How ever, will this encourage them to win a SUPERBOWL? – I highly doubt it, and why after the 80’s I have lost interest in ALL sports! Nothing but a game for wanna be’s and thugs in which even this PR stunt can’t fix!
If the Browns really want to reach out to the fans, why did they make their stadium smaller and less affordable for those who made them who they are? Mostly corporate sponsors and less than passionate fans who now go to the games. Mansfield is economically oppressed, you want to reach out to fans here?; don’t blackout games that are not sold out or put on pay per view, you have lost the majority already who will not pay more for what you have given us since the 80’s. You want to sell tickets?, it will take more than this!
One dead owner knows this all too well, “just WIN baby” – real fans know who this was…
Browns reach out to fan’s family
Scott Entsminger and his wife Patty Colombo-Entsminger. / Submitted photo.
MANSFIELD — A few light-hearted lines in a Mansfield man’s obituary have not only put Scott Entsminger in the national spotlight, but also grabbed the attention of his favorite football team.
Tuesday, representatives from the Cleveland Browns will attend the funeral of the General Motors retiree with a special gift for his widow, Patty Colombo-Entsminger.
“We reached out to Scott’s wife as soon as we heard about this, and Pat told us his favorite player is Lou Groza, and so we were thinking about what we could do given the situation with all of our players gone and our coaches on vacation,” said Zak Gilbert, public relations manager for the Browns. “But we wanted to do something because we want to show his family and all the Browns fans that we really do care about them, and don’t take their support for granted. We took the number 76 jersey and put Scott’s last name on it.”
On July 5, Scott’s brother Bill Entsminger wrote his brother’s obituary.
“I was pretty much in a daze, so he was the one who wrote it,” Patty said. “But it was totally something Scott would have said. He and Bill went to every game together.”
At the top of the obit, Bill wrote: “A lifelong Cleveland Browns fan and season ticket holder, he also wrote a song each year and sent it to the Cleveland Browns as well as offering other advice on how to run the team. He respectfully requests six Cleveland Browns pall bearers so the Browns can let him down one last time.”
Patty said the request was clearly a joke, as her husband was cremated.
She said Scott, 55, had pancreatic cancer and died July 4, just 22 days after being diagnosed.
“But we have certainly got a kick out of what’s happened since,” she said, indicating the numerous media calls she’s received.
Patty said Scott and Bill had season tickets and hadn’t missed a home game since the Browns returned to Cleveland in 1999.
“He grew up a huge Browns fan. He would get frustrated with the team like everyone else at times, but he never gave up hope,” Patty said. “He was a diehard. But he wasn’t one of those drunken fans. He was always very respectful of everyone around him when he was at games.”
In two containers by the front door, Patty fondly showed some of Scott’s Browns memorabilia and apparel, including a Browns gnome on the mantle; a Browns Christmas tree; a stuffed Browns frog; a Browns beanie cap from his sister; a Groza jersey; and his prized possession, a Browns winter jacket.
“His Browns stuff is everywhere in this house,” Patty said with a laugh. “We’re always bumping into things. I can’t even get to it all.”
At Tuesday’s service, which will be at 2 p.m. at the Life Celebration Reception Center, 129 South Main Street, Patty said three shrines will be set up for Scott.
“One will be for our wedding; his hobbies — our three dogs, gardening and fishing; and then for his love of the Browns,” she said. “He always dressed up the dogs for the games. Whenever he watched at home and the Browns scored, he’d yell, ‘Touchdown Cleveland Browns!’ and the dogs would come running in because they knew they’d get a treat.”
Patty is bringing the three large Browns handkerchiefs the dogs wore on game days to the life celebration.
“That’s the La-Z-Boy he sat in to watch,” she said pointing to a large, overstuffed blue chair. “I’d watch with him sometimes when they were on, but I’m not a big fan. I just always supported him. It never bothered me though. I knew all this about him before I married him.”
The couple has been together for 16 years.
At first Patty said she wanted to steer clear of media calls. In one day, the story reached NBC News, CBS Sports, the Huffington Post and ESPN.
“ESPN called Scott’s son (Aaron Entsminger) and he gave them my number,” she said. “They said they’re coming out to the funeral home to film as part of this documentary they’re doing on the Browns. I didn’t want any of this attention, but his son is really getting a kick out of it, so I like that it’s helping to lift his spirits.”
The Browns also called Monday afternoon.
“I think it’s really sweet,” Patty said. “This is a real celebration of his life — and the Browns were a huge part of it.”