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Ryan Braun And The Five Stages Of Grief: Acceptance

If you're not ready for this step yet, then perhaps you'd like to go back to denial, anger, bargaining or depression.

After a week to discuss, react and grieve over the Braun situation, I think it's time to move on. The situation sucks and it likely will continue to suck, but there's not much to be done about it. All we can do as a fanbase is sit back, wait for the results and hope for the best. It's possible we're witnessing a situation that we'll never forget and one that will have a lasting impact on the player and this franchise, but it's also true that it's not the end of the world.

Obviously, we're all still hoping for the best here. We're hoping that whatever's happening behind closed doors will lead to the charges against Braun being untrue and this situation turning into a massive false alarm. But I think it's time we accept the fact that it's possible that won't happen. And if the charges turn out to be accurate, then we'll have to deal with the punishment and the aftermath.

At the end of the day if Braun receives the 25 game suspension he's rumored to be facing, it's possible this really won't be that big of a deal in the grand scheme. Until this mess unfolded I had almost forgotten that Mike Cameron served a similar suspension in 2008. Cameron, of course, wasn't a player of Braun's caliber, but the team was able to patch the hole for a month and still make the playoffs for the first time in decades. This situation isn't really all that different. As Jordan pointed out yesterday, this is still a pretty good Brewer team and there's reason to hope for big things.

So that's where I'm at. I'm both disappointed and hopeful, but I'm ready to move on. Are you?