OBR Blog Archive: July 1-15, 2010

Someone forgot to tell these guys that this is the NFL's "time off". Whatever. It's almost like they are afraid of getting tan.

Posted by: OBR Newswire
on July 15th, 2010 AT 11:00 PM

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Posted by: Barry McBride
on July 14th, 2010 AT 6:38 PM

Steelers’ Confusion about Organ Use Continues

Our pal Peter over at Cleveland Frowns pointed us to the burning issue of the day, which we note, with relief, doesn’t involve a Cleveland Browns player and local law enforcement.

No, the problem has a bit of a black and golden tint to it, since it once again involves a team whose off-field issues continue to flow onto the sports pages throughout the off-season: The Pittsburgh Steelers, and, namely, one Mr. Ben Roethlisberger.

It appears that someone in Mr. Roethlisberger’s party, perhaps even Mr. Roethlisberger himself, couldn’t be bothered to take enough of a break from doing his business on the world-famous Muirfield Golf Course in Dublin, Ohio to find a men’s room. As a result, there was a matter of clothing not covering areas of the human body that are generally covered in public, and a matter of public urination. Which at least one person living in a house alongside the golf course found call-inducingly unpleasant.

In this post-Lebron era, it’s easy to claim that this is just another example of pro athletes not taking normal adult responsibilities seriously. I, however, think it’s something more specific to Pittsburgh in recent years, where the fan base places the wrong things in their noses and mouths, are confused about the proper use of washcloths, and where members of the team itself repeatedly seem to attempt to place various organs in places other people don’t want them to be.

Rather than condemning all athletes, I think a widespread public service campaign to explain to the people of Pittsburgh what the body’s numerous organs and orifaces are for and what to do/not do with them is the most compassionate solution.

I realize, however, that my opinions may simply stand alone, pouring themselves uselessly onto the vast word drain of the internet

Since Mr. Roethlisberger is a member of a key Browns’ rival, we will provide more on this story as details leak to the media.


Posted by: Barry McBride
on July 14th, 2010 AT 6:01 PM

Browns Confirm Roster Moves

The Browns sent out a short press release this afternoon confirming roster moves we had reported earlier in the day.

BROWNS MAKE ROSTER MOVES

The Cleveland Browns waived/failed physical defensive lineman Keith Grennan and waived/injured tight end Greg Estandia, the team announced today.


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on July 14th, 2010 AT 2:00 PM

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 14th, 2010 AT 12:27 PM

Tight End Placed on IR: Hot Ne…

Tight End Placed on IR: Hot News for TE Greg Estandia http://bit.ly/bIKeuf


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 14th, 2010 AT 12:27 PM

Browns Waive Defensive Lineman…

Browns Waive Defensive Lineman: Hot News for DE Keith Grennan http://bit.ly/aRxgDX


Posted by: Barry McBride
on July 14th, 2010 AT 10:00 AM

Browns Send Out Press Release on Morin

We covered the sad news a couple of days ago here on the OBR blog, but should also note that the Browns sent out a press release on the passing of Milt Morin yesterday. Here it is:

FORMER BROWNS TIGHT END MILT MORIN PASSES AWAY

Former Cleveland Browns tight end Milt Morin passed away on Friday, July 9, in Northampton, Mass. He was 67.

Originally drafted by Cleveland in the first round (14th overall) of the 1966 NFL Draft, Morin spent 10 seasons with the Browns, ranking in the team’s top ten in both receptions (271) and receiving yards (4,208) during his NFL career. His 4,208 receiving yards currently stands eighth all-time.

A native of Leominster, Mass., Morin attended the University of Massachusetts, where he was a two-time All-American who recorded 1,151 receiving yards and served as the team’s place kicker. A three-sport athlete for the Minutemen, he was also a New England heavyweight wrestling champion and defender for the UMass lacrosse team.

Morin was inducted into the UMass Athletic Hall of Fame in 1970 and will be posthumously inducted into the National Football Foundation’s College Football Hall of Fame during this weekend’s ceremonies from July 16-17 in South Bend, Ind. He is survived by his wife, Ellen, son, Monte and daughter, Ellen.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 14th, 2010 AT 9:29 AM

Browns sign Asante to four-yea…

Browns sign Asante to four-year deal: Hot News for S Larry Asante http://bit.ly/90DrlY


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 13th, 2010 AT 9:11 PM

(Subscriber) Football, family …

(Subscriber) Football, family matter to Mitchell: Newest Browns rookie receiver has shown he has the physical attr… http://bit.ly/cfVZWL


Posted by: Don Delco
on July 13th, 2010 AT 3:18 PM

Browns single-game tickets on sale July 24

The Cleveland Browns announced today single game tickets for all 2010 preseason and regular season home games will go on sale at 10 a.m. on Saturday, July 24.

