Super Bowl Sunday: The biggest day of the year for football and its fans. The day on which the last two teams standing at the end of the season get to play for all the marbles. And a day which the Browns will spend sitting at home on the couch, as they have on every other Super Bowl Sunday prior to this one.
The Cleveland Browns have come painfully close to getting to the big dance a few times, been painfully far away from it too many times to count, and have landed somewhere unspectacularly in-between the rest of the time. But regardless of how close they have come, they have never made it all the way.
But while finishing at the bottom of the AFC North with a 4-12 record made for yet another disappointing, Super Bowl-less season for the Browns, perhaps there is still a small something to be gained from the 2011-12 season for the Browns.
Perhaps today, amid the beer and the chicken wings and the spectacularly bad half-time programming, the Browns just might learn something useful from watching the Super Bowl contestants giving everything they've got for the chance to win it all.
An overused-but-true sports platitude says "you can't win 'em all," and if you're the Browns, you can't win most of 'em. But perhaps Cleveland might at least get something useful out of today's championship game, even if they were a long way from having a chance to actually participate in it.
Following are five things the Browns could learn from watching the Patriots and Giants today in Super Bowl XLVI.