Kardiac Kids: The Story of the 1980 Cleveland Browns

Kardiac Kids: The Story of the 1980 Cleveland Browns


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A heart-pounding journey through the most exciting season in Cleveland Browns’ history

Every longtime Cleveland sports fan knows about “Red Right 88,” the play that ended the Browns’ 1980 season. Quarterback Brian Sipe’s ill-fated throw, intended for tight end Ozzie Newsome, was intercepted by Oakland in the end zone, bringing to a halt Cleveland’s “kardiac” campaign.

In Kardiac Kids Jonathan Knight paints a portrait of the Browns’ storybook 1980 season and its impact on the city of Cleveland. Knight takes us through that unforgettable year from beginning to end, describing in great detail how the city simply fell in love with this team.

Though the Cleveland Browns boast four world championships and possess a rich and respected past, the magical 1980 season was clearly the most memorable in team history. Kardiac Kids is a tribute to that team.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780873387613
Publisher: Kent State University Press
Publication date: 06/02/2003
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 749,076
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

A lifelong follower of Cleveland athletics, Jonathan Knight has written three books on Cleveland sports history, numerous articles, and a biweekly Cleveland Browns newsletter for eight years. He has a degree from Ohio University’s E. W. Scripps School of Journalism and worked as a sportswriter in Columbus, Ohio, for seven years. Knight is currently a staff writer/editor at Franklin University.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgmentsxiii
Prologue: The End of the Beginning1
Between Heartbeats5
The Boston Massacre and the Monday-Night Snooze33
Silent Movie Days47
The Old Magic71
Torn Curtain87
Sam's Glo-Coat Boys104
Part of the Journey121
In the Driver's Seat145
It's Worth Living Here159
The Maximum of Excitement186
The Thirteen Days of a Cleveland Browns Christmas217
One Last Kiss234
Epilogue: The Dynasty That Wasn't262
Bibliographical Essay290

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Guest More than 1 year ago
In the days of multimillion dollar contracts and spoiled atheletes, this book reminds us of what football is all about. This brings back a lot of memories! Enjoy!