ONE FAN'S THOUGHTS

I love my Browns. I can cheer and boo with the best of fans. And as a fan, I have the right to be heard.

I am a Browns fan.

Concedingly, sports is a small part of life in the grand scheme of things, but in and of itself it is my favorite diversion from the many daily challenges that we all face just to make it in this world. To this end, I am fanatical to the extreme when it concerns the Browns.

I am a Browns fan.

For the better part of 25 years, I have bled the Brown & Orange, I have lived and died along with countless others of my canine brethren when our team has taken the field. I have experienced the uniqueness of the Kardiac Kids (whatta ride that was, ey!?), the extremely high peaks of excitement and utter depths of helplessness of the Kosar-led Browns during the late 80's. My loyalty is without question.

I am a Browns fan.

I relentlessly bark/cheer/roar for the Browns during every single game and every single play in the hope that wins come frequently and also when the effort being put forth is admirable yet unsuccessful in terms of winning. As a Browns fan, I will also boo when necessary to let the players/coaches/team know that I understand the game and will not tolerate anything less than 100% effort from them, win or lose.

I am a Browns fan.

The early thru mid '90's tested the mettle of many Browns fans, but our loyalty never wavered during the Belicheck era. There may have been more negative cheers, but our passion remained.

Diminishing skills.

I am a Browns fan.

December 17, 1995..... September 12, 1999.

I am a Browns fan.

Presently: On November 19th & 20th, 2001, a new challenge was thrust upon our team. 3 players have placed themselves, their team, and more importantly, their FANS in a negative light. Winning and losing on the field of play is one thing, but disrespecting those that depend on you to be available for service is totally unacceptable. Having no regard for your own person is your own loss, but when your actions have the potential to be life threatening or severely disruptive to the public at large, that is totally reprehensible and must not go unpunished. Living sin-free I do not, and I hope that these players realize how their actions affect others, but as a Browns fan, I must voice my displeasure regarding these matters.

I am a Browns fan.

To the players in question, consider this: From the moment you became a Brown, you have been given penthouse treatment; unending training table food, top flight hotels the night before games, valet parking, state of the art training facilities, legendary music artists during training camp, dry cleaning, etc., etc. With this, how do you repay the organization? By smoking dope and allowing others to smoke dope in your vehicle!? By putting yourselves in situations in avoidable high-risk situations!? Being a Cleveland Brown is a privilege, NOT a right. Putting on the Brown & Orange does not make you immune to the law and order that all citizens must follow. On the contrary, like it or not, it puts you in a brighter light than Joe Citizen is under. You were wrong. Admit it, accept the consequences like a man, and learn from your mistakes. Let the chips fall where they may, but punishment must be doled out as appropriate.

I am a Browns fan.

Al Lerner, Carmen Policy, Butch Davis: Be unwavering in your decisions to punish these players. Be open and honest in your statements to the media and fans alike regarding your decisions. Do not insult our intelligence by attempting to spin-doctor this matter. You are being watched by the most fervent fans a sports team could ever dream of having. Our loyalty is without question. Make sure that yours is also.

We are Browns Fans. We are watching. We will be heard.

TBF


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