What year is it, anyway? Is it 1986? 1980? 1964?
I’m asking because I look at the ESPN website tonight, and the Cleveland Browns are in first place, alone, in their division — thanks to the Pittsburgh Steelers stumbling against the hapless New York Jets. The last time the Browns were in first place happened, apparently, 19 years ago. By my calculation, that’s 1995, when Bill Clinton was President, I was still in my 30s, and we’d just moved into a new subdivision in New Albany. I’d like to take a screen shot of the ESPN standings as of today, just to have a record of it.
It reminds me of an old story about Lee Corso, back when he was coaching the Indiana Hoosiers. In a game against Ohio State during the Woody era, Indiana somehow scored first and had a 7-0 lead. When that happened, Corso had his picture taken in front of the scoreboard. Of course, Indiana ended up getting pulverized — but Corso always kept that photo showing him with the lead against the Buckeyes.
I don’t know what’s going to happen with the Browns, but I do know this — they’re keeping the season interesting. I just hope that it lasts for a few weeks longer.,