I know I’ll never win the lottery. Or at least I realize just how statistically improbable it is for me to win. Even with those statistics at hand, my brother and I have a contingency plan that states if either one of us ever wins a jackpot we must go 50/50 with the other. We don’t buy tickets on a plan, but each of us buys them occasionally when the Mega Millions or Power Ball is at ludicrous levels. Maybe it’s a waste of money, technically, but I don’t care. We buy them when we need a couple nights of dreams about what it would be like to win the lottery. Doesn’t it seem worth the couple bucks you might spend on numbers to purchase a couple of nights of dreams? Seems like a bargain to me, but I try not to be the most negative among my fellow fans.
After last week’s horrendous loss to the Bengals, the Browns crushed their fans’ modest dreams. For the hopeful and positive, I truly don’t think it was a state of delusion. Most everyone I know realizes that the Browns aren’t some kind of juggernaut on par with the great teams in the NFL yet. Browns fans I know were mostly dreaming “big” of 7-9 and 8-8 types of seasons. The loss to Cincinnati did wonders to dash even those less-than-gaudy hopes for the past week.
That’s the problem with this fan base most years. The negative among us can look scornfully at fellow Browns fans who would dare to have hopes that the team would win exactly as many games as they would lose. And because of the track record, the negative people can do that and not be looked at as a jerk in Cleveland. Some will just call them realistic. Once in a while it would be nice for the hopeful and positive people to win out over the negative “realistic” people. You know those same negative people that tell you “You’re never going to win!” when you buy a lottery ticket?
That’s what the Browns did this week in Indianapolis. By stepping up and just being good enough to beat a hobbled Indy team the Browns gave the positive fans a week’s worth of dreams. And honestly, what NFL fan shouldn’t be allowed to “dream” about seven or eight win seasons?