Monday, November 12, 2012
An Open Letter To Jimmy Haslam - Part 2
I wanted to check in with you and see how you are enjoying Cleveland. I hope your home wasn't damaged in the recent storms. I hope that you got a chuckle out of Lake Erie depositing parts of the old stadium in your back yard, because we all did. I think the great Lake was trying to subtly tell you that maybe keeping the stadium's name intact might be a good idea.
If you are considering selling the naming rights to Cleveland Browns Stadium, which is your decision completely, might I humbly suggest looking at the Luke, I mean Lucas Oil Stadium and The Jake, I mean Progressive Field. I know first hand that the Lucas Oil folks were a bit cranky about fans calling the stadium the name of their competitor. But, it is your decision, and I am sure you will do what is best for the team.
I was at the game against the Ravens, and while I always enjoy my time at the stadium, I have a suggestion for you. During a game, go into the stands and try to send a text message, either to report fan conduct or answer a trivia question or set up a half time meeting. Just try that.
I hope my list of suggestions to get you acquainted with Cleveland was helpful. I can't tell you how many people came up to me concerned about your mustard choice. I stand by my offer of lunch, in fact the Jake, I mean Progressive Field has a great Friday lunch special.
I'm sure we could find something interesting to talk about at lunch, maybe how men seem to love that little Browns elf (I think it was because Art Modell despised it) and women hate it, or you know, if you wanted to bounce any hypothetical coaching scenarios out there just for fun, I would be willing to listen and play along.
Welcome to your new home.