It's a busy time at First Energy Stadium in Cleveland, despite winter weather that's quickly making me very mad.
Construction crews are in the early stages of a tear down and eventual construction of a new scoreboard that will enhance the fan experience. It's the first stage of a $120 million renovation project on the 15-year-old stadium.
Why a stadium that's barely old enough to show signs of rust needs renovated points to the hasty process that was implemented to originally construct it. Whoever first said that haste makes waste was on target.
You can understand why taxpayers in Cleveland are upset with plans to spend $30 million of city money for the First Energy Stadium project. Cuyahoga County voters can't be enthused about a possible 20-year extension of the sin tax for the area's sports facilities.
Does First Energy really need a larger, more vivid scoreboard to show more dropped passes and fourth-quarter meltdowns? If anything, you'd think the Browns would want a smaller scoreboard that doesn't function properly to hide all the embarrassing moments.
There are ways other than raising or extending taxes to improve the game-day experience. Some are rather extreme, like petitioning the NFL to schedule all 16 games on the road. The Browns seem to play better away from home, and they won't be faced with the sight of thousands of empty seats in the fourth quarter.
That measure, of course, wouldn't help pay the bills and it would never be approved by King Roger (NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell).
There are some changes that might work. Fielding an exciting team with a legitimate NFL quarterback would help. Fans would go home happy after every winning home game, even if they were played at Byers Field in Parma.
There doesn't seem to be much bang for the entertainment buck at First Energy. It wasn't long ago when former owner Randy Lerner had the G.E. Smith band play at every home game.
Smith is famous for once being Bob Dylan's lead guitarist and serving as the musical director for Saturday Night Live. He needed to bring Dylan with him to perform "Like A Rolling Stone" to impress me.
The current regime made a change last season with the introduction of a drum line. I'm not sure what the reviews were from the fans, but my guess is the drummers didn't make the emotional attachment that about 40 scantily-clad cheerleaders would to most of the men in the crowd.
Another change would be to quit playing "Hang On Sloppy" after the third quarter of every game. This isn't to anger Buckeye fans, who should get enough of the song on Saturday afternoons. It's the NFL! Let the college songs stay there, except when the Ohio State band shows up.
This might seem a bit picky, but a new paint job for the seats would be nice. Orange and brown are great colors for those of us that like the classic old-Browns appearance, but they make for gaudy-looking seats. When you fly over the stadium it looks like a big piece of fruit.
The last change would be of a personal nature and of no concern to anyone else, but I sure would like to see comfortable swivel business chairs in the press box. Thirty-six years of sitting on hard bleachers at high school basketball games hasn't been good for my back, and it doesn't help when I'm forced to sit on uncomfortable folding chairs at a Browns game.
It might seem that I'm a bit grumpy these days, but that happens when the temperature outside is sub-zero and my back hurts.