Use Common Sense in Officiating? Great. When?

The
Philadelphia Eagles were robbed of a game changing turnover on the opening
kickoff of their game in Dallas on Sunday.

Cowboys returner
Jourdan Lewis fumbled the ball. Three Eagles special team players jumped on the
ball. Lewis, however was ruled down before the ball was lost. The Eagles challenged,
and the replay showed that Lewis had lost the ball before hitting the Jerrah
World turf.

However,
what the replay did not show which one of the three Eagles had recovered the
ball.

Here’s where
it gets NFL level of dumb.

Even though
no other Cowboys players were even in the pile to recover the ball, possession
was given back to Dallas as the replay is not to be used to determine which
individual player may have recovered the ball therefore the original call on
the field must stand.

Roger
Goodell please pick up the white courtesy phone.

Former Head
of NFL Officiating, Dean Blandino said in the Fox broadcast that some common
sense must be followed when the pile consists of only players from one team and
should be treated as a clear recovery.

Common
sense. Something that has clearly lacked in the application of rules in the
2018 regular season. The game this season has become even more unwatchable than
in years past due to questionable and downright incorrect calls that have
affected many games this season.

The Eagles
were deprived of a golden opportunity to get at least a field goal from the
recovery.

Had common
sense, something most grown adults have, been applied and NFL officials lack,
there may have been a different outcome to Sunday’s game in Dallas.

Vikings Not Getting What They Paid for In Cousins

Monday night’s
game in Seattle saw the home team Seahawks win their fourth straight game,
21-7, behind a stingy defense and an efficient Russell Wilson.

It also saw
the visiting Minnesota Vikings defense put up a valiant effort holding the
Seahawks to 3 points through 3 full quarters and the offense stumbling under
the leadership of mega buck free agent QB Kirk Cousins.

Has anyone
seen the receipt for Kirk’s deal? I swear I had it right here…(patting jacket
pockets)

In 2017 the
Vikings went 13-3 and appeared in the NFC Championship Game and were anchored
by good defense and Case Keenum who stood tough in the pocket and rarely turned
the ball over.

Flash to the
off season where Keenum was allowed to go to Denver while the Vikings entered
the Kirk Cousins courtship where they won his services to the tune of a $84
million dollar guaranteed contract.

Cousins has
failed to lift the Vikings. They were a playoff team last year and fifth in
offensive efficiency and they have now fallen to 17th. A team that
has offensive stars like Stephon Diggs, Dalvin Cook, Kyle Rudolph and Adam
Theilen is now sitting at 6-6-1 and will most likely miss the playoffs.

Cousins
never lifted the Redskins, who franchise tagged him twice, and he has an
aversion for taking shots downfield. In a league that is by its rules designed
to inspire big offensive plays Cousins ranks 22nd in yards per
attempt at 7.11 yards.

Now with the
Seattle loss, Cousins record against above .500 teams stands at 4-24.

How did he
get that massive contract again?

Jaguars Fournette Caught on Video Threatening Fan

The 2018
season continues to be a downward spiral of losing and lack of discipline for
the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Prior to their game in Nashville on Thursday night against the Tennessee Titans, Jags running back Leonard Fournette was caught on video telling a fan he would “whup his ass.”

Jacksonville
head coach Doug Morrone said that Fournette was angered by a fan that had used
a racial slur toward him. That claim was not verified by the video.

Fournette should’ve
spent more energy concentrating on the game in which he was held to 36 yards on
14 carries while his counterpart on the Titans, Travis Henry ran wild on the sorry,
trash talking Jags defense for 238 yards and four touchdowns.

The 2018
season has been a major disappointment for Fournette amassing only 350 yards
rushing on 141 carries and 4 touchdowns while sitting out some games due to an injury
and a one game suspension for fight he got into two weeks ago in Buffalo.

Jacksonville
went to the AFC Championship Game following the 2017 season and won the AFC
South title. They began the season 3-1 and have lost eight of the last nine
games.

14th Sunday See TV Ratings Bounce Back

Sunday saw several great NFL games with interesting match ups and epic finishes along with the best overnight rating the league has seen in two years.

