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Vince Koza



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I feel like I have been riding a roller coaster watching the Cleveland Browns so far this season.


And I don’t like roller coasters.


UP-with the start of the season, and hoping the Browns would show improvement from the last couple of painful campaigns.


DOWN-with losing the first two games and then trading away the face of the franchise and shocking Browns nation in the process.


UP-with then winning three straight games and doing it with a third string quarterback - a hometown boy making good.


DOWN-when Brian Hoyer gets injured and former number one pick Brandon Weeden surpasses LeBron James as Cleveland’s number one villain. OK, former Browns owner Art Modell has got to be number one here, but Weeden is now number two! I can’t remember not hearing a Browns fan complain about Weeden. Ugh!


UP-when Weeden gets injured and Jason Campbell steps up and leads the Browns to a narrow loss at undefeated Kansas City and then following it up by keying a win over a Baltimore Ravens team that had won 11 straight games versus Cleveland.


I’m feeling dizzy just thinking about the roller coaster season so far.


The good news is that the Browns are coming off of a win, and can’t lose this Sunday since they have their bye week.


Don’t look now - but the Browns are in the playoff hunt.


At 4-5 they trail the Bengals in the AFC North by two games, but visit Cincinnati the following Sunday.


And this Sunday the Bengals have got to go to Baltimore and take on the very mad Ravens. Remember, they just lost to the Browns for the first time in six years.


If you are following this roller coaster, the next move is supposed to be DOWN.


That means the Browns will lose in Cincinnati, and all of our optimism will be turned into a negative.


Don’t you hate thinking like that?


That’s a Cleveland pro sports fan, folks.


I am going to stay positive for as long as I can.


Playoffs?


Why not?


Still a lot of football to be played, but it looks to me like the Browns can compete for an AFC North championship.


For now, anyway.


OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:


*Excited about the road to Canton/Massillon beginning Friday around Limaland and once again we have several teams in the state playoffs and you have to believe that Kenton and Marion Local are favorites to win state titles. Both claimed mythical state championships this week in finishing number one in Divisions IV and VII respectively in the final Associated Press Poll.


*Interesting that most thought the Midwest Athletic Conference was down this season, but the MAC has three teams in the postseason - Marion Local, Coldwater and Delphos St. John’s. The Western Buckeye League has three teams in Kenton, Wapakoneta and Defiance. The Northwest Conference has three in Ada, Jefferson and Crestview, while the Blanchard Valley Conference leads the area with four playoff teams - Leipsic, McComb, Arlington and Liberty Benton. Good luck to all of of the Limaland teams competing this weekend


*Expectations were high for the Columbus Blue Jackets this season. Narrowly missing the Stanley Cup playoffs on the final day of the regular season last spring, but it hasn’t been a good start for Columbus so far this year - only 5-9 out of the gate.


And the Blue Jackets are now in the Eastern Conference, which is a good thing, although strange that their division is called the Metropolitan Division, which isn’t a good thing. Just doesn’t fit with Atlantic, Central and Pacific. Only thing worse? Leaders and Legends from the Big 10-ugh!


*How about the Browns and Buckeyes both off this weekend? What is a guy to do?


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