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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1995
CLEVELAND -- There was a lovefest for all the Cleveland Browns except Andre Rison yesterday.Although the crowd of 55,875 booed Rison every time a pass was thrown in his direction, the fans mobbed the players who waded into the Dawg Pound at the end of what is expected to be the Browns' last home game in Cleveland.The players seemed genuinely touched by the emotional reaction from the fans, who taunted owner Art Modell, but warmly received all the players except Rison, who said last month that he couldn't wait to get to Baltimore.
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Mike Preston | December 4, 2011
The sofas are no longer needed. If the Ravens had lost to another sub-.500 team on the road Sunday, it would have been time to put them all on the couch for some good psychological evaluation. But the Ravens appear to be past that point. In fact, they probably turned the corner in trouncing a really, really, really bad Cleveland team. It was beautiful, a work of art. The Ravens ran the ball a record 55 times for 290 yards. They held the Browns to 233 yards of total offense, and if it wasn't for a busted play or two, the Browns might not have entered Ravens territory as Colt McCoy was sacked three times and hurried all game.
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By John Eisenberg | November 10, 1995
You want to know about Cleveland Browns history? I can tell you about Cleveland Browns history.I was on the field at Municipal Stadium for the most infamous moment in the franchise's history -- the sequence known as The Drive, a heartbreak that helped deny the Browns a place in the Super Bowl in 1987.It happened against the Denver Broncos in the American Football Conference championship game on Jan. 11, 1987. A game that anyone who was there will never forget.The Browns had never been to the Super Bowl and hadn't won a championship in 23 years, but, with Bernie Kosar as their quarterback and the support of the "Dawg Pound" working for them, they were expecting to beat the Broncos and deliver themselves from their misery.
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By PETER SCHMUCK | September 25, 2006
Don't know about you, but I liked it better when the Ravens were beating bad teams by 20-point margins and Haloti Ngata was one of their top ball carriers. It was way more fun than what happened yesterday. If I want suspense, I'll rent Dial M for Murder. I don't want to see Matt Stover lining up a field goal 3 yards shy of his career best, even if he hasn't missed one since the Anthony Wright era. I don't want to see Steve McNair getting up slowly after a nasty hit in the final minutes of an early-season game.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | November 20, 1995
CLEVELAND -- If there had been a contest outside Cleveland Stadium yesterday for the most creative sign protesting the Browns' move, the winners might have been a group of Green Bay Packers fans.They were cheered by the Cleveland fans when they unveiled a green-and-gold sign with a big thermometer and the words:Ice Bowl 16.Art's heart 116.It needed no explanation for NFL fans.The temperature was minus-16 degrees in Green Bay when the Packers beat the Dallas Cowboys in the 1967 NFL title game, which became known as the Ice Bowl.
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By John Eisenberg and John Eisenberg,SUN COLUMNIST | December 18, 1995
CLEVELAND -- One last time, the sun dropped behind the upper deck in the fourth quarter and a chilling wind blowing off the lake turned the broken-down old stadium into a refrigerator.Up in Section 53, the heart of the Dawg Pound, fans started sawing off their seats.At the timeout for the two-minute warning, a "thank you" message flashed on the end zone scoreboard. It's been a great run, the message said.The fans booed.Another cherry bomb landed with a boom in the end zone, this time forcing officials to move play to the other end of the field.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1999
CLEVELAND -- They barked. They carried bones. They came in droves.Ordinary people transformed into Browns-crazed fans as they took their first steps inside Cleveland Browns Stadium yesterday, drawing closer to the end of the sport's three-year absence here. But in Cleveland, they refer to the wait as "21 dawg years" and are counting down the days until the new Browns' home debut on Aug. 21.Fans stood in line for nearly 20 minutes through a morning downpour and a brisk afternoon breeze to begin the 15-minute walking tour, which allowed them to take a peek at the 50-yard line seats, the legendary Dawg Pound section in the south end zone and the club level.
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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 Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Staff Writer | November 22, 1993
CLEVELAND -- The reception Cleveland Browns fans gave head coach Bill Belichick was as cold as the winds that blew off Lake Erie into Cleveland Stadium yesterday."
NEWS
February 9, 2002
FOOTBALL gives way now to luge and biathlon, figure skating and skiing, then to spring training, Opening Day and the Masters. We instantly refocus our passions. We're hooked on the pace. We love the story lines, asking to hear them over and over like kids at bedtime. We know the names of the stars, their stats, their salaries, their successes and failures. We can talk salary cap. We know this, too. Sport still surprises. As much as they try, producers can't choreograph a bouncing ball.
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February 9, 2002
FOOTBALL gives way now to luge and biathlon, figure skating and skiing, then to spring training, Opening Day and the Masters. We instantly refocus our passions. We're hooked on the pace. We love the story lines, asking to hear them over and over like kids at bedtime. We know the names of the stars, their stats, their salaries, their successes and failures. We can talk salary cap. We know this, too. Sport still surprises. As much as they try, producers can't choreograph a bouncing ball.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | November 8, 1999
CLEVELAND -- Tim Couch had a touch of a virus yesterday and the entire Cleveland Browns' team had a sick look.Couch, the first pick in the collegiate draft last April, looked like a struggling rookie quarterback as he completed nine of 21 passes for 57 yards before he was yanked in the fourth quarter for the first time in his athletic career in the 41-9 loss to the Ravens.Although neither Couch nor coach Chris Palmer mentioned it, backup quarterback Ty Detmer said that Couch was suffering from a virus and that probably contributed to Palmer's decision.
