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  1. JohnG71097

    RIP Stan "Atenears" Aten

    Wanted to see if I could holler at Tod/ Beanpot, When I found this post from Stan regarding the Passing of Kathy H Posted September 18, 2014 Atenears Just spent hours combing over old pictures of this group from the past 15 years. Watched the Channel 3 newscast of our crew at the September 12, 1999 tailgate party (first game back of the new era), and the interview of Kathy. I have pictures of Kathy being interviewed somewhere and many of that tailgate party. In my search, I read many posts from Kathy over the years and it just solidified what class she is as I've always remembered. Reminisced about how my flight got bumped coming home from Vegas a few years ago and I missed her attending one of her last tailgate parties with us. Remember having lunch with Kathy at Chilli's in North Olmsted 4-5 years ago and that might have been the last time I seen her face-to-face. Hope I get another chance to tell her how much of a glue she is to the group that stuck together all of these years that helped form this forum. Kathy has been the best of all of us, and I hope that she knows that. I've been a little pissed off at a few in our close nit group here and didn't factor on enjoying their company this weekend while all are in town, but in combing through memories of Kathy, I realize that life is too short and that petty cowpoop today isn't worth missing out on the company of some truly great friends. If any of you have an opportunity to get into town and meet some of these folks on this forum, I'm telling you firsthand that it will make your experience here on the forum 1000X's better than you could ever imagine. Take for instance, I'm a real pooper personalty here on the forum, but in person I am just a big huggable teady bear. Here's to many more memories with Kathy and long live the Browns Board and everyone who frequents it!
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    RIP Stan "Atenears" Aten

    WoW Sad News indeed, I didn't know Stan very well and haven't been around much lately, Prayers to his loved ones. Ill be raising a glass in his honor at kickoff today.
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    RIP Stan "Atenears" Aten

    WoW Sad News indeed, I didn't know Stan very well and haven't been around much lately, Prayers to his loved ones. Ill be raising a glass in his honor at kickoff today.
  4. I think that was Chuck Liddell's Dad.....https://www.reddit.com/r/funny/comments/9b12zp/the_ole_dick_twist/?st=JMDGSP5U&sh=e49ecd05
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    Nike Commits Brand Suicide

    Eric Willis @TeAmoEric Sep 4 I will continue to wear my NIKE ARMY boots,because like my fellow soldiers and those who have served before me, we ARE NOT disrespected by Kap. We joined so that we can continue to let others voice their opinions!
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    Browns Tickets. First come first serve

    Tickets have been claimed.
  7. I got some free Browns tickets that I can't use for today.......if you wanna go to the game. Hit me up quickly with a pm or a post here....... time is running short.
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    Browns Tickets. First come first serve

    shoot me an email so I can send them to you you will have to print them out
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    Browns Tickets. First come first serve

    are you saying you want the tickets? Please only take them if you can go....
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    Browns Tickets. First come first serve

    I got a pair available, the word is out though but I want Browns fans to go before anyone else Nice seats too
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    Kathy Hutchins (1950-2014)

    I never got a chance to really know Kathy. I think that was my loss. I remember competing against her in fantasy football, we fought in one game tooth and nail. back and forth It all came down to a monday night game that I eeked out. She sent me a congratulatory albeit short note the next day but also reminding me that she would get me the next time. And dammit she did. Kathy today was for you, all that hard work blood, sweat and tears bringing back the team that you loved. We competed today all over the football field and my friend Neil and I raised a glass in your honour and spirit Because this one was for you and everyone that you influenced to stay the course, keep with the team because good things were gonna happen.
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    Best browns game you ever attended.

