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!