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By Brent Jones and Brent Jones,SUN STAFF | September 27, 1999
In the last row of section 537 -- located in the northwest corner of the upper deck at PSINet Stadium -- Browns fans Shelly Ehrke and Amy Linton watched the Ravens' 17-10 win over Cleveland yesterday.Ehrke and Linton, with their hair dyed orange, moved from their original section shortly after kickoff because they wanted to be near more Cleveland fans.Judging by the lack of brown and orange around the stadium, sections 537 and 536 were about their only choices."We came to support our team," said Ehrke, 24, who teaches third grade in Nashville, Tenn.
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By Todd Richissin and Todd Richissin,SUN STAFF | September 13, 1999
CLEVELAND -- Believe me, it's not easy being a sports fan when you're from Cleveland and living in Baltimore. Albert Belle? Can deal with him, sort of. I root for the O's. But Art Modell? Can't deal with him at all. Couldn't possibly root for the Ravens. Ever.So I arrived here last Wednesday to get my football fix in Cleveland, my boyhood home, a place splashed with orange and brown and foamy beer, where people are preparing for the biggest party in a long, long time.The Cleveland Browns, thank the Lord, are back.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | August 15, 1999
CLEVELAND -- They barked. They carried bones. They came in droves.Ordinary people transformed into Browns-crazed fans as they took their first steps inside Cleveland Browns Stadium yesterday, drawing closer to the end of the sport's three-year absence here. But in Cleveland, they refer to the wait as "21 dawg years" and are counting down the days until the new Browns' home debut on Aug. 21.Fans stood in line for nearly 20 minutes through a morning downpour and a brisk afternoon breeze to begin the 15-minute walking tour, which allowed them to take a peek at the 50-yard line seats, the legendary Dawg Pound section in the south end zone and the club level.
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By Gary Lambrecht and Gary Lambrecht,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1999
CLEVELAND -- Pardon Jeremy Zabell for not doing cartwheels at the sight of yesterday's Cleveland Browns expansion draft.Sure, Zabell's feelings for the Browns run deep with passion. As a youngster, he shivered and wore face paint with the sellout crowds that gathered regularly at old, broken-down Cleveland Municipal Stadium, rooting tirelessly for the likes of Bernie Kosar, Earnest Byner, Ozzie Newsome and Hanford Dixon. Those back-to-back, AFC title losses to Denver, featuring John Elway's famous drive and Byner's infamous fumble, still resonate with him.And if you think time has helped Zabell to forgive owner Art Modell for moving the Browns to Baltimore three years ago, forget about it.Football is back in Cleveland, expansion-style.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Writer | January 2, 1995
CLEVELAND -- Leaving the field, the "other quarterback" signed autographs. He posed for pictures. He did television interviews.And finally, only seconds before he entered the tunnel to leave Cleveland Stadium, Vinny Testaverde looked up from under his baseball cap and smiled at the crowd, many of them pumping their fists in triumph.This was the day Testaverde finally got the Dawgs off his back.Testaverde, in his first playoff game, shed his reputation of not being able to win big games by completing 20 of 30 passes for 268 yards and a touchdown, as the Cleveland Browns defeated the New England Patriots, 20-13, in an AFC wild-card game before a crowd of 77,452.
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Mike Preston | December 4, 2011
The sofas are no longer needed. If the Ravens had lost to another sub-.500 team on the road Sunday, it would have been time to put them all on the couch for some good psychological evaluation. But the Ravens appear to be past that point. In fact, they probably turned the corner in trouncing a really, really, really bad Cleveland team. It was beautiful, a work of art. The Ravens ran the ball a record 55 times for 290 yards. They held the Browns to 233 yards of total offense, and if it wasn't for a busted play or two, the Browns might not have entered Ravens territory as Colt McCoy was sacked three times and hurried all game.
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By Michael Ollove and Michael Ollove,SUN STAFF | December 20, 1995
I am in the Dawg Pound with time running out on the Browns in Cleveland, and I am busily lying to my interrogator, a burly man with a red nose dressed head to toe in Browns regalia. Oh, and his face is painted to look like -- what else? -- a dawg."Who me?" I say. "I'm with the Boston Globe."Cherry bombs are exploding, beer cans are being hurled into the air, women are undressing, an entire stadium is being disassembled and, oh yeah, a football game is climaxing. Yet I am convinced that if my unfortunate affiliation becomes known here, all other activity will immediately cease.
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By Vito Stellino and Vito Stellino,SUN STAFF | December 18, 1995
CLEVELAND -- There was a lovefest for all the Cleveland Browns except Andre Rison yesterday.Although the crowd of 55,875 booed Rison every time a pass was thrown in his direction, the fans mobbed the players who waded into the Dawg Pound at the end of what is expected to be the Browns' last home game in Cleveland.The players seemed genuinely touched by the emotional reaction from the fans, who taunted owner Art Modell, but warmly received all the players except Rison, who said last month that he couldn't wait to get to Baltimore.
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