Today, the weather report for the neighborhood of Cleveland Browns Stadium said, "Rain is only occurring in a few spots." One was, for most the game, the stadium itself, and another might as well have been the press box. If you checked in on Browns and Bills beat writers, you found a lot of deadpan reactions to some pretty bad football and some outright griping. "Perpetually cursed" popped up a couple times. A small sample:
Two things - wireless here seems terrible, so responses will be spotty at best. And it's pouring here right now.— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) September 23, 2012
Found a place that has worse wireless than the Ralph - Cleveland. Cant make a phone call, can't text, internet crawling, Twitter mostly dead— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) September 23, 2012
Tashaun Gipson now getting reps at FS for #Browns. Rain falling hard now.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) September 23, 2012
Another shower hitting Cleveland. McKelvin 33-yard punt return set up Bills in Browns territory— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) September 23, 2012
Pouring rain at Cleveland Browns Stadium...#Bills tried to challenge if Cribbs was down on KOR, but play not reviewable.— Mary Kay Cabot (@MaryKayCabot) September 23, 2012
Spiller being carted off field. Doesn't look good. This team really is perpetually cursed. The 1 guy they absolutely couldn't afford to lose— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) September 23, 2012
In addition to lousy wireless, no halftime meal - unless you consider nacho chips and some cookies a meal. Cleveland Browns. Joke.— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) September 23, 2012
This just in, #Bills pass rush has been invisible. Even on blitzes they're not getting there and Weeden is taking advantage— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) September 23, 2012
Reggie Hodges with a 28y punt. I expect #Browns to tryout punters very soon, tho it's a short week for them.— Tony Grossi (@TonyGrossi) September 23, 2012
Lighten up: You're in Cleveland with the whole night ahead of you.
Fittingly, our GIF today is sure to make fans of both teams sad: C.J. Spiller burning the Browns defense for a long touchdown run off a Ryan Fitzpatrick screen pass. Cool, right? But that same C.J. Spiller injured his shoulder and was "in obvious pain as he stayed on the ground for several minutes before he was helped to his feet by trainers." Enjoy this one—might be the last we see of Spiller on the field for a little while.
Tashard Choice actually filled in admirably, and may have been the difference—he ended up with 91 yard on 20 carries—but really, the difference was that the Browns offense never got going: At one point, Trent Richardson—otherwise known as the only reason to watch Browns games—had 4 yards on 7 carries, and that was right before halftime. He'd end up punching in a TD on his next run, but a total of 27 yards from your marquee rookie won't do it. (2-1) Bills 24, (0-3) Browns 14. At least Browns fans got a jump on the traffic:
Holy cow, McKelvin just made an interception. Not kidding, he caught the ball. And Browns fans are on the way to the exits— Sal Maiorana (@salmaiorana) September 23, 2012