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President's Message - Great Win Over The Colts

Hello, Portland Browns Backers!

Well, we came to play in Indy - and we did. A great 27-19 win over the Colts on their home field.

We actually had a rep there at the game - Butch - who reported upon arrival that they have a beautiful stadium.

I have no doubt that he reveled in our win with the other Browns fans there in the stadium..

(Well, the old Muny Stadium wasn't that beautiful, but by golly it hosted many, many great Browns games over many decades!).

So, we had a great turnout this week - I reckon 50+ Backers at the game. Much smoother this week than last  - we had the game, a cooling fan, 2 dedicated servers, some sun-blocking drapes to prevent washout on the big screen ... a $53 50/50 raffle winner and some nice Browns merch was raffled off.

Lots' of new faces, too. We welcome them all.

For those present, thank you for participating in the officers' nomination and vote.

Dave Foster, an experienced officer from the recent past, was nominated (and he accepted) the post of Master-at-Arms. He was a great help yesterday during raffles and other club business, and I thank him for that. I am glad to have him back on the officers' list. He'll be there to help in any way he can. He knows the ropes.

Steve Udycz was nominated and voted in to return as Secretary/Treasurer, and I accepted his nomination in his absence (with his prior approval, of course).

And I was nominated and voted in to serve my 3rd consecutive year as president. I gladly accepted and will do my best to continue to work with Steve and Dave to do what we can to provide the club with the best of experiences' this season.

Steve started a Facebook page for us - go to portland browns backers on Facebook. Any comments, suggestions, complaints - let us know on this site.

Also, keep an eye on our website - portlandbb.tripod.com - for any club updates. Thank you again to Bill Wolfe II, who has been our webmaster for quite some time. His help is invaluable. We appreciate it, Bill.

Let's have a great turnout for the Dolphins' game on Sunday. Kickoff is 10:00 AM. Bring a friend (as long as they're not Steelers or Ravens fans!).

Get there a bit early to put your halftime score prediction in the box.

Thank you all for your continued local support of our Browns. See you Sunday.

GO BROWNS!!  BEAT THE DOLPHINS!!

Rick Green
President

Posted: September 19, 2011

President's Message - Game 1 Was A Drag

Hello Portland Browns Backers.

Well, opening day didn't go so well at The Blitz.

We didn't get the game until mid 3rd quarter, we had service issues, the big screen was washed out by the sun ...

Anyhoo, I had a conversation (to put it mildly) with the general manager before I left, and Steve is speaking to the owners about what occurred.

The GM promises at least 2 dedicated servers for our area at each game, the wide screen is being moved to the left side wall (where the 4 TV's are now) to avoid washout, he contacted Direct TV and gave them a piece of is mind about what happened - and like I said, Steve will be speaking to the owners directly about our concerns, also.

My apologies for yesterday, regardless of the why's and wherefores. It simply fell apart.

So we are working on it and all should be well for next weeks game against the Colts.

I look forward to seeing you all - AND THE GAME - next week.

Regular raffles will be back, and we'll have elections.

Later.

Rick Green

- Posted: September 12, 2011

President's Message - 2011 Season is Upon Us

Hello Portland Browns Backers!!

Yes, it's true - the 2011 season is upon us.

Our first game is against the Bangles. I mean the Bengals ... kickoff is 10 AM.

I have had a number of e-mails from folks from out of town who will be joining us for this game. I look forward to meeting them and welcoming them to our location.

We will indeed be at the Blitz Ladd again this year.

We have a great halftime raffle lined up, so don't miss it. Plenty of cool Browns merchandise to win.

Nominations and a vote will take place for this years' officers at this game, so all are encouraged to participate - and throw your hat in the ring if you wish!

Show up early enough to put your halftime score prediction in the pot before kickoff - remember, the winner gets a $10 gift cert from our sponsors, the Ladd.

I look forward to seeing you all again.

GO BROWNS! BEAT THE BENGALS!!

Best to all,

Rick Green
Present President

- Posted: September 7, 2011 

No Packers at Blitz Saturday, August 13th

Blitz Ladd will not be able to show the Browns game on Saturday, August 13th.  Check back next week for information regarding the following game.

- Posted: August 12, 2011 

Upcoming 2011 Season President's News

Hello, Browns Backers!!

We will be at the Blitz Ladd again this season. I am meeting with the manager this Saturday to discuss potential amenities for our club members this upcoming season, as well as other matters.

We will have a voice/raising hand vote for club execs at our first game. 

Any interested parties are encouraged to throw their hat in the ring, or to nominate - well - anyone!!

When I see John on Saturday I'll find out if they will be able to receive the pre-season exhibition games. Keep an eye on this site and I'll let you know what's up.

GO BROWNS!!!

Your humble prez (at least for now),

Rick Green

- Posted: August 2, 2011

Farewell Badda-Boom

Hello.

Rick Green here.

I just returned from the get together we had for Bob "Badda Boom" Crouch.

I estimate there were 60-75 folks there, including his mom and her friend Frank, and his 2 sisters, who came in from Cleveland.

It was a very up-beat and bittersweet affair.

As I understand it, his ashes were spread across The Great Columbia.

His mother told me how much he loved Portland, and how he loved being a part of our club.

Thank you to all who were there, and I know that those who couldn't make it were there in spirit.

Happy trails, my friend. I know that you will have the best seat in the house for our drive to the Super Bowl.

Rick Green

- Posted: April 2, 2011

Gathering For Bob "Badda-Boom" Crouch

This Sunday, April 3rd, there will be a gathering at the Hollywood Bowl to honor the memory of Bob Crouch.  We're told that Bob's mom should be there.  Please stop by to celebrate the life of a fellow Browns Backer and friend. 

You are welcome to bring an appetizer or finger food.  The Hollywood Bowl is located at 4030 N.E. Halsey in Portland.

- Posted: March 30, 2011

Passing of Bob "Badda Boom" Crouch

Raise a glass to Bob

Hello, everyone.

I wanted to share some sad news with you all.

Bob "Badda Boom" Crouch, a native Clevelander and long time club member, has passed.

I just received the news and have no further details at this moment.

The last time I saw him was around mid-season, and he was planning on going back to Cleveland.

He was always a staunch backer of the club, and he brought an interesting  presence to every game.

I, for one, will miss him.

Rick Green

- Posted: March 28, 2011

See you in 2011


Cleveland Browns  vs KC

 
Final 2010 Season Message from the President
First off, I want to thank a few folks who helped us through this season ...
 
Steve Udycz, our Secretary, who not only handled our finances, but took care of 
the weekly raffle items' ordering.
 
Thanks, Steve.
 
Second - to Bill Wolfe, who was always there if we needed help.
 
Next, to Bill Wolfe II, who handles our website. Thank you, Bill.
 
Now, to those who make it all happen -
 
Our members.
 
We enjoyed a great representation of local, and at times, visiting members of 
the Browns Backers. It was great to meet new folks and to watch our Brownies do their best ...
 
Coaching change? Let's see ...
 
Anyway, thank you all for your support this year. We will send out e-mails shortly to gauge how many folks will want to join us for the trip to Seattle.
 
Again ... thank you for being there, and I appreciate your confidence in my presidency,
 
GO BROWNS!!
 
Rick Green
 
Posted: January 6, 2010
 
From Browns Backers Worldwide - Post-Game vs Dolphins
That was the second straight game that went to the wire and the second straight Browns victory.  Some highlights from the game include Joe Haden making his 5th INT of the season.  It was also his 4th straight game with an INT.  Abe Elam continued his hot streak with another INT.  Shaun Rogers blocked a FG on the Dolphins first drive.  Ben Watson had his 3rd TD catch of the year and 100 receiving yards.  Dawson hit the 14th game winning FG of his career.  We go from the warm sun of Miami to the blustering cold of Buffalo to take on the Bills this coming Sunday.
 
Player Appearances
 
T.J. Ward is the guest on the Liberty Ford Browns Primetime Show from 7-8 PM tonight (12/6).  Ward will be at Panini’s (17209 Lorain Ave, Cleveland, OH - Kamm's Corner in West Park). There will be autographs and prizes.  Can’t make it? Listen on WTAM 1100.
 
Joe Haden will be at the Best Buy in Strongsville (16630 Royalton Road, Strongsville, OH  44136) from 7:30 – 9:00 PM on 12/7/10.  Questions? Call the Strongsville location at 440-268-2841.
 
Alex Mack will be at the Best Buy in Montrose (96 Rothrock Road, Akron, OH  44321) from 7:30 – 9:00 PM on 12/7/10. Questions? Call the Montrose location at 330-665-1041.
 
On 12/14/10, members of the Kardiac Kids will be participating in a panel discussion and photo viewing at Baldwin Wallace College in Berea, OH.  Click here for details. 
 
Keep an eye on the ClevelandBrowns.com Event Calendar for future BBW Events & player appearances.
 
Away Games
 
For the clubs that made the trip to Miami, please send any pictures or recaps for us to include in a Browns Backers Bits that will be posted this week.
Is anyone making the trip to Buffalo?  Please let us know if anyone is doing anything for the Bills or Bengals game.
 
Post Game Notes
         Kicker Phil Dawson connected on a 23-yard field goal as time expired to give the Browns a 13-10 victory. The kick marked Dawson’s 14th career game-winning field goal and his second in as many games.
 
         Quarterback Jake Delhomme completed 24 of 34 passes for 217 yards with one touchdown and a 97.3 passer rating. He improved 56-39 (.589) in his career as a starter and 2-1 with Cleveland.
 
         The Browns improved to 7-7 all-time against the Dolphins and 2-3 in Miami. Today marked their first win in Miami since a 28-0 shutout on October 25, 1970 at the Orange Bowl.
 
         Over the last two years with the Browns, Head Coach Eric Mangini is now 5-1 during December/January and has won the last five contests during that span.
 
         Rookie defensive back Joe Haden recorded his team-leading fifth interception of the season. He became the first Brown to record an interception in four straight games since Ernie Kellerman in 1968 in games 10-13. That same season, Ben Davis had an interception in seven straight games from October 20 - December 1. Games 10-13
 
         Haden’s five interceptions are the most by a Browns rookie since 2006 when Daven Holly had five.
 
         Haden also recorded a career-best four pass defended. He has a team-high 15 on the season.
 
         Tight end Benjamin Watson set a career-high with 10 receptions, totaling 100 yards and one touchdown. His reception total and yardage total are the most by a Brown this season. He has a team-leading three receiving touchdowns this season and 23 in his career.
 
         Watson became the first Brown to post 100 receiving yards in a single-game since Mohamed Massaquoi registered 115 at Detroit on November 22, 2009. The output was Watson’s second career 100-yard performance.  He is the first Browns tight end to do it since Kellen Winslow had 107 yards on 10 catches on November 25, 2007 against Houston.  Watson is the first Brown to have 10 receptions in a game since Winslow had 10 on November 6, 2008 against Denver.
 
