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What the heart makes cloudy, the head makes very clear.

Yes I know, I reversed the lyric…

I was a Browns fan from ~ 1970 through 1994. While living in NYC from 1984-1994 I watched almost every game. This required spending a lot of time in the Sporting Club on Hudson Street and other sports bars with many like-minded folk. This took a lot of time and money (bar bills). I stopped being a Brown’s fan after the ’94 season for reasons of pure calculation. I knew the Modells and performed a cost benefit analysis weighing the amount of time and energy that I was investing in the Browns versus the odds of Art or especially David ever producing a winner. Though proven incorrect when the Modell-led Ravens won the Super Bowl, I still believe that the decision itself was soundly made. When the Browns left Cleveland a year later, I was thus insulated from the blow. I did, however, make the decision then to never come back. I haven’t gone back and you know something? I don’t miss it one little bit. I enjoy having 3-5 hours available to me on a Sunday that I otherwise would not have. I have friends that ask me to go all the time but I won’t until or unless a customer asks.

You might ask where am I going with this and why am I babbling on about it on an Indians’ blog? I am giving you this history because there is a faint wisp of an argument just now starting to percolate between my brain and my heart. The heart is kicking butt right now but the head has legitimacy on its side. The head is whispering that though I know and immensely respect the Dolans and Marc Shapiro, the system itself is too rigged for me to waste my time continuing to follow the team. Maybe I should spend that time doing charity work or learn how to basket weave because being a fan of a small market team in MLB’s current system is a fool’s errand. In order for the Indians to win a World Series, everything has to come together at the very same precise instant and then they will have to tear the team apart because they can’t afford to keep it together. Hell, Paul Dolan thinks that within the current framework that the 2004-2007 "era" was a success and he’s probably right. Am I completely wasting my time?

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