So today while I was doing homework, one of my good friends and fellow Cleveland sports fanatics called me. We both expressed shock and outrage at the trade, but what killed me was this: he told me he didn't think that he could even watch the Browns this year.
This may not seem strange to you, but he is the most devoted and optimistic Browns fan I have ever met. Every year, he genuinely believes that we are good enough to make the playoffs or even the Super Bowl. He has never given up on the team--ever. But while we were talking, he mentioned that he had taken down all of the Browns memorabilia in his room, and that he was going to have to think for a long time about whether he was even going to watch the rest of this season.
I was shell-shocked. It is unbelievable what management is doing, and I wish that there was some way that we, as fans, could convey to them just what they are putting the fan base, fans like my friend who have literally never given up on the team, through. I'm a casual fan--I root for the Browns because I'm from Cleveland, but I'm not a die hard. However, when guys who have grown up with the team and have never given up on it are throwing their arms up in frustration, something needs to be done.
It is mind-blowing to me that the franchise cares so little about their fans. After what they've put us through, season after season after season of being the NFL's laughingstock, we deserve better.
Thanks for listening to this rant, I just wanted to share my thoughts about the Trent Richardson trade, and the thoughts of the best Browns fan I know.