Chicago Bears. Dick Butkus, Mike Singletary, Walter Payton, Gale Sayers. Butkus and Payton were the two most feared and respected players in their era, and would probably do so today.
The Dude abides...
Philadelphia Eagles. Not really any option when you live here.
Ohio State class of 2018
Fire Marvin Lewis!
Does that give my answer away?
"YOLO" = I'm about to do something extremely ignorant/stupid & I need an excuse to do it.
Is it possible to fire the Brown family first?
Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours. We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!
They have gotten a lot of talent the last few Drafts.
I agree but it is only because Mike Brown has finally decided to get out of the way.
At least you make the playoffs, I would kill for the Browns to be 8-8 let alone make the playoffs.
Miami Dolphins: My dad had breakfast with the '72 Dolphins when he was a kid and got all their autographs and pictures yadda yadda. He was a fan thus I am a fan. Growing up watching Dan Marino shredding defenses was nice to watch. Thank god for the Dolphins (not as of late) otherwise I may have grown up to be a sad sad Browns fan.
There are worse things than being a Browns fan. I can't think of any right now, but I am sure there are.
May you R.I.P. Otsego, but know this. Gaylord Rocks!
Too bad Miami's defense was getting shredded even more! Marino was wasted by Shula and the Phins. He had no running game (Sammy Smith, seriously?) and their defense was always a wreak.
I saw a UFO once.......it told me to have a goodyear!
Dallas Cowboys: my dad was a huge Tom Landry fan growing up, my mom had a crush on Ed "Too Tall" Jones. They were the only team on TV back in the '70s according to my parents. So I grew up a Cowboys fan. Lot of Emmit Smith reports out of young me in elementary and middle school.
“Any time you give a man something he doesn't earn, you cheapen him. Our kids earn what they get, and that includes respect.” - Woody
G-Men. No explanation required
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Yeah, it probably wouldn't make any sense.
"Attack the Strong, Trample the Weak, Hurdle the Dead!"
-Former OSU S&C Coach Lichter
We're the every other year team #KissTheRings
49ers. I grew up around other 49ers fans, so that was always who we'd watch. Some of my first football memories are of their playoff/super bowl wins.
Being a Bengals fan, those Superbowl wins you speak of, are gigantic kicks to the groin for me. I was 10 yrs old watching SB XXIII...that's the only time I cried after a football game. I can still picture Tim Krumrie's leg resembling a wet noodle...
Grew up as a Bengals fan. Then I learned the history of the franchise (aka, not hiring Bill Walsh), and learned how much of a scumbag Mike Brown is, and gave up on that team until a new owner is in place (and I'm not talking about Brown's daughter, she's terrible too).
New England Patriots. Was never an NFL fan but I kind of followed Katzenmoyer's career and just stuck with em. He's also the reason I started following Ohio State football. Was in fifth grade and when exposed to the majesty that is Buckeye football at such an impressionable age a lifelong obsession was born.
Indy. I'm a big Manning fan and don't really have any strong ties to either Ohio team, so I figured I'd spare myself the anguish of rooting for the Browns, and now Luck isn't half bad either.
...and Michigan still sucks.
“Nothing that comes easy in this world is worth a damn.” -Woody Hayes
Never understood why Columbus people were Browns fans. You live closer to Cincy!
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The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law, Class of 2009
Columbus has one of the largest populations of masochists in the world. You didn't know that?
Transplanted Clevelanders maybe? That's the South to them. Maybe they were just too lazy to go any further.
Plenty of Columbus residents came from Brown's territory, and fandom can be passed along to at least the next generation, as you grow up watching the teams your parent's watch. Of course after 18 years of No/Bad Browns football, it's a little amazing how many non NEO fans there still are.
So what you are saying is that they simply said "F%&# It, we have gone far enough!" ?
Pretty much. I mean, if Ohioans had the mentality of say, Alabama, they wouldn't have gotten past Parma Heights, so at least that's progress. How BamaMike made it to Pittsburgh is beyond me.
Cat Scratch Fever...
