Monday, January 7, 2013
With Chip Kelly off the board, where will Jimmy Haslam and Joe Banner go next?
Around this time last week, I wasn't very high on Chip Kelly becoming the Cleveland Browns next head coach. Yet somehow I spent too many moments of my weekend checking Twitter and ESPN to see if Kelly chose mashed or baked potatoes for his steak dinners with the Browns and Philadelphia Eagles. Finally, on Sunday The Plain Dealer reported the Browns "walked away" because Kelly wouldn't likely leave the University of Oregon. Sure. I believe it. Just like the nerd in high school who told everyone he just didn't thing taking the homecoming queen to prom wasn't going to work out. She didn't say no, he just didn't thing it was a good idea. No matter what Chip Kelly will stay in Oregon and Cleveland is back to square one. There are many names …
Monday, December 31, 2012
It has been reported today that the Cleveland Browns' head coach and General Manager Tom Heckert have been fired on Monday.
Everyone saw it coming after the Cleveland Browns 24-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday, but it was confirmed on Monday: Head Coach Pat Shurmer and General Manager Tom Heckert are gone. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported through Twitter Monday morning that both had been fired after a less-than-stellar 5-11 season. Shurmer had a dismal 9-23 record over his first two seasons as the head coach. He took the position in 2011. Heckert was hired in 2010. With Shurmur out the door, the Browns will begin their search for a new head coach immediately. Here are my ideas for who should replace Shurmur. The Plain Dealer reports some names in the running are University of Oregon coach Chip Kelly, Penn State's Bill O'Brien, Indianapolis Colts offensive…
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Youth Challenge members get to play football game with Browns players
Even if the Cleveland Browns weren't on a three-game winning streak, they would have gotten a warm welcome at Youth Challenge on Tuesday. About 26 members of the organization, which provides sports and recreation opportunities for disabled youth, got to play football with real professional football players. Browns players Johnson Bademosi, Jordan Cameron, Jordan Norwood, Owen Marecic, Craig Robertson and Jabaal Sheard played adaptive football with the members, and 21 of their volunteer buddies, in the Youth Challenge gym. Check out the slideshow for photos of the fun. Were you there? Click the "Upload photos and video" button to share your pictures. The event was part of the Browns' efforts in the National Football League's Play 60 program…
Friday, October 26, 2012
Ernie Green, a Browns legend who played alongside Hall of Famer Jim Brown, was diagnosed in 2005.
In the spirit of 'men can get breast cancer too,' we wanted to share the story of a Cleveland legend who survived breast cancer. When he played for the Browns from 1962-1968 as a fullback alongside Football Hall of Famer Jim Brown, Ernie Green lived in Shaker Heights, according to The Plain Dealer. Green watched his two sisters survive the disease before he was diagnosed himself in 2005. He was treated at University Hospitals Case Medical Center. Active in philanthropy and a successful business man, Green lives in Dayton. So before you dismiss that lump you feel, get it checked out. Related stories: Men Can Get Breast Cancer Too: What You Should Know Where to get Free Mammograms in Northeast Ohio
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Don Cockroft will talk about his new book about the Browns' Kardiac Kids season
Red Right 88. Those words make Cleveland Browns fans wince 30 years later. A Browns player who was witness to all the highs and lows of the Kardiac Kids era will be at Westlake Porter Library on Sept. 25, talking about his new book about that time. Don Cockroft, who was a punter and placekicker for the Browns, will come to the library to discuss his book, 1980 Kardiac Kids: Our Untold Stories. Cockroft will sign copies of the book from 6 to 6:45 p.m., and again after his 7 p.m. talk. Cockroft was the Browns' placekicker for 13 seasons and punter for nine. It was in his final season, 1980, that the Browns had their Kardiac Kids season that came to a crushing end with the infamous Red Right 88 play in the AFC playoffs against the eventual …
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Donate, set aside or help another school with the $4,000? Take our poll and tell us what you think!
Westlake High School's football program is soon to have a little extra cash in its pocket. The Demons won $4,000 by beating Bay last Friday in the Cleveland Browns Game of the Week. Athletic director Tony Cipollone said that the program should have the money within the week. No decision had been made as to how the money will be spent. Cipollone said one possibility is donating the prize money to the Westlake Athletic Development Foundation towards adding artificial turf to the school stadium and other improvements, such as upgrades to the press box and entries. One reader commented on Wednesday's story, "Rather than going the typical Westlake route of building something that's way over the top, I'd rather see it donated to a football …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Program has some money to spend after beating Bay last week
Lots of schools would love to have Tony Cipollone's dilemma right now. The Westlake High School athletic director gets to help decide how to spend a $4,000 windfall. The football program won $4,000 Friday after the Demons beat Bay in the Cleveland Browns Game of the Week, selected by online voters. Westlake High has not received the check, but Cipollone said that it should probably be in hand within a week. "We're still talking about (how we're going to spend the money)," Cipollone said. Nothing has been decided yet, but the strongest possibility right now is giving the money to the Westlake Athletic Development Foundation towards its goal of installing an artificial turf field at the high school's stadium and other improvements such as …
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Demons beat Bay in Cleveland Browns Game of the Week
Ka-CHING! Winning the annual Little Brown Jug game against Bay, 13-3, Friday night was sweet for Westlake High's football team. What's even sweeter? The $4,000 that comes with winning the Cleveland Browns Game of the Week. The game won a fan vote to be the Browns Game of the Week, which meant the winner of the game would receive $4,000 for its football program. Demons coach Mark Campo and the game's MVP will be honored at a Browns home game this season. The Little Brown Jug is a rivalry that dates back to somewhere in the mid- to late 1950s. The earliest history Westlake athletic director Tony Cipollone could find of it was 1958. Westlake improves to 2-0 with the win. The Demons next play at Rocky River at 7 p.m. Sept. 7. Were you there? …
Friday, August 31, 2012
Westlake at Bay football game is Browns Game of the Week
Thursday, August 30, 2012
If Demons win, football program gets $4,000
If the Little Brown Jug wasn't incentive enough to win Friday's football game against Bay Village, Westlake High School now has more incentive. Four thousand dollars is pretty good incentive. Thanks to fans of both schools voting, Friday's game will be the Cleveland Browns Game of the Week. Westlake vs. Bay beat out Walsh Jesuit vs. St. Vincent-St. Mary, Austintown-Fitch vs. Archbishop Hoban, and Firestone vs. Copley in the voting. The winner of the game will get $4,000 for its football program. The winning coach and the game's most valuable player will be honored at a Browns home game this season. The game will also get a written and video recap on the Browns' website, ClevelandBrowns.com, and will be mentioned on Cleveland Browns High …