Life as an NFL (or sports) fan in Ohio is not easy. Unless you bandwagon on successful franchises like the Green Bay Packers and the New England Patriots, you're going to be down in the dumps. Let's face it: the state of Ohio doesn't have much luck when it comes to sports championships sans the Ohio State Buckeyes in football. The only title that comes to memory is when the Cleveland Cavaliers won the 2016 NBA Finals.
Most Ohio NFL fans remember the moments of woe when it comes to their pro football misery. "The Drive", Art Modell moving the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore (who went on to win TWO Super Bowls), Joe Montana telling his 49er teammates about John Candy in the audience at the Super Bowl. The list of misery is endless.
For Cleveland, it's an neverending cycle of misery. The Browns have been a graveyard for quarterbacks, with names ranging from Johnny "Money" Manziel to Tim Couch to Jeff Garcia to Tyrod Taylor. It's only a matter of time before Baker Mayfield becomes the latest corpse in what appears to be the New York Jets of the AFC North pertaining to quarterbacks. The Browns have even resorted to a running game to make sure Mayfield doesn't throw an untimely interception. The good news is that ownership is trying to win after years of idiocy from Randy Lerner. But it seems like it won't be enough no matter what.
For Cincinnati, the skyline chili looks like shit on a plate. It's disgusting. Anyways, the football team, the Bengals, do have a solid quarterback in Joe Burrow. He's breaking records left and right. However, this team will be stupid enough to sign somebody like Vontaze Burfict again, who will make an illegal hit that will eliminate the Bengals on wild card weekend (most likely by the Steelers). Unlike the Browns, Mike Brown will never die and will own the Bengals and their ritualistic wild card exit for the rest of eternity. Also, the Bengals are ripping off the New Orleans Saints with their "WHO DEY" shtick.
No matter how hard these two teams try, they'll never escape the wild card round. If they're lucky enough to make the Super Bowl, they'll have an infamous moment that will live on in Ohio sports lore, i.e. a fumble at the goal line that will cost that team the game or an interception like the one Russell Wilson had against the Patriots in Super Bowl 49. If you're a masochist and love rooting for the Browns or Bengals, then go to town. But for those outside of Ohio (or those in Ohio), avoid these two at all costs!
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