Cleveland Browns

When you’ve spent your career covering sports in Northeast Ohio, you’re going to witness a lot of football heartbreak when it comes to the Browns.

WKSU's Mark Arehart talks with sports commentator Terry Pluto about his new book "The Brown’s Blues: Two decades of utter frustration: Why everything kept going wrong for the Cleveland Browns." 


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With Brad Johansen's departure for Raleigh, N.C., Bengals fans will see and hear a new preseason TV play-by-play announcer for the team's game against the Chicago Bears at 7 p.m. Thursday on WKRC-TV.

Meet Mike Watts, just 25 years old, but who already has a very impressive list of ESPN credentials calling professional and college soccer matches (including FC Cincinnati). Plus, he's done Big East, American Athletic Conference, Atlantic 10 and  Patriot League games, as well as play-by-play for Saint John University and Fordham University basketball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball.

Many consider the running back Jim Brown the greatest American football player ever. But he's known as much more than an athlete — he's an activist, an actor, a thinker and a man with an alleged history of violence against women.

Here's how he's described in the opening paragraph of Dave Zirin's new biography, Jim Brown: Last Man Standing.

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NFL Films’ “Super Bowl 1: The Lost Game” of the historic 1967 championship game between Vince Lombardi’s Green Bay Packers and Hank Stram’s Kansas City Chiefs, replays 8 p.m. Friday Jan. 22 on the NFL Network.

The 90-minute program includes NFL Films’ footage of all 145 plays, combined with the NBC Radio broadcast by announcer Jim Simpson and George Ratterman, the Cincinnati native who became Campbell County sheriff after playing football for Notre Dame, the Buffalo Bills,  New York Yanks and Cleveland Browns.

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For the second time this month, a Bengals AFC North rivalry game will air on Fox instead of CBS, which normally carries AFC games.

The Bengals will play their final regular season game hosting Baltimore at 1 p.m. Sunday on WXIX-TV (Channel 19), not on WKRC-TV. The NFL "flexed" the Bengals to Fox.

CBS’ 1 p.m. games include these games with playoff implications: 

Unlike most years, the Bengals’ AFC North rivalry game with the Cleveland Browns Sunday won’t air on CBS affiliate WKRC-TV, “Your Bengals Station.”

The NFL moved the game to Fox from CBS, which broadcasts most AFC games. So Fox affiliate WXIX-TV (Channel 19) will air the Bengals for a second straight Sunday, and be able to promote its Dec. 12 telecast of the Crosstown Shootout.

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While you’re watching the Bengals-Browns game, set the DVR to record “Paul Brown: A Football Life” (9 p.m. Friday, NFL Network), an excellent profile about the innovative genius who founded the Bengals and Browns.

Brown was the first coach to use game film to scout opponents and create a playbook for his team. He was the first to put a radio receiver inside the helmet worn by his quarterback (in 1954!) and put a face mask on it.

“There’s nobody in the game that I have more respect for than Paul Brown (and) his contributions to the game, to the way it's played, to protective equipment, to the playbook,” says Bill Belichick, New England Patriots coach.

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Other than the Steelers, there's one team every Bengals fan loves to hate. Cincinnati squares off against the Cleveland Browns tonight in a rivalry that's only grown over the years... especially when former coach Sam Wyche famously chastised a Cincinnati crowd saying, "You don't live in Cleveland, you live in Cincinnati!" 

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It’s elementary: When WKRC-TV (Channel 12) broadcasts prime-time Bengals games, some of your favorite shows get punted to another station or time period.

On Thursday, when Channel 12 airs the Bengals-Browns, here’s how you’ll find the season premieres for “Elementary” and “Mom,” plus new episodes of the “Big Bang Theory,”“Life in Pieces” and “Entertainment Tonight”: