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Devils Lake Journal - Devils Lake, ND
  • The life of a Browns fan

  • Matt shares his reaction regarding the sudden trade of former Cleveland running back Trent Richardson.
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  • Being a Browns fan is tough.
    The franchise has had only two winning seasons since 1999 and only one of those was a playoff appearance.
    This years team wasn't one that was expected to make the playoffs but neither was the 2007 team who went 10-6 and just missed the post-season.
    Going into the season, I knew the Browns could improve from last year. They have a good defense and were dealt a favorable schedule.
    Of course my dreams of even a decent season have seemed to go down the drain by week three.
    The morning of Sept. 18 was just like any other morning. I checked my email, laid out my pages, and kept up on any sports news going on. I knew that Brandon Weeden was injured so I expected backup Jason Campbell to be named the starter for Sunday's game against Minnesota.
    Turns out the Browns went with third stringer Brian Hoyer who has started one career game. He is also the nineteenth starting quarterback for the Browns since they came back in league in 1999.
    I was surprised but I can't say that either quarterback will make a huge difference. Hoyer is younger and maybe they went with him because he is younger and has something to prove.
    Noon rolls around and I head home for lunch.
    I come back to work and it is a normal afternoon. I check some more emails, layout some pages and check my Twitter occasionally.
    Around 5 p.m. I read a tweet that says the Browns traded their 2012 first round draft pick, Trent Richardson, to Indianapolis. I thought it was a joke. I couldn't believe it so I quickly check every sports site known to man.
    The first two sites didn't have anything regarding the trade but the third one sure did and confirmed what I feared.
    Trent Richardson is going to Indianapolis.
    Wow.
    I didn't know how to feel. Of course the texts roll in from all my friends informing me to switch favorite teams.
    I was in awe. I couldn't believe a team would trade their best offensive player the second week into the season. It seems like the Browns are giving up on the season already.
    A first round pick is nice but now we have no running back for Sunday's game against Minnesota and also have a third string quarterback starting.
    Things escalated quickly on Wednesday afternoon and it was another tough pill to swallow for Browns fans everywhere. A team can only lose for so long and it looks like the losing will continue in Cleveland for at least another year.

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