The Cleveland Browns traded away Trent Richardson on September 18th. It was a move that caused a collective scream from our friends on the other side of Lake Erie.
12 days later, nobody's screaming anymore. Not only have the Browns gone 2-0 since then (beating a terrible Minnesota team and a phenomenal Cincinnati team), but the Cleveland Indians even caught on, and won ever last game of the regular season sine the trade. Look it up, 10 straight. Played their way into the first Wild Card spot.
What's funny is that the trade didn't really mean anything to either team and their success: the Tribe just got red hot at the right time, and the Browns finally had a reason to put Brandon Weeden in a deep, dark hole. I don't know what the difference is between Brian Hoyer and Weeden, but whatever it is, it's putting points on the board.
For a city that's been perpetually frustrated as Cleveland has been (especially after the trade), these past two weeks have been a hell of a ride. And good news: they actually sold out Progressive Field on Wednesday! They're actually going to show up! Weird, huh? The Tribe won't make it far in the postseason, but the renewed energy at the Jake will hopefully carry over to next year.
Meanwhile, the management at the Factory of Sadness has shown they're not playing around either. They were reviled 12 days ago. Today, they're being hailed.