CBS, FOX and
NBC saw an 8% increase in ratings over the same date in 2017. The ratings for
the Cowboys-Eagles game was flat over 2017 while increases were seen in the
early window with the Chiefs-Ravens matchup and the prime-time game with the Bears
and Rams. That game helped ratings as it featured the #2 and #3 media market
teams with solid Super Bowl aspirations.

So, the
trend is more people watch good games while fewer people are watching bad matchups.

There was a time
when the NFL was immune to such ratings pitfalls. However, the league has been plagued
by political statements, player misbehavior and maddening applications of rules
that has turned many fans off the game they grew up with.

Raiders Fire GM McKenzie

The Oakland
Raiders have fired their GM since 2012, former NFL player Reggie McKenzie.

McKenzie was
voted Executive of the Year in 2016 and is now out of a job with the Raiders amid
a 3-10 season and a difference in philosophy with new head coach Jon Gruden.

Gruden has his own scouting and personnel staff and keeps his own draft board and NFL personnel board separate from the one McKenzie and his staff of scouts had and it was Gruden’s staff who spearheaded the jettisoning and benching of players and draft picks including former NFL Defensive Player of the Year Khalil Mack and premiere wide receiver Amari Cooper.

The Raiders are clearly in a rebuilding phase and the choices he made regarding Mack and Cooper and what he ultimately does with the draft picks acquired in those trades will be what his tenure as the Raiders’ head coach is judged upon.

Dallas Defeats Philly in OT

The Dallas
Cowboys extended their NFC East division lead over the Philadelphia Eagles with
a 29-23 win in overtime.

In a game
that was tied at 6 at the half the Eagles and Cowboys exchanged big punches with
the Eagles tying the game at 23 just before the end of regulation play.

The Cowboys
won the overtime toss and ran the clock down to under two minutes when WR Amari
Cooper took a deflected pass from Dak Prescott into the end zone from 13 yards
out to seal the win for the Cowboys.

Amari Cooper
who came to the Cowboys in October had 217 yards receiving and 3 TDs to go
along with 113 yards rushing from Zeke Elliot.

The Cowboys
now have command of the NFC East at 8-5 while the Super Bowl Champion Eagles
fall to 6-7 and virtually out of playoff contention.

Heisman Trophy Winner Won’t Play in the NFL

For the second
season in a row the Heisman Trophy winner is a quarterback from the University
of Oklahoma, but he won’t follow the previous winner into the NFL.

Kyler Murray
was selected #9 overall in the 2018 MLB Draft by the Oakland A’s and signed a $4.66
million-dollar contract.

He was
allowed by the A’s to play of OU this season and now that the season is over he
is under contract to play baseball.

“It’s
already done.”, said his agent Scott Boras.

Murray won
the award over Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa and Ohio State’s Dwayne Haskins following
in last year’s Heisman winner and Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield’s footsteps.

Murray’s
prospects for baseball are much better whereas he was most likely a second day
pick in the NFL draft as he is under 5’ 10”.

Murray has
broached the subject of possibly playing both sports but as his agent has said
the contractual situation as it stands now only allows for baseball and given Murray’s
skill set he should make a quick ascension to the majors.

Dolphins Beat Pats on Miracle Finish

Not only was
the play miraculous it was the longest walk off TD to win a game in the modern
Super Bowl era.

The Miami
Dolphins completed a 69-yard touchdown pass to beat the New England Patriots 34-33.

In a game
that saw nine lead changes, the Patriots (9-4) had the lead with :20 seconds remaining
having just kicked a field goal to extend their lead to 33-28.

After the
kickoff the Dolphins took possession with just seven seconds left at their own 31-yard
line.

Dolphins QB
Ryan Tannehill took the snap and threw to WR Kenny Stills over the middle to
the Dolphins 45 yard line who lateraled the ball the WR Devante Parker who ran
a few yards before pitching to RB Kenyan Drake at midfield who looked to pitch the
ball before deciding to race for the end zone picking up a key block from G Ted
Larsen downfield and outrunning a stumbling New England TE Rob Gronkowski to
the end zone for the 34-33 win.

The Patriots,
who were looking to clinch the AFC East division title have lost 5 of the last
7 games in Miami.