There are three ways to purchase the single-game tickets for the 10 home games (two preseason, eight regular season):

•ClevelandBrowns.com

•Ticketmaster by phone (800) 745.3000

•All local Ticketmaster retail outlets.

Also, starting July 26, single-game tickets can be purchased at Cleveland Browns Stadiums. According to the Browns release:

Season Tickets, Club Seats, three-game Tripps Packs and Group Tickets are still available through ClevelandBrowns.com or by calling the Browns ticket office at (440) 824-3434. Season Ticket Holders, Club Seat Holders, Tripps Pack and Group Ticket purchasers receive a savings over single game ticket prices.

Cleveland Browns Stadium Ticket Office business hours (through September 18) are Monday-Tuesday and Thursday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

The Browns are one of 14 NFL teams that did not raise ticket prices for the 2010 season, according to the USA Today. That number is down from the 24 teams that did not raise ticket prices in 2009.

The Browns’ price range for tickets are $35-85 and are ranked among the lowest in the NFL. Meanwhile, season ticket prices for the Browns have not increased in five of the last seven years.


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on July 13th, 2010 AT 2:00 PM

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Posted by: OBR Newswire
on July 13th, 2010 AT 8:00 AM

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Posted by: Don Delco
on July 12th, 2010 AT 9:15 PM

Milt Morin, former Browns TE, dead at 67

The Browns may have a Hall of Fame tight end in Ozzie Newsome, but he was not the first great tight end to come through Cleveland.

From 1966-75, Milt Morin was a two-time Pro Bowler for the Browns. On July 9, one week before he was to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame, Morin suffered a heart of attack and passed away at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northhampton, Mass.

In 1966 Morin was drafted by the Browns in the first round out of the University of Massachusetts. In college, Morin was a three-time All-American and set a program record for receiving yards (1,151).

Morin continued his success as a professional. In 10 years with the Browns, Morin caught 271 balls for 4,208 yards and 16 touchdowns and earned Pro Bowl status in 1968 and 1971.

The Plain Dealer’s Terry Pluto caught up with some of Morin’s former teammates. First, Browns defensive end Paul Wiggin, who played with Morin in 1966-67.

“He was a complete player, a proto-type tight end,” said Paul Wiggin. “Back then, they had 240-pound tight ends who couldn’t catch the ball, and 200-pounders who couldn’t block. Milt did both.?”

Among others, Pluto quoted former Browns wide receiver Paul Warfield, who was Morin’s teammate from 1966-69.

“He could have played tight end in this era,” Warfield said. “He’d be worth his weight in gold because most teams have a tight end who can catch, or a tight end who can block. Milt was such a good blocker, we ran Leroy Kelly’s sweeps around his end. He could run precise patterns, and he could blow you off the ball with his blocks.”?


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on July 12th, 2010 AT 3:00 PM

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  • CBSSports.com – Players union likely to challenge validity of HGH testing – The future of testing for human growth hormone is shaping up to be a contentious issue in negotiations between the NFL and the players' union, with the league supporting blood-based testing and the union less convinced about its validity.
  • Yahoo! Sports – Everyone’s new favorite hobby: Clowning the Steelers – It was a bad weekend for you if you're an overly-sensitive Steelers fan. Darnell Dockett(notes) and Chad Ochocinco(notes), two of the NFL's most beloved class clowns, got off a couple of blasts at the Steelers' expense.
  • Yahoo! Sports – LB rankings: The NFL’s weakening strongside – There’s something really fascinating about rating the various linebacking corps in the NFL. Just as the fullback has generally disappeared from offensive football with so many offenses going with three-, four- and five-receiver sets, the strongside linebacker has also started to fade into oblivion. [...] 26. Cleveland Browns
  • Canton Repository – Cleveland sports’ 10 MVPs, post-LBJ – Now that young what’s-his-name is sunning himself south of Steubenville, the identity of the most valuable player in Cleveland sports is no longer obvious. Here, however, is one view of the 10 most valuable still in the nest.
  • NFL FanHouse – Summer Scramble 2010: AFC North Players to Watch – It's July, the slowest month of the year for the NFL. So what better time to start breaking down the upcoming season? From July 6-23, FanHouse will take an in-depth look at each division to help prepare you for training camp. We're calling it our Summer Scramble.
  • ESPN – Age rankings for every NFL team – Rookie free agents and other young prospects drag down age stats for NFL teams this time of year. The relative averages are more relevant than the averages themselves. The chart shows where NFL teams ranked in average age heading into the weekend. The figures count undrafted free agents and unsigned draft choices. They do not count kickers, punters or snappers because older players at those positions could distort averages in a misleading way. [...] 3. Cleveland Browns 26.78.
  • Baltimore SUn – Former Browns owner Art Modell probably still more hated in Cleveland than LeBron James – When LeBron James announced to a national television audience Thursday that he was forsaking home and hearth to pursue his hoop dreams in Miami, he immediately shot to the top of the list of the greatest villains in Cleveland sports history. [...] So, where does that leave former Cleveland Browns owner Art Modell, who has held the title of the most hated sports figure in Northeast Ohio since he moved that team to Baltimore in 1995?
  • USATODAY.com – Ben Roethlisberger’s limbo puts big questions on Steelers – PITTSBURGH — The buzz this year about the Pittsburgh Steelers might have involved several topics. Can they improve their running game? Can they get back to playing shutdown defense and holding fourth-quarter leads? Can a team that has won two Super Bowls in the past five seasons make a run at another?

