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Browns won’t mention Modell, at family’s request

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The Browns had planned to conduct an appropriate recognition of the passing of Art Modell before Sunday’s game against the Eagles.  In the end, the Browns decided that the most appropriate recognition was none at all.

Team spokesman Neal Gulkis has advised PFT that the Browns will make no mention of Modell, at the request of his family.

It’s the smartest way to handle the situation.  A moment of silence wouldn’t have been, and any type of announcement or tribute would have been interrupted by those who would have embraced the blanket of anonymity and booed.

Gulkis explained that the team had planned to make a simple announcement of condolences via the public address system.  In the end, the Modell family helped the team that replaced Modell’s Browns out of a very delicate situation.

That said, the combination of rowdy Browns fans and the sale of alcohol means that there could still be an impromptu and spontaneous recognition of Modell.  Here’s hoping that folks ultimately choose to show the proper respect.

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  1. jc327 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    Smart move. You’d be mistaken to expect a stadium full of people in any town to act with class, it’s just not going to happen. Not a dig at Cleveland, it would be a bad idea anywhere.

  2. dtob79 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:37 PM

    LOL @ “embraced the blanket of anonymity and booed.” I’m sure you’ll find plenty of Browns fans who will tell you their thoughts about Modell face-to-face, Florio. I’d be happy to if you ever come out to California.

    Modell would’ve deserved every boo in that place on Sunday. Death doesn’t erase the pain he caused for an entire city and fanbase.

  3. mikebrownfaux says: Sep 8, 2012 4:39 PM

    The Brown Family has more to resent Art for than the Cleveland fans. There team was gone for three years big woopty doo.. Paul Brown was fired from a team named after him and for which he had coached a dynasty with. He had to pick up all the pieces thrown on the floor and puzzle together another NFL team not to be named after him and it took him 6 years to do it. On top of it he had to face the team named after him twice a year for the rest of his life and his family continues to face that team twice a year. I’m sure Paul died resenting the fact that he built the Cleveland Browns in to a championship dynasty at one point and had that completely ripped away from him the rest of his entire life.

  4. voiceofreasonsays says: Sep 8, 2012 4:40 PM

    Haha the old man really hates/hated Cleveland. Basically doesn’t want to be associated with the factory of sadness in life or death.

  5. dalejr8848 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:41 PM

    Commen sense prevails he doesnt deserve anything from the Browns or there fans I am so happy the team made the right decision not to honor someone who out of there own personal greed stole the team and moved them. Let Baltimore do all the tributes they want let us Browns fans move on and not have to show our disrespect for someone who deserves everything we would say or display about him

  6. deathtoromo says: Sep 8, 2012 4:43 PM

    They should give a moment of silence for Holmgren since it will be his last opening day in Cleveland and the Browns can hire a chimp to do a better job.

  7. geniusfan says: Sep 8, 2012 4:48 PM

    “Here’s hoping that folks ultimately choose to show the proper respect.”

    I hope they do to. I hope they boo louder than they ever did that’s the proper respect that Art Modell deserves. He made his bed in Cleveland he doesn’t deserve any pity or sympathy he deserves every bit of venom Browns fans have for him. He stole their team, he stole Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, and a Super Bowl title. I don’t know why you think Browns fans are going to show “proper respect” for a guy that ran away to Baltimore.

    His own financial failures and bad decision making led to him leaving. The city didn’t even get a chance to vote on a new stadium bill he took his ball and went to Baltimore before giving the Browns fans that helped fill his pockets a chance to keep their team.

    You want Browns fans to show respect to this guy? It’s never going to happen, nor should it.

  8. vincentbojackson says: Sep 8, 2012 4:49 PM

    Browns fans don’t really need another reason to boo at games on Sunday.

  9. citiciti says: Sep 8, 2012 4:52 PM

    Good call.

  10. threatlevelbob says: Sep 8, 2012 4:52 PM

    David Modell, Art Modell’s adopted son, made the request. Smart man. Most Browns fans don’t seem to be prepared to forgive Art Modell anytime soon.

  11. kingpel says: Sep 8, 2012 4:52 PM

    I’m not sure I agree with this. Sometimes people can surprise you and actually do the right thing.
    Even Browns fans.

  12. snoilog says: Sep 8, 2012 4:53 PM

    They didn’t want him to get Boo’d so I think that was a good move on the family’s part

  13. rodgers419 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:54 PM

    He screwed their city. They didn’t respect him while he was alive. They shouldn’t respect him now. His death changes nothing.

  14. pspring63 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:57 PM

    Finally, the Browns make a good call

  15. theseekeroffun says: Sep 8, 2012 4:58 PM

    It’s Obvious the Brownie Fans have very little class.
    Mr. Modell did a great deal for the GAME and Cleveland refused to support him on many different fronts. This is sad!

  16. borophyll says: Sep 8, 2012 4:58 PM

    Best possible outcome.

  17. 4ever85 (aka Butch DeadLift) says: Sep 8, 2012 4:58 PM

    Too bad. I was kind of curious how the moment of silence would have gone over in the dogpound.

    Probably ruff.

  18. EJ says: Sep 8, 2012 5:02 PM

    The Browns fan base would actually boo the recognition of the passing of Art Modell? How low can you get? Thats wrong, no matter what you think of the guy.

  19. djstat says: Sep 8, 2012 5:03 PM

    This is why Tony Grossi and Cleveland are classless pigs.

  20. mikebyrne1502 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:03 PM

    We are talking about browns fans here!