Tom Brady threw
for 358 yards and completed 27 of 43 passes and 3 TDs while Ryan Tannehill
threw for 265 yards and completed 14 ot 19 passes and 3 TDs and they also ran
the ball for 189 yards.

The Dolphins
are still in the thick of the AFC Playoff race sitting at 7-6 and just a tie
breaker out of the final playoff spot in the AFC.

Intel Community Had Doubts About Steele Dossier

Turns out the intelligence community had its suspicions about the infamous Steele Dossier. In a lengthy email thread from October of 2016, Justice Department and FBI officials discussed concerns about the propaganda document designed as a smear against President Trump, at the time a candidate. Top officials were aware that the dossier’s author, Christopher Steele, was in contact with reporters about his report—raising red flags about his motives. Republicans have long alleged the FBI used media reports about the Steele Dossier to justify court warrants to spy on subjects of the dossier using a fabricated ring of circular logic.

—QUOTABLE: “For months, we have been reviewing emails between FBI and DOJ and others that clearly show that they knew of information that should have been presented to the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance] Court. It is real evidence that people within the FBI withheld evidence from the FISA court…Even though we know what’s in those emails, a lot of them are still redacted. So they’re still refusing to give Congress even in a classified setting this information.” -House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes

Former Seahawk Sentenced to 8 Years

Former Seattle
Seahawks cornerback Brandon Browner has been sentenced to 8 years in a plea
bargain in his attempted murder case.

Browner
allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s apartment and dragged her across the
floor and attempted to smother her in her own carpet in July.

In exchange for
the plea, charges of robbery, false imprisonment and burglary were dropped, and
the attempted murder and willful endangerment of a child charges stuck and
received the 8-year sentence.

Browner has
been in custody since July and will get credit for the 300 days served in
detention.

The 34-year-old
Browner spent five season with Seahawks, Patriots and Saints from 2011-2016
after coming to the NFL from the CFL. He won a Super Bowl with the Seahawks
after the 2012 season then won another against the Seahawks with the Patriots
after the 2014 season. He was released by the Saints before playing in one game
and then returned to the Seahawks in 2016.

Following
the end of his playing career Browner was arrested in 2017 for cocaine
possession and the again later that same year for making criminal threats
against a woman.

Broncos’ Sanders Lost for Season with Achilles Injury

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sander suffered a ruptured Achilles tendon in practice on Wednesday and is lost for the season.

The Broncs have
come on in recent weeks and have climbed back into playoff contention and now
the loss of Sanders will hamper their chances to secure a playoff spot.

Now in his
fifth season with the Broncos, Sanders has a had a solid season as Case Keenum’s
favorite target with 71 catches for 868 yards and 4 TDs.

Earlier this
season Denver traded Demaryius Thomas to the Houston Texas and as now left with
rookie receiver, Courtland Sutton as the top target.

Look for the
Broncos to lean heavily on rookie running back Phillip Lindsay for the rest of
the season.

The Broncos
take on the San Francisco 49ers to push their record to 7-6 and remain in the
hunt for a wild card playoff spot.

Trubisky Confident He’ll Return to the Lineup Sunday Night

Chicago Bears
quarterback Mitchell Trubisky has missed the last two weeks due to a sprained
AC joint in his shoulder and is confident he’ll return this week.

The second
year QB had lead the Bears to a 7-3 record and they have gone 1-1 in his
absence. They now sit at 8-4 heading into a very important game agnais3t the
NFC West leading Los Angeles Rams at home on Sunday night.

The Bears still
have an outside shot at a first round bye in the playoff however they sit
behind the 11-1 Rams and the 10-2 Saints, so the Bears need this game against the
Rams to get closer to the bye.

Trubisky has
thrown 20 touchdowns with 3 rushing TDs with a 65.4 completion rate and has
rushed for 363 yards.

The Bears lead
the Minnesota Vikings who sit at 6-5-1, in the race for the NFC North crown.

McCarthy, Rodgers Split Long Time in the Making

The rumors
of the relationship between star quarterback Aaron Rodgers and head coach Mike
McCarthy becoming frosty began some time ago according to a former player.

Former
Packer center Jeff Saturday who spent his final season in the league in 2012 with
Green Bay said on ESPN that there would be times in the huddle where Rodgers
would subtly express frustration with a play call through an eye roll or a
heavy sigh.

