The Cleveland Browns aren’t playing in the Super Bowl — yet — but here are three reasons to root for the NFC representative Los Angeles Rams
There’s never been a personal reason for Cleveland Browns fans to watch the Super Bowl so, until Dorsey, Kitchens, Wilks, and Mayfield bring one home to Cleveland, let’s create some.
When watching the Big Game this Sunday, it might help to pick a team to root for, and since the Browns are an AFC team, newer Browns fans might be tempted to think the correct move would be to root for the AFC team in this matchup, the New England Patriots.
But they’d be wrong, for three ridiculous reasons.
The first RIDIC reason to Root Rams is simply one-word: Belichick.
That is, New England Patriots’ stone-faced, on-task, dynasty-creating head coach Bill Belichick.
For those ignorant to the Belichick-Browns connection, it goes like this:
After kicking butt as the New York Giants defensive coordinator from 1985 thru 1990, including winning two Super Bowls with them, Bill Belichick took his very first head-coaching job in 1991 after being hired by, you guessed it, the Cleveland Browns.
The Browns had only one winning season under Belichick, which was in 1994, when they went 11-5 and to the postseason where in the Wild Card game they beat –wait for it – the New England Patriots, 20-13. Then they got beat in the Divisional playoff game by the – booooo – Pittsburgh Steelers.
But that’s not why you should hate Bill Belichick and Root Rams.
Hate him because halfway through the 1993 season he cut Browns quarterback legend Bernie Kosar saying, “He lost it.”
Booooo. That hurt.
SIDE NOTE: Don’t feel too bad for Kosar – two days later he was signed by the Dallas Cowboys as their third-string quarterback and won a Super Bowl XXVIII ring.
POETIC JUSTICE NOTE: In 1995, one week after Browns owner Art ‘Two-Tongue’ Modell – booooo – moved the team to Baltimore, Belichick was fired after having been promised the head coaching job.
Hope that really hurt.
Bottom line, if you like Kosar (and you should), Root Rams.
The second RIDIC reason to Root Rams is Josh Gordon.
Gordon is the ultra-athletic deep threat receiver the Browns traded to the Patriots because the man had personal issues stemming from his uncontrollable need to smoke weed.
Since the trade, however, Gordon has stepped away from football to focus on his mental health, though later the NFL announced that he’ll be facing an “indefinite ban for violating the terms of his conditional reinstatement under the NFL drug policy.”
In other words, he blazed.
Booo – ugh – nooooooo…
Not saying the Patriots could have stopped him, but Root Rams because they were un-involved with the end of Josh Gordon, the player many Browns fans spent over six seasons believing in.
The third RIDIC reason to Root Rams is because they’re the Browns
As crazy as it sounds, the 2018-19 Los Angeles Rams are very similar to who the future Browns could be.
Both teams have:
- Young head coaches with little prior experience who have an uncanny knack for game plans that complement their inexperienced quarterback;
- Young quarterback phenoms with strong, accurate arms who make quick decisions and score touchdowns;
- A two-headed rushing attack that’s also dangerous out of the backfield;
- Enough decent hands between the wide receivers and tight ends to make theirs a full-balanced offensive attack;
- Stars and workhorses on defense that can shut opponents down.
Watching the 2018 Los Angeles Rams could be like watching the upcoming Cleveland Browns, so practice for that scenario and Root Rams in Super Bowl LIII.
It’s RIDIC, of course, but until Bakers’ Browns are in the Super Bowl mix, you gotta root for someone.