Buckeyes on the Bayou: One Alum’s Account of the Sugar Bowl

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For years, “attending a bowl game” sat idly on my sports bucket list. This year when the Ohio State Buckeyes earned the final spot in the inaugural College Football Playoff my family jumped at the chance to see the Buckeyes play Alabama in the Sugar Bowl. The fact that we could enjoy New Year’s Eve at New

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And then, there were two…

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Back in August, 128 NCAA FBS teams began a quest to be among the four teams selected to compete in the inaugural College Football Playoff. On December 7, that dream officially died for 124 teams as the selection committee announced their picks. Miraculously, after losing two Heisman candidates and being forced to start their third

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Ohio State and Alabama: What to Watch

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Last week, I wrote about the coaching matchup and the shadow it will cast over the 2015 Allstate Sugar Bowl between Ohio State and Alabama. But, while Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge, and on-field reporter Holly Rowe will surely remind viewers countless times about who patrols the sidelines for the Buckeyes and Crimson Tide and their

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Of Urban and Nick

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The date was January 2, 1978. The Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans was the site. The teams: Ohio State, led by the legendary Woody Hayes, and Alabama, under the guidance of the fabled Paul “Bear” Bryant. And the result – not a pretty one for those in scarlet and grey, as the Crimson Tide ran

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If Rob Chudzinski is fired, it’s just another Browns embarrassment

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I could sit here and break down what happened in the Steelers game, but I have no interest in doing that. The only thing on my mind right now is what an embarrassment the Cleveland Browns organization continues to be with today’s “one-and-done” rumors involving Browns head coach Rob Chudzinski. Granted nothing has happened yet,

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While We’re Waiting…Rating the Browns offense, Breaking ‘Bama, and The American Pharaoh

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Cleveland sports fans are waiting. Thus, while we’re all waiting, the WFNY editors thought you might enjoy reading. Because you never know how long we might be waiting. So here are assorted reading goodies for you to enjoy. Send more good links for tomorrow’s edition to tips@waitingfornextyear.com.   “I’ve never really been in a situation

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Browns coach search and why the excitement over Chip Kelly was justified

Joe Banner

Despite all my criticisms of the Browns’ media handling in the hunt for Chip Kelly, I fully supported their chase of him as a coach for the Browns. The idea of Chip Kelly coaching the Browns was awesome. There’s no guarantee that Chip Kelly was going to be anything more than a complete bust. That’s

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Saban to NFL, Browns: Thanks, but no thanks

“How many times do you think I’ve been asked to put it to rest? And I’ve put it to rest, and you continue to ask it. So I’m going to say it today, that — you know, I think somewhere along the line you’ve got to choose. You learn a lot from the experiences of

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Browns fans split on Chip Kelly and Bruce Arians as favorite coaching candidate

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As the Browns start to interview candidates and whittle down the list, I was curious where Browns fans were on the list of candidates. I posted the question to our Facebook page to let everyone weigh in, and two candidates emerged as the favorites. Some of the comments were interesting too.

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Grossi: Josh McDaniels and Mike Lombardi likely to become Joe Banner’s puppets

Fresh off of their soul-crushing loss to the Washington Redskins, it appears that the inevitable shake-up of the Cleveland Browns front office and coaching staff is starting to take more shape. From ESPN Cleveland’s Tony Grossi: It is commonly believed that GM Tom Heckert and coach Pat Shurmur will not be back. Heckert, my sources

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Michael Lombardi on Browns: “I haven’t talked to anybody”

The Michael Lombardi rumor just won’t go away for whatever reason. There must be at least a couple sources continuing to push this name around. The latest from this past weekend had Lombardi linked to Cleveland with Nick Saban in tow. 92.3 The Fan’s Baskin and Phelps talk to Lombardi every week, and he weighed

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NFL Rumors: Report links Lombardi, Nick Saban to Browns

As if the smoke had not been billowing enough as it was, a report from The Boston Globe links media vagabond Michael Lombardi and Alabama head coach Nick Saban to the Cleveland Browns as a leadership team of the future. Greg Bedard, citing league sources, states that there is “indeed fire” behind said smoke. “[Browns CEO Joe]

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“Cleveland ’95: A Football Life” will be mandatory viewing for me

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I’ve read countless tweets from Browns fans saying they won’t watch this documentary about the 1995 Cleveland Browns. Tony Grossi wrote about it and likened it to reliving a family member’s funeral. While those scenes depicting the stadium being torn apart might cause me to shed a few tears, after seeing the sneak preview, I

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