January 8, 2009

Ruining Sports

In his TCF column on the Browns, Hiko talks about the engrained pessimism that can result from being a sports fan in these parts...

I want to thank the Cleveland Browns for ruining sports for me.

Every time I watch a game any more, I turn it off at the first sign of duress. I don't want to watch it because I'm sure the team I'm rooting for is going to blow it, just like the Browns always do.

I was watching Utah in the Sugar Exhibition Game. They leap out to a 21-0 lead, but it's 21-17 at Halftime. "They're gonna blow it!" I say and turn the channel.

I was watching Ohio State vs. Texas. I spent the whole game saying "They're gonna blow it!" Sadly, they did.

Even the Cavs are hard for me to watch anymore. I just expect the worst. Any team I care about, any game I have a decided rooting interest in... when the going gets tough, I expect them to blow it.

The case is getting more and more acute all the time, but the roots of this disease can be found in January 1987 on a cold day in Cleveland against a team with stupid horses on their helmets.

Browns fans should read the whole thing. Hiko is always entertaining.

Oh yeah...we have a new coach.

Posted by dan at January 8, 2009 10:55 AM