Video Vault: Cleveland Browns fans at 1991 home opener at Municipal Stadium excited for season
Tom Livingston, newsnet5.com
9:27 PM, Sep 4, 2013
12:26 PM, Mar 18, 2014
CLEVELAND - Why couldn't the Browns sell bottled beer at Municipal Stadium in 1991?
Because they lost the opener. (Don't worry, it's a joke)
Sept. 1, 1991, the Cleveland Browns opened their season against the Dallas Cowboys. It was Bill Belichick’s first of five seasons as the Browns head coach.
Much like every season here in Cleveland, fans were excited for what they hoped would be a run at the playoffs.
WEWS reporter Ross Kirgiss covered the opening game, but first takes us to East 9th Street where the 78,000 fans trying to get to old Municipal Stadium were dealing with snarled traffic.
Outside the stadium, fans were sipping adult beverages while others were in line to buy tickets. Inside, we see the familiar scene of long lines outside the ladies' room.
Kirgiss shows us the usually cadre of fans in all sorts of orange and brown garb, but then he does something not for the faint of heart: He and his videographer go into the heart of the dawg pound.
He snags an interview with a dog-masked John “Big Dawg” Thompson.
Much like baseball on opening day, Browns fans in 1991 were hopeful this would be a winning season. Alas, it was not to be as they lost to the Cowboys that day and would go onto a 6-and-10 season, finishing in third place.
The Browns have just three seasons with winning records since 1990. Ouch.