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Russo Bros Wanted to Shoot 'Infinity War' in Cleveland

'Draft Day' captures the hope and despair of the Cleveland Browns

Review by Scott Dodson Being a Cleveland sports fan is unlike any other fan in the country.  We've seen the Fumble.  We've seen The Shot.  We've watched our closer blow a lead in the seventh game of the World Series.  We've seen some very good teams, and we've seen some very bad teams.  Boston fans would claim strict allegiance to Red Sox nation while hoisting the Lombardi Trophy high above their heads.  Those "lovable losers" of Chicago weren't complaining when Michael Jordan filled his hand with rings.
Cleveland sports fans have now watched over 140 consecutive seasons without winning a championship. Yet, hope springs eternal here.  We hold out hope that, this year, our pitching holds up while ignoring a glaring lack of power hitting.  We pray that we catch lightning in a bottle as we sign injury prone point guards.  And draft day has become the town's de facto Super Bowl. It's no surprise that the Cleveland Browns' franchise was chosen as t…

Can 'Draft Day' Turn the Cleveland Browns into Winners? Maybe

There is little doubt Cleveland Browns fans are eagerly awaiting May 8th. That’s the first day of the 2014 NFL Draft. The first opportunity the long-suffering franchise will get a chance to bestow hope on its legion of fans.
A little less than a month before, a fictional version of the Cleveland Browns’ draft will play out in the aptly named  Draft Day. The film stars Kevin Costner as the Browns’ general manager, desperately working the system to give the Browns the No. 1 pick.

Knowing that, here’s a question. 

Can Draft Day influence Draft Day?

In other words, can excitement from a feel-good film about a sports team impact the decisions of the Browns’ real front office? Can it inspire coaches and players to deliver a winning season? Can it have an effect on anything?

Just a bit outside the realm of possibility
We’re not new to this sports movie phenomenon. Twenty-five years ago, the modestly budgeted Major League debuted.
Fans recall Major League’s plot and recite its lines by heart. Th…