Sunday, December 30, 2007

JIM SORGI SHOULD BE ARRESTED...


For stealing his salary. That was an embarassing performance for an NFL quarterback. I would have rather had Spergon Wynn in the game (not Doug Pederson though). And the Colts in general should be embarassed for laying down. I had nothing against them only playing starters a limited amount of time...that was their right. But totally laying down in the second half, especially offensively, is inexcusable. And not using their last time out is incontrovertible proof that they were not trying to win the game. Yes, I'm bitter...

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Christmas Time is Here


Last minute gift ideas for your favorite Browns fans

My personal favorite: Only Bitches wave little yellow towels

Go Browns. Biggest Game of my life tomorrow.



Friday, December 21, 2007

"That's just not Right"


I love this story


"My favorite jersey is the Kellen Winslow jersey that I walked into my wedding reception wearing. Regrettably, I married a Ravens fan, but we made a grand entrance in our jerseys as the Monday Night Football theme played. We went to the Browns-Ravens game the next day wearing our jerseys and a little boy turned to his father when he saw us holding hands and said, "That's just not right." Our union has meant good luck for the Browns, though, as we've beaten the Ravens twice this year! I wore the jersey again to the Ravens game in Baltimore, and I think it may have helped with the immaculate deflection!"

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Join In, Wherever You Are Cleveland!

"SUNDAY AT 1, WE'RE GOING TO PLAY OUR BEST GAME OF THE YEAR"

--ROMEO A. CRENNEL



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ShhhMQrIzE

How many players from this video can you name only watching it once (Browns only...each player only counts once)? I think I got a 28.

Monday, December 10, 2007

I love Jim Donavon

First, there was "Run William Run." Then there was "Take a bow Kid." Now listen to the call of Jamal Lewis' 31 yard touchdown yesterday to seal the victory. It is spectacular.

Use this link and watch the NFL Network Recap.
http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/multimedia/mediaplayer.php?id=4369

Also, another great quote by Jim D following the TD run.
"Dial up the Pilot and tell him to warm up the plane. The Browns are coming home 8-5."

GET OFF ME, B$TCHES! BROWNS WIN!


Friday, December 07, 2007

Quote of the Week


This is totally random and doesn't have anything to do with Football, but I had to post it. It's from my buddy Vince Martin, who's a stand-up comedian. The best part is, he wasn't really trying to be funny here!

"I was in Cleveland last weekend -- did one show Friday to 13 people and one show Saturday to 12 people. We stayed in a motel called the Oak Park Motel which -- I swear -- had a charge on the rate schedule of $20.00 for bloodstains. I thought that was a reasonable rate, though it says something about the quality of an establishment when they see bloodstains often enough that they have to install a charge for them."

C-Town baby!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

READING BETWEEN THE LINES ON DA






Friends, I come to you with a conflicted soul. For weeks now, the Browns have been winning and playing an entertaining brand of football not seen in Cleveland for the last twenty years. Even in losses, the games are heart-stopping and, unlike previous years, we seem to be in them right until the very end. The offense hums like the 1987 Toyota Tercel that was my carriage throughout high school. However, because I’m a Browns fan, I can’t just enjoy the moment. I have to worry about everything that can and possibly will go wrong. I just can’t shake this certain feeling.

The inevitable conversation comes up about Brady Quinn and Derek Anderson and what the Browns are to do, which is sort of funny given the laughable QB situation the Browns have had for the past eight years. Is it possible for someone who was previously starving to have too much food?

Derek Anderson has performed so far above his head that his nose should bleed for a week to ten days. Not much was expected from this man with the Size 17s, but he has been a solid field general who has given Braylon and Kellen the opportunity to make plays while (mostly) limiting his mistakes. But be honest...are you really convinced that Derek Anderson is the long term answer at QB?

Despite our hopes, there is no way that Brady Quinn is going to be content sticking around as a backup and collecting backup money. We can try to fool ourselves into thinking that because Quinn grew up in Ohio and used to wear a Browns helmet, he’ll be ok just being a good soldier and doing whatever the team asks, but we would be kidding ourselves. No, at some point soon, a decision is going to have to be made between the two. If recent comments are any indication, the decision may have already been made.

Last week, Phil Savage was pretty guarded in his praise for Anderson. Here’s what Phil had to say:

''He's done an excellent job overall,'' Savage said. ''There have been some wobbly moments, some times when you wonder what's happening here. But at the end of games -- with no timeouts, backs against wall, do-or-die situations -- he's hit the key passes. That's something you can't really coach. Some of it's instinctual and some of it is just his personality. It's a good trait to have.''

Not exactly a ringing endorsement. Yet, when the subject of Brady Quinn was brought up, here’s was Savage’s response:

Asked how he thinks Quinn would do in the still-developing Rob Chudzinski offense, Savage didn't hesitate. "I think Brady would plug in and do well," he said. "It's a pretty enviable cockpit to be riding in right now. You've got a pretty solid front line, got a very motivated Kellen Winslow, you've got Braylon Edwards making the catches that he's made on the perimeter, Joe Jurevicius, a pretty solid running game. I think Brady would do well."

It appears from those comments that Savage and the powers that be believe that the superior supporting cast has allowed Anderson to break out like an eleven year old boy (I went through puberty early, ok?) rather than the other way around. And if that is the case, I find myself agreeing with that point of view.

Now, I’m no Quinn apologist. I don’t like Notre Dame and I generally distrust men who are prettier than me. Yet, when I add up Quinn’s performance in the preseason, some inside scoop about his impressive combine interview, and Notre Dame’s performance with vs. without Quinn, I am at least intrigued. When you add that to the fact that Anderson’s value is never likely to be higher than this off-season, I think the Browns would be well served to give him the highest tender and wait for the offers to roll in (which they certainly will). If they don’t match, a first round pick (presumably higher than the one we gave up for Brady) and third round pick would come the Browns’ way, which we could use on some fat guys to play defensive line. Sounds like a plan to me.

This one is sure to divide Clevelanders like nothing since the great Stadium Mustard vs. Ball Park Mustard debate. I don’t know why I’m thinking about this now (slow day at work, obviously). Forget it for now...let’s just drill the goddamn JETS!!

Go Browns.

Monday, December 03, 2007

Browns Lose, 21-27 to Arizona



For those that saw the game, and the last play, it's pretty obvious that K2 would have come down in bounds had he not been pushed out by Antrel Rolle and Oliver Celestin. Here is the push out rule from the NFL Rule Book:

8. A forward pass is complete when a receiver clearly possesses the pass and touches the ground with both feet inbounds while in possession of the ball. If a receiver would have landed inbounds with both feet but is carried or pushed out of bounds while maintaining possession of the ball, pass is complete at the out-of-bounds spot.

I'm not sure what the ref was looking at but it seemed pretty obvious to all of us in Portland! Anyway, to be in a position to win that game after having committed 4 turnovers is pretty amazing. This team is fun to watch, I just wish they'd show up in the first quarter sometimes.

