Carman: Baker Could Become Bigger Cleveland Icon Than LeBron

Baker Mayfield more beloved than LeBron James?! In Cleveland?! It's a distinct possibility, Ken Carman says

The DA Show
July 23, 2019 - 12:39 pm

Since returning to Cleveland, the Browns have missed the playoffs in 19 of 20 seasons. Nevertheless, they are among the AFC favorites to reach the Super Bowl.

Let’s say the Browns win the Super Bowl this season. How much different would a Browns’ Super Bowl title feel to Cleveland than LeBron James’ run to a title in 2016? Or the Indians potentially winning the World Series?

“I think there’s more diehard long-term Indians fans than there are Cavs fans,” Cleveland’s 92.3 The Fan host Ken Carman said on The DA Show. “I was always a Cavs fan growing up because they felt like they were the bastard son of Cleveland, so it meant a ton for me for the Cavs to win the championship. But overall, it wouldn’t pale in comparison, but in Major League Baseball, we understand the Indians don’t have that kind of payroll. NFL players, we have them here, we use them and they’re gone. LeBron turned the table about that.”

Indeed, James has more or less dictated the NBA landscape for the last decade. 

“LeBron decides when he wants to stay and when he wants to go,” Carman said. “I think that a lot of fans have a problem adjusting to that, and I think you’re seeing that in a lot of other cities. I think this is the new NBA model, and it’s created by LeBron. So as soon as the Browns or Indians win something, I think it’s a tremendously different connotation and tremendously different feeling with the fan base.”

But in the end, Cleveland fans would likely take a Browns Super Bowl over anything.

“I think a lot of fans will look at this differently and probably put it above,” he said. “You fought for the Browns, you had them come back, you dealt with 20 years of agony, then they won a championship. The Indians haven’t won a championship in over 70 years. The Cavs felt more like LeBron. I think a lot of people will come to that conclusion when the Browns and Indians win something.” 

So, in theory, could Baker Mayfield surpass LeBron as Cleveland’s beloved son?

“Cleveland, yes,” Carman said. “Akron, I’m not sure. I don’t think so.”

But Mayfield could in Cleveland? Really?

“Yeah,” Carman said. “I think so.”