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2018. New Year, New Site, Same #humptakes. Welcome back to your mid-week hot takes from the world of sports on your new favorite sports site: The Turf. I hope everyone had as wonderful a holiday season as I did. Let’s jump in.

THE FACTORY OF SADNESS

This is what one of my favorite professors and mentors in college used to call his beloved Cleveland Browns. We would go back and forth over which franchise (his Browns vs my Lions) was more pitiful. After 2008, I had an ace in the hole for my argument. The Lions were the only franchise ever to not win a single game in a season. Fast forward almost a decade and now his Browns have countered with one of their own. And actually, I think this Browns season is more pitiful than that ’08 Detroit campaign for one key reason. The day after going 0-16, the Lions fired head coach Rod Marinelli. How could they not? He led the only winless campaign in NFL history. Hell, the Lions fired Jim Caldwell this year after an 9-7 campaign that saw them just missing the playoffs. His final record after 4 season was 35-28 (.556) making him the first Detroit coach with a winning record since the late 60’s/early 70’s.

But Hue Jackson, who in 2 years as Cleveland’s Head Coach is 1-31, woke up on January 1st with his job still in tact. That’s right, a coach who has one ONE GAME IN TWO SEASONS is still employed for the Cleveland Browns. At least he made good on his promise of not going 1-15 again in his second season. I honestly cannot fathom how this has happened other than to say the Cleveland Browns truly are a Factory of Sadness for its fans. But hey, at least they know how to have fun with it?

Browns Fans Celebrate 0-16 Season With Parade

Not even LeBron was mad about it.

A QUICK WORD

Read this.

Know that I deeply respect Justin, Ned, Joe, and the rest of my fellow writers here at The Turf. Also know that I, unlike them, am not a Pats fan. Know that while I disagree with their general conceit that the Patriots are all fine and will unite behind this, they do raise some very good points about citing sources and length of articles and a struggling ESPN that is clearly hurting for clicks. How do I know they are hurting for clicks? Well, let’s examine this screenshot of my Facebook from this past Saturday.

Seriously ESPN. Why?

THEY SENT A REPORTER TO LITHUANIA TO STRICTLY COVER THE BALL FAMILY. ESPN. DO. BETTER.

At least the NBA coaches are starting to take action.

ANOTHER QUICK WORD

I HATE NICK SABAN. MORE THAN THE BALL FAMILY. CARRY ON.

PRESENTING THE BEST TWO MOMENTS FROM THE WILD CARD WEEKEND

 

Look, I know the refs ROBBED Cam with that intentional grounding call late. But look at Payton live his best life. Hold on to it while you can coach. Next week isn’t going to go as well methinks.

NATIONAL CHAMPIONS

The Georgia Bulldogs are responsible for the two most exciting games of the College Football Playoff era. Unfournatly, Alabama ended up winning the National Championship. Unless, of course, you ask the people of Florida. Today, while the National Championship game was being played, UCF had a Championship parade. They gave their coaches Championship bonuses. Hell, even Florida Governor Rick Scott declared UCF National Champions in Florida.

No one tell him Florida isn’t a Nation and he can’t crown victors. This is priceless.

Here’s the thing though, they aren’t the National Champions. Yes, they are the only team sitting at 13-0 but that’s not how this works. NCAA Football is a broken system, and we love it for that. We embrace its imperfections because it gives us something to talk about. And the Playoff is much better than the BCS, even though it needs to be expanded to 8 teams. But if you don’t play in the Championship game, then you aren’t the Champs. It’s that simple. And I would love to say give it to UCF just so Nick Saban doesn’t get another title. But that’s not how it goes.

JANUARY MADNESS?

14 of the Top 25 NCAA Men’s Basketball teams lost this past week in the first week of conference play, including my beloved Spartans (#1 ranking we hardly knew ye). If that doesn’t have you excited for the next 3+ months of College Hoops, well, I don’t know how to help you.

That’s it for this week. What are your takes on these and other topics? Sound off in the comment section or let me know what topics you’d like to hear some #humptakes on. 2018 is already shaping up to be a wild year, where an expansion team can be on top of the NHL Western Conference. Crazy. Who knows what else is in store…

 

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