STEVE LOVE

Author,  Award-Winning Journalist and Proud Oklahoman

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Toward the End: Readings, Writings, Football

Travel Can Alter the Course of a Career, Life

Travel Can Alter the Course of a Career, Life

Photo by Elvis Ray on Unsplash If the coronavirus pandemic had reared its ugly head three decades earlier, I might never have forsaken writing sports columns. I loved sports but hated the travel required to cover it in the big-time manner that the Akron Beacon Journal...

Once We Were Blind but Now We See in Multicolor

Once We Were Blind but Now We See in Multicolor

Photo by Steve Johnson on Unsplash The breadth of response to Carl Nassib’s entirely classy and comparatively quiet coming out as the National Football League’s first active gay player has been—if social media can ever be mousey quiet—boundless and most welcome. Of...

Football Forensic Pathologists Love to Autopsy Mayfield

Football Forensic Pathologists Love to Autopsy Mayfield

Baker Mayfield: The center of all things Browns Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns It must be the dog days before the beginning of football preseason. Why else would so many writers, some of whom claim to be analysts, go to cold-storage drawers in their pigskin morgues and...

Senior Players at Firestone Teach Us How to Birdie Aging

Senior Players at Firestone Teach Us How to Birdie Aging

Steve Stricker won his third Champions Tour Major, the Bridgestone Senior Players    If Akron Beacon Journal columnist Marla Ridenour is right—and she usually is—Phil Mickelson’s historic PGA Championship at the grizzled professional golfing age of nearly 51 will...

Would Browns Have Supported Nassib, Player They Cut?

Would Browns Have Supported Nassib, Player They Cut?

Michael Clemens/Las Vegas Raiders Following the apparently overwhelming positive response to Carl Nassib’s casual revelation that he is gay, and thus the first active player to acknowledge this in the NFL’s 101-year history, one of the speculative questions centered...

Response to Memoir Proves Where I Belong—and Don’t

Response to Memoir Proves Where I Belong—and Don’t

Life’s connections can be unpredictable—some warm, surprising, and rewarding, others fickle and hurtful. Guessing which will be which can be frustrating, particularly if one’s self-esteem is on the line and, despite what they might say, it always is for writers....

Identifiable Baker Mayfield Sees the Light and So Do We

Identifiable Baker Mayfield Sees the Light and So Do We

Photo by Marc Thunis on Unsplash During the recent Cleveland Browns minicamp, Baker Mayfield reached a higher plane of the quarterbacking arts: He did not have to actually throw passes, according to media reports. In what can only be termed hyper-protection of his and...

A minicamp example of new leadership and trust

A minicamp example of new leadership and trust

Browns center JC Tretter and his coach Kevin Stefanski have been front and center in leading Matt Starkey/Cleveland Browns By most media accounts, eyes fixed on new and recovering players as the Cleveland Browns began their three-day mandatory minicamp this...

Social Media Doesn’t Ring the Bell. Respect and Love Do

Social Media Doesn’t Ring the Bell. Respect and Love Do

Photo by Alexander Shatov on Unsplash Social media offers paths into the lives of close friends and total strangers. It can reconnect those who have lost track of each other and feels as if it could be a thread that binds—stitching up old wounds—if handled surgically...

Brownson Earned Her Way—and Then Lost It

Brownson Earned Her Way—and Then Lost It

Cleveland Browns Photo Illustration During the 2020 National Football League season, Callie Brownson became a high-profile person in a historic change in the Cleveland Browns organization and NFL. Joining the Browns as Coach Kevin Stefanski’s chief of staff early in...