Even when it looks that destiny isn't on the side of the Pittsburgh Steelers, they manage to make their own and put themselves in a position to make the post-season. There's the fundamental difference between the Browns and Steelers organizations -consistency. On every level, too. Not just the players and the coaches, but the ownership and the front office. The Steelers win and continue to put themselves in positions to win because their organization is a well-oiled machine.
The Browns for the most part in their sordid history run like a beat-up pickup truck that won't turn over in the cold weather.
It seems like Cleveland once again is going to try to change all of that with the hiring of Mike Holmgren as team president. Holmgren comes in with a great pedigree. Unfortunately, if history is any indication, Cleveland is where he'll go to die just like so many other key coaches and players from year's past. I have no idea what's going to happen with this. I can't even make a prediction. Fortune-tellers will throw you out if you even mention Cleveland. Flip a coin, and if they're not blacked out on television, tune in and see. If nothing else it should at least be entertaining.
4Apparently Urban Meyer thinks he's the new Brett Favre. Less than 24 hours after saying he would be taking a leave of absence, the Florida Gators coach says he expects to lead the team in 2010. If you're going to make a decision like that, maybe you should mull it over for a few days before flip-flopping on what you're going to do.
4Mount Union football finally lost. But fans of the Purple Raiders shouldn't fret. It just gives them the opportunity to start another insanely long winning streak.
4The Salem Quakers and Lady Quakers are off and running. The boys basketball squad had one blip where they lost to a Niles team they probably should have beaten, and the girls are an extremely balanced team that has mowed over everyone it's faced so far. It's shaping up to be a banner year for Salem sports, arguably the best since I've been sports editor here. It's nice to see the community backing all of the school's sports programs so much. There were a few tough years there, but Salem has soldiered through and now it's paying dividends. Kudos to the student athletes, coaches, and last but not least the Salem student body and Quaker Crazies for literally forcing a change in attitude within the school.
"You'll shoot your eye out, kid."
... 'til next time.
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