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  1. 15 points
    The stories about how Stan created TBB as an AOL off shoot I think have been shared a lot, by more than one of us. I think however the reasons Stan created TBB have not been shared, or at least put up on a pedestal properly. Many think that Stan’s love for the Browns is the fuel that formulated this place, but it isn’t, and it really never was. Oh, for sure, the unfair treatment of our core AOL group helped instigate Stan’s effort, for we AOL posters were being treated the same way NFL refs have treated our team. However, if you want to really learn something about Stan, I hope you will read along as I share my own personal journey with him. Nearly 2 decades ago Stan pulled together a phenomenal tailgate for the Inaugural 1999 return of the Browns. He enabled many cyber friends to cross into the realm of real-life friendship. He enabled me to turn my once online hated rival Rich4Eagle into a beloved friend. Stan’s efforts brought me many other personal and lifelong pals, West Side Steve, Flugs, Chicopee John, I still think Hoorta and Zombo, and many others. Oddly, at the 1999 inaugural, I barely introduced myself to Stan. We were antagonistic to each other. Both perhaps not enamored with the other’s ego. It was not until we discovered our mutual interest in Las Vegas years back that our friendship really grew and soared. How sad it was this morning for me to receive a message from Zombo that my suspension had been lifted. I say that because his message also included the horrible news that is at this moment ripping a piece of many our hearts out. Some might say, “how odd that Zombo would reach out to Ghoolie, I thought those guys hated each other.” Hmm, and now, we can begin to see why Stan created TBB. A few years ago when I wrote an Irish composition for John (Zombo), Stan told me in Vegas that I was gay, that Zombo was gay, and my love song to him was proof positive. All kidding aside, the real story here is that it was TBB that facilitated that song. It facilitates a hell of a lot of our songs. Stan created this place out of his love for people, for knuckleheads, for every odd nut, bolt and spacer that ever cheered for, cursed, and scratched their heads over the Browns. Stan created for us the real life “Cheers”, a place where everyone knows your name. Zombo, Hoorta, Ghoolie, WSS, Stinkhole, Vagitron, Gunz…… To the dismay of many, Stan and I seldom talked about TBB, and it was Stan who asked me to be here, not the other way around. However, Stan didn’t ask me to be here because he knew I was so great that the board couldn’t get along without me, no, he knew that I, me, Ghoolie, could not get along without TBB and my dear friends; friends who know me away from the Ghoolie schtick. On several occasions I asked Stan to change my screen name to Tom. He refused. In fact, Zombo changed my name back from Vesna Kociper, because to my extreme humility he felt Ghoolie needed to remain a part of our place. In recent times, like me, Stan had fallen out of love with the Browns, even saying to me that I was right to want the new team to be named something other than the Browns. The reasoning being so that the new owners didn’t get a free ride and take advantage of our undying love for what had come before. But Stan was wrong, and I was wrong. The “Browns” whatever that is, is us. Pure and simple, it is us, and my beloved friend Stan Aten created a place for us. Stan and I planned to post a picture of he and I wearing Las Vegas Raiders shirts in Vegas this coming winter. Two weeks ago we were each in Vegas at the same time, but missed each other. My God, that is yet another spear in my heart. I was so close, so nearby Stan and Kathy, and we missed signals. However, at the end of the day, Raiders joking aside, we talked about us. You, me, the knuckleheads, the oddballs, the fans who just need a place where everyone knows their name. Stan…………..I know his name……………I knew him and I loved him. God Bless you Stan, us, we, everyone here will never forget your name.
