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Have the Browns found the cure to the curse?
NORTH CAROLINA-(BASN)-Catastrophe seems to be just around corner as the curse of Cleveland hovers over the city like a black cloud ready to rain on their victory parade.
Why? Because, there is no Josh Cribbs to return kick-offs anymore.
And no more Trent Richardson, who despite banging his way pass blockers to gain 950 yards on 267 carries last season, was strangely traded seemingly without cause to the Indianapolis Colts after just two games this season.
Of course, after the Richardson trade, ugly rumors began to spread like “peanut butter on jelly” that the Browns were attempting to tank their 2013 season in order to bring Texas A&M’s Johnny “Football to town,” especially with current QB Brandon Weeden playing so poorly.
And like a Gremlin that shouldn’t be fed after midnight, the curse of Cleveland resurfaced in the Browns 37-34 victory over the Buffalo Bills on Thursday night, late in the first quarter, when backup QB Brian Hoyer, who had previously led them to two consecutive wins, went down with an ugly knee injury.
And even though, Cleveland native Arsenio Hall is back on television barking and pumping up the Dawg Pound in the back of the end zone again, Brown fans haven’t started pulling out their old legendary Brian Sipes’ No.17 jerseys or purchased their Super Bowl tickets yet, especially with the Lions on the schedule this Sunday.
Why? Because after this week’s game with the Lions, the Browns will really have the opportunity to erase the curse plaguing them with colossal contests against the Packers on Oct. 20, Kansas City on Oct. 27 and the Ravens on Nov.2.
Eric D.Graham, a graduate of Winston-Salem State University, where he received a B.A. in Mass Communication with a concentration in Radio and Television and a minor in History, with an emphasis in African-American Studies, is currently the Editor and Chief of Black Athlete Sports Network, where his articles appear daily along with his controversial cartoon character Bobbee Bee “The Hater.” Graham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org