Saturday added that the disconnect really took place two years ago and that younger players picked up on it and that disdain spread like a virus throughout the roster.

It’s hard to
know what really happened in the relationship with Rodgers and McCarthy and anything
now is just gossip and speculation. It will remain that way until either party
gives an interview or writes a book about it.

This much is
now known. McCarthy is gone, and the full amount of pressure reverts to Rodgers.
It’s time for him to show what he can do after the divorce.

Vick Offers Help to Hunt

Former NFL quarterback
Michael Vick knows a thing or two about scandal, suspension and redemption and
has offered help to former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt.

Vick, who
sat out the 2007 and 2008 season while he served prison time for a dog fighting
conviction returned to the NFL with the Philadelphia Eagles and was elected to
the Pro Bowl in 2010.

Kareem Hunt
was cut by the Chiefs and put on the Commissioners Exempt list following the release
of a video from February that showed him pushing and kicking a woman in a
Cleveland hotel. Other incidents involving Hunt’s off field behavior are also
being investigated by the league.

Vick was
quoted as saying that while he doesn’t condone Hunt’s behavior he urges him to get
help and to reach out to him for advice as to how to handle himself going forward.

Hunt, who
has cleared waivers has gone unclaimed by any other NFL team will likely have
to serve a suspension when he is reinstated by the league.

Packers’ Assistant Fired Over Critical Rodgers, Organization Tweet?

Long time
Green Bay Packers assistant coach Winston Moss was fired on Tuesday hours after
a Tweet that was critical of Aaron Rodgers and the organization overall.

In his tweet
he asked that the Packers hire a head coach that will make #12 (Rodgers) and
the entire organization accountable to higher standards.

Moss’
dismissal came two days after head coach Mike McCarthy was fired following a
home loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

The 52-year-old
Moss was also an associate head coach and had been a member of the Packers’
staff since 2006 when he was hired as a linebacker coach.

Moss had previously
coached with the Seahawks and Saints following an 11-year playing career with
the Buccaneers, Raiders and Seahawks.

The Packers
are 4-7-1 and limping to the finish of the 2018 season and will miss the
playoffs for the second consecutive season for the first time since Rodgers’
tenure as the Packers’ starting quarterback began in 2008.

The Bryce Harper Courtship Tour Continues

Washington
Nationals free agent outfielder Bryce Harper is the belle of the off season
ball with as many as 12 teams hoping to get a chance to slow dance with the
slugger and whisper contract offerings in his ear.

Teams are
travelling to his off-season home of Las Vegas to meetings in hope of
attracting him to their club.

Magic
Johnson, who is a minority stake owner in the LA Dodgers has denied a report that
he has met with Harper and team officials.

The lineup
of hopefuls for Harper’s services include; the Chicago White Sox, Philadelphia
Phillies, New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and his home club the Washington Nationals.
These clubs have already met with him or plan to soon.

Harper has
close ties with fellow Las Vegas resident and Chicago Cubs infielder Kris
Bryant and their wives are close friends too, so that could play into a decision
to go to Wrigley Field.

The biggest consideration
is cost. It’s thought that it could take a 12 year $420 million dollar contract
to sign him.

A head turning
contract to be sure however it is rare that a 26-year-old with an NL Rookie of
the Year and NL MVP crown and six All Star nods hits the open market.

In his MVP
season on 2015 Harper hit .330, with 42 home runs and 99 RBI. In 2018 he hit 34
homers drove in a career best 100 RBI and won the All-Star Home Run Derby.

Harper is
repped by super-agent and thorn in the paw of ownership Scott Boras, who is no stranger
to getting record contracts for his clients. Look for him to come through in
much the same way for Harper.

Whoever does
sign him will be getting a marquee player with as many as 10 years of prime
production left.

Urban Meyer to Retire From OSU

Ohio State
University head football coach Urban Meyer has announced that he will retire effective
after the Rose Bowl on January 1st.

Offensive Coordinator
Ryan Day will take over as the head football coach on January 2nd.
Day went 3-0 while filling in for Meyer who had been suspended earlier this
season after an investigation found he improperly handled domestic violence charges
against wide receivers coach Zach Smith.

