OBR Daily Blog: 3/31/2010

Yinzers Gone Wild week slides into a disappointing Hump Day, with few arrests in the last 24 hours. We're hoping for a better performance in coming hours, and have asked Pittsburgh night clubs to stay open until 4AM.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 11:41:00 AM

Josh Cribbs at the Playboy Mansion

Well, well. Look who went from Kent State to the Big Time.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Thursday, April 01, 2010 at 10:33:00 AM

Pontbriand to Team: Snap the Ball Yourself

The Cleveland Browns relatively quiet year off-the-field took a haphazard turn on Thursday, as the team's long snapper, Ryan Pontbriand, took to the local airwaves to demand a trade unless he is given a new contract extension.

Although it was somewhat ridiculed at the time, Pontbriand's selection in the fifth round of the 2003 draft has turned out to be one-time Browns coach Butch Davis' best selection. Pontbriand has served as the team's long snapper each year since coming into the league, and was named to the Pro Bowl in 2007 and 2008.

As the highest-drafted long snapper in NFL history, Pontbriand was a pacesetter for specialists at the position. Now, with his holdout for a major contract extension, Pontbriand is setting another new standard for the often-overlooked single-purpose players.

While Pontbriand himself was unavailable to comment, the player's desire for a new contract was brought forward via the usual local media channels thanks to his new representation.

Pontbriand's agent, Drew Rosenhaus, took to Twitter to explain the long snappers' case for a new deal:

  • Teams are increasingly realizing the value that long snappers bring to their clubs. Winning franchises are realizing that. Wait Too long sry
  • As I was saying, teams are just now realizing the value that long snappers bring to their clubs. A Pro Bowl quality long snapper can... wait
  • Yeah. Teams are figuring this out. A Pro Bowl quality long snapper can make the difference between a winning and losin
  • Sorry that last one got cut off.
  • Between a successful punt and an unsuccessful one, Did you know that 43% of all game losing turnovers by clubs near the Great LaDAMMI
  • Crap crap crap. OK hang on, getting one of my kids
  • Tms nd lng snpprs becuz they r awesome so give us munee or u can snp the ball urself. G luck w/that.

The demands could not have come at a worse time for the Browns organization, coming amidst draft preparation and on the heels of Mike Holmgren's sudden hospitalization due to a sudden recurrence of symptoms of Chromic Brimley Syndrome.

Through a spokesperson, the Browns relayed Holmgren's thoughts on the matter: "Ryan has been an important part of the club. He's been steady, reliable, and regular. It's particularly important to be regular, especially for young folks these days. Fortunately for Ryan, he gets a lot of fiber thanks to Quaker Oatmeal. A lot of folks don't know the value of a high-quality start to the day with some go***m Oatmeal, like I have to eat every *****ing day thanks to my Diabeetus".

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 5:19:00 PM

Press Release: Pre-Season Opponents

Everyone loves press releases! Here ya go:

For Immediate Release
March 31, 2010


The Cleveland Browns' 2010 preseason opponents were announced today, and the list features matchups against three teams from the NFC North division.

The Browns will open their preseason campaign at Lambeau Field against the Green Bay Packers for the second straight season, on the weekend of August 12-16. Cleveland returns home during the weekend of August 19-23 to welcome the St. Louis Rams to Cleveland Browns Stadium. It will mark the first time the Browns have squared off with the Rams since that franchise relocated to St. Louis in 1995.

For the ninth consecutive season, the Browns will face the Detroit Lions during preseason action. Cleveland travels to Detroit during the weekend of August 26-29. Cleveland will close out the preseason during the weekend of September 2-3, when they host the Chicago Bears at Cleveland Browns Stadium. The contest will mark the seventh straight time that Cleveland and Chicago face off during the preseason.



1 Aug. 12-16 at Green Bay Packers Lambeau Field TBA WKYC-TV3

2 Aug. 19-23 vs. St. Louis Rams Cleveland Browns Stadium TBA WKYC-TV3

3 Aug. 26-29 at Detroit Lions Ford Field TBA WKYC-TV3

4 Sept. 2-3 vs. Chicago Bears Cleveland Browns Stadium TBA WKYC-TV3

Specific dates and times will be announced in the near future. All preseason games will air on the Cleveland Browns Radio Network (WMMS 100.7FM).

