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 lost their team, demanded it 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.
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.