It's League Championship Sunday in the NFL, the day where dreams are made or hopes are dashed, where two teams will advance to the Super Bowl, and two will go home, bitterly disappointed. Something Browns fans obviously know about way too much.
As everyone knows, the one moment that perhaps sums up Cleveland Sports Torture more than anything else, happened 23 years ago, a mile high and a million memories ago. A fantastic last drive, and The Fumble by Earnest Byner, just seconds after being called "The Money Man" by the announcers. The last drive is immortalized below. What Don Criqui called "this moment of tremendous pain" is really just one in a series of moments. Perhaps the high--or low--point, but certainly not unique in Clevelanders' hearts.
It's this fire--fueled by moments like thirteen winters ago--that keeps us going, that keeps us focused, that will be extinguished only by a championship.
PS I am hoping with all my being that the Jets beat the Steelers then lose to the Bears. Give me something. And the Plain Dealer also pulled together a nice (if that is the right word) revisiting to the losses to the Broncos.