Cleveland Browns 2010 season tickets are now available. Fans can purchase season tickets by calling (440) 824-3434, toll free at (888) 891-1999 or online at www.ClevelandBrowns.com.

Visa, proud sponsor of the Cleveland Browns and the only card accepted for Browns tickets.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 4:52:00 PM

Browns Pre-Season Schedule Announced

The NFL does a pretty nice job of keeping their schedules secret before announcing them with great fanfare via their media properties. Today, they announced the league's pre-season schedule for 2010.

The Browns pre-season schedule looks like the normal slate of games against the NFC North (including the heralded Great Lakes Classic!). None of the games will be on national television.

The Browns will open the pre-season at Green Bay (8/12-6), then host the Rams and Sam Bradford whoever gets picked first in the draft on the weekend of 8/19-23. Then they visit beautiful Detroit to take on the Lions (8/26-9), and finish off with the annual don't-hurt-me final pre-season game snoozefest against the Bears (9/2-3).

That last one is at home. Start trying to give your tickets away now. Good luck!

Exact dates and times will be announced at some point in future.

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Big defensive lineman Jared Odrick (Penn State) will be visiting the Browns in the upcoming days: http://bit.ly/cH9Mb2

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Longhorn QB Colt McCoy completed all his (58) passes during the Pro Day, showed good footwork (important for WCO): http://bit.ly/dwkqH6

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Browns Pre-season Schedule:at Green Bay (8/12-6), Rams (8/19-23), at Lions (8/26-9), Bears (9/2-3)

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We have tons of video and photos from the UCLA and USF Pro Days, with USC video coming later today. I'll link it all in the blog this PM.

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RT @JoeFortenbaugh Gil Brandt reporting that Texas safety Earl Thomas ran a 4.37 at Texas' pro day today.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 2:00:00 PM

Latest Links from the OBR Newswire

These are links from the OBR Newswire for March 31st from 08:47 to 13:03:

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The Browns first pre-season game will be an away game against the Green Bay packers: http://bit.ly/b0XjDb

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 1:18:00 PM

Today is Colt McCoy's Pro Day

While the Browns will be bringing Texas QB Colt McCoy to Cleveland for a visit, their chance to see him strut his stuff on the field is today down in Austin. With the exception of the Rams and Lions, every team is represented at the Texas Pro Day, where McCoy will be the primary focus of attention for the Browns.

NFL.com has a little blog they're running on it from Gil "Snarkmaster" Brandt, and we'll be looking around the web for any other bits and pieces of info we can pick up.

Also, here's how we've rated all the draft-eligible players from Texas. Good group.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 12:21:00 PM

The OBR is Hiring! For Real!

Since we started back in the 90s, the OBR has always been something we did because we simply enjoy doing it first, second,and third. It's a lot of fun, and we've managed to make it over a decade now, thanks to the support of our subscribers.

We're continuing to try to provide Browns fans with a legitimate news alternative outside of the mainstream media – an outlet focused entirely on Browns fans as our friends and customers.

We're a small group, but we love what we do, and we're very focused. And we're trying to grow.

After a couple of false starts over the years, we will be attempting to launch a television program this year, are mulling a couple of radio opportunities, and look to expand our monthly magazine.

To facilitate this we are looking for a Business Development Manager and Advertising Sales Representatives. We're looking for people who have our enthusiasm for Cleveland sports and can work within a small group of sportaholics.

We need folks who can work with webdorks, who are self-motivated, and who want to build something unique and cool.

If that describes you, check out our recent job placement ad in Craigslist, and send us your resume through their service. Alternatively, if you wish to contact me directly, you can send me an email or your resume at "barry @ theobr.com".

We are looking at experienced people interested in a new challenge for the Business Development Manager role, and at a wide range of individuals (including those with no experience) as Sales Representatives.

We've been at this for a decade, so we've learned some things along the way, and hope to combine our knowledge and enthusiasm with yours to build something that your kids and grandkids associate with what it means to be a Cleveland Browns fan.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at 11:12:00 AM

Sims-Go-Round Continues with the Lions

The Seattle Seahawks have made it pretty darn clear that they're not interested in keeping Rob Sims around. The ex-Buckeye is barred from off-season workouts, and is on the outside looking in.

