Dale Galbraith, a typically insane Browns fan, recounts his Gameday Rituals, and more...
I have lived out of state since 1988. So, until I bought
a satellite dish I would go to a local bar to watch the games I didn't attend.
The bar had a mixture of fans and there was always a few butt-heads rooting
for the opponent. I would light up a cigar when the Browns had the game
clinched. I would make it very obvious that I was enjoying the taste of
victory. If the opponent won, I'd find a fan from the other team and give it
to him/her to smoke. I have a dish now, so I never watch a game with the
enemy. It irks me to see fans wearing the opposing colors at the Stadium, so I
would never invite an opposing fan to my house.
At the Bye
It is time to put up or shut up. The Browns will enter the second half of
the season in good shape health wise. It appears that all players, except
maybe Barry Gardner will be able to suit up against Baltimore. The offense, or
should I say Garcia, has had enough time to get in sync. The offensive line is
settled. The defense has veterans at nine positions. The team is capable of
winning their next nine games. Will they? I doubt it. But there is no excuse
for not winning 5 or 6 of their remaining games. Finishing 9-7 or 8-8 doesn't
guarantee them a playoff spot but it shows they are on the right track.
Especially since every opponent they face from this point out are AFC teams.
So what happens if the Browns finish 7-9 or worse? Is it time to fire Butch Davis? I am sure that 6-10 will get Davis fired. But at 7-9 Randy Lerner will
have to take a hard look at how the team performed in the losses. He must
determine if the team played with intensity in those games. To date the only
game that the Browns lacked intensity was the loss to the Steelers. Which for
the life of me, I still don't understand. Another issue of immense weight
would be if the coaching staff is clearly out-coached in the defeats. But, the
biggest factor of all will be if Lerner thinks Butch Davis has lost the team. If
that is the case, Butch must go.
I, for one, don't like coaching changes. There is seldom a proven coach to
hire, and it is always a risk. Then there is that 3-5 year window that the new
coach gets to prove his worth. I certainly don't want to see a coaching
carousel similar to what the Redskins have had the past several years.
I believe that if Butch Davis hasn't clearly lost the team he should get at
least one more year. After that may the football gods be with him.
Game day rituals
Some of us feel that what we do on game day effects the outcome of the
game. Over the years I have tried many game day rituals to help the Browns
reach the Super Bowl. Here are a few that haven't worked:
- For a few years. I would drink a shot of Jack every
time the Browns scored. Scores included everything from touchdowns to
safeties. The shots were in addition to my normal game day consumption of
beer. I did that back in the Kosar days when the Browns put some points on the
board. Maybe it's time to bring this one back.
On game day after a Browns' win, I would follow the
same routine, right down to wearing the same clothes that I wore for the
previous game. But, I got to the age, where I couldn't remember what I did the
week before. So I had to abandon that routine.
I also tried not wearing a losing outfit, twice in
the same season. But, that meant too many trips to K-Mart to buy new threads.
Fortunately, I haven't lost any weight so everything still fits.
I don't have any game day rituals this year. I like to keep them guessing.
But if you have one that is sure to work please let me know. With the Browns
3-4 at the bye I will try anything to help this team get to the playoffs.
Fan participation at the Eagles game was outstanding. The place was
rocking. Too bad it didn't end in win. It could have been a special memory in
Cleveland Brown Stadium. The players weren't the only ones spent when Akers
kicked the game-winning field goal in overtime.
I am disappointed that the Browns' bye fell on Halloween. I thought it
would have been appropriate for them to play on the eve of All Saints' Day.
They could have worn their orange pants and orange jerseys.
Many experts say that it takes five weeks of game film to be able to truly
game plan against a team. With that being said the Browns coaching staff did a
pretty good job in weeks 6 and 7, with a dominating win over the Bengals, and
a near overtime victory against the Eagles.
With Halloween being right around the corner here are some of my recent
- Running out of beer during a Browns game.
- Ray Lewis chasing me around dark streets with a
- Art Modell becomes Randy Lerner's silent partner.
- The NFL claims that Browns fans are too rowdy and
move the team to L.A. a neutral site. Although they remain the Cleveland Browns and keep their colors and records.
- Bill Cowher screaming at me at the top of his lungs.
His protruding jaw only inches from my face. Spit flying everywhere.
It will interesting to see how the Steelers perform following their bye with
so many injuries on defense. They beat the Cowboys in their last game, but lost
defensive tackle Casey Hampton and cornerback Chad Scott for the season. Safety
Mike Logan was also injured in that game and may miss playing time. Linebacker
Kendrell Bell is still nursing a groin.
The Browns have a window of opportunity. They must beat the Ravens and
Steelers in weeks 9 and 10.