Scarlet & gray vs. Browns
September 3, 2010 - Rob Weaver
A few weeks ago, our online poll asked who would win the AFC North. Thirty percent of those who responded picked the Cincinnati Bengals, while 29 percent predicted the Pittsburgh Steelers would win the division, and 28 percent of you Browns fans are loyal enough to stick with Cleveland.
Just 15 percent sided with the Baltimore Ravens.
At the time, I would have agreed with the more minute minority; with the Steelers facing the six-game absence of their franchise player, I — a lifelong Browns fan, save for that stretch when the team didn’t exist — figured the usually defense-dominated Ravens might not fall too far behind due to a challenging string of games to start the season.
I was even more confident in that prognostication after Byron Leftwich’s left knee was injured in the Steelers’ final preseason game.
Then came the meeting today between soon-to-be exiled quarterback Ben Roethlisberger and
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. Roethlisberger’s suspension over an alleged sexual assault on a Georgia college student has been shortened to four games.
Sure, Pittsburgh could begin the season with two quarterbacks — Dennis Dixon and veteran Charlie Batch. But now, Roethlisberger could return from exile Oct. 4 and resume play — following Pittsburgh’s bye week — Oct. 17. Just in time to play the Browns.
By that time, I’ll be back to my weekend routine of watching the Buckeyes play on Saturday and listening to the Browns’ game on the radio while using my time more productively.
Sadly, I don’t expect to be listening to the Browns play after Jan. 2. I can only hope to watch the Bucks play Jan. 10 in Phoenix.