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Browns vs. Indians

October 22, 2009 - Rob Weaver
With Bobby Valentine in Cleveland to interview for the job of managing the Indians, my attention has been drawn from the woeful state of the Browns.

Let’s be clear about this: Between the two, the Browns are much worse. The Indians had a bad year in 2009. The Browns are having a bad decade.

Through the first 10 years of their re-existance, the Browns were a cumulative 54-106. That’s a 0.337 record. Over that same period, the Indians went 848-772, for a 0.523 record.

Consider this: This year, Major League Baseball’s postseason was shot full of former Tribe players. It’s likely Cliff Lee will face C.C. Sabathia in Game 1 of the World Series. How many former Browns players were on playoff teams last season? (Charlie Frye doesn’t count).

Here’s another way to look at it: Had the Indians held on to five players in the past 10 years, it would be very likely the Tribe would be headed to the Series. Cleveland is the beginning for many major league players; it’s the end of the road for too many NFL hopefuls.

The Indians are one or two people away from winning the division, and those people aren’t players. The Browns need to shuffle about half their personnel.

But cheer up, Cleveland fans — the Cavs are about to begin the regular season. Ignore how some cities seem to have two championship teams — think of the Steelers and Penguins, the Red Sox and Celtics, Patriots and Red Sox, Buccaneers and Lighting, Broncos and Avalanche — we’ll settle for one. Of course, the Cavs did just play a game in Columbus. And the Crew did win a Major League Soccer title last year. ....


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