For the first 20 years the Cleveland Browns were in the National Football League, they never lost more than three games in a row.
In other words, just another month of Sundays for the current Browns.
You have to be of a certain vintage to remember that long-lost era, when winning was expected and Cleveland was a regular in the playoffs, including four championships its first 14 years of NFL membership.
That lasted through 1972, when the team gave the undefeated Dolphins the biggest scare in their perfect season.
Since then, the franchise, in its old or new version, has had really just a single stretch of sustained success -- the late 80s when the Browns went 0-3 in three consecutive AFC title game losses to Denver.
One of the best players from that era, Earnest Byner, was in Dalton Wednesday as part of a fundraiser for Dalton schools.
Byner spoke and interacted with fans at Dalton Elementary, who for their $25 also got a copy of his book "Everybody Fumbles." After leaving Cleveland, Byner went on to win Super Bowls with both Washington and Baltimore.
Dalton resident Joe Hershberger was responsible for organizing the event. Hershberger, 39, grew up watching the hard-charging Byner run the football, and he's more than passed the fan gene on to his son Dylan, now 10, who was named the winner of the 2015 Super Kids Fan Award by 'What A Fan,' an organization dedicated to sports fans everywhere.
Joe has season tickets and always takes Dylan, already a diehard Browns backer who, unfortunately, hasn't seen much good football from his favorite team in his short life.
"Last year he looked up at me during a game and said 'Are we ever going to win?'" Joe recalled. "That's a little disheartening.
"But at the end of the day, it was a good time to teach a lesson, that you stick with your team," he added. "Sometimes you've got to go through the bad to see the good."
The clock continues to tick down to the NFL Draft, and on the Browns' annual resetting of the franchise hopes.
Yet again, the team has a golden opportunity -- make that five, in the first 65 picks -- to add talent to a roster sorely in need of it, even after a solid free agency when two starting offensive linemen were signed.
So the strategy this week for a team that needs everything should be simple: Don't reach, especially for a quarterback. Give Myles Garrett to new defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, then keep picking the best player on the board.
I didn't do the research, but still would bet that Aaron Dorksen is the only insurance agent in Ohio who won a writing award this past week.
Dorksen, who filled this space every Sunday for 16 years as DR sports editor before leaving in mid-January to accept a job in the insurance industry, was honored as the Ohio Prep Sportswriters Association 2016 Sportswriter of the Year for Div. 2 during the group's annual meeting at the OHSAA office on Wednesday. The Wooster resident had two first-place finishes and three thirds in the individual writing categories.
Also honored as sportswriters of the year were Steve Blackledge (Div. 1, Columbus Dispatch), Rob McCurdy (Div. 3, Marion Star) and Todd Stumpf (Div. 4, Medina Post).
It's not often a sports department has a Writer of the Year on staff as a correspondent, either. Dorksen is now contributing in that role here, and we're lucky to have him. More importantly, the readers are, too.
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ONE MORE THING -- We're right in the middle of that mad dash otherwise known as the spring sports season, but trying to add to our social media footprint with the video team of Josh "Ford Coppola" McWilliams and Claire Miller. You can find them, and eventually some other new things we think you'll like, on The Daily Record's Facebook page.
Sunday Drive is Daily Record sports editor Mike Plant's weekly look at local, state and national sports. Contact him at 330-287-1621 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter at @MPlantTDR.