Colin Cohwerd says Cleveland Browns defined by empty seats and bags on their heads
Colin Cowherd will not stop his disdain for the Cleveland Browns and now says their fan base is defined by empty seats and bags on their heads
You may have heard recently that FOX Sports ran a March Madness-style Twitter poll searching for the best fan bases in the NFL. In the end, the Cleveland Browns fans ended up winning the whole thing, finishing off the Tennessee Titans in the final round.
Anyone who pays attention to football shouldn’t be shocked by this as the Cleveland fans are known to be fiercely loyal. So fierce that the NFL stepped in back when Art Modell moved them to Baltimore following the 1995 season and brought them back in 1999 as an expansion team.
Those same fans also showed that their passion goes well beyond the sports world as they finished atop the FanSided Fandom 250, which ranked the fan bases for pretty much any kind of medium you can think of which included television show followings, sports teams, and celebrities.
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Even with all this continual proof of how good the Dawg Pound really is, there’s one man who wants to try and put them down — Colin Cowherd. And once again this week, the FS1 talk show host was at it again and took some shots at the fan base saying they have “poor self-esteem” and accused them of not liking him because he had a brain.
He then continually got the team’s record from 2018 wrong saying they were 7-9 when they were actually 7-8-1. Cowherd followed that up by saying the fan base is pretty much an embarrassment when compared to those who follow the Ravens and Steelers, saying they’re defined by “empty seats and bags on their heads.”
"“Let me give you some images of, let’s say, the Pittsburgh Steelers, over the Cleveland Browns in terms of fan participation. The Pittsburgh Steelers lead the NFL in terms of tickets sold for visiting teams. The Terrible Towel, maybe you’ve seen it at Super Bowls. …There are images of Cleveland Browns fans too, empty seats, bags on their heads, and a bunch of guys from Lima, Ohio wearing masks and barking in the end zone, about nine Budweisers in. So I don’t buy that Cleveland has the best fans. I think Cleveland has low self-esteem with its football franchise, so does Tennessee, so they rush to a Twitter poll and fill it out.” — Cowherd said via Andrew Bucholtz of AwfulAnnouncing.com"
At first, it was possible that Cowherd actually believed his rants. He may have felt justified when he called Baker Mayfield “undraftable” and he might have really thought Hue Jackson being fired was a mistake and would ruin Baker (which kind of goes against the “have a brain” comment he made about himself). However, there’s no way this is the case.
Cowherd has to be out to simply get ratings as he continually pushes at the fans who are excited about going from 0 wins in 2017 to seven in 2018. Getting attention is also the only explanation for why he’s bothered by a team starved for superstars in recent seasons being happy about landing Odell Beckham, Jr.
He also has to be dying to get people to talk about him for continually attacking Freddie Kitchens as a rookie coach even though he never had an issue with any other team hiring a rookie coach in recent seasons.
Whatever is driving it, Cowherd is digging his heels in and won’t back off his criticism of the team or their loyal fans. Then again, it makes sense for him to do so. I mean, Cowherd knows how to get people to tune into his show, and that would be to get the best fans in the business engaged. But he’s going to look pretty silly when they keep proving him wrong.