It might not — yet — have the online fanaticism and cachet of baseball, but the NFL and its fans are starting to catch up in the world of team-devoted blogs. To this end, Deadspin salutes these modem-addled souls and proudly presents Blogdom's Best, given to the most outstanding blog for each NFL team. There are fewer than there are for baseball, but they're out there, if you look. If you would like to nominate a blog (yours, even) for selection, just let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. Today: The Cleveland Browns.
Today we think of the Cleveland Browns as a somewhat inept franchise, which employs Trent Dilfer and Reuben Droughns. They're 4-7 and dropping like a safe. But there was a time, friends, when the Browns owned the NFL. Cleveland appeared in the NFL Championship Game 10 times from 1950 to 1969, winning three titles. And before joining the NFL they made all four AAFC Championship Games, winning two. They were led by players such as Otto Graham, Lou Groza and Jim Freakin' Brown.. Their coach was Paul Brown, who spawned the West Coast offense, which led to a slew of Super Bowl titles from San Francisco to New England. So bow down and show some respect, because your team never had an influence like this. (But don't bow too close to her.)
Of course, the Browns are also noted as the only team with no helmet logo, and it's just as well, considering the possibilities. And as in any great story, there's also an arch-villain. That would be former owner Art Modell, who moved the team to Baltimore in 1995. The Browns were reinstated in Cleveland in 1999, but have been in only one playoff game since then. Let's all give Art a healthy boo as we run down three of the best Browns blogs.
3. Browns 24/7. One of the most mentioned Browns sites on the Web, actually includes several blogs, plus a lot more.
2. Mistake By the Lake Sporting Times. "Art Modell is undoubtedly among the worst human beings of the modern era, along with Adolf Hitler, Pol Pot, Carlos Boozer and Joseph Stalin." Ha.
1. In the Dawg Pound. Another comprehensive Most Valuable Network blog, well written, one of the best we've seen on any team.
(Tuesday: San Francisco 49ers)