    Respect is for 5 days out of the week the rest is hatred for anything that isn’t Ohio football.

  21. richardmb52 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    I always thought the City of Cleveland screwed Art Modell. Give the Baseball team a new park give the basketball team an new arena, and figure he would never move the team. Cleveland got what they deserved. of course i could be mistaken , I’m sure you’ll let me know if i am lol

  22. oldassgoat says: Sep 8, 2012 5:13 PM

    Smart move. Modell undid decades of good with his cowardice and greed. What did he get for it? Had to sell the team anyway within 5 years as he was a horrible businessman, plain and simple. Left God’s country for a STD ridden rat hole. He took the devil’s deal, and will now burn in hell for eternity. I will be at the game tomorrow, we were going to sing the Thunder Song from the movie “Ted”, with appropriate lyrics, of course. Hope to visit the gravesite soon!

  23. oldassgoat says: Sep 8, 2012 5:13 PM

    Smart move. Modell undid decades of good with his cowardice and greed. What did he get for it? Had to sell the team anyway within 5 years as he was a horrible businessman, plain and simple. Left God’s country for a STD ridden rat hole. He took the devil’s deal, and will now burn in hell for eternity. I will be at the game tomorrow, we were going to sing the Thunder Song from the movie “Ted”, with appropriate lyrics, of course. Hope to visit the gravesite soon!

  24. kmart0319 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:16 PM

    Does anyone think that when anyone in the Irsay family passes that the fans in Baltimore will not boo? I think not.

  25. djstat says: Sep 8, 2012 5:18 PM

    Kind of Ironic that as soon as Model left Cleveland the government all of a sudden had money to build a new stadium. All Art wanted was help that the Indians, Cavs and rock n roll hall of fame got. You classless pigs in cleveland celebrating his death and talking about rejoice make me sick.

    Children and grand children lost a father and grand father. You say you want to boo him during a moment of silence. He left your franchise, name and uniforms behind. He never stole Ray Lewis or Ed Reed. They are of Baltimore. He stole nothing.

    Kind of Ironic the Ravens have a Super Bowl title under Model’s ownership and you pigs have NOTHING in Cleveland. You deserve Tim Couch, Courtney Brown and all the crap you have had.

  26. jakethesnake57 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:20 PM

    Here’s hoping that folks ultimately choose to show the proper respect.

    What is the proper respect for someone that tore your heart out?
    The Modell family and the Browns obviously have more common sense than Goodell and the NFL You can’t blame Browns fans for the way they felt about Art Modell and the NFL shouldn’t have expected them to do anything but show how they felt.

  27. jimiinpa says: Sep 8, 2012 5:23 PM

    being a long time colt fan i can understand how cleveland feels , baltimore had death watch parties when irsay was going , not condoning it , just saying.

  28. blacknyellablacknyella says: Sep 8, 2012 5:23 PM

    wait, the browns are back in the nfl?

  29. ctownc says: Sep 8, 2012 5:25 PM

    What would the fans do…boo? Yell, chant something? So what? It would have been deserved. Dying doesn’t confer respect. He IS hated, not WAS hated in Cleveland. He doesn’t get off the hook simply by dying.

  30. dennyg2 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:29 PM

    Are the Browns still in the NFL?

  31. ashoreinhawaii says: Sep 8, 2012 5:30 PM

    richardmb52 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    I always thought the City of Cleveland screwed Art Modell. Give the Baseball team a new park give the basketball team an new arena, and figure he would never move the team. Cleveland got what they deserved.

    Right on to that. BTW, notice all the ignorant types who wrote “there” for “their.” Too many sports fans need to lead richer lives.

  32. mungman69 says: Sep 8, 2012 5:31 PM

    Cleveland fans should boo all of the people who have run the NEW Browns. Look at those draft picks.

  33. malignantsociety says: Sep 8, 2012 5:31 PM

    Damn! I was looking forward to leading a “Na-Na-Na Naa, Na-Na-Na Naa, Hey-Hey-Hey, Goodbye!” chant.

  34. ashoreinhawaii says: Sep 8, 2012 5:32 PM

    The pols are the ones the Brown fans should have gone after. Not Art.

  35. malignantsociety says: Sep 8, 2012 5:33 PM

    Modell didn’t want in on the gateway project (proably because he wouldn’t control the stadium and get the revenue that the Indians generated). When he lost the Indians’ money, he couldn’t keep himself afloat. Either he was an inept businessman, or he squandered his money. He left because he needed cash.

  36. blantoncollier says: Sep 8, 2012 5:36 PM

    Although you wouldnt know it from the post the Browns didnt make this decision blindly. Mike Holmgren reached out to David Modell to let him know the Browns wanted to do the right thing. Modell and Holmgren reached this decision together.

  37. malignantsociety says: Sep 8, 2012 5:38 PM

    Seriously, how many other owners that sold out every single game (in one of the largest stadiums in the league) were losing money?

  38. laeaglefan says: Sep 8, 2012 5:45 PM

    The city of Cleveland giving recognition to the man who took their team away from them would almost be like Philadelphia giving a tribute to Leonard Tose, who almost moved the Eagles to Phoenix at one time, to get out from under his gambling debts.

  39. jackblackshairyback says: Sep 8, 2012 5:49 PM

    richardmb52 says:Sep 8, 2012 5:08 PM

    I always thought the City of Cleveland screwed Art Modell. Give the Baseball team a new park give the basketball team an new arena, and figure he would never move the team. Cleveland got what they deserved. of course i could be mistaken , I’m sure you’ll let me know if i am lol

    You are mistaken. Modell wanted to move the team to Strongsville, and wanted Cleveland to help him do it. Kind of a silly request. He refused offers from the city to renovate the old stadium. He pledged he would never move the team. HE himself said he wouldnt negotiate anymore because he wanted to focus on the upcoming season, then turned around and did a deal with Baltimore.