         Defensive lineman Shaun Rogers recorded his 14th career blocked field goal and first this season. He has also blocked three career PATs. It was Rogers’ first blocked field goal since October 4, 2009, against Cincinnati.  The Browns have three blocked field goals this year.
 
         Rogers also recorded a sack and has 1.5 on the season and 37.5 in his career.
 
         Running back Peyton Hillis tied a career-high with seven receptions, totaling 22 yards, and tallied 57 rushing yards on 18 carries.
 
         Wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi totaled a season-best 81 receiving yards on four receptions.
 
         Punter Reggie Hodges booted nine punts for 438 yards (48.7 average) with one inside the 10-yard line to increase his league-leading total to 13 on the season.
 
         Defensive back Abram Elam recorded his second interception of the season and led the Browns with seven tackles. Over the last three games, Elam has totaled 20 tackles, two interceptions, two sacks, one forced fumble and one fumble recovery which he took 18 yards for a touchdown. 
 
         The Browns have allowed just 26 first quarter points all season. Over the last six games, Cleveland has outscored its opponents 44-13 in the opening frame.
 
         Defensive back Mike Adams intercepted his second pass of the season with 1:05 remaining in the fourth quarter and returned it to the Dolphins’ two-yard line to set up Phil Dawson’s game-winning field goal. Adams has nine career interceptions.
 
         The Browns’ defense has recorded at least one interception in each of the past seven contests for the first time since 2008, when they registered one in eight straight games. Over the last three games the Browns have eight interceptions.
 
         Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 140 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs.
 
         Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 60 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.
 
         Defensive back Sabby Piscitelli made his Browns debut after joining the team via waivers on Wednesday.
 
         The Browns were called for just four penalties today and have registered just 29 in their last seven contests (4.1 average).
 
Go Browns!
 
From Browns Backers Worldwide - Post-Game vs Jets
  • Today marked the Browns’ first overtime game since October 4, 2009, when the Bengals claimed a 23-20 decision in Cleveland. The Browns fell to 16-15-1 all-time in regular season overtime contests.
  • Running back Peyton Hillis totaled a game-high 82 rushing yards with one touchdown and added four receptions for 27 yards. He has scored a touchdown in every game this season except one (at Pittsburgh 10/17) and has four rushing touchdowns in the past three games. His team-leading eight rushing touchdowns are the most by a Brown since Jamal Lewis recorded nine in 2007.
  • Rookie quarterback Colt McCoy completed 18 of 31 passes for 205 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions.  In the second quarter, he completed a career-long 37-yard pass to wide receiver Joshua Cribbs. With 2:43 left in regulation, McCoy engineered a 10-play, 59 yard game-tying drive, capped off by a three-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Mohamed Massaquoi with 44 seconds remaining. McCoy has now attempted 71 consecutive passes without an interception, including not throwing one in each of the past three games.
  • Tight end Benjamin Watson recorded team-highs of five receptions and 74 receiving yards. On the season, he leads the team with 36 receptions for 434 yards. His 36 receptions surpass last year’s team reception leaders Mohammed Massaquoi and Jerome Harrison, who each caught 34 passes. Running back Peyton Hillis has tied that mark this season with 34.
  • The Browns have not given up a touchdown on their opening possession in 22 consecutive regular season games, which currently stands as the longest active streak in the NFL. The Jets’ 27-yard field goal on their opening drive were the first points Cleveland has allowed in an opening possession all season. In addition, the Browns have allowed just 16 first quarter points on the year.
  • On the contest’s opening drive, the Browns went 69 yards on 11 plays, capped off by a 34-yard field goal by kicker Phil Dawson. The Browns have now scored a field goal on their opening possession in three straight games.
  • Linebacker Marcus Benard recorded a sack and has a team-leading 5.5 on the season. He has nine sacks in 13 career games.
  • Defensive back Mike Adams recorded his first sack of the season. It was the fourth sack of his career and first since December 27, 2009, against Oakland.
  • Rookie defensive back Joe Haden recorded his second career interception.
  • Defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin recorded a career-high nine tackles, surpassing his previous best of eight earlier this season at Pittsburgh (10/17).
  • Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 137 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs.
  • Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 57 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.

- Posted: Monday, November 15, 2010

From Browns Backers Worldwide
-          With yesterday’s victory, the Browns improved to 12-9 all-time against the Patriots, including a 7-4 mark in Cleveland. The win marked the Browns first victory against New England since a 19-11 decision on November 12, 2000.
-          Browns head coach Eric Mangini is now 4-1 in his career coming off the bye week. Following the bye, Mangini’s teams have a combined 21-15 (.583) record over the rest of the season.
-          The Browns set season-highs today in points (34), first downs (22), total yards (404), rushing yards (230) and time of possession (38:08).
-          The Browns have scored 30 or more points in back to back game for the first time since 2004, when they racked up 34 against Cincinnati followed by 31 against Philadelphia. 
-          Running back Peyton Hillis totaled a career-high 184 rushing yards on a career-high 29 carries and tied a career-high with two touchdowns. Today marked his third 100-yard rushing performance this season and fourth of his career. Hillis has now scored a touchdown in every game this year except one (at Pittsburgh). He has scored a career-high seven rushing touchdowns this season, surpassing the five he scored as a rookie in 2008 as a member of the Denver Broncos.  His six rushing scores this season are the most by a Brown since Jamal Lewis totaled nine in 2007. Hillis added three receptions for 36 yards for a career-best 220 total yards.
-          Quarterback Colt McCoy completed 14 of 19 passes for 174 yards with no interceptions and a career-high 101.6 quarterback rating. He also rushed for 20 yards on three attempts, including a 16-yard touchdown run, the first of his career.
-          Quarterback Colt McCoy improved to 2-1 as a starter. His two wins are tied for the second-most by a Browns rookie quarterback.
-          Most Wins as a Starter by a Browns Rookie Quarterback
Player                   Year    Starts   Wins
Bernie Kosar         1985     10         4
Colt McCoy           2010      3          2
Charlie Frye           2005     5          2
Tim Couch            1999     15         2
Milt Plum              1953    3           2
Eric Zeier              1995    4           1
Don Gault             1970    1           1
Brian Sipe             1947    4           1
-          The Browns recorded a rushing touchdown by three different players for the first time since 2004 when Jeff Garcia, William Green and Lee Suggs all found the end zone against Philadelphia on October 24.
-          Wide receiver Chansi Stuckey recorded his first career rushing touchdown on an 11-yard scamper on a handoff from Joshua Cribbs. Stuckey added two receptions for six yards.
-          On a first and goal from the Cleveland 9-yard line with 30 seconds left in the first half, defensive back Abram Elam stripped Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and recovered the fumble at the 2 yard line, preventing a potential Patriots score. The play marked Elam’s sixth career forced fumble and third career recovery. Elam finished with a team and season-high eight tackles.
-           After a three-and-out by the Patriots on their opening drive, Cleveland has not allowed a team to score on their opening possession all season. In addition, the Browns have allowed just 13 first quarter points all season, including just one touchdown.
-          In the second quarter, defensive lineman Ahtyba Rubin recorded his first career NFL sack.
-          Punter Reggie Hodges booted three punts for 107 yards, including two inside the 10-yard line. The punts increased Hodges’ league leading total to 11 punts inside the 10-yard line this season.
-          Defensive back Sheldon Brown has appeared in all 136 regular season games in his career, which began with Philadelphia in 2002. His streak is the second-longest among all active defensive backs.
-          Offensive lineman Joe Thomas has started all 56 career games at left tackle and has not missed an offensive snap since joining the Browns as the third overall pick in the 2007 draft.
 
We appreciate all of your hard work and support.
 
- Posted: November 8, 2010
 
TO ALL Portland Browns Backers - Hello!

The 2010 season is upon us. Starting off with a bang against the Tampa Bay Bucs. In Tampa.

Join us if you can at the Blitz Ladd. It will be good to see you all again.

We'll have a mini-raffle that will be fun, and there will be pocket schedules 
for all.

We do have some club business to address - officers for this year!

Any and all comers are invited to throw their hat in the ring if you wish to 
help the club as President, Secretary, Treasurer, or Member-at-Large. We need to get this rather informal vote done so please give your input.

Holmgren? Jake? Joshua? Mangini? Fujita? (I've been kvetching about a decent 
linebacking squad for decades).

Let's go. Browns! BEAT THE BUCS!

See you at the game.

You're (still) prez,

Rick

TO ALL MEMBERS RE: PRESEASON GAMES AT THE BLITZ


Hi, everyone. Rick Green here.

How about that Packers game!!
 
I was at the Blitz last night while manager Steve was diligently on the phone 
with their service provider trying to get the game.

No luck. Turns out that they may air, but not until 9 PM or so our time on game 
day.
 
So cancel that previous announcement about all preseason games being available. Sorry.
 
If anything changes I will let you all know on this site.
 
In the meantime, keep in mind that we need nominations and elections for 
officers this year.
 
We may end up handling this at the first game of the season - which is fine.
 
GO BROWNS!! BEAT THE RAMS!!
 
Stay cool.
 
Rick

 
Preseason Games!

Greetings, fellow Portland Browns Backers!

Your humble servant Rick Green here. I hope you all are doing well and enjoying 
the summer.  
I have very good news:
 
ALL PRE-SEASON GAMES WILL BE AVAILABLE FOR US AT THE BLITZ!

I just got off the phone with Steve Palmer, the manager at the Blitz. He did 
some checking 
and called me back to confirm that all 4 preseason games will indeed be televised for us. 

The first game is Saturday, August 14 at 5 PM PST. when we will play the Packers in Green Bay.  We would love to have a great turnout for this first view at the Holmgren-era  Browns.
 
CLUB BUSINESS

We also will have nominations and elections for this years' officers, so please 
come to participate in this important club matter. All nominations are welcome!
 
So I hope to see you all there for the game, some summertime catch-up, and the 
officer elections.
 
GO BROWNS! BEAT THE PACKERS!

Regards,
Rick 

Secretary's Message - December 31

1.) This is the final game of the season!  Looks like we've been playing the spoilers for the past few weeks, and have put together a rather encouraging end to the 2009 season.  I'm happy to say, we've made mince meat of our greatest foe, and have almost ruled them out from contention.  Here's the last team we face, and if we win, they're done...excited eh?

2.) I know that not everyone is an Ohio State fan, but they are playing tomorrow...

3.) Here's hoping that your holiday season was wonderful, and that your 2010 is full of health, wealth and happiness!!
 
Your Humble Secretary,

Stephen Udyzc
 
Posted: January 1, 2010

 
TO MY FELLOW PORTLAND BROWNS BACKERS

Hello, all, and a very happy holiday season to you.

