It’s been almost a year since Cleveland Browns defensive end Myles Garrett ripped off Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph’s helmet and started hitting him with him into the grass. Garrett, Steelers Maurkice Pouncey and Browns David DeCastro have all been sent off.
Garrett’s shot on Rudolph came with less than 10 seconds left in the game, and this caused a media frenzy.
Sunday will mark the first time the Steelers face the Browns with Garrett active since the incident. Let’s never forget that while Garrett’s repulsive behavior was unexpected, the event began a thoughtful analysis of how shit 2019 was going (we didn’t know…).
It all sounds nostalgic now. We eagerly awaited the arrival of 2020, thinking, “2020 MUST be better.” In the meantime, we now know that everyone would be happy to come back in 2019.
2020 has been terrible – for so much many reasons. The pandemic, racial unrest, hurricanes and fires resulting from climate change, and a host of other issues make us think the apocalypse is Actually approaching.
And somehow, we’ve managed to fit sport into all of this as a ‘distraction’.
The details that emerged after Garrett’s coup were quite revealing. Garrett said that before ripping off Rudolph’s helmet, it had been called the “N” word by Rudolph.
However, Garrett was suspended indefinitely and did not play in the Browns’ remaining six games, including another game against their division rival.
Rudolph and Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin has denied the racial insult allegation.
Let’s just hope 2021 doesn’t make us nostalgic for 2020.