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  1. 13 points
    My dad, the guy in the middle of the top picture below, is responsible for morphing me and my brother John into die hard Cleveland Browns fans. That picture was after his first bout beating cancer some 30 years before he lost to it. Anyway, he raised us in Fairport, NY (a suburb of Rochester). Before there was was DirecTV, my dad used to set up an antennae on the house that got us Cleveland game feeds from all over. 1 time we watched the Browns vrs the Saints in French in a feed from Ottawa, Canada. Other times we'd get them in other parts that used to televise the Browns. He also did this for some of his buddies he worked with at Rochester Telephone Company back in the day. The first game we ever went to in Cleveland was vrs the Steelers when David Mays led us to victory on the same day Turkey Jones slammed Bradshaw. Believe it or not, our tickets were in the standing room only section. Who felt like sitting that day anyway? After that, we made 1-2 road trips per year. Rochester had 4 different Browns Backers clubs (and another unofficial club that got together) when I moved to Nashville in 2006. It's closer to Cleveland than it is NYC. I guess Jimmy Brown and Ernie Davis playing at Syracuse recruited a lot of interest of guys my dad's age. Another guy that drew interest from people in Rochester was Otto Graham who played Pro Basketball for the Rochester Royals and helped them win the Championship. That was my dad's biggest hero and he got to meet him in Sarasota. If memory serves me right he was the golf pro at my dad's country club there. Otto Graham feels like the most forgotten exceptional athlete on the planet. How many other Pro Football QBs in America can say they led their teams to the Championship Game the first/all 10 years of their career and won 7 of them? In the top picture below, I'm the 18 year old knucklehead on the left in all blue. My brother John who was a damn good offensive guard 5 years before I played the same position is on the far right. Back then, he had the same compact build without the belly. He used to be really quick off the ball and always had superior leverage. He taught me the way to lift and how to win in the trenches. I was very fortunate to have played in back to back Championships in High School. We won it my junior year and got rat-housed 42-15 my senior year. Had a great Coach; loved my teammates; and felt blessed with what was accomplished. I was also fortunate enough to end the 80s and begin the 90s being paid to coach High School Football from all my experience and countless football camps attended. LOVED IT! A guy that used to play behind my brother (Dan Enright) who later became a Captain at West Point and snapped for Art Schlichter in the Hula Bowl said "your brother was the best Guard/OL we had on our undefeated team in 77; and then he inexplicably blew off the scrimmage he was supposed to start in to go on a road trip to Canada with some pot heads. I was getting excited to play next to him" He said football and sports came so easy to your brother he was bored with the challenge (ie; Josh "Potsy" Gordon). When it was my time I got the feeling my brother regretted what he walked away from his senior year so he motivated me. He was a free spirit that forever haunted my dad with the phrase "Don't worry about it!" My dad pretty much changed his name to assshole. My brother died in a car accident 2 years after my dad. In his honor, I name my fantasy football teams after him every year "DRINK BEER!" The second picture includes our cousin Mary Ann who is a lot of fun. This was my dad's family reunion and he was the youngest of 9. The last picture is my brother's landscaping crew/business crashing the party. As you might have guessed my dad called my brother's business "Don't Worry About It/DWAI Landscape" for the obvious reasons pictured. If there's a sum of 3 brain cells in that picture I prolly owned 2 of them; and that ain't good. They were trying to figure out how they were going to throw me into the lake without getting hurt. I'll leave the rest to your imagination. F If you made it this far - Thanks! I'm just as interested in reading about some of your family traditions following this team...