    Such debates receded into the background in March when a female college student in Georgia filed a sexual assault complaint against quarterback Ben Roethlisberger.


Posted by: Don Delco
on July 12th, 2010 AT 11:55 AM

Dreaming of a Super Bowl ring

The ring.

Standing alone, it looks like a very unassuming noun. It could refer to anything. A wedding ring. A boxing ring. A scary movie. In the world of pro sports and pro football, that noun resonates with every coach, player and front office worker. The ring is what drives those groups each and every day.

On Friday, July 9, my boss at my day job as a sportswriter for ThisWeek Newspapers in Columbus, Ohio, sent me to the Westside Boys & Girls Club to talk with Lance Moore.

Moore is a 2001 graduate of Westerville South High School, which is located in a northern suburb of the capital city. He spoke to the Boys & Girls Club’s kids, who ranged from ages 6-18, about his journey from Columbus to the NFL. Moore stressed hard work in school and maintaining a positive mental attitude helped him achieve his goal of playing professional football.

Moore has spent the last five seasons in the NFL after going undrafted in 2005. The Browns offered the Toledo alumni an invitation to their 2005 training camp. Moore was later waived by the Browns before the season began. He was picked up by the New Orleans Saints.

In 2008, Moore played in all 16 games and caught 79 balls for 928 yards and 10 touchdowns. Last year was marred by ankle and hamstring injuries, but Moore did contribute in the Saints’ Super Bowl with two catches for 21 yards and a two-point conversion.

Standing in front of full capacity room, Moore wore his Super Bowl ring on his right hand. On June 18, the Saints received their rings and this was only the third time he slipped it on.

Before Moore’s talk to the Boys & Girls Club, I interviewed him one-on-one in the office of the executive director. He pulled the ring out of his right pocket, reached across the table and placed it in front of me.

“Go ahead, have a look,” he said.

As I held it in my hands I instantly understood how the NFL players, coaches and front office personnel find their motivation during their long, grueling days. The Saints’ Super Bowl ring is encrusted in yellow gold and diamonds. The symbol for the Saints and the city of New Orleans, the felur-de-lis, fronts the ring and, of course, is full of diamonds. In all, 44 diamonds are around the edges to commemorate the Saints winning Super Bowl XLIV (44). On one side, the final score was displayed — Saints 31, Colts 17 — and the other side is a image of St. Louis Cathedral, the Louisiana Superdome, and some notes from “When the Saints Go Marching In.”

I played it cool as I examined the ring. Inside I was beaming. This ring was visually stunning. Suddenly, the felur-de-lis disappared and I began to day dream: What would the Browns Super Bowl ring look like?

A large majority of us will never earn a Super Bowl ring. Hey, our playing days are behind us. And even as closely connected as we can feel to the Cleveland Browns, we reside on the outside. But there I was holding Moore’s Super Bowl ring while in my head I was designing the Browns’ Super Bowl ring. I pictured a diamond encrusted Browns helmet on the front. It brought a wide smile to my face. I couldn’t control that.

Then, I felt an overwhelming desire to do whatever I could to try and get one of those. I don’t play. I don’t coach. And, as much as I think I should, I don’t make personnel decisions. Still, I became motivated to obtain a Super Bowl ring.

