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Rod Hood says football was "terrible" for him in Cleveland

Veteran cornerback Rod Hood has had a strange year, to say the least.  Cut by the Cardinals in late April, Hood made the rounds before landing in Cleveland.

He signed with the Browns on May 26.  On August 31, they released him.

The next day, Hood signed with the Bears.  On September 4, they released him.

He finally found a new home — his fourth of the year — in Tennessee on October 15.  So far, the relationship is working fairly well.  His first start came in Week Eight’s 30-13 win over the Jaguars, and Hood contributed an interception to the effort.

Earlier this week, he talked about his experiences with Terry McCormick of the Nashville City Paper.  The stuff that caught our attention the most related to his time with the Browns.

“It had nothing to do with my play at Cleveland,” Hood told McCormick.  “It was one of those
things where I really wanted to get out of there, because I didn’t like
how things were going, how things were being run there.  I’m just a big guy on character and how things are supposed to be
played out, and it wasn’t a good situation for me.  It was to a point
where football wasn’t even fun for me.  It was terrible to me.”

Per McCormick, Hood didn’t provide chapter-and-verse particulars.  But Hood said he’d never encountered anything like it during his seven NFL seasons.  

“I don’t want to go into it specifically.  The owner is a good guy,
and the organization in years past, but now they’ve got some people in
there that’s not running it the way it should be,” Hood explained. “I’ve
never experienced football [like that].  I came from two good
organizations in Philly and Arizona, and I’d never seen football
handled the way it was when I was there.”

The unspoken target of Hood’s attack is, clearly, coach Eric Mangini.  Though some might think Mangini has become a pin cushion for criticism because of the way he handles the media, we get the sense that it runs much deeper than that.  A league source recently told us that former G.M. George Kokinis “changed” once he arrived in Cleveland, and that he seemed aloof and always fearful.  The source believes that Kokinis changed due to the stress of working with (for) Mangini.  

And while we heard in the wake of the team’s first and only win of the year that Mangini had changed for the better, another source told us that Mangini fairly quickly went back the other way.

That said, there likely are more than a few players who don’t have a problem with the way Mangini is running the Browns.  For Mangini’s sake, it would be nice if one or more of them would stand up and prop up the team’s embattled coach.

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41 Responses to “Rod Hood says football was "terrible" for him in Cleveland”
  1. bearsrule says: Nov 7, 2009 8:50 AM

    From what I saw last Sunday, “terrible” doesn’t do it justice.

  2. trickbunny says: Nov 7, 2009 8:56 AM

    Another article from PFT that makes it crystal clear that that you’re all about sensationalism. It’s more than obvious, coming here on a daily basis, that PFT lives for horror stories- and if one isn’t horrible enough, you’ll do your best to make it sound horrible.
    It’s funny how every little thing, from the front office to the laundry room, is all controlled by Mangini and he is apparently responsible for any and every thing that goes wrong or that someone doesn’t like.
    It’s as if there’s ZERO accountability for anybody in Cleveland except the head coach. If Kokinis didn’t do his job or had an improper affair with another high-up staff member, it’s Mangini’s fault. If Massaquoi doesn’t catch a ball that hits him in the hands, it’s Mangini’s fault. If Lewis wastes 5 seconds taking 368 stutter steps before hitting the hole, it’s Mangini’s fault. If the sky is cloudy over Cleveland, it’s Mangini’s fault. If the water in the showers is too cold, it’s Mangini’s fault. …Or at least you’d think so if PFT was your only source of football news.
    Rod Hood (now there’s an unfortunate, and rather apt, name) is opening his big, unable-to- speak-clear-English-mouth because it seems to be “in vogue” to do so right now. Seems to me that the guy wasn’t even with the Browns long enough to really know wtf was going on there.
    And Hood didn’t happen to mention the part about being bitter about the fact that HE SUCKS BIG TIME and has been cut by, what.. 140 teams now?
    “The unspoken target of Hood’s attack is, clearly, coach Eric Mangini.” (We really don’t know that, but that’s who we *want* Hood to be talking about, so we’ll print it and hope that we put everyone in that mindset. Muah ha ha ha…)
    Anyway, you guys at PFT keep your personal agenda to see Mangini canned running full speed. I highly doubt you have any influence whatsoever.

  3. Citizen Strange says: Nov 7, 2009 9:06 AM

    Mangini keeps a Darth Vader mask to prove what a tough guy he is. ‘Nuff said.

