You might have been one of those who bought a ticket to a recent Backers dinner to benefit Toys for Tots. The special guest for the evening, during the Browns' bye weekend, was supposed to be linebacker Kamerion Wimbley.
During the middle of the week leading up to the dinner, Fostoria Backers president Marv Bernal got a call saying that Wimbley would not be there, but wideout/kick returner Josh Cribbs would take his place. Not too bad, as Cribbs is also one of the team's "name" players.
It wasn't long, though, before another call came, saying that Cribbs wouldn't make it, but defensive end Shaun Smith would be on hand.
At least the courtesy was there to let Marv know ahead of time that another change had been made.
But when Smith's arrival time was 10 minutes away on the evening of the dinner and Marv's phone went off with a call that the guest of honor would be no guest at all ... well, that's why the athletes of today have the reputations that they do.
Bernal offered refunds to the guests on hand, but in an impressive fashion none would hear of it. The cause, after all, was to help out Toys for Tots, not necessarily to add to their own autograph collections. Some of the guests were Browns Backers members from chapters in places such as Mansfield, Medina, Ashland and Plymouth, Mich., but many were from right here in Fostoria.
All told, after expenses, the Fostoria Browns Backers were able to clear $500 to donate to Toys for Tots.
It could have been a lot worse. But the Browns fans wouldn't let it be.
Now it's time for the fans to head out to the Geary Family YMCA on Saturday to meet an all-time Browns favorite, former running back Greg Pruitt. The "Breakaway Kid" was one of the most exciting players in team hitory. He'll be at the Y from 10 a.m. to noon, and in addition to getting Pruitt's autograph, kids will be able to indulge in a variety of activities.
Do you still have your No. 34 jersey from your youth? If so, bring it out and let Pruitt sign it for you. He's one of the good guys out there. And we can be reasonably assured that he'll actually be there.