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Getting through a weekend with Buckeyes, Browns off


November 14. 2013 12:25AM
Vince Koza

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No Buckeyes or Browns to follow last weekend.


What’s an Ohio sports fan to do?


No disrespect to the Bengals, (well maybe we did there), but this is Buckeyes and Browns country!


Yes there are Bengals fans sprinkled throughout, but the older people don’t remember a pro football


team in Cincinnati. (not until 1968 in the American Football League and not into the NFL until 1970)


Bengals fans that are around will remind me that their team has been to the Super Bowl a couple of times


and the Browns haven’t.


I remind the Bengals fans that my team won the NFL World Championship game (before the Super Bowl) back in 1964 when I sat in front of my dad’s big black radio and listened to the Browns beat the Baltimore Colts 27-nothing.


Unfortunately, that is nearly 50 years ago. Ugh!


Do I think either team is heading to the Super Bowl this season?


No.


But the Bengals are atop the AFC North despite losing their last two games and still control their own


destiny, when you are talking playoffs.


For the Browns, well just thinking that they are in the playoff hunt is enough for their fans right now.


Most of Browns nation, that are calling my show, are happy that their team is 4-5.


4-5 and happy?


Shows you how far the Browns had fallen the past several years.


Now Sunday, the opportunity to beat the Bengals for a second time this season and if they do, tie Cincy for first place


in the division, at least in the loss column.


All of the pressure Sunday is on Cincinnati at Paul Brown Stadium, but Browns fans please note that the


Bengals are undefeated at home and that includes beating a Green Bay team with Aaron Rodgers and


a New England team with Tom Brady.


Sunday they have to only beat a Browns team with Jason Campbell as its quarterback.


We shall see.


But back to no Buckeyes and Browns this past weekend.


With no Buckeyes on Saturday, I spent the afternoon mowing and trimming my lawn, and at night,


went to Milano’s for dinner and watched both LSU/Alabama and Notre Dame/Pittsburgh on their TVs.


A guy came up to me and said, “man it must be great to have a job in which you just watch sports all


the time.” I said, “it is,” and then left to go home and watch a movie video.


Yes, I still paid attention to those games via my cell phone but with no Buckeyes, this was family night.


And Sunday with no Browns, it was family day and night as my wife and I drove to Columbus to hang out with


our daughters and my sister and her son and his best friend, who had come to visit the Ohio State campus.


Once again, I was following sports on my cell phone and still zeroed in on the Ravens/Bengals game and rooting


for the Ravens, which is tough to do.


And I was happy that the Ravens won.


Overall, it was a great weekend to do family things, but I do look forward to being back in front of my


60-inch screen TV and watching the Buckeyes on Saturday and the Browns on Sunday.


The family understands that.


I have a job to do, remember?


OTHER KOZA THOUGHTS:


* We finished our Columbus trip Sunday night at the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill.


Wow, if you are a Buckeyes fan, this is a must-see place to visit.


Located on Goodale Avenue in the Grandview Yard in Columbus, the Buckeye Hall of Fame Grill


has been open three years and currently features nearly $3 million in Buckeye memorabilia:


Archie Griffin’s 1974 Heisman Trophy - the real one.


Signed pictures and jerseys from the Woody Hayes days up through current coach Urban Meyer.


My favorite piece of memorabilia were presidential letters sent to Woody Hayes from


a couple of U.S. presidents - Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford.


One of the letters from Nixon came right after Woody had been fired following the 1978 Gator Bowl, a game


in which Hayes punched Clemson player Charlie Bauman.


The letter begins, “When you win, you hear from everyone - when you lose, you hear from your friends.”


How true that is not just in sports, but in life.


Also one of Woody’s favorite sayings, “you win with people” is plastered atop a back room wall - a


room where former OSU Coach Jim Tressel would take Buckeye recruits when the Grill first opened.


An impressive place to visit if you are a Buckeye fan, and the food’s not bad either.


(You can comment to Koza: koza@cmgroup.co)




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