A Jets Fan's Perspective From Attending Sammy Baker Bowl I
Being in Cleveland on Thursday night for the Browns and Jets game was a bittersweet experience. I wore my medium youth sized Testaverde jersey (Jets version, obviously) with beaming pride and it received mixed reactions of both positive and negative nature. Considering the Vin Man was the town’s QB from 1993-95, some Browns fans respected the move, but several could have been intimidated by my choice. After all, I think they only made one playoff appearance since Vinny was under center right before that tricky dick Modell shipped the team to Baltimore. I did receive a “Fuck you, Vinny!” and three drunken bros “made a wall” from me to my seat so I could assess how big their sports dicks were. Football fandom mixed with $10 Bud Lights (pre-first win locker of course) truly brings out the best in people.
But, yes, I was there for what would become Sammy Baker Bowl I and even though my squad came out on the losing end of it all, that atmosphere was zooming. I couldn’t help but be happy for Cleveland fans because their joy was like that of the Rebellion after Star Wars Episode IV (before Luke was slurping milk from some alien titty). This indeed signified a New Hope for the town as the Death Star filled with losses finally blew to smithereens.
Lightsaber Baker came out on point and used The Force on his whole team. Both sides of the pigskin came out looking ready, rarin’ and rejuvenated. Before that, Darny and the gang were up 14-3 and Tyrod (who friend of the site Jim thought should be cut immediately) had 19 passing yards (although the unnecessarily wide video board that displayed only half of the action said that he had -4) .The whole dynamic of the game changed. My Jets played pinned back and on their heels while the Brownies constantly had the end zone on their mind. And a tuned-in Tim Couch even predicted this comeback would happen before Baker got in. (Damn you, NFL 1999, I will never escape the hatred you have for me.)
I really don’t blame Darnold for what happened. He took onus for it (like a fuckin’ pro), but the dude is a rookie and the Browns’ Colquitt did do an amazing job of making his offense play the whole field six out of the thirteen times. And that o-line couldn’t stop a sugar-free Kool-Aid man that night. This team has got to grow from its current state and it starts with the development of protecting the quarterback (no shit, Dom - is that how football works?)
And say what you want Steeler fans, but after Thursday night, the Cleveland Browns look way more put together than the Antonio Brown’s excuse generator.
Padawan Baker proved that.