Some of the things that have been written and said about me.
Roger Brown - Cleveland Plain Dealer - August 18, 1999
Former Brown Bob Golic, now the analyst on the team's pre-season TV games, has sure stirred up one juicy media feud.
During Saturday's Browns-Tampa Bay debacle on WKYC Channel 3, Golic responded to a keen observation by play-by-play man Michael Reghi by jokingly asking Reghi how much experience he had playing football.
To these ears, the remark sounded innocent enough. But it clearly struck a nerve with some local broadcasters, who accuse Golic of committing two broadcasting no-nos: He made his broadcast partner look bad, and he insulted viewers by suggesting only jocks understand football strategy.
One personality who has been ripping Golic with relish is WTAM AM/1100 sports talker Bruce Drennan. Word is Drennan will refuse to have Golic as a guest on his nightly program until the ex-player publicly apologizes. But Golic dismisses the criticism from his broadcasting colleagues as "pretty pathetic" and says Drennan will be waiting a long time for an apology. (Try forever.)
"Anyone with any sense could tell I was praising [Reghi] for making a good point," Golic says. "This is about some [personalities] following each other like sheep to bash me."
Reghi, Team Warm Up For Browns Preseason
Mark Dawidziak - Cleveland Plain Dealer - August 14, 1999
(Michael Reghi's) partner-in-coverage for tonight's meeting with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers will be former Browns nose tackle Bob Golic, color analyst for Channel 3's preseason games.
"You have to have the right team, not just in the booth, but everybody around the announcers who make our job easy," Reghi said. "Bob's terrific. I've known Bob since he was playing for the Browns.
"He's had network assignments [for NBC and Fox]. He has intimate knowledge of the game, but he puts it into terms people know and enjoy. He's also very glib and very funny.
"The color analyst in this day and age really has to shine. Part of my job is to put the analyst into a position to shine and have some fun. I don't think that will be a problem with Bob."
No, it's not likely to be a problem. In addition to his broadcast experience, the camera-friendly Golic has made appearances on such network comedies as NBC's "Saved By the Bell: The College Years" and ABC's "Coach."
Next Saturday, Reghi and Golic will be calling the first game in the new Cleveland Browns Stadium, the Browns' preseason meeting with the Minnesota Vikings. Their remaining two games for Channel 3 are Aug. 28 (against the Chicago Bears) and Sept. 2 (against the Philadelphia Eagles).
Roger Brown - Cleveland Plain Dealer - June 20, 1999
Ex-Brown Bob Golic is preparing to lead several former NFL players to Australia, where they will play a group of retired Australian Rules Football players in a glorified rugby match. "I told our guys to pack extra Ben-Gay," Golic said. "I got a bad feeling this is gonna hurt."
Golic dismissed rumors that outrageous salary demands helped sink his bid for the Browns' radio analyst job. "I never once uttered a word about money," he said. Golic is hoping for a spot on WKYC Channel 3's Browns preseason broadcast team.
Browns Alumni Fans Kick Off Final Countdown Rally Marks One Year Until Team Debut
Wendy Scott - Cleveland Plain Dealer - August 22, 1998
"There ain't nothing better than Cleveland Browns football," said Golic, who lives in California. "One year. Let's go, baby!"
In an interview after the rally, Golic said he told his wife he wanted to be in a "football town" and he hopes to be living in Cleveland again by the start of the 1999 season. He is a native of Willowick and went to St. Joseph High School.
"It's just nice being back again," he said. "It makes me feel like the team never went away."
Driven To Tears Memories Of Elway And Broncos Haunt Former Browns 10 Years After The Drive That Broke Cleveland's Heart
Bob Dolgan - Cleveland Plain Dealer - January 11, 1997
Today is the 10th anniversary of one of Cleveland's most painful sports defeats.
It was on Jan.11, 1987 that John Elway and the Denver Broncos manufactured The Drive and beat the Browns, 23-20, before a stunned crowd of 79,915 in the Stadium.
Had the Browns won the AFC Championship Game, they would have been in their first Super Bowl.
Rich Karlis' 33-yard field goal in overtime finished the Browns. Then a strange thing happened on that gray, cold day.
"It got dead quiet," recalled Bob Golic, who played nose tackle for the Browns in the game. "Then the fans started clapping and cheering, as though they were telling us it was a great season. It was really cool."
The fans filed out of the Stadium in funereal silence.
Golic and retired cornerback Frank Minnifield, another of the Browns' defensive leaders at the time, maintain Karlis' kick was inaccurate.
"I remember jumping up and celebrating," said Minnifield, now a real estate developer in Kentucky. "I thought he missed the kick. I saw it go over a post."
Golic, an NFL analyst for NBC-TV who lives in Manhattan Beach, Calif., said: "I absolutely believe the field goal was no good. It sailed over the left upright. I yelled at the refs. Then I was lying in the mud for a while, thinking 'I can't handle this. This is stupid.'
Karlis should never have had a chance to kick the field goal, of course. It appeared the Browns had the game locked up when Bernie Kosar threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Brian Brennan for a 20-13 lead.
It looked even better when Denver fumbled the ensuing kickoff and was backed up to its 2-yard line with 5:34 to go.
