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Cleveland Browns

The Cleveland Browns are a professional American football team based in Cleveland. Named after original coach and co-founder Paul Brown, they compete in the National Football League as a member club of the American Football Conference North division; the Browns play their home games at FirstEnergy Stadium, which opened in 1999, with administrative offices and training facilities in Berea, Ohio. The Browns' official club colors are brown and white, they are unique among the 32 member franchises of the NFL in that they do not have a logo on their helmets. The franchise was founded in 1945 by Brown and businessman Arthur B. McBride as a charter member of the All-America Football Conference; the Browns dominated the AAFC, compiling a 47–4–3 record in the league's four seasons and winning its championship in each. When the AAFC folded after the 1949 season, the Browns joined the NFL along with the San Francisco 49ers and the original Baltimore Colts; the team won a championship in their inaugural NFL season, as well as in the 1954, 1955, 1964 seasons, in a feat unequaled in any of the North American major professional sports, played in their league championship game in each of the Browns' first ten years of existence.

From 1965 to 1995, they qualified to play in the NFL playoffs 14 times, but did not win another championship or play in the Super Bowl during that period. In 1995, owner Art Modell, who had purchased the Browns in 1961, announced plans to move the team to Baltimore. After threats of legal action from the city of Cleveland and fans, a compromise was reached in early 1996 that allowed Modell to establish the Baltimore Ravens as a new franchise while retaining the contracts of all Browns personnel; the Browns' intellectual property, including team name, training facility, history, were kept in trust and the franchise was regarded by the NFL as suspended, with a new team to be established by 1999 either by expansion or relocation. The Browns were announced as an expansion team in 1998 and resumed play in 1999. Since resuming operations in 1999, the Browns have struggled to find success, they have had only two winning seasons, one playoff appearance, no playoff wins, winning only around a third of their games in total.

The franchise has been noted for a lack of stability with head coaches, quarterbacks, along with the longest active playoff drought in the NFL at 17 seasons. The history of the Cleveland Browns American football team began in 1944 when taxi-cab magnate Arthur B. "Mickey" McBride secured a Cleveland franchise in the newly formed All-America Football Conference. Paul Brown was the team's namesake and first coach; the Browns began play in 1946 in the AAFC. The Browns won each of the league's four championship games before the league dissolved in 1949; the team moved to the more established National Football League, where it continued to dominate. Between 1950 and 1955, Cleveland reached the NFL championship game every year. McBride and his partners sold the team to a group of Cleveland businessmen in 1953 for a then-unheard-of $600,000. Eight years the team was sold again, this time to a group led by New York advertising executive Art Modell. Modell fired Brown before the 1963 season, but the team continued to win behind running back Jim Brown.

The Browns won the championship in 1964 and reached the title game the following season, losing to the Green Bay Packers. When the AFL and NFL merged before the 1970 season, Cleveland became part of the new American Football Conference. While the Browns made it back to the playoffs in 1971 and 1972, they fell into mediocrity through the mid-1970s. A revival of sorts took place in 1979 and 1980, when quarterback Brian Sipe engineered a series of last-minute wins and the Browns came to be called the "Kardiac Kids". Under Sipe, the Browns did not make it past the first round of the playoffs. Quarterback Bernie Kosar, whom the Browns drafted in 1985, led the team to three AFC Championship games in the late 1980s but lost each time to the Denver Broncos. In 1995, Modell announced he was relocating the Browns to Baltimore, sowing a mix of outrage and bitterness among Cleveland's dedicated fan base. Negotiations and legal battles led to an agreement where Modell would be allowed to take his personnel to Baltimore as an expansion franchise, called the Baltimore Ravens, but would leave Cleveland the Browns' colors and heritage for a reactivated Browns franchise that would take the field no than 1999.

After three years of inactivity while Cleveland Stadium was demolished and FirstEnergy Stadium was built on its site, the Browns was reactivated and started play again in 1999 under new owner Al Lerner. The Browns struggled throughout the 2000s and 2010s, posting a record of 95–224–1 since their 1999 return; the Browns have only posted two winning seasons and one playoff appearance since returning to the NFL. The team's struggles have been magnified since 2012, when the Lerner family sold the team to businessman Jimmy Haslam. In six seasons under Haslam’s ownership, the Browns went through four head coaches and four general managers, none of whom had found success. In 2016 and 2017 under head coach Hue Jackson, the Browns went 1–31, the worst two-year stretch in NFL history, received the number one overall draft pick in both of those years; the Browns are the only National Football League team without a helmet logo. The logoless helmet serves as the Browns' official logo; the organization has used several promotional logos throughout the years.

Michio Ashikaga

Michio Ashikaga is a former Japanese football player. He played for Japan national team. Ashikaga was born in Akita Prefecture on May 22, 1950. After graduating from high school, he joined Mitsubishi Motors in 1969; the club won the league champions in 1969, 1973 and 1978. The club won 1971, 1973, 1978 Emperor's Cup and 1978 JSL Cup, he retired in 1978. He scored 36 goals in the league. In September 1971, Ashikaga was selected Japan national team for 1972 Summer Olympics qualification. At this qualification, on September 23, he debuted against Malaysia, he played at 1974 World Cup qualification. He played 7 games for Japan until 1975. Michio Ashikaga at National-Football-Teams.com Japan National Football Team Database

Hyde Park (village), Vermont

Hyde Park is a village in the Town of Hyde Park, Lamoille County, United States. The population was 415 at the 2000 census. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 1.2 square miles, all land. As of the census of 2000, there were 415 people, 192 households, 111 families residing in the village; the population density was 355.7 people per square mile. There were 207 housing units at an average density of 177.4/sq mi. The racial makeup of the village was 98.55% White, 0.96% Black or African American, 0.24% Asian, 0.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.48% of the population. There were 192 households out of which 23.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.3% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, 41.7% were non-families. 34.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.5% had someone living alone, 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the village, the population was spread out with 19.8% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 25.8% from 25 to 44, 29.6% from 45 to 64, 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.0 males. The median income for a household in the village was $35,781, the median income for a family was $50,000. Males had a median income of $35,357 versus $26,016 for females; the per capita income for the village was $22,790. About 2.0% of families and 5.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.5% of those under age 18 and 6.8% of those age 65 or over. List of villages in Vermont North Hyde Park, Vermont Official website