    All that said, I dont think he was a bad man, just a bad businessman.

  40. Vegas Guy says: Sep 8, 2012 5:50 PM

    This is why Cleveland fans suck…

    Yeah they’d probably boo… for no good reason.

    Art Modell was a businessman. He fired Paul Brown back in the 60′s and then left for Baltimore in the 90′s. All because it was the right business decision.

    Bengals fans didn’t like him and Browns fans ended up hating him as well however..

    That didn’t take away from what the man did for that city (lots of charities are up there because of him). And it also doesn’t take away for what he did for the game of football.

    Yeah, in football I (being a Cincy fan) couldn’t stand the guy. But this is real life people. Art Modell was a great man for Cleveland and for football. And the fans up there should show some respect (for a very very rare change).

    The man passed away. Give him his due.

  41. j0esixpack says: Sep 8, 2012 5:56 PM

    There’s no way he wouldn’t be booed and I’m not sure I’d blame Cleveland fans.

    Model knew exactly what he was getting into when he moved the team.

    Modell broke his promised never to move the team. He had publicly criticized the Baltimore Colts’ move to Indianapolis, and testified in favor of the NFL in court cases where the league unsuccessfully tried to stop Al Davis from moving the Oakland Raiders from Oakland to Los Angeles.

    He knew what the fan reaction would be – especially since he also tried to take the Browns name, color etc. to Baltimore too.

    It’s tough not to blame Cleveland fans from wanting to boo – and tough not to think that Modell wouldn’t care.

  42. rajbais says: Sep 8, 2012 6:01 PM

    That’s sad. We’re all told to not speak ill of the dead and the lack of forgiveness towards Modell after Cleveland got a team again has led to this?

  43. buzltyr321 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:01 PM

    Modell fired Paul Brown – the second greatest football coach in professional football, the man who built a dynasty they named the team after the coach. That was his biggest mistake. As a member of society his generosity was well known and documented. Moving the team falls squarely on the shoulders of the joke that were the city leaders. Gateway was created after they screwed him and built the Jake. A sin tax to build a new stadium was taken away to build the Cavs arena. Leaving Art with the rathole known as municipal stadium he had no choice to get a new stadium I was furious when he took the team to Baltimore, but he left us our name and colors, classy move. RIP Art, you gave us many great memories, especially during the late 70s and 80s.

  44. jacunn2000 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:03 PM

    A man is dead. Cleveland makes me sick. No wonder God hates you.

  45. pacodawg says: Sep 8, 2012 6:09 PM

    My wife says its a good move.

  46. stevez51 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:10 PM

    I’m sure Cleveland fans hate LeBron for stealing their NBS Title….

  47. eastcoastwester says: Sep 8, 2012 6:11 PM

    Cleveland fans (or any fans) that would boo and disrespect ANY man or woman on the basis of a GAME are classless, poorly raised and uneducated.
    A man is dead and these so called “fans” want to boo and condemn a man based on a business decision. He was a league president, helped form the first CBA and helped get those lucrative TV deals that all teams (including Cleveland) benefit from. If you classless Cleveland fans had a modicum of respect and knowledge for this game, you’d understand just how much your current team owes to Modell, yet you carry ill will over a situation that none of you had a hand in shaping. All the vitriol in the world isn’t going to get you back those lost years without a team, nor will booing a dead man.

  48. jetdriver10 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:15 PM

    Another way not to get booed would be for the browns not to play

  49. dawgtown86 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:16 PM

    Part of the reason Baltimore had to wait so long for football was Art Modell. Art screwed Cleveland only after he helped screw Baltimore out of an expansion team to pave the way for the move. How anyone could defend him in the move is unfathomable. His contributions to the game include firing Paul Brown, pushing arguably the greatest running back ever into early retirement, firing Bill Beliecheik over the telephone and taking the team from Cleveland. Art sure didn’t dream up Monday Night Football but he did offer to host because one thing you can always count on in Cleveland, even until today, sunshine, rain or snow, winning record or not, is that Browns fans will show up and support the team.

    Art was millions in debt and no new stadium would fix that. He rewarded loyalty with deceit, years of support with selfishness and turned his back on the fans who faithfully filled his stadium and pocketbook for decades. He left, mid-lease, with no time to vote on a new stadium because after decades of support, Art knew from experience there was only one way that vote would end.

  50. lippy4246 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:17 PM

    The Brown Family has more to resent Art for than the Cleveland fans.
    ==================================

    If anything the Brown Family should love Art Modell for giving them the resources when he purchased Brown’s 15% share that helped pay for the Bengals back in 1967. For the 6 years Paul Brown was out of the NFL he was paid $82,000 per year by Art Modell, a handsome sum in those years. By doing that the Brown Family owns a team and stadium that makes tons of money plus they share in the television profits equally with all the other owners. Now the Brown Family can buy big homes, fancy cars, expensive clothes and eat at all of the best restaurants. Matter of fact the Brown Family should thank the Modells and apoligize to Bill Walsh’s family for not allowing him to ever leave the Bengals for head coaching jobs. Hell Brown didn’t even tell Walsh he was being offered head coaching jobs throughout the decade of the 70′s.

