For all the essential analysis that wholly corporate-owned media systemically fails to provide in this era of wholly corporate-owned government, it used to be that at least the sports page was still okay. At least in some places. But if you start removing bricks from an essential pillar it’s probably safe to expect the whole thing to come crumbling down soon. And this week the Plain Dealer’s top Browns beat writer Mary Kay Cabot boldly abandoned all pretense to the contrary in a hail of stars and stripes.
If you didn’t like Ms. Cabot’s column from last week, where she declared that the Browns are the best team in the AFC North, that Rob Chudzinski was a “home run” hire by Joe Banner, and most absurdly, that “Jason Campbell is an elite NFL quarterback,” she has another message for you in her latest. Which is that this is America, damn it, and if Mary Kay Cabot ever goes “a little over the top” in her coverage of the Browns, it’s only because her father is a Korean War veteran who made sacrifices for this country, and also a “super-fan” who “wants to hear some good news about [his] Cleveland Browns.”
“A little over the top this week about the Browns?,” Cabot writes, beneath a photo of herself next to her old man hooked up to breathing tubes in a Sandusky veterans home. “Garbage? Now you know why.”
So shame on you for expecting legitimate Browns analysis in Cleveland’s only “daily” newspaper. You must not have a dad. Or at least not one who’s a veteran and as good of an American and Browns fan as Mary Kay’s dad is.
God bless the U.S.A. God bless the Cleveland Browns. And God bless the Plain Dealer. Go bold or go home.