Friday, November 30, 2007


Team MUTM W13 Pick'em Picks

Top Dawg
Dallas
New York Jets
Minnesota
Seattle
Tennessee
Jacksonville
Washington
San Diego
Carolina
St. Louis
Cleveland
Denver
New Orleans
Chicago
Pittsburgh
New England

Maxx
Green Bay
Carolina
Indianapolis
Minnesota
San Diego
Miami
Washington
Tennessee
St. Louis
Seattle
Cleveland
Denver
Tampa Bay
Chicago
Pittsburgh
New England

Bird
Green Bay
Kansas City
Indianapolis
Carolina
Buffalo
Houston
Atlanta
Phillidelphia
Minnesota
Miami
Cleveland
Oakland
New York Giants
Tampa Bay
Pittsburgh
New England

MUTM Wins Week 12 Pick'em!

We went 32-16 to beat the SteelSkins. Luckily one of their guys forgot to submit picks, so it sort of a cheap win, but we'll take it! Look for a boast post on SteelSkins soon.

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Check Out Browns v. Texans Highlights

Browns v. Texans Highlights

Browns Defeat Houston 27-17


The Browns continued their winning ways by defeating the Houston Texans 27-17. After starting the game slowly, and struggling to find their rhythm on offense, the Browns put it together and began to click. Thanks to great line play once again, a fantastic performance from rookie DB Brandon McDonald, and quality play from Jamal Lewis and K2, the Browns settled into their usual high powered offensive performance. DA had a pretty good day, but also suffered early from some terrible throws. It seemed that just before or after a 'Frye'esque' type throw, he would thread the needle at 200mph for a touchdown or important first down. This team is looking more and more legit with every win. They play with heart, and especially when Anderson it seen smiling heading to the huddle, it seems they can beat anyone. Next up: Arizona.

TEAM MUTM's Week 12 Picks

Here they are, GO BROWNS!

Bird
Green Bay
Dallas
Indianapolis
St. Loius
Tampa Bay
New York Giants
Kansas City
Jacksonville
Cleveland
Cincinnati
Carolina
Arizona
Chicago
San Diego
New England
Pittsburgh

TOP DAWG
Green Bay
Dallas
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Cleveland
Kansas City
Seattle
New York Giants
Washington
New Orleans
Tennessee
Arizona
San Diego
Denver
New England
Pittsburgh

MAXX
Green Bay
Dallas
Indianapolis
New Orleans
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Jacksonville
Kansas City
New York Giants
Seattle
Washington
Arizona
Denver
San Diego
New England
Pittsburgh

Team MUTM Loses Week 11 Pick'em

Hat's off to the SteelSkins, they went 39-9 in the week 11 Pick'em Competition to continue their dominance over team MUTM. It's always close though, as we went 33-15. Well done SteelSkins! Now if you could've just beaten Dallas and the New York Jets...

Monday, November 19, 2007

Karma is one Vindictive Bitch



After watching one of the most interesting finishes to a game ever, one thing is clear: If you compose your franchise of a selfish owner, a complete ass of a coach, and a murdering middle linebacker, eventually Karma will take a nice bite out of your ass. In honor of the Browns miraculous victory, I have produced my own ditty of Karma Chameleon by the Culture Club.

Enjoy.

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon
You Come and Go
You Come and Go
Your selfish actions will prevent you from going to the hall of fame,
and your to blame, your to blame.

Karma Karma Karma Karma Karma Chameleon
You come and go, you come and go
Your coach is so arrogant and such a colossol prick,
now your 4 and 6
dont kick to number one six.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

MUTM's Week 11 Pick'em Picks

Well, let's be honest...things aren't going well for Team MUTM on the pick'em front. We've lost pretty much every week but one so far to the Steel Skins. But things aren't so bad in the rest of our lives. For starters, we all have beautiful wives. We're all doing pretty much what we want to for work, and best of all, we all root for a team that's on the verge. So, there's not too much to complain about. As of this week, I'm officially going to stop allowing my dog to make my picks and we're going to get serious on the bi-team web site. BOOYAH!



Bird's Picks
Cincy
Cleveland
Tampa Bay
New York Giants
Philadelphia
Minnesota
Whales Vagina
Indianapolis
Texans
Packers
Steelers
Rams
Cowboys
NE
Denver

Maxx's Picks
Tampa Bay
Arizona
Indianapolis
Jacksonville
Oakland
Cleveland
Green Bay
New Orleans
Philadelphia
New York Giants
Pittsburgh
Dallas
San Francisco
Seattle
New England
Tennessee

Top Dawg's Picks
JAX
CLE
NYG
NO
GB
INDY
MINN
PHILLY
TB
CINCY
PITT
WASH
STL
CHI
N'ENGLAND
TENNESSEE, T, T, T, TENNESSEE.

Dawson Wins It!





Thank God for instant replay. I thought this one was over when the kick came out. But thank God for instant replay! What a kick, and what a great call. You gotta love it when the calls go our way. It seems to be happening more and more this season. And we're reaping the benefits. Despite some pretty atrocious line play on passing downs, and some jittery play by DA, we managed to eek this one out. What a great game by Jamal Lewis. And can we say enough about how Cribbs puts us in great field position almost every time. Remember when we had Northcutt back there? He was good, but Cribbs is something different all together. His goal is the house every time, and at the very least he expects to get to the 40. That's unreal. It's an amazing advantage we have over many teams that I don't think gets talked about enough. What a great win today. Go Browns.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Cribbs interview on Clevelandbrowns.com


If you haven't seen it already, it's worth your while to check out the Josh Cribbs post game interview on ClevelandBrowns.com. It's hilarious. I love this kid. He's dancing on the stage showing how be ducked and dodged would be tacklers, which, after a loss like that would make most people angry, but Cribbs is so sincere you love him for it. He also talks about the team and how much they care about each other. It makes you pretty psyched about the future of Browns football, and about our chances to rebound against Baltimore this coming Sunday.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Mediocraty is OK

The Common Man


Maybe mediocrity isn’t so bad. I look at myself. I have always had a good head on my shoulders, but I’m not Harvard (pronounced Hahvahd with a snooty accent) material. I have done well in my career, but I’m no where near independently wealthy. I have always been pretty good at sports, but rather limited due to my body type (Think skinny extremities with a tire around the waist). Like Joe Walsh (from Cleveland by the way) "I'm just an ordinary average guy." And still, I like who I am. So maybe mediocrity is OK. The way I see it, it could be worse. I could be a high school dropout, unemployed, and always the kid picked last in gym class. So, maybe having the Cleveland Browns, (who blew a chance to establish themselves as one of the NFL’s ‘good teams” yesterday), arrive at mediocrity in the league is good enough. Lets be honest, the alternative, (last years pathetic 4-12 record) just sucks. To be able to be Phil Dawson’s lame 49 yard capacity leg away from beating a very good Steelers team in a finally meaningful game is a huge step for me and the city of Cleveland. We finally found a way to win a close game against a good team last week. Recently, in this rivalry against the Steelers, we have taken it on the chin worse than any late night cinemax starlet, and here we were again with a chance to do something special for the city of Clevelend. I had nightmares about this week. The Browns have come into games like this in recent years, with the city behind them, and serious momentum, and took a collective dump on us by laying an egg. They fought real hard yesterday, and for that, I applaud them. We have a real shot at being in the wild card hunt, and after last year’s pathetic season, that’s a huge step. So, I am proud of my mediocrity and of the Cleveland Browns. And the Tribe, and the Cavs, and my job, and my men's league hockey talent. All good but not great.

