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Some Browns Thoughts from The Sharp Tank


Over the last few months, I have really been thinking a lot about our Browns. Here are some of those thoughts, both good and not so good.

It’s a crazy thought to me as a 50 year old, but a huge number of people have no idea how good our Browns were in the decade of the 1980’s. All they know is how embarrassing the team as a whole has been both on and off the field pretty much since the “New Browns” came back to the league as an expansion team in 1999.

Back in the 80’s, except for a couple of down years, our Browns were not only a perennial playoff team, but they were actual Super Bowl contenders! Plus these Browns were just as good off the field, as you felt a connection to each and every player on the team. These players and even some of the coaches felt like family to all of us as we celebrated every win with them, and on the no so often occasion they lost, it felt like a punch to the gut as you not only felt bad as a fan, you felt bad for the players as well.

Those 80’s playoff teams were only a play or two (or three) away from the promised land, and during Browns season, everywhere you went, you saw Browns stuff. Signs, posters, even the statues downtown were dressed in Browns gear. You were proud to be a Browns fan and you were proud to wear your Browns gear all year long!

Do we have players now that kids could look up to and help them want to be football players and build the sport for years to come? Yes, there are players like Nick Chubb, Joel Bitonio, and Denzel Ward to name a few. But the signing of Deshaun Watson really put a damper on feeling a strong connection to this team, at least for me and I know a lot more feel the same. I am trying to raise my 10 year old son to be a Browns fan, and it is harder for me to want to do that with Watson playing such a big role in the organization, despite the many accusation against him. Some may feel different, and that’s okay.

My wish is for our Browns to do what it did back in the 80’s. Win a lot of games and bringing Northeast Ohioans closer together like nothing else does. The love we all have for this team is on a level of its own. Does the team deserve that love? That is the question.


Keep it sharp Northeast Ohio!


Jerry is a proud husband and father. He is a lifelong fan of anything related to Cleveland sports, the Ohio State Buckeyes, and the WWE. On Friday nights in the fall you can find him covering Brunswick high school football.

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  1. Erik Priebe

    February 25, 2023 at 12:35 pm

    I feel the same way. Being a fellow 50 year old, I still remember with painstaking clarity watching “The Drive” and “The Fumble” My heart sank. We were so emotionally invested in these 70’s-80’s teams, from Brian Sipe and the Kardiac Kids, to Bernie Kosar, Ozzie Newsome, Brian Brennan, Webster Slaughter, Reggie Langhorn, Kevin Mack, Earnest Byner, etc. The offense was stacked, and our backfield was great with the original Dawg Pounders Hanford Dixon and Frank Minnifield. I still display all of my 80’s swag/posters/pennants with pride. I have not felt the same since they left. That legacy, that team, that connection all left with them. These ramshackled imposters that returned in 1999 have been a joke, and while I still cheer for them, I am no longer emotionally invested, and I have become accustomed to failure and disappointment. This team has no soul, no history, other than repeated losing records. These “new” Browns have gone through 3 owners, countless coaching regimes, wasted draft picks, and multiple resets, hoping that THIS time will be the right time. Most people can’t understand why I don’t pick a better team to root for. I tell them the best analogy I can give it’s like battered spouse syndrome. We stick around through all of the bad times, and disappointments, abuse and other negativeness because we still remember those “good times” and hope against hope, that maybe, just maybe our Browns get their crap together and make it all worth it in the end…………..after over 25 years, I’m still waiting and by this point the bad has far outweighed the good.

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