Now that I've had a few weeks to calm down after the Jim Sorgi affair and look over the season that was, I've come to the realization of what could have been. The Browns, for all their success this season were only a handful of plays from being 13-3 and hosting either a wild card game or (gasp) earning a first round bye (not sure how the tie breaker would have played out with the Dolts, er Colts). Three games could, check that, should have seen us winning. They are, in order:
1. Week 3 @ Oakland. The field goal that wasn't. Phil Dawson kicked what seemed to be the winning field goal in the final few ticks against the Raiders. But wait... first year Oakland HC Lane Kiffin called a timeout as the ball was snapped. Dawson then proceeded to miss the second attempt. I really hope the NFL puts a stop to this.
2. Week 10 @ Pittsburgh. Second half collapse. Lacking what seemed to be a killer instinct, the Browns, who led 21-9 entering the second half, allowed the Steelers back into the game and the defense couldn't stop Ben Roethlisberger. This game also featured the infamous time-out/ challenge gaffe by Romeo Crennel. Another last minute field goal was missed by Dawson, this time it would have tied the game.
3. Week 13 @ Arizona. K2 was clearly forced out! Playing a very lackluster game all day, the Browns should have actually won this game. A final drive engineered by Derek Anderson culminated in a 37 yard TD to Kellen Winslow Jr. to tie the game with the extra point still to be kicked. However, the blind sideline judge who was watching the entire play called Winslow out of bounds. It was clear that K2 only got one foot down in bounds, but the 2 Cardinals DBs had obviously forced him out. Heck, one of them was holding Winslow in the air while the other gave him a fore-arm shiv to the back to push him out. Ugh!
By the bye, this season was very successful, and only gives hope to the future. It should be an interesting off-season for the Brownies, and I have all the faith in the world that Phil Savage will do everything in his power to win the Division next year!
And tho our health we drank a thousand times, Its time to ramble on. >K