It’s unfathomable what what goes through the minds of coaches, players or front office personnel? who see a Super Bowl ring and have yet to win one. I quickly understood why Mike Holmgren wears his all the time. It is a source of motivation for him to get No. 2 (hopefully in Cleveland). Anyone Holmgren encounters in Berea who do not have a ring, it becomes an instant and constant reminder of their ultimate goal.

Consider me motivated.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 12th, 2010 AT 12:09 AM

(Subscriber) Adkins: Pre-Camp …

(Subscriber) Adkins: Pre-Camp Tidbits: Is Shawn Lauvao really a candidate to start? Why has relatively unheralded … http://bit.ly/9UFmzg


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 11th, 2010 AT 11:53 PM

Depth a Question on Browns DL:…

Depth a Question on Browns DL: There’s no shortage of experience among the starters, but defensive line depth is a… http://bit.ly/8YHiXw


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on July 11th, 2010 AT 10:00 AM

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 10th, 2010 AT 12:10 PM

RT @ESPNCleveland: We were all…

RT @ESPNCleveland: We were all witnesses. Witness sign 10% down http://tweetphoto.com/31875013


Posted by: Barry McBride
on July 9th, 2010 AT 9:59 PM

Browns Acknowledge Signing Carlton Mitchell

The Browns announced the signing of sixth-round pick WR Carlton Mitchell to a multi-year contract, believed to be worth just under $2 million per year according to the Akron Beacon-Journal. This news was reported here and elsewhere several days ago. Here is the team’s press release:

The Cleveland Browns today signed wide receiver Carlton Mitchell to a multi-year contract, the team announced. Mitchell was the team's first sixth round choice (177th overall) of the 2010 draft.

A three-year letterman at the University of South Florida (2007-09), Mitchell started 18 of 37 games, recording 105 receptions for 1,648 yards and nine touchdowns during his collegiate career. Born on April 6, 1988, the 6-3, 215 pound Mitchell is a native of Gainesville, Fla., and attended Gaither High School in Lutz, Fla.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 9th, 2010 AT 9:49 PM

Cave sign and trade with Miami…

Cave sign and trade with Miami for James is getting close — multiple draft selections to Cleveland


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on July 9th, 2010 AT 3:00 PM

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 9th, 2010 AT 1:32 PM

Would Payton Have Ever Left Ch…

Would Payton Have Ever Left Chicago?: LeBron James ripped the hearts out of Cleveland fans Thursday, announcing be… http://bit.ly/bjmMr5


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 9th, 2010 AT 12:00 PM

The other 10% is beer. RT @dgr…

The other 10% is beer. RT @dgriff13 ”Cleveland sports fans are 90 percent scar tissue.” – Chris Rose


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 9th, 2010 AT 11:51 AM

Thanks for the #FF @GridironFa…

Thanks for the #FF @GridironFans @BucFanFish @FantasyTaz!


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 9th, 2010 AT 11:50 AM

It’s Follow Friday for Browns/…

It’s Follow Friday for Browns/NFL Fans! #FF @DonDelcoOBR @CaplanNFL @WFNYCraig @AlexMarvez @VikingUpdate @JimWexell @GregKozarik


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 9th, 2010 AT 11:27 AM

Smith, Rogers Create Dilemma f…

Smith, Rogers Create Dilemma for Mangini: The season hasn’t started yet, but two players already put the Browns in… http://bit.ly/d0C7Pw


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 9th, 2010 AT 10:30 AM

(sigh).. RT @LeighBodden: Lebr…

(sigh).. RT @LeighBodden: Lebron had to Leave Cleveland to win and so did I so Week 1 #23 will #HEATITUP so @OGOchoCinco u better be ready


Posted by: Don Delco
on July 9th, 2010 AT 9:33 AM

“The Decision” cements the Browns place in NE Ohio

Pick your social media outlet. Whether it was before or after LeBron James said he would be going to Miami, the sentiments were unanimous: Go Browns.

Watching baseball in Cleveland this summer is a painful experience. The hometown basketball superstar just stabbed his fans in the heart on national television. It seemed like the natural progression. It’s football season. Time to get excited about the Browns.

But it is more than that. Football has been and always will be No. 1 in not only Cleveland, Ohio, but northeast Ohio. The Indians won a lot of games in the 90s. The Cavs won a lot of games the last seven years. The Browns rarely win, but they continue to dominate the sports conversation.

There are even more reason to believe in the Browns. Lest we forget Mike Holmgren is in charge? This man has won in Green Bay. He has won in Seattle. He seems like the perfect guy to turn the Browns franchise around.

