CLEVELAND, Ohio – Tim Tyree is the definition of a Clevelander.
Tyree, 57, is a retired veteran, and he puts a lot of energy into rooting for the Browns. He grew up in Lorain, but now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with his wife, Peggy Moore-Tyree. Both of Tyree’s sons and one of his son’s daughters, Victoria, also lives with him and Peggy.
“I love sports so much, and I love my Cleveland sports,” Tyree said over the phone. “I’ll take the flak. I’ll take all the (crap) I’ve heard through the years for being a Browns fan. I got my due when we won the championship (with) the Cavs. I just need my Browns to win one.”
Tyree’s dad, Dallas, is also a veteran, and his birthday is next Wednesday. While growing up, Tyree bonded with his father over the Browns, the city’s most beloved sports team. In addition to his Browns fandom, Tyree has always supported the Cavaliers, too.
“Mainly every Sunday, we’d watch the games,” Tyree said. “Every Sunday. That was awesome. No matter what. If there was a Browns game on, we was watching it.”
But for Tyree, being a Browns fan is more than just watching games each week. He follows the team closely by consuming content from various media outlets.
As an avid reader, he reads the NFL’s rules so he can be the expert for his family when they have a question. His sister, Rhonda, knows the president of a Browns backers club in Oklahoma, and he’s going to try and get involved there.
“This is my hobby/love and passion, is my sports,” Tyree said. “And (on) top of that list, sometimes glad to say it, sometimes hate to say it, is my Cleveland teams.”
The Kardiac Kids captivated Browns fans in the early 1980s, with their penchant for winning close games.
The era was one of Tyree’s favorites, as it was right around when he was about to graduate high school. After high school, he joined the military and it was hard to follow the Browns at first.
“There was years, a few smattering years here and there, Brian Sipe and the Kardiac Kids at least they kept us entertained and kept us excited,” Tyree said. “They won games at the last moment, but they were winning.”
Tyree has been living in Tulsa for 15-16 years and is surrounded by a cluster of Dallas Cowboys, Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs fans. Each of those teams has had more success than Cleveland the past few years, with the Chiefs being the reigning Super Bowl champs.
Despite the franchise’s recent woes, Tyree is optimistic that coach Kevin Stefanski will positively impact the Browns. Still, Tyree knows the Browns wouldn’t be the Browns if they were regularly one of the NFL’s top teams.
“Yes, we all want our team to be good, but would it be Cleveland if we just had a team that would just be great and stay great?” Tyree said. “No, that’s not Ohio. We have to have rebuilds.”