Clearing the decks.

Frozen with indecision on the direction to take with the next post,,, so hows about a Frowndup so to speak?  One replete with employment of the royal ‘we’ .. use of which is also a subject of indecision this morning. _____ Can you write about the history of the game without using that person’s name?™ We were struck to find...

Ozzie Newsome: Obtuse sycophant or just really loyal?

We knew this was coming.  I guess. Ozzie Newsome wrote a pro-Art opinion piece for the The Plain Dealer today. Let’s just work through this and see what we find.  Ozzie’s words are in grey. . ___ I am a Cleveland Brown and I will always be a Cleveland Brown. I was proud to wear that orange helmet for 13 years...

Cool it on the Browns uni re-design fervor

. I really don’t want to get busy with a uniform thing here but the above happened today. I do say, God Bless You handmade uniform designer.  You care, you’re invested, welcome to the brotherhood. But count me among the smaller and smaller number of people who see the uniform talk as a metaphor for form-over-substance talk but real. . Here’s...

Falsest equivalency: Al Davis and Art Modell

I don’t mean to be a one-trick pony here with the Modell HOF thing. But -quick update- it’s becoming clear that the argument in favor of Art is centered on: Rozelle’s ‘right hand man,’ willing to speak at league meetings, liked by other owners; TV; Other owners in the Hall moved their teams; if Al Davis is in, Art should...

Adopt a Brownie

I got linked by Starting Blocks today. Three links actually. The Modell piece of course. Today’s pre-emptive just stop with any Al Davis Art Modell comparisons. And my ‘About‘ page. [That last link was a little awkward what with my frank appraisal of cleveland.com’s forum there.] But I took a look at the Jim Kanicki pics on the page and...

Wow. Thanks.

So. Yesterday’s Modell piece got some traction.

Art Modell has no Hall of Fame credentials.

Are we doing this again? Yes, we’re doing this again and we’re doing it comprehensively. It’s a lunar eclipse at high tide plus Halley’s comet set of coalescing events: Modell’s HOF vote occurs in two Saturdays (Feb. 2), months after his death, and with the Ravens in Super Bowl week. The drumbeat to vote him in from all places uninformed...

Mike Lombardi: the post-Belichick years

Alrighty. LOMBARDI TALK!! Can we find something to like in his history? Can we overcome the reflexive suspicion of ‘football people’ commanding us to trust them? Welp. That’s today’s goal. Let’s hit it. [First, bookkeeping: I want to link to the Lombardi-Browns draft compilation I put forward on Frowns for reference. Here tis. It’s ugly. We’re not talking about that...

Kosar needed to be cut.

So it looks like Cleveland-hates-Lombardi will be a thing for a bit.  That’s fine, it lets Kanick save some bullets.  There won’t be much college basketball here and sparse pre-season baseball content… and god help me if I’m doing another seven round mock draft like last year.*  No. But..  How bout an Oscar preview?!!  And I surely wish to record...

Jim Nantz and the fraternity you don’t belong to.

Jim Nantz had a 15 minute interview with Bull and Fox yesterday.  Nantz’ reason for coming on local radio was obviously to present a recommendation on behalf of his friend Mike Lombardi in the face of a fair amount of disdain for Lombardi’s past record as a personnel guy in the NFL (and also notable commentary on Lombardi’s interpersonal compass)....

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