The last three weeks have been a GREAT time to watch the Browns.
Yes, it has been a tough, tough year to be a Browns fan. Don't I know it.
 
BUT - we have had a good crowd at the games, have seen a number of new faces, and it felt darn good to cheer again.
 
Sunday is our season-ender. If you can, make it to the game at The Blitz.

You won't be sorry.

And that's all I'm sayin'....
 
Hope to see you there!
 
GO BROWNS! BEAT THE JAGUARS!!

Your humble president,

Rick Green
Cleveland Native
Lifetime Browns fan

Posted: December 29, 2009
 

Secretary's Message - December 10

1.) Game is on NFL network tonight.  So if you don't want to pay for the game, come on down to the Blitz!!  We're showing it!

  

Come to The Blitz Bar & watch your Browns with fellow fans! 

Your humble Secretary,
 Stephen Udycz


Posted: December 10, 2009


Secretary's Message - November 20


1.) So not only is Josh Cribbs a record breaking player, he also has a heart of gold.  I had no idea how good of guy he truly is.  It's just so terrible that the Gravens laid that hit on him last Monday.
2.) So this week, we play the Cryions.  Here's some great analysis of the game.
3.) And the running joke all week on ESPN is why we should watch the game...here's a list:
 
Browns vs. Lions:
- At least Bud Adams won't be there
- It beats watching "Jon & Kate +8" Marathons with your wife
- The loser gets Toledo
- Because it's too cold to watch the grass grow
- The game to decide the team of the decade...the decade of the 1950s
- Because its football at its most offensive
- What else are you going to do on a Sunday at 1pm...read?
 
4.) From Mike & Mike, top 8 reasons to actually see the game:



8.  It promises to be more disgusting than the Dr. Oz show
7. Come early, you get a free Bengals hat
6. You can buy raffle tickets...first prize, you get to leave
5. Beer prices are knocked down to only $10 for this game
4. Mangini still hasn't decided on the starting QB...it might just be YOU!
3. Free ADD testing.  If you're paying attention, you don't have it
2. Kanye West promises to Interrupt the game
1. They're showing other games on the jumbo tron


5.) I for one was disgusted with Last Monday's performance.  I think I got in trouble for yelling too loud at my local Old Chicago...people kept moving away from me.  That's what I get for being a Browns fan I guess.



Your humble Secretary,
 Stephen Udycz


Posted: November 20, 2009



Secretary's Message - Week 7


1.) HEY!  WE DIDN'T LOSE LAST WEEKEND!!!  WHO'DA THUNK IT...wait...

2.) And so the QB yo-yo/merry-go-round/vicious-cycle continues!!  An angry looking Mangini now wants BQ to start on Monday...so expect a lot of short passes I guess.

3.) Don't forget, there's going to be a protest this Monday night.  So look for the empty seats!

4.) There's a great article out on the Beacon-Journal that shows 10 things the Browns can do in the 2nd half of 2009

A snippet of #10: Finally, here's a unique idea: Pretend the Browns are an actual NFL team with actual professionals on the roster. Treat them that way, and maybe, just maybe, they will play that way.

My prediction for the remainder of 2009...2-6...ugh!
 
5.) Here's a funny Lyric alteration that Michael Silver put together for the Browns: 
Earlier this month, Browns halfback Jamal Lewis(notes) said he planned to retire after this season, and the team’s 1-7 record isn’t the only source of his misery. On Thursday Lewis took Mangini to task for overworking his players, a day after saying he’d consider himself “a Raven, of course” after his 10-year career is complete. As Lewis complained, “I’m so tired of it,” I could’ve sworn I heard The Edge hammering away in the background. Here’s an expanded version of Lewis’ perspective, to the tune of the U2 classic “Sunday Bloody Sunday.”

 


I can’t believe the news today
HR employee came
Led our GM away


How long
How long must we sing this song?
How long, how long
Monday night
We’ll get booed on Monday night


Water bottles costing dudes 2 G’s
Dawg Pound guys are meeting with Randy
A quarterbackin’ cattle call
Incentives gone so
Now the backup will get the ball


Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday


And the turmoil’s just begun
Seven games lost, will we win more than one?
The trench is dug within our hearts
And now Mike Holmgren’s gonna tear this thing apart


Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday


How long
How long must we sing this song?
How long, how long
Monday night
We’ll get booed on Monday night
That’s right


Sunday, Bloody Sunday
Sunday, Bloody Sunday


Wipe the tears from your eyes
Wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your tears away
Oh, wipe your tears away
(Sunday, Bloody Sunday)
Oh, pay Josh Cribbs? No way
(Sunday, Bloody Sunday)


Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Sunday, Bloody Sunday) Sunday, Bloody Sunday (Sunday, Bloody Sunday)

 

And it’s true we are immune
Weekend at Bernie’s – it’s Randy’s reality
Monday night millions will see
How much we stink and laugh at Mangini


(Sunday, Bloody Sunday)


This franchise is a total wreck
Dare say our fans miss Belichick
Oh


Sunday Bloody Sunday
Sunday Bloody Sunday

Reminder: We won't be doing a raffle this week.


Your humble Secretary,
 Stephen Udycz


Posted: November 13, 2009

 

Secretary's Message - Week 7


1.) For those of you who haven't read this article...please do: The hard luck life of a browns fan.

2.) Good gravy...we looked horrendous against the packers last week.  I think it has something to do with our offense...sucko!!

3.) Well, at least Mangini feels our pain.  Whatever dude...you make millions a year, and we pay your salary with our tears.

4.) This week, a bunch of lifelong Browns fans are planning a protest.  And I quote:

 

“We’re tired of losing,” the 39-year-old Randall said. “We’re tired of the booing, of seeing fans leave in the fourth quarter. There are fans who have had tickets for 30 years who are turning their seats in because they can’t take it anymore. So many fans are fed up.”

 

5.) Oh, but Savage thinks the Browns would be worse off WITHOUT his guidance.  The possible similes are endless...lets try a few:

 

That's like saying:

- Europe would have been worse off without WWII

- The town of Greenville Kansas would have been worse off without a category 5 Tornado

- "Happy Days" would have been worse off without Fonzie jumping the Shark

 

6.) This week, we get Steve Heiden back. 

7.) Oh yeah, looks like Joe Thomas is our best player.  He's leading the league in the number of allowed sacks (2).

 

  

Don't Boycott the Blitz as we face Da Bears.




Your humble Secretary,
 Stephen Udycz


Posted: October 31, 2009



Enough! Fed-up Browns Fans Planning Protest

Associated Press


BEREA, Ohio -- One of the most loyal Dawg Pounders is done barking about the sad state of his beloved Cleveland Browns. It's time to bite.


Lifelong Browns fan and season-ticket holder Mike Randall, aka "Dawg Pound Mike," is encouraging other Cleveland fans to stay away from their seats for the opening kickoff of the Browns' Nov. 16 home game against Baltimore.


Sickened by the nearly constant losing since the NFL team's return in 1999, Randall hopes the sight of empty seats for the start of the nationally televised Monday night game will send a loud message to owner Randy Lerner and club officials that fans have had enough.


"We're tired of losing," the 39-year-old Randall said. "We're tired of the booing, of seeing fans leave in the fourth quarter. There are fans who have had tickets for 30 years who are turning their seats in because they can't take it anymore. So many fans are fed up."


Randall and his friend, Tony Schafer, decided to go ahead with plans for the protest following last Sunday's 31-3 loss to the Green Bay Packers. As they walked out of the stadium, they heard fans grumbling about how they're wasting their Sundays and money.


Their hope is that fans stay outside the stadium, on concourses or in the restrooms for the start of the game.


The Akron Beacon-Journal first reported the protest, which Randall and Schafer announced on the Web site www.mobiledawg.com.


"We don't want to see fans with bags on their heads or booing," Randall said. "We love the Browns and will do anything to support them. But we're not being heard. Our goal is to say to the Browns' organization, 'Hey, listen to your fans."


Under first-year coach Eric Mangini, the Browns are 1-6 this season and have scored four offensive touchdowns in 81 possessions. Cleveland's defense is the league's worst.


Since coming back as an expansion team 10 years ago, the Browns are 55-113 with one playoff appearance and appear to be on their way to their eighth season of double-digit losses since '99.


Lerner is aware of the response and said in an e-mail that he understand the fans' frustration.


"On the grounds of frustration and irritation with performance, then that's the medicine I [we] are going to take, and I accept that," he said. "The goal this year was to rebuild the culture at the Browns. We felt at the end of last year that we lacked any overall philosophy, approach or direction regarding recruiting, drafting, coaching, preparation or training. As a result, each season was feeling like starting over and 4-12 following 10-6 felt painfully not all that surprising."


Lerner added the team remains open to feedback and support to help the Browns improve.


"We won't become entrenched or stubborn and despite my allergy to be more conspicuous, I do remain eager to seek help and guidance from any and all corners," he said.


Randall, who sits in the front row of the Dawg Pound, the notoriously rowdy bleacher section, doesn't know where to assess blame for the Browns' misery. He has met Lerner and appreciates the ultra-private owner's attempts to turn the franchise around. He knows Mangini needs time, and Randall wishes general manager George Kokinis would let fans in on the team's intentions.


"We have no one who talks to the fans," he said. "Randy isn't out front. The GM is invisible and Mangini has said this was going to be a process and that things would improve. Well, nothing has improved."


Randall said there is no energy in the crowd at home games and that fans are still being told to sit down in their seats or risk ejection. He has spoken to Browns officials about reconnecting to the team's past, but has met mostly with resistance.



"There's nothing in the stadium that even shows the eight championships we did win," he said. "This team has lost generations of fans."


During last week's game, Randall said a young fan approached him and asked, "Will we ever win?"


Lerner recently brought in former quarterback Bernie Kosar to serve as a consultant to the team. Although Kosar's role with the team has not been clearly defined, Randall sees his addition as a positive.


"I love it," Randall said. "Bernie is an offensive mastermind and I think Randy is seeing we need to bring some of the former guys back. It's a good first step."


When Art Modell took his NFL franchise to Baltimore in 1995, Browns fans fought to get their team back. Randall was one of the fans who helped jam the league's fax machines and carried thousands of signatures to meetings, hoping to get pro football back in Cleveland.


It worked, and Randall, who wears something shaded in Cleveland's brown and orange colors every day, is hoping this protest helps the Browns get back to winning.


"We did this as a positive," he said. "We want to send a statement that the status quo cannot go on."


