John F. Kennedy once said, “When we got into office, the thing that surprised me most was to find that things were just as bad as we’d been saying they were.”
I’d imagine that the United States in 1961 was hypothetically in the same boat that the Cleveland Browns have been in since 1999. However, fans, writers like myself, and the front office now stare straight ahead to the NFL Draft of 2012, quite possibly the defining moment we’ve all been looking for. And maybe the draft we’ll all remember 10 to 15 years from now, whether we live and die for the Cleveland Browns or are just plain and simple fans of quite possibly the league we can’t live without, and that is the National Football League.
In the midst of Holmgren and Heckert running around like a dog frantically chasing their tail, I’ve come up with possibly the greatest idea I’ve ever had as a human life-form, I hope you all enjoy the idea that should change it all for struggling and tortured franchises.
Hasn’t the fan base been through enough? With this draft having the chance to be the greatest thing since making the playoffs during the 02′ season, why leave all the decisions up to the big-shots who could make mistakes? How about instead of the management increasing their blood pressure and having to take heart pills, they let the fans decide because if a couple hundred thousand get it wrong- what’s the big deal? Im putting out the idea of the first ever fan democracy (or a Republic if that’s what you want to call it), a place where the the people who aren’t getting the paycheck can decide.
To avoid problems such as the scoundrels who would vote if they’re a freakin’ Steelers’ fan, we initiate a $10-$20 fee per year to cast votes, therefore weeding out the individuals who really don’t give a crap and allowing the actual fans to voice an opinion. Dating back to 1787 when the United States Constitution was written by our Founding Fathers and adopted as the base layer for the rights of an individual and the operation of the government, this was what John Adams and company wanted. Why not involve it in sports, especially in Cleveland?
The voting system would go as follows:
(First, remember this is only for the draft because the rest of the operations aren’t timed therefore not allowing a voting period.)
1. For the members of the voting committee a website is created solely for the draft picks we have to vote on, and this should be for the entire draft, trades and selections.
2. The Front Office still has duties to attend to such as posting the best 5 players they would like at lets say the No. 37 pick. Considering the amount of time a team has on the clock to make a decision, if a trade is presented by the management or offered from another team then the voting committee has 5 minutes to make a “Yes or No” decision on whether the transaction should be processed.
3. Obviously to be beneficial to the voting committee, the individual would have to be logged on to the site during the entire draft or the time-frames they are available.
4. A 5 minute time limit is presented for each decision by the voting committee when a decision has to be made whether Cleveland is on the clock or a trade possibility has approached them.
6. Come hell or high water, no funny business. All decisions made by the men and women of the voting committee are absolutely final. A live voting tally would be mandatory during a voting period to assure the decisions are made precisely.
7. A “Board of Trustees” should be selected and composed of 10-15 individuals who are fans of the Cleveland Browns who oversee all operations of the website and the voting committee. And no they can’t fire coaches, what did you do Penn State?
8. Scouting is not an issue, this is why we have the Big Three: Todd McShay, Mike Mayock, and Mel Kiper’s Hair. Also the Browns’ Front Office does draw up the big board as well as the possible players who could be selected. Considering when I watch ESPN I feel as if I’m now an NFL scout magically.
9. This pertains to only the Cleveland Browns for now and I obviously should be the founder of the “Fan Democracy”. However, if successful as I predict, it could spread around all sports, but to one exception: Only if the team has had 7 out of 10 losing seasons in the latest 10 calendar seasons (strike shortened or not). This is not for successful franchises because honestly, I hate you. And you can’t have my idea unless I grant it to you after a thorough process, and you cannot have connections to Matt Millen.
10. New Rules are permitted at any time if I missed a crucial point, it’s hard creating and running a Democracy, just ask former President Bush.
The draft is upon us Thursday, and with that I’ll disclose my predictions for Cleveland’s first three selections on the 26th.
Pick No. 4: Trent Richardson, RB, Alabama.
Pick No. 22: Kendall Wright, WR, Baylor.
Pick No. 37: Brandon Weeden, QB, Oklahoma State.
Offense is priority and should be the focus of the first three selections at least, and seriously Cleveland, NO TRADING DOWN.
And if you’re fed up, don’t worry we all are, just ask this guy:
So screw you Mitt Romney with your crooked 2012 Presidential Campaign, I’m promoting the Cleveland Browns 2012 Fan Democracy Campaign, something that could actually fix a situation, because let’s be honest, you’re not going to change the economy, you’re only going to make yourself even wealthier. And isn’t RomneyCare the same as ObamaCare? That’s right.
I’ll be back the night of April 26th after the first round no matter if it’s a success or a debacle. And if you missed the latest column: Luck is the Answer and Suspensions Aren’t
And if you don’t agree with Cleveland’s Fan Constitution, then you might as well be Republican, or be from Pittsburgh. Maybe England.
About the Author
Written by Corey Rioux
A wise man once told me, "Sports are modern-day mythology." I tend to disagree. Proper grammar is optional. You can read my columns here: http://www.prosportsblogging.com/author/c_rioux23/ You can follow me on twitter at: @CoreyRioux You can contact me via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org