- The fans square off at Sunday's Battle of Ohio Party.
Dylan Corlett is a fan of the Cincinnati Bengals, which makes him a rare sort of bird in any town, let alone Cleveland. Jim Breckenridge can't figure out his college buddy -- especially when it comes to the Battle of Ohio Party. Corlett and Breckenridge are glued to their stools at the Cleveland Beachcomber (the former Hooters in the Flats) each Sunday afternoon, staring at the bar's 11 TV screens. "You can't beat it," Breckenridge says. "A Molson Ice, an order of potato skins, and chicken wings, and the best seat to watch the Dawgs beat [Cincinnati's] ass."
Corlett's not amused. Though he'd love to be at the stadium to taunt the Dawg Pound in person, he'll at least sling insults at the tube. "You wait," he says, shaking his finger at Breckenridge. "My guys are gonna smoke [quarterback Kelly] Holcomb. And you can take that to the bank."
Actually, neither team is a bankable commodity this year, though the Browns are a slight favorite this week. Breckenridge will gladly give the points, and he'll take a few more of those Molsons. "If you're stupid enough to bet against the Browns for this game, you belong in Cincinnati." The party starts at 10 a.m. Sunday at the Cleveland Beachcomber & Tiki Bar, 1146 Old River Road. Admission is free; call 216-566-9800. -- Cris Glaser
Summit Metro Parks go out after dark.
"We're hoping we'll see some bats, maybe an owl," says Summit County Metro Parks naturalist Danusia Casteel, leader of this Saturday's Nocturnal Animals Hike in Norton. "You never know what you're going to see," she says. "People just aren't out there that time of day." You'll have to look close, though: Nighttime animals blend in well with their surroundings. In case they're a no-show, Casteel's bringing skulls and pelts for a critter simulation. The hike happens 7 p.m. Saturday at the Chippewa Trailhead (at the Pheasant Run parking lot of Silver Creek Metro Park, on Hametown Road in Norton). Admission is free; call 330-865-8065. -- Allen Miller