  2. 14 points
    CRUSHING NEWS! There's 2 reasons the old AOL board back in 98 felt like THE place to call home were you and Stan (ATENEARS). You 2 knuckleheads never agreed on anything,which brought to life a level of oneupsmanship entertainment I had never encountered. Hilarious from the get-go! Stan hated Tim Couch while you were handing out Guinness Beer to anyone joining you, me and Hoorta in Camp Couch. Stan was one of the funniest smart assses I had ever seen. He attacked my first Tim Couch Makes Sense post with a fine tooth comb; and I knew I was never leaving. Then came the temporarily outspoken male cheerleader from Kentucky with the screen name TOPJOCK and a creepy groinal warming for Tim Couch. Next thing I know half our board was in the penalty box with TOS Violations. Stan vowed to us he was going to start a board some day that gave us as close to anything goes as possible with freedom of speech. And here we are - what it is.... The biggest thing I remember about Stan was no matter how much we disagreed and busted balls in here - he opened his house up to you and me (and a slew of others that lived out of town). He brought a whole bunch of people together from as far east as England and as far west as California. It was great to meet guys like Hoorta, Ed (Roach), Furnier, KSHutchins, Gumbodog34, the legendary FatJeff and so many others. It got to the point where you, me and Stan got together almost every year for training camp visits, scrimmages (ie: Edinboro, Rochester) or weekend road trips home/away games. Unforgettable fun! When he asked me what the game plan would be in our first tailgate down in Tampa in the preseason of 99 - I said "Tell you what - we're not leaving until Zombo's heaving." To which he replied, "I'M THERE!" I'm still meeting and partying with great long-time fans like Canton Mike, RifferX, Calfox, WSS, Gipper and others in recent years. When Stan coached kids in baseball, playing time had nothing to do with how good the kid was. It was all about how HOT the kid's mom was. And he taught sportsmanship the way you'd expect him to with this classic epitome of the guy: "WE DON'T SHAKE THEIR HANDS UNTIL AFTER WE'VE KICKED THEIR ASSS!" The first time he ever mentioned his WIFE - he called her "THE TOOTHLESS HAG." When he got remarried it evolved into "HAG2." Our world here lost a GREAT dude! I think I speak for a lot of people when I say I'll never forget him!
  3. 10 points
    Very emotional win today. These are some of the best posts ever on The Browns Board, and I'll get back to all of you tomorrow. For now, I'm just going to enjoy my beer and Fireball in my "I Hate The Steelers" tshirt and think about the one thing Stan bitched about for 20 years: "I just wanna see the Browns play a solid game for 60 minutes on both sides of the ball" ... He got that today. Z
  4. 9 points
    Dear Stan, As you know, I worked for a company that was mainly a sales organization. As an executive I had to write many many letters of tribute or congratulations to our field salespeople or employees. Letters such as those were always difficult as it is not one of my strengths. This one will come easy for me. I miss you man. I know it's been only one day, but I miss you. I'll never forget how we met. First on the AOL board, then you attending our preseason tailgate party in 1999. It was at that party that we decided to open it up, to include all of our AOL friends. You did the leg work, Don and I did the cooking. Thanks to you, I've met so many wonderful lifelong friends at these parties. I'm not going to mention them as the names are far too many. But, if they're reading this, they will know who they are. The parties grew and were a blast. We entertained groups as small as 12 and as large as over 100. You were the General and we were your lieutenants. Thanks to you I've met terrific people from coast to coast, Canada, Mexico, and overseas. We met new friends together, we got drunk together, and we even had our cars broken into while we were at the game together. I was honored when you asked Don, Carl and I to cook at your wedding party. We had a blast and that was the first time that I met your beautiful bride, Kathy. The two of you were, and have always been a wonderful couple. I've never met a couple like you that had so much fun laughing at each other and with each other. Our families have shared so many good times from Berea to Panama City Beach. Stan, I know from talking to Kathy, Alexis, Shannon, Trevor, others and my own experiences over the years what a great and caring father you have been. Your family's hearts have never been heavier than they are today. As I walked back from the Stadium today, I thought back to the all the same walks we made together. Today was a tough walk for me because, even though we won, I walked back without one of my fondest friends. I miss you man. Ed
  5. 9 points
    Lot's of folks have asked ... Yes, we will set something up for the family. We will collect for for flowers, plant, donation, etc. for the funeral, and then we will also collect some money for Kathy, I don't know their financial situation but collecting some money so she doesn't have to worry about keeping the board afloat until we figure things out would be the proper gesture I think. I will do a Paypal thingie later. Go Browns ... Win one for Skippy ... Zombo
  6. 9 points
    It is very sad indeed. I happened to be there on duty, our best efforts couldn't revive him. Kathy is strong but she may need our help. Prayers to her and their family.