Meanwhile, the Cavs are rebuilding. No doubt their Dan Gilbert picked up some fans after his late-night letter thrashing James. Cleveland should and will continue to support the Cavs and its owner as they prepare to rebuild. It’s simple: He appears to care. Hear that Mr. Dolan?

The Browns have been in a constant state of rebuilding since 1999. Yet the fans level of care has remained strong. Just like the Indians in the 90s, the Browns are in an excellent position. The Indians are 20 games under .500 and the owner doesn’t want to spend money to improve. The Cavs are rebuilding. And now, the Browns have the collective sports heart of the Cleveland fan. If the Browns can win more games than they lose this season, the team’s place among the Cleveland sports fan’s heart will be cemented forever at No. 1.

If it is even possible, the Browns have a chance to earn even more love from the Cleveland sports fans. Now is the time Cleveland Browns. We understand the players are not from here. We understand the coaches are not from here. But now, more than ever, they need to understand what has been laid at their collective feet. This is a special opportunity. Take advantage of it. It will benefit you and it will help sanity of your fans.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 11:09 PM

RT @evilchameleon: @TheOBR Can…

RT @evilchameleon: @TheOBR Can you confirm that the Jake and Browns Stadium are still standing? > Yes, but the Q vanished into a wormhole.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 10:29 PM

The Browns will be improved

The Browns will be improved


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 10:28 PM

LeBron wont have to worry abou…

LeBron wont have to worry about taking or missing the last shot — Wade has ice water running through his veins


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 10:20 PM

Fine with LeBron utilizing his…

Fine with LeBron utilizing his FA rights — but the drama and TV special is simply too much even for his growing ego.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 10:13 PM

The Cavs and fans may have los…

The Cavs and fans may have lost their identifible figure in hoops but Gilbert will not give up and this team will go on.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 9:56 PM

Sat next to LeBron a couple ti…

Sat next to LeBron a couple times at CBS when he was a senior — nothing has changed with him in those 8 yrs except feeling entitled


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 9:50 PM

Glad to cover the Browns and c…

Glad to cover the Browns and camp starts in three weeks


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 9:44 PM

LeBron talks of loyalty and le…

LeBron talks of loyalty and legacy — that legacy now has to come by joining Wade rather than cementing his own in Cleveland — bush lea …


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 9:41 PM

Solid bitch move by LeBrick

Solid bitch move by LeBrick


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 9:33 PM

RT @WFNYCraig: On a brighter n…

RT @WFNYCraig: On a brighter note, tomorrow I can go back to my ritual of reading @TheOBR way too many times per day. #Browns


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 9:33 PM

RT @WFNYCraig: On a brighter n…

RT @WFNYCraig: On a brighter note, tomorrow I can go back to my ritual of reading @TheOBR way too many times per day. #Browns


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 9:30 PM

At 9:30 PM on July 8, 2010, it…

At 9:30 PM on July 8, 2010, it’s officially once again football season in Cleveland. Then again, it’s always football season at OBR World HQ


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 9:27 PM

I’m working on a new Browns 20…

I’m working on a new Browns 2010 schedule page, learning some new technostuff. Seems like everyone is off watching TV. Odd. Whatever.


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on July 8th, 2010 AT 6:00 PM

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 5:00 PM

Browns Sign Vet WR Bobby Engra…

Browns Sign Vet WR Bobby Engram: The team announced the expected (by OBR subscribers) signing of the 14-year veter… http://bit.ly/dtr1u1


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 4:37 PM

The Browns have announced that…

The Browns have announced that they have signed WR Bobby Engram to a contract. No details are available.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 12:51 AM

(Subscriber) Transcript: Adam …

(Subscriber) Transcript: Adam Caplan, Pt 2: Insight into the Browns defense and more from Fox Sports reporter Adam… http://bit.ly/aRPzpD


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 8th, 2010 AT 12:34 AM

Mixed Reviews on the Browns OL…

Mixed Reviews on the Browns OL: Fred Greetham reviews the Browns depth chart along the line, where Alex Mack (pict… http://bit.ly/cAdZKg


Posted by: Barry McBride
on July 7th, 2010 AT 10:15 PM

Season Tickets are on the Way

Season ticket holders can expect a surprise in their snail-mail box in the coming days, as word has reached OBR World Headquarters that the team has started sending out the season ticket packets. While we personally feel that these packets are woefully inadequate in that they don’t contain a copy of the Orange and Brown Report magazine, hopefully fans look past that glaring omission.

