The Suchan Football Playbook: Top 10 Most Fantastic Cleveland Browns Moments

Cleveland Browns defensive back Ron Bolton intercepts a pass during the Browns 14-12 loss to the Oakland Raiders in the 1980 AFC Divisional Playoff Game on January 4, 1981 at Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Dennis Collins/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***

#4 The Kardiac Kids in 1980 AFC Divisional Playoff Game against Oakland Raiders

I was 11 years old. That year, I had started to follow my favorite team. I was a 5th grader. They were the Kardiac Kids. Their quarterback was Brian Sipe and over the previous two seasons, the Browns won many games in the final moments to give them the heart-pounding nickname. My mom’s favorite player back then was wide receiver Dave Logan. Logan was a muti star athlete and was a great basketball player as well but stuck to football and the NFL. When the lights were brightest, Logan always stepped up, especially when they played those Pittsburgh Steelers.

That team also had The Wizard, A.K.A as Ozzie Newsome. The legendary tight end was everything to the Browns. That’s one reason, those Browns fans of the older generation despise the Baltimore Ravens even more because Newsome became the general manager of the Ravens after his playing days. That should have been his title in Cleveland but it wasn’t to be.

So back to this classic between the Browns and Raiders. Yes, the good guys lost. It still hurts. Red Right 88 was the name of the play. Sipe was to throw the ball to the above-mentioned Newsome in the back of the frozen tundra end zone of old Municipal Stadium. The weather that day was awful and the field was frozen as the wind chills were below zero. The pass fluttered and somehow was intercepted by the warm weather Raiders cornerback Michael Davis with only 41 seconds left and clinking to a 14-12 lead. It left this writer heartbroken and in tears.


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