Kardiac Kids: The Story of the 1980 Cleveland Browns

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Kardiac Kids: The Story of the 1980 Cleveland Browns

Format:  Paperback,

449 pages

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Publish Date: Oct 2007

ISBN-13: 9780743296298

ISBN-10: 074329629X

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A heart-pounding journey through the most exciting season in Cleveland Browns' history Every longtime Cleveland sports fan knows about "Red Right 88, " the play that ended the Browns' 1980 season. Trailing 14-12 late in the fourth quarter against the Oakland Raiders in an icy, windy playoff game, the Browns opted to eschew a field-goal attempt and go for a touchdown. Quarterback Brian Sipe's ill-fated throw, intended for tight end Ozzie Newsome, was intercepted by Oakland in the end zone, bringing to a halt Cleveland's "kardiac" campaign. In Kardiac Kids Jonathan Knight paints a portrait of the Browns' storybook 1980 season and its impact on the city of Cleveland. Knight takes us through that unforgettable year from beginning to end, describing in great detail how the city simply fell in love with this team. It was the year long-suffering Cleveland sports fans finally had something to be proud of. Tickets were at a premium, players were pursued like rock stars, and songs were written about their on-field heroics. This was a team made up of individuals who weren't expected to be headline grabbers. It had a personable, often humorous head coach and a starting quarterback who was supposed to be too short, too slow, and whose arm was far too weak (and who, by the way, became the National Football League's Most Valuable Player in 1980). A group of football journeymen came together to form the best offensive line in the NFL, and a beleaguered defense improved just enough to help the team realize its destiny. Though the Cleveland Browns boast four world championships and possess a rich and respected past, the magical 1980 season was clearly the most memorable in team history. Kardiac Kids is atribute to that team.


Publisher: Kent State Univ Pr
Publish Date: Jun 2003
ISBN-13: 9780873387613
ISBN-10: 0873387619
Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 301
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.25 x 1.0
Walmart No.: 0873387619

Chapter outline

Forewordp. xi
Preface and Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Prologue: The End of the Beginningp. 1
Between Heartbeatsp. 5
The Boston Massacre and the Monday-Night Snoozep. 33
Silent Movie Daysp. 47
The Old Magicp. 71
Torn Curtainp. 87
Sam's Glo-Coat Boysp. 104
Part of the Journeyp. 121
In the Driver's Seatp. 145
It's Worth Living Herep. 159
The Maximum of Excitementp. 186
The Thirteen Days of a Cleveland Browns Christmasp. 217
One Last Kissp. 234
Epilogue: The Dynasty That Wasn'tp. 262
Bibliographical Essayp. 290
Indexp. 293

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