Let’s talk about the game now. I watched the game on the speed replay on the NFL ticket so I didn’t hear any commentating and didn’t see any replays. I think this allowed me to see the game in a new light without any outside opinions. Here are my thoughts.

After all of these years of drafting and developing special team’s players, it has finally paid off. We have had a team full of special team caliber players for the past few seasons. Now, we have a more complete bunch, and these kids can play. Mike Adams is making great tackles. And Josh Cribbs had probably one of the finest plays in the Browns history yesterday turning a disaster into a beautiful run. Watching him smoke those first two defenders at the ten, and then watching the entourage direct traffic and escort the man to the end zone was a thing of beauty.

Eric Wright is a fine player. Great play in the end zone in the first half. Some of the finest tackling on the team. He doesn’t go for the big hit, but tackles smartly and confidently. His tackle on Rothlisberger was just awesome. Unfortunately, stopping Heath Miller on 3rd and 18 wasn’t such a nice play for anyone involved.

The Jamal Lewis fumble should have been whistled for forward progress.

Sean Jones needs to start leading. Too many times during defensive breakdowns, he is yelling and bitching at other players. That has to stop. On the other hand, I love his intensity at the end of the game on the kneel down to leave a tough taste in the mouth of the players for next week.

The Browns defense played tough in many spots today. They were flying into the line of scrimmage, and generally attacking. Brodney Pool's int was evidence of that. However, too many mistakes and big plays on 3rd down. That 3rd and 18 was disgusting. Willie McGinest was atrocious. We also got caught on play fakes like crazy as a result of our aggressiveness. I would rather keep up the attacking nature though. Sitting back and watching our DB’s try to cover for 7 seconds is unbearable.

I don’t know about the hold on Dinkins, but the refs really let the Steelers get away with a lot. On that 3rd and 18, Peek was tackled as he was about the get to Big Ben. I saw Wimbley get absolutely dragged down on a few plays. Don’t know how obvious that was on replays, but could have used a few of those calls.

Finally, welcome to reality DA. He didn’t throw one good pass today. Even the easy ones across the middle were low, behind, or in the dirt. He just sucked. Plain and simple. He had more time than any Cleveland QB has had against the Steelers that I can remember, and he was shaking in his size 17’s.

Next week is another chance to prove ourselves. Maybe this mediocre bunch can do something that resembles greatness.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

I Can't believe it.

I literally can't believe it. I watched it. The whole game. And still it doesn't make sense.

What a let down. I can't really write more right now because I'm so pissed. Great run by Big Ben at the end though, damnit.

Friday, November 09, 2007

Latest Browns News 11.09.07

Attack, to break the Steelers' spell

Rivals again: Browns, Steelers play for division lead

Team Report: Inside Slant

CRUCIAL CLASH IN PITTSBURGH

Browns are pushovers no more

Former Coventry High and Kent State star James Harrison leads Pittsburgh Steelers against Cleveland Browns

NFL Expert Picks - Week 10

Browns' guards feeling pain

Cleveland Browns' starting guards may miss game against Pittsburgh Steelers

Holly still sore over Ward hit

McManamon: Browns don't have history on side, but ...

Defending the Defense

NFL Preview - Cleveland (5-3) at Pittsburgh (6-2)

Meager pass rush burdens Browns

Cleveland Browns might start Ryan Tucker at right guard

Preparing for 'Blitzburgh'

Steelers put Winslow on alert for Sunday

Steelers: Browns have to win for it to be a rivalry

Browns' Bentley parked for 2007

Browns find some direction, but where will it take them?

Thomas turning into a sure thing for surprising Browns

He's all heart

Browns better than Week 1

Dear Metcalf Up the Middle:

It’s good to be back. I probably post on this site more than on my own blog, but that’ll happen.

So guess what’s going on this Sunday? You’ll never guess. Guess yet?

That’s right, it’s just as you feared.

5-4 isn’t that bad. Still above .500, still respectable, still a sign that Derek Anderson is playing out of his mind, even if he did get sacked 6 times and was picked up and carried into the end zone and body slammed by up and coming Ohioan James Harrison.

So you got that going for you.

You’ll nurse your injuries, and then beat Baltimore for sweet, sweet revenge. You’ll get over it. You’ll probably even make the playoffs. The Wild Card is an accomplishment! Don’t sell yourself short! I mean, Kellen Winslow’s a soldier. He really is. Dr. Z even feels sorry for him. May I quote:

"The Browns' Kellen played in pain the entire way, made big catches to set up two touchdowns, including the final one. A correspondent who was in the postgame locker room described the scene as follows: "Someone asked him, 'Is this your sweetest day as a pro?' He put his head down for a few moments. When he looked up there were tears running down his face. 'I'm sorry,' he said." You think that after something like that, I'm not going to raise the Brownies to the top 10?"

Yeah! You are in the Top 10, Way to go Girl! I hope—really—that game will not be your sweetest game as a pro. Because that would be sad. Really.

Good luck Sunday. You’re gonna need it. Don’t let this be you!




Posted By SteelSkins

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Browns Ranked in TOP 10...Among Winning Teams!


Ahh...WHAT? Holy Cow! How did this happen? It's all too much too soon if you ask me. Don't get me wrong, I love it, but geez...top ten? On SI.com Dr. Z's NFL Power Rankings, (who I can't believe still has a job solely based on how bad his pre-season picks usually are) the Cleveland Browns are ranked 10th in the league! And it gets better! On ESPN.com Mike McAllister's Power Rankings has the Browns at 9th in the league! Here are some of the teams that are ranked BELOW us! The Saints, Jaguars, Redskins, CHARGERS, Eagles, Bears, Broncos, and Bengals! Um...hello! Because the jaded, beaten little boy of a Cleveland fan will always have a strong voice inside me this whole thing just gives me the willys. It's like that good looking girl (most of you can feel free to take out the "good looking" part, and some of you "good looking" and "girl".) you meet in college who you hook-up with and the next thing you know she's talking about going to watch the school's soccer team the next day followed by dinner with her friends and maybe seeing a movie in her dorm. Um...this was pretty sweet for a bit, but now you're just freaking me out. I had sleeping in till noon, playing PS2 and hitting the bong on my schedule...got to go. It's too much too soon. Why can't we stay under the radar a little bit? Just have us float around 16th or 18th for a few more weeks. Maybe meet up a few more times and see if this thing has legs? I know our record says we should be where we are, but I still feel very uncomfortable with it. I'm definitely not used to the feeling that we're supposed to win games. And how about actually coming back to win a game? It's like we're suddenly a real team. But I just can't believe it, not yet. If we beat the Steelers, then yes, I believe. But for now I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop. As sad as that is, it's the truth.