Secretary's Message - Week 6


1.) So last week was difficult, for both teams.  The steelers looked weak through the 1st half, but pulled away in the 2nd.  Regardless...this is all I got to say...GO BROWNS!  Big Ben is from Ohio, and they better recognize.
2.) Looks like the flu has hit the Browns hard.  We've got about 12 players out this week with flu-like symptoms.  YAY!  Let's add more to the fray!
3.) This week, we face a Packers team that has allowed a league high 25 sacks.  Aaron Rodgers has become the glue handed indecisive pocket waiter we've been waiting for all season.  I'm sure we'll see some hard hitting this week.
4.) Here are some criticisms of how we handled the QB situation, and how Brady Quinn never got a good shake.  The article is pretty good.
5.) We've lost D'Qwell Jackson to a shoulder injury, our starting LB.


Your humble Secretary,
 Stephen Udycz


Posted: October 23, 2009

Secretary's Message - Week 5


1.) Last week, we pulled out a win!  It wasn't pretty, but it works, right?
2.) Braylon caught a TD pass on MNF...i can smell the 2nd Round Draft pick!
3.) Well, we have yet another unhappy player...seems that Brady Quinn is unhappy as the clipboard holder.
4.) But in the exact same sentence, Brady and his agent are denying the claims Maybe if he took his house off the market, he might dispel any rumors.
 
The Let's keep the win column moving up!  Come down to the Blitz and watch the Browns beat the Steelers!


Your humble Secretary,
 Stephen Udycz


Posted: October 16, 2009

Secretary's Message - Week 4


1.) Braylon is gone!  Thank GOD!!  I know it sounds bad, but he can't catch a pass to save his life!!  Plus, we got a #2 receiver and a starting linebacker from the Jets.  Good luck to the wolverine and his LeBron bashing


2.) It must be noted that we are 0-4, BUT, the teams we have played against so far are 14-2.  Guess we're not all THAT bad...right?


3.) We were tested against a Bengals team that beat the Steelers two weeks ago.  And held up well...unfortunately, we fell apart.


4.) Theres a lot of chatter on the wires and on radio shows about Mangini over the past few weeks.  The Tribe skipper (Eric Wedge) was booted last week for a dismal season, and everyone in Cleveland is pushing the same for Mangini.  Supposedly, he has lost touch with his players, but the clubhouse is denying it. 


5.) Instead of focusing on the coach, can we go higher up the chain please?  Vote here to tell Randy Lerner he needs to sell the browns:
 
We, the undersigned Cleveland Browns fans, ask Randy Lerner to do what is in the best interest of the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland fans, and the city of Cleveland, and sell the Cleveland Browns.


The product on the field is unacceptable.


6.) With Derek Anderson starting again, I'm simply guessing that Scappoose will be rocking this Sunday.  Can't wait to see a comeback


Your humble Secretary,
 Stephen Udycz


Posted: October 9, 2009

 

Secretary's Message - Week 3

1.) Another great turnout at the Blitz bar!  Thanks to everyone for your support!


2.) So, we're playing our former selves, or the team we could have been if Art Modell didn't suck, or the team we could have been had Michael White listened to anyone!! [Can you tell I'm still bitter about it?!?!]


3.) Last week, we got trounced, and it's being called a gimmie for the Broncos?  I didn't get to watch it, so I'm a bit out of the loop...did Mangenius just not prepare a good game plan?  Or did we just not execute?


4.) Who loves the new brown pant Unis?  Not this guy...


5.) Welcome to our new PBB Officers:


Prez - Rick Green
VPrez - Brenda Boykeni
Treas/Secretary - Stephen Udycz
Member at Large - Mark Anderson

5.) A message is on our Website concerning email addresses that came from the brownsbackers.com website.  Please make sure to check it out: http://portlandbb.tripod.com


6.) We're re-instituting a halftime raffle during the game this week.  Come early, write down the total score at halftime and submit before kickoff, and you'll get your choice of a free beverage from the house!!

 

Come to The Blitz Bar & watch your Browns with fellow fans!

 

Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

 

Posted: September 24, 2009

 

Message From President Rick Green

Hello, fellow Portland Browns Backers!!

 

Another great turnout for yesterdays game. Let's keep it up! Bring a Browns lovin' friend next week.

 

First I want to thank John, Steve and Mark for their service to the club over the last two years. Sometimes keeping the club together is like herding cats, and they did a great job. I'm sure I speak for all of us in expressing our appreciation.

 

Also thanks to our webmaster Bill Wolfe II for his continued expertise in all things IT. I'm still trying to figure out how to run my fax machine and without his help I'd be up a creek.

 

I am grateful to all who participated in the nomination/election process yesterday. I look forward to helping the club expand from my post as President and I appreciate your votes of confidence. Please be sure to get in communication with me about any ideas, concerns or other matters that relate to the club. My door (table?) is always open for member input.

 

Welcome Steve back this year as Treasurer/Secretary (he does a primo job) as well as two new officers -Brenda Bokenyi as Vice-President and Mark Anderson as Member-at-Large. It's very good to have them on board as fellow officers.

 

One piece of business - the head office in Cleveland wants valid and deliverable e-mail addresses from all members. Families can no longer be under one address as of October 2 at 5PM EST. Each family member/Brownsbacker will need an individual address. As of March 2009 children under 14 can be enrolled by a parent in the Cleveland Browns Kids Club at www.BrownsKidsClub.com. This is in accordance with Club rules regarding the collection of information from children under 14 years of age.

 

Also, the main office will cease using any addresses ending with "brownsbackers.org" on October 2, so if you have one of those please get another address (hotmail, yahoo, gmail, aol, etc.) to Steve as soon as you get it. Thanks.

 

We've got 2009 schedules and you can pick yours up at the Ravens game. Remember, this Sunday at 10:AM ... we're playing in Baltimore...

 

GO BROWNS!! BEAT THE RAVENS!! LET'S BOOM THIS CLUB AND OUTGROW THE BLITZ!!

 

Thanks again, all. See you at the game.

 

Rick Green
Native Clevelander

Posted: September 21, 2009

 

Secretary's Message - Week 2

1.) Thanks to everyone for coming out last week!  What a turnout...let's keep it going!  Too bad it had to occur during a loss.
2.) This week, we're scheduled to play Horseface's old team...the broncos.  I still can't forget the drive, the fumble and the 80s.  Man, I hope we beat these guys to a pulp!
3.) Just to note, we're going to be looking for people to help out this year!  We'll be holding elections this sunday, so if you're interested in helping out, please let the leadership know.  You'll see one of us with a Mic!

Come down to The Blitz Bar on Sunday to watch all the action!
  
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

 

Posted: September 18, 2009

 

Secretary's Message - New Season

1.) New season, new head coach!  Hoping that he can turn our team around like he did for the Jets three years ago!  Mangini is also a rival with Belichick...who invented the term "diminishing skills" to describe my favorite QB of all time: Bernie Kosar.  Its just unfortunate that we won't be playing the pats this season!
2.) Its the season opener!  And we're the first team to face off against that ageless wonder Favre.  And there is already some drama surrounding the game.  Supposedly Mangini covered up an injury last season when Favre was leading the Jets. Well color me surprised...more drama surrounding Favre.
3.) So the rumor mill says that Quinn will be the starter, but Mangini is tight lipped about the decision to "keep the Vikings in the dark."  Regardless, Anderson and Quinn both know the deal...I guess we'll have to wait until Sunday!
 
Come down to The Blitz Bar on Sunday to watch all the action!
 
If you need directions to The Blitz, click on the following link:
 
Driving Directions to The Blitz Bar - Ladd's 
 
Contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

 

Posted: September 11, 2009 

 

Announcing New Location for 2009-10 Season

Hey Everyone!
 
The Portland Browns Backers have selected the location for the 2009-2010 season!
 
We'll be gathering at The Blitz in Ladd's addition! 
 
Official Site -
Click Here
Location - Click Here
 
They have shuffleboard, pool, leather couches, ping-pong and kickball tournaments!  The Buckeye backers put together a video of the place if you want to take a look:
Click Here
 
Note: The manager of The Blitz has invited us to watch the Browns play the Bears this upcoming Thursday 9/3 at 5:00pm.  You can stick around and watch the Oregon Ducks play Boise State afterwards at 7:30pm!
 
Don't forget...our season OPENS ON SEPTEMBER 13th vs. the Vikings led by the (yet again) unretired Bret Favre.
 
Look forward to seeing everyone two weeks from now! 
 
Go Browns!
 
Stephen Udycz
Secretary - Portland Browns Backers

 

Posted: September 1, 2009

 

Update on Location for 2009-10 Season

Hey everyone!
 
For those of you that hadn't noticed, our previous meeting location (The City Sports Bar) is closed.  The 2008-2009 leadership has been investigating locations for the 2009-2010 season. 
 
Just wanted to let you know that we'll be annoucing our new location on or before August 25th. 
 
Thanks for your patience on this matter! 
 
Stephen Udycz
Secretary, Portland Browns Backers
 

Posted: August 24, 2009

 

Looking For A New Home and Volunteers

We're currently working through the selection process for a new venue.  We're visiting about 7 locations with the Buckeye Backers of Portland.  This process will not be complete until after August 13th. 
 
We are also looking for people who want to be a part of the Browns Backers leadership.  Please contact Stephen at
Stephenudycz@yahoo.com if you're interested. 

 

Posted: July 21, 2009

 

No More Raffles in '08 and Call For Volunteers

Browns Games for the next 2 Weeks: No raffles!!

 


With the holiday travel approaching, and all the difficult weather we're having, the leadership of the Portland Browns Backers will not be able to host raffles. 

 

We'd like to thank you for two WONDERFUL seasons leading this group.

 

Again, there are some positions open for next season.  Please contact me if you're interested in serving!!

 

Thanks!

 

Stephen Udycz

 

Posted: December 19, 2008

 

Secratary's Message - December 12


Hey Everyone!

 

This upcoming Browns game will be on Monday night, which is a nationally televised game. 

 

Therefore, we won't have any official event at the City, but they will still be broadcasting the game.  Feel free to show up, but there will not be a raffle.

 

As a Note:  We are looking for volunteers to help out for the 2009 Browns Season. 

 

If you're interested in helping out with the Raffle, PBB organization or would like to serve as an officer please let me know by responding to this email.  [John, Mark & myself will not be returning in the same capacity next season.] 

 

Thanks!

 

Stephen Udycz

 

Posted: December 12, 2008

 

Secratary's Message - December 5

1.) What a hard game to watch last week.  We're now down to Ken Dorsey as starting QB.  [Note: Ken Dorsey has not started an NFL game in 3 years]
 
2.) K2 is also out, and we've signed Bruce Gradkowski as a backup.  [Note: Joshua Cribbs has been taking snaps in practice...reminds me of the 80's when Brian Brennan was our 4th backup]
 
3.) There's a theory floating around about Braylen dropping so many passes:  He can't see so good. 
 
