Adrian Peterson Reminds Cleveland It Is The City Of Failure

The mistakes and failures of Cleveland's sports franchises are plentiful. 

Michael Jordan and John Elway started their respective Hall of Fame careers by breaking the hearts of every basketball and football fan in the city.  Whatever fandom survived those crushing blows eventually got theirs when Jose Mesa took the mound in Game 7 of the 1997 World Series. 

Whoever survived that massacre might have to pony up all the strength left in their soul and save it for July 2010 when LeBron James bolts for greener pastures.

The Browns began what will be another disappointing season with a blowout loss at the hands of Brett Favre Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings.  And to think, this all could have been avoided had the Browns drafted Peterson instead of offensive lineman Joe Thomas.

The Cleveland Plain Dealer got a hold of a former Browns staffer who explains everything:

"In my mind, it was a no-brainer,'' the personnel man said. "Adrian Peterson was the best running back in high school football, the best running back in college football and now he's the best running back in the NFL. He was Rookie of the Year and led the NFL in rushing last season. We had a chance to draft the best player in the NFL outside of Peyton Manning and Tom Brady and we blew it.''

Brady Quinn struggled against the Vikes, but do you think his troubles could have been eased with football's best running back lined up behind him.  Heck, Peterson's presence could be enough to inspire Braylon Edwards to catch some passes.  And had the Browns not dealt tight end Kellen Winslow, they would have the makings of a formidable offense.

Instead, Cleveland's football franchise is well on its way to securing another top-5 pick in the 2010 NFL Draft.  Speaking of 2010, there's a certain Ohio native that happens to be a free agent that could save the franchise.

And for old times sake....