My Preseason Fearless Predictions Revisited

Back on May 14, I posted my “10 Fearless Predictions for This Coming Browns Season.” Since the season is pretty much over, I thought it would be fun to revisit them and see how good (or bad) I did.

Ready? Let’s fire up the Wayback Machine.

#1)      Johnny Manziel is named starting QB at some point in the season, either due to injury or winning the QB competition outright, and the NFL flexes at least one Browns game into Sunday Prime Time.

I am going to say I got this half correct. Johnny Manziel was named starting QB, but the Browns were not flexed into Sunday Night Football.

2)      The 2014 draft will produce four starters by season’s end: Joel Bitonio (who will start Game 1), Justin Gilbert, Terrance West and Johnny Manziel. And maybe even Christian Kirksey.

Got this one right. The 2014 draft produced 4 starters: Joel Bitonio, Terrance West, Johnny Manziel and Chris Kirksey. Ching!

3)      Leon McFadden does not make the team, just a year after being taken in the third round. McFadden struggled mightily in 2013 and never seemed to be able to adapt to the speed of the game. If he makes the roster, I’ll be stunned.

Leon McFadden did not make the team. Cha-ching!

4)      Three of these undrafted free agents will make the roster: QB Connor Shaw from South Carolina, RB Isaiah Crowell from Alabama State, WR Willie Snead from Ball State, WR Chandler Jones from San Jose State, or WR Jonathan Krause from Vanderbilt.

Well, I got this one almost half right. Isaiah Crowell made the team and Connor Shaw was signed to the practice squad. So, half right.

5)      And with the inevitable addition of one or more WRs that get cut by other teams or the Browns trade for, Greg Little gets dropped. Pun intended.

Greg Little was cut. Cha-cha-ching!

6)      Two players that were signed injured and never played, S Jamoris Slaughter and WR Charles Johnson, will finally take to the field in training camp. And then get hurt. And then get cut.

I got this one mostly right. Slaughter was cut and so was Johnson.

7)      This will be Jordan Cameron’s last year in the Brown and Orange. Enjoy it.

TBD but I’m confident that I’m right.

8)      Neither Ray Farmer nor Mike Pettine will be fired at the end of the season. Whoa! Now that IS a fearless prediction!

Also TBD, but I’m still confident that I’m right.

9)      The losses will not enter into the double digits this season. Double whoa! Even fearless-er!

Right on this one! At the worst, there will be 9 losses, 7 wins. Cha-cha-cha-ching!

10)   Josh Gordon will receive a suspension, but not for the entire 16-game season. I just can’t imagine the league banning the guy who led all receivers the previous season. (In receiving yards, not joints smoked.)

Right again. 10 game suspension. Cha-cha-cha-cha-ching!

Hey, I even surprised myself on this one, but I did pretty well. So far, 7 right, with two TBD.

Go Browns!


This Is The Story Of Johnny Rotten

The Neil Young song, “Hey Hey My My” certainly puts my thoughts to music after watching Johnny Football’s horrendous debut.

“There’s more to the picture than meets the eye.”

There is more to the picture. Manziel was awful in his NFL debut. I think the coaches knew he wasn’t even close to being ready, which is why he never won the starting job in camp, never won it during the season, and only got the job after Brian Hoyer stumbled badly.

“You pay for this, but they give you that.”

We paid to see an NFL team play the Bengals. What we got was a JV high school team play the Bengals.

“Is this the story of Johnny Rotten?”

Cincinnati Bengals v Cleveland Browns

Yes, it was.

Thank You, Football Gods, The Browns Didn’t Draft RG3!

And while I’m at it, thank you Mike Holmgren for screwing up your deal to trade the farm for this guy. You know who I’m taking about – It’s Eddie Murphy, right?


Seriously, they’re calling him “Robert Griffin the Turd” in DC. And this week, I am thankful he’s not a Cleveland Brown.

Newsflash: Bob Costas is STILL an Idiot.

I used to like Bob Costas. I really did, but then I guess I watched one too many broadcasts where he spouted some inane fact that he delivered in his trademark, “Why-don’t-you-know-this-you-mere-mortal-and-stupid-sports-fan?” style.

Yeah, I get it, Bob. How dare I not know that Connie Mack wore the same style of straw hat as Calvin Coolidge in 1927.

Lately, though, Bob has used Sunday Night Football to deliver his preachy sermons. Let’s see, there was his rant about gun ownership and how terrible it is that the Washington football team is called the Redskins.

Bob_Costas_is_Still_an_IdiotFine. I mean, don’t we ALL depend on pompous jackass sportcasters to shape our opinions and beliefs?

But this past Sunday, Bob topped himself. He had the nerve to tell me that I should be HAPPY that a team that I freaking HATE, the Dallas Cowboys, is playing so well!

To quote Bob, “Every team sport benefits when the winning is spread around a bit, but it’s never good when the flagship franchises, the ones with national profiles, are out of the mix for a prolonged period.”

Uh, out of the mix? Then what silver and blue wearing, star-helmeted team is that I am forced to watch every Sunday afternoon because they are the national game?

More Bob: “So for a generation now, the Dallas Cowboys have been the very definition of mediocrity.”

So have the Browns, Bob! Where’s our prime-time soliloquy??

The real shocker though, is that he delivered this load of crap during the Easgle v Giants game. The Cowboys’ division rivals!! How do you think that went over on the east coast?

So please, Bob…stick to announcing Olympic bobsled events. Leave your opinions at home.

This Week is a Test. This is Only a Test.

Browns v Titans. Not exactly a Battle of the Titans, is it? Oh wait – it IS a battle of the Titans! And the Browns.

But this game is a big test for the seal brown and burnt orange. The first three games were against pretty good opponents and the Browns hung in there until the very last play of each game. Now, against a pretty poor Titans team, we’ll see if this team can put away a weaker opponent.

Doesn’t that sound good when it refers to the other team? “A weaker opponent?”

Of course, in Browns’ regimes past, every time we played against a so-called weaker opponent, the Browns somehow ended up being even weaker-er. We always seemed to play down to the level of our opponent. Especially the weak ones.

And that’s why this game is a test. I want to see the Browns play well and be in command the entire game. Do that, pass the test. Right?

At least for this week.

Go Browns!