A number of teams have been linked to Sims, including the Browns, with varying degrees of ludicrousness Subscriber Article, but no one has yet to step up to what the Seahawks actually seem to want, which is a mid-round pick Subscriber Article  

It's hard to say how many of these rumors represent legitimate considerations, vs. the Seahawks or Sims trying to bump up interest, or just "reach" reporting.

Jason La Canfora, a good-looking man appears to looks to have the form and style of a less keyboard-anchored version of your humble webdork, says today that the Lions are "strongly considering making a trade" for Sims. Then he says the Bears are "mulling" Sims as well, which I think means that someone in the NFL told a Chicago reporter that, hey, you never know, maybe two clubs could swap personas non grata.

Look for the low-level murmurs around Sims to continue through 4/15 or so, which is the latest date that restricted free agents can be signed to offer sheets. When push comes to shove, the Seahawks will figure out a way to move him.

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 11:01:00 PM

NFP: Gocong Rumors have Legs

Our pal Aaron Wilson echoes something we have been telling subscribers for weeks. Keep an eye on a potential deal with the Eagle that involves OLB Chris Gocong. Subscribers know exactly what I'm talking about. This, ya know, might not be a bad time to sign up.

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 9:19:00 PM

Jerome Murphy Runs a 4.51

As John relayed in the blog a couple of days ago, USF corner back Jerome Murphy has a private workout set up this week with the Browns. Today we learn he ran a pretty decent 4.51 during the USF Pro Day today.

The above link is a free article on Scout.com's South Florida site, USFNation.com

Posted by: Barry McBride
on Tuesday, March 30, 2010 at 8:10:00 PM

The Links Keep Rolling In

Some other good stuff that didn't make it into my last link go-round:

-- Seemingly bored by the notion that the draft's #1 pick has been figured out so early, the latest big push in the media is to tie Sam Bradford in with the Washington Redskins. Following on the Bernie Miklasz piece linked earlier, we now have Peter King quoting Gil Brandt in saying that it's nearly 50-50 that Bradford winds up with the Redskins. I'd dismiss it as media over-analysis if all three individuals weren't so darn good at what they do.

-- I would like to point out that I'm the first (pseudo) member of the Cleveland media to refer to the Redskins placement three slots ahead of the Browns in the draft as "annoying". I stand by that bold statement. No stand is too controversial for me.

-- DK over at Cleveland Reboot has decided that mock drafting football players is getting a bit stale, so he's mock-drafting historical and pop culture figures for each of the 32 teams. I think the Browns made out pretty well.

--  Part of the reason I'm going to be oh-so-controversial is so that I'm TV-ready. We're going to film a TV pilot soon, did I mention that? Yes, I'll be controversial. So very controversial. In your face, you know. Because when I sit down in front of the TV after a day at work, I'm thinking to myself: "I hope someone yells at me and gets all in my face, because that would be awesome".

-- Eric Berry is going to be visiting five teams, including the Browns. He will also be meeting with the Chiefs, Eagles, <annoying>Redskins</annoying>, and Buccaneers.

-- I've put on about ten pounds every year that I've been tied to my computer doing the OBR every day. Our TV pilot films 4/26. Does anyone know how to take off 80 pounds in a month? Short of amputation?

-- One of the recent media trend-lets has been the "No one takes safeties high" and "Eric Berry is too risky because most top ten safeties don't pan out". While historically accurate, my fondest hope is that all six teams drafting above the Browns read those columns. And then read them again. I'll be fine if the Browns take that "risk".

-- From my perspective, the above trend-let is typical of the type of media over-analysis of the draft you get this time of year when all the logical stories have played out.

-- In addition to the Eagles checking out Eric Berry for reasons mysterious, the Dolphins and Giants may be two teams interested in trading up into the Top Ten for C.J. Spiller if you buy what Pro Football Talk is selling.

-- Jimmy Clausen, the best quarterback no one wants to talk about, is visiting half of the teams picking in the top ten. Apparently they're not listening to what ESPN is telling them about Clausen. He'll meet with the Rams (snicker, whatever), <annoying>Redskins</annoying>, Browns, Bills, and Jagulars.

-- Oh, and Adam Schein thinks Tim Tebow will go in the first round.

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