I think part of it is the British love of the underdog, pondered Maybury, who reckons he must be a sucker for double punishment as a supporter of Southend United, a similarly unsuccessful third-tier English league soccer club. There’s a tradition aspect, too. The Browns are a grand old traditional franchise, like the Packers, with great fans. Who wouldn’t prefer to support a team like that rather than one of the glory sides like the Cowboys or Raiders?
Steve figures he and wife, Jane, have forked out thousands of pounds to travel to Cleveland and other NFL cities to watch the Browns in 25 games through the years.
That probably does make me sound like a sad anorak — and most of my friends would probably agree, he said with a shrug.
A 3-3 record typically would be an indication of a mediocre team that has no chance at a deep playoff run. That’s not the case for the Cowboys, who still have that chance with their defense starting to play more like it did last season. But the physical and emotional blow of having Elliott pulled from the lineup could rein in the hot play of quarterback Dak Prescott and that defense at the worse possible time.
If Elliott were to be suspended for the aforementioned six games, the Cowboys, with a brutal closing stretch against the Raiders, Seahawks and Eagles, would not be able to afford him needing to shake off any rust in his return. By then, those games might not matter as much as they should.
There is no good time lose a special talent like Elliott for so long. But if the Cowboys could have picked their spot, the stretch of six games starting in Week 9 would not have been it.
Dallas better be banking on Elliott totally avoiding his suspension in 2017. Otherwise, the Cowboys’ playoff hopes would have been much more realistic had he already served it.