  51. jgg1 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:19 PM

    Good move by the Modell family. I’m sure the Cleveland fans will have signs at the game. Hopefully the NFL will keep them off the air.

  52. raqaiw says: Sep 8, 2012 6:20 PM

    The Modell’s are ridiculously wealthy and Art’s teams won a championship in Cleveland AND Baltimore. I doubt the hatred of all 114 remaining Browns fans keep them up nights. The police should line up outside of the factory of sadness and drug test anyone wearing that hideous brown and orange. You’d HAVE to be high to root for that squad. Or have been alive in 1964.

  53. crj202 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:22 PM

    Good call to do nothing… Cleveland is full of a bunch of idiots anyway.

  54. beerbudsnbevo says: Sep 8, 2012 6:23 PM

    Wow, not one Redskins fan with a comment about RGIII and their march to the Super Bowl…

    Like they do on any other post that doesn’t concern them….

  55. jojopuppyfish says: Sep 8, 2012 6:29 PM

    Browns fans will have 60 minutes of silence come Sunday

  56. stercuilus65 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:29 PM

    Too bad they are not going to mention him; it would be fun to watch Brown’s fans embarrass themselves yet again!

  57. mojosmagic says: Sep 8, 2012 6:35 PM

    Been to Cleveland once and it’s pretty bad. Cold, dirty city. Maybe that’s why the fans are angry enough to boo a dead man.

  58. giantssb42champs says: Sep 8, 2012 6:39 PM

    Good move. Their are idiot fans everywhere who would heckle and boo, nothing against Cleveland. I know, I lived in Boston for six years.

  59. dspohn55 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:43 PM

    Eastcoastwester, you’d be singing a different tune if your grandpa, your dad and yourself all grew up a fan of the Cleveland Browns then one man’s greed ruined all of that.

  60. Sandra Lee's Cans says: Sep 8, 2012 6:46 PM

    I was as angry, devastated and upset as anyone when Modell took the Browns to Baltimore. But you know what? That was a long time ago. I will never forget what happened and, regardless of the reasons, may never to be able to forgive. But for anyone to allow him, even in death, to have control of their mind and emotions is a waste. He is the one who lost in the long run. Time to move on and focus on the future because you can’t change the past.

  61. ernestbynershands says: Sep 8, 2012 6:50 PM

    I remember my last game at The Stadium, in the Dawg Pound, against Houston. We bought t-shirts that read ‘F–K Houston’ from a guy in the parking lot.
    Shortly after kick off, 2 large men with ear pieces and dark suits appeared. (no kidding!)
    They very politely told us that Mr. Modell saw our t-shirts on the closed circuit feed and asked security to come down and ask us to take them off, cover them, or leave. They said Mr Modell didn’t want that sort of thing on a nationally broadcast Browns game.
    It was actually very nice of him to do that instead of just kick us out. Of course, he knew we would probably drop 40-50 bucks on food and beer. So he made money, and we got to watch the Browns win.
    Wish I still had that t-shirt

  62. edavidberg says: Sep 8, 2012 6:57 PM

    That makes sense. I’m not from Cleveland and I might have booed a moment of silence for Modell.

  63. elwaysmilehighdenver says: Sep 8, 2012 7:00 PM

    Thanks for the memories Mr. Modell.
    You were an inspiration and leader in the
    NFL. I will never forget THE DRIVE!!!

  64. rcali says: Sep 8, 2012 7:16 PM

    How dumb was the Browns organization for even thinking this was a good idea? No wonder they continue to go backwards. Hopefully the new owner is a lot smarter.

  65. malignantsociety says: Sep 8, 2012 7:18 PM

    He died. Big deal. Everyone dies. He live a long, full, and happy life. Good for him…. BUT I don’t care how many good things someone does in their life, if they do one really crummy thing.

    You could call me classless, or uneducated, or poorly raised, but if Neil Armstrong had raped my grandmother, there’s no way I’d give him a moment of silence either.

  66. urbusted2 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:20 PM

    I’ve been a Browns fan all of my life. I was as upset as anyone when the Browns left but PLEASE don’t equate that with a man’s life. Let’s move on. As far as the people taking advantage of this unfortunate passing of a person to take shots at the Browns and their fans, screw you.

  67. Herb Deluxe says: Sep 8, 2012 7:20 PM

    Just because you die doesn’t mean you are absolved of your sins. Modell should have sold the team WHILE he still had them in Cleveland, instead of selling them AFTER he moved. Asking people in Cleveland to “take the high road” is so disingenuous. Cleveland fans are not going to heal until they win a Super Bowl. /Bills fan

  68. dadawg77 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:22 PM

    You know its sports and people would still boo him without anonymity. Also saw Bill Wirtz’ death almost celebrated on alerts talk radio as people blamed the Blackhawks problems on him. Well they did win the cup two years after. Also his name is still listed second to last in the pre game video but noticeably shorter and ends on his son, current owner. Thus negating any chance of booing him. This its the double edge sword any owner and player live with, passions of the fans. Millions can be made off of it but you are no longer seen as a human by the fan base.

  69. dws123 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:25 PM

    When it comes to Art Modell, Baltimore fans are either delusional or obsequious and ignorant.

    Plain and simple, Art Modell was an awful yet egotistical businessman that made too many mistakes in Cleveland and got in way over his head (taking out a loan to sign Andre Rison!?).

    So rather than do the right thing – as any dignified and respectable human being would do – he opted to run away from his troubles and moved to Baltimore. Then, like some sap that blows his life savings at the poker table then steals from his family to make one final gamble, he ended up losing everything in the end anyway.

