Factory of Sadness: Myth or Reality?

Another painful browns season is coming to a close and plenty of questions have been left unanswered. Sure I could talk about the wide receivers, the quarterback play, or even Peyton Hillis. But perhaps the biggest question to me: Are the browns really the “Factory of Sadness”? For those of you that may not have heard of this term, the Factory of Sadness is a nickname given to the Browns because they disappoint you every single week. This season has been especially hard to stomach and has left me wondering if this nickname really carries weight. Since the Browns came back into the league in 1999, they have been a complete and utter disaster. And yet fans continue to pack the stands on Sundays in the hopes that the team can someday return to the glory days of the 1980’s. When Mike Holmgren was named the President of the Browns a couple of years ago, a new seed of hope was planted. Holmgren had taken the Packers and Seahawks to Super Bowls and was highly respected around the league. It was easy to think that the Browns would finally look like a real team again.

But after suffering through another losing season, I’m starting to legitimately wonder if the Browns will ever be good again. The term “Factory of Sadness” may not be real, but it’s hard to ignore that Cleveland is a perfect storm for failure right now. 

Elements of the Perfect Storm

  • Ohio is one of the best football states in the country and fans are dreadfully loyal to the Cleveland Browns.
  • Browns fans are impatient and have endured some seriously crappy football the last 13 years.
  • Browns fans bash players, coaches, and anyone affiliated with the organization rather quickly once the team starts losing again.
  • The team lacks the talent to compete in the AFC North on a consistent basis.
  • Players get frustrated with the fans when they get booed during home games.
  • The head coach is a sitting duck for criticism and the fans call for his head relentlessly.
  • Cleveland struggles to attract big name free agents because the weather is horrible and the team is so bad.
  • The team rarely has continuity since they fire their head coach every couple of years. .
  • The team hasn’t had a legit QB since they came back into the league in 1999.

Whether or not you consider the Browns to be a “Factory of Sadness”, we can all agree that there is some serious work to do in the offseason. The roster has more holes than Bin Laden’s forehead. The Browns conclude their season sunday at home vs. the dreaded Steelers and it’ll be interesting to see how many fans show up for the game. The Steelers still have the division title within reach and I fully expect them to beat up on Browns a little bit just because they can. If you like a good rant, watch the YouTube clip I posted below.

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