Elway came into the Denver huddle and smiled.
"It was a cocky smile," Denver wide receiver Steve Watson said after the game. "He said, `If you work hard, good things are going to happen.' Then he smiled again.
"I figured, shoot, if he's going to be that loose, let's go for it."
Elway, then 26, was not the Elway we know today, the dodger who has created numerous last-minute drives for victories. He was in his fourth season.
Elway had been stifled all day, throwing 26 times for 116 yards. Ten of the Broncos' 13 points were set up by Browns turnovers: an interception thrown by Kosar and a Kevin Mack fumble. The Browns had 10 men on the field on one Denver touchdown, a fourth-and-1 buck by Gerald Willhite.
This time, Elway did it. With his heels scraping the end zone, he started out with a 5-yard pass to running back Sammy Winder. That gave Denver some breathing room.
"We could have ended the game on that play," recalled Minnifield. "We had an all-out blitz on. It was the perfect play for what they called. Elway should not have been able to drop back 5 yards."
The modest gain did not worry Browns fans much. Denver still was 93 yards away.
But the Broncos kept moving, little by little. Then Browns coach Marty Schottenheimer made the fateful decision to add an extra defensive back and reduce the pass rush from four men to three. This put Golic on the bench.
"I was standing on the sideline, just fuming," Golic recalls. "When they got the ball to our 25, they said, `Go back in.' I've never been on a prevent defense that worked. But I've never coached. They're still doing it today. Maybe there is something to it.'
The biggest play in the drive came when Elway threw to rookie Mark Jackson for a first down on third-and-18 to the Browns' 28.
Four plays later, Elway, his right side caked in mud, scrambled 9 yards to the 5. From there, he passed to Jackson for the touchdown, completing the 98-yard, 15-play march with 37 seconds left in regulation. Karlis' extra-point kick tied the game.
The overtime was anticlimactic. It felt like the Broncos were going to win.
The Browns got the ball first, but Herman Fontenot was stopped on a third-and-2 run on the Browns' 38.
Cleveland punted, and Elway started from Denver's 25. He threw for 22 yards to tight end Orson Mobley. Then he hurled a third-and-12 pass from the 50 to Watson, who caught the ball on the Browns' 22 before safety Felix Wright smashed into him. Shortly after, Karlis booted the winning field goal.
"They were the greatest drives I've ever been involved with," said Elway.
The Browns were near tears. Center Mike Baab said: "Being mature stinks. I want so bad to throw my helmet and let it all out."
Defensive end Carl "Big Daddy" Hairston, who had played on a losing Super Bowl team in Philadelphia, said this loss hurt more.
"That was definitely the most memorable game of my career," said Golic. "I never felt so low. We came into the game all fired up because of the incredible victory over the New York Jets the week before. We pulled an Elway in that one."
The Browns had rallied behind Kosar to beat the Jets, 23-20, in double overtime the previous weekend. Minnifield said he recalled the Browns' 24-21 playoff loss to Miami in 1986 even more.
"We had a 21-3 lead at the half in that one," he said. "If we had won, we would have played New England at home, and we had already beaten New England."
The Patriots went on to the Super Bowl.
"We were better than a lot of teams that played in the Super Bowl in those years," said Minnifield. "It wasn't Schottenheimer's fault. He was a good coach. It was a twist of fate. You have to be lucky."
Columnists Around Nation React To Browns Move The Reaction Around The Country, Especially In Most NFL Cities, Was Outrage The Proposed Move Of The Browns To Baltimore
Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 12, 1995
NBC's Bob Golic, a Cleveland native and a former Brown, broadcast Sunday's game with his heart in his throat.
"This is killing me," he said later. "It's amazing to me that a city with this kind of bond with a team could lose it. I'm shocked. One of these days fairly soon it's going to sink in."
On another day, fairly soon, Cleveland will get another team. The market is too big, and its people too devoted to be long deprived of professional football. If no other move materializes, the NFL owes Cleveland an expansion team on an accelerated schedule. The league should be at least as ashamed of this situation as is Robert Gries.
Charlie Patton - (Jacksonville) Florida Times-Union
Browns Already On Outside Looking In
Bill Livingston - Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 6, 1995
"I'm a sportscaster now, and I tried to be objective," said Bob Golic, who worked the game, which was blacked out locally, for NBC-TV. "But I got to thinking about how this was the town where I grew up; this was the franchise I watched as a kid; this was the Stadium I sat in; and this was the team I played for for seven years. I looked around at the fans, and Cleveland has to be the greatest football town in the league, and I saw all the signs about Baltimore; and I got real emotional."
Crowd's Mood Filters Down To The Players
Elton Alexander - Cleveland Plain Dealer - November 6, 1995
Perhaps former player Bob Golic said it best.
"It's amazing to me, that a city with this kind of bond with the team could lose it," Golic said.
Race official Les Unger's favorite Long Beach Gran Prix memory
"I'll never forget the time Bob Golic crashed into Mary Lou Retton's car (during the Celebrity Pro/Am race) and knocked her out of the race early.
And afterward, she went up to Golic and angrily scolded him. 'I could have won," she kept saying.
It was the funniest sight. There was this hulking ex-football player being told off by this small little gymnast.