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I used the “p” word several times Sunday while watching the Browns game.


But it wasn’t playoffs.


It was pitiful.


I used the word pitiful often in describing the Browns’ performance Sunday afternoon, and then used it again Monday, and then Tuesday, etc.


I can’t stop using it in describing what I saw from the Browns in Cincinnati Sunday.


It didn’t surprise me that they lost to the Bengals, but how bad they looked in doing it.


Ugh.


And it wasn’t like the Bengals dominated the Browns offensively.


Andy Dalton is a problem for Cincinnati.


But are they going to make the postseason again and win the AFC North?


You bet.


Are the Browns going to the playoffs this season?


Not if they play like they did this past Sunday.


What went wrong with the Browns starting signal caller Jason Campbell?


What happened to getting rid of the ball quickly or eluding the rush and actually running with the football or when he did throw it, why not down field?


Check down Campbell is his new nickname.


How many times did we hear the words check down during the TV broadcast.


Check down, check down, check down.


I should have known it would not go well for the Browns when my direct TV CBS provider out of Toledo was carrying the Ravens/Bears instead, and my direct TV channel which carried the Browns/Bengals had it blacked out locally.


Ugh!


Maybe that was a sign not to watch and go through a pitiful three hours plus like I did.


And to think, I knew several Browns’ fans who actually went to the game in Cincinnati and had to suffer in person, and suffer with the bad weather, as well.


At least, I got to suffer in my big recliner and in front of my big-screen TV.


And I still watched to the bitter end.


Pitiful folks, pitiful


Our new p word for the Browns.


Hope that changes after this Sunday.


OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:


*Before Sunday, the Browns hadn’t had a punt blocked in 20 years, and Spencer Lanning had not one, but two of his punts deflected/blocked. Talking to Michael Reghi of the Browns radio network this week, he says the Browns coaches are working on shortening Lanning’s delivery. Got to do something!


*The Indians have signed free agent outfielder David Murphy to a two-year deal worth a reported $12 million dollars. This is a guy who is coming off of his worst season in the major leagues batting just .220 with 13 homers and 45 RBIs. And the left-handed slugger hit just .219 against righties.


Ugh! Okay, I guess he can’t hurt, but remind me why they are signing him? Are those numbers better than Drew Stubbs or Ryan Rayburn, the guys who played right field most of the time last season?


Maybe Stubbs is going to be traded or flat-out released.


*We began the football postseason with three Midwest Athletic Conference teams and here we are to the regional finals stage and still have three MAC teams playing.


But if Marion Local and Delphos St. John’s both win Saturday night, they will have to meet in a Division VII state semifinal matchup. The Flyers beat the Blue Jays 28-14 in a regular season matchup in Delphos.


*Hard to believe that high school hoops began locally Thursday with the girls. Ottoville, Crestview, Wayne Trace and Van Wert played in an opening tip-off tournament in Van Wert. The semifinals were moved up a day because of Wayne Trace playing in the football playoffs.


And the Bluffton season opening tip-off tournament will have its consolation and championship games on Saturday afternoon, thanks to Arlington still playing playoff football. Once high school hoops begins, we are busy through March.


But I am still in football mode.


(You can comment to Koza: koza@cmgroup.co)

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