Saturday, November 03, 2007

MUTM Week 9 Pick'em Picks

Bird
Kansas City
Detroit
Cincinnati
Atlanta
Carolina
Arizona
Washington
New Orleans
San Diego
Cleveland
Oakland
Indianapolis
Philadelphia
Pittsburgh


Top Dawg
Green Bay
Denver
Cincinnati
San Francisco
Jacksonville
Tampa Bay
Washington
New Orleans
San Diego
Cleveland
Oakland
New England
Dallas
Pittsburgh


Maxx
Tennessee
Tampa Bay
Washington
Jacksonville
San Diego
San Francisco
Green Bay
Denver
Cincinnati
Cleveland
New England
Houston
Dallas
Pittsburgh

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Steel Skins Boast Post...

Since the SteelSkins (http://steelskins.blogspot.com/) have handed yet another loss to Metcalf Up the Middle (http://www.metcalfupthemiddle.blogspot.com/), we thought we’d honor this occasion with some foreshadowing: Don’t worry NFL, the Steelers (once again) have got your backs.

What the dismal Browns (albeit, at 4-3 they’re not as dismal as they usually are) failed to do back in Week 5—what some pundits are now calling for (http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/10/29/AR2007102902167.html?sub=AR)—the Steelers sell in dime bags.

Yes, it’s about time we take the pundits seriously. Finally, people are calling for Tom Brady’s knees (http://kissmesuzy.blogspot.com/2007/10/effective-immediately-bounty-on-tom.html). And why not? Belichick and his cheating (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jI_zhsVWyAU) Patriots have now run up the score on all 8 of their opponents (what, with their fancy fake spikes and keeping their starters in despite a 42-point lead). And while Cleveland, along with the rest of the league, failed to do much of anything to their former coach while happily accepting their 34-17 defeat, the Pittsburgh Steelers have never failed to excel in the “accidental low hit” category.

You may ask, why the Steelers, and why not the Browns? Excellent question. And to be honest, we here at SteelSkins are equally stumped as to why the Browns’ veins, which normally flow with red vengeance toward the countless teams that have embarrassed them (insert Broncos, insert Steelers, insert Art Modell, insert…the league), why were those same veins flowing with pink pansy goodness during Week 5 against the Pats? The Brownies should have been foaming at the mouths for the opportunity to crush Tom Brady and give their former coach his first loss of the season. It just goes to show, if it’s Brown, flush it down.

The Steelers, on the other hand, proved two things this pre-season (http://www.wjla.com/news/stories/0807/451055.html): 1. You don’t need a fatty named Kimo von Oelhoffen to put a quarterback’s season in jeopardy; and 2. Just like Charlie Hustle in an All-Star game (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1999/07/10/SP51494.DTL), we always go all out.
So let this be a warning to you, Coach Belichick: If you keep up the shenanigans, you’ll pay a hefty price, come Week 14. A price not paid since Ralph Macchio last met up with Billy “Sweep the Leg” Zabka.

Latest Browns News 10.30.07

DA Highlights - video

Browns' comeback effort pleases Crennel

Refreshed Seahawks go back to work

Starting over with a clean slate

Browns: Big Three looming large for 4-3 team

Derek Anderson, Browns' QB Audio ESPN.com (1 day ago)Anderson passed for 248 yards and three TDs in Cleveland's 27-20 win over St. Louis. Anderson complimented Braylon Edwards and the offensive line.

Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson flourishes

Upon Further Review: Browns vs. Rams

Browns fans climb aboard

Cleveland Browns quarterback Derek Anderson second in NFL in touchdown passes

Seahawks extend time off

TD tandem has own star quality

Podcast: Tony Grossi talks Browns

Crennel has highest approval rating on ESPN

Romeo is tied with Marinara, Tomlin, and McCarthy.

http://proxy.espn.go.com/nfl/sportsnation/ratings?seasonYear=2007&seasonType=2&week=8

Parcells on Browns and Crennel

Although this seems a little forced, it's nice to see the Browns are starting to turn some heads around the league!

Friday, October 26, 2007

MUTM loses to Steel Skins in W7

Boy this was a tough one. We lost to the Steel Skins this week 27 wins to 28. Our scores were:

MUTM: 27-15

Steel Skins: 28-14

It's obvious the guys at Steel Skins are into performance enhancing drugs. I've got a good feeling about this week though, and we gladly await their post. Below are Team MUTM's individual scores.

Maxx: 10-4

Overall Record: 46-25

Bird: 9-5
Overall Record: 40-31


Top Dawg: 8-6
Overall Record: 39-32

Team MUTM: 125-88

MUTM Week 8 Pick'em Picks

Bird's Picks

Cleveland

New York Giants

Philadelphia

Indianapolis

Chicago

Cincinnati

Tennessee

Tampa Bay

New York JETS

San Diego

New Orleans

New England

Denver

Maxx's Picks

Chicago

Pittsburgh

Tennessee

Cleveland

New York Giants

Minnesota

Indianapolis

Buffalo

San Diego

Tampa Bay

New England

New Orleans

Denver


Top Dawg's Picks:

Chicago

Pittsburgh

Indianapolis

Tennessee

Cleveland

New York Giants

Minnesota

New York Jets

San Diego

Jacksonville

New Orleans

Washington

Denver

Monday, October 22, 2007

Bitter Taste

Here is good read about the Indians collapse. One quote stands out.
http://sports.espn.go.com/mlb/playoffs2007/columns/story?columnist=bryant_howard&id=3073814

"If sport is to have any value at all, the road traveled, even when it leads to a dead end, should always be a trip worth taking. Without the pain, the champagne, when it finally flows, will have no taste."

My concern is that I won't be thirsty when I finally get to take a sip.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

MUTM W7 Pick'em Picks

Top Dawg
Houston
Tampa Bay
New England
New Orleans
New York Giants
Baltimore
Washington
Oakland
Cincinnatti
Philadelphia
Seattle
Dallas
Denver
Jacksonville

Bird
NE
Wash
NO
Baltimore
Dallas
Giants
Tampa Bay
Houston
Oakland
Cincy
Chicago
Seattle
Pitt
Indy

Maxx
Baltimore
Tampa Bay
New England
NO
NYG
Washington
Tennessee
Cincinnati
Kansas City
Dallas
Philadelphia
Seattle
Pittsburgh
Indy

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

"Manny being a Douchebag"




Most Red Sox fans probably reveled in Manny Ramirez's pose last night and probably elbowed their buddy and said "That's just Manny being Manny". Like somehow, because he is stupid and aloof, his ridiculous behavior is somehow justified. To me, that was "Manny being a douchebag."


That's like watching a pedophile standing outside of a jungle gym, and excusing his behavior because, "That's just a pedophile being a pedophile." Or forgiving Edi Amin for all of the atrocities he was responsible for in Uganda. He was an eccentric character just like Manny. But hey, genocide was OK too because that was just "Edi being Edi."


