The Cleveland Browns have finished with five wins or fewer in six straight seasons – and Allie LaForce doesn’t necessarily see that streak ending in 2014.
“When I worked in local TV in Cleveland, I spent every day over at the Browns’ facility because there was always breaking news,” the CBS Sports Network “Lead Off” co-host said on The Damon Amendolara Show. “And I thought, ‘You know what? When I leave, it’s finally going to settle down, of course.’ I was doing live hits over there every day no matter what because they would pull some ridiculous move – like the ones that you’ve seen in the last couple of days. It’s just amazing how it never ends. It just keeps going. I don’t blame Cleveland fans for being so bitter because it’s a vicious cycle.”
The Browns hire a new coach and start a new quarterback seemingly every season, and the lack of stability shows in their record. Earlier this week, it was announced that team CEO Joe Banner was stepping down and that general manager Mike Lombardi had been fired.
Brandon Weeden also reportedly wants out of Cleveland.
“It’s bad,” LaForce said.
Ohio, of course, is a crazed football state. LaForce, who was born in Vermilion and grew up near Cleveland, said, “If you’re a baby boy, you get handed a football, and if you’re a girl, you get handed pom-poms. And (if) you are (a boy, you’re) expected to grow up and be a football player, and if you’re a female, you’re expected to grow up and cheer for your football team.”
When LaForce was working in Cleveland, she co-hosted a show in which highlights from 30 high school football games were shown in 30 minutes.
It was the top-rated local sports show in America.
LaForce first rose to fame in 2005, when she was named Miss Teen USA.
“It’s probably the most beneficial thing I’ve ever done in my life,” LaForce said of pageants. “It just taught me so much about life and traveling and meeting really different types of people and just the difficulties of being a woman and really wanting to make the most of your body and wanting to be athletic and in shape and take care of yourself, but at the same time, not wanting to be looked at just as a sex object, wanting to be taken seriously.
“So just constantly trying to ride that fine line between not being too sexy, but being professional, but still looking your age. It’s tough. It’s a constant battle. And so that kind of trained me for being a woman in the sports world. You can compare the pageant world and the sports world in a lot of ways. They’re extremely competitive. You’re supposed to be intelligent. Every single word that comes out of your mouth is dissected. There’s a lot of really great comparisons you could make.”