Last week we posted a article looking at the psychology of a Cleveland Browns fan during “meaningless” December games. With one side rooting for the team they love to win and the other side rooting for the team they love to lose, therefore getting a higher draft pick. Yesterday may have been the most perfect game to experience both sides of this dichotomy.
The Browns, facing the vaunted New England Patriots, were big underdogs. Fans of the Browns expected a big defeat against a team many Browns fans have come to dislike. Whether is their coach, and ex-Browns coach, Bill Bellichik reminding the faithful what might have been or the New York Yankee like dynasty success, the Patriots aren’t a well liked opponent. In fact they probably fall just below divisional foes and are joined by “America’s Team” the Dallas Cowboys.
Instead of falling flat the aggressive Browns took the game to the Patriots, leading 6-0 at halftime, and looking in control going into the fourth quarter. During this time the Positive Face/Side of the Browns fan was excited for a huge win over a quality opponent. The Negative Face/Side was sad that they couldn’t improve their draft spot but sat quietly for a moment. Then the 61 seconds that led to the Patriots victory enraged Mr. Positive: “We were robbed! The league wants the Patriots to win! Roger Goodell hates Cleveland!”
That anger and frustration, coming out of the excitement of a possible huge win, boiled for a little while, longer for others. “We could of had them. Chud could of saved a timeout. What if we still had Phil Dawson, he could of made that 58 yarder!” Finally, at some point, the blood returned to the rational portion of the brain and Mr. Negative, the one rooting for draft picks, started to get excited. “We played good but still lost, woohoo! Climbing up the draft boards here we go.” Then Mr. Negative had to check the other teams we are “battling” with for a high draft pick. “Darn the Vikings and Falcons lost last minute/close games but we still should be 6th or 7th now.”
And that is the epitome of Browns faithful. Hoping for the best from the team, but able to pickup and move on and get excited about the draft. Two tweets sum up yesterday for Browns fans:
@JaredKMueller went into game wanting them to lose. That changed halfway thru game.
— Dan How (@ClevelandCat) December 9, 2013
Butthurt is to CLE fans what darkness is to bane. Other fans may embrace the butthurt, but they were raised by it, molded by it
— Justin Rowan (@Cavsanada) December 8, 2013