    There’s a lesson to be learned here: if you want to be respected in death, earn that respect in life.

  70. gametime52 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:26 PM

    I’m sorry, Cleveland got to keep their colors and their records, It’s time to start being classy and stop crying.

  71. nflfollower says: Sep 8, 2012 7:29 PM

    Well, not mentioning him in Cleveland is the right call. Just because somebody has passed away, doesn’t mean everybody everywhere suddenly will like them. When I die, not everybody I’ve encountered will like me. I’m fairly certain I won’t have an entire city with endless amounts of vitriol aimed in my direction however, but that’s neither here nor there.

  72. ytownjoe says: Sep 8, 2012 7:32 PM

    Will the Curse of Art Modell ever end?

  73. pspring63 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:38 PM

    dennyg2 says:

    Are the Browns still in the NFL?

    **********************
    Hi Denny G2. You seem like a personable guy. You clearly have a sense of humor which I appreciate through your really clever comment. Denny? When the evolutionary wheels were clicking what were you doing? Honing your comeback lines? Teeing up your witty zingers? Scratching your hindparts while pushing away your tail? Return to this website when a bolt of invention hits you and incites you to be intelligent, shrewd and evolved. Otherwise, use your thumbs for something other than hitchhiking and go to bed.

  74. yajas says: Sep 8, 2012 7:40 PM

    “djstat says: Kind of Ironic that as soon as Model left Cleveland the government all of a sudden had money to build a new stadium.”

    I think you have your facts wrong. The stadium deal was already on the ballot when Model announced just days BEFORE the election that he was moving the team to Baltimore regardless of whether it passed or not.

  75. green41563 says: Sep 8, 2012 7:41 PM

    Too often in life, cowardly inaction is excused under the banner of “class.”

    Granted, sometimes, keeping your mouth shut really is the class move, but other times, “class” is just a convenient excuse for doing nothing.

    In many people’s opinion, Modell was a scumbag. Refusing to acknowledge that opinion in deference to some self-serving tripe about “class” is ridiculous. What’s worse: criticizing a dead guy or allowing him to bully you once more—this time, from the grave?

    A bad man who is dead is no more deserving of pardon or forgiveness than a bad man who is alive.

  76. gdeli says: Sep 8, 2012 7:53 PM

    I’ll say it…cleveland sucks! haha

  77. ropejr says: Sep 8, 2012 7:59 PM

    These rich owner should concern themself with what their family will go thru when there gone.

  78. jiggy3198 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:00 PM

    The Browns are classless group of fans. Modell move them to Baltimore because he could not financially support the team Cleveland. What he did may not have been the best scenario but he did move the team to keep it afloat. Browns are classless and big jokes.

  79. fsf7 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:07 PM

    They could honor him with another “Bottle-gate”, or they can throw dog bones and batteries on the field.

    This is the same franchise that cries about how James Harrison is a dirty player but celebrates Turkey Jones intentional injury on Terry Bradshaw like it is one of the greatest plays in franchise history….

  80. kaakwha says: Sep 8, 2012 8:15 PM

    The mistake by the lake. Geeze what a bunch o’morons.

  81. brewbrostv says: Sep 8, 2012 8:25 PM

    Yup..Art was going to get his stadium..but he had so mismanaged his borrowed (from day 1 in 1961) money that he had to leave or go bankrupt. His wife Pat was the driving force in leaving. She was so jaded by the Gateway Project (Jacobs Field and Gund Arena, which are now Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena) coming first….that she guilted her husband into leaving to spite the Politicos…even with all the Baltimore money and sweet new stadium and revenue sharing…Art eventually needed Steve Biscotti to bail him out…I think leaving Cleveland broke his heart.

    RIP Art Modell, you did alot of good in your life.

  82. wingslax35 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:28 PM

    I’m sure if the Browns fan booed, they would be compared to Eagle fans, since we apparently are the worst fans since Earth was created. And I’m sure some a$$ would say we booed Santa Claus, even though the majority of people do not know the story behind it. So, as an Eagle fan, thank you for not honoring Modell. :)

  83. malignantsociety says: Sep 8, 2012 8:38 PM

    they do? How come I have never even heard of that injury?

  84. joemammy says: Sep 8, 2012 8:38 PM

    Baltimorons…

  85. mrfrostyj says: Sep 8, 2012 8:44 PM

    I cannot stand how the media paints Cleveland fans as these ruffiens who don’t know better and act like Cave men. Do you want to know what would happen if they mentioned Art Modells death. Simple. It would be one of 3 outcomes…

    A. Loud Cheering (worst case scenario)

    B. A “Thank you Lerner, chant”

    or C. A “Jimmy Haslam” chant. (most likely scenario)

    It urks me to no end when others say things like “how classless it is for Clevelanders to speak ill of the guy”. If you ex wife cheated on you took your kids and went to live with another guy and she died are you going to be giving the uligy at her funeral? If that isn’t a close enough comparison how about this. If a guy gets elected president of the United States and then sells the Statue of Liberty to some foreign billionaire to put in their backyard in Pakistan do you think the American people would be OK with that?

    Also to the “Cleveland screwed Modell” people. Modell actually screwed himself over. New Stadiums for the cities sports teams was part of a downtown Cleveland renavation project from day 1. Modells company put money into Cleveland Municipal stadium so the idea of having to share revanue with the city in a new stadium didn’t sit too well with him since he shared nothing from the old stadium so he turned it down CHOOSING to keep the Browns at the old stadium which he recieved 100% of the profits from. He didn’t count on loosing as much money he did after loosing the Cleveland Indians as tenants so he almost bankrupted himself. How you can blame the city because Modell was too naive to realise that the Indians owner might want some profit from his team too?

