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By Ron Fritz and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2011
I've seen it all as a Cleveland Browns fan -- The Drive, The Fumble, leaving for Baltimore, etc. I've never seen a Super Bowl, playoff success, great draft picks who turn into franchise saviors. The latest entry in "It sucks to be a Browns fan" is Ben Roethlisberger's return to last night's game and the Steelers' subsequent victory. Let's face it,  Browns fans have had very little to cheer about. But when Scott Paxson hit Roethlisberger and the QB's ankle rolled under the Browns' defensive tackle, I thought for sure he was done for the season, not just the game.
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By Colin Campbell, The Baltimore Sun | August 5, 2014
A Cleveland Browns fan who uploaded a video of himself apparently urinating on former Ravens owner Art Modell 's grave last month has been charged with disorderly conduct in a cemetery, Baltimore County police said. Paul S. Serbu, 61, of the first block of Meadowcrest Dr. in Franklin, Ohio, was issued a criminal summons last month ordering him to appear in court to face the misdemeanor charge, which carries a maximum sentence of two years in jail and a $500 fine. He was identified by police Tuesday.
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By VITO STELLINO | August 11, 1991
When the Cleveland Browns self-destructed and struggled to a 3-13 finish last year, the fans took their frustration out on owner Art Modell.They put up signs knocking Modell and suggesting he should jump out of the box. One read: "Larry, Curly and Modell."Modell even joked about them, saying, "The only thing that bothered me about that is one night I got up and saw my wife painting the signs."The bitter reaction to one bad season seemed extreme because the Browns have a history of success.
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By Aaron Wilson, The Baltimore Sun | October 5, 2013
Cleveland Browns management had supposedly given up on this season three weeks ago when they traded running back Trent Richardson to the Indianapolis Colts in exchange for a first-round draft pick. The conventional thinking was Browns CEO Joe Banner and general manager Mike Lombardi were consumed with the future and regarded the current roster as expendable. The players apparently didn't receive the memo about this being another rebuilding season. The Browns (3-2)
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | January 11, 1996
Angry fans of the Cleveland Browns have ventured into Cyberspace to try to keep their team from moving to Baltimore, but experts say their methods may not work.As of 12:01 a.m., the Save Our Browns campaign began "Internet Day" by sending a letter to President Clinton. And until midnight tonight, they will flood the e-mail addresses of Maryland and Ohio politicians, media outlets and NFL officials with similar letters."At the end of the day, they'll be glad we're not talking to them anymore," said Ernest Roma, who lives in Cleveland and is one of the Internet Day's organizers.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | August 7, 1999
CANTON, Ohio -- In the crowning moment of a career as tight end extraordinaire, Ozzie Newsome will test the collective memory of Cleveland Browns fans today. Will it be guilt by association? Or hail the former hero? Those are the choices when Newsome takes his place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame here, just a deep post-pattern down I-77 from the city where he was embraced as a prolific pass catcher for 13 seasons. Newsome's popularity in Cleveland took a major hit when he chose to join Browns owner Art Modell in Baltimore with the transplanted Ravens in 1996.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | September 22, 1996
CLEVELAND -- In one of the oddest estate sales in memory, officials began selling off yesterday the remnants of 50 years of Browns history -- from Art Modell's luxury toilet to splintered bleacher seats -- to clear the way for the arrival of a new franchise in three years.Thousands of the Browns' legendary fans and some of their old players trooped through the carcass of Cleveland Stadium, paying their final respects and sifting through mounds of memorabilia that will be auctioned off next week.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | November 19, 2007
M&T Bank Stadium was safe. Unlike Pittsburgh Steelers fans who painted Baltimore in black and gold, Cleveland Browns fans were outnumbered by Ravens fans before yesterday's AFC North matchup. But Browns supporters had one thing their Ravens counterparts did not: hope. "It seems like the Ravens fans are pretty down," said Andy Suttell, 37, of Cleveland, who joined about a half-dozen other Browns fans in surprising friend Joe Curry with a 40th birthday celebration that included an RV trip and tickets to the game.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | March 15, 2001
A long-awaited day in court for Cleveland Browns fans angry about the team's move to Baltimore has been postponed to allow them to pursue a settlement with Ravens majority owner Art Modell, attorneys for the two sides said yesterday. Lawyers are discussing a deal that could require Modell to pay about $2 million to season-ticket holders from the team's final year in Cleveland. A settlement in the $6.4 million lawsuit, which had been scheduled to go to trial Monday, would end Modell's only remaining legal entanglement from his 1995 decision to move to Baltimore.
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By Jay Apperson and Jay Apperson,SUN STAFF | April 5, 2001
Ravens majority owner Art Modell has agreed to a $3 million settlement in a class-action lawsuit brought by Cleveland Browns fans angry about the team's 1995 move to Baltimore, lawyers in the case said yesterday. Under a preliminary settlement approved yesterday by a judge in Cuyahoga County, Ohio, the holders of 40,000 Browns season tickets would be eligible for $50 per seat and would be given the choice of taking cash or donating the proceeds to charity. The NFL is to pay a portion of the settlement, but the amount would depend in part on how many of the season-ticket holders choose to donate their awards to a fund supporting youth football and recreation programs, an attorney for Modell said.
