Super Bowl LIV: Won’t it be sweet when this is the Cleveland Browns?
Won’t it be awesome watching the Cleveland Browns in the Super Bowl? All of our excitement going into this year will turn to nerves to watch our team.
Super Bowl Sunday.
For the last several years, I have opened my eyes on the morning of the Super Bowl and hopelessly put on my Cleveland Browns gear.
It’s what we do. We’re Browns fans, and one day, this will be us. We will be celebrating February football in Cleveland.
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All of the hype surrounded the Browns this offseason. The Browns were the Sports Illustrated cover, the GQ magazine cover and of course all of the commercials. For once, people outside of Cleveland even cautiously bought into the Browns.
It was such an unfamiliar feeling of confidence in a team that would rapidly dissipate week after week. Browns fans watched their postseason dreams fizzle away blunder by blunder.
Imagine an AFC Championship game hosted at FirstEnergy Stadium. The streets around Alfred Lerner Way will flood with brown and orange. Chants of “Here we go Brownies, here we go!” followed by “Super Bowl!” and “Woof! Woof” will certainly bellow throughout the cold Lake Erie air.
Heaven forbid that Cleveland would walk away victorious from an AFC Championship game, rumors will likely fill social media of what day the Super Bowl parade will fall on.
Every fan is familiar with the nerves that fill their stomach watching their team in an important game. Clevelanders became familiar with this during LeBron’s time with the Cavaliers, especially in June of 2016. Then, the heartbeat continued across the street to Progressive Field. Everyone remembers the way they felt with Rajai Davis at the plate in the eighth inning.
The nerves watching the Browns play in the Super Bowl will be all of those anxious moments combined. Depending on the person, this is a fanbase that has waited a lifetime to see their team make it to this moment. It’s a football town with a football heartbeat.
The Kansas City Chiefs are the team that former Browns general manager John Dorsey built. He handpicked the players that will perform on the biggest stage tonight, stockpiling the franchise with a surplus of talent. Of course, it wasn’t until Dorsey’s departure until they experienced this recent success. Maybe the Browns will follow suit.
The San Fransisco 49ers are led by Kyle Shanahan, the offensive coordinator that couldn’t gel with Jimmy Haslam and former head coach Mike Pettine. Shanahan infamously put together a 32-point PowerPoint presentation to convince Haslam to let him leave Cleveland. The 40-year-old head coach should be coaching the talents of Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb.
With the talent that has been accumulated in Cleveland, and Haslam’s dream of alignment finally coming true, perhaps the Browns aren’t as far off as one would think after a mediocre 6-10 campaign. Perhaps one day not far off, brown and orange confetti will have to be swept off the streets of Cleveland for all the right reasons.