    Abe Abraham was the man in the Brown Suit. His son also works for the Browns West Side native continues to add to family’s history with the Cleveland Browns Written by jeffgallatin on December 19, 2012 — Leave a Comment Lou Abraham is shown with part of his vast collection of Cleveland Browns memorabilia. This is the uniform he wore as the Browns' mascot in the 1950's. (West Life photo by Jeff Gallatin) By Jeff Gallatin A West Side native, and the younger member of a father-son Hall of Fame-honored team, is continuing his family’s long tradition of service to the Cleveland Browns every home game in the press box. Lou Abraham is one of the key members of the Browns’ press box staff, which provides statistics, quotes and other assistance as needed to the various members of the media covering the team. He has served in that role since the team returned to NFL playing fields in 1999. However, his family history with the team goes all the way back to the early days of the franchise in the late 1940s, with such legendary football icons such as Paul Brown, Otto Graham and Lou “The Toe” Groza. Lou Abraham’s father, Abe Abraham, was “The Man in the Brown Suit” who caught field goals and extra points in his suit for 37 years when they came through the home team’s goal posts. Lou picked up the family tradition of support for the Browns in general, and their placekicking specifically, at an early age, showing a propensity at age 2 for kicking the football, which eventually led to the team asking him to try out in the late 1960s as a placekicker. In addition, he also served as a team mascot in the mid-’50s. He has been a frequent dinner speaker and participant in golf outings and other events, where he has talked about his involvement with the team. That proud history of service with the team ultimately led to them both being honored by the NFL’s Hall of Fans, which is located at the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton. They are the only father-son duo to be so honored at the hall. For Lou, the many years of involvement with the team have always been a labor of love. “I’ve always loved the team and football,” he said. “I was two when I started kicking the football and showed I had some talent for it.” Because of that love, his father began taking him to team practices and introducing him to various members of the team – including head coach Paul Brown and placekicker and offensive tackle Lou Groza. “I was three when I got to meet Coach Brown, and I remember telling him that the Browns were my favorite team, and how much I loved football and watching the team,” he said. “The team was really just like members of our family because we were so involved with them. I loved being around them. My dad did, too. He worked hard at whatever he did, but with the Browns, it was always something he loved doing, too.” That family tradition of working hard carried over to several businesses they ran in western Cuyahoga County at different times through the years. Judy-Lou’s Delicatessen in Lakewood was open from the early 1950s through 1961. The Riverwood Market in Rocky River was open during the early 1960s, and The Caboose diner was a popular eatery in the 1960s at West 150th and Chatfield, a few minutes from the Cleveland-Fairview Park border. “They all were fun in their own way, but we worked hard in them as well,” Lou said. “The delicatessen was named for my sister and me, and we had a lot of good people come in there. The Market was only open a few years, but we found Rocky River was a nice place. And The Caboose definitely drew people from around the area. When I’d come home from the Navy, I worked in it and ran it when we needed that.” Lou said his philosophy of enjoying your work but giving it your best stems from his family and being at, and later working at, the family businesses. “I learned about enjoying yourself while still working hard and giving 100 percent at whatever you do by watching family in the businesses,” he said. “That’s something I’ve carried with me the rest of my life, whether it was when I was in school, working at other businesses later in my life or even what I’m doing for the Browns right now.” Dan Murphy, coordinator for media relations for the Browns, said Lou’s experience and enthusiasm are clearly evident. “Lou has been a member of the Browns family for a long time,” Murphy said. “His enthusiasm can be felt in the press box each home game. He truly has a passion for this team and its players. From Paul Brown to Lou Groza to Ozzie Newsome to Josh Cribbs, Lou has been a part of it all.” Phil Dawson, the current Browns placekicker, said he enjoys being around Lou. “It’s just a pleasure seeing someone who so clearly enjoys what he’s doing and does it well and with professionalism at whatever he’s doing, be it handing out stat sheets when he’s here in the locker room, working with the media or helping someone get something else done,” Dawson said. Lou said because of his early years with the Browns, being in a football locker room has come naturally for years. “It was a few years after I met him when Coach Brown asked me (in 1953) if I wanted to be the team mascot,” Lou said. “Talk about the thrill of a lifetime. Coach Brown sent us to the same sporting goods store that did the team uniforms and had me outfitted in one just like the team’s.” After getting the uniform, Lou’s next big moment came when he got to run on the field for the first time. “I stood at the front of the Browns’ dugout until the announcer introduced me, and I ran through the goal post just like the players and stood with them until (Hall of Fame center) Frank “Gunner” Gatski came and got the game ball from me. After that I got to sit on the bench with the rest of the team.” Lou said a dominant memory of his time as a mascot was the 1954 NFL championship game, when the Browns demolished the Detroit Lions 56-10. “Oh, I thought we were in heaven; the Browns had lost the last couple (1952 and 1953) championship games to the Lions, so it was great beating them like that. We had this huge celebration in the locker room that I’ll never forget, and I was in a group celebration picture that made the front page of the paper.” As he grew older and went from a mascot to a teenager, he remained a huge fan of the team while continuing to hone his personal placekicking skills. He also got to spend time on the field with his father, continuing the tradition Abe had started of supporting the Browns. “Lou Groza had become my godfather and worked with me on my