Because Cincy and Columbus might as well be miles and miles apart. Cleveland is much more similar to Columbus in the way of life and culture. Plus the Browns have been around longer and have a rich history.That might explain the older generation.
Cleveland is much more similar to Columbus in the way of life and culture.
Thems fightin words!
Cleveland is much more similar to Columbus in the way of life and culture.
They're just fighting words. See above.
In that case, if my main cultural cornerstones were abandonment and urban sprawl, I guess brown would be my favorite color.
I just don't get the almost complete lack of Bengals fans here. It's like 95% Browns or Steelers.
They're here. They're just not as loud as the other two.
Bengals fan reporting in! Wearing my stripes loud and proud! I was born a Brown's fan though. Then they moved so being from the Dayton area I became a Cincy fan.
I'm a Bills fan, but outside of my sister and her husband (from Buffalo), the rest of my family are die hard Browns fans so I root for them too. I get to see more Browns games too just being in NE Ohio so it makes sense. What a tough life I live rooting for those two franchises.
PS. I voted "Other" and almost said nothing because that is typically how I roll.
After leaving Ohio I grew up in sw Virginia and quickly became a Redskins fan...though it's been pretty tough recently. I've also kept a soft spot for the Browns over the years.
I guess it's safe to say I'm more of a college football fan.
I too am a college football fan. One day the Brown's could return zombielike from the dead and capture my attention before Thanksgiving, but that hasn't happened yet.
Moving to VA didn't make me a Redskins fan. Then again, when I moved here they sucked pretty bad. Being a Browns (and Lions) fan, I don't think I had the ability to like another crappy team.
Giants all day long! Hope we kill it in the draft and maybe get a buckeye or five along the way!
The Ravens. Born and raised in Maryland; half of my childhood was before the Ravens' existence, but we weren't allowed to cheer for the Redskins (thank God for that).
Football season at OSU was always fun, since my roommates were Browns, Bengals, and Steelers fans.
Colts. Grew up in indy, but pops made sure the buckeyes were above any of those hoosier state teams.
The Pats...I was born in Boston, so I am a hometown homer. Hurts to root for a Ichigan guy !
" I hope when I die, I die laughing"...
It's okay. They'll either take Kenny G late in the draft, or sign him rookie free agent. Then you just have to root for Brady to Bledsoe.
Yeah SPQR, I hope you are right. I am rooting for him big time. Would love to see him helm the next generation of Patriots !
Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it.
KC Chiefs! Mom's family is from KC and in my young impressionable years I saw Christian "Nigerian Nightmare" Okoye run over everyone (except Steve Atwater of course, that was more like two anvils slamming into each other) and was hooked. Shortly after Montana and Marcus Allen joined and the hook was permanently lodged. My favorites was Derrick Thomas (RIP) and Neil Smith killing people! I still argue they are as good as any other tandem pass rushers. Especially DT (owns the record for most sacks in a game and was climbing the overall list faster than anyone when he passed).
I like this team now although we lost some players in FA so far. I think we will fill up holes and could be a lot better next year (last year was a bit fluky, they weren't THAT good). Alex Smith might not be great but he was starting to make our offense really run the last 5 games. A decent WR to go with what we have (and a rookie TE who was injured all year) should make them fun to watch. Just need the defense to be good all year.
I'll admit to being one of the few Steelers fans here. :)
Been a Denver fan since I was 10.....go see them every chance I get as well especially if they are playing in cincy or up in cleveland
Vikings! When I first got into pro football, they had Cris Carter, Robert Smith, and Korey Stringer, all players from my favorite college team. Thus Vikings!
And those few seasons that they had Scottie Graham, who they plucked from a Columbus pharmacy to start at RB when Robert Smith got injured.
Vikings, if forced to choose. I grew up a Browns fan until they moved, and since I believe you have to grow up with a team to be a fan, I am sort of a Viking fan since that is where I have lived for a long time now.
Are you interested in going to any games at TCF Stadium MN BUCKEYE? I am trying to score some seats to the Patriots game next season.
I have always liked the Bengals because of my dad. However I will always be a much bigger College Football/Buckeye fan.
