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Browns (in name only?)

I'm a Cleveland fan living down in Tennessee (by virtue of my dad and his family who all hail from Cleveland). Now I'm aware of the Browns history, the moving of the team to Baltimore and all that that move entailed. I'm just curious how the Browns community, in and outside of Cleveland, feels about the Browns post-1999. On fan sites all over the internet I keep seeing readers refer to the Browns as" Browns in name only" or referred to derisively as the "new" Browns. Even though the city sued to keep the team's history, colors, championships, names etc. tied to Cleveland its seems some people still are having a hard time embracing the team as what it was before 1995. Maybe I'm just focusing too much on a vocal minority, but I was wondering if anyone else has noticed these sentiments, specifically in the city of Cleveland. I understand the resentment fans must harbor against the Modell organization, but in the history books he only took a collection of players from Cleveland, not the team. Legally its like the team just took a three year hiatus (right? Correct me if I'm wrong). Maybe people are resentful because those players weened in Cleveland went on to win the superbowl in 2000 for the Ravens. Still that shouldn't negatively affect peoples' perceptions of the Browns today, should it? Then again maybe there is the nostalgia factor of Paul Brown, the Jim Brown era, and the Kardicac Kids being blown up with the old Muni and replaced with a shiny new stadium with an emphasis on box club seating, the Dawg Pound having corporate sponsors and the blue collar fans largely being over charged to the point where the soul of the crowd has been sold to the highest bidder...but I digress...

Thoughts? Opinions?

Like I said I live in Tennessee, and having only noticed these sentiments via the internet, I'm not claiming to have my finger on the pulse on the average Cleveland fans. I'd just like to see what everyone else has to say...

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