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Well, we beat the Giants


Well, we beat the Giants
Romeo Crennel expects to get his say.


The meeting between Crennel and owner Randy Lerner shouldn't take long if you go by what the Browns' head coach told the Pittsburgh media in a conference call in advance of today's game.

"I think we can look at that Giants game and say if we prepare like we did for that game and play like we did in that game, that is what the future can be," the Browns' future ex-coach said.

For his sake, Crennel might want to come with a better argument, hire a speechwriter or both. That sentence had one too many "ifs" in it to tally any debate points in his favor.

A win over the Giants as the best case for staying the course is the greatest example of selective argument since Bill Clinton staked his reputation on an alternate definition of "is."

"We are the Cleveland Browns and we showed we're a pretty good team," Crennel said after the Browns' big win over New York.

Some months later, they are still the Cleveland Browns and they are 4-11.

Crennel must know that Bill Parcells, his mentor, would roll his eyes and say you are what your record says you are.

Funny, Crennel used to say that, too, in more secure times.

The Browns were strong enough to build a two-touchdown lead on Baltimore at home and weak enough to let it get taken from them. They were good enough to build a two-touchdown lead against Denver at home, and detonated that, too.

They were capable enough to crawl out of an 0-3 hole to go 3-4, and inept enough to win just one more time.

They beat the Giants at home. Hoo-hah. How about the seven teams they didn't beat at home?

The other three non-Giants wins weren't much to celebrate.

They needed a wayward field goal in Buffalo to win. In Cincinnati, they got Ryan Fitzpatrick instead of Carson Palmer - not to mention five turnovers - and managed a 20-12 victory. In Jacksonville, they were an end zone incompletion away from another late disaster.

The Giants' victory aside, their wins were against teams that enter today with a 15-29-1 record.

For the second consecutive year, they've beaten one team with a winning record.

As for the Giants game itself, Crennel really wants to go there?

The elements involved in that victory are such that Crennel might want to think twice about bringing a magnifying glass to that one. Or the conversation could go like this:

Lerner: "You say that if you prepare like you did for that game, that is what the future can be?"

Crennel: "Yes it can."

Lerner: "So, if I got this straight, all you need is a bye week before every game you play next season. Now, that's comforting."

12 days till Celtics

The Celtics have lost two in a row.

LeBron James looked up from his locker at the Celtics routing the 76ers at home on TV Tuesday night and said, "Do they ever play on the road?"

Boston had played four more home games than the Cavs and had a 17-1 home record at that point. The Cavs were 14-0 at The Q, before making it 15-0 with a late rally against Washington on Christmas night.

Five days later, Boston has lost road games to the Lakers and Golden State on consecutive nights. Six of its next eight games, including a Jan. 9 stop at The Q, are away from home.

The Cavs' own stretch of road games (seven of 10) begins Jan. 13.

They should have the best record in the East when they play the Celtics next week. Yes, I know. The very mention of that invites Ben Wallace to go into back spasms and Zydrunas Ilgauskas to sprain his other ankle.

But stop with the woe-is-us attitude.

Didn't Phil Savage show you negativity on the sports front around here is no longer necessary.

Who's smoking crack?

Famous last words.

In the competition for Browns Quote of the Year, Derek Anderson's take on Josh Cribbs' feasibility as quarterback is in the running:

"You guys are smoking crack," Anderson told the media after injuries to himself and Quinn. "Because we're playing bad doesn't mean we're going to put a receiver at quarterback."

With Brady Quinn, Anderson and now Ken Dorsey on the injured list, the Browns go to Pittsburgh today with Bruce Gradkowski under center and Richard Bartel in the wings.

Hooked to a polygraph machine, the Steelers would tell you their only real concern is Cribbs taking direct snaps. In between they plan on smoking victory cigars.

Mercy rule

Famous last words, Part II.

"It seems like we play them close one game and get killed the next game," Crennel said of his 0-7 record against the Steelers. "That's one of my fears going down this time, [that] we played them a close game this year."

As battle cries go, that will go down in history right there with Custer's, "Uh-oh."

Unsinkable Titanic

Dubious Headline of the Week.

"Lakers atone for playoff loss to Celtics."

Yep. It's all even now.

Spinoffs

Not only did Shaun Smith not punch Derek Anderson, Ken Dorsey, Bruce Gradkowski or Richard Bartel in the eye this week, he didn't punch Brady Quinn in the other eye. Still, detractors will argue that things really aren't looking rosier for the Browns as the 2008 season concludes.

* Mo Williams, sir, we know Larry Hughes and you are no Larry Hughes. Good for you.

* Willie McGinest says, "It would be great if we could go out beating Pittsburgh." Really? Let's up the incentive. The first Browns team to beat Pittsburgh when it matters gets memorialized in an Iwo Jima-style stadium sculpture.

* A 31-year-old New England fan tackled Junior Seau on the sidelines last week and was immediately signed to the Browns' practice squad.

* Not to be the bearer of bad news but only nine months until the Browns' opener.



Author:Fox Sports
Author's Website:http://www.foxsports.com
Added: December 30, 2008

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