  4. buckeyes3413 says: Nov 7, 2009 9:07 AM

    For several years now, if you want to see good football in Cleveland, you watch a high school game being played by St. Ignatius, St. Edwards, or Mentor. From what I saw in person against the Packers (at least until I left at half time), any of these three high school teams might have thrown a scare into the Browns.

  5. rockotica says: Nov 7, 2009 9:17 AM

    if Hood refers to Zona as a “good” organization, the rest of this opinion/story must be viewed skeptically. they were “good” to him bc they paid him for years and didnt cut him.

  6. Igottz5onit says: Nov 7, 2009 9:18 AM

    Why is anything about Cleveland on PROfootballtalk.com. Shouldn’t it be on CFT?

  7. realityonetwo says: Nov 7, 2009 9:24 AM

    trickbunny says:
    November 7, 2009 8:56 AM
    Another article from PFT that makes it crystal clear that that you’re all about sensationalism. It’s more than obvious, coming here on a daily basis, that PFT lives for horror stories- and if one isn’t horrible enough, you’ll do your best to make it sound horrible.
    ————
    Eric Mangini’s nephew, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s give him a hand…. (scattered applause)…

  8. JasonC says: Nov 7, 2009 9:26 AM

    Let’s just wait and see if any of the players do come to Mangini’s defense. If they don’t, that just confirms what we already know…. The hiring of Mangini to coach the Browns was a MUCH bigger mistake than Snyder/Cerrato’s decision to hire Jim Zorn.

  9. Laxer37 says: Nov 7, 2009 9:34 AM

    How could anyone be intimidated by Eric Mangini? Guy is what, maybe 5′ 5″.
    I’m sure free agents can’t wait to join the Browns this offseason. What a disaster.

  10. ggdd says: Nov 7, 2009 9:36 AM

    Hood gets one good play and his mouth gets big!! Didn’t mr 4th and 26 get a big mouth after one play. WHERE is he NOW!!

  11. deymond says: Nov 7, 2009 9:37 AM

    I would definitely be elated to see the Browns playing terrible football again.
    I’m getting sick of people complaining about Mangini. It’s not that I assume he’s doing things right (the record speaks for itself), but Hood’s criticism is empty if he’s unwilling to back it up. If he respects the owner, and he thinks that Mangini is ruining the team, why would he not elaborate? If terrible things are happening, Hood is not protecting anyone by keeping his mouth shut.
    As for Kokonis, I don’t doubt that Mangini would try to exert as much influence over the team as possible. If Kokonis is the GM and Mangini is the coach, it’s up to Kokonis exert his own authority. Apparently he failed to do so, which tells me he’s weak and ineffectual. If Mangini sets up a trade of Braylon and Kokonis doesn’t feel that is best for the team, it’s up to Kokonis to do something about it.

  12. nohio says: Nov 7, 2009 9:50 AM

    Mangina needs to go stand in on coming traffic.

  13. C.Bass says: Nov 7, 2009 9:52 AM

    Let’s check the facts. After 10 years back in the league, and 2 years from going 10-6, the browns are back to being the worst team in the leaugue and are worse than the 1999 expansion team.
    You may not like what Hood is saying, but it took Mangini no time to get rid of anything good the browns had. Did he seriously think the JEts second and third teamers were a move in the right direction? How did that 10-hour bus ride for rookies and the military-style camp go?
    Please stop defending Mangini, people? The Jets are much better without him and the browns are much worse with him.

  14. Outfoxed says: Nov 7, 2009 9:59 AM

    Another waste of space talking about the ultimate waste of space—Fatzo Mangini

  15. trickbunny says: Nov 7, 2009 10:08 AM

    realityonetwo says:
    November 7, 2009 9:24 AM
    trickbunny says:
    November 7, 2009 8:56 AM
    Another article from PFT that makes it crystal clear that that you’re all about sensationalism. It’s more than obvious, coming here on a daily basis, that PFT lives for horror stories- and if one isn’t horrible enough, you’ll do your best to make it sound horrible.
    ————
    Eric Mangini’s nephew, ladies and gentlemen. Let’s give him a hand…. (scattered applause)…
    ……………………………………………………………………
    Gee, I didn’t see *that* coming. (rolls eyes)
    No really, I had *no idea* some clown would play the “you must be related to Mangini” card. (eyes rolling so far back I can see behind me…)
    Here’s what’s next: tons of comments from people who really don’t pay any attention to the Browns and just base all their opinions and comments on the sensationalist crap they read on PFT…

  16. roadkill says: Nov 7, 2009 10:14 AM

    >> Why is anything about Cleveland on PROfootballtalk.com. Shouldn’t it be on CFT?
    Well played, sir.