- “I haven’t had my eyes checked, and I don’t think me dropping passes has anything to do with my eyes,” he said. “I never had eye problems. I’ve always had great vision. We had an eye test, and I could always see from afar and up close with both eyes.”
 
So, what is it Braylen?
 
4.) One important fact to note:  we've improved on defense from the year previous in points allowed. We allowed 382 points last season and have allowed only 247 this year. 
 
5.) QB Brady Quinn had his broken right index finger tip surgically repaired on Wednesday in Birmingham, Ala...Alabama?  Whaaa?

 


Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

Posted: December 5, 2008

 

 

Secratary's Message - November 21

1.) So, Brady got his first win this past monday.  Not a bad game at first, but it turned out to be luck for us when the Bills missed the last field goal.  Interesting how the buzzword surrounding the Browns is 'quit.'
 
2.) Just a note: Phil Dawson is having a pro-bowl season. He is 22 of 24 on field-goal attempts. The 56-yarder he hit against the Bills to give the Browns a 29-27 lead with 1:39 left was the longest of his career and the 11th game-winner of his career. History indicates his success should continue Sunday. He is 14 of 14 on field-goal attempts vs. the Texans
 
3.) I'm glad we're playing the Texans this week...the following players may not start:
• RB Jerome Harrison (hamstring)
• Jason Wright (neck)
• S Sean Jones has a sprained ankle and did not practice Wednesday.

• TE Kellen Winslow has a sprained right shoulder and did not practice.
• DE Corey Williams rested his sore shoulder and did not practice Wednesday.


• DT Shaun Rogers has a nagging shoulder problem and did not practice.


• CB Brandon McDonald was back practicing with the first team. He did not start against the Bills.


• FB Lawrence Vickers did not practice because he is still hampered by a sprained ankle.

 

Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

Posted: November 21, 2008


 

No Formal Backer Activities for Monday, November 17

Just a note,
 
Since this game is on national TV, there will NOT be a formal event at the City.  In other words, no raffle.  BUT, the game will still be broadcast at the City, and a few of us will be in attendance if you want to commisserate with fellow browns backers.
 
Thanks!
 
Stephen

Posted: November 17, 2008

 

Secratary's Message - November 14

1.) Now, I couldn't watch last Thursday's game, so I don't know who quit.  All I do know is that everyone is pointing fingers, which doesn't make for a good chemistry.
 
2.) Brady starts again this week, and he had a pretty good game last week.  Could have been better had Edwards not increased his lead on dropped passes.
 
3.) This week, monday night game...again!! 


We'll be down at the City...will you?

 

Your humble Secretary,


Stephen Udycz

Posted: November 14, 2008

 
Secratary's Message - November 5
1.) Last week was so depressing.  It gets harder and harder for me to watch them Brownies fall apart...no more easy games down the stretch (except for Cincy, right?).  So this is a must win for the playoffs.
 
2.) This week, we hope to see the first start of Brady Quinn.  Its a contract requirement, and it may help, but who knows when Braylon Edwards can't catch a ball!!!  [Note: He leads the league in dropped passes] 
 
3.) This week, thursday game, so only the NFL networks is carrying the game. 
 
 
ONLY ON NFL NETWORK...so come down to the City!  They'll be showing the game!!
 
Also, contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

Posted: November 5, 2008
 
Secratary's Message - October 31
1.) 3rd win of the season!  Yay...we've now matched our win total from 2000, and have exceeded our 1999 win total!  [Gotta stay positive right?]
 
2.) K2 can't keep his big mouth shut right?  Well, he's finally recanted his ways, and will play this weekend.  Please don't let him turn out to be the next TO!!
 
3.) Another week, another chance to win!  We've got the Ravens this week, and they're in a winning streak.  Lets hope that we can end it!!
 
This Sunday...come on down to the city...

Also, contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

Posted: October 31, 2008
 
Secratary's Message - October 16
1.) It was a win.  A glorious win!  We got redemption from our Pre-Season debacle in the form of an overwhelming defeat for the NY Football Giants.  35-14 was the score, and Braylonson finally got their breakout.  I didn't get to watch the entire game, but caught the analysis on ESPN.  Chudzinski deserves an award...even without K2!
 
2.) This week, we get back a few key players: K2, Ryan Tucker, Donte Stallworth.  Still no Joe...he may not be back for the entire season. 
 
3.) Just a note, we've heard of the issues regarding The City.  We'll be addressing it in the next few weeks.

Stephen Udycz
Secretary, Portland BB
 
Posted: October 16, 2008
 
Secratary's Message - October 10
Hey everyone...
 
Make sure to watch the game this coming Monday!  Unfortunately, we won't be having an official event at the city for the upcoming game. 
You're more than welcome to show up at the City and root for your Browns.  But we won't be raffling any items or leading any cheers.
 
Go Browns!!
 
Stephen Udycz
Secretary, Portland BB
 
Posted: October 10, 2008
 
Secratary's Message - September 26
1.) This week, I'm just a bit too upset to write much.  I'm ticked off at Romeo for his blunders, and the dropped passes.  Regardless...Pittsburgh lost right?  YAY!!
 
So what if the game is going to be on our local CBS station. Come down to the City and scream at the TV with your fellow Browns fans!!
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: September 29, 2008
 
Secretary's Message - September 19
1.) What a game last week eh?  People are calling for Romeo's head on a stick...especially on all the discussion boards.  Misuse of TO, and mismanagement of the clock.  Looks like we're still rusty!
 
2.) Not too many Steeler fans there last week...all of them were front runners, except for that Nick guy who's at ALL of our games chugging PBR like its going out of style. 
 
3.) We also had some folks drive down from Seattle for the game!  Great to know that our BackerFriends to the North are geared up for this season as well!   
 
Also, contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

Posted: September 19, 2008

Secretary's Message - September 12
1.) Last week, our Browns looked a bit Rusty. Seems that Jerry's Kids (aka the Cowboys) found our weakness with their TE Whitten.  Its hard facing the best ranked team in the NFL the first week!!
 
2.) This week, its time to show your TRUE BROWNS SPIRIT against our arch enemies.  Make sure that you tell all your Stellur fan friends to stick it where the sun don't shine this week!   
 
3.) Just a note, at our Halftime Raffle, our star prize will be an AUTOGRAPHED DEREK ANDERSON JERSEY!!  Don't miss it!!
 
Another Game on National TV!!  One of FIVE this season!  But instead of sitting on your duff at home, why don't you make it on down to where the real dawgs hang?  COME DOWN TO THE CITY!!
 
Also, contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: September 12, 2008
 
Opening Game This Sunday at 1:15!!!
1.) Welcome back to another Browns Season in Portland!!!  What an offseason!  Many of us got to meet our illustrious QB Derek Anderson out in Scappoose!  I couldn't make it, but I heard a few stories that gave me the chills for weeks!
 
2.) Recently, ESPN ranked the Browns as having the 3rd best fan base in the NFL!  Unfortunately, we were ranked behind our archrivals in the North...dem s%^tsburgh stellurs.   Oh yeah...they also outrank us in attending a Donnie Iris or Clarks concert. 
 
3.) I hope that all of you were able to watch some of the pre-season games, and read all of the blogs swirling around training camp.  We have a few new players to our already stable lineup.  Here are some of the big additions:
 
Donte Stallworth - WR
Corey Williams - DL
Shaun Rogers - NT
 
4.) It will be great to see many of you down at the City this weekend!  Can't wait!! 
 
Even if the game is on National TV, why don't you come on down to the City and watch the game with the REAL fans? 
 
If you need directions to The City, click on the following link for directions:
 
Driving Directions to The City Sports Bar
(Its also one block away from the MAX line Mall Stops SW3rd/SW4th)
 
 
Also, contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: September 5, 2008
 
Watch Monday's Preseason Game at The City!
Although the next scheduled Portland Browns Backers event is not until the season opener on September 7th, "The City" Sports Bar will carry the Browns preseason game on Monday, August 18th at 5pm PDT. For any other preseason game, the interested fan should call "The City" first to see if they're showing it.
 
Mark Leair
Vice President
 
Posted: August 13, 2008
 
Portland Browns Backers Mentioned on SI.com
The club's meet and greet with Derek Anderson in Scappoose received a brief mention in an article on SI.com. 
 
Posted: July 24, 2008
 
Pictures from the Derek Anderson Event
Click here to view all of the pictures from the event, or click here to view some select pictures in our photo archive.
 
Derek Anderson Event - Wednesday, July 9th - Scappoose, OR
We have confirmed that Derek Anderson (Pro-Bowl Quarterback of OUR Cleveland Browns) will be appearing at the Varsity Grill & Bar on Wednesday July 9th.  Festivities begin @ 8:30pm. 
 
All Portland Browns Backers, friends of Browns Backers, and interested parties are invited to this once in a lifetime event!!!
 
Derek will be in town holding his Youth Football Camp, and has agreed to meet the Portland Browns backers in the evening after his camp on Wednesday.  There will be time to meet Derek, have him sign some goods, and photo opportunities.  The Portland Browns Backers will also be presenting Derek with their "Man of the Year" award.  A rumor has it that Steven Jackson (Derek's Roommate at OSU, and Pro-Bowl Running Back for the Rams) may make an appearance!! 
 
The Varsiy Website:
http://www.varsitygrill.net/
 
Location: 52001 Columbia River Hwy, Scappoose, OR 97056
Date: Wednesday July 9th, 2008
Time: 8:30pm
 
Directions: Click Here
 
For any further questions, please feel free to contact me directly through this email address. 
 
Sincerely,
 
Stephen Udycz
Secretary - Portland Browns Backers
 
 
2008 Schedule Released - Hello Primetime!
The 2008 schedule has been released and the Browns will see action in five, YES FIVE, primetime games.  The includes three Monday night games, after being shunned for the last few years.  Let's hope our team meets those expectations. 
 
Bill Wolfe II (Webmaster)
 
Posted: April 15, 2008
 
Weekly Message From The Secratary - 12/21
1.) How about them Browns!  In a world where leaf blowers drown out the sounds of the game, the browns pull of an 8-0 victory!  The last time a score was 8-0, was back in 1929 where the Minnesota Red Jackets lost to the Chicago Bears!!  Check out what Romeo had to say about the victory!
 
2.) Pro-Bowl selections are out.  Cribbs (Starter) and Edwards (2nd Team) make the list...but Derek and K2 are snubbed!!!  Can you blame the NFL?  What, with Peyton, Brady and Little Ben, do you really think he would have made it?
 
3.) One of our members found out that the Browns are possibly changing their Uniforms!!  We've got to have one of the longest standing color schemes in the game right?  Well, what do you think about the color change?  WOIO back home interviewed some fans...check it out.
 
4.) I found a video of Derek Anderson talking about his rivalry with Kellen Clemens.  Found it to be interesting as they are both from the PNW.
 