  2. 7 points
    We moved to Cleveland when I went in to 1st grade. Moved in from Detroit. My Dad was born in Toledo, as was I, so he was a Lions and Tigers fan. We went to a few Browns games, but I remember him saying he wasn't going to pay $11 for a football ticket! LOL When I got old enough I took money from my Plain Dealer route to buy my own $11 ticket and went downtown with a friend. There were gameday express busses. My parents were pissed I went downtown on my own. They were really pissed when my buddy and I got on the wrong bus home and it dropped us off out in Parma, we lived in Bay Village. We couldn't figure out the bus schedule to get home, so had to call my parents to come get us. That was a quiet ride, at least until we dropped my buddy off at his house, then it got pretty loud. In those days home games were never on TV. Games had to sell out by maybe Thursday to get local TV coverage. There were always a few seats directly behind a pole, or a few standing room seats created that wouldn't sell. There could be 82,000 people in there, but those last 25 seats kept games off the air. My brothers and I would sit in the large upstairs bedroom we shared and listed to Gib Shanley call the game. We would take out our sleeping bags and stack them, use them as practice dummies. Good times.
  3. 7 points
    I was the youngest of 3 kids, and my sister & brother weren't into sports like I was. My dad was a huge fan, although he hated Art because of the Paul Brown firing. Anyway, my dad decided to take me to a Browns game vs Cincy, Oct 1 1972. I was 9 years old. The Bengals botched the opening kickoff and the Browns recovered inside the 5 yard line. The place was going crazy, and I remember how loud it was. Leroy Kelly scored 2 plays later, I was hooked for life...Browns 27-6 victors. That whole season was amazing to me, we went to the game that the Browns tried to blow vs the Steelers, but Cockroft made a short FG to win it 26-24. I ended up getting a Plain Dealer paper route, and eventually became a season ticket holder in 1979, first row of the bleachers under the goal posts. The seats happened to open up after a Browns-Oilers game when fans went nuts and threw bottles on the field after a bad PI call on the Browns (Pastorini to Ken Burrough). Before that, me and some buddies would hop on the 79 bus down Fulton, and would go to the games. Anyhow, I passed on the Browns disease to my 3 sons. My youngest has season tickets, and my older two are involved in Browns Backers Clubs in Houston & Phoenix. Last year we tailgated at the Browns-Cards game for a family reunion. As per usual, the tailgate was better than the game. Great stories folks. Someday, and hopefully real soon, we finally get that dam Super Bowl.
  4. 7 points
  5. 7 points
    Has signed his rookie contract ....
  6. 7 points
    First thing you know ol’ Jed’s a millionaire...
  7. 6 points
    My Browns game attendance started before I was born. Mom and Dad went to several games. As a young kid, I remember going with my Dad to see the Browns play the Steelers in an exhibition game...at the U of Akron Rubber Bowl. I looked it up once - the Browns played 19 exhibition games at the rubber bowl back in the day. We'd go fishing early in the morning, and make it back home to watch the kickoff. Catch too many fish, and we'd listen to the radio til all the fillets were checked and rechecked, and put in a bowl of salt water in the fridge. I'm certain that if they played a night game, we'd watch it til the end, and I'd have to drive about 3 hrs back to Wright-Pat AFB to be on duty the next morning. Of all the years, the Kardiac Kids were so much fun...and exhaustion.
  8. 6 points
    I found this to be quite entertaining concerning team renaming. 😂 "This e-mail was sent to Clarence Page of the Chicago Tribune after an article he published concerning a name change for the Washington Redskins: Dear Mr. Page: I agree with our Native American population. I am highly jilted by the racially charged name of the Washington Redskins. One might argue that to name a professional football team after Native Americans would exalt them as fine warriors, but nay, nay. We must be careful not to offend, and in the spirit of political correctness and courtesy, we must move forward. Let's ditch the Kansas City Chiefs, the Atlanta Braves and the Cleveland Indians. If your shorts are in a wad because of the reference the name Redskins makes to skin color, then we need to get rid of the Cleveland Browns. The Carolina Panthers obviously were named to keep the memory of militant Blacks from the 60's alive. Gone. It's offensive to us white folk. The New York Yankees offend the Southern population. Do you see a team named for the Confederacy? No! There is no room for any reference to that tragic war that cost this country so many young men's lives. I am also offended by the blatant references to the Catholic religion among our sports team names. Totally inappropriate to have the New Orleans Saints, the Los Angeles Angels or the San Diego Padres. Then there are the team names that glorify criminals who raped and pillaged. We are talking about the horrible Oakland Raiders, the Minnesota Vikings, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Pittsburgh Pirates! Now, let us address those teams that clearly send the wrong message to our children. The San Diego Chargers promote irresponsible fighting or even spending habits. Wrong message to our children. The New York Giants and the San Francisco Giants promote obesity, a growing childhood epidemic. Wrong message to our children. The Cincinnati Reds promote downers/barbiturates. Wrong message to our children. The Milwaukee Brewers. Well that goes without saying. Wrong message to our children. So, there you go. We need to support any legislation that comes out to rectify this travesty, because the government will likely become involved with this issue, as they should. Just the kind of thing the do-nothing Congress loves. As a die-hard Oregon State fan, my wife and I, with all of this in mind, suggest it might also make some sense to change the name of the Oregon State women's athletic teams to something other than "the Beavers" (especially when they play Southern California). Do we really want the Trojans sticking it to the Beavers? I always love your articles and I generally agree with them. As for the Redskins name, I would suggest they change the name to the "Foreskins" to better represent their community, paying tribute to the dick heads in Washington DC."