  7. 7 points
    Seems fitting that the Browns win one for Stan today. Go Browns! RIP Stan
  8. 7 points
    ..Farewell to a good and always fair man..Far to soon our friend..Thoughts & prayers to Kathy & his 5 children that loved him most 🙏..Ya can't break a Browns Family.. Thanks Stan,RiP..
  9. 6 points
    Devastating news. The owner and founder of our board passed away last night, according to his wife, Kathy. Stan was a hell of guy that I met back on the old AOL Grandstand in October of 1997. We traveled through the Browns internet desert together until he founded this place in 2003 to give us a home. He always grumbled to me how he lost money on this place, but he never pulled the cord on it because I know deep down it was near and dear to his heart. I don't know any details at this time, I just know I have lost one of my best friends in life, and his wife and family are devastated, he had five kids, the youngest is a Senior in High School. RIP Stan "Atenears" Aten 1967-2018 Godspeed, Skippy
  10. 6 points
    A W for Stan The Man. Very fitting.
  11. 5 points
    REMEMBER VETERAN'S DAY, fly your flag proudly! With all of the excitement happening this weekend let us also remember our veterans. To my father-in-law in the Pacific in WWII and my dad in Europe and WestPac in WWII and also Korea we remember and miss you.
  12. 5 points
    Gareth takes one for the team ... Me, Stan, Howie, Marko, Keith (Kmac) and Mike (Pavo Joe)
  13. 4 points
    Board stuff aside- this is why even though we might disagree- It's why we're here. this is one big family. Drawn together because we love the Browns. (some may not admit it, but deep down you do) We've lost folks- some that don't post anymore like Rich or Bees Indy, and some that have gone on to a better place like Fat Dad and Kathy Hutchins. There's many, many great guys I would have never gotten to know as friends if not for this board. So RIP Stan- that win today was for you....
  14. 4 points
    My stepfather was a Seargent in NAM.. RIP Gringo!
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  16. 4 points
    So nice seeing the Browns out coach the other team both during the week and on game day too..... it's been so long since I have thought that, that I don't even know who the coach was. HELL YEA!!
  17. 4 points
    Like Zombo....I go all the way back to the AOL boards with Stan and because of him, I have close friends that I talk to every day despite living all over the world away from each other. He's the reason why we are all friends and still make a trip to cleveland each year to this day. Still remember the conversation he and I had way back when about starting this board and could it be something that would last and have people visit. Who knew at that point it would turn into THE place to talk about the Browns online and that as well is thanks to him for keeping this place going all these years. Hard to believe it's real.
  18. 4 points
  19. 3 points
    This was just a great and complete team win today fellas. Seriously when was the last time this type of game happened for us? Im.so excited to see how this team grows.
  20. 3 points
    That about sums it all up. Well Said Flugels...
  21. 3 points
    One down... six to go... You just keep thinkin', Butch... that's what you're good at.
  22. 3 points
    I only talked to Stan a couple of times via PM, but I have great respect for the person who put together this board. It brings fans of the Browns from all sorts of different walks of life together, and Stan must've had a great passion for Cleveland sports to keep this board up through all the chaos of bad seasons we've had. I deeply appreciate what he did for us Browns fans, and It deeply saddens me that he passed away so young. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends, and i'll never for a moment forget what he did for us Browns fans bringing us together. I'd like to believe we crushed the Falcon's today for him.
  23. 3 points
    Does this thread have more pages than games Gordon was actually eligible to play in for the Browns yet?
  24. 3 points
    I didn't know Stan but I have been posting here on the Browns Board for a few years and this Board that he created has brought together some really good people and fellow Browns fans. This is very sad news. Praying for his family.
  25. 3 points
    Very good response from SNL....good job!
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