The Browns were playing like crap and down 21-3 when I snapped off the TV in frustration this afternoon and suggested that Kish and I walk to the library — which we did. It was a way to get away from another situation where I could feel myself beginning to lose my temper and yell incoherently at the lousy tackling and poor play.
We had a nice walk, and when we got back from the library I offered to take Kasey, Mighty Kasey, for a walk around the Yantis Loop. Why not? It would keep me away from the TV and make me feel less like I had wasted my Sunday on the Browns. So Kasey and I took a nice walk, too. But during the walk I thought well, I should just check to see if anything is happening in the game. What could it hurt? I checked, and it was 28-13. Well, at least the Browns had cut the deficit and hadn’t quit. A little later I couldn’t resist checking again, and now it was 28-15. Hmm . . . a safety? And the Browns were within two scores?
When Kasey and I got back, I decided to turn on the TV, despite the Steelers debacle earlier this year. Hey . . . it was now 28-22! Well, what the hell — why not watch? So I did. And I saw Head Coach Mike Pettine make a smart challenge on the spot of the ball, and the Browns D make a huge, goal-line stand-type play on fourth and inches — a decision that the Tennessee coach would like to do over — and then Brian Hoyer calmly drive the team down the field for the winning score.
Hey, who are these guys? A Browns miracle comeback never happens. I know that Tennessee isn’t one of the best teams in the NFL, but the fact that the Browns were able to turn it around and didn’t quit says a lot to me. Their coach stays in the game, and his players do, too. What’s not to like? Now if only the Browns could actually play full games like they played the second half today and against the Steelers.
And by the way — I know it is stupid that a 57-year-old guy can find his mood change completely depending on whether a football team wins a game, but I just can’t help it.