I know we have all kind of reveled a bit in all the bad news coming out of Pittsburgh over the last few months. Not that it really should make us feel any better to see their players make really poor decisions off the field, but sometimes you really do need to blow someone else’s candle out to make yours shine brighter. Here in Browns town, we have had our share of negative stories from players off the field. Even last week, we had Shaun Rogers’ situation with a gun at the airport. I believe Leigh Bodden had a problem at the airport too once upon a time. Bodden was arrested even if he was eventually found not guilty by a jury. Kellen Winslow’s motorcycle accident also comes to mind. I think almost all NFL teams have to deal with this on some level. The biggest difference between the Browns and the Steelers is that at least Steelers fans got a few Superbowl championships out of it.
That leads me to my question. Now that it seems like the Steelers are going to have to make somebody the fall-guy to help resurrect their floundering clean image, what lengths would you go to as Browns fans to win it all? Would you take marginal characters like Santonio Holmes (mugshot on the right) in order to make it happen? Holmes is especially interesting given the number of Buckeye fans that are simultaneously Browns backers.
If he ends up getting cut and suspended, how badly would you want to bring him into Cleveland? Obviously, one team’s bad apple is another’s positive image resuscitation story. All you have to do is look to what Donte Stallworth is trying to do this season in Baltimore for that storyline. Still, assuming Santonio Holmes continues to make bad decisions off the field, would you, as Browns fans be willing to go through all that just to win?
Also, as an aside pointed at Braylon Edwards… The fact that Browns fans dislike Ohio State hero Santonio Holmes in Pittsburgh even though he was a Buckeye totally throws a wet blanket on your theory that we disliked you because you went to Michigan. (Sticks tongue out.)