The Cleveland Browns have fans all over the United States and around the world. This is the first installment in a series. In the coming weeks, we’ll get to know some of great Browns Backers clubs from a variety of cities. It’s going to be a great tour and it’s one that I’m really looking forward to. These clubs are truly comprised of the best and the most loyal Browns fans.
We’re going to start this week with a club that I’ve spent some time with. The Cin-Day Lucky Dawgs meet at The Lucky Dawg Grille in Mason, Ohio. Mason is close enough to both Dayton and Cincinnati to be convenient for fans from both cities. It’s a great location. The wings and the beer menu are excellent. Kurt Boveington says the club has about 275 Browns fans who attend most functions.
Kurt has served as club president since 2011. In talking about his club, he says:
“We are a fun-loving club with great members and we always have a great time together.”
Some of his favorite Browns are Joe Thomas, Josh Cribbs, Leroy Kelly, Jim Brown, Bernie Kosar, Earnest Byner and Brian Sipe.
The club meets at The Lucky Dawg Grille for all Browns games and for an annual draft day party. I attended in April and enjoyed hanging out with a great group of fans. I met Eric Huber who invited me to stop by after we talked on Twitter. Eric is a die-hard fan who was wearing a Lou Groza jersey that night and had some great stories including the time he met “The Toe”. There were trivia questions and door prizes. The club also has a raffle drawing at half-time of each game. The club tries to host a Browns alumni player each year. They’ve had Ernie Green, Don Cockroft, Mike St. Clair, Thom Darden, Earnest Byner (twice) and Greg Pruitt. The club also hosts an annual golf scramble.
The Cin-Day Luck Dawgs support a multitude of charities including The Cleveland Browns Foundation, Susan G. Komen – Breast cancer and The Muscular Dystrophy Association. They also have a “swear jar” present at every game that members contribute to. At the end of the year, all swear jar funds are donated to the Animal Friends Animal Shelter along with many bags of Dog food. Last year’s swear jar total was about $350.Kurt supports Browns Head Coach Hue Jackson, saying, “I hope he makes it.” He continued, “This will be a do or die year for him. He must show significant improvement. He needs to be more animated and more “in-your-face” with the players. He couldn’t do that in the past while being head coach and offensive coordinator at the same time.”
The Lucky Dawgs President has a unique outlook on the 2018 season. What kind of season does he expect to see?
“A winning season. I don’t believe in small incremental improvements. We improve to 3-4 wins this year, 6-7 wins the next year, then 9-7 the following year. The average life of an NFL player is 4 years. The time to win is now.”
All Browns fans would sure love to see that outcome this season!
Thanks to Kurt Boveington and the Cin-Day Lucky Dawgs for taking part in this series!
For information or to join this club, you can reach Kurt at Kurtwb@msn.com, 513-505-5547 – cell/text