  86. bobzilla1001 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    Excellent idea that Cleveland will be spared having to pay tribute to this guy. When’s the media, especially ESPN, going to realize that not all deceased sports figures are deserving of recognition?
    And I’m getting a little tired of hearing how Modell invented Monday Night Football. Like no one else would’ve ever thought of that concept…

  87. scott28078 says: Sep 8, 2012 8:45 PM

    My therapist said that Cleveland will never get over being the victim until they win something. For heaven’s sake – let’s just do for them what we do for all young kids in sports – give them a trophy and make them feel good – so they can just move on… Grow up!! Show some respect!!

  88. contract says: Sep 8, 2012 8:48 PM

    A dirtball in life is a dirtball in death. Hypocrisy is NOT a virtue.

  89. coachbeck says: Sep 8, 2012 8:50 PM

    Models family doesn’t want the real Cleveland to show itself on national TV. They are bitter people who blame everyone else for their problems. Yet they are such “great fans” which is the biggest porky pie ever told.

  90. archetypeobscure says: Sep 8, 2012 9:14 PM

    You know all the Cleveland fans just love hearing about how they should act and feel from the media. Sure is interesting that whoever has the microphone seems to dub themselves the moral conscience of the audience instead of just reporting the situation. Not just here, everyone covering the story is saying the same things. It’s somehow Clevelands fault that Art Modell sullied his reputation.

  91. spunjmunke says: Sep 8, 2012 9:28 PM

    For everyone who said Modell let Cleveland keep their colors need to stop spewing revisionist history. Cleveland sued to keep the colors and history. They were already selling Baltimore Browns merchandise. He held this city hostage trying to get a new stadium, opening the door for classless owners around the league to do the same thing.
    So yeah…he was a hell of a guy. Rest in peace

  92. ybunthitjacks says: Sep 8, 2012 9:40 PM

    I’m tired of all this politically correct b.s. about being respectful. I will never forgive. You can call me classless you can call me whatever but I plan to chant anti-Modell rants same as I did when I was attending the first home after rumors leaked out about Modell moving the team. Love me, hate me for what I am doing I could care less. May he rest in h@#!! where he belongs

  93. tednancy says: Sep 8, 2012 9:41 PM

    Hey Baltimore fans: Robert Irsay did the right thing. Baltimore fans registered the lowest attendance figures in the entire league from 1978-1983. They did not support the team and Irsay had “no choice” but to pack-up and move the Colts to Indianapolis. Baltimore fans have no right to complain. Irsay should be in the HOF. He did a lot for the game and Baltimore fans should just get over it already.

    Sound right? No? Then I suggest ending the hypocritical embrace of Art Modell, the Ravens, and the criticism of Cleveland fans.

    By the way, the Browns ranked 4th out of 30 teams in attendance in the 90s, in spite of the fact that they had only one winning season in those years.

    So go ahead, Baltimore, and honor the man who had even less of an excuse to hurt Cleveland in the very same way that Bob Irsay hurt you.

  94. bensteeler29 says: Sep 8, 2012 9:42 PM

    I think Browns fans should celebrate his death, party in the streets and give him a big FU on his journey to hell. How dare this pig take away their team. Make it sting, baby!!

  95. ravenseattheirownpoop says: Sep 8, 2012 9:46 PM

    Just goes to show what kind of Morons live and root for the hapless Browns. They should rename them the Cleveland Turds.

  96. watchfullhose says: Sep 8, 2012 9:47 PM

    Modell apologists are delusional. To them I say this:

    YOU DON’T KNOW THE STORY.

    You’ve been telling each other crap for the last 16 years to make each other feel better.

    Go back to the CFL where you belong.

  97. conormacleod says: Sep 8, 2012 10:36 PM

    Anybody takes away my team, for any reason, can die a slow and miserable death, because that’s what I’d be doing after you took my team.

  98. imjinbrdgr says: Sep 8, 2012 11:23 PM

    jc327 says: Sep 8, 2012 4:35 PM

    Smart move. You’d be mistaken to expect a stadium full of people in any town to act with class, it’s just not going to happen. Not a dig at Cleveland, it would be a bad idea anywhere.
    =====================================

    Sad but true. You could never get a stadium full of people to act with class.

    Except in Green Bay.

  99. mazblast says: Sep 8, 2012 11:25 PM

    Browns fans, don’t worry about it. B-more fans are being pious hypocrites about this, as if getting a team by ripping the heart out of another city after you’ve been shafted is somehow allowed behavior. And those who’ve never seen the team they’ve supported so loyally for years suddenly leave town have no standing.

    Modell is dead. He can’t hurt Cleveland fans anymore. I wish a successful healing process to his family, and I have no doubt that his death is part of the healing process for Browns fans, too.

  100. clbrwns says: Sep 8, 2012 11:33 PM

    Damn Modell family taking away another thing I was looking forward to doing. So here fArt – BOOOOOOOOO BOOOOOOOO BOOOOO.

    Rot In H@## (RIH) fArt.

  101. youhavenoclue says: Sep 8, 2012 11:56 PM

    You stay classy Cleveland.. pitiful franchise that will never win anything

  102. rickydo22 says: Sep 9, 2012 12:13 AM

    djstat calls us classless pigs and dosnt get his comments pulled! His mother didnt say I was a classless Pig!!!

