“So why am I not happy about this? DA signing yesterday would have been fine. Why am I less than thrilled about it today? Buyer’s remorse? I think it’s the curse of the Cleveland fan to never be happy about anything.” -Draftnik on the signing of Derek Anderson
1. Favorite sport to watch in person – Soccer. My now 13-year old has played for eight years, and I’ve been going to Columbus Crew games about as long. It’s a good time.
2. Favorite sport to watch on tv – 100% no-brainer is Browns football. If you were at the Niners game last year, it’s probably not nice to tell you how warm I was on my couch in front of the big TV. I have a picture of my son and me in front of the TV when Brady came in, just to commemorate the occasion. Now that I read it, that’s kind of lame, but I was still warm.
3. Sports or hobbies you play – soccer and golf are about it nowadays. Played baseball up until high school.
4. Married? Kids? – Married, with 2 boys, and another (sex TBD) on the way, due the week of the Monday Night game against Buffalo. I am completely open to suggestions for boy’s names. I have proposed Brady Quinn, Quinn Brady, Grady Brady, Victor Pronk…I’ll keep trying.
5. Favorite Cleveland sports memory – Buffalo playoff game, 1989. Orange shoes, snow, cold, wind, greatest game I’ve ever been to. You know that scene in “Major League” at the end when the punk guy and the teamster hug? Yeah, I had that same moment with a guy behind me.
Really, did you think I would let a refference like that go by without the scene? You know me better…
6. Most heartbreaking loss — The Fumble, for me, was the most heartbreaking. This was supposed to be payback for the Drive, the stars were aligning, Kosar looked great, and Byner was running lights out. I think that was the most heartbreaking.
7. Which team do you most want a title for (Browns, Tribe, Cavs) – In this order: Browns. Tribe. Cavs. I would absolutely go fetal position, sobbing like a baby if the Browns win a Super Bowl. I just hope I see it before I’m actually in a fetal position due to old age.
8. Your dream piece of Cleveland sports memorabilia – my favorite piece I currently own is a Otto Graham/Jim Brown/Tim Couch signed “99” jersey from the expansion year…anyone know how to remove a signature from a jersey??? I used to have a jar of dirt and grass from Municipal Stadium, but it broke in my last move. If I could have any one piece of Cleveland memorabilia, I’d want a John Adams signed drum to beat during games at home, and when dinner is ready, and when the dog needs to come in, and…
9. Favorite place to watch a game – In front of the big TV at home. Of the three Cleveland venues, Progressive Field (it’s going to take a while to get used to that) edges out CBS for favorite arena. I’ve sat in many different sections at Progressive…there’s just not a bad seat. CBS is a fine stadium, but it would be better if the fans were more into the game. As bad as Municipal Stadium was, it was loud, obnoxious, and a great time. I’ve only been to the Q once, seemed like a nice place. Good food.
10. Any superstitions –I noticed every time I bought a new jersey (Couch/Spielman/C. Brown), they invariably got hurt within six months of the purchase, so I decided not to purchase any existing player jerseys. My son bought me a Braylon Edwards jersey in ‘06, and that’s worked out OK, so it must be OK if others buy me jerseys. Just bought my 2-year-old a Kellen Winslow jersey, so we’ll see how that works out. (I have a similar hat superstition- I have to get a new hat for the Indians and Buckeyes every year.)
11. What would be your entrance music – I’ve been working on this one for the past week. I’m a little tired of “Enter Sandman” at Browns games. Probably “Hysteria” by Muse, or “If You Want Blood (You Got it)” by AC/DC would get the job done. I can’t get “Jordan” by Buckethead out of my head from Guitar Hero…that would be a fun song for the Cavs intro.
Why Cleveland teams- I moved to Medina in 1980, which, as you know, was a watershed year for the Browns. I went to training camp the next year at Tri-C and loved it. Went to Richfield to catch the Cavs a few times, and then finally got up to Municipal for a Browns game in 1982. Cleveland fans are unlike any other fans. Cubbie fans are probably the closest, but the bond between two Cleveland fans is immediate. No other fan really understands the chronic pain our teams inflict. But like a dog that craps on your carpet, sheds incessantly, is ugly, and won’t do anything you want it to do, you love it no matter what.
Great stuff! Look for another round of commenter interviews coming soon! And I assure you, John Adams would sign a drum for you! Now let’s see if we can name this baby…