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There are teams that warrant quite a bit of nerves to support and the Cleveland Browns are definitely one such team. They may not be in the same situation as the fans of NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, but they are not far behind. Their patience has been tested quite a bit since the 1995-1999 period when the original team was moved to Baltimore and it took four years for the Browns to return to the league. Since 1999, they had only two seasons with a winning record, in 2002 and 2007.
Monday night, they once again displayed everything that has been agitating their fans for these 15-odd years, made even worse by some truly bad luck. And the opponent couldn’t have been worse – the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens came to Cleveland and they were clear favorites to lose, missing their starting quarterback Joe Flacco, two wideouts Breshad Perriman and Steve Smith Sr., top tight end Dennis Pitta and their starting tailback Justin Forsett. In short, the Browns simply had to avoid losing the game.
Things didn’t start well for the Browns, as they dug themselves a 0-10 hole in matter of minutes. Soon after, they were down 3-17. The game became really charged and after some time, the Browns clawed their way back into the game, trailing 20-27. The Browns eventually tied the game up and then came into possession of the ball with seconds left on the clock. With three seconds left in the game, the Browns had a field goal attempt. They couldn’t lose.
And then this happened.
— NFL (@NFL) December 1, 2015
Travis Coons kicked the ball and Brent Urban (in his first NFL game) blocked it. The ball ended up in the hands of Ravens’ safety Will Hill who simply took off. Thanks to a few timely blocks, he bolted down the sideline for a game-winning touchdown. It was one of the craziest things to happen in an NFL season that has been quite crazy so far and that promises quite a bit of insanity down the line. It goes without saying that Browns’ fans were devastated and perhaps the best demonstration of their frustration came from this video by one of the fans.
The look on one of the fans’ face tells it all and then the camera pans to a guy behind him, ripping his jersey off in some disgruntled Browns jersey Hulk move. All the while, a voice can be heard:
I hate the Browns. I f*****g hate the Browns.