Great post by Chuck Klosterman on my hometown team, the Cleveland Browns. My favorite excerpts:
How do you appease a fan base that is both highly critical and eternally infatuated? It’s like dating a woman who hates you so much she will never break up with you, even if you burn down the house every single autumn.
This is the central dichotomy of Cleveland football: No other fan base is so deeply loyal and so self-consciously negative at the same time. Locally, there just seems to be a universal belief that — somehow, either by human error or random chance — the Browns will fail at whatever they try.
I don’t think they’re building chemical weapons in Berea. But they might be. I can’t say for sure.
Captures the scene well.