Yesterday. Was. An. Epic. Day. Yesterday was the day that many, if not all, Clevelanders refer to as the "Adult's version of Christmas Day". Home opener of The Cleveland Browns.
A long time Youngstown/Akron Ohioan, recent resident- Clevelander, this was my second season living a short drive away from the madness. So as soon as the birds were chirping and sun was rising, my friends and I piled in cars, and took off to begin our tailgate in hopes of a Browns win against MIA. (Which did not happen, but we'll get 'em next time, right?)
I may have had Bud Light and Kashi cereal for breakfast. I also may have had cookie cake for a snack..with beer. And yep, I absolutely had Panini's pizza and fries for lunch followed by my traditional inaugural game Turkey Crockpot Chili...also with beer. But, what a great day it is to be a Clevelander!
On home opener, you can see the promise of the entire season in every Cleveland fan's eyes. You can smell the sausages cooking, the stale beer drying on the asphalt of the Muni Lot and of course, the gas pouring from tailgating cars. And you feel at home.
It is absolutely cause for partying, dancing, singing and eating while consuming mass amounts of beer until you are so full you can't breath but somehow, still, manage to get out a "woof" every time you hear the phrase "Here we go Brownies...Here we go!"
I have such a great time at Browns' tailgates. I have an even better time at home openers. Cleveland really is the greatest city on Earth, and I'm proud to wear Orange and Brown for the remainder of my Fall and Winter Sundays.