5.) Another interesting Browns site...roberts rants.  

Since everyone is most likely heading out for the holidays, why don't you come on down to the City and watch the game with the remaining fans? 
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: December 21, 2007
 
Weekly Message From The Secratary - 12/15
1.) What a turnout last week!  From my head count, we had around 58 people at the City!!  It was so packed, that the staff was quoting a 45 minute turnaround on food orders!!!
 
2.) We saw the Browns hold off the last minute attempts of the Jets, and pull off a great win!  How manly was Jamaal Lewis in that last TD eh?  What a battle between the two QBs of the PNW in K. Clemens and D. Anderson!!! 
 
3.) We have a great game coming up this Sunday!!  We'll be playing the other team that hasn't won a Superbowl...or any other championship since any of us can remember!!!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: December 17, 2007
 
Weekly Message From The Secratary - 12/6
1.) For those of you that came down to the city last weekend, we appreciate your patronage!  With Browns games on local channels, its great to feel the camaraderie when everyone is on their feet screaming at the big screen.  Thanks to everyone for showing up!
 
2.) On to the game!!  What a sloppy mess in the desert eh?  DA throws for 300+ yds, but couldn't keep the ball out of the hands of Rod Hood!!!  That guy was everywhere!!  K2 makes a stellar catch over 2 defenders, only to get pushed out.  Since that type of play isn't reviewable, it goes as an incomplete.  My personal opinion, get rid of the whole rule about being pushed out!  Its rather frustrating to watch receivers take advantage of it.  (Include in that, the whole debacle surrounding the "icing" of kickers.) 
 
3.) I'm including an email from the Bay Area Browns Backers prez Bud to note how angry everyone is at the "no-catch":
 
Bay Area Browns Backers (BABB) & Browns Backers Worldwide:
WINSLOW MAKES ONE OF THE HARDEST CATCHES IN NFL HISTORY
 
OK, Anderson, Bodden, Cribbs made huge mistakes that handed AZ 21 points, but even with that large point gift, Cle still should have won.
In the last play, Kellen Winslow jumps up in traffic and is even interfered with but still makes the catch while in the air – in bounds, is pushed, but still gets one foot down: all proof that he was pushed out but would have landed in bounds, which is a clear TD.  Cle wins 28-27.
 
The refs are in a very fast game that time has passed most of them up. They are generally a group of dated, aged, unprofessional, gutless wonders of part time low paid refs that the NFL claims are "professional".  Is that not clear NFL?
 
The NHL pays for 24 by 7 FULL time refs. Why can't the richer NFL do the same and end this pervasive problem of terrible calls made by part time refs?
 
Last night the SAME type of pass play (pushed out of bounds) was called GOOD for the Pittsburgh receiver. And it was the right call.
 
Do the right thing NFL. We can take the loss, but not when it involves the wrong call.  We can overlook that Winslow was horse collared a few plays earlier and NO call.  Yet when the AZ receiver was horse collared the same way, you called a penalty against Cle. OK, we can take that – just make the right call.  A game winning TD was the right call.
 
Regardless of the rules, we have very few down at the City...except to have a good time!!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: December 7, 2007
 
Weekly Message From The Secratary - 12/1
1.) Last week...A win!!  A glorious, palpable win!!  We just keep racking them up!  Luckily, we have one of the easiest reamaining schedules around!  Yes, that's right, we're talkin playoffs!!  The question is, do we play Pittsburgh, Indy, or Jasksonville!!
 
Get in the mood for the Holidays by wearing some Brown and Orange!!
Come on down to the City!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: December 2, 2007
 
Weekly Message From The Secratary - 11/21
Sorry about not getting out the reminder and notes for last week.  Still a bit upset about the Buckeyes losing.  Here are some notes from the last week!
 
1.) So, for the people that came last week, what a game!!  The ball bounces off the support beam and back onto the field.  Hey, I'm glad that we got one to go our way!!
 
2.) CC...yo CC!!  Mr. Sabathia was awarded the Cy Young award for the American League!  Now, if we can only re-sign him for less than an arm and a leg.  Maybe we can make a little cash on the side by siging him up as the spokesperson for Jenny Craig!!
 
3.) The Ducks laid an egg, and lost to Arizona.  Cryin's brother Brady throws 2 Ints, and leads Oregon to further futility.  Who would have predicted it? 
 
4.) The Buckeyes beat our archrivals in a BORING 14-3 win.  I would have liked to see Henne pass for a few more yards and actually try to win for Lloyd, who actually retired on Monday.
 
5.) For those of you traveling back to Cleveland to see a game, remember the following:
 
- The Women of Cleveland Browns Stadium aren't that good looking.
 
- The Steelers Suck
 
- Nothing compares to Good Ole Municipal Stadium, unless you're not from Cleveland
 
- You left cleveland for two reasons...#1....#2
 
- Cleveland has become Columbus North
 
- We have some serious fans in Cleveland!!
 
- We hate Pittsburgh
 
Work off that Turkey by yelling and screaming!!
Come on down to the City!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: November 21, 2007
 
New Pictures Added
Four new pictures from the club have been added to the system and can be seen by clicking here.  If you have any photos you'd like to add, please send me an e-mail.
 
Posted: November 12, 2007
 
Weekly Message From The Secratary - 11/2
A so-so week for Cleveland Fans...but what week isn't SSDD for Cleveland Fans?
 
1.) GOOOO BROWNS!  For those of you that came to the game last weekend, you got to see one heck of an offensive effort from our Brownies!  27-20 was the final, and every moment was amazing at the bar!
 
2.) We play the "local" team back home!  Seahawks are walking into Cleveland airport shaking in their crazy uniforms.  Can't wait to see the game...and hear about the friendly wagers everyone has been placing with their office mates!!
 
3.) Bill Parcels gives Romeo Crennel a pat on the back!  Make sure to scan all the way to the end of the video to hear the Big Tuna compliment Romeo!!
 
4.) The Bucks are Rollin!  They ended up whompin on the Nittany Lions on national TV!!  This week, they face those crazy badgers...lets just cross our fingers.
 
5.) Queen James gets railed by the Mavs.  A HUGE loss 92-74...and ESPN has the Cavs missing the playoffs.  PLAYOFFS?? We're talkin about PLAYOFFS?
 
DON'T SIT AT HOME FOR THIS ONE!! 
Come on down to the City!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: November 2, 2007
 
 
Weekly Message From The Secratary - 10/25
Another couple of weeks to sit back and reflect...
 
1.) Browns were on a bye week.  Nothing good, nothing bad...right?  Well, since we didn't lose OR win, we've been bumped up into top 10 of the power rankings for Jason Cole, and we've now broken the top 20 for ESPN!!  Probably has something to due with an offense ranked 7th overall!!  Who would have thunk it?!?!
 
2.) So, I now turn back into a true Cleveland fan and LAMENT YET AGAIN about a season gone bye...
- I watch John Williams direct the Boston Pops in the National Anthem during the opening ceremonies for the World Series (sans tribe). 
- I dream of YaYa Ling directing the Cleveland Orchestra a Jacobs field. 
- I reminisce sitting at McGillacudy's last week with a 3-1 lead and thinking to myself..."the Tribe just might do it!!
- I remind myself that God hates Cleveland Sports."
 
I have to say, that I'm really not surprised.  We have the history to prove it.  Not since 1948?  What's one more year to wear that Indians cap and look down at the ground shaking your head...
 
3.) Well, at least one team is doing well!  Them bucks in Cleveland South...I mean Columbus!  They're ranked #1 in the polls right now, and play in Happy Valley this Saturday, in what's becoming a rather big rivalry?  Not sure if anyone has been to The Shoe or Beaver Stadium for a OSUv.PSU game before, but I'm so ready to place them right below OSUvs.Michigan, and right above that other big rivalry in the Big 10...uuuh, does OSU have another rival?
 
Time to drown your sorrows Cleveland fans!  No...not in beer...our stomachs already hurt from watching all of those FrankTV commercials!  Drown them in our .500 (soon to be .571) Browns!  Come on down to the City this weekend!!
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: October 25, 2007
 
Weekly Message From The Secratary - 10/5
Another EXTREMELY EXCITING week in sports for you Cleveland fans! 
 
1.) The Browns beat up on their former selves in a stunning win against Baltimore!  (How I WISH that Art Modell was in a luxury box looking down at that one!!)  Our resurgent team pounds out 300 yards in offense, and stops Air McNair when it needed to.   I was up in Seattle last weekend, but made it out to the Seattle Browns backers.  I must say, they have a similar showing at Jillians.  But all seemed so quiet the entire time.  I guess we're just a bit rowdier than most!
 
2.) Did anyone see the clip of Romeo Crennel getting all fired up in the locker room after the Baltimore game?  In viewing all the way to the end, he actually barks!!  He seems like a totally different person from that of the gargoyle on the sidelines!
 
3.) The indians win the first game of the '07 post-season by thumping those damn yankees!  Not sure how many of you watched, but it was a massacre!!
 
4.) This weekend, the Browns face their former leader in Foxboro.  Now don't think that NWE is all that.  Just because they have scored more points in 4 games than any other team in the history of the NFL has ANYTHING to do with this game.  Its any given Sunday.  I'm sure that Bellicheck will pull the standard "Metcalf Up The Middle" play that he tried so many times with our Brownies.  Oh yeah, and for you Bernie Kosar fans out there...don't forget where the term "Diminishing Skills" came from.  We have a history with this man folks, and don't let him forget it. 
 
So like our compadre Drew Carey will be hearing soon...COME ON DOWN to the City Sports Bar and watch our Cleveland Browns pull an upset over the Patriots!!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: October 5, 2007
 
Update Regarding The City's Issues
Some of you may have seen or read in the news about the possibility of our meeting location, "The City", losing its liquor license. A decision is not expected until some time after the football season. The club owner has assured us that this case will not affect our football games at "The City" this season. 
 
If you have any questions, please contact our President and Chairman of the board, John Davis: johnddavis@aol.com
 
GO BROWNS!
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Updated: October 5, 2007
 
BROWNS v. RAVENS, PLUS A TRIBE UPDATE
Come see YOUR CLEVELAND BROWNS fight their former selves...Art Modell's Scabs...The Team Ozzie Newsome betrayed to...their reflection in the mirror...the Baltimore Ravens.
 
Game Review From Last Week
 
The game started off boring, with Oakland and our Browns fizzling for most of the first half until Joshua CRIIIIIIBS made another return for a touchdown.  How exciting is that guy?!?
 
Derek Anderson looked nominal, up until the 4th Q, where he made unbelieveable passes to K2, causing some serious uproar in the club!  He pushed our Brownies all the way down to the 30, where...well, the rest is history right?  I never thought that icing the kicker actually works!
 