placekicking and football skills,” Lou said. “It was great being able to spend so much time with my father and a lot of the Browns through those years.” He utilized his developing gridiron skills at both St. Edward and West Tech high schools – at one point holding the record for longest field goal at St. Ed’s with a 35-yard three-pointer. “That record went away years ago,” he said, “but I played end on offense and continued kicking.” After he got out of high school and turned 18 in 1963, Lou joined the U.S. Navy. But he continued to work on his kicking and still followed the team closely. “In 1967, the team knew Lou Groza was near the end of his career, and the coaching staff contacted me to see if I could come to summer camp and try out for kicker,” he said. “My commanding officer gave me an 88-day early out to let me go home and try out. But the Browns also drafted Don Cockroft and that was pretty much the end of that, since he went on to a long, successful career of his own here.” Despite not making the team, Lou worked in business and still stayed active with the team where he could. “Dad was still catching balls and I played in their private golf outings and some celebrity pro-ams,” Lou said. “I also spoke at some dinners and gatherings through those years.” When his father retired himself from catching the ball, Lou said he decided he didn’t want to succeed him. “He was known for that and being such a super fan,” Lou said. “I thought it better to keep working on my own history of supporting the team.” When the team left the NFL between 1996 and 1998, Lou said he stayed busy attending alumni events and other team-related functions. “We were all anxious to get the team back,” he said. “Then when the NFL awarded the franchise to Mr. (Al) Lerner and Carmen Policy, I got in touch with them, saying I wanted to do something for the team. Mr. Policy told me that the full-time positions were filled, but came up with me working in the press box, which I accepted and still do.” Lou said he still applies that personal philosophy of working hard while enjoying the game-day rush of the press box. “It’s fun being around you guys (the media) and working with you,” he said. “I certainly enjoy being around the media members from Cleveland, but I also have friends from all the other teams. It’s just as important to them to get the information they need, so I make sure and check with them that they’re getting whatever they need.” Members of the media cite Lou as being among their favorite people. “Lou is the Browns to me,” Andy Baskin, sports director at WEWS Channel 5 and radio personality at 92.3 The Fan, said. “Growing up in Northeast Ohio and watching his father catch extra points was always a thrill for me when my dad would take me to games. Lou carries on his father’s legacy with his stories about the past, while caring about the future. He makes my job easier and works on a game-day team that is second to none in the NFL. He is the guy you want representing our city when dealing with out-of-town media. Lou is a touch of class, even on the Browns’ worst days.” Daryl Ruiter, veteran radio journalist and Browns beat reporter at 92.3, has known Lou since the team went back on the field in 1999. “Lou is just great to be around with his combination of professional skills and knowledge of the game and the team,” Ruiter said. “He’s always the first guy to greet you when you come through that door, no matter what’s going on. His knowledge of the team and its history goes all the way back to its beginnings, and is just a phenomenal resource. Plus, it’s fun listening to all the stories he has. When you need something, he’s right there with it. And he does the same thing for the other teams as well. That’s just how he operates.” Members of the media who cover the rival Pittsburgh Steelers said Lou can’t be beat. “It’s the best crew for opposing teams in the NFL,” Denny Postufka of the Steelers radio stat crew said. “We need numbers real fast, and it can be hard to get them at other places around the league. But not here; Lou and those guys make sure you have what you need when you need it.” Gerry Dulac, who covers the Steelers for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, said he’s enjoyed knowing Lou through the years. “He’s so knowledgeable about the league in general and all the people he knows makes it great to know him,” he said. “Plus, he is just a great guy we all enjoy getting to see him when we come to Cleveland. Getting to see him and work with him is always a good experience.” Craig Wolfley, a former lineman for the Steelers and current radio sideline reporter, said he can appreciate Lou’s family heritage in the NFL. Wolfley’s brother Ron was an all-pro special teams performer in the NFL for a decade – including spending 1992 and 1993 with the Browns. “It’s definitely something to be proud of,” Wolfley said. “It’s fun hearing something like that about someone else’s family and they have an involvement with the league like your family does. And he still makes sure you get whatever you need on game day. That’s important when you’re moving quickly.” Another family member of Lou’s, his wife Shelley Abraham, said she was impressed when she first learned of Lou and his family’s longtime affiliation with the team. “Listening to Lou tell me the stories about how exciting the old days were and how personal the relationships were amazed me,” she said. “After all, these people lived in my TV. I would truly marvel at the stories of when he was a young boy and Browns players would join his family at their home for dinner and parties.” Shelly said Lou is like the team’s link between its storied past to the hopeful present, while noting that he still consistently loves the team in good or bad years. “What I have treasured the most is the privilege of knowing and loving that ‘little boy’ who still lives inside my husband, Lou Abraham,” she said. With the Browns moving into another era with the recent purchase of the team by Jimmy Haslam and the appointment of Joe Banner as president, Lou, like millions of other fans, is hopeful of a change in fortunes on the field. “I wish Mr. Haslam and Mr. Banner all the success in the world for them and the team, and will continue to do so through the years,” Lou said. “I would hope that I could continue to show my support for the team by continuing on in some capacity for the team.” http://westlife.northcoastnow.com/west-side-native-continues-to-add-to-familys-history-with-the-cleveland-browns/
  13. JohnG71097

