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Art Modell Should Be in the HOF

Posted By Joseph Hopkins On Dec 24 2010 @ 10:34 pm In Cleveland Browns | No Comments

This article should be taken as a Christmas present for Ravens fans. Browns fans are going to hate it.

Once again, Art Modell will be up for Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee. Is it time? Will there be a time?

We already know the credentials:

- An NFL owner for 43 years
- Former NFL President, (1967-1969) and the only elected. Lead the development of the first players’ collective bargaining agreement.
- The first chairman of NFL Films
- Contributed greatly in the development of Monday Night Football, helping make the NFL a must-watch primetime event
- Two-time champion owner. (1964, 2000)

We also know what’s preventing his induction: moving the Browns to Baltimore.

I was young when it happened, so it didn’t bring me the amount of heartache that older fans had back in ’95. But I still remember it. It was a slap in the face to the fans. The move was a result of failures of Modell, and also failures of the city of Cleveland, yet the fans were the ones screwed in the end.

I do support his induction. He has the credentials. Al Davis and Lamar Hunt are already in, and they also moved their franchises. It doesn’t mean I like him.

I’d also point out that I don’t think he was a great owner. Actually, his credentials are far more for what he did for the NFL than the Cleveland Browns. By the nineties, his active management had turned into a joke. The Andre Rison signing always comes first to mind.

Assuming we had a good ownership the last ten years, won some division titles, and maybe throw in a Super Bowl: the bitterness would be long gone. Sure he’d still be hated when inducted. Of course. Then again we’d look back on it with a smile of when Cleveland got a rid of the awful owner, and rebuilt the new one into a winner. Instead they hired Dwight Clark, Butch Davis, Phil Savage, and George Kokinis to be general managers. Instead of building a winning program, Randy Lerner just threw money at it, while devoting most of his efforts toward his soccer team, the Aston Villa. Of course, just another one of those things that’s out of our control, but the fans were the ones screwed in the end. Although I think the current Holmgren regime has potential, it took ten years of terrible decisions to get where we are.

I know this is a simplification. I’m awar we got the screwed with the awful expansion draft. The point is that the Lerner ownership deserves more resentment.

I don’t expect him to get in. It’s not something that I care that much about anyway. But I understand why he belongs. If the Hall was located anywhere else, he’d already be in.

With that said, I’m prepared for some hate mail.   
Sunday Prediction:

Browns 20 Ravens 31

I’m really kicking the Browns in this article. I like McCoy in this game. He looked as sharp as ever coming off the injury. My concern is the rushing defense. That’s two weeks in a row that we’ve really struggled against the run. Ray Rice is also much better than Fred Jackson and Cedric Benson. I’m expecting a big game from him.

Some optimism comes from the fact that we usually play better against good opponents. I think we can win. It all depends on the rushing defense. It’ll help if Hillis gets going again. The offensive line needs to step up as well.

Go Browns. Merry Christmas. 

(Sorry for such a depressing topic. I meant to post this ealier in the week.)

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