‘Stars’ coming; Browns rebuilding

Sheridan Kiwanis Club’s “Stars of Tomorrow” talent contest will be Friday, Feb. 21 at the WYO Theater. This year’s chairperson, Katie Dehn, stopped by Thursday with the particulars. The tryouts begin Jan. 28.

For more information: www.sheridanwykiwanis.com.

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I see by the paper…….

• Marital bliss: For the first time, two male West Point graduates were married at the military academy’s chapel. Both Larry Choate III and Daniel Lennox have left the military and are in graduate study programs at Harvard. Two same-sex women graduates were married at West Point in 2012.

• Not-so-marital-bliss: A Michigan man has put a new spin on the old term, “spite fence.” Alan Markovitz owns a Detroit strip club and bought a house next door to his ex-wife. He then spent $7,000 on a statue of an extended middle finger. It’s illuminated at night as well.

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Press reader and letter writer Charles Cole has a unique NFL fan jacket. He’s a lifelong fan of Cleveland’s Browns. On the rear shoulder of his handsome leather brown-and-orange jacket is the inscription: Rebuilding Since 1964. He says whenever he attends a home game, the jacket is a conversation starter with other Cleveland fans.

The Browns have 16 inductees into pro football’s Hall of Fame, fourth most from a single team, but have enjoyed only three winning seasons in the last generation. Hence another nickname: “Factory of Sadness.” The Browns have had five coaches in the last 10 seasons and dismissed the latest coach, Rod Chudzinski, after one 4-12 season. The coach’s opening hasn’t been filled yet.

The Browns won the last championship of any Cleveland team in 1964, featuring players like Jim Brown, Frank Ryan, Paul Warfield and Lou Groza. Back then, the playoffs consisted of one game: the NFL Eastern Conference (the Browns were 10-3-1) and the NFL Western Conference (the Baltimore Colts were 12-2). The underdog Browns defeated the Colts 27-zip two days after Christmas in Cleveland’s Municipal Stadium before almost 80,000 fans.

On the field that day suited up for the Colts was Jerry Hill, a 25-year-old fullback who had scored five touchdowns in his third season and averaged 4.4 yards-per-carry. In that ’64 NFL Browns/Colts title game, Jerry had nine rushes and one reception; Cleveland’s defense pretty much shut down the high-flying offense of John Unitas and Co. that day.

Jerry played nine seasons for the Colts, played in two Super Bowls, winning one, and was named the University of Wyoming’s Player of the 20th Century in 1992. Jerry lives in Sheridan and is a familiar and welcomed figure at The Powder Horn where he regularly plays golf.

The last Cleveland Indians’ championship was the 1948 team. But they do have their fingerprints all over one of the best baseball movies ever, “Major League.”

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Quotable

“Tell me, and I forget; teach me and I may remember; involve me and I learn.”

— Benjamin Franklin, American statesman/publisher/inventor, 1706-1790

 

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