Cleveland Sports Championship Watch: March 27, 2015

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Four weeks ago now, WFNY introduced the Cleveland Sports Championship Watch, a recurring post to update the Northeast Ohioan masses of when their long and agonizing wait for a title will come to an end. WFNY will track the Title Ticker throughout the year, gleaning every insight and nugget of valuable information that can be

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Can Johnny Manziel Come back from the Celebrity Injured List?

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“Celebrity is a mask that eats into the face. As soon as one is aware of being somebody, to be watched and listened to with extra interest, input ceases, and the performer goes blind and deaf in his over animation. One can either see or be seen.” — John Hoyer Updike. Cleveland Browns fans in

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Alex Mack working on a slow, cautious rehab plan

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When Browns Pro-Bowl center Alex Mack went down with a broken left fibula in Week 6 against the Pittsburgh Steelers, so did many of Cleveland’s playoff hopes. It is not a coincidence that after starting the season 4-2 with Mack, the Browns finished the season losing seven of their final 11 games with five consecutive losses to

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Are the Browns “the new Raiders?”

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ESPN is talking about NFL free agency thus far and the Cleveland Browns appear at the bottom of the list with a big fat letter grade “D.” Mike Sando, Bill Polian, Louis Riddick, Field Yates and former Browns scout Matt Williamson discussed free agency to this point for many teams, but Williamson’s quotes are the

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On the Browns “severe” penalties and controlling irrational anger

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We don’t yet know what the Cleveland Browns’ penalties are, but this idea that they’re going to be “severe” has me bubbling with potential rage. You can’t argue with the league punishing teams for their transgressions. Whether we’re talking about artificial noise in Atlanta, deflated footballs in New England or yes, even Cleveland Browns texting, the

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Browns to be subject to “severe” discipline for in-game texts

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The Cleveland Browns have reportedly been made aware that their punishment for the texting scandal from the 2014 season will be handed down next week. Early reports from ESPN’s Adam Schefter claim that said punishments will be “severe.” Browns general manager Ray Farmer offered an apology for texting during games, an action which is in blatant violation of the

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Trying to be fair to Jimmy Haslam and the Browns

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The circumstances surrounding Jimmy Haslam’s ownership really make it difficult to defend him. I don’t believe I’ve been particularly unfair, but I’ve also been liberal with the criticism on these pages and on the podcast. It’s just too hard to look at all that’s gone down with the Browns since Jimmy Haslam sat with the

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Mike Pettine ranked 28 out of NFL coaches (and that’s OK)

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Rankings are arbitrary and sometimes even fun. Oftentimes they’re not much more than fodder for arguments and conversation, which is exactly what sports is supposed to be about, I guess. So CBS Sports’ Pete Prisco decided to use this relatively quiet time of year to rank NFL coaches, and while I like Mike Pettine and

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The Browns were efficient in revamping receiving corps

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Now that we know the details of Dwayne Bowe’s contract it’s worth looking at what the Cleveland Browns have done so far to revamp a receiving corps that was in dire need of a makeover. It has needed a makeover for a long time in fact, but it seems like this year the Browns really

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On the Browns, Hard Knocks, questions and narratives

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There are lots of questions being asked now that we’ve heard the Browns are “front-runners” to be the featured team on this year’s rendition of “Hard Knocks” on HBO. Twitter and sports talk radio asked all of the following and then some… Will Hard Knocks serve as a distraction for the Browns? Will it be

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What we can learn from the Browns in Free Agency

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Since the Browns returned to Cleveland, organizational stability has been non-existent. From the Pat Shurmur’s incompetence to Mike Holmgren’s indifference to Jimmy Haslem’s alleged criminal activity, the team has rarely kept its leadership group intact from season to season. The negative effects are hard to quantify given the unknown of the potential results of keeping

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Could Jimmy Haslam swap the Browns for the Titans?

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In what would be a move best made for a cable-based reality television show, could Jimmy Haslam Jr. swap his stake in the Cleveland Browns for that of the Tennessee Titans? According to CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora, the sale of the Titans is becoming a reality. It’s long been rumored, but the wheels are apparently

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Browns could be “front-runners” to land on HBO’s Hard Knocks

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Could the soap opera in Berea become a reality television show? It appears that the odds are better than many would have hoped, especially those who would play key on-screen roles. According to The Buffalo News’ Vic Carucci (who, as you may recall, previously worked for the Cleveland Browns’ official team website) the Browns are the front-runner to be

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Craig’s first trip to Swenson’s plus Browns on Hard Knocks – WFNY Podcast – 2015-03-22

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Dave Sterling and Craig talk about their night of deathmatching and also Swenson’s, Hard Knocks and more… Death match and pizza Entering a 20-mile race Half Life 2 and Counter Strike Source Feeling old scoffing at eight hours of video gaming Swenson’s and Craig’s first ever trip there Being a first-timer at Swenson’s Browns gear

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Ahtyba Rubin’s contract details with Seahawks emerge

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Ahtyba Rubin’s time with Cleveland has officially run out as he signed a deal with the Seattle Seahawks this week for just one season. I was curious to see what the big man would get financially, and now those details are starting to emerge. According to Adam Caplan, it’s a one-year deal with the reigning

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Could the Browns trade up to No. 2 for Marcus Mariota?

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The Tennessee Titans are—believe it or not—a bigger mess than the Cleveland Browns. They also have a young quarterback who they feel could potentially be the future of the team, leading at least one NFL writer, CBS’ Jason La Canfora, to believe that while Oregon’s Marcus Mariota will go second overall in the upcoming NFL Draft,

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Cleveland Browns sign wide receiver Dwayne Bowe

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In a crowded pool this NFL free agency season, the Browns had yet to make a splash entering this week. The Browns expressed interested in wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who visited the team over the weekend. On Thursday afternoon, news broke that the Browns were to sign Bowe, the eight-year receiver, to a two-year deal. Sploosh! Ian

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What does it mean to “Play like a Brown?”

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“Play like a Brown.” What does that mean? Is it simply the same catchphrase found in other NFL cities with interchangeable mascot names? To play like a Brown would seem to imply a proud tradition, perhaps longstanding, of winning, of a certain style of play with a high level of professionalism, dedication and expectation. It

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March Madness, the NCAA, and Do Other Fans Hate Cleveland?: While We’re Waiting…

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Ahh, what a glorious Thursday it should be. Spring is on the horizon, everyone’s recovery from St. Patrick’s Day festivities should be complete, and the Cavs rebounded from a nauseating game in Miami against the Heat with a thrashing of the Brooklyn Nets. After going down 13 early, the Cavs outscored the Nets 108-70 through

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Trent Richardson signs on with the Oakland Raiders

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The Indianapolis Colts cut bait with Trent Richardson and now we know where T-Rich will attempt to do his Marshawn Lynch impression. The Oakland Raiders announced the signing on their Twitter page. The Raiders have signed free agent RB Trent Richardson. #WelcomeToTheFamily pic.twitter.com/ZHmkFPVb01 — OAKLAND RAIDERS (@RAIDERS) March 17, 2015 I won’t be actively rooting

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