  9. 6 points
  10. 5 points
    Oh Yeah! I know all about that quiet ride home! it's Oct.1980.. Sipe hits Dave Logan with 17 seconds left to stun Lynn Dickey & the Packers..No one could cover James Lofton all day..It's a good thing I taped that game.. I was grounded a week to watch it! I chose to lie to mom to get her keys to the back-up car 'The Mean green Valiant'.. It's my best friends birthday & he's never seen a game..So we takeoff from Toledo & B00M! Front tire blows bout a hour from the Muni lot...The jacks up & I'm 2 nuts on the spare & here comes Buford & the blue lights special 🚔. Mighty Barney Fife, impounds Mom's car for another tire & questioned plate search..Were fk'd 🙃.I'm age 17. Mean green Valiant is Towed. And Fife takes us to his holding cell station for my ONE phone call ☎️.. Hi M0m! .... am out of emojis at this time. but browns& parents pissed is worth all 6..
  11. 5 points
    Great topic!!! The 86 Browns were my first recollection of the Browns. My dad and I watched every game (Youngstown area) we would listen to the radio during the game to hear play by play with Nev Chandler. I remember My Cousin collected these Browns Digests 70s-80s not sure what they were called He had stacked high in a cabinet. I remember being 7/8 and reading most of them each time we would visit. First game at Muni Stadium was a Monday Night game against the Colts with Mike Pagel as the QB. I was 8 I had school (2nd or 3rd grade) the next morning my mom was pissed. Now being 2500 miles away I usually call Sunday evenings and we talk about what the Browns did wrong
  12. 4 points
  13. 4 points
    S Korea made it look easy because they have a sense or order and community that we lack. It's about others. Not about "me"
  14. 4 points
    I am a 2nd generation fan, my dad got me hooked on the browns after explaining the kardiac kids To me. And how the team left and came back. I was immediately drawn to the intimate history of the team and passion Of the fans. my first year basically being a die hard was 2006. Charlie Frye Jersey is still hanging in the closet collecting dust. I should’ve given it to a homeless man a long time ago. Growing up my favorite player was probably Josh Cribbs or Peyton HILLIS for one year. We haven’t had a lot to cheer about the last 20 years.
