Wherever your fan allegiances lie, it’s hard not to feel bad for Cleveland Browns fans. It’s bad enough that their city has been in decline for decades, but no fan base deserves to have their team yanked out of town, especially when said team ends up spurning you for Baltimore. Sure, Cleveland ended up getting the Browns back (sort of), but the last 10 years have been a near-constant kick to the nuts for fans of the brown & orange.
(Hall of Famer…by default?)
One constant that Browns fans have always been able to cling to throughout all the Tim Couches and Butch Davises has been the past. The Browns had an illustrious history up through the 1980s, and to the team’s credit, they created a team Hall of Fame to recognize the team’s glory days and distract fans from the crapfest on the field. Well, they had a team Hall of Fame, anyways: the team has decided to put the “Browns Legends” on hiatus for at least this year. Classy move, Cleveland.
Now, Browns fans have no distractions other than the actual “football” being played on the field. It’s not like the Browns have ever been particularly good with PR/communications, but this is a new one. So what was it? Another victim of our flourishing economy? Not exactly, according to the CLEVELAND PLAIN DEALER:
The Browns Legends, which late owner Al Lerner established in 2001 as a team hall of fame, will take a hiatus.
“The decision was made to take this season [off] to assess [the] program,” Bill Bonsiewicz, Browns vice president of communications, responded in an e-mail.
“We would like to establish criteria to ensure we continue to elect deserving individuals to join the over 40 players already inducted.“
In other words, the team ran out of worthy candidates for induction. Oops. Guess that illustrious six-decade history hasn’t been so illustrious after all, after you get past the Jim Browns and Bernie Kosars. Cheer up, Browns fans - at least you know that when it’s Brady Quinn’s turn to be inducted (by process of elimination, of course), his statue will be fabulous.