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Browns backers at home and across the globe giddy over playoff victory

Celebrations in every corner of Northeast Ohio and globally
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Posted at 4:30 PM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-11 17:50:17-05

CLEVELAND — Today was a Victory Monday like one we haven’t seen in decades, and Browns fans are celebrating, not just across Northeast Ohio, but around the globe.

Paul Brown is a diehard Browns fan and like so many on Sunday night, he set off fireworks for our big playoff win. Not in Cleveland though.

Brown was celebrating in the United Kingdom, close to the crack of dawn.

“I bought the most expensive rocket I could find in London and it was basically $50 for one rocket and upset all my neighbors,” Brown said, adding that it was definitely worth it.

So how does a native Londoner become such a big Browns backer?

Well.. initially, he just liked a team with gear that had "his" name on it. But over the last 15 years, that’s evolved into tried and true fandom.

Last season, Paul Brown flew across the pond to attend nine Browns games.

“We’ve got fans in Ireland, Scandinavia, Australia, Asia, Thailand, Africa,” Brown said. “There’s Browns fans all around the world.”

Native Northeast Ohioan Ryan Urbon counts himself among them. He moved to Iceland nearly a decade ago and immediately started a Browns backers club there.

“And it’s been growing over the last 7 years,” Urbon said. “We first started with 5 fans, now we have up to 25 people.”

They streamed all the games in bars in downtown Reykjavik, packing together, until the pandemic hit, of course.

“Over the years they’ve been getting into it," Urbon said. "It’s the locals watching the games with me and when we went 0 and 16 and they were like, ‘Man, we really want the Browns to do better!’”

Urbon’s phone blew up with congratulatory messages from Icelandic Browns fans after the playoff game looking ahead to more wins and eventually, celebrating together.

“It all just takes your mind away from everything that’s happening and a little bit of positivity for our city,” said fan Steve Ball.

“And we finally did it! Beat the Steelers two weeks in a row!” Urbon added.

We’ll cheers to that, on any continent, in any country.

In Akron, Basement at the Lakes sports bar in the Portage Lakes area of Akron was rocking for the first half. After that, customers had to go to home due to pandemic rules issued by the state.

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Basement at the Lakes sports bar in the Portage Lakes area of Akron, an official Browns Backers bar, was rocking for the first half, until COVID-19 restrictions forced the bar to close for the night.

The bar, owned by Nikky Brady, is the home to the Portage Lakes Browns Backers Chapter.

Brady learned to love the Browns from her dad, David Brumagin, who died from COVID-19 a few weeks ago.

"My dad and I would go to church together, but we would drive separate from my mom because she would stay after to talk and we wanted to get home to make kickoff. It was a bonding moment," Brady said.

Since her dad's passing, Brady has been wearing some of her dad's Browns playoff ties from the 80s.

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Since her dad's passing, Nikky Brady has been wearing some of her dad's Browns playoff ties from the 80s.

"Just for a little closeness," she said.

Brady added the playoff victory — 27 years in the making — meant more to her than she ever could have imagined.

"Elated. The messages, the phone calls and the texts I've gotten have been fantastic."

She also believes the Browns can keep winning in the playoffs and will channel her dad's positive attitude as the run continues.

"I think we really have a good chance. I really do. I'm a firm believer."

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BROWNS 2020 SCHEDULE

Preseason

WEEK 1 · Aug. 13-17 · At Chicago Bears - CANCELED

WEEK 2 · Aug. 20-24 · At Green Bay Packers - CANCELED

WEEK 3 · Aug. 30 · Minnesota Vikings - CANCELED

WEEK 4 · Sep. 3-4 · Tampa Bay Buccaneers - CANCELED

Regular Season

WEEK 1 · L · Sun 9/13 · Baltimore Ravens - 38, Browns - 6

WEEK 2 · W · Thu 9/17 · Browns 35, Cincinnati Bengals - 30

WEEK 3 · W · Sun 9/27 · Browns - 34, Washington Football Team - 20

WEEK 4 · W · Sun 10/4 · Dallas Cowboys - 38, Browns - 49

WEEK 5 · W · Sun 10/11 · Browns - 32, Indianapolis Colts - 23

WEEK 6 · L · Sun 10/18 · Pittsburgh Steelers - 38, Browns - 7

WEEK 7 · W · Sun 10/25 · Cincinnati Bengals - 34, Browns - 37

WEEK 8 · L · Sun 11/1 · Browns - 6, Las Vegas Raiders - 16

WEEK 9 · BYE

WEEK 10 · W · Sun 11/15 · Browns - 10, Houston Texans - 7

WEEK 11 · W · Sun 11/22 · Browns - 22, Philadelphia Eagles - 17

WEEK 12 · W · Sun 11/29 · Jacksonville Jaguars - 25, Browns - 27

WEEK 13 · W · Sun 12/6 · Tennessee Titans - 35, Browns - 41

WEEK 14 · L · Mon 12/14 · Browns - 42, Baltimore Ravens - 47

WEEK 15 · W · Sun 12/20 · Browns - 20, New York Giants 6

WEEK 16 · L · Sun 12/27 · Browns - 16, New York Jets 23

WEEK 17 · W · Sun 1/3 · Browns 24, Pittsburgh Steelers 22

Post-season

NFL Wild Card Round - W · Sun 1/10, Browns 48, Steelers 37

NFL Divisional Round · Sun, 1/17, 3:05 p.m. at Kansas City Chiefs (CBS)