I never took the Cleveland Browns' trade of Trent Richardson to Indianapolis as a sign that the Browns were waving the white flag for the 2013 season and just planning for the future.
I said last year that Brian Hoyer should be the 2013 first-string quarterback for the Browns as I had no faith in Brandon Weeden or Jason Campbell. Looks like I was right a long time ago.
And when the Browns named Hoyer as the starting quarterback -- passing over Brandon Weeden and leap-frogging over Jason Campbell -- I looked past my sadness at losing Richardson and focused on going forward.
So, can you believe a Browns win over the Vikings 31-27? I'll take it, gladly.
Understand that, in college football, I am a Notre Dame fan first, an Alabama fan second, and have watched Richardson. I was elated when the Browns drafted him.
But the Browns "powers that be" decided to trade him. There HAD to be a good reason.
I listened all week to everyone bashing the Browns for the trade and the appearance of giving up on the 2013 season. I never thought that was the case, as there is too much at stake when it comes to professional football.
So, imagine how elated I was when the Browns came onto the field Sunday afternoon and played like there is no tomorrow.
If that sounds familiar, it's a line from the movie "The Replacements," from Coach McGinty, played by actor Gene Hackman.
In the last game the replacements played, Hackman said they were to play like there's no tomorrow, because for some of the players on the field, there WAS no tomorrow. But I digress.
No matter what the final score was Sunday, you must admit that the Cleveland Browns came out and played like there was no tomorrow. You even saw holder Spencer Lanning throw a pass on a fake-field-goal play to TE Jordan Cameron.
At 6 feet 5 inches tall, Cameron is a nice target for the 5-foot-1-inch-tall Lanning and I will even "forgive" Cameron for being a Southern Cal Trojan. And he's pretty good looking with a killer smile. But I digress again.
Wait. Where was I?
Hoyer is a graduate of Cleveland's St. Ignatius High School, and was coached there by Coach Chico Kyle, a 1969 St. Ignatius graduate himself.
I've always had a soft spot in my heart for St. Ignatius as my first boyfriend and high school sweetheart was an Ignatius boy with a killer smile himself (sigh).
So what Browns fans need to do is settle down, stop second-guessing what they have no input into or control over and see what happens. Sometimes waiting and waiting and waiting is the hardest thing you have to do.
I speak from experience. I have been a lady-in-waiting for quite some time in a situation I have no real control over. I just hope that the St. Ignatius boy can change things for the better.