I have stayed quiet and pretty much in a sports black hole for the past couple weeks after my team in Ann Arbor decided that a chase for a national championship really wasn't something they wanted to do this year. Even a chase for the I-AA championship wasn't in the cards for the Wolverines.
I haven't been able to watch a live snap of a UM game yet this season, I have been out of state both weekends. I know, I know, I haven't missed anything. But there is always that thought in the back of a fans mind that if we watch the game or keep up with our superstitions during a game, that our team will somehow do better. One Browns fan that I know has to keep his youngest child in his arms during a game, because the Browns do better when he is holding her.
So what could be worse than your favorite college team losing to Appalachian State on a Saturday? How about going 0-2 with a loss to a team with a duck as a mascot and then having to watch that miserable performance by the Browns on Sunday. Yes, I am a fan of other Ohio teams, the Browns, Indians and Cavs (And also the Bobcats down in Athens, my alma mater.)
But back to this weekend, I expected a few more points from the Orange and Brown. I even bet a dinner with my wife (She grew up near Pittsburgh, which means she is a fan and so is her whole family).
What a drubbing and what a painful game to watch in the first quarter. Browns fans have spent the past seven months getting ready an optimistic for the opener with our "new" team against our biggest rivals and then BAM!, we're down 17-0.
Let me know how the rest of the season goes for both the Wolverines and Browns as I'm sure my Ohio State friends and Pittsburgh in-laws will. Because I am going to watch the Indians in September and hopefully well into October.
I'll come back to football on November 11 when the Browns travel to Pittsburgh, they seem to have a better record at Heinz Field than at home, although it is still dismal. And I won't miss the game six days later when the Wolverines host the Buckeyes.