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(Sports Illustrated)   The Cleveland Browns will have an "appropriate" tribute to Art Modell this weekend before their Season Opener. My only guess is that they will build a statue of him out of turds, then set it on fire at the 50 yd line. That seems appropriate   (sportsillustrated.cnn.com) divider line 115
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2012-09-07 04:27:03 PM
I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

media.cleveland.com
 
2012-09-07 04:31:32 PM
Those flaming turds will be the most exciting "browns" the fans in Cleveland have seen in a very very long time.
 
2012-09-07 04:34:14 PM
What better way to honor a man than to ask a group of adults dressed in dog costumes to observe a moment of silence.
 
2012-09-07 04:54:07 PM
(Reposted from redlit thread)

I don't think I'm alone in believing that trying to observe a "Moment Of Silence" for Art Modell during the Browns home opener will be a colossal disaster.

73,200 people, at least half of whom would be plastered drunk by gametime and booing vehemently, caught on camera for ESPN to roll over...and over...and over again just like they did with Bottlegate?

Just...drop it.
 
2012-09-07 05:19:00 PM
I fully expect the "moment of silence" to turn into a drunken chorus of "Na-na-na-na! Na-na-na-na! Hey-ey-ey! Good-Bye!"
 
2012-09-07 05:35:36 PM

vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]



 
By all accounts, absolutelty.  Question... what was the controversy over the move?  I understand all team moves hurt, but what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt?  Was he asking unreasonable things from the city?  Was he unwilling to negotiate?

I even was dating a girl from Cleveland at the time, but her family were not sports fans.
 
2012-09-07 05:42:21 PM

JerseyTim: What better way to honor a man than to ask a group of adults dressed in dog costumes to observe a moment of silence.


Yeah -- this will end well. WTF thought this was a good idea?
 
2012-09-07 05:45:48 PM

downstairs: what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt? Was he asking unreasonable things from the city? Was he unwilling to negotiate?


It was that they moved the team with no notice, early in the morning in secret in a snowstorm. Basically they snuck out of town.
 
2012-09-07 05:48:03 PM

vernonFL: downstairs: what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt? Was he asking unreasonable things from the city? Was he unwilling to negotiate?

It was that they moved the team with no notice, early in the morning in secret in a snowstorm. Basically they snuck out of town.



They did?  I thought that was Baltimore to Indy in 1984?
 
2012-09-07 05:48:58 PM

downstairs: vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]


 
By all accounts, absolutelty.  Question... what was the controversy over the move?  I understand all team moves hurt, but what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt?  Was he asking unreasonable things from the city?  Was he unwilling to negotiate?

I even was dating a girl from Cleveland at the time, but her family were not sports fans.


Teams that move are generally the teams that nobody really gives a sh*t about. The Browns, however, were a deeply ingrained part of the city and one of the NFL's great original franchises. Mixed with the fact that Art Modell violated his lease with the city while citing his inability to get a new stadium as a key reason for the move, despite the fact that the city had offered him a deal for a new stadium in the project that gave the Indians and Cavaliers a new ballpark and arena, it took a big toll on the people here.

/Nevermind the fact that the Ravens won a Super Bowl 4 years later and the Browns have been...the Browns.
 
2012-09-07 05:52:21 PM
The Ravens are staging a silent tribute to their former owner Saturday by placing his casket on the team's home field.

I sure hope the weather is nice and cool, otherwise that thing is gonna start stinking up the place.
 
2012-09-07 06:24:57 PM
They should honor him by putting a different game on tv.
 
2012-09-07 06:25:51 PM

downstairs: vernonFL: downstairs: what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt? Was he asking unreasonable things from the city? Was he unwilling to negotiate?

It was that they moved the team with no notice, early in the morning in secret in a snowstorm. Basically they snuck out of town.


They did?  I thought that was Baltimore to Indy in 1984?


That was Baltimore to Indy. Cleveland had the opposite scenario. WBAL in Baltimore broke the news that the team was moving (ESPN laughed and called it preposterous) while there were still games to be played in Cleveland. The Browns fans had an opportunity to go to the last game and boo and tear the stadium apart.
 
2012-09-07 06:44:15 PM
They fans will be allowed to piss the fire out, right?

/with a field trip to Art's grave afterward for a repeat performance?
 
2012-09-07 07:05:29 PM
They should have LeBron give the eulogy.
 
2012-09-07 07:07:18 PM
Seems like Baltimore might be a better place for such things.
 
2012-09-07 07:10:07 PM
Art Modell did Cleveland a favor by allowing the city to be subjected to the Browns for three years. They should really be thanking him.
 
