STEVE LOVE

Author,  Award-Winning Journalist and Proud Oklahoman

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Toward the End: Readings, Writings, Football

OU New/Old Coach True Blue Crimson and Cream

OU New/Old Coach True Blue Crimson and Cream

Former defensive coordinator Brent Venables has come home to lead Sooners University of Oklahoma screen shot   When it comes to dream jobs, patience and quiet persistence may be required. These do not grow on trees, especially in a plains-and-prairie state such...

Mr. Super Hero Cleats Saved an Unsettling Season

Mr. Super Hero Cleats Saved an Unsettling Season

Defensive lineman Dempsey Gillman has hung up his Super Hero Cleats Photo from a Missy Buck Gillman Facebook post   Though not yet concluded, this football season, from preps to pros, but especially with regard to the college I follow most closely, has proved the...

Mayfield Memorandum 21: This is Leadership?

Mayfield Memorandum 21: This is Leadership?

Browns Coach Kevin Stefanski found no answer on his play sheet in Baltimore Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns   That Kevin Stefanski is downright Churchillian when it comes to demonstrating leadership. Before his team’s latest debacle, a 16-10 loss to the Baltimore...

Mayfield Memorandum 20: Déjà vu all over again

Mayfield Memorandum 20: Déjà vu all over again

Arizona Cardinal backup QB Colt McCoy could tell Baker Mayfield all about the Browns azcardinals.com photo A decade of blue moons and sad-sack quarterbacks ago, an earlier version of the New Browns football hierarchy had begun to cut the legs out from under a...

Mayfield Memorandum 19: Life, Death, and Football

Mayfield Memorandum 19: Life, Death, and Football

A pensive Baker Mayfield may be thinking about life and death Austin Janning/Cleveland Browns It isn’t even Game Day and already Cleveland Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has proved a winner this week, because some things are more important than football. His more...

Mayfield Memorandum 18: Bad Baker, Bad Browns

Mayfield Memorandum 18: Bad Baker, Bad Browns

New England rookie quarterback Mac Jones bettered the Browns' Baker Mayfield Michael Dwyer/AP from patriots.com   Early on in the Cleveland Browns’ disintegration at the New England Patriots, it became apparent that Baker Mayfield was neither the healthiest nor...

Mayfield Memorandum 17: The Line on Extensions

Mayfield Memorandum 17: The Line on Extensions

Heart of the Browns' O-Line: RG Wyatt Teller (77), RG Joel Bitonio (75), Center JC Tretter (64) Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns   Even in the midst of celebrating the richly deserved contract extensions of Cleveland Browns guards Joel Bitonio and Wyatt Teller, the...

Mayfield Memorandum 16: Now, It’s Baker’s Team

Mayfield Memorandum 16: Now, It’s Baker’s Team

Quarterback Baker Mayfield talks to and takes command of HIS team Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns   Ever had one of those weeks at work when everything went wrong? Baker Mayfield’s was worse. He Who Will Remain Nameless but is readily identifiable by his initials...

Mayfield Memorandum 15: OBJ Didn’t Change

Mayfield Memorandum 15: OBJ Didn’t Change

Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns Odell Beckham Jr. leaves Cleveland having improved at least one part of the game he plays: It took him only half the time to prompt his second NFL team to give up on him as it did his first—2½ years to 5. He’s getting better, yet one...

Mayfield Memorandum 14: Catch this Song & Dance

Mayfield Memorandum 14: Catch this Song & Dance

Odell Beckham Jr. was a show-stopper . . . at least before the Steelers game Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns The Kabuki Dance is all but over. When Odell Beckham Jr.’s father took to social media near the deadline for National Football League teams to make trades and...