Go Tribe

Team MUTM Individual Pick'em Scores Week 6

Maxx: 8-5
Overall Record: 36-21

Top Dawg: 6-7
Overall Record: 31-26

Bird: 7-6
Overall Record: 31-26

Team MUTM: 98-73

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

MUTM Loses Week 6 Pick'em

Team MUTM went 21-18 this past week, but it wasn't good enough to beat those sketchy "guys" over at Steel Skins who went 23-16 to take the win. (We caught a photo of one of them this weekend posted here)




Sadly, they've earned the write (oh the puns!) to post on MUTM, so here's their post:










Your team's name reminds us of our last bowel movement

I come not to praise Metcalf Up the Middle but to bury them. As the victors of the Week 6 pick em, I duly note that all of us at SteelSkins picked the Browns to win. And what's not to like about the Browns? Classy, retro uniforms with ugly colors perfectly suited to black and white television, a legacy of greatness that no one remembers because it was before the advent of marketing and the televised Super Bowl, a more recent legacy of gut-wrenching losses, like The Drive, The Fumble, and the 2002 Loss to the Steelers in the Playoffs Despite the Fact the Steelers Couldn't Cover a Tackle Eligible on a Fly Route, Plus We Had Tommy Maddox. I watched that game with 2 Browns fans and, to be honest, I felt a little bad as I repeatedly pelvic thrusted the sweet, sweet air of victory while screaming STEELTOWN FOREVER at the top of my lungs. Just a little. And how can we forget Art Modell's Fly By Night and Subsequent Super Bowl Win in Baltimore? Or the Saga of LeCharles Bentley?

The Browns are the girl from high school you swooned over until you forgot about her in college, and when you returned back to live in your small town 15 years later, you found out she had been left by 3 men who also left behind 3 kids. But she's doing her best, earning a promotion at the insurance company despite fending off the boss's advances, giving her kids the right values, and really proving that she's not the ditzy sophomore who spurned you for the Senior Jock so she could win homecoming queen. She's showing her resiliency, and while she's not the bloom on the high school rose, she's a real woman, and she's still got it, despite throwing on an extra 20 pounds (but you like the thickies, yo!). So you take her out to lunch, and man does she chow down, like a horse at a feedbag! It's captivating and sickening all at once…maybe you will make a go at her…But then you remember that you're already married, with bonds formed of STEEL.

Derek Anderson, you got to like this kid. Braylon and Winslow are shutting up and playing, Kamerion Wimbley is the real deal, and so might be Joe Thomas. But Jamal Lewis? Get rid of that guy.

I have no doubt that the Browns will give the Steelers a tougher game at Heinz Field, but it won't be as close as you think it will. Until next week!

Week 6 SteelSkins rankings:
Aaron: 7-6
Adam: 8-5
Sean: 8-5
Overall Score: 23-16

Straight from the rectum of: Aaron P. Diddy

Monday, October 15, 2007

Happy OctoberFest

So I was in Chicago this weekend for my annual Octoberfest Party. After passing out in full lederhosen with burrito cheese and lettuce stuck to my shirt (don’t remember stopping for food on the way home) I awoke for the showdown with the lowly Miami Dolphins. That damn central standard time gave me only a 6 minute window to get up and get ready for the game. I’m too old to be sleeping until 11:50 AM, but really how could I sleep after the Tribe game. I can honestly say I haven’t felt that hungover for a Browns game since two weeks ago for the Baltimore game after trying to party with Winthorpe, that playboy Todd, and some other Harvard kids.

Anyways, it is usually a good gauge as to how the Browns are playing by how quickly I turn back to the sauce when things start sucking. Well, the Browns quickly got out to a 24-3 lead and things were looking good, and my body was thanking me. All of a sudden, our defense allowed the highly tauted Miami offense led by Cleo MacDowell Lemon, whose buns have no seeds, march up and down the field and bring the game to a three point decision.

And so, I had to turn to my good friend who lives in a 12 ounce brown bottle for the rest of the game. The Browns, and the Miller Brewing company didn’t disappoint. We finally are winning games were supposed to and finishing off teams. 3-3 into the Bye week, and here are some thoughts on the game.

-Someone finally realized if you just throw the ball up high to Braylon Edwards, he is going to get most of the balls. He is playing awesome. Could he be the first Brown since Jamir Miller (Wow that’s sad) to visit Hawaii?

-I must admit, although DA throws the ball into coverage often, he does like to throw when defenders are turned around. And he has the gun to get it there before they get there heads back to the ball. He is really rolling right now. Remember Jeff Garcia's 0 quarterback rating in a game for the Browns. DA had a 150 yesterday. And DA likes woman.

-Watching Joey Porter get burned by Winslow was just awesome. You can now insert your foot into that giant mouth of yours. And remove K2’s stiff arm that is still in your chest from last year when he douched you.

-Did you see Lawrence Vickers block on the kick off return in the second half. He knocked a Dolphin 6 feet in the air. It was the most impressive block I have ever seen. Josh Cribbs is good, but Vickers has been great opening holes for him too.

-On that same note, I bet the guy next to me 10 bucks we give Vickers the ball on 3rd and 1. Granted he got the first, but I am a little concerned that if I can call the plays, defensive coordinators should be able to sniff it out too.

-Welcome Jerome Harrison. The ghost was a “Phantom” menace (bad joke, bad movie). He was tough to tackle, and had a burst that really sparked us when the 'Phins were making there way back in the game.

-What is up with the defense. I don’t think the Dolphins have any other players than Ronnie Brown. We should have been spying him the whole game. Get eight guys in the box, and make Cleo Lemon beat you. I am disgusted with our game plan. Did you notice when Marty Booker or Chambers, not sure, just walked to the middle of our zone for a first down. I love Grantham's fire, but he’s not giving me a lot of confidence right now.

-Another good game for Eric Wright. He is starting to feel his way out there. However, two critiques. One, get your head around to defend the ball. Too many times he is still

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Chud For MVP!


Wow! I love Chud! Chud for MVP! Amazing...scoring points with this offense! It must take a genius! Kellen Winslow...Braylon Edwards...Joshua Cribbs...where did he find the play makers??
What a pleasure to watch the Browns roll to a comfortable win. Obviously...there are some issues on defence these days, but to have the offense to cover those lapses is really nice. This team isn't going any where significant with a defence this porous, but it's still nice to put up some points. And if Savage is for real, and next year is all about he defensive line, we might be pretty scary come half season next year.

MUTM Picks Week 6

Maxx's Picks:
Chicago
Cleveland
Green Bay
Cincinnati
Philly
Tennessee
Jacksonville
Baltimore
Arizona
New England
San Diego
Seattle
New York Football Giants

Top Dawg's Picks:
Tennessee
Chicago
Jacksonville
Cleveland
Baltimore
Washington
Cincinnati
Philly
Arizona
San Diego
New England
Seattle
Atlanta

Bird's Picks:
Chicago
Cleveland
Washington
Cincinnati
Philly
Tennessee
Jacksonville
Baltimore
Arizona
New England
San Diego
Seattle
New York Giants

Check out the Steel Skins picks.

A few Pictures from Maxx and Bird's Venture to Gillette

Bird rocking his old school Browns jacket, and my wife in her Garcia jersey! ($5 on sale!)
This dude sums it up!

The view from our seats. Good times.


Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Team MUTM Spanks Steel Skins Again!

MUTM wins week 3 of the Pick'em competition vs. Steel Skins, racking up our second win in a row! The final scores were:
MUTM : 33 - 9

Steel Skins: 31 -11

Our individual scores:
Maxx: 11-3
Overall Record: 28-16

Bird: 11-3
Overall Record: 24-20

Top Dawg: 11-3
Overall Record: 25-19

Team MUTM: 77-55

Look for another article on Steel Skins soon!

