Colin Cowherd, a radio host and ESPN’s lead college football analyst, has a bit of a “thing” for the Cleveland Browns. On ESPN’s Mike & Mike in the Morning show, Cowherd compared the Browns to a pop music festival, saying they are “a flash in the pan that’s going to be gone by Labor Day. They’re going to be gone.” He also said on his website that the Browns will be the team that goes to a Super Bowl and loses, as well as the team that won’t get a single win.
The Cleveland Browns have been one of the most disappointing teams in the league this year, without a single win through nine games. But, that hasn’t stopped Colin Cowherd from comparing the team to a festival. Not a good one.
Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Ty Lue was just on ESPN’s “Rising with Andre” podcast, where he talked about what he’s learned about life in the NBA over the past two seasons. When asked about the relationship between the NBA and its players’ union, Lue said, “I think the NBA and its players are like Coachella. I think that Coachella is the greatest concert in the world, but the fans are irritating.”Sports radio presenter Colin Cowherd is a master of metaphors. Comparing the NBA backcourt to the marketing department or the offensive line to the Chevy Suburban makes Cowherd an interesting topic of conversation. Fans of the Cleveland Browns may not appreciate his latest comparison. He recently compared the 2021 team to the Coachella music festival.
Although some music fans might take the Browns’ comparison to a Festival of Stars as a compliment. That’s certainly not the case with Cowherd. The host has a long list of complaints about the event and the NFC North favorites, and he shared them with everyone.
(From left) Baker Mayfield, Coachella 2008; photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images; photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Coachella.
NFL Network’s Mark Ross has released a ranking of the richest teams in the NFL through 2021. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Kansas City Chiefs, Los Angeles Chargers and Buffalo Bills are on the five-team list.
But first, there were the Cleveland Browns. Ross writes that the Browns are not only good, they are full of Pro Bowl talent from top to bottom.
Offensively, the author highlights the third season of development of QB Baker Mayfield in 2020, the NFL’s best running back tandem with Nick Chubb and Kareem Hunt, and a talented group of pass catchers led by superstar Odell Beckham Jr.
On the other side of the ball, on the defensive line, are two players who were selected first: Miles Garrett and Jadeveon Clowney. The article also talks about Cleveland’s talent in the midfield with Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoa and in the secondary with running back John Johnson and cornerbacks Troy Hill and Greg Williams.
The Browns’ place on this list has not impressed Cowherd. He began by noting that Cleveland hasn’t lived up to expectations very well. The radio presenter then made the comparison. He said that while there are many big names in Cleveland: OBJ, Baker, Kareem Hunt, Jadeveon Clowney have all had injuries or performance issues in the past.
Then he resorted to Cowherd’s patented equation:
You know what Cleveland looks like? … There’s a music festival in Los Angeles, in the desert, called Coachella. Coachella looks good. Lots of big names, you take your cool and attractive friends to the desert, you make paaaarti in the desert, oooh! And then, three days later, it turns out… : Wow, 108 [degrees], 150,000 people, you can’t get in, the toilet situation is abysmal, I’m sorry but I don’t want to live in a tent, and the cool people turn out not to be as cool as you thought when they’ve had six shots of rum.
Cowherd joined the Browns in this tirade, saying: The Cleveland Browns feel like there are a lot of nice things on the outside. Lots of nice people. But if Miles Garrett gets hurt, who can you count on on defense?
He even threw in a metaphor within the metaphor, saying that Clowney is a movie poster, better than the movement.
The Washington, D.C., resident summed it up this way: Cleveland and Coachella seem huge. Sounds like the time of your life. There’s no reason not to. There’s no reason not to. There’s no reason not to: It’s time to go home and take a shower.
It won’t come as a surprise, especially to Browns fans, that Cowherd said Ohio State’s roster isn’t as complete as some experts think. Host The Herd even began his Coachella tirade by saying: I’m seen as the anti-Cleveland Browns.
This reputation stems from his history of criticizing city teams and the city government itself. On his show, Cowherd calls Cleveland a city with low self-esteem in sports. He also thinks Mayfield has yet to earn a spot among the top QBs in the NFL.
According toComplex, the radio host and the 2018 draft pick even got into an argument on Twitter after Cowherd criticized Mayfield’s beer-drinking antics at a Cleveland Indians game. He also once suggested that the NBA should give up the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise altogether because no one wants to play in that city.
Such an amusing but consistent critique of Forest City means that everything Cowherd says should be taken with a grain of salt. However, it is now up to Mayfield and the Browns to prove NFL Network and the radio host right in 2021. Otherwise, NFL could hold Coachella in Cleveland.
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