Many things
factored into Meyer’s decision but the biggest are health concerns surrounding
an arachnoid brain cyst that Meyer underwent surgery to remove in 2014. The symptoms
have returned and cause severe headaches when he is under stress which is a daily
thing in big time college football. His doctors have warned him about the possible
risks involved in continuing to coach.

OSU is 12-1
and beat Northwestern this past Saturday 45-24 to win the Big Ten Title. Their
third in Meyer’s tenure. The Buckeyes won the National Championship in 2014 under
Meyer.

This marks the second time Meyer has retired due to health concerns. He had retired from the University of Florida following the 2010 season. Meyer had won National Championships with Florida in 2006 and 2008.

Meyer sat
out one season before taking the job at OSU in 2012. In 17 seasons as head
coach at Bowling Green, Utah, Florida and Ohio State Meyer complied a 186-32
record.

Panthers’ Veterans Defend Rivera

After losing
their fourth straight game to lowly division rival Tampa Bay Buccaneers the
seat is getting hot for head coach Ron Rivera and veterans on the team are coming
to his defense.

The team’s
6-2 start seems like forever ago and struggles abound on the team and shake ups
on the coaching staff have failed to stop the slide.

The aging
veterans on the team that are defending Rivera are the ones that are bogging
them down particularly on defense where the ageless Julius Peppers has returned
to the team that originally drafted him, can’t get any pressure on the passer any
longer and on offense the career of tight end Greg Olson seems to be over as a
recurring plantar fasciitis injury has him done for the year with his next stop
being the broadcast booth.

Their cocky fashion plate QB Cam Newton has a shoulder injury that keeps him from throwing on Wednesday of game week and couldn’t even throw the final Hail Mary in their loss to the Bucs although it was fine to throw 4 picks in the game.

Rivera has
amassed a record of 70-53 -1 in eight seasons in Carolina to go with a Super
Bowl appearance. The team has new owner so while the players may be in his
corner there’s no track record to rely on to gauge the direction they may go
after the season.

Texans Have the D to Harrass High Flying Offenses

Since
starting the 2018 season at 0-3 and talk of Bill O’Brien losing his job as head
coach the Houston Texans have ripped off 9 straight wins.

While the offense is more than capable since the return of Deshaun Watson at QB and rising offensive stars like Lamar Miller and DeAndre Hopkins and the arrival a Demaryius Thomas from Denver, it is the defense that will carry this team deep into the playoffs.

Lead by JJ
Watt, Jadaveon Clowney and Whitney Mercillus the Texans defense created 22 takeaways,
34 sacks and held offenses to an average of 3.7 year per rush.

The only way
to disrupt high octane offenses like the Chiefs and Steelers is to apply
pressure up front and force Patrick Mahomes and Ben Roethlisberger into off
balance throws and the sideline to sideline speed of the Texans linebacker
prevent running backs from turning the corner and getting upfield.

The Texans have
quietly taken control of the AFC South, a division that was thought to be
firmly in the hands for last year’s division champ the Jacksonville Jaguars who
have bumbled, and trash talked their way to a 4-8 record this season.

Want to beat
the Saints or the Rams in the Super Bowl? The Texans have the defense to get
the job done.

Rodgers Regularly Changed McCarthy’s Plays

Green Bay
Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers was given totally autonomy to change plays in
the huddle or at the line of scrimmage which he did often.

This became a point of contention between the two as it prevented McCarthy from getting into a rhythm as a play caller and then turned into a competition to see who could call the better plays.

The Packers
announced the firing of McCarthy who was in his 13th season as the
head coach of the Packers and replaced him on an interim basis with the current
offensive coordinator and former Miami Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin.

The Packers
will now limp to the end of the season with meaningless games aside from a trip
to Soldier Filed to play the NFC North Division leading Chicago Bears in week
15.

Ariana’s Cover Ups

Ariana Grande is slowing erasing Pete Davidson from her life. The singer, who earlier this year got the number “8418” tattooed on her foot—the badge number of Pete’s fire fighter father who died on 9/11— recently covered it up with “Myron.”

Myron is the name of her ex-boyfriend, Mac Miller’s dog, who she adopted following the rapper’s death.

