Preview of Cleveland Browns-New York Jets and sports activities after 9/11

CLEVELAND — Everybody has a narrative about September 11, 2001. The place they had been, what they had been doing, and the way they felt.

In my case, I used to be the Sports activities Director of WOBL-AM 1320 in Oberlin. On the time, I used to be additionally the studio host of the Bowling Inexperienced State College Radio Community and the host of the City Meyer Present. The 37-year-old was within the first season of his first head teaching job. 

I did the Meyer present on Monday, September 10 and drove again house with my Dad that evening. All appeared proper with the world. 

All the things modified, in fact, the next morning. 

Whereas the NFL, NCAA, and Main League Baseball all suspended play within the instant aftermath of the 9/11 assaults, highschool sports activities would go on. 

That Friday evening, I used to be down in Wellington to name the play-by-play for the Midview Middies and Wellington Dukes highschool soccer sport. The 2 colleges had been bitter rivals within the previous Lorain County Convention on the time and it was primarily a playoff sport. 

The moments main as much as kickoff is the one time I can ever bear in mind not desirous to be at a sport to broadcast it. My Mother was on the opposite facet of the nation on the time, not capable of fly house due to the grounding of economic plane. I used to be having a tough time processing life in America after essentially the most devastating day in its historical past. 

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I simply did not have the hearth in my stomach to be there. 

Then, the marching bands from the 2 colleges joined collectively on the sector and performed ‘The Star-Spangled Banner.’ One thing about that immediate jogged my memory how proud I used to be to be a citizen of the USA. Irrespective of how terrible September 11th was, the terrorists couldn’t take away our anthem, our delight, or our highschool soccer. 

Recreation on.  

I’ve by no means been prouder to have been capable of broadcast a sport in any sport at any time in my 20-plus years as a sportscaster. It was a good looking evening, an opportunity for 2 communities to return collectively in good concord on and off the sector. 

Whereas I used to be in Wellington, Jim Donovan was making an attempt to determine when the Cleveland Browns would resume motion. 

President George W. Bush enlisted the assistance of then-Browns proprietor Al Lerner to strive to make sure that followers would really feel protected and safe at stadiums as soon as the video games on the sector resumed. Lerner, the previous Marine, labored to make it possible for the Browns safety was top-notch when the gates of Cleveland Browns Stadium (now FirstEnergy Stadium) re-opened. 

Lerner and the Browns put quite a lot of effort and time in preparation for that first sport again. Keep in mind that the top of workforce safety was Lew Merletti, the previous head of the U.S. Secret Service. Jimmy recalled how proud the proprietor was that his franchise grew to become a mannequin for the remainder of the NFL in fan security and safety. 

Off the sector, Lerner and the Browns arrange a particular fund whereby the workforce would ‘undertake’ the youngsters of 1 New York Metropolis police officer and one FDNY firefighter who died on 9/11. The Browns and Lerner offered every household with monetary sources till the youngsters reached the age of 21. 

Fairly superb stuff.

Countdown to Monday Evening

The Browns will face the Jets within the Massive Apple developing on Monday evening. I do not need to say it is a must-win sport…however, they actually have to not lose.

Jimmy and I put a bow on final weekend’s disappointing opener towards the Titans throughout Wednesday’s Donovan Reside Postgame Present. Clearly, the Browns must do a greater job staying disciplined and avoiding penalties. 

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Somebody requested Jimmy and I if the 18 penalties towards the Browns had been a mirrored image on Freddie Kitchens’ means to regulate and self-discipline his workforce. 

If the Browns clear issues up on Monday evening, I am inclined to say no. If what we noticed towards Tennessee is a sample versus anomaly, I might say sure.

Watch the Donovan Reside Postgame Present within the participant beneath:

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