Two writers who grew up as Browns fans tried to explain what it meant to have their team torn away from them, and indirectly, why Modell may never be honored as a Hall of Famer.
I grew up a Cleveland Browns fan. I remember Sipe and Mack and Slaughter. I remember going to the 49ers v. Browns game in San Francisco and seeing the mini Dawg Pound. I remember the initial question after stating my allegiance to the Browns: "Huh?".
I also remember Cleveland without the Browns.