Will Leitch from Sports On Earth gave the NBA title to the Cleveland Cavaliers, but unfortunately (or fortunately?) the Cleveland Browns weren’t able to carry the belt in the NFL. That honor belongs to the Buffalo Bills. In June, Leitch promises to do the same thing in baseball, where I truly expect the Indians to be somewhere in the middle of the pack.
Anyway, what was the reasoning for the two at the top?
Obviously Browns fans are a group that team ownership “does not deserve,” which I assume we all agree with no matter who owns the team. The Browns have never made the Super Bowl just like the Lions who finished third. Ultimately though, the answer is succinct. Leitch simply says, “The Browns are cruel and wrong.”
So congratulations to the Bills!
They earned the top spot for their well-known history as well as the fact that they play one “home” game in Toronto every season. With that in mind, and knowing how much Browns fans adore going down to that stadium (or the parking lots at least,) and even considering how bad the team is, it’s hard to argue that Browns fans could have it worse.
I’d never really thought about it, but it’s true. The Browns have all their home games in Cleveland still. The fact that they moved once was about as cruel and brutal a thing to ever experience as a sports fan, but we survived it. The Browns moving feels less likely as a possibility because it’s already happened once. They couldn’t possibly do it again, right? Right? Well, imagine if you were a fan of a team that hasn’t been moved out of your city before, but also has lost one of its home games already. That’s pretty tortured to go along with bad football.
Plus, the Browns took their defensive coordinator, Mike Pettine, to be head coach and Bills fans were legitimately upset about it coming off of a six win season. Just when they felt like they might be gaining some momentum, a first-year coordinator from a first-year coaching staff got poached.
So the Bills take home the #1 slot this year, but there’s no telling if they can hold onto it. The Browns are another one-year-wonder coach or maybe even a federal indictment away from stealing the trophy.