  17. Xpensive Wino says: Nov 7, 2009 10:27 AM

    I’m gonna base my opinions on Mangini’s track record. AND, the next good thing I see, read or hear about Eric Mangini from anyone, anywhere on the face of the earth will be the first.
    Couple more months and then we won’t be hearing much about him again.

  18. HarrisonHits says: Nov 7, 2009 10:32 AM

    @trickbunny
    Ratgini is that you ?
    And please, the trail of Mangini’s scummy treatment of the people around him goes back for years and is well documented by far more sources the pft.
    Why you would defend a POS like him is beyond the ability of most people to understand. But hey, maybe he’ll give you a job helping him coach the Div 4 high school team he’ll likely end up with.

  19. daffy87 says: Nov 7, 2009 10:43 AM

    Hahahahahahaha. Rod Hood, he spent like a month in Cleveland…he was cut well before any games were played. Takes a coward to take shots from afar…why was he saying anything while he was a Brown? “I hate how things are being run here, but I better not say anything or they’ll cut me and I’m so terrible I might not get picked up anywhere”. What a joke this guy is.

  20. mistakebythelake says: Nov 7, 2009 11:03 AM

    as a lifelong browns fan…i agree with trickbunny.

  21. mistakebythelake says: Nov 7, 2009 11:04 AM

    oh, one more thing. Rod Hood is a total loser. The guy sucks, of course he’s miserable.

  22. The Coop says: Nov 7, 2009 11:07 AM

    I wish I could call Hood’s performance with the Browns terrible, but that would be giving him too much credit.
    STFU, you never-was.

  23. DC_Bengals_Fan says: Nov 7, 2009 11:09 AM

    “No really, I had *no idea* some clown would play the “you must be related to Mangini” card. (eyes rolling so far back I can see behind me…)
    Here’s what’s next: tons of comments from people who really don’t pay any attention to the Browns and just base all their opinions and comments on the sensationalist crap they read on PFT…”
    OK shitbag. I’ll just look at the losses piling up instead of reading sensationalist crap on PFT. Result is the same, Browns are a mess.
    So do you work for the Clowns, blow Mangina, or what?

  24. tdprog1 says: Nov 7, 2009 11:34 AM

    Tickbunny:
    I have to agree with you. As for Rod Hood my LORD this guy is terrible. I remember a preseason game this year against the Lions and Hood was getting abused by Stafford and a third string grocery bagger, cut the next few days I think.
    My, gosh any corner in the league will get a pick every so often if on the field long enough. Hood could not cut it talent wise for the Browns and now he is on the second worse team in the NFL the Titans. NUFF SAID!
    Oh by the way the war in IRAQ is Manginis fault!

  25. sripan says: Nov 7, 2009 11:56 AM

    when a player is cut by 3 teams ,no wonder the team has to be a problem ,player is a good guy ,and as usual florio only bad team can be cleveland ,your fav. bashing team ….