The ticket packages were sent out via FedEx 3-day service, so they will likely arrive near the end of this week or the beginning of the next.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 7th, 2010 AT 2:12 PM

Carlton Mitchell signs four-ye…

Carlton Mitchell signs four-year deal: Hot News for WR Carlton Mitchell http://bit.ly/bG2O38


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 7th, 2010 AT 12:11 PM

Today in the Twitterverse: Peo…

Today in the Twitterverse: People who think it’s awesomeness personified to post that LeBron is going to play for the Browns.


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on July 7th, 2010 AT 12:00 PM

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Posted by: Don Delco
on July 7th, 2010 AT 10:50 AM

Mangini’s return to coaching roots may benefit Browns

Currently, Cleveland has its collective sports attention focused on the future of Cavs forward LeBron James. This is the second time in the last seven months the city and its sports fans have had so much interest in the future of one of its sports figures.

Remember last December when the city’s small-talk staple was: Will Mangini stay or go?

He stayed. Since then, we’re learning more and more about this team’s coach. In fact, Mangini is featured, along with commissioner Roger Goodell, in the Pro Football Talk’s Season Preview magazine.

Recently, NBCSports.com offered a snippet of Mike Florio’s sit-down interview with Mangini. When Florio arrived at Mangini’s office in Berea he noticed the Browns coach had a spitter. For those unfamiliar, spitters are used for someone who uses chewing tabacco.

It was the kind of glimpse we never see during which the team and/or the coach exclusively controls the message. For Mangini, the problem has been that his accomplishments at a young age, his close ties to Patriots coach Bill Belichick, Mangini's occasionally demanding methods, and his lack of postseason victories and/or appearances in four years as a head coach have caused many to assume the worst.

As a result, Mangini has been the target of repeated scrutiny in various formats, including ProFootballTalk.com. I decided that it was time to meet Mangini, to talk to Mangini, and to paint a picture of him that perhaps will be different than the portrait that had been crafted by his actions, his track record, and the media's interpretation of both.?

As first impressions go, Mangini’s wasn’t the best in Cleveland. After being fired by the New York Jets, Browns owner Randy Lerner became smitten with Mangini and gave him absolute power. The thinking was Lerner would hand the reigns of the franchise over to Mangini and get out of the way.

When he arrived in Cleveland he seemed too much like Bill Belichick. Not good. It seemed Mangini numerous missteps in preparation for the season. Then, the season began and the Browns started 1-11. It appeared Mangini was in over his head and on his way out after just one season. To seal his fate, Mike Holmgren was hired as team president in the final weeks of the season.

One of Holmgren’s first duties was to hold a meeting with Mangini. We may never know what convinced Holmgren to keep Mangini, but it didn’t come without caveats. Mangini’s power was stripped. A perceived knock to one’s ego, and we all know coaches have massive egos. Surely, Mangini would act like he doesn’t want to be here. Instead, Mangini has continued to go to work and help this team move forward.

That’s telling. What convinced me Mangini may have found a comfort level as simply the coach is perhaps what convinced Holmgren. At the NFL Combine a few months ago, Mangini did not have an engaging presence at the podium like the Jets’ Rob Ryan or even Holmgren.

Yet when Mangini was asked questions regarding the Xs and Os of football, Mangini oozed passion for the sport. After Mangini left the podium he spent some time off to the side speaking with the local media. More Xs and Os talk with the Browns coach. It seemed he would gladly stand there for hours on that topic. When the recorders clicked off and the notebooks were placed into pockets, small talk commenced and he remained engaging and pleasant to be around.

As 2010 begins in a few weeks, Mangini’s main responsibility is to simply coach football. No doubt this is a stressful and difficult task on the NFL level, but it appears one that best suits Mangini.

Florio talked with Mangini about his time coaching American football in Australia. It was a meaningful period for Mangini because it was when he fell in love with this job.

Before his experiences in Australia, a career in football wasn't on Mangini's radar screen. "Never in a million, zillion years did I expect to be a coach," Mangini said. "I loved football. I went to Wesleyan because I wanted to get a really good education, play college football. I realized I was never going pro, I wasn't going anywhere, so at the end of the day to be able to do what I love, play all four years, and then move on with the rest of my life."?

But Magnini coached and won in Austrialia:

“I was hooked,” he told Florio. “And so I came back to the states and wanted to try it as a career.”

Fast forward to today. Reports from the OTAs and minicamps this summer painted Mangini as a changed coach. Perhaps Mangini’s new role will recapture those days coaching football overseas and that could be a good thing for the Browns.

