As summer turns to autumn, many an Ohioan’s mind turns to the sport of football. (There’s a reason the Pro Football Hall of Fame is in Canton.) This weekend marks the start of the NFL season, and like many other Ohio ex-pat football fans, you may be wondering where you can support Browns and Bengals instead of Jets and Giants. While there is probably no way to truly escape New York fans cheering on the hometown teams, there are several enclaves around the city for orange contingencies, be it orange and brown or orange and black. Continue Reading →
I’ve told you about places to join other Cleveland Browns fans in the past, but there is a new Dawg Pound to add to that list: the Brooklyn Browns Backers. Formed by an OhioNYC mixer regular, Rich Garr, the club is going to be meeting up to watch the games this season at the Rock Shop’s second floor sports bar. The season kicks off tomorrow at 1pm against the Miami Dolphins.
The Browns will likely need to score a good amount of points to win tomorrow’s game as their defense may be without some key players. Top draft pick Barkevious Mingo, a back-up defensive end, will be out recovering from a bruised lung, while starters Ahtyba Rubin (defensive end) and Buster Skrine (cornerback) are listed as questionable. As Cleveland fans know, a Browns season is never easy, so it is always good to have a support group. To become a Brooklyn Browns Backer, “like” the group on Facebook and come out to the Rock Shop. The complete Browns schedule is below.
September 8 at 1pm- Miami Dolphins
September 15 at 1pm- Baltimore Ravens
September 22 at 1pm- Minnesota Vikings
September 29 at 1pm- Cincinnati Bengals
October 3 at 8:25pm- Buffalo Bills
October 13 at 1pm- Detroit Lions
October 20 at 1pm- Green Bay Packers
October 27 at 1pm- Kansas City Chiefs
November 3 at 4:25pm- Baltimore Ravens
November 17 at 1pm- Cincinnati Bengals
November 24 at 1pm- Pittsburgh Steelers
December 1 at 1pm- Jacksonville Jaguars
December 8 at 1pm- New England Patriots
December 15 at 1pm- Chicago Bears
December 22 at 1pm- New York Jets
December 29 at 1pm- Pittsburgh Steelers
Today, the Cleveland Browns will be at MetLife Stadium to take on the New York Giants. It will be the first time the two teams have met since 2008, when the Browns won in Cleveland 35 to 14. The prospect of a Cleveland victory looks less likely today, however. The Browns are 0-4 this season, while the Giants are 2-2. Making matters worse, the Browns announced yesterday that they will be without wide receivers Mohamed Massaquoi and Travis Benjamin, who are both out with hamstring injuries.
Obviously Cleveland fans will be traveling to East Rutherford en masse, but the Union Square Browns Backers will be, as always, at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ, while the Browns Backers of New York City, will be at Manny’s on Second, where last night they held a pre-game party attended by former Browns Eric Metcalf and Hanford Dixon. Game time is 1pm, with the contest being broadcast nationally on CBS and locally on the radio on WFAN 660 AM.
Today is the official start of the Cleveland Browns’ season, and they’ll be squaring off at 1pm against the Philadelphia Eagles and their scumbag quarterback, Michael Vick. Obviously, driving to Cleveland Browns Stadium, where today’s game is taking place, is not an option for most New York–based Browns fans, but there is a couple local Dawg Pounds where Cleveland fans gather. The Browns Backers of New York City gather at Manny’s on Second, but as we’ve mentioned previously, we prefer the Union Square Browns Backers, who get together at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ and enjoy 40¢ wings and $12 pitchers. The group now has t-shirts so you can really show off your camaraderie.
Given the team’s dismal 4-7 record this year, it is probably unwise to watch the Cleveland Browns alone. No, one certainly needs the camaraderie of others when it comes to watching the goings-on at the Factory of Sadness. In New York, there is probably no better support group than the Union Square Browns Backers. An official Backers club, the group congregates to watch the game each Sunday at Brother Jimmy’s BBQ on E. 16th Street. The organization has its own private room with 12 televisions and gets special treatment from the restaurant in the form of half-price wings and $12 pitchers of beer. The 80+ members continue to grow in number as all one needs to do to join is show up.
This week the Browns are at home taking on the hated Baltimore Ravens, who have a much better record of 8-3, so it is perhaps best to once again prepare for disappointment. Game time is 4:05pm.