    Raiding the Bills

    Anthony Weaver d-line coach may also be coming from Buffalo Also coached with Pettine on the Jets.
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    Scoreboard completion date

    While Seahawks fans would like to believe it's all a result of Seattle being a GREAT SPORTS TOWN, there's actually some simple science that explains how CenturyLink gets so noisy. Paul Greisemer, the architectural director who designed the stadium for AECOM, says it comes down to three factors — the roof, the closed quarters, and the materials. He explained the architecture behind the noise in an interview ith KIRO Radio: "Well, it was built to be a great home field advantage. The fact that it is loud is really kind of a result of a number of things that came about just through the design. It's on a very small site, comparatively to other stadiums, and because of that we had to compress the building very tightly. Fans are closer to the field than they are in most any NFL stadium today. So that combined with the desire to have a large roof covering, so fans are protected, really kind of combined the greatest of convergence of storms into a great environment." He also said the curvature of the roof, along with the materials the stadium is made of — metal and concrete — reflect the sound better: "It's a metal roof so it naturally is a very reflective surface. As is the seating bowl which is largely concrete. So there are a lot of those materials that are serving as sound mirrors, if you will, and bouncing the sound right back. ... The way the roof is angled, and the way the bowl captures all the sound that goes backwards and focuses it back towards the center of the stadium, you're pretty much going to get the maximum affect right at the players." The two overhanging roofs basically act as noise catchers, deflecting the cheers from below back toward the century of the field. You can get a good sense of the roofs here: Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images Seattle has won 18 of its last 20 home games. The fans are certainly a part of that, but so is some well-planned architecture. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/seattle-seahawks-stadium-loud-2014-1#ixzz2rTMAaxgN
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    Bess arrested

    Yesterday's incident in FLA, In the last 24 hours Bess also has reportedly tweeted another pic of himself naked. This from Scene magazine about an anonymous source regarding a run in with Bess We received an account from an anonymous source citing similar behavior from Bess back in December — back almost to the exact day that he was excused from Browns practice. By all accounts, and this one in particular, Davone Bess needs some help. I took the stairs this morning down to my car to get something, and on my way up, I saw this African American guy without his shirt standing on the first floor. A shirt, coat and some magazines were on the steps going upstairs and I asked him if those were his. He turned to me with an angry look and just stared at me. I decided to keep moving and went upstairs to my office. I found out that my partner had tried to go down the stairs and this guy was blocking his way. He asked him what he was doing, got no response, and when he saw the guy had a belt in his hand he started back up. He then heard the guy give a blood curdling scream. We called 911, but by the time the police came, he was gone. We found out later that a woman had taken him out of the building and driven away. We then found out that it was Davone Bess visiting his psychologist in the building. http://www.clevescene.com/scene-and-heard/archives/2014/01/18/davone-bess-had-an-incident-in-cleveland-back-in-december Hopefully Bess' family and friends can get him some help and soon
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    Free Tickets (pair) for today

    Good GameDay folks..... Have a couple who at the last minute can't make today's game and rather than attempting to sell them I figured I would try and give them away. Maybe you would want to take your son or daughter, or your bud They are nice seats so if you want them let me know here and we can message so I can get your e-mail and send them off First come first serve..... I'll check back here periodically this am.
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    Free Tickets (pair) for today

    Free pair of tickets still available.......just message me your e-mail
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    Free Tickets (pair) for today

    The offer still stands. A Pair of Tickets Free for the taking Maybe some dad wants to take his son or daughter to the game, or a couple of friends want to go last minute.
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    ESPN Cleveland fires 3 radio guys today