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Bird and Maxx Head Into The Lion's Den


Tomorrow, Bird and I will head to Gillette Stadium for the Browns v. Pats game! We're both stoked. Living in the northeast, it's not that often we get the chance to see the Browns play in person. Of course we're both wearing our Jersey's. Mine's a Quinn jersey and Bird will be wearing his Greg Pruitt jersey, I think. He was deciding between Bob Golic, Pruitt, Andra Davis or nothing...We're both interested to see the reaction we get with our Browns jersey's. Even my wife will be wearing her Jeff Garcia jersey (it was on sale for $5, and it was my number in high school...so I bought two! I'm sorry.) Most of all though I'm excited about being in the mix. I'm excited to see the Browns live so I can remember the smell, sound, and feel of the game when you're there. I've been watching the Browns in bars for as long as I can remember, often with no sound cause it's usually not the "popular game" at the bar. (whatever that means.) I'm ready for the jeers that are sure to come with a opposing teams jersey. Mostly, I'm just excited to be around the excitement of an NFL game. Even though I have the Browns to win in every pool I play (which is way against my best judgement) I've made peace with the fact that we're going to lose. I do hope we keep it close though. A 10 point loss, would be a moral victory for this team I think. And if we can score some points, I think we have a chance.....

Full Circle


When looking for some interesting/funny photos of Romeo Crennel on the intanet (I spelled it that way purposely) I came across an interesting short little article about Crennel taking the reins of the browns. It's interesting to me for two reasons. One, it reminded me that Butch Davis was signed long enough to be our coach THIS SEASON! Wow! So happy he's at North Carolina. And two it amazed me at how nice Crennel is. His quotes in this article are said with the same degree of sincerity and friendliness of his interviews today. Anyone who checks out the press conferences on http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/ knows this quote: "Hi, how's everybody doing today? I'm doing pretty good, pretty good!" That's how Romeo starts press conferences with a press core that routinely questions him and wonders how long he'll be coaching the Browns. So either Crennel is just resigned to the fact that this is a fickle business and he might be out the door tomorrow, or he agrees with the press cores assessment. Anyway, check out the article. You can't help but root for the guy. I kind of wish he was my Dad...


Crennel in charge of Browns Romeo Crennel, who helped New England win a third Super Bowl in four years as defensive coordinator, is the new head coach of the Cleveland Browns.
The Cleveland Plain Dealer reported Crennel has signed a five-year contract worth up to $2m in its first season.
The 57-year-old becomes the NFL's sixth black coach.
The others are Lovie Smith (Chicago), Herman Edwards (NY Jets) Tony Dungy (Indianapolis), Dennis Green (Arizona) and Marvin Lewis (Cincinnati).
"The last couple days have been really good for me," said Crennel.
"Along with winning the Super Bowl, being named head coach of the Cleveland Browns is a special accomplishment."
He takes over a Browns team that went just 4-12 last season to fall to 30-66 since rejoining the league in 1999.
Butch Davis, who had been signed through 2007, resigned in November and was replaced by offensive co-ordinator Terry Robiskie for the remaining five games of the season.
"I've been in this league for a little while and worked long and hard to try and get some things done," said Crennel, who stressed fundamentals and teamwork in his address to the media.
"I've been somewhat successful as a position coach. Now I'm able to take the reins of a team and try to run a whole programme.
"It's going to be a big challenge, but I'm looking forward to it."

MUTM Week 5 Picks

So we're 1-1 against our friends over at Steel Skins, and here are our picks for Week 5. We admit that our win last week over the Steel Skins was sort of budget, due to the fact that they lost cause they didn't have enough guys picking...but as Woody Allen said "80% of success is showing up." So we won't dwell on it. This week though should be interesting after the "upsets" from last week. Enough babbling...here are our picks:

Maxx's Picks:

Houston over Miami
Jacksonville over KC
New York Giants over New York Jets
Carolina over New Orleans
Cleveland over New England
Washington over Detroit
Tennessee over Atlanta
Arizona over St. Louis
Pittsburgh over Seattle
Indianapolis over Tampa Bay
Baltimore over San Francisco
Denver over San Diego
Green Bay over Chicago
Dallas over Buffalo

Top Dawg's Picks:

Tennessee over Atlanta
Houston over Miami
Jacksonville over KC
Arizona over St. Louis
Cleveland over New England
New Orleans over Carolina
New York Giants over New York Jets
Pittsburgh over Seattle
Washington over Detroit
Indianapolis over Tampa Bay
San Diego over Denver
Baltimore over San Francisco
Chicago over Green Bay
Dallas over Buffalo

Bird's Picks:

New England over Cleveland (ah, what?)

St. Louis over Arizona

Baltimore over San Francisco

Green Bay over Chicago

Houston over Miami

Indianapolis over Tampa Bay

New Orleans over Carolina

New York Giants over New York Jets

Pittsburgh over Seattle

Tennessee over Atlanta

Washington over Detriot

Dallas over Buffalo

San Diego over Denver

Jacksonville over KC

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

What's Festering in Troy's Hair?


MUTM Posts article on Steel Skins after winning weekly Pick'em, we've also posted it here:


I am fulfilling my right of writing anything I want on this website after an impressive pick’em victory by Metcalfupthemiddle. While I know that this site is dedicated to both the Redskins and the Steelers, it is the latter that I will choose to discuss today. Last Sunday we got our second division win (your welcome) over the Ravens, whom we all can agree are the medical equivalent of an ingrown hair. Brian Billick brings out rage in me that has not been seen since Michael J. Fox was fighting for the loose ball in Teen Wolf. Anyways, the Browns are getting there act together after our game one beating, and I have a few reasons why I think the Browns will beat the Steelers when we play again Sunday, November 11th in lovely Hines Field.
-- Odds are there will be a terrible team wide outbreak of some disease due to the varieties of parasites living in the combination of Ben Rothlesberger's beard and Troy Polamalu's hair.
-- Mike Tomlin makes the mistake of betting on the game with Romeo Crennel. The prize, a pizza. Romeo's not losing that bet.
-- After some long negotiations Bill Cower returns to the Browns coaching staff as Special Teams Coach under Marty Shottenheimer who is hired as Head Coach again after Romeo Crennel dies of a heart attack after a 5th straight win leading into the Steelers game. There first order of business is to hire Bernie Kosar as QB Coach and Bob Golic gives up his acting career to coach to defense. Oh yeah, and we resign Eric Metcalf for punt returns only.
-- We have Kellen Winslow.
-- Ben Rothlesberger has a 14-37 day with 3 picks as he can't concentrate because he is blinded by the beauty of our backup QB, Brady Quinn.
-- We no longer have Tim Couch, or Ty Detmer, or Spergon Wynn, or Doug Peterson, or Jeff Garcia, or Trent Dilfer, or Kelly Holcomb (actually he had a pretty good game against you guys in Hines field in 2002), or Charlie Frye.
--We have Braylon Edwards.
Good Luck, well see you in November!
Go Skins!
-Bird

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Derek Anderson is Do'in it!


