Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Remembering Don Rogers

Excellent story in today's PD about Don Rogers and the impact his death had on the Browns. I was at the playoff game with Denver and witnessed The Drive firsthand. Hard to say whether Rogers could have knocked down that final pass but I would have liked his chances and the Browns' chances in the subsequent Super Bowl. But this is hardly the first tragedy in Cleveland sports at the wrong time. Ray Chapman dying after being hit in the temple by a thrown pitch. Herb Score taking a batted ball in the face and truncating the start of a brilliant career. Tony Horton's demons cutting short his career. Or cut to today: Lawyer Tillman for the Browns; Kellen Winslow, Jr. How about Brad Daugherty? Sure, the Cavs lucked out when Boston took Len Bias, but Brad's brilliant career ultimately was cut short by a bad back, killing any chances for an NBA championship. Is it any wonder that Cleveland sports fans are on permanent suicide watch?

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