I was driving home from the store the other night when I noticed a license plate that made me laugh to myself and then I proceeded to feel sorry for the poor sap driving. The plate read “0 DOWN”. It was a white, shiny, new Ford Explorer (probably an 06 Here what really got me about the caption: Not only did this consumer purchase a brand new vehicle with no money down, but he was proud of it.

It certainly felt like a bolt out of the blue. The combination of the Pulitzer and the fact that Next to Normal was a hit on Broadway changed our lives probably forever. You do sort of realize that you could do not one more damn thing and you’ll still be a Pulitzer Prize winner! [laughter] Not that that’s my plan.

Browns, Broncos discuss Joe Thomas trade but no deal by deadlineplayBrowns, Broncos fail to complete deal for Thomas (1:13)ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that the Browns and Broncos could not agree to a trade deadline deal that would have sent OT Joe Thomas to Denver. (1:13)Close Covered Broncos for nine years for Denver Post and Rocky Mountain NewsPreviously covered Steelers, Bills and TitansMember of Pro Football Hall of Fame Board of Selectors since 1999Follow on TwitterFacebookTwitterFacebook MessengerPinterestEmailprintcommentENGLEWOOD, Colo. In the end, the Cleveland Browns were not going to part with eight time Pro Bowl selection Joe Thomas without an offer that made it worthwhile to do so, and the Denver Broncos, Super Bowl aspirations or not, were not going to put themselves in a draft or salary cap bind to make the deal.The two teams had discussions leading up to, and just before, Tuesday’s trade deadline about the Browns left tackle, but neither team felt good enough about the offers on the table to close the deal.Multiple sources confirmed Tuesday afternoon, just after the deadline had passed without a deal, that the Browns had asked for as much as two first round picks from the Broncos at one point and that early Tuesday afternoon, Mountain time, the two sides were closing in on a package that included Thomas and a Browns fourth round pick in exchange for the Broncos’ first and second round picks in the 2016 draft but that the Browns also wanted to include the Broncos’ 2016 third round pick.At that point no deal was made, and the 7 0 Broncos will continue to rotate Ryan Harris and Tyler Polumbus at left tackle while Thomas will continue to be one of the Browns’ foundation players.Thomas has never missed a game in his career 136 consecutive regular season starts that span 8,443 consecutive snaps played and he has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of his eight previous seasons.Thomas had also recently said he didn’t want to be traded.”I’m not a quitter,” Thomas told reporters earlier this week.