Ariana also covered up “Pete,” which she had tattooed on her ring finger, with a black heart.

Interestingly, her ex fiancé Pete covered up his Ariana neck tattoo with a black heart as well

Harper, Nats Headed Toward a Reunion?

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Things have been
a bit slow in Bruce Harper’s world recently and he’s not expected to sign a new
contract anytime soon.

There are
rumors that the free agent outfielder and the Washington Nationals may reunite after
all.

This news
would make Nats fans very happy as league execs have expressed the view that ultimately
the two sides would find a way to make it work.

If the
Nationals are willing to up their original $300 million-dollar ten year deal then
Harper would likely decide to stay in DC. He has been quoted in local media
saying how much he’s enjoyed his time in Washington.

The question
is, can they offer him more? They would need to find extra cash to fight off
big money spenders like the Philadelphia Phillies but the Nats haven’t given up
on resigning Harper.

Executives
around the league believe the Nationals will pivot and find the necessary cash
as that’s what team ownership wants to happen.

Cooper Says He’s Playing with More Passion in Dallas

Funny how a
move to an organization with a greater winning potential tends to ramp up one’s
passion.

Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Amari Cooper says that he is playing with more passion since being traded from the Oakland Raiders for a 2018 first round draft pick.

Cooper has
been a difference maker for the Cowboys since he was acquired on October 22nd.
The Cowboys have climbed their way back into the NFC East division race and
given the injuries that have beset division rivals Redskins and Eagles the
Cowboys appear to be on their way to winning a division that was up for grabs
only a month ago.

The Cowboys
were heavily scrutinized for paying the hefty price of a first round draft pick
but since Cooper has become a starter the Cowboy have gone 3-1 and the outcries
to replace both Jason Garrett and Dak Prescott have subsided.

The Cowboys
are 6-5 and tied at the top of the NFC East with the Washington Redskins.

National Championship Will Bring Windfall Bonuses for Saban

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The Alabama
Crimson Tide football team is on its way to another National Championship and
their head coach Nick Saban stands to benefit much more than his players.

Saban stands to receive a bonus of $1.1 million dollars if his team fulfills expectations and wins the Title. That is an increase over the ceiling of $700,000 that was put in place when he became Alabama’s head coach in 2007.

Saban has already received $165,000 in bonuses and that is really like $275,000 as it inconceivable that Alabama will be left out of any of the major Bowl games.

His total bonuses will become $525,000 by reaching the SEC title game on Saturday and he will get another $50,000 for just winning the game, $75,000 for having reached the SEC title game. He will receive $400,000 if Alabama plays in the College Football Playoff final.

That bonus
money is paid on top of his $8.3 million-dollar salary which makes him the highest
paid head coach in college football.

Marvin Lewis Will Be the Bengals Scapegoat to the Real Problem

Marvin Lewis
has been the head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals for 15 seasons and if he survives
after this season he should run right out and buy a boatload of lottery tickets
because he will be deemed the luckiest man in the NFL.

The Bengals
are a mess of their own making and Lewis who is respected around the league
could be made the scapegoat for the real problem with this moribund franchise,
owner Mike Brown.

These are
dire times for the Bengals who sit at 5-6 after having started the season 4-1
and are about to be surpassed in the division by league and fellow in state sad
sack the Cleveland Browns.

The team
must undergo major changes which league insiders say won’t happen as notoriously
cheap Brown will take the easiest and cheapest way forward possible which will
only lead to more losing.

While Brown doesn’t
balk at paying their own stars he’s refused to delve into free agency which is
the quickest way to turn around a franchise and appease a fan base who needs to
be shown that he’s at least trying. Won’t happen.

The Browns
are also overcommitted to quarterback Andy Dalton. Dalton who was put in IR
this week has two seasons of hefty cap hits on his current deal. Whether to move
on from Dalton will be a major decision for the next head coach. Making that
change will be difficult not only for the cap hit ramifications but Brown is
personally fond of the Red Rifle.

Brown also
has no passion for winning, at least not as much as other owners and that’s another
reason he doesn’t do enough to help his team win.

In November
the Bengals were one of four teams that didn’t win a game. Their fans’ pain won’t
end anytime soon, not because Lewis is still there, but because Brown is.