The news on Thursday of Art Modell’s death landed like a thud for those who root for the Cleveland Browns.
Enough time has passed where there is no chance there will be celebration in the streets. Had this happened 13 or 14 years ago, it would’ve looked like Washington, D.C. in the hours after Osama Bin Laden’s death on Euclid Avenue. That doesn’t mean Cleveland fans have grown all warm and fuzzy toward Modell, it just simply means very few of us actually care anymore.
Modell’s legacy is secure, and it’s a bad one. That is enough for most Cleveland fans, but don’t hold your breath thinking they’re going to hold a moment of silence for Modell before Sunday’s game. That seems like a black eye waiting to happen.
Modell gets credit for things he had very little to do with, so in that sense, he’s just like most politicians who spend most of their waking moments desperately striving to have a “legacy” for the ages. In Modell’s case, ESPN would have you believe he now single-handedly crea