Showing posts with label trivia. Show all posts
Showing posts with label trivia. Show all posts

Friday, September 20, 2013

Back-enders

Willis McGahee, a month shy of age 32, is the newest Brown, signed today to step into a thin backfield suddenly thinner given the trade of Trent Richardson.

With 8,077 career rushing yards, McGahee ranks 42nd all-time. He joins the following list of veteran backs who became Browns only in the last legs of their careers:

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Apropos of Josh and Joe

Obsessive Browns fan, prone to perceiving patterns and observing oddities, even inanities of name and number, takes note of the following:

  • Never in history have the Browns had more than one Josh or Joshua on the team. In fact, before Cribbs hit the scene running, the only Josh on their all-time roster was QB Josh Booty, who never got into a game. Today, there are three players named Josh, not just on the same team, but at the same position (WRs Cribbs, Gordon, and Cooper).

  • "Joe" is the epitome of an ordinary name, but not so here. Perhaps their best offensive player (Thomas) and best defensive player (Haden) share that given name. Both were drafted high in the first round. They are, in fact, the only Joes drafted at all by Cleveland since "Turkey" Joe Jones way back in 1970.

  • It's the last day of July, so players born today were likely conceived right around Halloween. Happy birthday to ghosts of Browns past Tim Couch (35), Antonio Langham (40), Larry Poole (60), and Nick Sorensen (34). Odd fact about Poole, the former Kent State star runner: he's credited on IMDb.com with working as as a horse wrangler in the upcoming western "The Sorrow."

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Ring 'n the Ghost

Not often at all will you find a pair of players at the same position, traded for each other straight-up, who then hit free agency and sign with the same third team on the same day.

From even comparison to direct competition.

The second pre-season game is when many such roster skirmishes and depth chart decisions come into sharper focus. And that focus will be in Cleveland, where Jerome Harrison and Mike Bell may very well tag team against their old team with their jobs on the line (or behind the line, perhaps).

Maybe not big enough to sell tickets to glorified practice, but an interesting potential storyline to follow next Friday.




Thursday, January 01, 2009

Trivia reader note

This site's trivia tag is best viewed with max results set to 100 and browsed upward from the bottom of that page. The contests themselves are now expired, but comments (including requests for answers) are welcome.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Tough trivia #56

What feat do Greg Pruitt, Jim Brown, Leroy Kelly, Ray Renfro, Bobby Mitchell, Eric Metcalf, Brian Brennan, Kevin Johnson, Herman Fontenot, and Willie Miller have in common as Browns players?

Answer to #55: While the "new" Browns lost 100 games within their first decade of play, the original Browns did not lose their 100th game until 1974, their 29th season.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Tough trivia #55

The Browns have now lost 100 regular-season games since returning to the NFL in 1999. How many years did it take the original Browns, beginning in 1946, to lose 100 games?

Answer to #54: Gary Collins, who pulled double duty as a receiver and punter, ran twice from punt formation in a 27-7 win over the Eagles in 1966, gaining 38 yards and two first downs.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Tough trivia #54

Which Brown once ran fake punts for first downs twice in the same game?

Answer to #53: Milt Plum threw 208 passes without an interception in the early '60s, a record since eclipsed by Bart Starr and currently held by Kosar with exactly 100 more.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Tough trivia #53

Before Bernie Kosar, which Brown once held the NFL record for most consecutive passes without an interception?

Answer to #52: Oklahoma's Kurt Burris was the Browns' first-round pick in 1955 but never signed a contract due to impending induction into the Navy. He later played in the Canadian Football League.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Tough trivia #52

What Heisman Trophy runner-up was drafted by the Browns but never signed?

Answer to #51: Frank Minnifield twice picked off the Oilers' Oliver Luck, a former Cleveland St. Ignatius star playing for the benched Warren Moon, in the overtime period of a 13-10 Browns win in 1986.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Tough trivia #51

Which Brown once intercepted two passes in an overtime period?

Answer to #50: Bernie Parrish of the Browns and Lemar Parrish of the Bengals were both Pro Bowl defensive backs coached by Paul Brown.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Tough trivia #50

What last name was shared by two Pro Bowl defensive backs who played for Paul Brown?

Answer to #49: The Kardiac Kids season of 1980 is the only time that a single player threw all of the Browns' completed passes. Brian Sipe was the league's MVP that year.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Tough trivia #49

In which season were all of the Browns' completed passes thrown by the same player?

Answer to #48: Kellen Winslow, taking a desperation pitch from Derek Anderson, tried to throw but was sacked by the Ravens' Bart Scott in 2006, Winslow's only appearance on the stat sheet as a passer.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tough trivia #48

Which Brown appears in the team's passing statistics only because he was once sacked for a 14-yard loss?

Answer to #47: Most rushing yards by a quarterback. Mike Phipps' 395 yards on the ground in 1973 is the most ever for a Browns QB. He outgained all but one of his teammates and led the Browns with five TD runs. Remarkably, his average per attempt was higher rushing than passing.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Tough trivia #47

What single-season franchise high was set in 1973 and remains unbroken to this day?

Answer to #46: 1993. Eric Metcalf returned two punts for scores in a memorable win over Pittsburgh. Mark Carrier returned a Rams punt 56 yards for a touchdown in a 42-14 romp in December of that year.

Friday, September 26, 2008

Tough trivia #46

What was the only season in which two different Browns scored touchdowns on punt returns?

Answer to #45: Rookie QB Terry Luck, making his only NFL start, was on the receiving end of a trick play, catching a four-yard touchdown pass from Greg Pruitt during the 1977 season finale, a 20-19 loss in Seattle.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Tough trivia #45

Which Browns quarterback caught a touchdown pass in his only NFL start?

Answer to #44: Huddles.

Monday, September 22, 2008

Tough trivia #44

What was the name of the Browns mascot who greeted players during introductions from 1982-1988?

Answer to #43: The Browns under Crennel are just 1-8 1-9 in games decided by 15 or more points. Cleveland's last win by such a margin came on November 20, 2005, a 22-0 home victory over Miami.

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Tough trivia #43

In what games do Romeo Crennel's Browns have a record of just 1-8?

Answer to #42: Four different Browns had 100-yard rushing games for the 1951 Browns (Dub Jones, Ken Carpenter, Emerson Cole, and Marion Motley). In only four other seasons have the Browns had as many as three different players rush for 100 yards in a game.

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Tough trivia #42

What rushing feat accomplished by the 1951 Browns is unmatched in team history?

Answer to #41: It wasn't until Paul McDonald in 1984, the team's 39th year of play, that the Browns' passing leader would claim that title for only one season. By contrast, the Browns have had six different passing leaders in the past six seasons.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Tough trivia #41

Who was the first quarterback to lead the Browns in passing yards in a season only once?

Answer to #40: Cleveland's 18th-round pick in 1966, Charley Harraway, was primarily a blocking back who had his greatest success as a Washington Redskin.