Something to show for knowing their Browns

Two years ago today, Mike Pettine got his first pro head coaching win, 26-24 over the Saints. Contest winner Nick Koesters (84) was in the front row, wearing the jersey number of his boyhood idol.

At least a few Browns fans came out victors last weekend. In this site’s contest to predict the opening day 53-man roster, a pair of longtime Browns loyalists narrowly topped the field and tied for the most players correctly named.

Entrants had to identify who would be on the Browns’ active roster in Philadelphia at least 16 days in advance, before the third exhibition game. That proved to be a tall order, given the subsequent dispatch of the following players who appeared on most if not all of the entries: Paul Kruger, Andy Lee, Justin Gilbert, Pierre Desir, Rahim Moore, Connor Hamlett, Terrell Watson, Raheem Mostert, and Marlon Moore. (Only 41% had figured Barkevious Mingo to make the team.)

So congratulations to the two contestants who were right on 43 of the players (81%) who earned spots on the active roster: Nick Koesters of Maria Stein, Ohio, and Dale Harris of Ironwood, Michigan.

Both of them have fond childhood memories of attending games of the late ’80s playoff teams, when the Browns made the playoffs five straight years. Koesters was a particular fan of WR Webster Slaughter, the field-stretching phenom on an excellent offensive ensemble. Harris recalls All Pro DT Michael Dean Perry speaking at his Elyria elementary school. The Browns Legend also sacked Denver’s John Elway in Harris’ first in-person game experience, a dramatic, last-second win over their nemesis in 1989.

For their prognosticative prowess, they’ll each receive a copy of Brown for the Count: A Compendium of Cleveland Browns Lists. Thanks to all those who took part in the contest. May we all enjoy a few victories before too long.