It is becoming a daily debate among Cleveland sports fans: Indians vs. Browns. It’s really stupid when you think about it, because it would be great if both teams, along with the Cavaliers were all good at the same time, something that hasn’t happened since 2007.
As a fan of all three teams, the Browns talk can be a little overwhelming. All the sports talk stations in town have to do to generate calls is mention any topic relating to the football team and the switchboard is lit up with calls to discuss the issue.
Just in the past week, there was discussion about whether or not fans should be allowed to bring bags/purses into FIrst Energy Stadium for Browns’ games, and the driving habits of two young wide receivers on the Browns.
And we aren’t talking about one segment for a show, these discussions lasted at least an hour.
All the while, the Indians were sitting in contention for a playoff spot, entering the weekend just 2-1/2 games out of a wild card spot.
We get it. Cleveland is a football town. However, it is hysterical to think of how anything football related is viewed through rose-colored glasses at this time of year.
Because the Browns started preseason with a 2-0 record, fans are talking about playoffs, even though the team hasn’t won more than five games in a season since 2007.
We get the optimism. Rob Chudzinski’s crew has some good young talent and a veteran coaching staff and looked to be poised for their best season in six years. Last night’s egg laid against the Indianapolis Colts should temper some of this enthusiasm.
We’ve had the same view for both the wins and the losses. They don’t count, so there is no need to be overly optimistic or pessimistic about the games.
After last night, we still have the same feeling about the 2013 Cleveland Browns. They will be improved, and a record somewhere between 7-9 and 9-7 is very obtainable.
On the other hand, the Indians have played almost 5/6th of their schedule and right now, every game they play has meaning. They have a legitimate shot at the post-season, depending on what web site you look at, they have around 25% chance of making it at this point in the season.
After today, they have perhaps the most critical nine game stretch since the ’07 playoffs with contests against Atlanta, Detroit, and Baltimore, one of their main rivals for the wild card.
If they come through those games still within three or four games of the playoffs, they will have as good a chance as any.
The problem is the over analysis of training camp and exhibition play by both Browns fans and sports talk show hosts as opposed to talking about what the Indians need to do in the regular season to make the post-season.
Browns’ fans get upset at the notion that their team would be upstaged by the Tribe. This is understandable, but really the Indians are held to a higher standard in this city.
Can you imagine the outrage if the Indians lost more than 100 games five years in a row? There would be calls for the Dolan’s to sell the team, get a new general manager and make wholesale changes to the roster.
The Browns have done just that, and although there has been some criticism, their fans talk about patience and the process of building a winning football team.
The next week and a half should be about the Tribe. Their chance to make the playoffs (imagine a Cleveland team playing in them!) probably rests with those nine games.
The Browns won’t start playing games that count until after that stretch is over.
Let’s put the debate on how the Browns’ punter will be and give the Indians their due during this stretch of games.