On Sunday afternoons during the Cleveland Browns seasons, while living out on the high plains of Kansas for the previous 25 years, you would find me and usually a loyal 30 some other crazy and yet dedicated Browns fans piled into the back room of an old sports bar called Quincy’s on the west side of Wichita, Kansas.
They are known as the OZ Chapter of the Cleveland Browns Backer Organization. I’ve written about this amazing group of friends and diehard fans before and I always reflect on just what an amazing group they are to gather week in and week out during the fall and winter months in a place that’s1000 miles from Cleveland, Ohio.
This past week NFL Network news reporter Aditi Kinkhabwala was posed the question of which NFL fan base was most deserving of their team winning a Super Bowl this season?
She shared her response in this segment on the NFL Network, where she said that Browns fans were no doubt the most deserving.
Browns fans across the globe are, hands down, the most deserving of fan bases to have their team get that elusive Super Bowl win. Many of you that read this today are Browns fans yourselves and completely can relate to what Kinkhabwala shared in her brief and yet, to the point evaluation of the situation.
I can be in Wichita, Kansas at Quincy’s Sports bar or at a sports bar with Browns Backers in Las Vegas, Nevada, and that same loyalty and passion can be felt. It’s something hard to explain to all those other common, run-of-the-mill NFL fans for other fan bases like the Pittsburgh Steelers, the New York Giants, or Arizona Cardinals.
But as Browns fans, you get it. You understand the commitment to your team through its ups and downs. And boy, don’t we understand pain and agony as Browns fans. Watching “The Drive,” “The Fumble,” the team being moved to Baltimore, Maryland practically overnight and then having to start over again after a three-year hiatus with practically a minor league team in 1999 are all strong arguments for why we Browns fans are so amazing. So yes, we are most deserving of the Lombardi Trophy at season’s end.
I have always stood tall and taken great pride, like all of you in sharing our passion for the Browns because it is so unique compared to other fan bases.
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At Quincy’s Sports Bar there are other fan bases that show up to cheer on their teams. There was a small group of Green Bay Packer fans, and Steeler fans, along with a small group of obnoxious Dallas Cowboy fans as well.
But the Oz Chapter of Browns Backers has their own room in the back of the dingy surroundings dedicated to their hearty obsession for the Browns. Those dingy surroundings never seemed to matter when you were cheering for the team that everyone loved so dearly, swapping old Browns tales and enjoying the company of other Browns fans.
That passion doesn’t stop on Sundays either. If you’ve traveled this great country or the world or even traveled the globe via all these social media platforms like Twitter, you soon discover that Browns fans are the best and most dedicated to their team. Anytime I’ve traveled, recently, it was to the great state of Maine, you always run into other Browns fans.
They’ll see your Brown’s ball cap or t-shirt and shout out, “Go Browns! This is the year!, Woof woof!” as they extend their arm and you end up high-fiving a stranger a second ago, but now a new friend and loyal Browns fan.
As this new Browns season approaches let’s all get ready for a great time and win or lose our loyalty will continue as it has forever. This is our year Browns fans! Right?!!