The Browns have won three games in a row.
I haven't been able to write those words in almost three years. The last time the Browns won three in a row, on my dad's birthday on December 27, 2009, Eric Mangini was our coach.
We've been doing lots of trolling down memory lane lately as we transition to the Haslam era. Before we said good-bye to Holmgren, we said good-bye to Eric Mangini, which also meant saying good-bye to his (fictitious?) twin brother, Derick Mangini.
We miss you, Derick. And we hope, wherever you are, that you're enjoying the last of the world's Twinkies and other assorted snax and got to watch the Browns win three straight from the basement in Browns headquarters in Berea (because you still live there, at least in our minds. And there is a TV in the basement. And Twinkies.).
As a bitter Browns fan, I don't like to be too optimistic. But for the first time since the last time I had hope for the Browns, I have actual, real hope. For the Browns. Richardson. Benjamin. A healthy squad (three weeks away from a season free of three high ankle sprains). I'm warming up to Weeden, he's better than any other quarterback we've had since 1999. Forward progress. Continuous improvement. And then there's Haslam.
Haslam gives me hope. I don't think he spent a billion bucks to um, lose all the time (because that sounds like fun, doesn't it?). He may have to clean part of the house, but I hope it'll be the last Browns shake up for a long time. With a good core of players and management, next year *may* be the year we've been waiting for all these years. And by that I mean a 500 season, or a winning season. So I can write something positive, not bitter. Turn the Browns Frown Upside Down. Or something.
Like I've said before, it's the little things, and a three game winning streak is certainly something to celebrate. Especially because by winning at the end of this season we're not screwing up good draft picks (a perpetual frustration of mine, it seems).
I'm looking forward to the 2013-2014 season. Then again, I might be ranting and raving to you next year the exact opposite sentiment. Only time will tell. (In the meantime, please see our Bitter slogan/disclaimer that we're women and it's our right to be indecisive.) Either way, it should at least be interesting to watch.