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By Chris Kaltenbach, The Baltimore Sun | October 11, 2012
Rick Bowlus comes by his love of football honestly. But becoming a big-time Ravens fan — that wasn't so easy. Bowlus, who goes by the name "Poetic Justice" on Ravens game days, grew up in Ohio a devoted Browns fan. And he maintained that allegiance even after moving to Maryland in 1970 and becoming a science teacher and assistant basketball coach at Bel Air High School. Unlike the vast majority of his fellow Browns fans, whose allegiance didn't follow when the team headed to Baltimore, Bowlus became a proud Ravens fanatic.
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By Ron Fritz and The Baltimore Sun | December 9, 2011
I've seen it all as a Cleveland Browns fan -- The Drive, The Fumble, leaving for Baltimore, etc. I've never seen a Super Bowl, playoff success, great draft picks who turn into franchise saviors. The latest entry in "It sucks to be a Browns fan" is Ben Roethlisberger's return to last night's game and the Steelers' subsequent victory. Let's face it,  Browns fans have had very little to cheer about. But when Scott Paxson hit Roethlisberger and the QB's ankle rolled under the Browns' defensive tackle, I thought for sure he was done for the season, not just the game.
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By Matt Vensel | March 7, 2011
Browns cornerback Eric Wright, who was torched by Anquan Boldin for three touchdowns in Week 3, recently told The Cleveland Plain Dealer that Browns fans threatened his life last season . Appearing on "The Norris & Davis Show" on 105.7 The Fan this morning, Ravens wide receiver Derrick Mason was asked if he had ever received a death threat . He said no, adding that if you're going to threaten someone, you better do it to his...
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Peter Schmuck | December 25, 2010
If you don't think the Cleveland Browns are a dangerous team, you obviously did not see them throw a fourth-quarter scare into the Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium or spank the New England Patriots and defending Super Bowl champion New Orleans Saints this season. If you're worried that the Ravens won't enter Sunday's game at Cleveland Browns Stadium with the same intensity that they showed against the Saints last week, you probably weren't listening to Ray Lewis or Le'Ron McClain over the past week.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN REPORTER | November 19, 2007
M&T Bank Stadium was safe. Unlike Pittsburgh Steelers fans who painted Baltimore in black and gold, Cleveland Browns fans were outnumbered by Ravens fans before yesterday's AFC North matchup. But Browns supporters had one thing their Ravens counterparts did not: hope. "It seems like the Ravens fans are pretty down," said Andy Suttell, 37, of Cleveland, who joined about a half-dozen other Browns fans in surprising friend Joe Curry with a 40th birthday celebration that included an RV trip and tickets to the game.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,Sun reporter | September 25, 2006
CLEVELAND -- The disappointment has already set in. Despite a season that is just a few weeks old, Cleveland Browns fans were generally in the type of discouraging mood that befits an 0-8 record, not a Cleveland team that is merely 0-3 after yesterday's 15-14 loss to the Ravens at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Still, before yesterday's outcome, Browns fans tried to remain optimistic. "They do bust your hopes, but I've been a fan for so long that you just keep rooting for the team," said Tom Andrus, a 24-year-old machinist from Akron, who said he has rooted for Cleveland since he was 6. "So it's not hard to be a fan."
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2003
A day after leading a whitewashing of Cleveland's football team, Ravens coach Brian Billick had a few words for Browns fans on the matter of Art Modell. The Ravens beat the Browns, 35-0, Sunday in what was owner Modell's final game against his old team. Modell was the owner of the old Cleveland Browns from 1961 to 1995 before moving the franchise to Baltimore in 1996. Billick, apparently fed up with how Modell is perceived in Cleveland, gave an impromptu explanation of his version of the situation that led to Modell moving the franchise.
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By Brad Snyder and Brad Snyder,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1995
Local Cleveland Browns fans know the value of pursuing a sweeter deal.Just ask Harvey Myers, owner of the Emerald Tavern on Harford Road.The Baltimore Browns Backers, the team's local fan club, had been watching their beloved football team every Sunday for three years at Myers' Parkville bar. This season another northeast Baltimore establishment offered club members a larger room, half-priced drinks and a free buffet."
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | December 23, 2003
A day after leading a whitewashing of Cleveland's football team, Ravens coach Brian Billick had a few words for Browns fans on the matter of Art Modell. The Ravens beat the Browns, 35-0, Sunday in what was owner Modell's final game against his old team. Modell was the owner of the old Cleveland Browns from 1961 to 1995 before moving the franchise to Baltimore in 1996. Billick, apparently fed up with how Modell is perceived in Cleveland, gave an impromptu explanation of his version of the situation that led to Modell moving the franchise.
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By Kevin Cowherd | December 20, 2001
LIKE MANY sports fans, I'm very familiar with the stadium denizen known as the drunken yahoo. Seven or eight Bud Lights swishing around in his big, fat gut, eyes bleary and unfocused, veins in his neck bulging like dock ropes, he spends the game shrieking for his "boys" and loudly (and often profanely) disagreeing with every call that goes against them. Of this basic variety of drunken yahoo, there are various sub-species: The idiot who goes bare-chested in 10-degree weather, somehow convincing himself that other fans think he's cool, when they really think he's a lunatic.
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