Rod’s Week and Sports – Talking Baker, Browns and the Bye

Like the Cleveland Browns, I took a little time off last week. It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. That’s kind of what Thanksgiving is. Most of us get to take a break loaded with gluttony, an excessive amount of football and possibly intemperance. It’s a break we earn by paying the tolls this life charges us on a daily basis. As Cleveland sports fans, we have all paid dearly over the years. The past week has been a refreshing detour from the road that is not less traveled in Cleveland.

Seeing the Cavaliers win back-to-back games over Philadelphia and Houston may have disappointed some fans who want to see the team tank for a high pick. I’d rather see the team try their best and grow as a unit. Add a somewhat unexpected pounding of TTUN by the Buckeyes Saturday and we had a good thing going before the Browns even kicked off Sunday.

Thanksgiving is not only about overeating and football. In fact, I would say the first word that comes to mind for me on Thanksgiving is family. The thing is, families change. Families don’t always get along. Some of us lose people and it makes holidays tough. This was shaping up to be a negative Thanksgiving for me. You see, for me, it’s all about having my family around me. That doesn’t always work when you’re married for the second time and have adult children. Suffice it to say that I have people who care about me and helped me through it. I see now that we must appreciate what and who we have in our lives. The way things used to be is great, but you have to roll with the changes.

Sunday’s game was about change. The Cleveland Browns organization has undergone a change in the last few weeks. We can attribute the change to many people. The subtraction of two coaches was the turning point for this team. It was like digging the dirt off a buried treasure. Several treasures in fact. Baker Mayfield, Freddie Kitchens, Gregg Williams and many others now shine since the dirt has been mercifully removed. Forget about who the head coach should be next season. Like your Thanksgiving dinner, enjoy where you are and what is happening right now. We are seeing historic seasons from Baker Mayfield and Nick Chubb. Soak it in!

We had Gregg Senko on the Brownie Sunday Podcast this week. Gregg has been with CST a short time, yet his talent is apparent. We have been blessed with some very talented writers and I encourage you to check out the articles that Gregg, Menachem Ickovitz, Imari McPherson and others are writing. We have a great team of volunteers who love to do what they do. We made some lofty predictions about the Browns season on the podcast. Be sure and check it out and let me know your thoughts.

Have a great week!


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