OBR News-o-Rama: 11/15 AM

The latest Browns news, blogs, OBR events, and rantings about the inevitable...


Jeff Schudel, Lane Adkins and myself will be on the air from 7-9PM tonight. The podcast will (hopefully) be available Friday in The Muni Lot.

The plan is to be out at Shula's Steak in Independence with some new gizmos that allow us to take phone calls.

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Yesterday, head coach Romeo Crennel talked to the media a bit about Josh Cribbs, who nearly replicated Eric Metcalf's feat of beating the Pittsburgh Steelers with dazzling kick returns. That's what dominates the newswire (rss) this morning. Here's a selection of stories, categorized for easy consumption.

Josh Cribbs Rocks
TheOBR  ABJ  PD  Chron-Tel  Morning-Journal

Browns Sign Offensive Lineman
Bismarck Tribune 

Jamal Lewis Fights the Inevitable
Canton Rep 

Boller to Start for Rats
ABJ  Canton Rep

Chaos in Crackmore
McAlister Optimistic He'll Play - Baltimore Sun
Charmed Life Away from Crackmore - Washington Post
Boller's Final Exam - Baltimore Sun
Rats Wish They Still Had DA (*snicker*) - Warren Tribune-Chronicle
Billick was a Believer in DA (*chortle*) - News-Herald


An article by Peter Schrager on FoxSports.com defending today's quarterbacks against those of the recent past has gotten a lot of attention around the web.

I'm not buying it. NFL owners have tweaked the rules over and over in the past 20 years to make the game more "exciting" and TV-friendly, meaning that they've pushed the balance of power more to the offense, specifically, the passing game.

Schrager uses QB ratings to make his point, but those QB ratings are being accumulated under a different set of rules than those of 20 years ago.

Derek Anderson in 2007 may have a higher QB rading than Dan Marino and Brett Favre in 1992 or Drew Bledsoe and John Elway in 1997, but only a fool would think he's a better quarterback than those Hall of Famers.

We know what our eyes and memories tell us, which I consider more credible than random statistics.


Congratulations to Larry Gee of Beavercreek, who won the Grand Prize of a free stay at the Glendorn Resort in our Allegheny National Forest contest. Second prize winners of free DVDs were Logan Andress, Cheryl Van Brunt, Loren Ferderman, James Purdon, Scott Suever, Jason Garland, John Thompson, Ken Nadeau, Randall Young, and Patty Wilson. Thanks everyone for participating!


The Browns have re-signed Richard Angulo to the practice squad. He's a 2007 Bill Duff without the thrill of pro wrestling.



Browns Have Won Respect - Red Right 88
OSU-Michigan - Five Unforgettable Editions of "The Game" - Eleven Warriors

I don't talk about baseball a lot because it's basically a broken sport that is too frightened of its own owners to be fixed. To me, the MLB season is has been skewed into a elongated version of watching an eBay auction or "The Price is Right". Until the MLB fixes itself, it's hard for me to get fired up about which team buys the pennant each year.

Still, it's impossible for me to put my beloved Tribe completely. Following them dominated my youth. Here are a couple of Tribe-related links I couldn't avoid this morning.

BTW, there are a bunch of us who talk Tribe, Cavs, Bucks, HS football, etc in the C-Town Sports Forum. If you love those teams, feel free to join us.


I love how athletes will kick out the refrain about how professional sports "is just business" when doing things like bolting their fans for a few more dollars, putting their needs over that of the team, or chortling their way through a shutout loss. There are always the laments about how more important the game is to fans than the players, and how it's just a business to them.

The problem is that a key part of business is customer satisfaction. If you sell a product to someone, you had better deliver if you want repeat business. For example, if someone orders a subscription to the Orange and Brown Report magazine from us and doesn't get an issue, you can bet our customer service group extends their subscription to compensate, or does something to make sure that the customer gets what they ordered.

In professional sports, what's being sold is the illusion that the players represent the community - they put our town's name on their uniform, after all - and that the most important thing is winning for that community and giving them an exciting show. When that illusion is ruptured, then that's bad for business.

It strikes me that some athletes want to have it both ways. They want to profit from the illusion that's sold to communities, but don't want to be stuck with the commitment. So, when they leave the community, show that they don't care about victory, or put their selfishness front-and-center, they claim "it's just business".

Do you think that Stephan Marbury is going to get kicked off the Knicks? Or that Dwight Smith will be booted from the Vikings?

We, the fans, the customers, just take it, and organizations like the Vikings and Knicks try to maintain the illusion, but ultimately wind up putting up with these athletes as well. 

And so it goes.


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