2012-09-07 07:10:13 PM

CavalierEternal: downstairs: vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]


 
By all accounts, absolutelty.  Question... what was the controversy over the move?  I understand all team moves hurt, but what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt?  Was he asking unreasonable things from the city?  Was he unwilling to negotiate?

I even was dating a girl from Cleveland at the time, but her family were not sports fans.

Teams that move are generally the teams that nobody really gives a sh*t about. The Browns, however, were a deeply ingrained part of the city and one of the NFL's great original franchises. Mixed with the fact that Art Modell violated his lease with the city while citing his inability to get a new stadium as a key reason for the move, despite the fact that the city had offered him a deal for a new stadium in the project that gave the Indians and Cavaliers a new ballpark and arena, it took a big toll on the people here.

/Nevermind the fact that the Ravens won a Super Bowl 4 years later and the Browns have been...the Browns.


I think that last thing is probably something that even a lot of the Cleveland fans can't even conceive of because of the rage over the "in the middle of the night part" There's that very realistic chance that had they stayed..........there would've been a Browns superbowl team.

/Steelers Fan, which all true Steelers fans stand with the Browns fans on this one.
 
2012-09-07 07:10:46 PM
*not be subjected

/I haz fail
 
2012-09-07 07:12:45 PM

drunk_bouncnbaloruber: Art Modell did Cleveland a favor by allowing the city to be subjected to the Browns for three years. They should really be thanking him.


The Browns were a playoff team with Bill Belichick as the head coach prior to the announcement of the move. It's fun to sh*t on the Browns now that they've been perennial failures for over a decade, but it wasn't that way before. The Browns of the 80s and early 90s never made the Super Bowl, but they were perennial playoff contenders and goddamnit I'd kill to be "subjected" to that again.
 
2012-09-07 07:13:53 PM
"And now, please stand, remove your hats, and silently toss your bottles on the field in memoriam of Art Modell"

www.sptimes.com
 
2012-09-07 07:14:07 PM
I would do a moment of silence for him and nothing else. Anything more will just anger fans.
 
2012-09-07 07:14:56 PM

Captain Steroid: I fully expect the "moment of silence" to turn into a drunken chorus of "Na-na-na-na! Na-na-na-na! Hey-ey-ey! Good-Bye!"


We will observe a moment of silence between "Good" and "Riddance," There will also be many appropriate gestures throughout the ceremony.
 
2012-09-07 07:15:41 PM
It seems probable that if anyone tries to say anything nice about Art during the game, there will be rioting in the streets of Cleveland
 
2012-09-07 07:16:43 PM

vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]


I mean totally... You pasted a picture with his arm around an African American man. He must've been a saint.
 
2012-09-07 07:22:10 PM

CavalierEternal: downstairs: vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]


 
By all accounts, absolutelty.  Question... what was the controversy over the move?  I understand all team moves hurt, but what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt?  Was he asking unreasonable things from the city?  Was he unwilling to negotiate?

I even was dating a girl from Cleveland at the time, but her family were not sports fans.

Teams that move are generally the teams that nobody really gives a sh*t about. The Browns, however, were a deeply ingrained part of the city and one of the NFL's great original franchises. Mixed with the fact that Art Modell violated his lease with the city while citing his inability to get a new stadium as a key reason for the move, despite the fact that the city had offered him a deal for a new stadium in the project that gave the Indians and Cavaliers a new ballpark and arena, it took a big toll on the people here.

/Nevermind the fact that the Ravens won a Super Bowl 4 years later and the Browns have been...the Browns.


Small fact check here while I busy agreeing with the sentiment....The Browns were not in any way, shape, or form one of the NFL's great original franchises. They began play in the 1940s in the AAFC (All American Football Conference). Cleveland's first NFL team was the Rams.

This is a bad idea. As a long time Cleveland sports fan, I have no faith in our faithful to not make us all look bad by dancing on Art's grave Sunday. As somebody else pointed out, ESPN will have no problem showing it over and over again. I'm under the impression that this "tribute" is league-mandated because anybody who actually lives here knows this is a terrible idea.
 
2012-09-07 07:28:56 PM

T.rex: vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]

I mean totally... You pasted a picture with his arm around an African American man. He must've been a saint.


And the Browns had African American players for fifteen years before he was their owner.
 
2012-09-07 07:29:08 PM

grimlock1972: I would do a moment of silence for him and nothing else. Anything more will just anger fans.


...and the moment's gone.
 
2012-09-07 07:29:31 PM
Anything less than giving the corpse a Cleveland Steamer at midfield will be disappointingly unacceptable.
 