What about that Oakland fan that was screaming at the top of his lungs after the missed
kick eh?  Nothing but class from the only person in the bar with a 4 year old accessory! 
 
I'm so glad that I could walk around and talk to everyone last week.  SO many fresh and familiar faces!
 
TRIBE Update
 
Hey, at least the
Tribe clinched a playoff berth and won the AL Central!  First time in 6 years!! 
 
For all of you that I saw up in Seattle for the double-header, it was an awesome series.  But for anyone that left before the end of the 2nd game, you missed a doosie!  The matchup between Pronk and JJ Putz was something special: one of the best hitters in baseball fighting off 12 pitches from the best closer!  Ended with a foul tip into the glove of the catcher.  I can't WAIT for the playoffs to start.
 
To get you psyched about Cleveland in the playoffs, come on down and cheer on your Cleveland Browns against te Baltimore Ravens!
 
If you need directions to The City, click on the following link for directions:
 
Driving Directions to The City Sports Bar
(Its also one block away from the MAX line Mall Stops SW3rd/SW4th)
 
As a note, for the 2007 season, all membership fees for the Portland Browns Backers club are FREE!  So show up for the games, meet some old friends, and have a good time watching your Cleveland Browns!
 
Please contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: September 28, 2007
 
NEW BROWNS NEWS LINK ADDED
Interested in the latest Browns news?  Visit the Links page to view a new link to "Mistakes by the Lake Sporting News", a blog of the latest Browns news.  Thanks to Matthew B., a Portland Browns Backer, for sending this my way. 
 
If you have any suggestions, pictures, or ideas, please send me an e-mail.
 
Bill Wolfe II (Webguy)
 
Posted: September 26, 2007
 
WHAT A GAME LAST WEEK EH? 
For all of you that could join us in our rancorous celebration during the battle of ohio last week, I thank you for coming down!  What a treat!  A win, a glorious win for all brownskind!!...just wish I had picked Jamal Lewis and Derek Anderson in my fantasy league!!
 
1.) VOTE FOR JAMAL LEWIS AND DEREK ANDERSON TO BE PLAYERS OF THE WEEK
 
2.) The video of Chad Johnson diving into the dawg pound and having a beer dumped on him...don't forget the "hand gesture" given by a few zealous Browns Fans!!  I got a call from my dad in Cleveland 30 seconds after this move.  He was PISSED that the fans didn't drag him into the stands and rip him to shreds!  Gotta love hardcore Browns fans!
 
3.) Did anyone see DJ Gallo's article on the Up/Down nature of football fans?  The Browns are mentioned HEAVILY!!
 
4.) Inside the article, there's a GREAT new website for Browns fans: dawgsbynature.  Save it in your favorites!  There are some awesome discussions out there!
 
5.) Its awesome to be a Browns Fan!  Thank GOD I'm not a seahawks fan!! 

 

Oh yeah!  Don't forget to cheer on your Browns this weekend.  1 O'Clock game people!  Be there or be square!
 
If you need directions to The City, click on the following link for directions:
 
Driving Directions to The City Sports Bar
(Its also one block away from the MAX line Mall Stops SW3rd/SW4th)
 
As a note, for the 2007 season, all membership fees for the Portland Browns Backers club are FREE!  So show up for the games, meet some old friends, and have a good time watching your Cleveland Browns!
 
Contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 Stephen Udycz
 
Posted: September 21, 2007
 
Bengals This Sunday (9/16) @ The City

What a week my fellow PBB!  I wasn't there to watch with everyone, but I do have some comments on the goings on of the past week and its Rose City Backers:
 
1.) Sunday, September 9th - Our beloved Browns get sent packing for 34 points, and "Cheer-Up" Charlie is sacked  FIVE TIMES for staying in the pocket too long!  I got to watch this game starting at 7am in Maui, which for all the awesome places to watch a Browns game, didn't turn out that promising.  I was vacationing with a few friends who just HAPPEN to be a Sh***bugh Squealer fan.  I got that nasty yellow towel in my face too may times.  Made me feel like this guy...
 


2.) Tuesday, September 11th - Romeo (Oh Romeo) and Phil (Savage Beast) decide that our club doesn't have enough turmoil.  We need to spur YET ANOTHER quarterback controversiy in order to bring more competition to the role.  Charlie "I ♥ Bernie Kosar" Frye is sent packing to our northern Neighbor Seattle for a benched 2nd string defensive end on his last legs.  BOY!  I don't know about this one, but I'm REALLY psyched about the season now.  Our starting quarterback is now a 3rd string backup!! 
 
We're in the record books again!!
From Stats.inc: Since the NFL and AFL merged in 1970, no quarterback had ever started an opener and been traded before Week 2.
 
3.) Wednesday, September 12th - Bill Belichick and his dad wrote the book on coaching football.  Now, the son is getting written up on cheating!  The coach for the Pats (who wrote the play "Metcalf up the middle") has been rung up by Roger Goodell on charges of cheating.  Yes fans, our former coach put some kid on the field with a camera to spy on the Jets for him.  One question, why wasn't he trying to do that in Cleveland?  Instead, he put a tag on Bernie Kosar that still makes me cringe...diminishing skills.
 
4.) Thursday, September 13th - Greg Oden has microfracture surgery and will be out for 6-18 months.  Looks like the shining golden boy from Ohio State has brought the luck'o'ohio with him to PDX.  Man, if anything worse could happen to the Jailblazers...
 
Note: Maybe we can get the Oregon Duck mascot to make an appearance at linebacker for the Browns?
 
To alleviate all of these stressors in your life, come to the City Sports bar on Sunday.  Sit down, have some coffee, maybe a beer, and relax.  You have to get ready to cheer on your team (and mine) to victory! 
 
 
If you need directions to The City, click on the following link for directions:
 
Driving Directions to The City Sports Bar
(Its also one block away from the MAX line Mall Stops SW3rd/SW4th)
 
As a note, for the 2007 season, all membership fees for the Portland Browns Backers club are FREE!  So show up for the games, meet some old friends, and have a good time watching your Cleveland Browns!
 
Don't forget to log on to our website:
http://portlandbb.tripod.net/
 
Feel free to forward this email to your friends and fellow Browns fans!
 
Also, contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

Posted: September 13, 2007

This Sunday At The City
Come to The City Sports Bar on Sunday, September 9th @ 10am to see your beloved Cleveland Browns open the 2007 season against our despised rivals, the Pittsburgh Steelers.  Make sure to show early, as we have a slew of great raffle prizes, including a Brady Quinn jersey!
 
If you need directions to The City, click on the following link for directions:
 
Driving Directions to The City Sports Bar
(Its also one block away from the MAX line Mall Stops SW3rd/SW4th)
 
As a note, for the 2007 season, all membership fees for the Portland Browns Backers club are FREE!  So show up for the games, meet some old friends, and have a good time watching your Cleveland Browns!
 
Don't forget to log on to our website:
http://portlandbb.tripod.net/
 
Feel free to forward this email to your friends and fellow Browns fans!
 
Also, contact me directly if you have any questions/comments!
 
Your humble Secretary,
 
Stephen Udycz

Posted: September 6, 2007

The City Sports Bar Is Still The Place

The City Sports Bar and Restaurant will continue to be the home of the Portland Browns Backers for the coming 2007 season.  We look forward to seeing everyone there.
 
Posted: September 3, 2007  

Preseason Games and Free Fantasy Football At The City

Hi guys.

I spoke with Tim at the City.  He won't know whether or not he can get the preseason games until the day of the game.  Given we know this week's game is on a local Cleveland channel, the best bet is to watch via computer sopcast.  For that you  should check the www.browns.scout.com in the Watercooler for more info.

Additionally, Tim mentioned that the City is going to be having a Fantasy Football draft Monday evening at 6:00pm.  Their league is free to anyone who wants to join and participate.  At the end of the season the winner will win a small door prize or gift certificate.  BBs can call the City for more details (503) 221-2489.

John Davis
President Portland Browns Backers

Posted: August 24, 2007 

Game Information

This Saturday's game at Denver does not appear to be available here in Portland.  Please watch this space for news about next weeks game against Chicago.

Posted: August 21, 2007

Final Message From PBB President Rick Green

As you may or may not know, I am relocating to Las Vegas on Jan 2.

I have been a proud card-carrying member of the Portland Browns Backers for 10 years, the last 3 of which I have served as president of the club.

Thank you all for giving me the opportunity to help the club. I have enjoyed all of you every week, through thick and thin, and I will always remember what we went through together.

If my successor and the other officers' enjoy the support you all gave me, they will be lucky people.

My best wishes to all of you, have a great New Year, and GO BROWNS!!!

Your friend,

Rick Green
Posted: December 26, 2006

News From The Home Office

The Browns Backers Worldwide website is full of updated information and exciting stories on the Cleveland Browns and Browns Backers Worldwide!

You and your members should continue to visit the Browns Backers Worldwide website for exclusive content that includes:

- Features written by Cleveland Browns staff members such as Steve King and Jeff Walcoff
- Upcoming Browns Backer events and promotions
- The Huddle online every Saturday morning
- "Road Trip Recaps" from Charlies Fryes and Mobile Dawg
- Holiday Series featuring Browns Backer Clubs each week (beginning today!)
- Club of the Year information (voting begins on December 18)
- Monthly Browns Backer E-News
- Weekly online poll
- Photo Galleries
- and much more!

Be sure to log on to access this content exclusively for Browns Backers!

If you have any stories or photos you would like to see on our website, share them with us!

www.clevelandbrowns.com/fans/backers

Bridget Huzicka
Browns Backers Worldwide
Posted: November 15, 2006

Post Game Message From The President

Thank you all for comng to watch us beat the  Falcons !!  Whoo Whoo! It was
a lot of fun.

Next week is the Steelers, so don't miss  it at the club!!

It's a 10 AM game and parking is easy.

The next 3  weeks are  all home  games -  the Steelers, the Bengals and the
Chiefs. All  are  10  AM games  and I look forward  to  seeing you there!

Also, we  need to start thinking about  officers  for next year. Anyone  who
wouuld like to manage  the club,  and  help  determine  where  we  will
locate next year,  are encouraged to put their hat in the ring  and get
nominated!

GO BROWNS!!!  BEAT THE STEELERS!!!

Rick
Posted: November 13, 2006

Mid-Season President's Message

OK, well, at 2 and 6 we still have half the season to go.

If you have any ideas on what we could do to increase attendance at the games, please let me know.

If there are any concerns about the location, or parking, or prices or anything else just respond to this e-mail. Or the was the club is run, or the raffle - whatever.

The members make the club and without them, well, it's not a club. I know yesterdays game was televised, and the Browns aren't really burning down the house, but at opening day we had over 70 attendees and yesterday we had 7 - and two of them were Joyce and I!

