Art's Big Browns-Chiefs Game Preview

Webmaster Art Bietz doles out some game information, for those of you who like such things. TV info, a game preview, and places to watch the game with Browns fans. Our <I>Where We Watch the Games</I> list is getting longer - click the link in the story to get added to the list.

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EVENTS AND INFORMATION

Television

CBS television, including channel 19 in Cleveland.

The game will be broadcast live on appoximately 25% of all CBS Stations.

The game will be broadcast on DirectTV NFL packages.

Radio

Internet: WMMS, Browns Official Site

Antenna:
FM
WMMS 100.7
WONE 97.5
WJER 101.7

AM
WHBC 1480
WKVX 960

Gatherings

Ohio
C
olumbus: Damons & Bumpers

Cincinnati: Willies Sports
Dayton: Elsa's in Centerville
Fostoria: Pow Wow Room in Dunn's Lanes

Colorado
Pikes Peak BB:
Alumni Bar and Grill, Colorado Springs, 3881 E. Pikes Peak Ave.

New York
Buffalo Backers:
The Meeting Place, Niagara Rd, Niagara Falls
Tri-Cities Backers (Binghamton NY):
Sportspage in Endicott, NY

Florida
Beachside Browns Backers
:
Beef O Bradys in Rockledge (Viera), FL

Washington
Seattle BB:
Jillians, 731 Westlake Ave. N

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Game Preview Thing

This is where I'm supposed to pretend I know what I'm talking about and preview the game. You folks are all onto me, so I'll just state the obvious and move on. This is part of my preparation for an eventual network television sportscasting career.

Despite all the fuss about Couch and Holcomb, this game is all about one simple thing: THE RUNNING GAME. Duh.

With the Browns looking to establish themselves as a team that can run and stop the run, the Chiefs provide a useful early-season litmus test. After all, if you can't run against the Chiefs, you might as well pack up and go home. The Kansas City club was 27th against the run last year and didn't noticeably improve themselves in the off-season, given that Ryan Sims held out.

Look for the Browns to run early and often, and I've got a gut feeling we may see a Green-White backfield tandem more often that pundits expect. That, however, is based on nothing more than the fact than it's something the Browns rarely showed in pre-season and I'm expecting something a little different now that the games count. The Browns are counting heavily on the acquisition of Stokes and Tucker to make a difference in the running game, and we find out on Sunday whether those were good investments.

While I keep hearing pundits offer that the Chiefs are going to be very competitive this year, I'm not sure I buy it. The combination of Dick Vermiel bearing the Rams offense, grass fields, mediocre recievers, and Trent Green seems like a marriage made in hell. I'm expecting nothing more than a state of confusion in the Chiefs offense Sunday. The Browns will see if Earl Holmes and Robert Griffith are good investments quickly as the team tries to stop the suddenly-deadly Priest Holmes. Personally, I'm again of the suspicion that we saw a career year from Holmes in 2001, and I'm expecting the Browns to shut down the Chiefs running attack and, hence, their offense.

Keep in mind, however, that I have no clue what I'm talking about.


Stadium Precautions

The Browns urge fans to come to the stadium early to allow for the confiscations of the weapons and little booze bottles you people are sure to bring.

The following items are not permitted in Cleveland Browns Stadium:
Aerosol cans, alcoholic beverages, animals (except assistive animals for people with disabilities), bags or backpacks, beach balls, cans, bottles, bottled or boxed liquids, confetti or glitter, coolers of any kind, including small soft pack coolers, ice chests, fireworks or missile-like objects,  footballs, large-headed rodents with angry dispositions, illegal substances,  large purses, large camera cases, laser pointers, noisemaking devices, plastic bottles, sticks, bats or clubs, strollers, tripods or commercial audio recording equipment, pointy sticks that could put someone's eye out, umbrellas, and weapo


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