2012-09-07 07:34:37 PM
I understand that all of the toilets at Browns Stadium will be funneled into a huge tanker truck, the contents of which will be delivered to Art's grave later in the week.
 
2012-09-07 07:36:14 PM
If you can't win football games at least you can cheer because someone died. Stay classy Cleveland.

/they should honor LeBron's gold medal right before this.
 
2012-09-07 07:40:29 PM
Have a Mayflower van relocate his corpse to a Tijuana whorehouse.
 
2012-09-07 07:44:18 PM
Lose Lose situation for cleveland here.

They don't do a moment of silence, we get blasted.

They do a moment of silence, 70k booing. we get blasted.

But, I hope they boo loudly during this moment of silence. Screw Art Moddell. Good Riddance.
 
2012-09-07 07:44:29 PM
that would be appropriate. i'm fine with cleveland hating modell forever.
 
2012-09-07 07:49:54 PM

skinink: Have a Mayflower van relocate his corpse to a Tijuana whorehouse.


Once again, the Mayflower Van was Irsay skeedaddling out of Baltimore. Uncle Art did his dirty deed in a private plane on a closed runway at BWI. Please make a note.

Most people are over it, but the loudest "fans" get the attention.
 
2012-09-07 07:49:57 PM

Earl Green: CavalierEternal: downstairs: vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]


 
By all accounts, absolutelty.  Question... what was the controversy over the move?  I understand all team moves hurt, but what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt?  Was he asking unreasonable things from the city?  Was he unwilling to negotiate?

I even was dating a girl from Cleveland at the time, but her family were not sports fans.

Teams that move are generally the teams that nobody really gives a sh*t about. The Browns, however, were a deeply ingrained part of the city and one of the NFL's great original franchises. Mixed with the fact that Art Modell violated his lease with the city while citing his inability to get a new stadium as a key reason for the move, despite the fact that the city had offered him a deal for a new stadium in the project that gave the Indians and Cavaliers a new ballpark and arena, it took a big toll on the people here.

/Nevermind the fact that the Ravens won a Super Bowl 4 years later and the Browns have been...the Browns.

Small fact check here while I busy agreeing with the sentiment....The Browns were not in any way, shape, or form one of the NFL's great original franchises. They began play in the 1940s in the AAFC (All American Football Conference). Cleveland's first NFL team was the Rams.

This is a bad idea. As a long time Cleveland sports fan, I have no faith in our faithful to not make us all look bad by dancing on Art's grave Sunday. As somebody else pointed out, ESPN will have no problem showing it over and over again. I'm under the impression that this "tribute" is league-mandated because anybody who actually lives here knows this is a terrible idea.


The Browns won 4 NFL Championships, not just the four AAFC.
 
2012-09-07 07:50:55 PM

Ctown34: Lose Lose situation for cleveland here.

They don't do a moment of silence, we get blasted.

They do a moment of silence, 70k booing. we get blasted.

But, I hope they boo loudly during this moment of silence. Screw Art Moddell. Good Riddance.


There will be no other outcome other than this. And it is going to be hilarious.
 
2012-09-07 07:51:17 PM
Spotted on Twitter:

The Browns don't need a moment of silence at the stadium for Art Modell. The stadium had three years of silence because of him.
 
2012-09-07 07:55:19 PM
www.tovx.com
 
2012-09-07 08:00:47 PM

grimlock1972: I would do a moment of silence for him and nothing else. Anything more will just anger fans.


I would like for the Cleveland PA announcer to ignore it and not even say a word. However, the NFL will not let that happen, so whatever happens afterward is on their heads.
 
2012-09-07 08:05:23 PM
What a crock of shiat. Did they honor Robert Irsay's death before a Ravens game?
 
2012-09-07 08:11:29 PM
They should save their moment of silence for when their season dies around Week 6.

Or, they could save a moment of silence for Brandon Weedeen's trip to the old folk's home to be put down or Trent Richardson's inevitable Staph infection.
 
2012-09-07 08:12:31 PM

Earl Green: CavalierEternal: downstairs: vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]


 
By all accounts, absolutelty.  Question... what was the controversy over the move?  I understand all team moves hurt, but what was so special about this that Cleveland had so much butthurt?  Was he asking unreasonable things from the city?  Was he unwilling to negotiate?

I even was dating a girl from Cleveland at the time, but her family were not sports fans.

Teams that move are generally the teams that nobody really gives a sh*t about. The Browns, however, were a deeply ingrained part of the city and one of the NFL's great original franchises. Mixed with the fact that Art Modell violated his lease with the city while citing his inability to get a new stadium as a key reason for the move, despite the fact that the city had offered him a deal for a new stadium in the project that gave the Indians and Cavaliers a new ballpark and arena, it took a big toll on the people here.