As the Orange and Brown Report reported on May 19:

Here's a little tidbit that may be apropos of absolutely nothing, or could mean everything: more than one player has privately noted to us that there seems to be a "different" Eric Mangini in place this year as compared to last. They can't really put their finger on the "changes", but most attribute it to the presence of Mike Holmgren and the burden of being responsible for nearly everything involving the organization –brought on by himself, it should be noted – having been lifted off his shoulders by the hiring of Holmgren and general manager Tom Heckert. "He can concentrate on just being a football coach, a damn good football coach," one player noted. Again, take it for what it's worth.?


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 7th, 2010 AT 10:05 AM

Looks like Browns great Jim Br…

Looks like Browns great Jim Brown is getting steamrolled by EA’s Madden monopoly: http://ow.ly/286Lu


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 7th, 2010 AT 7:55 AM

NFL Sophomores and Baseball Al…

NFL Sophomores and Baseball All-Stars: Professionally Speaking returns to help pass those hot summer months with n… http://bit.ly/bY3E9D


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on July 6th, 2010 AT 8:00 PM

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  • NBCSports.com – Think you know Eric Mangini? Think again – The first PFT Season Preview magazine is on newstands now. The 128-page issue features an exclusive interview with Roger Goodell, contributions from NFL beat writers, the prospects for every team and a lengthy feature on Browns coach Eric Mangini. A Mangini excerpt follows.
  • ESPN – Ultimate NFL Rankings: 25-32 – Heading into training camp (Cleveland's rookies report July 23), we asked all of our NFL Analysts and Insiders to rank all 32 NFL teams.
  • ESPN – Madden 11 Video Game Ratings – If you're looking for more of a challenge when you play, the Browns are an interesting option. Josh Cribbs is going to be a beast at receiver in the game with 92 speed, 96 acceleration, 98 agility, and 90 jumping, and if you're looking to run the ball, Jerome Harrison is an emerging star with 92 speed, 95 acceleration, 95 agility, and 97 elusiveness. Not saying that they're going to be great, but at the same time, they have just enough weapons to make them a dangerous (and fun) team to play as in the game.
  • ESPN – Sources: Chargers not shopping WR Vincent Jackson – The San Diego Chargers are not actively shopping receiver Vincent Jackson and are not interested in dealing him, league sources told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 6th, 2010 AT 3:10 PM

Per @RS1071 @sirpaul18, I must…

Per @RS1071 @sirpaul18, I must mention LBJ or lose my beer. Er, um, LeBron would like this post in the Subscriber Blog. http://ow.ly/27Jz6


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 6th, 2010 AT 1:05 PM

Cleveland Browns Are “Meh” Day…

Cleveland Browns Are “Meh” Day Continues: ESPN to proclaim them #29 out of 32 teams on their “Ultimate Football Rankings” tonight.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 6th, 2010 AT 12:46 PM

Joe Thomas, Shaun Rogers get l…

Joe Thomas, Shaun Rogers get love in new Madden ratings. Overall, EA doesn’t seem too impressed with the 2010 Browns. http://ow.ly/27Eh2


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 6th, 2010 AT 11:49 AM

RT @FOXSportsOH: Zac gives his…

RT @FOXSportsOH: Zac gives his take on the waiting game that we’re going through with LeBron James. http://tinyurl.com/26zauxq


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 6th, 2010 AT 9:14 AM

Baltimore columnist thinks the…

Baltimore columnist thinks the Browns are a 4-12 team… worse than last year’s record: http://ow.ly/27vGC


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on July 6th, 2010 AT 7:00 AM

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 5th, 2010 AT 11:57 PM

Around the AFC North: The Rave…

Around the AFC North: The Ravens load up, the Steelers try to survive vacation, and the Bengals party like it’s 2006… http://bit.ly/da2Jaa


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 5th, 2010 AT 10:46 PM

(Subscriber) What We’ve Been T…

(Subscriber) What We’ve Been Told: Lane Adkins on the vibe in the locker room and intrigue at the wide receiver po… http://bit.ly/azvjtT


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 5th, 2010 AT 10:46 PM

(Subscriber) What We’ve Been T…

(Subscriber) What We’ve Been Told: Lane Adkins on the vibe in the locker room and intrigue at the wide receiver po… http://bit.ly/azvjtT


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 4th, 2010 AT 11:56 AM

Playing around with Google Chr…

Playing around with Google Chrome extensions on the long weekend. OBR might need one of those… hmmm…


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on July 4th, 2010 AT 10:00 AM

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 3rd, 2010 AT 11:04 AM

(Subscriber) Transcript: Adam …

(Subscriber) Transcript: Adam Caplan, Pt 1: FoxSport’s Adam Caplan talks Browns with OBR subscribers. Get objectiv… http://bit.ly/9G6VyH


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on July 3rd, 2010 AT 8:00 AM

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Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 2nd, 2010 AT 8:53 AM

Browns Counting on Tight Ends …

Browns Counting on Tight Ends to Help: With an inexperienced receiver corps, the Browns will need the TEs in the p… http://bit.ly/a20pUj


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 1st, 2010 AT 9:39 PM

RT @Bogdo: @TheOBR If I was t…

RT @Bogdo: @TheOBR If I was traveling to and from flint, I’d be packing a piece too > LOL!


