DeShone Kizer #7 of the Cleveland Browns looks on during a break in the action in the third quarter during the game against the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on December 31, 2017 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Justin K. Aller / Getty Images
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HURON, Ohio — An Ohio man's tongue-in-cheek obituary blames the winless Cleveland Browns for contributing to his demise.
The obituary published in the Sandusky Register says Paul Stark died Wednesday at a hospice facility after a brief illness "exacerbated by the hopeless condition of the Cleveland Browns."
The football team was 1-15 last season and 0-16 this year following Sunday's finale in Pittsburgh, where the Browns lost 24-28 to the Steelers.
Nevertheless, Stark's obituary included a nugget of the optimism voiced by some long-suffering fans. It says the 80-year-old Mansfield native "passed just before the Browns were prepared to turn the corner."