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Shmackem: Wait, the Browns actually won

Carlos Ruiz

The Cleveland Browns won a football game for the first time in 635 days on Thursday, but fans shouldn’t get overhyped, after all the team is still the Browns.

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Last time the Browns won in the NFL Barack Obama was President of the U.S., let that sink in.

In the highest NFL network game since December 2015, the Browns took to the gridiron versus the New York Jets, which ended with the Browns winning 21-17.

The Thursday night matchup between the two teams in the American Football Conference was the third game for each team of the young season and received 8.6 million viewers.

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Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield was deemed a hero for securing the comeback win, after replacing starter Tyrod Taylor who left the game in the second quarter with a concussion.

Mayfield, the No. 1 overall draft pick and Heisman Trophy winner, entered the game with the Jets up 14-0.

This being his NFL debut, he went on to throw for 17-23 and accumulate 201 yards in the process, leading to the 21 points the Browns scored.

Naturally, Browns fans instantly morphed into Mayfield stans, nearly proclaiming him as “the chosen one,” much like the city, colloquially known as The Land, did for LeBron James.

Just because the Browns finally won a game and Mayfield looked great in his rookie debut, it doesn’t mean that the team is now a playoff contender.

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Maybe fans in Cleveland who think their team is good after one win have been drinking too much free Bud Light, after the brew company followed through with its promise of free beer when the Browns win.

Browns faithful should not let this win distract them from the fact that this team’s overall record the past two seasons and this one combined is an abysmal 2-32.

Last season the Browns became the second team in NFL history to finish a season with a record of 0-16. The point is the Browns stink.

Sure, this lonely win may seem like a rose for Cleveland, a city that has had the worst luck in pro sports, but we all know roses really smell like poo-ooo-ooo.

This is the same city that lost James, the best basketball player in the world to free agency twice, this time to the Los Angeles Lakers, watched the Cleveland Indians blow a 3-1 lead in the World Series, had a 52-year major sport championship drought and are home to the Browns.

Sorry Browns fans, for the time being your team is still hands down the worst team in NFL history.

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Although the Houston Texans are now the proud owners of the unfortunate title that is the team with the most days without a win, at 306 days on Friday.

The Browns will have the opportunity to extend a positive streak this time around or join the Texans back on the losing streak, taking on the lowly Oakland Raiders on Sept. 30, a team currently at 0-2 for the season.

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About the Contributors
Jah-Tosh Baruti
Jah-Tosh Baruti, Staff Writer
Jah-Tosh Baruti is author of the sports column titled Shmackem. Previously he was sports editor for Talon Marks. Baruti also took home an award for his sports writing at the Journalism Association of Community Colleges’ state conference in 2018.
Carlos Ruiz
Carlos Ruiz, Managing Editor
Carlos Ruiz is the Managing Editor for Talon Marks. He admires photography, and even launched his own website and has dedicated his Instagram to his work. His dream job is always changing, but most recently, he would like to travel the world taking photos, or something having to do with photojournalism. He’s hopeful to continue working on a newspaper staff at the CSU he decides to attend.  
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