    Wknr's signal is 50,000 watts directional (during the day, at night it powers down to 5,000 watts) which usually is pretty powerful but the direction is usually the one you are travelling away from. For example Wtam is 50,000 watts clear channel all of the time that is why you can hear 1100 as they say in 38 states and half of Canada especially after sunset. They Browns will also be on 92.3 the fan and WNCX 98.5 fm Here is a listing of radio stations from around the state of Ohio Akron WAKR 1590 AM Akron WONE 97.5 FM Ashtabula WFUN 970 AM Bucyrus WQEL 92.7 FM Canton WHBC 1480 AM Canton WHBC-FM 94.1 FM Celina WKKI 94.3 FM Cleveland WKNR 850 AM* Cleveland WKRK 92.3 FM* Cleveland WNCX 98.5 FM* Columbus WZOH 95.5 FM Dover WJER 1450 AM Findlay WFIN 1330 AM Fostoria WFOB 1430 AM Kenton WKTN 95.3 FM Lima WWSR 93.1 FM Mansfield WRGM 1440 AM Mansfield WVNO 106.1 FM Marietta WJAW 100.9 FM Sandusky WMJK 94.3 FM Toledo WPFX 107.7 FM Uhrichsville WBTC 1540 AM Wheeling (W.Va..) WKKX 1600 AM Wooster WQKT 104.5 FM Youngstown WBBW 1240 AM Youngstown WYFM 102.9 FM http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/media-center/on-the-air.html
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    Fantasy Football Update

    Misplaced my League one invite for The Usual Suspects Need a id and password to rejoin
  21. Fed Ex dropped off the Browns package moments ago Cool folder that holds Very nice tickets, The tickets have raised pics on the ticket face and also a surprise gift per ticket included Along with a fan guide that has free HOF admission and buy one get one at the concession also the obligatory season ticket member holder card.
  22. New Entrance/Bag policy for CBS along with all other NFL stadiums and some College outdoor stadiums NFL TEAMS TO ENHANCE PUBLIC SAFETY AND IMPROVE STADIUM ACCESS FOR FANS To provide a safer environment for the public and significantly expedite fan entry into stadiums, NFL teams will implement an NFL policy this year that limits the size and type of bags that may be brought into stadiums. The NFL Committee on Stadium Security in May unanimously recommended the implementation of this measure that will enhance public safety and make it easier for fans to gain access to all stadiums. The recommendation was discussed with all 32 teams at a league meeting in May and will be implemented at all NFL stadiums beginning with preseason games. The NFL strongly encourages fans to not bring any type of bags, but outlined today what is permissible. Beginning with preseason games, fans will be able to carry the following style and size bag, package, or container at stadium plaza areas, stadium gates, or when approaching queue lines of fans awaiting entry into the stadium: • Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and do not exceed 12” x 6” x 12.” (Official NFL team logo clear plastic tote bags are available through club merchandise outlets or at nflshop.com), or • One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar). • Small clutch bags, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the stadium with one of the clear plastic bag options. • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at a gate designated for this purpose. Prohibited items include, but are not limited to: purses larger than a clutch bag, coolers, briefcases, backpacks, fanny packs, cinch bags, seat cushions, luggage of any kind, computer bags and camera bags or any bag larger than the permissible size. For more information, go to www.nfl.com/allclear. Fans will continue to be able to enjoy their tailgate activities in the parking lots and to do so with greater safety and the knowledge that their entry into the stadium will be smoother and faster. They also will continue to be able to carry items allowed into the stadium, such as binoculars, cameras, and smart phones. In recent years the NFL has enhanced its already comprehensive safety plans with the additional measures such as pat downs, bag checks and metal detectors. “Our fans deserve to be in a safe and secure environment,” said Jeffrey Miller, NFL vice president and chief security officer. “Public safety is our top priority. This will make the job of checking items much more efficient and effective. We will be able to deliver a better and quicker experience at the gates and also provide a safer environment. We appreciate our fans’ cooperation.” This public safety measure is being successfully used at other large venues. The University of Michigan, Penn State University and Michigan State University do not permit any bags, while the TD Garden in Boston only permits clutch bags. Working personnel, including media, will continue to enter NFL stadiums through designated gates where they will be subject to screening and bag inspections already in effect at all stadiums.
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    More Security Rules For Outdoor Stadiums

    Fixed thanks for the heads up