  26. Zinn says: Nov 7, 2009 12:17 PM

    You all miss the point. It really should not matter whether the browns or win or not with Mangini. The problem with Mangini has and always has been a lack fo character and ethics. A secondary question is can a coach win by using threats and fear rather than treating people with respect.
    Mangini’s players hated him in New York for 3 years and his new players now hate him in Cleveland. In NY he quickly lost his team in training camp in 2006. His team underachieved for 3 straight years and played lifeless emotionless football putting out almost no effort each week. He was fortunate in that he took over a super bowl contender in NY that had not had a losing season since 96 except when the team had catastrophic injuries (99, 03, and o5). He benefited by having possibly the easiest schedule in the history of the NFL in 2006. Having the good fortune to play almost every game against a team that happened to be playing its worst football of the year. Whether it was playing against the Titans Collins 1st start with less than a week of practice, or harrington;’s 2nd start or Cleo lemons 1st start or the Raider’s after they had given up. They consistently had the good fortune to play every game when the other team was down and out.
    In year 2 Mangini should have won 12 games if only he had run the ball. The Jets lost 7-8 big leads that year because they refused to run the ball. In the jets losses Jones had one game with more than 12 carries. In 2008 the jets had arguably the most talented team in the league with 12 pro bowl players and alternates. The 2008 version of the Favre Vikings. But of course Mangini’s penchant for wanting to prove he is smarter than the opposition reared its ugly head. If the Jets were playing a bad running defense of course he would gameplan to pass to outsmart them. Well he outsmarted the jets running them into the ground and a sub par 9-7 record when they had a legitimate SB chance if they had just an average coach.
    But poor coaching is not Mangini’s biggest problem its talking shortcuts and a failure to treat other people with respect. Mangini has been called a cheat and unethical by Tony Dungy after the jets cheated against the Colts in 2006 forcing an en emergency meeting of the rules competition to change the substitution rules so Mangini could not cheat the next week. He has been called a liar by at least 3 players in failure to fulfill promises. Countless Jets have said the atmosphere was horrible because of him and all they wanted to do was leave. He has been disciplined by the league countless time for rules violations such as depth chart and injury report deception. He has been accused of theft by the Pats stealing everything not locked down when he left. He ratted out his former mentor after it is alleged that he used the same spying against the pats and other teams himself the year before (2006) himself with the Jets.
    He treats everyone he meets without respect or courtesy. Whether its players, staff or media. What he fails to realize is Parcells and Belicheck can be jerks and get away with it because they have earned respect. He has done nothing in this league to garner respect or leeway rather he has done the reverse and step on toes at every oppurtunity.
    He is a perfect example of why hiring someone in their 30′s rarely works as people that young are generally simply not mature enough to handle such responsibility and deal with other people in a mature respectful manner. Young people his age generally end up worrying far to much about ego and almost never have the people skills needed to manage so many egos.
    I don’t know much about the Cleveland situation except snippets of him putting his authority on the Browns. With the typical Mangini way of my way or the highway. Bow to me or go away. Painting over the Jim Brown mural is typical Mangini and a perfect example of how he only cares about himself. Hopefully the Browns will learn from this and not only hire a coach and GM with football knowledge but hire ones that are adults as well who understand the value in treating others with respect. The browns have some of the best and most hardcore fans in football. They deserve much better than Mangini.

  27. trickbunny says: Nov 7, 2009 12:53 PM

    DC_Bengals_Fan says:
    November 7, 2009 11:09 AM
    OK shitbag. I’ll just look at the losses piling up instead of reading sensationalist crap on PFT. Result is the same, Browns are a mess.
    So do you work for the Clowns, blow Mangina, or what?
    ————————————————
    Since coming back into the league in ’99 (with the exception of a whopping 2 seasons), the Browns “mess” has been their record. The whole “let’s bash the living daylights out of the coach and blame him for ever teeny tiny thing that someone, somewhere doesn’t like” angle is NEW this year.
    And speaking of records that are usually a mess year in and year out, I’d be willing to bet a paycheck that your team will be right back to that next year, if not later in this one. It’s just like 2004 (or whenever that was that the Bengals were good for one year before immediately imploding yet again)- Bengals fans get giddy as hell when things go well- until 10 minutes later when they return to medicocrity or downright crap. It’s funny watching you guys beat your chest- just before it caves in.
    So there you have it, shitlips. Now quit your whining and we;ll give you your stuffed Barney doll back.
    ha ha… “DC Bengals Fan”. Must be sad being the only one in town.

  28. the mooster says: Nov 7, 2009 1:02 PM

    trickbunny – i don’t even know how to respond. you really must be bat-shit crazy to stick up for mangini. i live in cleveland, so I can’t help but follow this absolute trainwreck. he took an awful team under bad leadership in crennel and savage and somehow made it worse, which i didn’t initially think was even remotely possible. it is just a flat-out dysfunctional organization and he is the man responsible. bottom line is that the results PROVE that he has done a disgrace of a job. Cbass hit the nail on the head.
    let’s just criticize florio and PFT for pointing out the obvious – the browns are a trainwreck!
    there are only 2 logical conclusions you can draw about someone who sticks up for mangini – 1) you have an agenda or 2) you are an absolute IDIOT

  29. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Nov 7, 2009 1:16 PM

    Cleveland is the armpit of America. It’s a crap hole. The football team is no exception.
    Look at the past 17 years of NFL football there. There have only been 4 winning seasons (this assumes they don’t run the table this year with their current record at 1-7).
    The last consecutive winning seasons were with Marty Schottenheimer back in the mid 80′s. (before looking it up, I did not know Marty was ever in Cleveland)
    So trick-turning-bunny, your team and city are that bad. I don’t know why you are defending them. OSU could beat the Browns. When your shacking up with Mangini tonight, be sure not to take a bottle of water when you do the walk-of-shame to your car. You might get a bill for the water later.
    Need more proof that Cleveland sucks?
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZzgAjjuqZM
    Another example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysmLA5TqbIY

  30. florioisagoodlawyer says: Nov 7, 2009 1:18 PM

    Way to call someone you don’t know a ‘shitbag’ for stating their opinion on a football team. You must have a lot of fun being the anonymous douche behind pointless comments on the internet. Surely there is nothing better you could be doing with your time, BENGALS fan.

