5. Five. Cinq. A quintet. It’s not a big number. It’s just halfway to ten. The Count on Sesame Street likes it, but that’s probably about it.
So why is 5 significant? It is, if you are a Browns fan, because today the Browns won their fifth game of the season. It was another nail-biter against a team that has sucked, but a win is a win is a win.
So what, you say. Five wins is no big deal — and you’re right. Except that, since they’ve come back to the NFL in 1999, the Browns have failed to reach five wins seven times — including last year. They’ve failed to exceed five wins 11 times. Since 2008, their win totals have been 4, 5, 5, 4, 5, 4.
Pathetic, isn’t it? Astonishing that, through sheer fluke, the Browns wouldn’t regularly reach six wins — but they haven’t.
So let’s not overlook the importance of the number 5. Now let’s just hope we get to 6.