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"...likely to revive the Browns spirit in faithful fans...and help them fondly remember the 'Dawg Days.'"
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"...highly readable..." 
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A lifelong follower of Cleveland athletics, Jonathan Knight has written three books on Cleveland sports history, numerous articles, and a biweekly Cleveland Browns newsletter for eight years. He has a degree from Ohio University's E. W. Scripps School of Journalism and worked as a sportswriter in Columbus, Ohio, for seven years. Knight is currently a staff writer/editor at Franklin University.
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  • Paperback: 313 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press (September 7, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873388666
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873388665
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,402,331 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Knight has written nine books on Cleveland sports. Called "one of the most articulate and devoted sportswriters in Ohio" by the Akron Beacon Journal, Knight has been praised by the Plain Dealer, Cleveland Scene, Cleveland Magazine, and ESPN's Grantland.com. He's a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. He lives in Columbus, Ohio, with his two sons. You can learn more at www.jknightbooks.com and follow him on Twitter at @jknightwriter.

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I wasn't around when the Cleveland Browns were the "New York Yankees of football" and they routinely played for championships throughout the 40's, 50's, and 60's. I was in grade school when Brian Sipe led the Kardiac Kids, and at that age I was more interested in playing with my toy soldiers than watching three hours of football on Sundays. However, my freshman year of high school was Bernie Kosar's rookie year, and that was the true start with my passionate love affair with the Browns which has endured the 1990 implosion, the wretched Belichick years (I don't care how many Superbowls that guy wins as far as I'm concerned he'll ALWAYS be the worst coach in history of the Browns because he actually made me dislike team!), Modell's treacherous move, three years without a team, and the ongoing expansion building process which has the new Browns looking like the old Tampa Bay Buccaneers- wallowing in a culture of losing and defeatism.

Yet my passion for the Browns remains high mainly because I remember, as author Jonathan Knight sets forth in his preface, when "the Cleveland Browns used to be fun to watch" and I hope for day when the new Browns recapture that feeling for me. In his "Sundays in the Pound," Knight sets forth a narrative of the 1985-1989 Browns- how they were built, how they played, and what they accomplished. To most Browns fans, those teams are the best remembered and beloved of their lives- four division championships, five playoff appearances, and three trips to the AFC Championship game- it was a level of success that had not been seen in Cleveland sports since the 60's. Knight sets forth all the victories and defeats that led to that success and reminds us once again of how close those teams came to true greatness.
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I love this book (as well as "The Kardiac Kids", also by this author). As someone born and raised in Cleveland, I've followed the Browns since the early seventies. The Schottenheimer era, along with the first year of Bud Carson's reign, contained some of the most exciting (and heartbreaking) Browns games I can remember. I still have a lot of VHS tapes of those games, which I occasionally get out to re-live the days when the Browns were a real contender.

Mr. Knight's book begins with the last part of Sam Rutigliano's reign as head coach, when the Kardiac Kids were becoming a memory and the team began to return to the losing ways of the mid seventies. We learn how Rutigliano was fired and replaced by Marty Schottenheimer and how the team acquired the players whose names would come to represent the newer, better Browns: Kosar, Slaughter, Dixon, Golic, Byner, and so many others.

There were a lot of classic games in the late eighties, and Knight takes us through all the important moments - the 1985 divisional playoff in Miami, the thrashing of the Bengals at Cincinatti in 1986, the Steelers games, the Oilers games, the great playoffs against the Jets in '86, the Colts in '87, the Bills in '89, and, of course, those nightmarish Broncos.

When the games are really big, Knight's coverage is quite in depth. For example, we read Nev Chandler's own words as he describes Kosar's touchdown pass to Brennan in the '86 AFC Championship for the radio audience: "... he's firing the home-run ball for Brennan... turns one way, turns another...HE'S GOT IT AT THE FIFTEEN! TEN! FIVE........" I still get excited at that! For a moment anyway, we were going to the Super Bowl!!
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I read this entire book in two days, and I was completely taken back to the mid 80's. Cleveland has lived through more heartbreak then any city in the histroy of sports. It has been 40 years since we won a championship, Almost 60 since we won a world series, and NEVER for the Cavs. So other then people over 50 or so, no one has experienced the excitement of a championship.

This era, from 1985-1989, got us closer then ever (in football), and every season was full of almost unbearable excitement. It ALWAYS came down to the last game, the last minute, the last second. And usually we lost.

Hard to believe that only 22 years ago, Bernie Kosar gave up a truck full of money, and the possibility to go early in the forst round(possibly #1), to play for his hometime Brownies. Reading this book brings back terrific memories, and Jonathon Knight has scored his second Browns classic.
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I purchased this book on a lark right when the 2006 football season began. As the Browns started their all-too-familiar path of on-field ineptitude and losing, I decided to pull this book out for a read.

Thank goodness I did, as it made me remember how good things used to be for those few years in the 1980s. The author did a great job of describing the games and providing insight as to what was going on within the team, organization and community at the time.

A wonderful read that took me mind away from another abysmal season and reminded me why I love this team.
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Very well written account of a great era in Cleveland Sports history. I had moved back to town in the time frame and was so excited to have the Browns back in my life that strongly. A great group of guys. Really is a shame they were not able to take it to the next level, but in the end, truly, the experience is way more about the journey than the end result. To Earnest Byner.....a quote I once heard from Julius Erving after he had lost to Kareem and the Lakers for the second time and lost in the champioinship for the third time...."In order to be great, you have to DARE to be great, and I will continue to dare to be great." I think of that qoute when I think of his experience in those years.
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