queen on Springer fighting over her man Jeremiah with Amber and Crystal). Let's see what they can do now that it has been entrusted to them.
I believe they will fulfill it and we'll see a playoff game in a few weeks. And sorry Romeo. I'm gonna talk about that all day, e'ry day. I earned that.