As if you might not have already known it, the Northeast Ohio versions of the Sporting News are massively reporting that the Browns have a new coach. The Beacon Journal and Plain Dealer arrived Saturday with the front pages dominated by the Browns' hiring of their latest find: Rob Chudzinski, to try his hand with the long hapless team. Beneath his wide angle photo the headline told me that he's "eager to bring excitement back to the lakefront". Not to be outdone with its commitment to the sports world, the Beacon Journal turned over half of the front page to report that "new coach enjoys life on cloud nine."
That was just the start as the photos grew on their path to the sports section.
It was left to Bud Shaw, the PD's always readable sports columnist, to pull back on the reins of native enthusiasm with a column topped by a headline assessing the climactic event as, " no drum roll, but a 'process'". Shaw verdict; "Chudzinski hire brings a minimal 'wow' factor."
I figured that would more than substantially cover the team's latest sports spectacular until both papers arrived on Sunday. A commanding illustration of the "Browns' family" stretched across the mid-section of P1 to inform us that "Chudzinski embraces loyalty, dedication". The BJ meanwhile retreated to the sports section with a lead story and another big Chud photo with the message that he is seen as a "man of vision".
Don't get me wrong. I'm a voracious pro football fan. But wasn't there more than enough of this hyperventilating when Mike Holmgren was brought in as the wizard who restore the team to respectability? Yep. And he's no longer in the front office in the wake of another change in team ownership.
So let's just wish Coach Chud well while keeping in mind the TV commercial that boasts of something "magical" happening at McDonald's. If that ever happens to the Browns, I can't imagine how the papers - if they're still around - will display that event. Is there a Cloud 10?