Fifth Annual Cleveland Frowns NFL Draft Party: Thursday, April 30 at Map Room

April 17, 2015

“Extraordinary people survive under the most terrible circumstances and they become more extraordinary because of it.” ― Robertson Davies ————— Three years ago it was Richardson and Weeden. Last year it was Gilbert and Manziel. This year the Browns have a pair of first-round picks yet again and whether the third time’s a charm or […]

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There’s no place like home openers in Cleveland

April 10, 2015

It’s opening day in Cleveland again, so it’s time for another round of conversations about the Major League Baseball club named the “Indians” and its redfaced logo Chief Wahoo, the only mainstream pro-sports logo in the Western world that caricaturizes a race of people. On opening day in Cleveland last April, Wahoo and the “Indians” […]

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The Cleveland Browns are impervious to rebranding

March 5, 2015

Last week the Browns made national headlines and put the local news cycle on freeze with a heavily promoted “rebranding” that turned out not to be a rebranding at all. For all the many ways this offseason has somehow again plunged the franchise to new depths of league-laughingstock status, the “rebranding” episode was actually glorious, […]

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Cardale Jones and America’s Greatest Storage Unit

January 14, 2015

The rapid rise of the self-storage industry in the U.S. is a mainly dire phenomenon; a function of unchecked consumerism, consumption and inequality. While a growing number of Americans suffer in increasingly worse economic conditions, those on the other side of the divide continue to accumulate more stuff than they know what to do with. What doesn’t […]

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Haslam’s tough talk on Manziel rings hollow

December 29, 2014

After yesterday’s 20-10 loss to the Ravens in which the Browns ensured their seventh consecutive losing season, owner Jimmy Haslam made a rare appearance in front of the TV cameras to send a message to certain of the team’s young players. “I think a player who can’t show up for meetings, can’t make practice, can’t […]

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Johnson Bademosi is a great Cleveland Brown

December 11, 2014

Yesterday, Browns defensive back and top special-teamer Johnson Bademosi published a statement at SI.com on his decision to wear a t-shirt marked with “I can’t breathe,” in protest of what he calls “police killings as a symptom of the systematic and historical devaluing of black lives.” It’s as much

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Magic Johnson on LeBron and Social Justice

December 7, 2014

On Friday night, NBA legend Magic Johnson made a powerful statement on the importance of athletes speaking out against social injustice, specifically commending LeBron James for his recent public statements about Trayvon Martin, Donald Sterling, and social unrest across the U.S. related to various killings of unarmed young black men and boys by police officers. […]

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Mayor Jackson was wrong about Ferguson and Cleveland

November 25, 2014

Last week, a spokesman for Mayor Frank Jackson brushed off the idea that Cleveland had anything to learn from Ferguson, Missouri, where the killing of an unarmed young black man, Michael Brown, by police has caused massive protests and civil unrest. “Questions about lessons learned from Ferguson and the preparations Cleveland might take ahead of […]

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The Plain Dealer’s John Kasich cover-up and other Election Day stories

October 31, 2014

The City of Cleveland hasn’t had a legitimately contested mayoral election since 2005, with incumbent Frank Jackson having run essentially unopposed in the two elections since then. Jackson will be the longest-serving Mayor in Cleveland’s 200+year history by the time his current term is up, and now folks are hearing that he’ll run for yet […]

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Ebola, the Media, and What Will Really Kill Us

October 20, 2014

Two Saturdays ago I had a close brush with the Ebola virus. Laura Johnston of the Northeast Ohio Media Group has the details here, with commentary by Scene’s Eric Sandy here and others here, here and here. Of course, calling attention to a deadly virus that has little to no risk of spreading in the […]

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