I wrote a column Sunday in the Register with comments from Jim Brown.
Everything else I was considering for these pearls of wisdom seems pretty goofy compared to anything Brown had to say, so I paid him his due.
I thought his comments on the Pittsburgh Steelers were particularly telling, and I've added them, just in case you missed it in the paper.
But the reason I jumped on here tonight is a) I figured it was about time and B) as much as I would like to see the Browns win later today, I'm not all that convinced it will happen.
I look at the one preseason touchdown the first team offense put on the scoreboard and a defense that was kind of shaky in the first couple of games and just don't see Cleveland winning.
Granted, the defense did look a lot better as the preseason went on, but the offense was spotty, which is what one would expect with a new offensive coordinator.
So like I said in that column, I want to see the Browns win and I do believe they can do it. I'm just not convinced they will do it.
And, as I promised, here's Jim Brown:
â€œYou know, Pittsburgh is right down the road and itâ€™s that kind of town. A blue-collar type of town,â€ Brown said. â€œBut the one thing about them is they come to hit, so itâ€™s always a challenge because if youâ€™re not careful youâ€™re kind of afraid of them.
â€œThereâ€™s a mystique about hitters and they are a hitting football team. Thatâ€™s what distinguishes them. They are a hard-nosed, hard-hitting football team, and football is eventually about hard-hitting teams that can intimidate you.â€
Qâ€”Where they even that way in the 60s?
JBâ€”â€œYes they were. Thatâ€™s the nature of the franchise. They took pride in it. Thatâ€™s the Steeler mystique. Thatâ€™s the whole Steeler attitude they have. When the Steelers come to town, you know what you are going to get.â€
Qâ€”Since the Browns are 3-14 since 1999, are they afraid of that mystique?
JBâ€”â€œThe Browns are not afraid. We have to see this particular team perform, but weâ€™re fortunate to have a real game against a real rival. A real hard-hitting football team. This is the time when Cleveland plays football. We have to step up and we have the personnel that can step up.
â€œWe have comparable personnel and there are no excuses for any of us. Everything is on the line now. If we had an easy schedule there would be some questions, but the schedule is right there. Weâ€™ve had time to prepare, weâ€™ve got the Steelers at home, so itâ€™s ideal for a good football team to go out and win that type of game.
â€œThis is exciting. Itâ€™s put-up or shut-up time.â€
Qâ€”Is this a put-up or shut-up year?
JBâ€”â€œAbsolutely. Football now is not about how youâ€™re going to build for 10 years from now, itâ€™s about now. We have some good personnel. We have some experience and some real strong young people.
â€œAnd Cleveland right now, you guys are ready for put-up or shut-up. We should all be alerted that while we havenâ€™t lost a game, the future is now. The future is right now.â€
Qâ€”What about coach Romeo Crennel?
JBâ€”â€œIâ€™ve seen Romeo adjust to the demands. Heâ€™s been a real strong gentleman in his position. He has allowed the organization to make changes and he has kept controversy down, and I give him a lot of respect because of that.
â€œThe assistant coaches who have been brought in are strong assistants, the draft was a strong draft, and if (Crennel) did not have the versatility or ability to adjust, none of this could have happened. He could have been the guy who threw chaos into the organization, but just the opposite of that, heâ€™s been the guy who has allowed us to have a chance to display what we will hopefully display Sunday on the football field.â€