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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Flash Points: Browns' defining moment

By James Walker

What key event significantly changed the fortunes of the Browns -- for better or worse? Give us your take and we’ll give you our definitive moment May 18.

Few NFL teams have a more polarizing history than the Cleveland Browns. It's filled with championship highs and the lowest of lows, including horrible postseason luck and a franchise move.

Using our SportsNation poll, we ask Browns fans to narrow it down and pick one moment that best defines the team's history.

Was it the Browns' first NFL championship in 1950? The team had won titles before, but this was the first of four since joining the NFL. The Browns' last NFL championship in 1964 remains the most recent pro sports title in Cleveland.

How about drafting Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown in 1957? Brown is often viewed as the greatest running back in NFL history -- and some believe the best overall player. He remains Cleveland's most recognizable face.

On the negative side, you have "The Fumble" and "The Drive" in which the Denver Broncos broke the hearts of the Browns fans in back-to-back years. Were these the defining moments for the franchise? Or was it when former Browns owner Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore, a move Cleveland is still trying to recover from?

If you vote Other, give us your suggestion in the comments area below.