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NFL playoffs nearing their end

Eddie Kerekes, Sports Editor

January 20, 2017


Filed under Football, Sports

The NFL playoffs are in full swing, and while the first few games were boring even to the most hardcore of fans, the excitement level has really picked up as the teams get closer to the ultimate prize. The conference championship games are set with the New England Patriots facing the Pittsburgh Steelers ...

Smith: Unsung patriots

Smith: Unsung patriots

Kevin Smith, Columnist

September 9, 2016


Filed under Columns, Opinion

San Francisco quarterback Colin Kaepernick has transformed from NFL quarterback to a walking political talking point over the last couple of weeks. In case you missed it, he has refused to stand for the national anthem and salute the flag not once, but twice. "I am not going to stand up to show pride...

Super Bowl, anything but predictable

JP. O'Hagan, Sports Editor

February 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Super Bowl

With the culmination of the NFL season upon us the entire football fanbase and even a lot of non-football fans are gearing up for the annual tradition of watching the season’s last teams standing duke it out for the chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy. The annual spectacle has grown larger and larger...

The most turned down invitation in sports

Billy Heyen and JP. O'Hagan

February 5, 2016


Filed under Football, Sports, Super Bowl

Welcome to Point/Counterpoint, the back and forth sports bar style debate column. This week we are looking at why the NFL’s annual Pro Bowl, an all-star game for the top players not competing in the Super Bowl, is the most turned down invite in sports. This transcript has been lightly edited. Billy Heyen (...

Browns head coaching search begins and ends with questions

Noah Crowley, Staff Reporter

January 15, 2016


Filed under Cleveland Sports, Sports

After another disappointing season for the Cleveland Browns ended this year, the Browns finished with a record of just three wins and 13 losses. As has become customary with the team, this meant firing the head coach, Mike Pettine. Not as common—but also a needed overhaul—it meant the end of the...

A stark look at the upcoming NFL season

Taylor Moran, Director of Business Operations

September 11, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

With the new NFL season kicking off this weekend, there are always interesting storylines across the league to pay attention to over the next 17 weeks. I’ve been a huge fan of football since 2008, the year before my team won the Super Bowl. What started off as a casual hobby slowly devolved into...

Browns May See Playoffs

Noah Crowley, Contributing Reporter

August 28, 2015


Filed under Cleveland Sports, Football, Sports

In most of our lifetimes, the Browns have had only two winning seasons. This season, the team looks promising, particularly with young quarterback Johnny “Johnny Football” Manziel’s improvements. One thing the Browns have going for them that isn’t commonly found around the league right now...

Cleveland’s Superheros?

Joey Arko, Staff Reporter

October 10, 2014


Filed under Cleveland Sports, Sports

Mike Pettine came to the Browns with a vision of establishing an identity: a tough-nosed, bruising squad that would seek to overpower its opponents. As a former defensive coordinator, many assumed it would be the Browns defense that would establish such a personality under Pettine’s guidance. Four...

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