OBR News and World Report: 12/16

Here's a whole bunch of links and comments on new Browns articles from all over the web, as well as here on Bernie's Insiders. Included are some links you won't find on the daily newswire, as well as some of the top message board threads. New feature... check it out, and let us know if you want us to keep providing this article on a regular basis.

Latest from Berea

NERD NOTE: When I do these newswire recaps, the first thing I do is open up all the links in my copy of Firefox. I can do this because Firefox has a capability called "Live Bookmarks" and because we have a Newswire RSS feed for subscribers. If you're a subscriber and a Firefox user, you can set this up as well.  It kicks butt, I'm tellin' ya, if you like drilling through the wire.

I'm probably biased because he's a good guy and he does the radio show with us, but Jeff Schudel has the best line of the day today: "Watching Ravens coach Brian Billick on the sideline and react to another bad throw by Kyle Boller is like watching someone eating a bad burrito."

He's right. Brian Billick is incredibly demonstrative when watching lesser mortals make mistakes while playing the game. On the other hand, Romeo Crennel doesn't seem to get fired up on the sidelines much at all. I'm not saying that in a negative way... he just seems to be able to roll with the punches without getting too emotional. Maybe that comes with all the decades of football he's coached.

Prior to the beginning of the season I was asked on our radio show if I was worried about Crennel's health. After all, he's in his late fifties, is a big guy, and is in one of the most stressful occupations known to man. I said that I really wasn't because he just didn't seem like the type of guy who has trouble managing the stress. So far this season, he seems to be living up to that. My skull would have exploded after week five.

Of course, the news that's everywhere is that the Browns have signed LB Andra Davis to a new five-year contract extension. Here's an article by Pat McManamon that's pretty representative. There isn't a lot of variation on the articles regarding Davis because the Browns didn't send out the press release until late in the day. Expect to hear more later today and tomorrow morning when the beat writers are able to talk to Crennel and Davis about it.

In the midst of a series of notes from the Plain Dealer, Reuben Droughns quoted as saying that the Raiders seem to get "a lot of drunk people" at the games. None of those drunk people are likely to vote to put Browns in the Pro Bowl, as the team's 4-9 record doesn't get players a lot of notice.

Outside the Newswire

Latest from OBRLand

Another busy day as the Browns get ready for the Raiders. Later today, expect to see "Gameballs and Goats", our daily practice report from Berea, and several other articles on Browns-related subjects. Here's what showed up on Bernie's Insiders (soon to be the Orange and Brown Report) yesterday:

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