For the Browns, draft season is THE season

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What’s your favorite sport? Baseball? Basketball? Or the NFL Draft? Such is the state of Cleveland football that fans are heard to say after the NFL’s regular season ends, “Now the fun starts, getting ready for the draft.” So, this is for fans like “Neil from Cleveland” who asked recently on a sports call-in show,

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You’ll get chills watching the 1987 Browns intros before the Jets playoff game

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Sometimes it’s great to go into the wayback machine that is YouTube for amazing moments in Browns history. The Cleveland Browns beat the Jets in double overtime at home in 1987 and someone posted the player intros from that day on YouTube. It’s absolutely incredible to watch. Just listen as Webster Slaughter is announced and

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Would Browns trade down to draft Derek Carr?

Not many Derek Carr fans around these parts.

I lust for the day when the Cleveland Browns draft rumors won’t involve first round quarterbacks. In order for that to be the case, the Browns will have to find one, probably in the first round. So, the only question is where in the first round? As the Browns are set to host Carr in

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Scott Raab on the Steelers, Jhonny Peralta, Chris Grant’s future and The Kings of Summer – WFNY Podcast – 2013-11-25

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It was another awful week in Cleveland sports. It was so bad in fact that I don’t think Scott or I could even muster up any anger over it. When you get lulled out of anger and into straight depression, it doesn’t mean it’s any easier. It’s just sadder. Anyway, here’s the email I sent

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Ozzie Newsome taken from stadium in ambulance

Following today’s Ravens-Bears game at Soldier Field in Chicago, Ravens general manager and former Browns great Ozzie Newsome did not feel well and left the stadium in an ambulance, according to several reports. “Baltimore general manager Ozzie Newsome left Soldier Field via ambulance after his team’s loss to the Bears, as first reported by WNST’s

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Scott Raab talks about Brandon Weeden, Mark Sanchez, Josh Cribbs and the Indians – WFNY Podcast – 2013-08-26

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Again this week, I thought I’d skip the bullet points and just send you the email I sent to Scott the night before the podcast. Wherever we end up is based on this email and the conversation that ensues. We ended up talking about concussions in football, Tribe attendance and any number of other topics

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Browns fans predict the team will go 9-7 in 2013

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Browns fans are an optimistic bunch, at least collectively. When you add up the results of our survey, it yields a 9-7 prediction. (Game-by-game results are listed below.) That’s probably a bit too confident for my tastes. I’ve said all along that eight wins should be the goal for the team if they are able

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Scott Raab on the 2013 NBA playoffs, Roy Hibbert fine, Jim Brown, Gordon Gee – WFNY Podcast – 2013-06-03

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Went a little long this week, so you’ll want to split it up if that’s your deal. Apologies, but I didn’t feel like cutting it up. All killer no filler, just the same. Roy Hibbert saying “No Homo” and getting fined Dave Zirin at The Nation and his thoughts on Hibbert Hate speech and whether

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Trent Richardson and Ozzie Newsome represent Browns in Madden cover vote

Nobody in Cleveland has forgotten the Peyton Hillis Madden cover vote just yet. In the end, it came down to Hillis and Mike Vick, and I don’t know if Vick is wiping his brow for having avoided the curse just yet either, as he took a pay cut this year to stay with the Chip

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NFL Free Agency Rumor: Ed Reed to the 49ers?

As the news gets worse for Baltimore Ravens fans, it could continue to get better for Browns fans. Albert Breer reported on Twitter that Ed Reed hired an agent, and now Pro Football Talk is reporting that that agent might help him get to San Francisco. I could call the 34-year-old Reed a “Browns killer,”

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How the Browns could win a Joe Flacco negotiation

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The world of NFL contracts is pretty tough to comprehend at times due to the fact that there are various bonuses and cap implications. Baseball, conversely, is pretty easy. There are contracts with dollar amounts and options, and other than options, pretty much everything else is guaranteed. The structures (and re-structures) of NFL contracts will sometimes

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WFNY Podcast – 2013-01-31 – The Art Modell Episode

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The Art Modell talk has been going strong lately, and in this episode Craig and I discussed the former Browns owner’s upcoming consideration for the pro football Hall of Fame. We tried as much as possible to not rehash all the excellent pieces that have been written on the subject lately, but some of the

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Some Browns bits on Alex Smith, Leroy Hoard, Ray Horton, Ozzie Newsome and more

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There’s not one topic I feel like talking about today as we endure a week of Super Bowl and Hall of Fame propoganda. The Browns introduced their defensive coordinator Ray Horton yesterday, but even that was putting a cap on old news. With that in mind, I thought I would just combine a bunch of

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A note to the Browns regarding the Ravens…

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This week we heard some encouraging news that the team leaders decided to forego any days off in order to start prepping for the Ravens right away on Monday. Trust me when I tell you that Browns fans love to hear this kind of stuff. It helps bridge the gap between the level of desire

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Cleveland ’95: Time Doesn’t Heal All Wounds

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Of course. But maybe. Louis CK, the Emmy-winning comedian who is arguably the best1 at his craft, kicked off his nationwide tour on Wednesday night, doing so in the city of Cleveland, or as he refers to as “kind-of-big-guy Cleveland.” In typical CK fashion, he weaved between his act and whimsical tangents with no race,

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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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Ravens Bringing Moneyball to the NFL?

One of the great things about having organizational continuity is that you get the luxury of innovating. Through every “rebuild” in Berea, the Browns have been vacating and filling roles over and over again, but they’re seemingly the same roles that exist in every franchise. When you have organizational continuity from the top down, and

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Ozzie Newsome: Richardson May Not Even Get to Ray Lewis

What I will tell you is we’ve got a freshman at Alabama that’ll probably make us forget about Trent Richardson already. They’re that good down in Tuscaloosa right now. Trent’s a physical player. So is Ray [Lewis]. They asked [Ravens top draft choice] Courtney Upshaw about playing against Trent, and he said, ‘I think I

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NFL News: Ravens franchise Rice, cut Lee Evans and Chris Carr

Just like the Steelers, the Ravens are shaking things up this off-season. Although not at running back. The Ravens franchised their star running back Ray Rice. As has come up with talks of franchising Peyton Hillis, the tag looks like it could cost somewhere in the neighborhood of $7.7 million to tag a running back.

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I Love Ozzie

Growing up in the late 70’s and 80’s, there was one constant in Cleveland Browns Football – the excellence of Tight End Ozzie Newsome. A first round draft pick in 1978 out of Alabama, the workhorse Tight End started from day one through the end of his illustrious 13-year career. He was the gold standard

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