I often wonder how people can consistently support consistently awful sports teams.
The NHL has its Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, and Columbus Blue Jackets.
The MLB has its Houston Astros, Chicago Cubs, and (until this year), Pittsburgh Pirates.
But the worst team of all may be be the NFL’s Cleveland Browns.
Since returning to NFL action in 1999 (after shutting down operations in 1995), the Browns have lost twice as many games as they’ve won. They’ve posted just two winning seasons during that time and have gone through seven different coaches.
In other words, it’s been a difficult two decades for Cleveland Browns fans.
Shockingly, though, there are still a legion of Browns fans out there. Take Scott E. Entsminger. A lifelong Browns supporter, Entsminger was so passionate about his team that he every year sent the organization a list of tips on how to improve.
Sadly, 55-year-old Entsminger passed away on July 4.
However, this Browns fan had one parting salvo for the team that put him through such hell: he asked that six members of the Browns team act as pallbearers at his funeral.
At first, it sounds like a nice gesture from a lifelong fan. However, Entsminger meant it as a way to get back at the organization that brought him so very much disappointment.
According to Entsminger’s obituary (printed in the Columbus Dispatch), “he respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”
I’d say the Browns deserved that one.