the only reason people even care about the browns is because those fans are the definition of fanatical.
i've never seen people that just accept losing but keep rooting/sacrificing for a team in that fashion.
i remember them marching in to BoA in 2006 like they were coming to watch the patriots instead of a team that won their most recent playoff game before the panthers even existed. one of them was super drunk and sat on my nachos.
i knew a browns fan through someone else back when i was in college who had a browns/i-hate-the-steelers-themed man cave in his garage. he had actually bought some steelers fatheads and had spray painted all over them and put them on the walls. he even had a mannequin with a big "7" spraypainted on it hung in effigy in the corner. other than that he was pretty normal though.
The loyalty of the Cleveland fan base is astonishing given what they've been through with this team... now they just need something to cheer for. Tampa has a SB trophy and they can't even fill half the stadium but these Browns fans keep showing up.
their fans are the most stunningly loyal and hardcore in the NFL. god help the host city if/when hell freezes over and we're watching them in the super bowl.
I never said otherwise. But listen to talk radio in Charlotte or Atlanta tomorrow and compare it to most any other big city radio station in the country tomorrow and I can tell you there will be a big difference in reaction.
marc james: "this whole scenario makes me think about this unrelated miami hurricanes anecdote..."
still beating the "appalachia" drum about people who live in the triad and triangle i see
interesting in light of that topic and multi-page temper tantrum pat threw trying to prove how metairie is in fact the hamptons south and we're gravely mistaken if we think we can make jokes about him eating possum stew barefoot on the bayou and get away with it
what's kind of funny about all this is that foxball-protecting the ball and trying to establish the run even if it wasn't necessarily working-actually may have been a better idea early on. it was the interceptions that really broke the game open and focusing on the field position battle might have helped keep things in reach at least for a while. denver's defense actually did manage some decent stops on the first few seattle drives especially considering the less than advantageous situations they were repeatedly put in.