Guest ATENEARS Posted December 2, 2008 Report Share Posted December 2, 2008 I like Donovan, Dieken, and Rutigliano ... but the rest of this town's media is a two-bit whore. Bernie gets an effort for trying, but he'd be better in print as long as he didn't slur his typing as he does his words. There are too many web reporters out there too that start shit for this wide spread fan base to absorb on a daily basis. It has become a circus in this town, and it started twenty years ago: Late 80's the media fueled the fans frenzy in ousting Schottenheimer out of town, for losing in the AFC Championship game(s). Early 90's the media frustrated because Head Coach Bill Bellichick shit-canned their cozy media room (complete with daily doughnuts and coffee) in the Berea complex. The local media turned on Bill B because, like Crennel, he kept the locker room private, leading to speculation by media which spread to fans and a complete disconnect took place (with the canning of Bernie Kosar being the poster child). The Move - even the local media couldn't screw this up, as it was a negative in it's own right. However, they did stick with the Raven team (and their inside contacts) much way too long, even ran full/front page spreads about the building of the Ravens franchise well after the Browns returned. Even an almost lifesize picture of Art Modell kissing the Lombardi Throphy. 1996-1999 - It was the fans on the Internet that lead the way in the reporting of the Expansion or Relocation trade-offs and debate, the ownership campiagn, the exspansion draft, college draft, etc... 1999 - Now the fans completely running the asylum, after still reeling over winning a victory using fax machines and now think they call the shots; They call for Tim Couch to take the reins just one game into his career as the backup. This comes after the Browns first draft Tim Couch thinking that the team needed a 'face' to sell to the fan base and completly miscalculated the long term effects it would cause. 2008 - The fans feeling they deserve something for all they have been through and begin to view death coming closer than ever seeing a Super Bowl seasons, want their guy again and this time it's Brady Quinn, Bill Cowher and a new owner who will be seen at games and as one of them. The media slithers to fuel the underground movement instead of selling the mothership. What this fan base needs is an owner to step in and take charge and take this team back from a public opinion poll. An owner that will cut the balls off of any mis-reporting of the team, bar entire networks or papers for negative selling. An owner that will market his team by it's play on the field and lead by example. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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