Monday, February 4, 2013

Jim Brown says Browns fans need to move on

After watching the Baltimore Ravens clinch another Super Bowl victory, long suffering Cleveland Browns fans had to be stinging. Just for people who don't know, I'll give you the cliff notes version.

The Browns had been close to reaching the Super Bowl a few times, only to be snakebitten  at the wrong time (The Drive, The Fumble and Mike Davis' interception). Fast forward to 1996. The Browns moved to Baltimore and became the Ravens. Since then the Ravens have become a successful franchise and claimed two Super Bowl trophies while the Browns haven't won a playoff game since their reincarnation.

Hall of Famer and former Browns great Jim Brown says that the Browns fans need to move on and let it go.

"That's old news now," Brown told me Saturday at "NFL Honors." "Baltimore has proven themselves on the football field. We can't take that away. Art did not make the correct move in my opinion, at the time. It hurt the people, but now it's time to get over it."   

Given the city's sports history and heartbreak I can see why it's a bitter pill to swallow but it's time to let those old wounds die. It's Baltimore's team now, so deal with it.

Suns' Michael Beasley almost gets arrested

Phoenix Suns forward Michael Beasley has never been the sharpest tool in the shed. But when he gets pulled over by a cop, he knows how to cooperate with authorities. I'll give him a shred of credit, most people of his stature act a fool when they get approached by a police officer, but Beasley played straight and was let off the hook for a multitude of offenses.

According to a report obtained through a FOIA request, it has been learned that Suns forward Michael Beasley, on January 25, was pulled over by Scottsdale Police due to speeding down Scottsdale Road at about 1:10 a.m.

He was cited for driving with a suspended license, driving with excessive speed, driving with expired registration and failure to display a license plate on the rear of the vehicle. Driving with a suspended license and excessive speeding are criminal traffic violations, whereas driving with expired registration and failure to display a license plate are civil traffic violations.

The report states the officer placed Beasley in handcuffs and arrested him, but decided to release him at the scene due to his cooperation.

Beasley is scheduled to appear in court on February 11, 2013.

Throw in the fact that Beasley also had a loaded gun in the car with a bullet in the chamber. He's very lucky to be a free man.

I don't know every facet of the law, so can someone please explain to me how Beasley didn't spend one night in jail. Given the fact that he was cooperative obviously scored some points with the local police force.