Best of the blog

Here are the posts from this blog that I like the best. If you got here from the menu at right, these favorites follow on this page. And if that’s not enough, check out the bibliography on the “About Ace” page.

January 02, 2014: The Browns’ misfire — Chud’s rookie coaching record was better than those of several legendary coaches whose owners weren’t so rash.

November 07, 2013: One for the ages — Personal photo essay of an intergenerational day to remember at the stadium.

January 12, 2013: Chud’s hire hits homeroom — Heartfelt impressions upon the news of a high school classmate landing his dream job.

August 04, 2012: A billionaire’s buy-in — An early take on new owner Jimmy Haslam and some hopes for his regime.

November 23, 2009: Coaching up coach — Eric Mangini’s in-game decision-making hadn’t improved since his Jets days, as a defeat in Detroit demonstrated.

September 22, 2008: De-generation — The awkward realization that obsessively following a horrid football team may not be the kind of habit to instill in a four-year-old.

February 20, 2008: The phantom ’40s — Calling on the Browns to stop excluding AAFC statistics in their own team records and publications.

December 31, 2007: Hey Tony… — An open letter to Colts’ coach Tony Dungy for offending the sport with a flagrant lack of competitive effort, a factor that cost the Browns a playoff berth.

December 12, 2007: Breed’s hut hut hike — Notes from a win over the Jets, posted by an ill blogger self-consciously struggling to write, as in college days of yore.

September 16, 2007: Signal Caller Outer — MSU QB Brian Hoyer disavows his Browns fandom because they drafted Brady Quinn.

March 17, 2007: Cutting to the chasing of the ‘Cutt — A qualified appreciation of the departing Dennis Northcutt, “the most productive player mistreated and/or maligned by his agent, two coaching regimes, and his own fans.”

May 06, 2006: All in great timeChinatown allusions permeate this essay about maintaining hope in the Browns in the face of repeated insult.

June 22, 2005: Passan that idea — Rebutting the suggestion that the reborn Cleveland franchise should have picked another name and allowed the Browns to rest in peace.

April 17, 2005: Who needs Kiper? — Dialogue with Old Dawg Trey Davis about what’s in the cards for the Browns on Phil Savage’s first draft day.

December 21, 2004: Root to lose? — Hoping for a worse record so your team drafts higher is a sloppy emotional habit and just plain bad karma.

September 11, 2004: Savor of the season — Waxing poetic on the meaning of football’s opening day.

July 31, 2004: Why is Jeff Garcia smiling? — A campaigning president shows up at training camp, and a blogger’s snarky side shows. Originally posted on a now-repurposed domain, this prompted the most comments of all my blog posts, though they’re in the digital ether by now.

October 11, 2003: Where were you during Red Right 88? — “Odd, isn’t it, to feel such deep nostagia for so painful a memory?”

July 30, 2003: Jamel White knocked woozy — Years before concussion concerns hit the NFL mainstage, I called Butch out for returning a back to practice too soon during training camp.