Thursday the Cleveland Browns played host to the Buffalo Bills in what would become an exciting Thursday night game. Also one that would pay tribute to one of the greatest Brown’s to ever play, Jim Brown. We have a winning record, Jim Brown, and Travis Benjamin. Thursday night was almost perfect.
Sitting in traffic on the way to class early Thursday evening, I remembered the Browns were playing at home in the Thursday night game. I tend to forget what day it is, so the traffic was a nice reminder that a) class needed to end early so I could get home to watch the game and b) that Cleveland fans are great! After a disappointing loss for the Indians only one day before, they were out in force to support their team, regardless of what all the analysts said the outcome would be (aka everyone always thinks we’re going to lose because it’s Cleveland and it’s what we do best).
Then the game happened. Things were going great, until starting QB and local “hero” Brian Hoyer awkwardly slid and was tackled and, as the MRI showed, tore his ACL and will need season ending surgery. This was not welcome news in Cleveland, who had to now deal with a former starting QB they really don’t like, Brandon Weeden. Cleveland’s dislike for Weeden was heard by a national audience and even commented on by Deion Sanders (he thought all the booing was unnecessary).
Regardless, Weeden came in, and didn’t do well for a while. Then something just “clicked” for the Browns as a whole. The defense had a pick 6, Travis Benjamin returned a punt for a TD, Weeden actually threw good passes and one TD, and the Browns WON! This is the third game in a row that the Browns have won. Some might say it’s a fluke, or the end of days, or some other silly thing but I think it’s great. I don’t care what it is, but it’s great for our boys and it’s great for the city of Cleveland.
Another awesome thing about Thursday’s game was that the legendary Jim Brown was honored. Brown and the Browns organization had a public falling out some time ago, but recently they have mended fences, he’s on the staff as a “special consultant,” and it’s great to have him back in Cleveland. He was honored at halftime, and given the game ball after the game. The players also chose to wear all brown uniforms (brown pants and brown jerseys) in honor of the legendary running back. Brown was drafted by the Browns in 1957 and played his last game for us in 1965. In 2002 he was named the greatest professional football player ever by Sporting News.
All in all, I’d say it was a great day to be a Browns fan. Currently we’re 3-2 and leading our division. Not that it’s saying much because the AFC North is not very good this year, (two teams at a very lucky .500 and one 0-4) but still, it’s something to be proud of. Next up are the Detroit Lions at First Energy Stadium on October 13th. It’s sure to be an interesting game, with Detroit being bankrupt and all.