Browns Fans at a Glance
I’ve been a Browns fan pretty much since birth, although I have to admit that I’ve become far more rabid over the last few years than anyone in my family ever was. I remember my grandmother rooting pretty hard for the team, especially when Bernie was the QB. My father, who loved baseball and football, always took me to baseball games, but instilled the love in me that I have for my beloved Browns. It’s in my blood. I seriously think that there are days that I bleed orange and brown.
As a Browns fan, I know that I’m tired. I’m tired of wanting for more. I want our glory days! I want some more excitement, and last year gave us the taste of this. What blows my mind is that we only won 7 games last year. SEVEN games!!!! You'd think we'd won the Superbowl with a LOSING record.
With this season, the expectations are through the roof. The media completely did a 180, and went from declaring us the biggest joke in the NFL, to practically crowning us champs before a game was played.
With the media hype, there were almost four completely separate sets of fans:
The first were the "SUPERBOWL, SUPER-BROWNS!" group that swore we'd be 16-0. I love that group's enthusiasm, but I could never imagine that actually happening. We have a young team, one of the youngest in the league, and they have a lot to learn. We also have a brand new head coach. I wasn't expecting the Lombardi Trophy in Cleveland after this season.
The second group are the ones that have been battered and bruised to the point that they have a hard time wrapping their heads around the Browns ever being relevant to anyone outside of Cleveland. They lived through things like "The Drive", "The Fumble", "Red Right 88", the controversial move of the team, and witnessed "Bottlegate". They are tired of the new ways to lose, and can't imagine the word "hope" ever surrounding the Cleveland Browns.
The third group are the ones that are already calling for Freddie to be fired (NO, I don't agree with some of what he's done, but he's new to the job, people....) or body shaming him, Baker to be traded, calling him a complete bust and comparing him to "Johnny Football" (Don't get me started on this comparison, please), and making huge stories out of expressions on players' faces. (For the record, my hubby and I have been together for about 19 years, married for just over 15, and HE can't read my thoughts by looking at my face. So I don't know how anyone thinks they can read a player's thoughts by looking at his face.)
Finally, fan group four were the realists. They know the history of the team, but are excited for the future. They see the mistakes, but can see some growth as well (especially after this latest Seahawks game). They know that Freddie, Baker, and the team aren't perfect, but it isn't yet time to give up on them. There are going to be some questionable play calls. Freddie's learning. Baker's learning. Chill. We survived 0-16. We can and will get through this.