  31. Occam says: Nov 7, 2009 1:54 PM

    “If Kokinis didn’t do his job or had an improper affair with another high-up staff member, it’s Mangini’s fault. If Massaquoi doesn’t catch a ball that hits him in the hands, it’s Mangini’s fault. If Lewis wastes 5 seconds taking 368 stutter steps before hitting the hole, it’s Mangini’s fault. If the sky is cloudy over Cleveland, it’s Mangini’s fault. If the water in the showers is too cold, it’s Mangini’s fault.”
    Someone embarrassingly labour’s their point on PFT, it’s Mangin’s fault.

  32. urbusted says: Nov 7, 2009 2:10 PM

    JoeFlaccosUniBrow says:
    November 7, 2009 1:16 PM
    Cleveland is the armpit of America. It’s a crap hole. The football team is no exception.
    THE TRUE A_S H_LE of America is the city that stole our team in 1995. Your sir seem to fit right in!!! Want to trade cheap shots? Fine. But I’d rather rip off your head and S___ down your throat!

  33. trickbunny says: Nov 7, 2009 2:18 PM

    Funny how some people think that merely pointing out how every little single thing that is going wrong in Cleveland is apparently Mangini’s fault is somehow “defending” Mangini.
    You’re wrong. What I’m trying to point out is that the behavior (seemingly blaming the coach for everything from the GM not asserting authority and not doing his job to the players on the field not being able to catch a ball to the offensive game plan that the OC is responsible for) has just become a shark feeding frenzy. It’s come to a point where it’s just a pile-on, with only a few people stopping to figure out where the roots to these problems actually lie.
    You can’t really defend someone who has a reputation as a hard ass, as Mangini certainly does. But at the same time, it seems to me like all the guy does is preach sound fundamentals on football, and he ‘s stuck with a bunch of whiners who just plain don’t wanna work hard- so now they don’t like him. Waaaaaah.
    Good example of the media and fans piling on over total bullshit: the “water bottle incident.” Everyone is focused on the fact that Mangini fined a player $1700 for stealing a bottle of water- meanwhile, no one has a word to say about how a multi-millionaire football player SHOULDN’T BE STEALING a $3 bottle of water (or anything else for that matter)! How about that?
    One thing’s for sure- I really doubt the player will be taking anything else without paying for it.
    When did football fans who like to see hard work and honesty turn into a bunch of blouse-wearing poodle walkers who cry when someone is asked to pay dearly for exhibiting absolutely intolerable behavior (like thievery)?

  34. trickbunny says: Nov 7, 2009 2:22 PM

    Occam,
    I assure you that, no matter how hard I “labour” (pip pip and cheerio, old chap) my point, I’m not embarrassed. Sorry to disappoint.

  35. ToledoLions says: Nov 7, 2009 2:24 PM

    JoeFlaccosUniBrow,
    I have to say that shit was hilarious but Cleveland isn’t even the armpit of Ohio. Toledo is and believe me because I live here. Cleveland doesn’t have shit on Toledo in terms of the biggest shithole since Detroit. We went bankrupt last year because our Mayor spent was spending $10 million a year on flowers and tree’s to “beautify” the city LOL. He cut 175 police officers and 200 firefighters just so he didn’t have cut back on flowers. Even though he didn’t realize putting flowers around the city was like trying to put cologne on a hot steaming pile of elephant shit. Sure it works for a min. but underneath it you still have a huge poor bankrupt pile of shit you still have to clean up. They actually stopped fixing any roads here because they didn’t have the money to. And when it was time to go to congress for the city council to plea their case for more federal help the mayor went by himself behind city councils back and got the money and spent it on a project he had going with a bunch of investors to build a new marina district by the river even though the one that he built a decade before that failed miserably and went bankrupt. He just used the money to open it back up and now it’s bankrupt again LOL. Needless to say we have the least amount of police officers and firefighters per-capita in the country. But Cleveland sucks ass too.