Brady Hoke ate my comment
Moved to Wisconsin in 94 & I've loved the Browns since I was little kid. When Art decided to move them to Baltimore (worst day) & I started to follow the Packers. I still follow, but the Packers are my team now.
Detroit Lions. It wasn't my fault that I was born in Michigan, but I love my Michigan pro sports teams. The college teams? Not so much.
Go Lions! And Wings and Tigers for that matter.
Gotta love the Buckeyes/Steelers contingent... Definitely not front runners...
I was and still am a Browns fan, but when the Browns left Cleveland I started rooting for the Vikings(at the time they had the most Buckeyes on their team). Now that I live in Northern Iowa it fits a lot better than it did when I lived in Ohio, but I still root for the Browns above the Vikes.
Colts, Dad was a baltimore colts fan, and he just followed it. Guess I just adapted his team and I liked Peyton Manning.
"What do you need water for, Sunshine?!" - Coach Coombs, if you don't love this man, you have no soul.
Been a Panther fan since 95. A few ups and mostly downs. Big day here in Charlotte though, Panthers just cut a legend in Steve Smith
"Without winners there wouldn't even be civilization" Woody
Colts Fan. I grew up in Indiana and started following them once they drafted Mike Doss. Still a fan after they parted ways and still own the jersey.
I gave up on the NFL when Modell moved the Browns. Haven't watched a game since.
Aesculus excellentium cum MCMLXV.
Miami Dolphins...As a kid the first NFL game I ever truly watched was a Dolphins game where Marino threw for what seemed like a million yards and a zillion TDs but I was like 11 and was in awe of him. My first game I went to was in Cincy. Dolphins vs Bengals and Marino threw an impossible pass into the corner of the end zone and OJ McDuffie went up over the defender and made an ever better catch for the game winning TD.
" Life is hard; it's harder if you're stupid." - John Wayne
Detroit Lions. I'm a Buckeye from up north
Brownies carry the flag
Steelers fan. Not sure why I gravitated toward the Steelers at a young age. By the time I was old enough to get into football, the Steelers glory years of the 70's were long past. No other NFL fans were in the household at the time to influence me one way or the other. For whatever reason though, the Steelers became my team. The 80's were not exactly a good decade for the franchise, yet this is when I became a fan and stuck with them.
Always preferred the college game, and with having a family with multiple Buckeye alums growing up, the Buckeyes have been in my blood.
Whichever team has the most (or most prominent) OSU guys. I liked Minnesota for a while because of Cris Carter, Robert Smith, and Corey Stringer. Packers with Hawk and Pickett (and sort of Saine). 49ers with Whitner, Grant, and Ginn. If the Browns get Ginn on top of Whitner, it might be them soon. But frankly I barely paid attention to the NFL until fantasy football.
Wow. Less than 10% of 11W'ers experience joy on most Sundays during football season.
Oakland Raiders. Born in southern California when they were the Los Angeles Raiders.
“I have yet to be in a game where luck was involved. Well-prepared players make plays. I have yet to be in a game where the most prepared team didn't win.” -Urban Meyer-
How 'bout Them Cowboys. Being a Dallas fan for so long (1972), has been great for the most part, but I'm rapidly growing tired
of the Jerry Jones/Tony Romo Military Industrial Complex.
Have a soft spot for the Browns too.
Jacksonville Jaguars !!!
#BanPurdue... Da Bears. I had always favored and followed the Browns as #1 with the Bears a VERY close second. But reflecting back when the Browns were ripped out of Cleveland and revived with a new franchise, what has followed has been nothing short of standing back and handing the reins to the Three Stooges ( over and over again ). It has/was not fun and less entertaining. I tried to develop the same allegiance I once had to the team from when I was a young kid, and that being over 50 years ago, but have quite simply lost hope and interest. I am sure it stems somewhat from the anger and disappointment of seeing the /my REAL Browns moved to Baltimore, ( and their subsequent success on the field ), and the contrived supplanting ( supplant (səˈplɑːnt) —vb (tr) to take the place of, often by trickery or force ) with a future franchise by the NFL...It just came time move on.