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Jim Ingraham: Super Bowl? Who needs it anyway?

So once again, it’s now official.

Perhaps you heard.

It’s a tradition like no other: The Browns will not be playing in the Super Bowl this year.

That’s right, shocking as it sounds, five quarterbacks weren’t enough to get them to the big dance.


This year’s Super Bowl will be the 58th Super Bowl in Super Bowl history. It will also be the 58th consecutive year in which the Browns did not participate in the Super Bowl, much less win it. Yep, in the first 57 Super Bowls in Super Bowl history, the Browns were spectators in all of them.

The first Super Bowl was in 1967. Since 1967 until now, the Browns have had five owners (counting both Haslams), 21 head coaches (counting interims and Hue Jackson), 26 starting quarterbacks (counting Jeff Garcia, DeShon Kizer and Brandon Weeden) and no Super Bowl trophies.

Go figure, right?

Actually, when you get right down to it, 57 years is just barely over half a hundred. So the Browns not playing in any one of the 57 Super Bowls played so far probably sounds a lot worse than it is. I mean, come on, it’s not like there have been 60 Super Bowls and the Browns haven’t played in any of them.

It’s only been 57.

So it could be worse.

For crying out loud, the Patriots have only played in 11 Super Bowls, so it’s not like they’re going every year. And of those 11 Super Bowls New England has played in, they only won six. A measly SIX! You call that a dynasty? No wonder they fired Bill Belichick.

The Steelers? They’re hardly worth mentioning. Pittsburgh has only played in eight Super Bowls — I mean, why bother? — and, get this, they only won six of them! Talk about a small trophy case.

Did you see how the Dallas Cowboys got steamrolled by the upstart Packers last week in this year’s Super Bowl tournament? Believe it or not, those hapless Cowboys have only played in eight Super Bowls total. I know, sounds crazy, doesn’t it? To make matters more embarrassing still: Dallas only won five of those eight Super Bowls.

I mean, come on. That’s only five more Super Bowls than the Browns have won.

Then there’s the overrated Denver Broncos. They also have played in only eight Super Bowls but only won three of them. But if John Elway had stuck to baseball instead of football, the Browns probably would have played in eight Super Bowls. No, really. You could look it up.

Besides, just between you and me, I think Super Bowls are overrated.

I mean, let’s be serious. If we put our heads together, we’d have a hard time coming up with a single NFL team that HASN’T won a Super Bowl. Can you name one? Go ahead, I’ll wait. . .

Didn’t think so. If you ask me, Super Bowl trophies are a dime a dozen these days. Whoopty-freaking-do! Right? It kind of takes away the thrill of victory when every NFL team has already won at least one Super Bowl trophy. Or almost at least one.

Give the NFL’s PR machine credit. Commissioner Roger Goodell’s worker bees are always busily reminding fans of how it’s not that big of a deal if — speaking hypothetically, of course — certain teams have only won, let’s say, just a couple Super Bowl trophies.

Heck, I heard Belichick keeps one of his trophies in his garage. He says they make good oil filter holders.

Remember that old NFL saying, “On any given Sunday”? You don’t hear it much these days because hardly anyone plays on Sunday anymore. But if they did, a lot more people would be saying it — especially the teams that have only won two or three Super Bowl trophies, and are feeling sorry for themselves.

Because, let’s be honest. No matter how long a team goes without playing in the Super Bowl, or winning the Super Bowl, when it finally happens, nothing beats the thrill for the winning players of imagining how great it’s going to be when, after the game, they get to be interviewed by Terry Bradshaw.

Take it from the New York Jets. They have won only one Super Bowl, and it was 55 years ago. But according to some of the ancestors of those Jets players, it was worth the wait.

So the Browns, and their ancestors, can take some solace in that — even if it turns out to be not worth the wait, or even if you’re just tired of waiting.

Either way, that’s where the Browns, their fans and four of their five quarterbacks are now.

Meanwhile, I can’t get this image out of my mind: In the Super Bowl the 49ers are playing the Ravens.

Sitting at home (again), watching the game on TV, are the Browns, who beat both those teams this year.

Jim Ingraham is a sports columnist for the Elyria Chronicle-Telegram and the Medina Gazette. Contact him at 329-7135 or and follow him @Jim_Ingraham on Twitter


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