  15. 4 points
    I'd have to start with...My best 27 years was spent being raised in Oregon & Perrysburg, Ohio from 1963..Saw my 1st Browns game in 1967 up till the Muni fell down.. I accepted a job transfer when the Browns left town, to recoup in NC, due to all the drugs/alcohol of Browns depression & the following of bat shit crazy 🦇 college stalker women of the University of titty-Toledo 🎓.. I loved playing sports since the day I could walk. Playing Baseball, Basketball & Football at TU till told to walk off.. Turned to playing street hockey just to bang on more bitches..Called Mike Bossy of the Oregon Islanders, playing under the High level bridge in Toledo.. My mother & father split at my age of 12 & my loving mom took on myself & 2 sisters..But she always knew Dad was my Rock & my life coach ..Of sports too, he coached me in HS football.. custody of me was granted to him with no court battle.. We stayed at his mom's till his money got straight during divorce.Thanks! Grandma. Thou my Mom has passed, she was always great to me.. i get that love back from my 2 sisters that are her twin daughters.. Whew! Thanks for letting me get that all out Flugs...Now why am i here? Go! 1) I was 2..My Dad was a sailor in the Navy, based in SD, headed back from Japan. Cuz am 2 & I can't take care of his newborn twins 😛 2) My Uncle Jack (his brother). falls madly in love with mate Carol on same ship. lands but both want to now fly planes, so Jack stays with Carol in SD to join the Air Force for 4 more years..Both worked at Space Center in Fla. Married till their death in 2018 Alpena, Michigan 3) My now Stranded Father, naval suit & bags 👍 *hitchhikes* back from SD,Cali to Toledo,O H-io via a truck driver landing him in Chicago in one run..And 2 more hitches from Chicago "To honey I'm Home" in Toledo ..Cuz am still 2. Dad works 35 years at Williams Steel to raise us right still bleeding Orange & Brown to games.. Jack & Carol say John Candy had nothing on Dad & truck Hitchhiking from Home Alone 🤣 4) Ah yes! the Browns missing link Brother of 4, with 6 season tickets.. Uncle Jim! Jim sat back the whole time working for Ohio Bell making sure myself & only Browns fans would sit in Dads & Jack's seat if they were serving duty.. We saw loads of Browns games till the Muni came down..Best of Times!! till.. The worse of times We lost Dad/Jim & Jack all around Xmas of 2018. after Carol in 2017 🙏(some mighty good card games up there).. All's Final resting spot including Carol? Presque Isle, Michigan. on Grand Lake. 2 sisters & Myself were gifted Dad's house...So i hope to come up & see ya all..cause it's why I login? Your all I have left in Browns Fans.. GO BROWNS!! (just once 🤞) Stan & They will hear us! Thanks Flug! Great Topic.. Enjoying all the great Reads 👍
  16. 4 points
    Thanks Flug for the story I also like to hear and share stories about the BROWNS and Cleveland sports and everyone's sports stories in general. Mine starts with my dad who was an amazing guy part of The Greatest Generation, born in 1921, grew up in the country during the Great Depression graduated high school a year early in 1939, joined the NAVY in 1940 to study electricity but December 7, 1941 changed things for the country. He fought in the Mediterranean and finished in the WestPac as chief electrician on the BB-62 the battleship New Jersey. Put in his 6 years active 4 reserves and was out of the NAVY in 1949. Got married, was going to Youngstown College, started at US Steel on June 3, 1950 then Uncle Sam then called him up later in 1950 to go to Korea as chief electrician on the BB-62.....no questions asked. Well in 1950 I was still on the way, the BROWNS had just joined the NFL and daddy was in Korea. The first pictures of us was with him in his uniform. After things got back to normal, he returned back to USS but college was on hold my brother was on the way followed by 3 more boys. Our house became centered around scouting and when we had time sports. I remember the old lazy-X antenna on the old house roof to get the Cleveland stations from Niles, OH.. Sundays were for going to church early and then watching the BROWNS or INDIANS if and when they were on or listening to them on the radio with Cleveland's fine announcers. My dad was also a big INDIANS fan. I was hooked I got my first helmet and pads in 5th grade to play football and we were playing baseball as much as possible. Ironically none of my younger four brothers were sports nuts or ever worked in a steel mill like dad I started June 6, 1969 exactly 19 years and 3 days after dad in the same department Open Hearth Maintenance when in was 18. My love of the Cleveland BROWNS and INDIANS was permanent. My dad meanwhile put in 30 years at USS until they closed in 1981 and was a cub scout, boy scout and Explorer leader all together at one time. He also taught electrical maintenance at trade schools in the area after retiring from local industries. He was quite a guy.
