Are you having a bad day? For that matter, are you having a bad week, a bad month, a bad year, even a bad two years?
Here’s a thought that should make you feel much, much better — you could be Cleveland Browns’ head coach Hue Jackson.
Hue’s a guy who came to Cleveland with a pretty good reputation. Since he’s started coaching the Browns, however, the team has gone 1-32-1. That’s not a misprint. He’s won precisely one game, and lost dozens. And yet, he keeps coaching, and losing. And to make matters worse, every bad thing that could possibly happen has happened to the guy, and undoubtedly will happen again in the future. That’s just the way it is.
Today the Browns outplayed the New Orleans Saints on the road, but they lost because their kicker missed two field goals and two extra points. That’s right — he missed two extra points. Some NFL kickers go their entire careers without missing two extra points, but the Browns’ kicker somehow found a way to miss two in one game. It’s so absurd that even ardent Browns fans can only shake their heads in wonderment at the sheer folly and futility of it, and wonder what happened that caused the football gods to cruelly torment the Browns and their fans week after week.
But poor Hue Jackson can’t laugh it off. He’s got to stand on the sidelines every week as his team finds new ways to lose winnable games, looking resolute in his headset, all the while knowing that when crunch time comes he’s going to get punched in the gut and kneed in the groin by the fates. Deep down, is Hue Jackson hoping he’s get fired, just to end the onslaught and let him escape the nightmarish horror?
So if you’re feeling down because things are tough, cheer up! You could be Hue Jackson, the most cursed coach of the NFL.