Somebody woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning; and that somebody is Greg Kozarik, the host of Locked and Loaded on the Cleveland.com Digital Sports Network.
In an angry rant earlier today, Kozarik says many things, including the word “process” at least 50 times (I’m not exaggerating). Among the accusations he hurls to and fro: Browns are sheep; Browns management insanely tries the same things over and over again while expecting different results; and, he refers to the Lerner family as “the devil themselves”.
The line that will probably end up being the most memorable and notorious from this roughly 8:30 rant is this one:
Al Lerner himself is down in hell right now laughing with Satan, because do you know how much money he stole from Cleveland Browns fans?
Listen for yourself:
(hat tip to Glenn Moore, a producer on the show, who sent me a link to the audio earlier tonight.)
I also blipsnipped it if you want to listen to the parts I picked out as highlights:
For the record, Cleveland.com is the website for the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, which is the paper of record, so to speak, for the city of Cleveland. So for those unfamiliar with Kozarik of the Cleveland landscape, this is not just a random voice from a random source.
As for my thoughts, I appreciate the passion of Kozarik (pictured), and he definitely makes some valid points. His best point, I thought, was wondering why Browns fans should respect “the process” when it is showing marginal gains (if any) while franchises like Tampa Bay are able to turn things around in a single season.
However, he lost me with all the Lerners-are-the-devil talk. I understand that you may not like the Lerners, may be frustrated with how things have gone, and might not even respect Randy or Al and how they have managed the Browns. But to call them the devil? To say that Al Lerner, who passed away several years ago, is “down in hell laughing with Satan”? That’s over the line.
Unfortunately, no matter how much I respect the passion, it’s tough to respect even the more cogent of Kozarik’s thoughts when they are mixed in with classless hyperbole that compares a family and its dead patriarch to the devil. Browns fans should be upset, and Kozarik undoubtedly speaks for a lot of them, but next time he should try keeping the old dead guys out of it.