  17. 4 points
    Good stuff Flugel. Your brother had one helluva ‘stache. Like Dutch Browns fandom very much stems from my grandpa. I suppose l was a bit of a late bloomer getting into football. My dad was a fan, but not like a huge fan, and living out of market it was tough to catch games, and for the first 10 years or so of my life l didn’t really understand the game. My indoctrination into Browns fandom was “the Drive.” Even though the end result sucked it was an amazing experience for me. Dad and l drove up to grandpa’s house, and my aunts and uncle were all there, and everyone was fired up. I was basically the dumb kid learning the game while feeding off the enthusiasm of my whole fam, and it truly was one of those greatest memories ever just for the connection we all felt through it. And by the time it ended, l was right there with them, rising and falling with the action on the field. So the next year, of course we had to do it again! Haha. Fucking Elway... Through the years Browns fandom has remained synonymous with that side of my family. Grandpa has since moved on. One aunt married a Bengals fan and claims to be one herself, so l bust her mams for it (since she doesn’t have balls). The other aunt married a guy near Baltimore but has the sense to still root for the fam team. As for my own kid, l think l finally got her on board, but it took awhile. After giving it far too much thought, it occurred to me she probably associates Browns fandom with her old man getting bent outta shape on Sundays, haha. I’m still waiting for the day the Browns give me a team worth dusting off the ol’ bat signal for, because when we get to that AFC Championship again l’m gonna light up my fam to rally in the homeland. Third time’s the charm right?
  18. 4 points
    I think he's about 2 years from a locked dementia ward. Hyperorality is a sign of frontotemporal dementia, but that is usually a faster onset. He's been sniffing women and girls in public inappropriately for years, so it might just be regular old Alzheimer's and he's just a pervert. The people should demand that Biden and Trump take a cognitive exam on live television during one of the debates because they've got the nuclear codes.
  19. 4 points
    ..... to play a game. All while teachers, nurses, police officers, firemen and trash collectors all have to live a 90 minute drive away from the cities they work in because they can't afford to live in the places they serve. What's even crazier is if the owner can sign his name on that pay check, what must he be making? Enjoy that $25 parking, $12 hot dog, $16 beer and $150 seat the next time you root on your heroes.
  20. 4 points
    Of course it was a political rally for Christ's sake. Every presidential speech is a political rally. Every single one. So what? The 15 minutes or so that I bothered to watch were basically just kissing the ass of every minority his speech writer could have thought of. But you guys didn't give a shit when Obama went there or Hillary Bernie Sanders or any other left-wing turd now you're outraged because the president goes to Mount Rushmore. What a crock of shit. By the way any of you guys crying about the Indians I'll be glad to chip in for Two Men and a Truck to come haul your shit off their land. WSS
  21. 3 points
  22. 3 points
    Hell yea! Now this is a thread that should be 22 pages by months end. Very cool.
  23. 3 points
    I think what we are missing from all of this is once the Indians decided to go away from Chief Wahoo, what they realized is they no longer have a mascot (slider does not count). Personally, I hope they keep the name as it is incredibly generic (unlike redskins or braves) but I think its a losing battle in today's times. Other than the Block C (which I like but from a marketing standpoint is extremely boring and only so much you can do) they have nothing they can brand out with and sell. This is why I think the plan to change the name has been in the works for years. What's going on in today's times gives them the perfect opportunity to make the switch with the least amount of blowback. Yes, there are people who will swear off the team but when you average 15k people in the stands on a 93 win team, how loyal are your fans? They will find a way to negotiate to keep the trademarks on Indians and Chief Wahoo but ultimately this team name is going to change and this is why I believe Spiders is going to be the final answer. There is a connection to the teams history and even though they were bad, they did win a championship. It has tons of marketing and branding potential. It's not overused as a mascot or a symbol. They can call Progressive Field "the web" or whatever spider home you want. It's not tied to the Rock n Roll Hall of fame which we need to get away from as the "only" thing in Cleveland. Guardians is ok and has lots of freedom to design and a connection to the city but it sounds contrived. Long story short, it's all about the marketing potential and the ability to sell merchandise.
  24. 3 points
    I received a free 12yrs of public education and then got my contractors license.... and from the state of California no less! (and with it came a VERY nice life). Do I win the game of look at me? If not, I sent my daughter (the 1st in my family to ever go away to college and receive a BS) to get her DPT at the #9 PT school on the planet in Melbourne Australia. Hey, this is fun!