DA is running this offense pretty damn well folks, and we here at MUTM are loving it! We're actually scoring. Last year the Browns ranked 30th in the NFL with 14.9 pts/game. This year, through 4 games the Browns rank 6th in the league in pts/game with 27.2. And don't forget that that includes the 34 - 7 drubbing by the Steelers in week 1. So needless to say, Anderson, Chud, Braylon, K2, J Lew, and JJ are doing something right. It's nice to see. Like most Browns fans though, I'm waiting to wake from this dream.
Speaking of dreams...the return of Ryan Tucker is fantastic. Just the added depth he brings is invaluable, and we're going to need it after this weekend when we face the Patriots.
Speaking of the Patriots, Bird and I will be heading out to Foxboro, (I mean Gillette) for the Browns - Patriots game this Sunday. I'll be wearing my Quinn jersey and I can guaran-damn-tee you that Bird will be wearing his as well. It should be interesting to see the reactions. I also have this slight feeling that we might surprise the Pats on Sunday. Having beaten the bag out of everyone they've faced so far this year, and coming off of a short week, maybe the Pats will underestimate the Browns and also be touch tired. Sounds like the makings of an upset. That's what the little voice deep inside me says anyway. Most of the stuff that voice says can't be written here to begin with, so I'm not really sure where that puts me...but I'm going with it!

Inneresting Week for Picks in the NFL



Wow, what a weekend. Although at this point in the season it's hard to call anything an upset, I was really amazed how many games didn't go the way most people expected. Accordingly our picks for the week were abysmal! Bird was the Norv Turner of weekly predictors this week, but I have faith that after some up-and-close time with the Brownies this weekend at Gillette Stadium, he'll get his swagger back! But as luck would have it, the Steel Skins weren't able to rouse their third member, and three always beats two. (except when that hot chick from Hero's turns into her nasty evil alter-ego.) Anyway here are our results for the week and for the season so far.

Maxx
Week 4: 7-7
Overall Record: 17-13

Top Dawg
Week 4: 6-8
Overall Record: 14-16

Bird
Week 4: 5-9
Overall Record: 13-17

TEAM MUTM: 44-46

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Beating a Dead Horse

For three weeks in a row I've heard Romeo Crennel say in press conferences something to the effect of: "some people weren't' where they needed to be on defence, and that's something we need to work on in practice this week." What? I appreciate that each week you see an offensive scheme that is slightly different, but I'm still wondering why, in the 3rd year of this 3-4 with better talent, we're still having so much trouble. Tell me it's in-experience or injuries, but don't tell me they don't know where to line up. If that's still a problem 3 years into a system, there's a problem with one of two things: 1. The coaches don't do a good job teaching the system. 2. The players we've drafted aren't smart enough to learn the system. Maybe it's a combination of both, but I have a feeling it's a lot more of reason #1 than #2. Let's see if practice helped this week, cause we're going to need to stop Baltimore and keep them out of the endzone, because you know we're going to have trouble getting points on the board this week. I'm still taking Cleveland though, 17-16.

Week 4 Picks v. SteelSkins

Well, we were slightly humbled last week by the Steel Skins 28 wins to 26. So we decided to switch strategies this week. No more dart boards and blindfolds involved. This week it's for real. So while we're still awaiting the Steel Skins article they get to post, here are our picks for this week. GO BROWNS!

Top Dawg's Picks
Cleveland over Baltimore
Minnesota over Green Bay
Houston over Atlanta
New York Jets over Buffalo
Dallas over St. Louis
Chicago over Detroit
Miami over Oakland
Seattle over San Francisco
Tampa Bay over Carolina
Pittsburgh over Arizona
San Diego over KC
Indianapolis over Denver
Philadelphia over New York Giants
New England over Cincinnati

Overall Record: 8-8

Bird's Picks
New York Jets over Buffalo
Dallas over St. Louis
Chicago over Detroit
Miami over Oakland
Houston over Atlanta
Minnesota over Green Bay
Cleveland over Baltimore
Seattle over San Francisco
Carolina over Tampa Bay
Indianapolis over Denver
San Diego over Kansas City
Pittsburgh over Arizona
Philadelphia over New York Giants
New England over Cincinnati

Overall Record: 8-8

Maxx's Picks
Houston over Atlanta
New York Jets over Buffalo
Cleveland over Baltimore
Dallas over St. Louis
Chicago over Detroit
Miami over Oakland
Green Bay over Minnesota
Tampa Bay over Carolina
Seattle over San Francisco
Pittsburgh over Arizona
Indianapolis over Denver
San Diego over Kansas City
Philadelphia over New York Giants
New England over Cincinnati

Overall Record: 10-6

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Steel Skins Wins First Weekly Pick'em

We're sad to say that MUTM lost the first weekly pick'em competition against the Steel Skins. It was extremely close though. (The Browns killed us!) Look for an article penned by the Steel Skins to be posted on MUTM this week. And next week we won't let our wives make our picks! Check out the scores below.

Team MUTM
Maxx - 10-6
Top Dawg - 8-8
Bird - 8-8
TOTAL - 26-22

Team Steal Skins
Aaron - 12-4
Sean - 10-6
Boss Hog - 6-10
TOTAL - 28-20

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Oh Boy...

I tried to write something positive and clever, but this just sucks. A blocked field goal? Are you f'ing kidding me? Dawson nails that 99 times out of 100. Just f'ing block. Just block. Please...just...block...

Time to go to bed and build up my optimism for next weekend...

Saturday, September 22, 2007

It's On!

We at MUTM were happy to accept a challenge from another blog called Steel Skins for a weekly Pick'em competition. We're going to post our picks for each game, each week before the first game of the week, add up our wins and losses, and then the blog with the best record wins for that week.

There is one major rule: picks must be made completely independently, so that you can't rig it to cover each game (for instance, if all three guys want to pick the Giants over Skins, you can't collude and decide that one guy should pick the Skins, to cover yourself.)

The winner then gets to post an article on the others blog about whatever they please. If you've visited Steel Skins, you'd see that it's a pretty big Steelers site, so we're excited about the possibility of some good ol'smack talkin. Our picks for the week are coming soon, and we apologize for the formatting, but the monkey that puts this site together can't seem to figure out how to post them any better. No food for him this week.

Friday, September 21, 2007

Week 3 Picks from Team MUTM

We've gladly accepted the challenge from Steel Skins for a weekly Pick'em competition. How could we not, half their bloggers are from Pittsburgh, so this should be easy. In addition, when we win we get to post an article on their blog about anything we want. So we at MUTM see this as a great opportunity to spread the good word about the Browns, and all things Cleveland! Peep our Week 3 picks below.

