It's time to wash our hands of yet another playoff free year in Cleveland. I've had a lot of fun posting crazy jokes for everyone this season. More fun than watching many of the games that these jokes were based on. So to celebrate the new year I want to look back at some of my favorite jokes of the past year.
The year started with insanity. The Browns fired the coach they had just hired. There were a lot of questions about the front office. Dysfunction seemed to be in order. Nobody seemed to know their role, or who to answer too. I would like to think this picture was single handedly responsible for the removal of Joe Banner and Mike Lombardi.
2014 was also mercifully the end of the Brandon Weeden era.
Weeds was part of Jerry Jones master plan.
Meanwhile we still needed a coach...
Our search went everywhere... well almost everywhere.
And then we found one.
Thankfully the Indians started up because the NFL Draft narrative was getting old quick. And I was ready for something to go right for at least one of our teams. I've always liked this homage to the Super Mario Bros coin tone... but now that I look at it, it is already outdated. The bullpen setup will be much different this year. Awesome, can't wait for the trolls if I try to recycle this one this one next year.
And finally the games started...
And thank goodness for Tom Hamilton, because the job didn't get any easier in the offseason.
Then the Indians came out in April and just couldn't get any momentum.
I tried my best to help some guys out...
But in the end it wasn't an exciting beginning for the Indians, so draft talk took right back over...
Jimmy Haslam really took this draft seriously. There was a great desire to address the Quarterback position, so they literally went down every alley possible in determining who they would draft.
And they decided to go with the hype.
Luckily the Indians began to turn things around. Thanks from help from clutch hitting from "Good Guy" David Murphy...
...and "Old Man" Scott Atchison.
But the real gem of the 2014 baseball season was certainly Corey Kluber. While I did tons of jokes about Kluber these here are among my favorties.
The Indians managed to keep themselves relevant for the better part of the season. Which made many in the fan base very happy.
Guys who had early season struggles reconnected with the force as the season went on.
And even tried to be the answer to the QB controversy brewing in Berea.
And in the end the Indians fell a little short of their postseason goals. But my prediction on the postseason awards didn't go exactly how I thought. The MLB writers just gave Kluber the Cy Young Award, instead of changing the award in his honor.
The Indians struggles on defense was real however. Case in point, a 2nd baseman playing left field made the defensive play of the year.
Meanwhile after another disappointing year the Cavs looked to make some waves this offseason, and waves they made.
And the hype lasted clear until the end of the first game when they got beat by the lowly Knicks.
So guess who was back in the forefront of the media's eyes. Here is Johnny at the bar studying the playbook and drinking milk.
And Josh Gordon made news by pissing away his football career, for another in car sales.
And Kluber decided that maybe he should help out as well.
But suddenly the unexpected happened... the Browns won some games.
And a new hero was beginning to emerge.
Then the unthinkable happened... we kicked the Steelers asses.
We were on top of the world.
Browns fans for the most part were happy. But the in typical Browns fashion, the wheels started to fall off.
Joe Thomas turned out to be an enemy to the environment.
Ben Tate was thrown from the building.
And Brian Hoyer fell apart...
So it was time for the young man to take over...
...and in 7 quarters all but proved he was barely NFL caliber. Then he admitted he didn't take the season very seriously, and lost nearly every fan that he had.
Josh Gordon didn't do himself any favors with the fans either.
And with Justin Gilbert not endearing himself to the fans, coaches or teammates the year 2014 ended full circle.
Here's to a better 2015!