Monday, December 05, 2005

The NFL's Stalinist Re-Writing of History 

JK's comment to the post below:
Why must you focus on such negativity when the Browns have their first 1,000 rusher in 20 years,the Bengals are assured of their first winning season in 15 years, and the Bears beat the Packers at home for the first time since 1993?
So, first off, I don't give a shit about the Bengals (except that, if the Browns were decent, I'd be hoping they lose), I care even less about the Bears, and any good news regarding the Browns rushing game is certainly overshadowed by the loss of Braylon Edwards.

But, that's not what I want to talk about. JK (and everyone else) writes that this was the Browns' first 1000-yard rusher since 1985. That, my friends, is incorrect, or only correct if you believe that Oceania has always been at war with East Asia. See, by my thinking, the Browns franchise has had four seasons with a 1000-yard rusher: 2000, 2002, 2003 and 2004. The running back for all four of those years was Jamal Lewis, and in 2003 Lewis had over 2000 yards rushing.

The Browns franchise, at least the franchise that was called "The Browns" through the 1995 season, moved in Baltimore and was renamed "The Ravens." The Browns franchise that is currently in Cleveland is a new franchise, formed in 1999. Now, I realize this is hard to understand, but this Browns franchise has nothing besides trademarked logos and home city in common with the Old Browns.

Similarly, Jamal Lewis is not the leading rusher in Ravens history, Jim Brown is.

As you can see, I think it's totally asinine the league pretends this move never happened. Warren Moon still holds records for the Tennessee Titans--his stats are rightly not considered stats of the Texans' franchise! Why does the league feel it can rewrite history like this?
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