Maxx's Picks for Week 3

Cleveland over Oakland
Baltimore over Arizona
San Diego over Green Bay
Indianapolis over Houston
Minnesota over KC
New England over Buffalo
New York Jets over Miami
Philadelphia over Detroit
Pittsburgh over San Francisco
Tampa Bay over St. Louis
Denver over Jacksonville
Seattle over Cincinnati
Carolina over Atlanta
Washington over New York Giants
Dallas over Chicago
New Orleans over Tennessee

Top Dawg's Picks for Week 3

Cleveland over Oakland
Indianapolis over Houston
New England over Buffalo
Miami over New York Jets
Philadelphia over Detroit
Pittsburgh over San Francisco
St. Louis over Tampa Bay
San Diego over Green Bay
Baltimore over Arizona
Kansas City over Minnesota
Cincinnati over Seattle
Denver over Jacksonville
Carolina over Atlanta
Washington over New York Giants
Dallas over Chicago
New Orleans over Tennessee

Bird's Picks for Week 3

Cleveland over Oakland
Indianapolis over Houston
New England over Buffalo
New York Jets over Miami
Detroit over Philadelphia
Pittsburgh over San Francisco
St. Louis over Tamp Bay
San Diego over Green Bay
Baltimore over Arizona
Minnesota over Kansas City
Cincinnati over Seattle
Denver over Jacksonville
Carolina over Atlanta
New York Giants over Washington
Chicago over Dallas
Tennessee over New Orleans

IT'S MORNING IN CLEVELAND




While we here at MUTM normally stick to the greatest sport in the land, circumstances sometimes call for us to branch out and comment on the general Cleveland sports scene. So here goes...

Two words, Cleveland....ENJOY THIS!

We've all been conditioned to expect the worst when it comes to our teams. This has been ingrained in us through numerous heartbreaks, so it is not surprising. Last week, when the Browns were only able to muster a field goal to go up 51-38, how many of you had the first thought "uh oh. i see a 52-51 loss coming?" The answer, if you grew up in Cleveland or spent any amount of time following Cleveland teams, is all of you did. Of course you did. We've come to expect not just losing, but agony and heartbreak in ways that sound too ridiculous to believe. I don't need to recount them here, as I'm sure all of those wonderful moments will be played ad nauseam during the upcoming Tribe playoff run.

The point is...look around you. We are in the midst of Cleveland sports utopia. The Cavs reached the finals and the best player on the court during our playoff series was actually on OUR team. Not only that, but he is from just down the road! Now, rooting extra hard for Joe Jurevicius because he's a local kid done good is one thing, but when you have the local guy who is also the supreme talent in the game? Well you put in a bottle and you got something sweeter than Yoohoo.

And how about the Tribe? In case you haven't noticed, and judging by the attendance, you haven't, the Tribe has managed to win a couple here and there...OK, the attendance has actually gotten better. This team is playing inspired baseball right now. They are an absolute pleasure to watch and genuinely seem to enjoy each other (the pie in the face thing is a little cheesy, but the fact that they play Nintendo RBI baseball in the locker room before games is outstanding). They've taken care of Detroit, and now as we look forward to the playoffs, we are the proverbial "team no one wants to play." Is there an easy out in our lineup? Is there a better 1-2 starting combination than CC and Fausto? Does anyone have better set-up men than "The Dueling Rafaels?" What's my record for most consecutive rhetorical questions asked?

Even our beloved Brownies, after starting out the season in typical fashion, came back last week and showed us what this team could be. MUTM has been in the Braylon Edwards camp from the beginning and last week he showed the talent and determination to be a top 10 receiver in the league. K2 is a stud, as well. Most importantly, the offensive line looked not good, but great. The holes were there, the QB stayed clean. Pencil Thomas and Steinbach into the left side of our O-Line for the next five years at least. The defense has a little work to do, and I expect them to look much better this weekend.

The point is, there's lots to be happy about. Heck, even my fantasy team looks strong. So enjoy it Cleveland. Get over your ingrained assumption that something bad is going to happen. John Elway is not walking through that door, Michael Jordan is not walking through that door, Jose Mesa is playing in the Mexican League with Jake Taylor, I think.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Check Out "O Romeo, Romeo!"

On the left hand side of this blog, check out our new section, "O Romeo, Romeo!" Here we'll post great qoutes from Cleveland Browns Head Coach Romeo Crennel!

Sunday, September 16, 2007

WOW! BROWNS WIN 51 - 45!



WOW! That's all I can say! Jamal is legit! Kellen doesn't drop the ball, and man, DA can throw! More later...

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Here We Go!



Well at least now I know what to expect, which is nothing. Boy, for a minute there I had some hope for this season, and it took all of 20 minutes for the Browns to stab that hope to death with a butter knife. Well it's good and dead now!

I wrote about 8-8 being our Super Bowl last week, and now I'm not sure if that's even realistic. .500 and this Browns team my pass like two strangers in the night.

The only think I'm excited about tomorrow is to see how badly we are prepared for this game. How many asinine coaching decisions Romeo will make. I can't get over the fact that the talent has improved, but we are continually useless on the field. On Cleveland.com they were predicting the Browns losing to the Bengals (they must be clairvoyant!). But my problem is that they were also thinking the Browns were going to score...now that's just plain crazy talk. We'll score 10 points or less this week, Quinn will start next week, and we'll be on our way to ruining another QB! Joy! Well at least we've got the guy who LOST the QB competition starting for us!

But the Browns fan in me, is secretly hoping this phrase is true: "You're never quite as bad as you look, and you're never quite as good as you look." Let's just hope the Browns aren't as bad as they looked last week...

Friday, September 14, 2007

Belichick Still Screwing the Browns


Were you surprised? I was.

As much as Bill Belichick stunk as the coach of the Browns, as much as he had ripped out the heart of the franchise by cutting Bernie Kosar when the backup plan was Todd Philcox (Gesundheit), I had come to begrudgingly respect the coaching abilities of this man. He was, without question, an evil genius and the best coach in the NFL. Furthermore, at least the damage he did to Cleveland was already done. Like Ike Turner in prison, he couldn't hurt us anymore (other than the occasional times when the Patriots played our squad). We were safe from him forever.


But now he has been exposed as a cheater. Despite the non-apology (apologizing for a "mis-interpretation of the rule" is the same as saying "if anyone was offended, I apologize", which basically means "I think you are an idiot, but my agent made me say this"), this story is likely to have legs. Who knows how long this has been going on? Rumors that he employed the same tactics while coach of the Browns are pretty funny. We're apparently not even good at cheating. But it is not too big of a leap to see that Belichick, from all the way on the East Coast, is still screwing the Browns. Follow my logic here. If the Patriots have been stealing defensive signals, it is not too much of a leap to conclude that they were stealing offensive signals from the other team as well. This led to three (now tainted) Super Bowl titles and a dominating defense, which in turn led to the hot candidacy of a certain "jolly" defensive coordinator. Thus, we got a coach who, after a full off-season of workouts, OTAs and Training Camp practices, flipped a coin to decide the starter at quarterback for the first pre-season game, and then TOLD THE MEDIA ABOUT IT! Being stupid is one thing. Letting everyone else know that you are stupid is entirely another. And we sink further into the abyss...

So you see, once again, the world is aligned against the Browns and the Dr. Evil of the NFL has continued to pull the strings which continue to keep the franchise down. Can I prove any of this? Of course not, but can you disprove it?

One other interesting tidbit from today. The Forbes annual survey of franchise value came out. The last paragraph notes that "The Cleveland Browns were the only franchise whose value decreased. They rank ninth at $969 million, down from $970 million." Sounds about right...