  25. 3 points
    Mattis is just plain dishonest. https://noqreport.com/2020/06/04/president-releases-scathing-letter-from-john-dowd-that-obliterates-jim-mattis/ Former Marine Corps Judge Advocate and State Department attorney John Dowd wasn’t happy with recent remarks by General Jim “Mad Dog” Mattis regarding President Trump’s handling of the riots. The former Secretary of Defense went public with his displeasure towards the President, echoing Democratic talking points while embracing the leftist mentality of supporting protesters and defying law enforcement. Dowd sent a letter to Mattis. He apparently copied President Trump, who subsequently posted the blistering letter on Twitter (transcript below): I thought this letter from respected retired Marine and Super Star lawyer, John Dowd, would be of interest to the American People. Read it! pic.twitter.com/I5tjysckZh — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020 Jim, I slept on your statement and woke up appalled and upset. You lost me. Never dreamed you would let a bunch of hack politicians use your good name and reputation—earned with the blood and guts of young Marines. You did what you said you would—engage in this discourse. Marines keep their word. The phony protesters near Lafayette park were not peaceful and are not real. They are terrorists using idle hate filled students to burn and destroy. They were abusing and disrespecting the police when the police were preparing the area for the 1900 curfew. Jim, this is the new nihilism. See Dan Henninger in WSJ today. Marines support the police in harm’s way. Did you forget that President Bush used active duty Marines to quell the riots in LA? President Trump has countless cities and some snowflake governors and mayors wetting themselves in the use of force to protect innocent lives and property. The AG of Massachusetts thinks burning property is good protest. Three more policemen were stabbed and shot in NYC last night. Think about it. Should he be upset about the obvious failure in leadership? Where are you Jim? Marines go to the fight. No one divided this country more than Obama. He abandoned our black brothers and sisters. He gave guns to the cartels. He apologized for our precious sacrifice and generosity overseas. You remember, he fired you. President Trump has done more to help our minority brothers and sisters in three years than anyone in the last fifty. Ask the black pastors. Ask the leaders of the black colleges and universities. He got them funded. Ask them about the prison reform which ended the draconian sentences imposed on young black men by the law enacted by Biden and his hacks. You need to bone up on your homework and stop listening to Uncle Leon. I understand, you had to stick to the assigned narrative which did not include three years of corrupt investigations and evidence to destroy this President, his office, and his lawful free election. Nancy has no tolerance for dissent in the ranks—including those with stars. You said nothing of the ugly, hate filled, disgraceful comments of Pelosi, Schumer, Perez and other Democrat hacks defaming the President and his office. You said nothing of the unlawful sanctuary cities and the unlawful release of hoodlums. You said nothing of the resistance movement to paralyze our courts and our government operations. You said nothing of the obstruction and subversion of our immigration laws. You said nothing of MS-13 killers and the drug cartels who own huge sections of our major cities. Jim, do you think that rhetoric and those corrupt actions were inspiring and unifying? Do you think the DI’s at Parris Island would find such behavior as unifying? Maybe, your problem, is a lot deeper. Perhaps you ought to explain how and why you (and John Allen), as CG Central Command, did not engage and take out Iranian Major General Soleimani who roamed the Middle East and wreaked havoc and death on our American boys with his infamous IEDs? Why did it take President Trump to have the instincts and balls to take him out (of course over the objection the geniuses in the Pentagon)? Looks like the Persian mullahs were a one horse sleigh and Trump nailed the horse… forever. It has been quiet ever since. Perhaps, your anger is borne of embarrassment for your own failure as the leader of Central Command. Did you applaud when the President recognized the central problem in the Middle East? Did you applaud the President when he wanted to save American lives by bringing them home in one piece? John M Dowd What Dowd said about Jim Mattis is what America needed to hear. President Trump has been justified in his decisions, from taking out Soleimani to pressing for these senseless riots to end. Mattis is a Democratic operative, a verbal rioter, and part of the “Resistance.”
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