The Sunday Newswire is chock full o' Browns goodness today, with the major papers all breaking out multiple stories to fill us full of news.
Today's stories are of the following types:
- Game wrap-ups, with comments on how JaJuan Dawson and James Jackson did pretty well.
- Discussions of Kevin Johnson's new contract
- Talks with William Green, last night's featured back, about how he's improving but still has far to go.
- Mentions of Tim Couch's second solid performance in a row.
Last night's game did little to clear up the depth chart as previously-tumbling players such as Dawson and Jackson went out and played solid games. The Browns also got nice performances out of new linebackers Andra Davis and Kevin Bentley, who are starting to show why Butch Davis was so excited.
Of course, columnists are around to grumble, and Bill "Grumpy" Livingston and Terry Pluto do their job with panache. Courtney Brown, whose name has not been often called in the preseason, is the focus of their remarks.
At the same time, the Browns and the City of Cleveland are cracking down on fans who engage in a bit more revelry than they approve of. With the bottle-chucking incident last December fresh in the minds of Carmen and crew, beer sales were cut off at halftime last night. The Plain Dealer, which has a love-hate partnership with team, had a story on the subject, which was nicely leavened with a quote from a Mom with children sitting in the Dawg Pound. Hopefully, we'll adopt Barney the Dinosaur as a mascot so that it's an entirely fulfilling and educational experience for the youngsters.
At the same time, Jane Campbell and Parking Commisioner Dennis Donahue (with the team providing tacit approval and, I suspect, encouragement) have decided to come down on tailgaters in Muni. A "no open container" policy has been adopted, meaning that beer has to be poured into plastic cups or there will be tickets handed out.
This was, of course, inevitable, with the team's approach to taking additional steps each year to stamp out the rowdiness that marked Muni Stadium. I will undoubtedly feel compelled to comment on this sometime over the next week or two, so feel free to share your feelings, pro or con, with me via email.
Finally, a personal note from myself. I have been frequently away from my PC due to some family commitments, which is why this site has not been updated as furiously as you've come to expect. Mike McLain will also be unavailable part of next week for similar reasons. We had the KJ scoop before it appeared anywhere, but my absence stopped us from putting it out before until later in the evening. This will be a challenge again next weekend, but we'll do our best to get through the next week. You have my apologies for the less-frantic-than-usual site updates.
Let peace and serenity prevail. Sobriety shall reign, and all is good on the newswire. Enjoy