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"The most comprehensive documentation of the Browns' 1980 team...Jonathan Knight, who was 4 at the time, relives the season in delicious detail."
-Tony Grossi, Cleveland Browns beat writer


"...thoroughly researched...taking the reader through the bone-chilling winter when Cleveland football fans fell in love with their team." 
-Akron Beacon Journal

About the Author

Jonathan Knight has written nine books about sports and is a regular sports commentator on radio and television in Northeast Ohio. He was called "one of the most articulate and devoted sportswriters in Ohio" by the Akron Beacon Journal. A member of both the Society for American Baseball Research and the Pro Football Researchers Association, he's a graduate of Ohio University's E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Learn more at jknightbooks.com and follow him on Twitter at @jknightwriter.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 301 pages
  • Publisher: Kent State University Press (August 1, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873387619
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873387613
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #806,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Stephen Harvey on May 15, 2013
Format: Paperback
People often ask me why I so proudly wear the Orange and Brown, especially when there are so many other winning football teams. You would think growing up in North Central Ohio that it would be Browns Country, but in fact, it's almost a sea of Black and Gold and honestly, who could blame them? Why root for the bumbling Browns when you could put your efforts behind a winning, Super Bowl caliber team like the Steelers? It would be easy. But that's the problem, it's easy. Too easy.

You wonder why I wear the Brown and Orange? Why I get my hopes up every Sunday, only to sigh in exasperation at the final score? It's because I understand the Cleveland Browns, I get them. Not because they have a tendency to lose, but because of what they represent. They represent a factory worker pulling over-time just to make ends meet, they represent kids playing backyard football with a beat-up plastic ball from WalMart with dreams of making it to the big leagues someday, and they represent the very aspect of blue collar, 9-5 work ethic. That's MY Cleveland Browns.

It was with great excitement when I began to read this book, having had it requested from the Queens Library. Since I was born in 1982, the Kardiac Kids era was already over and instead my football experiences started with Bernie Kosar and the mid-80's Browns. I was vaguely familiar with the Kids, but knew next to nothing in terms of actual knowledge. What I read further solidified my stance that the Browns are, without a doubt, America's Team.

1980 was a rough year for the town of Cleveland, Ohio.
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i am 15 years old, and a browns fanatic. i am unfortunate enough to have not experienced the 1980 season firsthand. however, this book makes me feel as if i had. i picked it up because my dad would always tell me stories of how good they were and it made me want to be a part of it. it is very well written, blending accounts of the PD (clevelanders know what that is) with insights from the players and coaches. this is the best book about the brwns i have ever read, and aside from friday night lights, this is my favorite book of all time.
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This book breaks down one of the finest seasons in modern Cleveland Browns history. The Kardiac Kids were a group like none other in Cleveland sports. Knight does a wonderful job of making you feel like your a part of the play-by-play of this great season. It also helps solidify why the Brownies are one of the most storied franchises in NFL history. It is a wonderful read if your a Browns' fan like myself or just a fan of the NFL.
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The amount of work the author must have put into this book is astounding. Research is the key to writing books about actual periods of time and Knight obviously did his share.
If you're a football fan, this tale of a team that nearly stopped the hearts of all of Cleveland every week is a must read.
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Lot of fun reading about the great "Cardiac Kids" era of
the Cleveland Browns. Lots of facts and little unknown
tidbits about the team. A definite must have for any
Cleveland Browns fan.
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Another walk down Memory Lane, it was a great time in our lives and we can't thank the Kardiac Kids enough for allowing us to take that ride with them !
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If you're a Browns fans this will only add to your heart break reading about "what could have been"! But ti was a helluva ride.
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