  36. poppinfresh64 says: Nov 7, 2009 2:51 PM

    JoeFlaccosUniBrow says:
    November 7, 2009 1:16 PM
    Cleveland is the armpit of America. It’s a crap hole. The football team is no exception.
    Have you ever been to Cleveland?? No your too busy in crabtown with your shi__y baseball team and basketball…….oh wait i forgot you dont have a B-ball team.Your football team sucked so bad they had to leave in the middle of the night and then you cried and cried and cried….wahhhhhh they took our team and that crappy band too….but then just like a piece of maryland crap you steal another cities team and players and the murdering linebacker and all of a sudden your a genius?? I understand scoreboard but dont rag on a city when yours has a higher murder rate than ours…what are you whining about anyway we gave you a Super Bowl quality team (defense)…your not Trent Dilfer posting incognito are you???

  37. Tim says: Nov 7, 2009 4:37 PM

    Rod hood sounds as if he had his farting privileges taken away from him.

  38. florioisagoodlawyer says: Nov 7, 2009 5:00 PM

    Tried hitting up some of the Browns players to see if anyone wanted to step up and say something good. Not exactly a great show of support for Mangini (lol):
    eric wright:
    @ithinkurwright man one of you boys needs to say something to the press re: not hating your coach. Rod Hood is making it worse nationally
    response:
    RT @aaronmakessongs @ithinkurwright man one of you boys needs to say something to the press http://bit.ly/191gn3

  39. florioisagoodlawyer says: Nov 7, 2009 5:43 PM

    lost in that last post is what both players said BACK to me:
    especially jackson’s response which was to re-tweet this article and say “hood aint playin!” which lead me to believe he agreed. original tweet is at:
    http://twitter.com/dq52
    if it doesnt get deleted first

  40. ToledoLions says: Nov 7, 2009 7:08 PM

    trickbunny,
    WTF does stealing a bottle of water have to do with this. This isn’t about that it’s about Mangini running your franchise further into the ground.
    So by your logic your saying every single player on the Browns and that were on the Jets that can’t stand Mangini and don’t want to play for him are a bunch of lazy crybabies that just don’t feel like doing ANY work that’s why Mangini gets a bad rap???????
    I am going to have to believe the 30-40 players that have played for him and have come out and said they hate playing for him and he’s a horrible coach over some comments on PFT by a guy who has NEVER met Mangini or seen how he runs that team. Have you ever heard one player come out and defend Mangini???? And how many have come out and ripped him about the way he runs things. Exactly, it’s not like it’s been one disgruntled player it’s enough to make a team out of them. So what does that tell you. If Mangini wasn’t doing alot of things wrong then this discussion wouldn’t be taking place
    Do you hear St. Louis players coming out and ripping on Spagnola? Do you hear Lions players ripping on Shwartz? Do you hear Buccaneers players ripping on Morris? No it’s just Mangini so shut up because the points you are trying to make make no sense. It’s Mangini period end of discussion.

  41. JoeFlaccosUniBrow says: Nov 7, 2009 9:21 PM

    @poppinfresh64, If you hadn’t noticed Cleveland Indians aren’t a powerhouse as much as my Orioles are. Basketball is not my concern; the closet professional sport to the fixed WWE is the NBA. Our football team left because Bob Ursay was a drunk asshole that got into a squabble with the our mayor. Ray Lewis never murdered anyone and if you did not drink a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon every night, you might have heard the news. We do have the highest murder rate per capita, that is why we don’t get a basketball team. Mello would have been a great head of a local gang.
    @urbusted and @poppinfresh64; you two must drink the brown cool-aid also known as Cleveland tap water. Do either one of you know why Modell left Cleveland? If either of you would have graduated “Cleveland high school” (or what the rest of America calls elementary school) you could have read the whole story. When your mayor pushed and got the new stadium for the Indians, he forgot to address the-then Browns. Modell owned the stadium and needed the income from 81 Indian games for rent. The Indians left for their publicly funded stadium and Modell was left with a huge hole in his mortgage. ANY business person (sorry to inform you that football IS business) would be looking for alternatives. Baltimore had its act together from when the Colts left (lottery proceeds in Maryland go to the MD Stadium Authority and not public schools). Cleveland was dragging their feet on getting a football stadium together. Art saw no end in sight and moved to stop him from bleeding money. Modell hated the fact he moved, but knew he had no other option. Funny thing is, after they left the money for a stadium magically appeared…go figure.
    In Baltimore we hate Ursay because he was douche. In Cleveland, Modell was the farthest thing from a douche; don’t hate on him. You should be mad at your city for letting it get to the point that the team had no choice but to leave.
    If you want argue, come at me with facts like your burning river and the thousands of dead fish that litter the beach of that nasty ass lake.

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