Sunday, December 11, 2011

The Epic Tale of the Kardiac Kids

We have learned that Don Cockroft, one of the last of the straight-toe kickers in the NFL, has crafted the epic tale of the Kardiac Kids, the 1980 Cleveland Browns whose wild season of last-second victories led by Brian Sipe, Ozzie Newsome, the Pruitts and crew ended in heartbreak on the fluttering flight of a frozen pigskin intercepted by the Oakland Raiders at the open end of long-dead Cleveland Municipal Stadium.

How a team from thirty years ago that did not even make it past the first round of the playoffs can still mark a peak moment in the history of the city of Cleveland over the past half century suggests something dreadful about my old home town. But there it is: 672 pages at

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