  103. coachbeck says: Sep 9, 2012 1:19 AM

    What’s lame is that they kept the colors, name, and history. City of Cleveland is like bitter ex ….. Holding on to. That old t-shirt you leave at your ex and you see her wearing it out lol

  104. berniekosarisgod19 says: Sep 9, 2012 3:20 AM

    mojosmagic says:
    Sep 8, 2012 6:35 PM
    Been to Cleveland once and it’s pretty bad. Cold, dirty city. Maybe that’s why the fans are angry enough to boo a dead man.

    Hey Mojo, I’m a Clevelander and go eff yourself.

  105. mwindle1973 says: Sep 9, 2012 4:05 AM

    dawgtown86 says: Sep 8, 2012 6:16 PM

    Part of the reason Baltimore had to wait so long for football was Art Modell. Art screwed Cleveland only after he helped screw Baltimore out of an expansion team to pave the way for the move. How anyone could defend him in the move is unfathomable. His contributions to the game include firing Paul Brown, pushing arguably the greatest running back ever into early retirement, firing Bill Beliecheik over the telephone and taking the team from Cleveland. Art sure didn’t dream up Monday Night Football but he did offer to host because one thing you can always count on in Cleveland, even until today, sunshine, rain or snow, winning record or not, is that Browns fans will show up and support the team.

    Art was millions in debt and no new stadium would fix that. He rewarded loyalty with deceit, years of support with selfishness and turned his back on the fans who faithfully filled his stadium and pocketbook for decades. He left, mid-lease, with no time to vote on a new stadium because after decades of support, Art knew from experience there was only one way that vote would end.

    _______________

    Very well said! I second you on all of it. I’m a Bengals fan…and Paul Brown is my favorite figure in all of football, past or present. So obviously we can both agree that Modell was dirty, bullish, manipulative businessman. That’s part of why he was good at pushing through Monday night football and other network deals. But it’s why he’s not liked very much either. And what he did in Cleveland and the way he went about it was disgusting. Although not a Brown’s fan, as an Ohioan, it was painful. But I do agree with Florio, the mans just died, and it would be wrong to allow a situation where he is going to be booed when a moment of respect is asked for. Mainly because it would be painful for his family. On the other hand, I find completely appropriate and necessary to point out just how many bad things this guy did. Regardless of his accomplishments for the league in regards to the networks. I think he hurt the league in so many ways over the years, that it outweighed any good he did. And that is why he was passed over for the HOF.

  106. msclemons67 says: Sep 9, 2012 4:14 AM

    Why is Cleveland expected to respect Modell? He pissed on the city and deserves the same in return.

  107. i10east says: Sep 9, 2012 5:06 AM

    All of a sudden the Modell sympathizers come up outta the woodwork? Gimme a break! If the shoe was on the other foot concerning your team, you (Art sympathizers) would be okay with it, right? So hypocritical. I’m not a Cleveland fan, but they have every right to continue to feel how they feel about Modell, alive or posthumously.

  108. djspman says: Sep 9, 2012 6:14 AM

    This guy is still sticking it to the Browns Fans even after he has past. RIP Art.

  109. macbull says: Sep 9, 2012 7:04 AM

    Art Modell’s death can’t erase the wrong he did in his lifetime.

    As I grow older, now in my 60s, I’ve attended more funerals than I ever dreamed I would. Dad then mom, aunts, uncles, distant relatives and close friends, neighbors and acquaintances die and I do my duty and pay my respects.

    Not one time, while paying my respects, did anyone talk about the wealth or material things each of the deceased had accumulated in their lifetime…

    ….BUT, those paying their respects would talk among themselves about how the deceased treated others.

    Art Modell hurt a lot of people in his lifetime and many will never forgive him.

    It’s probably best if those wishing to honor Art Modell before the Browns/Eagles game, do so in private.

  110. muckfodell says: Sep 9, 2012 7:05 AM

    Some are under the impression that Modell, out of the kindness of his heart, left Cleveland the name and colors. In fact, that is BS.

    The greedy one was sued for the name and colors, and a deal that was struck allowing the city to retain them. Otherwise, his Baltimore Browns ( as they were called at the news conference announcing the move) would have had to play home games at Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

    Modell himself promoted the lie in an attempt to save his reputation. Mission NOT accomplished.

    He also was offered a part of the Gateway project but refused. And Art being the genius that so many purport him to be surely knew that a public appeal to the fans would have placed pressure on the local politicians and he would have his new stadium.

    He did it for the 75 million because he was in financial trouble and needed the cash.

    Modell said “I had no choice.”

    He had two choices: Sell the team and make an astronomical profit, or try to keep it in his family by sticking it to one of the most loyal fan bases in all of sports.

    He chose wrong and, at least for now, it has cost him enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame and his reputation with most fans outside of Baltimore.

    His death changes nothing. I am sorry I won’t get the chance on Sunday to give him what he earned and so richly deserves.

  111. scottd6683 says: Sep 9, 2012 7:07 AM

    You Browns fan have to be some of the worst fans in sports. You only lost a team for 3 years, had the NFL help pay for your stadium, and kept all names and records(which by the way is only because of Art). This guy still gave you so much to cheer. You are just bitter that you stink. Enjoy last place again.

  112. watchfullhose says: Sep 9, 2012 9:02 AM

    Scottd: do you think browns fans should HONOR Art Modell?

  113. hansenbrothers says: Sep 9, 2012 9:58 AM

    No matter what you think of someone, you have to respect their family in this time.