Posted by: Don Delco
on July 1st, 2010 AT 9:13 PM

Another Browns D-lineman facing gun charge

A report by Dana DeFever of The Flint Journal is reporting Browns defensive lineman Robaire Smith was found with a loaded gun on his carry-on luggage at the Bishop Airport in Flint, Mich. on Nov. 6, 2009.

Sound familiar? Five months after Smith was arrested, Browns defensive lineman Shaun Rogers had a similar experience at Cleveland Hopkins Airport. On April 1, 2010, Rogers had a loaded gun on his person as he tried to board a plane.

According to DeFever, Smith’s charge carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Meanwhile, Rogers’ lawyer said he plans to plead not guilty to a concealed weapon charge, which is a felony.

How this plays out in the courts remains to be seen, but we do know NFL commissioner Roger Goodell doesn’t take lightly on these types of occurrences.

In 2009, Bills running back Marshawn Lynch was arrested on felony gun charges in California. Lynch was suspended by the NFL for the first three games last season.

Goodell’s reign as commissioner is littered with player after player serving suspensions for off-the-field indiscretions. Now, it is time to hurry up and wait on Goddell to see how much time off he plans to issue Smith and Rogers.


Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 1st, 2010 AT 7:23 PM

Per the Flint Journal, Robaire…

Per the Flint Journal, Robaire Smith will also face a gun charge after having a gun found in his luggage last year: http://ow.ly/262p9


Posted by: Don Delco
on July 1st, 2010 AT 1:39 PM

Browns announce training camp schedule

With the Fourth of July on Sunday it only means the football season is right around the corner. Today, the Cleveland Browns have announced its training camp schedule for 2010.

"We are excited to once again be hosting training camp at our Berea facility," said Browns President Mike Holmgren. "I've always thought that training camp is a great opportunity for the fans to come out and see their favorite team up close. While the location makes it convenient for our fans who live locally, I know it has become a tradition for Browns fans from different parts of the country to make training camp a summer destination, and we look forward to seeing everyone out here this year."

Once again, admission to the Berea facility is free. In all, 20 practices will be open to the public including a Family Day Scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 7.

Sat., July 31
Morning Practice 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Evening Practice 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 1
Afternoon Practice 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Mon., Aug. 2
Morning Practice 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Evening Practice 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Tue., Aug. 3
PRACTICE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Wed., Aug. 4
Morning Practice 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Evening Practice 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Thur., Aug. 5
Afternoon Practice 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 6
Afternoon Practice 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 7
Family Day Scrimmage at Cleveland Browns Stadium 1:00 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 8
PRACTICE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Mon., Aug. 9
Afternoon Practice 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tues., Aug. 10
Morning Practice 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Evening Practice 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 11
PRACTICE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Thurs., Aug. 12
Morning Practice 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Evening Practice 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Fri., Aug. 13
Travel to Green Bay – NO PRACTICE

Sat., Aug. 14
BROWNS VS. PACKERS, LAMBEAU FIELD 8:00 p.m. (ET)

Sun., Aug. 15
PLAYERS OFF

Mon., Aug. 16
Afternoon Practice 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Tues., Aug. 17
Morning Practice 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Evening Practice 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

Wed., Aug. 18
PRACTICE CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Thurs., Aug. 19
Morning Practice 8:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.
Evening Practice 5:45 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

NOTE: All practice dates and times are subject to change. All public practice are subject to weather conditions. Practices moved into the field house will be closed to the public.

Regarding Family Day on Aug. 7, although admission is free, parking is $5 at the Port Authority Lots around the stadium. Gates open at 11 a.m.

In addition, the team will hold a Select-A-Seat from 9 to 11 a.m.

For more information call (440) 824.3434



Posted by: TheOBR on Twitter
on July 1st, 2010 AT 1:04 PM

Browns announce training camp …

Browns announce training camp schedule. First practice open to fans: 7/31 at 8:45AM


Posted by: OBR Newswire
on July 1st, 2010 AT 8:00 AM

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