Being a woman and an NFL fan

Sonja Greenfield, Detroit Lions Reporter

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

It’s not easy being a female sports fan.  More specifically, a female football fan.

On Monday, it was announced that the Cleveland Browns signed former Kansas City Chiefs running back Kareem Hunt. To refresh our memory, Hunt was released by the Chiefs back in November for domestic violence allegations.  He was caught on camera kicking a woman in a hotel. Though he still potentially faces disciplinary action from the League, as of today, he’s a Cleveland Brown.

My husband once told me, “I don’t know how you can be a woman and still like the NFL.”  Ummm…wow.  That hurt a little bit. But he’s right. (And no, this isn’t the first time I’ve acknowledged that he’s right, BTW)

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Conflicted feelings on Cleveland signing RB Kareem Hunt

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar Senior Sports Editor

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

During a season in which the Kansas City Chiefs had great expectations of going to the Super Bowl, a video surfaced to show star running back Kareem Hunt in an altercation with a woman at a hotel in Cleveland last Spring. In the video, he is seen hitting and kicking her. The backlash from this incident caused the NFL to suspend him indefinitely and the Chiefs to release him.

Yesterday, Cleveland Browns general manager John Dorsey announced that they had signed Hunt. Frankly, my reactions have varied since I heard this news. I needed time to gather my thoughts, rein in my emotions, and sleep on it before I could put words down on paper.

Today, my thoughts are clearer, but no less conflicted. Hunt’s behavior in that Cleveland hotel is completely unacceptable. Everyone should be able to have a second chance to make up for their past, but WHY oh WHY does it have to be the Browns that give him that chance?

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Browns head coaching search is over!

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

The Cleveland Browns have named Freddie Kitchens as the 17th head coach in franchise history.

While the past few head coaches didn’t fare very well – or last very long – hopes are high that Coach Kitchens will be “cooking up” a winning recipe with rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield. Fans seem to believe, and if this past season’s performance is any indication, that the Browns have finally found their franchise QB.

Kitchens and Dorsey have already started to put his coaching staff into place, naming Steve Wilks as the defensive coordinator and Todd Monken as the offensive coordinator.

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Browns beat Broncos; end 28 year losing streak!

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Browns 17 – Broncos 16

It wasn’t pretty by any means, but for the first time since 1990, the Cleveland Browns beat the Denver Broncos in Mile High Stadium.

Rookie quarterback Baker Mayfield is everything fans have waited for these long, lonely years. While many questioned General Manager John Dorsey’s pick of Mayfield in the 2018 NFL Draft, week after week he is proving why he was the right choice.

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Christian Kirksey is Cleveland Browns nominee for Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

What is your “Why?”  That is the question Cleveland Browns linebacker Christian Kirksey asked his teammates during training camp. It became a highlight of this season’s edition of the HBO series Hard Knocks. 

And part of his “Why?” has always been combining football with community service, giving back to those who helped him and being a role model for our youth.

Originally drafted by the Browns in the third round of the 2014 NFL Draft, Kirksey has become a leader in the locker room and a real presence in the community. His Kirkoland Foundation was established to help children, both in Cleveland where he plays and in St. Louis, Missouri, where he was born and raised.

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Browns face Chiefs in first test after coaching changes

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Chiefs 37 – Browns 21

Its been tumultuous week here in Cleveland. On Monday, head coach Hue Jackson was fired. While fans speculated on the timing and on when offensive coordinator Todd Haley would be named as interim coach, the announcement came that Haley was fired also.

This leaves defensive coordinator Gregg Williams as the “last man standing” in this year’s edition of “Cleveland Browns Coaching Survivor.” Not sure if you can call being put in charge of this team a personal victory, but Williams had his hands full facing the insanely productive Kansas City Chiefs offense and their incredibly talented quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

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The Steel Deal — Week 8

Sonja Greenfield Contributor Pittsburgh Steelers

By Sonja Greenfield // @Mom23RN

Pittsburgh 33 – Browns 18

It was an emotional day, to say the least for the Pittsburgh fans. Still coming to grips with the shooting at the Pittsburgh Synagogue, Steelers fans filled up the stadium for a game against division foe Cleveland Browns.

Coming off of the bye, and a come from behind win against the Bengals, the Steelers were looking to pick up where they left off. That was the thought anyway. The Steeler defense was a little bit sleepy in the first few possessions. The Browns were able to pretty much do what they wanted on the opening drive, but it stalled and had to kick a field goal.

A couple of series later, quarterback Ben Roethlisberger threw an interception. Thankfully it wasn’t a pick six, but yeah, it was a slow start.  Finally, Roethlisberger was able to connect with wide receiver Antonio Brown and get the scoring party started.  Sort of.

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Cleveland Browns: shoulda, coulda, woulda

Kate Arhar
Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8

Browns 14 – Chargers 38

Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit was one of my favorite movies. What does that have to do with football? Well, stay here with me just a moment…

There is a scene when Rita (Lauryn Hill) is talking to her mother (Sheryl Lee Ralph) and mom says “But there are a lot of talented people right down there on the streets singin’ their ‘shoulda-coulda-woulda’s.'”

Of all the lines in that movie, it’s one that really stuck with me. And after the blistering loss the Cleveland Browns took this week from the Los Angeles Chargers, it seems like the perfect theme to recap the game.

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Browns fans finally get a Victory Monday

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar, Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Cleveland Browns 12 – Baltimore Ravens 9

The wait is finally over!  Browns fans get to enjoy their first Victory Monday in a very long time…. two years in fact.

While it took their third overtime game to get a Sunday win, the Browns did it in their usual thrilling, heart-attack inducing, pretty darn lucky and maybe a little ugly fashion. Add to that the fact that it was a division game and, well, fans are going crazy right now!

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Kate’s True or False: Get to know her

Kate Arhar
Kate Arhar Cleveland Browns Reporter

By Kate Arhar // @ClvlndK8 

Kate shared 10 statements about herself for Our Turf Football’s social media.

You had to guess if they were True or False.

In case you missed it, here they are complete with answers.

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