Tonight the Browns play an exhibition game. I think it was Pete Rozelle who decided that they should be called “preseason” games, because “exhibition” sounds like the games are meaningless. I say Pete Rozelle can stick it. The games are meaningless.
So tonight I’ll watch the Browns play the Tampa Bay Buccaneers — and I’ll record my thoughts from time to time. Why not? I’ve just had a fine meal with my lovely wife — now I’ll go to the opposite end of the spectrum and watch two crappy NFL teams. Why not?
ETA: Did Phil Sims just say Justin Gilbert was “good”? What the hell? Just because he broke up a pass while running behind the receiver? NFL commentators have gone far downhill in the credibility department since the days of Al DeRogatis.
Update 2: Browns gave up a field goal and got a field goal. That’s not good. If the Browns hope to do anything this year — and “hope” is precisely the right word –they desperately need to score TDs. A field goal is not a good sign.
Update 3: I expect the Browns D to suck this year. There’s nothing about this game that causes me to change my view.
On the other hand, the brown jersey/white pants combo looks good. I’ve always like the Browns unis.
Unfortunately, the guys who are wearing them don’t stack up.
Update 4: The current Bud Light commercials are OK, but I miss Spuds McKenzie.
On the other hand, the commercials are better than the Draft Kings spots.
Update 5: The Browns punt coverage there looked like a junior high team. Yeah, that’s about right.
Update 6: I expected the Browns to suck, and they have met my expectations. The O line is suspect, and the D is porous. Every Bucs receiver is wide open. It’s not a recipe for success.
Update 7: Based on tonight’s performance, I expect RG III to last maybe 3 games, tops.
Update 8: When it comes to the Browns, no expectations can ever be too low. They’re getting drubbed by a marginal team in the exhibition game that is supposed to give you a good idea of what the season will be like. If that is true, the season will be like dental surgery without novocaine.
Update 9: Omigod! The Buccaneers punted! What the hell!
Update 10: The nice thing about cable TV is that you can always find something entertaining to watch. Tonight, it’s the Tribe.
Update 12: I’m glad the coaches lifted RG III. Why have him get hurt? Officially, it’s scrub time.
Update 13: Well, the Tribe is looking good so far, at least.
Update 14: That does it; I’m done. No hope for the Browns this season.