The Cleveland Brows lost again this week, at the hand’s of fate, in a “Cleveland” Moment.
God hates Cleveland, and don’t you dare deny it. The Browns squared off against the St. Louis Rams this week in the most winnable matchup of the year. But, once again Cleveland snatched defeat out of the hands of victory. With about 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter the Browns trailed 13-12 with a 22 yard attempt left in the hands of the already 4 of 4 Phil Dawson. Yet, right before the snap Ron Pitts declared the field goal a “Chip shot” and Jim Mora quickly responded saying, “Don’t say that…..”.
Unfortunately Mora was correct and Ron Pitts screwed the town of Cleveland, Ohio once again (He better not dare set his foot in Cleveland EVER again). The snap from Ryan Pontbriand was dreadful as it rolled on the ground towards the hands of holder Brad Maynard where he tried to recover and place the ball, but it was too late and Dawson quickly shanked the ball to the left, completing yet another “Cleveland” moment.
Welcome to Cleveland
Let’s name a few moments in the sports history of Cleveland (don’t get excited, this is going to let you down).
On January 11th, 1987 the Cleveland Browns had the possibility of going to their first ever Super Bowl as a franchise, instead fate stayed true to the town on the banks of Lake Erie. With 5:32 left in the fourth quarter the Browns held a 20-13, with Denver on their own 2 yard line. Yet, the legendary John Elway (hate that guy) led his team 98 yards down the field on 15 plays to score the game tying touchdown with a 5 yard pass to Mark Jackson. Elway never was forced to a fourth down, as Cleveland let up 3 third down conversions, the most memorable being the 20 yard pass from Elway to Mark Jackson on a freakin’ third and 18.
Denver went on to win the game 23-20 in overtime, ending the Kosar led Brown’s Super Bowl campaign.
About a year later on January 18th, 1988 Cleveland had yet another shot to go to the Super Bowl and take revenge on John Elway and the Denver Broncos. Starting out down 21-3, the Browns had a comeback in them tying it up 31-31 in the fourth quarter. Elway took his team down the field and scored on a 20-yard pass, but the Browns showed life driving down to the the Broncos 8 yard line with 1:12 left. A hand-off to the left side to RB Earnest Byner quickly looked like a game-tying score, but the hand of Jeremiah Castille stretched out stripping the football, costing the Browns their Super Bowl hopes.
Screw the Broncos.
Art Modell: The Move
In 1996 the Cleveland Browns became the Baltimore Ravens after Art Modell moved the team from Cleveland to Ohio. After months of protesting from fans, the move still took place taking a team away from one of America’s finest cities. The Browns entered a 3 year deactivation period until they came back in 1999, but have never looked the same. This decision might have ultimately ruined the once prestiged football franchise in Cleveland.
God Hates Cleveland.
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Written by Corey Rioux
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