/Nevermind the fact that the Ravens won a Super Bowl 4 years later and the Browns have been...the Browns.

Small fact check here while I busy agreeing with the sentiment....The Browns were not in any way, shape, or form one of the NFL's great original franchises. They began play in the 1940s in the AAFC (All American Football Conference). Cleveland's first NFL team was the Rams.

This is a bad idea. As a long time Cleveland sports fan, I have no faith in our faithful to not make us all look bad by dancing on Art's grave Sunday. As somebody else pointed out, ESPN will have no problem showing it over and over again. I'm under the impression that this "tribute" is league-mandated because anybody who actuall ...


I've heard that the Browns' organization is going to hold the "tribute" way before the game, as in right after the gates open, in an attempt to keep the protest and inevitable PR disaster to a minimum. The league may mandate some kind of recognition to Modell, but they're apparently allowing some leeway as to when it's held.

As to the "Modell was a great man for the NFL", perhaps in the overall scheme of things he was instrumental in getting the Monday Night Football games introduced, but that's about it. He was a terrible owner (the various player picks he made in the 80's and 90's were questionable at best, horrible at worst) and lied to Cleveland while he was dealing with Baltimore to move the team. The NFL forced Modell to sell the team after they moved to Baltimore, and it was at that point he admitted the main reason he moved was so he could leave a financially lucrative team to his son when he died.

The 1995 Browns were well on their way to the playoffs when Modell announced he was moving the team to Baltimore. At that point the players stopped caring and they staggered to a losing season. I saw every game and watched the players emotionally thank the fans after their final home game. Unlike the Colts, who moved in the offseason, or the Oilers, who moved to Memphis and then Nashville, no one knew the Browns were going to move until Modell made his sudden announcement. The way he handled this situation is the #1 reason why his name is vilified in Cleveland, and if the league is smart they won't make a big deal about this "tribute" on Sunday in that city.
 
2012-09-07 08:16:17 PM

downtownkid: What a crock of shiat. Did they honor Robert Irsay's death before a Ravens game?


Oh yeah - there was a military flyover of the honor guard and the crowd sang Amazing Grace twice.
 
2012-09-07 08:19:42 PM

vernonFL: I'm from Baltimore, but too young to really remember the Colts. I was a little kid when they moved out, but the butthurt never left Baltimore. So yes, we know how you feel about losing your team and all.

Art Modell was a good man though, who did a lot of good for his players and the cities where he lived.

[media.cleveland.com image 380x313]



I'm not going to call you a moron as you may just be ignorant. Read this post: Link

Then consider the fact that he fired Paul Brown, thought by many (including Vince Lombardi and Bill Belicheck) to be the best NFL coach ever. He drove Jim Brown, thought by many to be the best running back ever to play the game, out of the league over a salary dispute. Modell took two franchises in the most profitable league in the world, both of which sold out most of their games with rabid fan bases, and lost money.

Sure, he was a philanthropist, but that's not what this is about. He was a bumbling fool of an owner, and one who benefitted greatly by screwing over his fans in both cities. He was a guy who stumbled into shiat that turned to gold and proceeded to screw up every other professional decision in his life. He was the 1%. He was as close to George W. Bush as another man could be. Asking fans of any city to honor him is beyond offensive to all of us.
 
2012-09-07 08:19:57 PM
All 73,000 fans should fart in unison during the moment of silence.

Art Modell, eat shiat in hell motherfarker.
 
2012-09-07 08:36:04 PM
A moment of silence will be just that: a moment. It won't go on any longer than maybe 0.1 seconds. Any longer and you'll see 72,000 people begin to burn Cleveland down.
 
2012-09-07 08:39:26 PM
A loud drunken chorus of na-na-na, hey-hey-hey, goodbye would be a fitting song to go along with the flaming turd statue.
 
2012-09-07 08:40:11 PM
I would think a standing ovation should suffice. Wait...WAIT!!!! Here me out.....

It would make the moment of silence irrelevant AND it would make the national audiences of ESPN think we are classy, stand-up citizens. But us in Cleveland would know better. We would know that we are cheering for another mans death (which sounded/felt awful to type, but in this situation, I'll allow it) and everyone else will think "FINALLY!!! Some class out of Cleveland". Its a win-win!
 
2012-09-07 08:52:14 PM

mc_madness: All 73,000 fans should fart in unison during the moment of silence.

Art Modell, eat shiat in hell motherfarker.


But that would put him back in Cleveland...
 
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