Formative: a new blog series

Over the past week, football coaches have been on my mind. This is because my dearly beloved Cleveland Browns are searching for their 14th full-time coach in franchise history. I watched a good chunk of the Fiesta Bowl so I could scout out Oregon’s Chip Kelly. And I spent way too much time on Friday and Saturday tracking on Twitter Kelly’s dinner plans. He was the Browns’ first choice, but when he went wishy-washy, they walked away.

And now, they’re back to square one. They are making lists of candidates and interviewing potential coaches. The off-season is always the most hopeful time to be a Browns fan. Read More…


I’ve been thinking about the past couple of weeks, and only one word is coming to mind – whirlwind.

Let’s recap what we’ve been up to:

  • I published a book. That’s kind of a big deal, right?
  • Vanessa and I took up all the tile in our kitchen. Well, mostly Vanessa because she’s just that awesome.
  • I did several media appearances. Though I haven’t been invited to be on The View yet. Read More…

Ridicule Me 2009

Here is my annual Ridicule Robb post – my picks for the upcoming NFL season.

AFC East: New England Patriots
AFC North: Pittsburgh Steelers
AFC South: Indianapolis Colts
AFC West: San Diego Chargers
AFC Wild Cards: Miami Dolphins, Tennessee Titans

NFC East: Philadelphia Eagles
NFC North: Green Bay Packers
NFC South: New Orleans Saints
NFC West: San Francisco 49ers
NFC Wild Card: Atlanta Falcons, New York Giants

The Wild Card races really intrigue me this year. I think there are going to be a lot of teams in both conferences in the Wild Card hunt in December. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Baltimore, Houston, Dallas, Minnesota, Chicago, Seattle, Arizona, and even Cleveland fight for those four final spots down the stretch.

Super Bowl –
Green Bay Packers 24
San Diego Super Chargers 20

The Brett Favre demons are finally exorcised … and he retires … for good … maybe.


4 Things That Could Make a Bad Sunday Worse

Sunday is a Cleveland Browns’ fan hell. The Browns’ two most hated rivals square off with the winner heading to the Super Bowl. There is no way around it, no one else to root for. Either the Steelers or the Ravens are going to be AFC Champions again. And not only do Browns fans have to contend with another “rebuilding” year, they have to do so with one of their biggest rivals as the reigning Conference (and possibly League) champion. Ugh.

But it could be worse.

Here are four things that would make it even worse for Browns fans on Sunday.

– It would be worse if John Elway were the one handing the Lamar Hunt Trophy to either Mike Tomlin or John Harbaugh.

– It would be worse if partway through the game it was announced that former Browns/Ravens owner Art Modell had been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

– It would be worse if Matt Stover, the only remaining Ravens player who had played for the Browns at the time of the move, hit the game-winning field goal.

– It would be worse if it turned out to be an epic game, remembered as one of the greatest ever, replayed for decades to come on ESPN Classic and NFLN. It would be worse if it simply became known as “The Game.”

I don’t think I’m going to watch.


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