Hoyer Tears ACL, Just Another Cleveland Nightmare

Posted: October 4, 2013 in Uncategorized

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Oh, Cleveland. You don’t know it. But, we love you in the City of Brotherly Love. You give Philadelphians hope. What a sports county Cuyahoga is. As if no championships since 1948, Jose Mesa’s massive implosion in game seven of the 1997 World Series, “the shot” by Michael Jordan, Lebron James bolting for South Beach, and Art Modell moving the original Browns to Baltimore (where they have since won two championships) weren’t bad enough. Now, like a hurricane ripping through the sandy shores, destiny has destroyed the Browns.

Three weeks ago, Cleveland shipped RB Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first round pick in 2014. Most analysts were unanimous in their disdain for the decision making of the Browns’ front office. But, then, like a miracle birthed from the heavens, Brian Hoyer emerged as a bonafide starting NFL QB. Heading into Thursday night’s matchup against Buffalo, Hoyer had an opportunity to become the first QB in Browns’ history to win his first three starts with the team.

Alas, this is Cleveland that we are talking about. The fates, twisted as their motivations may be, decided that the city of sports sadness needed another proverbial punch in the package. In the first quarter of the team’s eventual victory over Buffalo (another sick, sad sports town), Hoyer went down after attempting to slide on a long run up the right sideline. His knee, caught under his weight and that of a Buffalo defender, failed to ¬†maintain its structural integrity. His replacement, (former starter) Brandon Weeden, led Cleveland to a nail-biting victory over the Bills and their backup Jeff Tuel, who was all kinds of awful in his first NFL action.

Today, it was reported that Hoyer’s season is over. The former Michigan State Spartan will miss the remainder of 2013 with a torn ACL. Yes, Cleveland was able to pull out a victory over a Bills team quarterbacked by whom I can only imagine is Sunshine from Remember the Titans. But, with Weeden’s failures in the past coupled with the lack of talent offensively surrounding the former Oklahoma State Cowboy; the Browns seem doomed to revert back to their old ways.

In football, like in American society, we must have classes. The Patriots, a team built on their rich owner’s shoulders, are the one-percenters. The Browns, meanwhile, are the 47%, leaving their fans to ask the everlasting question in Cleveland. When?

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