On Being Brown

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Overview

What is this madness all about? Anyone who has experienced it knows: being a Cleveland Browns fan is just different.

Why are we the only fans in the nation who ever demanded their team back—and got it? Why did three seasons without football fail even to dampen the enthusiasm? Why have we endured years of heartache (The Fumble, The Drive, “Red Right 88” . . .) yet grown ever more attached to the experience?

These 33 essays hold the answer. Scott...

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Overview

What is this madness all about? Anyone who has experienced it knows: being a Cleveland Browns fan is just different.

Why are we the only fans in the nation who ever demanded their team back—and got it? Why did three seasons without football fail even to dampen the enthusiasm? Why have we endured years of heartache (The Fumble, The Drive, “Red Right 88” . . .) yet grown ever more attached to the experience?

These 33 essays hold the answer. Scott Huler’s nostalgic memoirs, and his interviews with Browns legends and other fans, uncover those essential, special elements of shared experience that define what being a Browns fan has meant for us all.

It’s about pride. It’s about desire, tempered by crushing disappointment. It’s about tradition, and learning how to root for the home team at your father’s side. It’s about rivalry and electrifying victory. It’s about longing—for a return to past championships, for future glory. It’s about heart. It’s about all that, and much more.

This odyssey takes Browns fans back to some wonderful places. It revives some truly heartbreaking moments. And it looks to the future with great hope. If you’re Brown, you’ll enjoy the ride.

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Editorial Reviews

Cleveland Scene
Consistently poignant and occasionally profound
Currents
Captures brilliantly the love affair between the city and the team.
Free Times
The 33 essays and interviews are as bite sized as pretzels, just as addictive . . . Each nostalgia cluster has a take on the relationship between team and town.
SportsJam!
Not just another history lesson . . . this book is therapeutic.
The Plain Dealer
Those who . . . want to renew the bittersweet relationship between team and fan will enjoy this book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781886228313
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/15/1999
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 152
  • Sales rank: 962,699
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Huler, a Cleveland native, currently roots for the Browns from Raleigh, North Carolina. He has written five books and has been a staff writer for the Raleigh News and Observer and the Philadelphia Daily News as well as an award-winning producer and reporter for Nashville Public Radio. His essays and stories have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Los Angeles Times and have been heard on such national radio shows as National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and Public Radio International’s Marketplace. Huler graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington University in St. Louis and was a 2002–2003 Knight-Wallace Journalism Fellow at the University of Michigan.

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Table of Contents

Introduction

Brown

Cleveland Stadium

Orange

Things My Father Saw

“We always traveled first class”: A Moment with Lou Groza

1964

“It can’t be just a bunch of guys in brown uniforms”: A Moment with Jim Brown

The Cincinnati Game

Brown on Brown: A Moment with Mike Brown

“We want Phipps!”

“I gave it my best”: A Moment with Mike Phipps

“I see what Paul Brown saw”: A Moment with Paul Warfield

The Pittsburgh Game

“For those four hours I hated my friends”: A Moment with Greg Pruitt

Red Right 88

Almostness: A Moment with Brian Sipe

Diaspora

Out of Town Brown: A Moment with Harold Manson

He Chose Us

“All I remember is being a Browns fan”: A Moment with Bernie Kosar

Browns Backers Everywhere

A Moment with Bob Grace and Jeff Wagner

Things Change

The Drive, the Fumble, and All That

“Three Disappointments”: A Moment with Ozzie Newsome

Autographed Picture

“No team will ever do that again”: A Moment with Otto Graham

Rumors of War and the Last Pittsburgh Game

Big Dawg and the Man in the Brown Suit

“Hundreds and hundreds of people openly weeping”: The Last Home Game

“It was just a spirit thing”: A Moment with Earnest Byner

Two Friends from Denver

I Have Raked My Last Leaf

The View from the Tunnel: A Few Words from Jerry Sherk

Acknowledgments

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2002

    On Being Brown

    I am always looking for books that examine the sport experience from the perspective of the fan, as I teach and research issues relating to sport marketing. Mr. Huler's book is a fine case study on one highly vested group of sport consumers. He highlights the historically strong relationship Browns fans had/have with the franchise (it was written before the new Browns emerged), underscored with personal insights and interviews with other key figures (fans and former Browns). I added the text to my sport marekting course to allow students to think about how fans develop bonds with sport properties. Beyond the scholarly angle, it helps us all think about why we are fans, and the values we place on our sport organization relationships.

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