For The Cleveland Browns, a Lost Generation of Fans

Posted: 29th October 2009 by Tom Delamater in NFL
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Akron Beacon Journal columnist Patrick McManamon, in describing how a reader questioned whether Browns owner Randy Lerner realized the damage that has been done to the fan support for his team, wrote: "Imagine this...11 years of losing...three years with no football...the Belichick years...ThatÆs an entire generation of football kids, lost." Truer words were never spoken. I was born in Cleveland, and grew up 60 miles south, in Canton. For most of my childhood, Cleveland was a two-team town: The Browns in the winter, and the Indians in the summer. The Cavaliers didn't join the fray until 1970, and pro hockey never really caught on. I was part of a generation that came along just after the glory years of OttoáGraham, Marion Motley, and Dante Lavelli. The heroes of our childh ...

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