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Things I've Learned from Watching the Browns

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Award-winning Cleveland Plain Dealer sportswriter has more than twenty books to his credit, several of them about his beloved Cleveland Browns. In his latest tome, he bares his chest about why C-Town's football faithful can't give up on their hometown favorites. (P.S. Not to rub it in, but over the last seven seasons, the Brownies record has been 38-74. Now that's true fan

Paperback, 254 pages
Published November 4th 2010 by Gray & Company Publishers
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Bob Redmond
Jan 02, 2011 Bob Redmond rated it really liked it
This is a book mainly for people from Cleveland. Or if you're not, then understand it's a decades-long conversation you'd be joining, summed up in the following three words (also the title of a song by the Michael Stanley Band! North coast represent!): "Misery Loves Company." The Browns, for the 50s and 60s, were THE most successful professional football franchise. Led by coach Paul Brown, quaterback Otto Graham, and later, running back Jim Brown, they played for the NFL championship eleven time ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Brent rated it really liked it
I received this book as a gift from my wife- she took a shot at something I might like and hit the bullseye. The author tells in detail many stories about the Browns that I was either only vaguely familiar with or hadn't heard of before. He analyzes in detail famous moments in Browns history like Red Right 88, The Fumble, The Drive... and casts them in a light I'd never before known or understood. His research and writing puts events like the construction of Municipal Stadium, the heydays of the ...more
Robert Morrow
Apr 23, 2012 Robert Morrow rated it really liked it
Terry Pluto is one of the best sportswriters in the country, and fortunately for Browns fans, the Browns are part of his beat. Here he captures the exquisitely painful history of the Browns since 1964, asking the fundamental question, "Why do Browns fans put up with this?" The answer, as revealed through hundreds of fan e-mails is that the Browns represent something far more than a football team; they're a symbol and a test of our loyalties; they are a shared family and community experience; and ...more
Scott Mckenzie
Sep 18, 2012 Scott Mckenzie rated it really liked it
I must read for Browns fans. Some of it can be difficult but it also contains pleasant memories going back many years. What I most like - the book itself brings up topics and reasons for some of the Browns failures which most people don't realize. Chapters like "Red Right 88" is not the reason the Browns lost. "The Drive" and "The Fumble" didn't sink the Browns. For Example, the Fumble game was a game the Browns were trailing 21-3 at the end of the first half - are we really going to pin the los ...more
Aug 14, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports, memoirs, humor
It was great to read the old stories of the Cleveland Browns. Pluto hits on some of the major plays (Red Right 88, The Drive and The Fumble)or fan favorite players (Jim Brown, Bernie Kosar and Josh Cribbs to name a few) giving details but letting fans of the team tell the stories through emails which is an interesting read. After some of the chapters there are sections that are just fans emails talking about what the team meant, and still means, to them after all the years of heartache and terri ...more
Dec 25, 2010 Craig rated it really liked it
Shelves: sports
Fans of the Cleveland Browns will enjoy this stroll down memory lane. The book takes a look at anecdotes both from the author and fans. The book points out a pair of historical draft notes that I hadn't heard before, which added some intellectual satisfaction to something that largely was a way to feel happy about being a fan of the Cleveland Browns.
Dan Mejak
Sep 07, 2013 Dan Mejak rated it really liked it
Leave it to Terry Pluto to tell it like it is. We remember some of the most infamous plays in Cleveland Browns history that seemed to destroy our hearts over and over again. Be prepared for some hard truths. But somehow, it still seems OK in the end.
Jun 04, 2012 Patrick rated it really liked it
If you are a Browns fan, then you will love this book, although Pluto's other works are better methinks.

If you are not a Browns fan, then you can go play on the freeway or do some other useful activity that results in your demise.
Dec 01, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
Browns fans are insane. This I knew. What I didn't know was some of the details surrounding some of the most spectacular "Oh, *Cleveland*" moments that exemplify *why* we're all insane to keep cheering for this team. Highly entertaining and informative.
Dec 26, 2012 Erin rated it liked it
Touching and very detailed look at why we Browns fans love our team like we do. I enjoyed Pluto's analysis but found him repetitive. The book would benefit greatly from an index.
Alan Mauerman
Feb 19, 2011 Alan Mauerman rated it really liked it
It brings a tear to my eye.
The Browns used to be good.
What happened?
Lots of heart-wrenching letters from fans in the book.
A must read for Browns sufferers.
Anthony Mandala
Nov 24, 2013 Anthony Mandala rated it really liked it
Must read for any browns fan.
Rob Dhillon
Dec 07, 2010 Rob Dhillon rated it really liked it
So much about all that it is to live and die with the Brownies ('da' Browns!')'s all about never, never, NEVER(!!!!) giving up. Never say DIE! Quitting ain't S-H-_-_!!
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Terry Pluto is a sports columnist for the Plain Dealer. He has twice been honored by the Associated Press Sports Editors as the nations top sports columnist for medium-sized newspapers. He is a nine-time winner of the Ohio Sports Writer of the Year award and has received more than 50 state and local writing awards. In 2005 he was inducted into the Cleveland Journalism Hall of Fame. He is the autho ...more
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