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November 25, 2009 - Al Stephenson
I predicted that the Browns would score a TD against the Lions by ground and by air last weekend. OK, so I was half right. Brady Quinn actually looked like an NFL quarterback as he threw not one, not two, not three but FOUR - count em - four touchdown passes. I might have been totally correct if Josh Cribbs had not managed to get into the end zone incredibly on that swing pass. Tackle him at the one and we may have had the rushing TD as well.
The prediction was not all that far fetched. The Brownies after all, were playing the one win Lions. I have had success making predictions involving the Lions in the past. It was a Thanksgiving Day game against the Bears. It went something like this.
The Lions had the ball on the Bears 20 late in the game trailing by 7. Sitting with a room full of relatives I "suggested" that the Lions QB would scramble on the next play to the 3 yard line and the Lions would tie the game on the following play. I then said the Bears would win the toss and return the overtime kickoff for a game winning touchdown. Everyone sat there with that "sure, that will happen" look on their faces.
The Lion quarterback went back to pass, could not find a reciever and scrambled to the three yard line. An eyebrow or two was raised in the room. The Lions did score on the next play and overtime was at hand.
The Bears won the toss and Dave Williams went like a hundred yards for a TD and I became an instant celebrity. It's a true story - you can look it up!
Back to the Browns. Despite the Quinn heroics, the Browns miserable season continued as the Lions used a late interference call on a Hail Mary pass and scored from the one with no time left to whip us 38-37. Why not? Add insult to injury. Kick us while we're down.
Maybe things will change for the Browns. If it does it is not likely to be soon.
The view from my seat (stunned actually) would suggest that Cleveland's long term hopes could possibly be found in two words.
Can you say Mike Holmgren?
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