It’s pretty crass to use “ass” in a blog post headline. I admit it. But when your team has a record of utter futility against a divisional opponent and arch-rival — to the point that the opposing quarterback, Ben Roethlisberger, has an 18-1 record against you — we Browns fans feel like we can be forgiven a little crassness.
I watched the game with family and friends at a bar called Yogi’s over in Hilliard, and the prevailing sense among Browns fans in the bar was that of . . . disbelief. Complete, utter, disbelief. Was that really our Browns out there, beating the Steelers like a drum and making big play after big play on offense and defense? Were the Browns really winning a game handily for a change, rather than forcing us to endure another nail-biter finish?
Since the Browns came back into the NFL in 1999, the fans have been looking for something that might cause them to think that the franchise has turned the corner. There have been false alarms before — so many that one win isn’t going to convince me of anything. Still, it’s nice to beat up on the Steelers and to see this Browns team play a complete game. Now let’s hope that this team can keep it up and string together a few wins so that Browns fans actually have something to care about as this season progresses. Go Browns!
The gourds are stacked in front of our house to celebrate the autumn season. I’m going to go to a sports bar today with UJ to watch the Browns play the Steelers, and I’m hoping that these bright orange colors might actually presage a Browns victory — for once!
Perhaps the Texas health care worker also made a “human error,” or perhaps the world health care authorities don’t know as much about how to prevent the spread of this strain of Ebola as they think they do. Could the CDC, the World Health Organization, and other health care entities have experienced a bit of hubris about their ability to deal with this disease, and could we now be learning that they were overconfident about their understanding of Ebola and how it is transmitted? Even if the new cases are due entirely to “human error,” the fact that treatment protocols are so challenging that trained health care workers can fail to comply with them should give us all pause.
We’ve all heard about epidemic scenarios — read Stephen King’s The Stand if you want a realistic and chilling depiction of what might happen if the genie of a highly contagious disease gets out of the containment bottle — and Ebola seems like exactly the kind of devastating disease that could cause such nightmares to come true. The fact that health care workers are being infected should cause us to redouble our efforts to prevent people who might be infected from entering the country in the first place, and to dramatically increase the precautions taken when we identify a person stricken with the disease.
No doubt we will be getting assurances from the federal government and the CDC that the situation is well under control. Given what is happening, I’m not quite ready to credit those assurances just yet. Let’s see some actual positive results first.