  114. jlawless87 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:12 AM

    “Leaving Art with the rathole known as municipal stadium he had no choice to get a new stadium I was furious when he took the team to Baltimore, but he left us our name and colors, classy move.”

    The City of Cleveland had to sue to keep the colors name and records.

  115. jlawless87 says: Sep 9, 2012 10:15 AM

    Baltimore did not honor Bob Irsay when he passed. Why would they? As humans you reserve the right to have the feelings you have. It is ignorant for anyone not from Cleveland to tell me to “honor AM”. I will not. This City will not.

  116. ppdoc13 says: Sep 9, 2012 11:12 AM

    What a bunch of classless jerks. There are some browns fans who obviously are part of the human race. And those trying to compare irsay to modell are clueless. Art modell helped build the nfl. Bob irsay was a drunkard and a lout who started the game of football city hostage taking. And while they did both move their teams, irsay will never be remembered for doing anything as an owner and art will be remembered as one of the pillars of the nfl. Enough already, both men are dead and both bmore and Cleveland have thei teams. Let it rest.

  117. asublimeday says: Sep 9, 2012 11:34 AM

    That guy ripped Cleveland’s hearts out. He’d get the same reception Lebron did.

  118. ihatepittsburgh says: Sep 9, 2012 12:37 PM

    Dead or not it doesn’t change what he did. It’s so easy for you fans in other cities to bash us and say be classy and rip us for not paying respect. If the shoe was on the other foot, you’d do the same. We don’t have much in cleveland so sports are our escape and what we look forward to. Cleveland is a football town over any other sport. Art took that from us. Would you have a moment of silence and pay respect to an ex- girlfriend that left you for another guy? Imagine your football team being moved from your city and having to watch the sport you love without your favorite team playing. You want me to honor and pay respect to that man? Give me a break. Hope you packed for warm weather. Go Browns!

  119. tednancy says: Sep 9, 2012 6:20 PM

    Ravens fans have to lie to themselves about Art Modell in order to not feel like hypocrites every time they root for the Ravens. That’s why they believe in all the lies – such as Art “allowing” Cleveland to keep the Browns name and colors (he was sued by the city and only agreed to leave the name and colors behind to avoid being forced to honor the terms of his lease).

    I am a native Balitmorean and refuse to (a) participate in this mass public self-deception and (b) support an organization like the Ravens, which represents everything a true Baltimorean ought to hate. After what Bob Irsay did to us, how can we possibly embrace and defend Art Modell without being the biggest smelly hypocrites in the universe?

    I am ashamed to see all the disingenuous, dishonest, and cowardly Ravens apologists stinking up the blogosphere with their gassy Modell tributes.

    I guess you could say, in Bob Irsay and Art Modell, Baltimore got exactly the NFL owners it so richly deserves. I would rather be one of OJ Simpson’s kids than a Ravens fan.

  120. teambringitstrong says: Sep 12, 2012 6:55 AM

    All this over a football team? Real life is the man died.
    And you say Raider fans are classless. But then again, if you have people like a certain person by the surname of Till hailing from Cleveland, then what’s to be expected?

  121. dissed215 says: Sep 12, 2012 9:57 AM

    You can’t “steal” something you own! Modell didn’t steal anything. He moved the NFL franchise to Baltimore. Last time I checked the Browns were still in Cleveland. Are the Colts in Baltimore? NO.

    The weren’t the first team to move and they won’t be the last, but somehow Modell is the horrible villian? The Rams moved, the Cardinals moved, the Raiders moved…a couple of times.

    If you want to blame someone, blame the people that chose Jacksonville as an expansion team and skipped over Baltimore.

  122. jamaltimore says: Sep 13, 2012 12:44 AM

    Cleveland: Art moved HIS team to Baltimore and Re-named it the Ravens. They won a Super Bowl already.

    The Browns didn’t play in cleveland for 3 years but then they came back as the Browns with a Brand new shiny stadium that houses a bunch of overweight drunk dogs and the SAME terrible team. Boo Hoo, you had to miss your team for couple of years but all the memories of the mistake on the lake, the fumble, the drive, Jim Brown, Chris Palmer, Tim couch, Mike Holgram etc. remain fresh and alive in cleveland. Art Modell is responsible for a lot more good memories in Cleveland than the taking football away for a couple of year.

    I get the anger during the no football years but i but move on. Art Modell wasn’t Perfect but he was a heck of a lot more than any of his haters.

  123. swagger52 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:32 PM

    15 years later, it is obvious the monster that the NFL has created with the Cleveland Browns. Cleveland gets extra draft picks. They get to keep the name of their team. They are always mentioned as the poor city that lost their poor team, etc. Contrast that to Baltimore that lost a team, lost the name, lost the records; we got NOTHING.

    Baltimore has moved on, Cleveland is Grudgeville.

    The NFL continues to Enable bad behavior, victimhood, on Cleveland. Suck it up. You at least got to keep the team name.

  124. swagger52 says: Sep 13, 2012 7:42 PM

    Why is it even a conversation about what Cleveland thinks of Art Modell?

    Why is it not even a conversation about what Baltimore thinks of Bob Irsay?

    It is because Cleveland is enabled to wallow in self-pity. And Why is that?

    A. Because the NFL has chosen Cleveland and wants them to be the poster child of what happens to cities when they lose the NFL.

    B. Because the NFL has chosen Baltimore to be the bad guys that stole the Browns. They aren’t legitimate. Remember Baltimore didn’t get Jacksonville because they were supposed to get a museum instead.

    C. A & B Both are true

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