Any thoughts would be appreciated. Have a good week and I hope to see you
soon.

GO BROWNS!!!

Best,

Rick Green

ESPN Radio Comes To Cleveland

ESPN Radio now has a station based locally in Cleveland bring Ohio oriented sports news and talk along with ESPN's national radio line-up.  The national line-up includes Cleveland native Mike Golic and Colin Cowherd (formerly on Portland's KGW).  You can listen live online and get the latest Browns, Indians, Cavs, and Buckeyes news and scores. 
Posted: October 31, 2006

BROWNS BACKERS WORLDWIDE UPDATES September 20, 2006

CLUB OF THE MONTH!  Be sure to nominate your Club for the honor of October Club of the Month!  Winning Club in the month of October will receive a 2006 Cleveland Browns Training Camp banner to be hung at your meeting location!  Application is attached.  Deadline to send this in is Friday, September 29th.

BROWNS BACKERS ITEMS available for sale, by request!  Use these items for raffles, fundraisers, contests, to give to new members, or take a group order from your Club!  See attachment for special NFL licensed products!

The Bay Area Browns Backers (BABB) will be host to Browns Backers traveling into Oakland for the game on October 1.  A Backers party will be held Saturday night and the group is headed to the game the following day!  To catch up with the Club in Oakland, contact BABB President, Bud Genovese, at budg@earthlink.net!

BROWNS BACKERS WORLDWIDE & THE CLEVELAND BROWNS FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER - Sunday, October 1st   For more information, visit the Backers page of www.clevelandbrowns.com <http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/  .  We appreciate your participation in this annual fundraiser and we hope to exceed our 2005 achievement of $13,000!  Donations go directly to the betterment of the Northeast OH community.  More information on the Cleveland Browns Foundation on our website.

And of course...BROWNS VS, RAVENS this Sunday at 1:00 p.m.!

GO BROWNS!!!

Bridget Huzicka
Posted: September 21, 2006

Membership Has Its Privileges at The City

Starting this week (September 24th game), Tim Pearce of The City Club will be offering some drink specials ($3 off domestic beer pitchers, $2 glasses of domestic beer) and possibly a break on food to  our members.

In order to take advantage of this you will need to show your Brownsbackers membership card to the servers.

We will have little stickers to put on your card to show that your dues are paid. For now, just bring your membership card even if your dues aren't covered yet (if you need another, let Joyce or I know - we have plenty) and then when you get the dues out of the way you'll get a sticker.

Also, the halftime score $10 gift cert will be available only to card-carrying members from now on.

So please bring your card to all games - now that we are in a much bigger place we need to have some way the staff can identify us.

Thanks a lot, and GO BROWNS!!! BEAT THE RAVENS!!!

See you Sunday at 1:05. Have a great week.

Rick
Posted: September 19, 2006

Browns Backers Fundraiser

The Browns Backers Worldwide & the Cleveland Browns Foundation are once again teaming up for our annual FOUNDATION FUNDRAISER!  The Fundraiser will be held on Sunday, October 1, 2006 during the Cleveland Browns vs. Oakland Raiders game.

Please view the attachment for more information.

We thank you and your Club in advance for considering taking this Game Day to support the Cleveland Browns Foundation.  For more information on the Cleveland Browns Foundation, visit
http://www.clevelandbrowns.com/community/foundation.php


GO BROWNS!!!

Bridget Huzicka
Browns Backers Worldwide
Posted: September 15, 2006

New Photos

New photos showing opening day for the Portland Browns Backers at The City are now available.
Posted: September 12, 2006

Message from the President

Hello, all.

What a GREAT opening game turnout we had yesterday!

Nearly 70 Browns fans showed up - we had the place rockin' with support for
our Browns.

The only thing missing was a win ...

BUT - this week we'll be in Cincinnati plating the Bungles, so see if you
can make it.

We took some great photos which we'll put on our website
(portlandbb.tripod.com) and we saw a lot of new faces.

The Club management was pleasantly surprised by our numbers. It was just
like the old days!!

So to all who came yesterday, it was great seeing you again and thanks for
your support of the club. Any input from you about the location will be
appreciated.

Oh, yeah - we'll have more raffle items this week, too. Now I have an idea
what to expect!!

See you Sunday at 10:00 - GO BROWNS!! BEAT CINCINNATI!!

Rick
Posted: September 12, 2006

New Browns Backers Website

Dear Browns Backer -

On the afternoon of September 5, the Cleveland Browns will re-launch clevelandbrowns.com, the team's official web site. Browns fans all over the world will see a new look, new colors, new elements and new content.

In addition, Browns Backers will have new exclusive access! We are excited to offer members of the one of the world's largest fan clubs to a page dedicated solely to you - our Browns Backers. Over the course of the season, we will provide you with special offers, exclusive content, and added benefits to help enhance your fan experience even more!

You will have on-line access to Browns Huddle, the official weekly magazine of the Cleveland Browns. You will also receive e-Playbook, the official e-mail newsletter of the Browns, and have access to Browns Chat, the official chat room of the Browns.

You will only be able to gain access to these special areas and content with a valid e-mail address. You will be prompted for a user name and password upon visiting the Browns Backers page within clevelandbrowns.com or if you log on directly to brownsbackers.org. If you currently have a valid e-mail address on record with us, you'll simply need to enter that e-mail address as your user name and as your password. You will not be prompted to change your password, but we strongly encourage you to do so by updating your site user profile at your earliest convenience.

We hope that you enjoy these new features that we have built with you in mind. If you have any questions, please contact bbwnews@clevelandbrowns.com.

GO BROWNS!

Added: September 6, 2006

Message From The President

Check this out -

I just got off the phone with Tim Pearce, owner of City Sports Bar ...

The bar will cover fees for anyone who is doing Fantasy Football this
season. There is a draft this Tuesday between 6 and 7 PM at the bar. Contact
Tim directly for further info at his cell - 503-887-0419 or the Club number
503-221-2489.

Also, he called the owner of the company that makes Browns Stadium mustard -
and ordered 5 cases of the stuff!! Real, bona fide Browns Stadium mustard.
He'll have it available for your consumption at games, and he'll sell a 12
OZ bottle for $3. Truth is, that mostly is his shipping cost. Tim is really
interacting in a very positive way with us and I appreciate his enthusiasm.

One more thing - the Worldwide Brownsbackers in Cleveland are highlighting
our club in their next newsletter. Did you guys know this is our 20th
anniversary as a sanctioned Backers club?? Well, it is. And I for one am
glad we are here to enjoy our team together.

Opening game against the Saints is Sept. 10 at 10 AM our time at City.
Pul-eeeze be there for the opener, bring a friend or two and let's get this
season for the Portland Browns Backers off to a great, well attended start!

GO BROWNS!!!

Rick Green
Your humble prez
Added: August 31, 2006
 
Our New Home
Comments by Bill Wolfe II (web site admin)
I have to say that the City Sports Bar is definitely up with Claudia's as the nicest home the Portland Browns Backers have ever had.  It was very clean and comfortable, non-smoking, not too dark, and the food was good.  I watched the Indians (lose again) with my wife and kids, and we are definitely planning on returning during the season. 
 
If you stopped bringing your family to the club due to the past locations, please know that this is a huge difference.  I look forward to see you there. 
Posted: August 2, 2006
 
Browns Tickets Available
The  are offering to you and your membership the following tickets that we have available
 
The Bay Area Browns Backers (BABB) offers you their 40 yard line seats for Browns homes games.  To date six games are sold out.  Remaining game tickets are:
 
Baltimore     Sept 24 -  2 or 4 seats      $65 each
Pittsburgh     Nov 19  -  2        seats     $100 each
Cincinnati     Nov 26  -  2 or 4 seats      $75 each
Kansas City     Dec 3  -  2 or 4 seats      $50 each
 
Use the attached form, but first send in your request for these remaining seats to Bud Genovese.
 
They make for great gifts or part of a nice trip back to beautiful NE Ohio.
If you can send this information out to your members, it is greatly appreciated, thank you.
 
Go Browns 2006 - 10 & 6 is the prediction!
 
Bud Genovese, President
Bay Area Browns Backers
PO Box 640400
San Jose, CA 95164-0400
408.691.6844
Posted: July 7, 2007
 
New Location Selected - City Sports Bar
We will be at City Sports Bar this year. Jim Leusch, Mark Leair, Joyce and I met with Tim Pearce yesterday and he will provide a breakfast buffet for us and beer specials will be available. Thank you to Mark and Jim for their valuable input. 
 
 
Click here visit the web site and view additional pictures of our new home.
 
The food is delicious and the bathrooms sparkle. It is kid friendly and has a separate smoking section. 
 
I want to go into this season as a unified club and get back to the high attendance numbers we have seen in years past.
 
Parking is free on Sundays and is not a problem.
 
We will get together for an introduction to the location at an upcoming Indians game. We will be in touch with plenty of advanced notice.
 
I hope you are all doing well and I look forward to seeing you all soon!
GO BROWNS!!
Rick Green
President
Portland Browns Backers

Posted: March 13, 2006
 
Office Election Results And Other News
Hello to all and Happy New Year.
 
Last week your 2006 officers were elected.  Joyce and I were nominated, the motions were seconded and we accepted the President and Secretary positions. We look forward to serving the club for the third year. Thank you to those who participated in the procedure.
 
Annie Condit was nominated, the motion was seconded and she accepted the Treasurer position. Thank you, Annie, and members please welsome her as the clubs' new Treasurer. She has held this post in the past and she brings her experience to its' duties.
 
As I mentioned recently Mark Laier and Jim Luesch are heading a location committee to determine where the club will meet next season. I'm sure they would welcome any assistance any of you would like to provide in helping us find a club location that appeals to the majority of members.
 
I will be getting with Mark and Jim soon to put together a survey to find out what you think are important factors in deciding on the clubs location.  We will send out the survey via e-mail as well as regular mail and ask that you provide us with your valuable input when you receive it.
 
Also, we discussed plans to have a summer get-together barbeque sometime later this year, possibly to be held at Tim Brownings' place. More on that later.
 
So, again, thank you for the opportunity to be of service to the club. We will do our best to make next season the most comfortable, highest attendance and fun season the club has ever had.
 
GO BROWNS!!
Rick and Joyce Green
 
Posted: January 3, 2006
Photos Wanted 
There are Portland Browns Backers photos on the website.  Click here  Have any photos of the club you want to contribute?  Please e-mail bwolfe90@yahoo.com.
 
Thank you to Jeni D. from North Carolina for sharing a few photos.  Click the link above to check them out.  - Posted: November 2, 2005
Portland Browns Backers Guidelines
The Portland Browns Backers Guidelines have now been posted on the Organization Information page.  The Guidelines include information regarding the rules of the club and it's history.  Posted: December 18, 2004

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