Friday, September 26, 2008

Paine's Cleveland "Crisis"...

...as I imagine it would have looked had Sir Thomas been bestowed the right and privilege of being one of the few, the proud, the perennially disappointed, The Browns Fan:

"September 23, 2008 -

THESE are the seasons that try Cleveland Browns fan's souls. The fantasy league soldier and the fair weather Patriot fan will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their team; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of both player and owner. The AFC North, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain in free agency, we esteem too highly: it is draft picks only that gives every team its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper defense upon the field of play; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as THE PLAYOFFS should not be highly rated. Pittsburgh, with what seems an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to the DIVISION) but "to EMBARRASS us in ALL GAMES WHATSOEVER" and if being embarrassed in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to Denver.

Whether the starting quarterback was declared too soon, or delayed too long, I will not now enter into as an argument; my own simple opinion is, that had it been eight months earlier, it would have been much better. We did not make a proper use of last winter, neither could we, while we were in a offensively productive state. However, the fault, if it were one, was all our own; we have none to blame but ourselves. But no great deal is lost yet. All that Romeo has been doing for this month past, is rather a ravage than a conquest, which the spirit of Paul Brown, a year ago, would have quickly repulsed, and which time and a little Bill Cowher will soon recover."

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