So I have taken some abuse at work for having the audacity to still want to watch Browns games. They mock, the jest. In Thursday's paper, my editor wrote an column saying that there was no way the Browns could beat the Steelers, not just this week but maybe ever. One of the other guys said is there any Browns fan who possibly could believe they could win tonight and he snidely said, "I bet Zach thinks they are going to win."
What you can't explain to someone who doesn't get it -- is the feeling we are feeling tonight. What I don't even think the players understood until tonight -- is that when the Browns beat the Steelers -- nothing else matters. All the crap -- all the bullshit disappears. Those Browns players have played a lot of football but I doubt they have ever felt the noise that came from those frozen 40,000 tonight in the fourth quarter.
We needed this.
We have needed this for a long time.
The players tonight took it. Banged up, beaten, overmatched.
They took it.
Thats a rivalry.
I could care less about number one picks. Or who the coach is. Or even the names on the back of the jersey.
We beat those fuckers and that is all that matters to me.
It is all that has ever mattered to me.
So I say thank you. Finally thank you.