The Cleveland Browns are “America’s Team”…….let it sink in……..has it set in yet?
The Cleveland Browns are “America’s Team”.
With the Cleveland Browns set to play the Dallas Cowboys in Jerry Jones stadium. I get extra excited for this game, because I live in Dallas, TX. I will be attending this game, tailgating and acting like I’m in the Dawg Pound when I’m in my seat.
I have over a dozen family members and friends who have relocated to the Dallas Fort Worth Metroplex. This is where the jobs are located. There is no recession in Texas. The weather in November started at 88 degrees and will cool out to 60 degrees by December. I Love Cleveland, I Love It. One day I want to tell the story of Cleveland. One of the most underrated cities in the United States. In the meantime though, I will be in Texas.
Back to Football
The nickname “America’s Team” started when the narrator of the Cowgirls 1978 highlight film, opens with the following introduction:
They appear on television so often that their faces are as familiar to the public as presidents and movie stars. They are the Dallas Cowboys, “America’s Team”
The same thing goes for the in the Pitts boring Stealers. They were the only two teams who were represented in the 70’s thanks to Super Bowl runs. The Miami Dolphins were dominant too, I know.
For one anyone who knows anything about giving nicknames, they know: You can’t give yourself your own nickname, that’s kind of lame.
I am not affiliated with the Cleveland Browns organization so I therefore declare The Cleveland Browns “America’s Team”.
Oh Shut up Green Bay Packers fan, we know you are the first Super Bowl Champions ever and the second. The trophy is named after your coach Vince Lombardi, and you are owned by your fans. I give you more credit than the Cowgirls but it actually leads me to my point.
Football is tradition, and The Cleveland Browns are full of it.
(you know when you watch a movie and they start to play old playful music to a black and white clip, well play that in your head as we go back in time a bit….im doing it too, geesh)
When you think of football and the beginning, there is only one player that comes to mind, and that is Jim Brown running past you, over you and most of the time through you, Jim Brown is the staple of the NFL. If there was a logo like the NBA the NFL’s would be Jim Brown.
Coaching Legend and namesake Paul Brown is the root to the NFL coaching tree.
Thank You Wiki.
The Browns won the AAFC championship in all four years of its existence, including the AAFC’s only perfect season in 1948. In 1950 the Browns moved to the NFL winning the league championship in its first NFL season, followed by two more in 1954 and 1955. The Browns had appeared in 10 straight championship games and won seven. The Browns were NFL champions again in 1964. In 1967 the Super Bowl was named and the Browns have not won since.
(CUT THE MUSIC)
We are talking from 1950 to 1964. That is fourteen years through some of the worst times in recent America. The one thing all Americans could do was listen to their radio’s or watch television on Sunday to get that relief from their favorite player and team, Jim Brown and the Cleveland Browns.
I love to hear the story about how Condoleezza Rice is a huge Browns fan and she grew up watching the games in Alabama with her father. Listen hear folks were not talking NFL network and ESPN. If Condoleezza Rice was watching the Browns in Alabama, it’s because that was the only game that was on.
The Cincinnati Bengals only exist because of the now deceased former owner of The Cleveland Browns “America’s Team” fired Paul Brown in 1963. Paul Brown went to Cincinnati and made our little sisters the Bengals. The only difference was the brown in the uniform was now black. At the end of the Day they are the Browns little sisters and we pretty much made them.
Then we have our purple headed step child the Baltimore Ravens, you know we made you.
Other than the Kardiac Kids, in 1980 and the Bernie Kosar runs against John Elway there has not been much to celebrate when it comes to The Cleveland Browns “America’s Team”.
As Americans deep down we are always rooting for the little guy. Well that is Cleveland now.
But at the same time we like to Jump on the Bandwagon. Can anyone say Yankees? We don’t hear much from those guys these days, lol.
But that brings me to my point. We are just quiet now. We are starting to rumble a little because we can see a glimpse of the future.
Jimmy Haslam is in place as the new owner and he is someone who seems passionate about winning. The drafting of players like Trent Richardson and Joe Haden has given the fans a reason to get excited. We can feel the rumblings. There are a lot of Condoleezza Rice’s out there people who grew up with the Browns. The Bandwagon will fill up like you have never seen when the Browns finally win the Super Bowl or at least become competitive consistently.
I saved the best for last:
Browns Backers Worldwide (BBW). It is the largest sports-fan organization in the USA. Browns Backers clubs can be found in every major city in the United States, and in a number of military bases throughout the world. The Browns Backers has fan clubs inEgypt, Australia, Japan, Sri Lanka, and McMurdo Station in Antarctica.
A 2006 study conducted by Bizjournal determined that Browns fan base the most loyal fans in the NFL. The study, while not scientific, was largely based on fan loyalty during winning and losing seasons, attendance at games, and challenges confronting fans (such as inclement weather or long-term poor performance of their team). The study noted that Browns fans filled 99.8% of the seats at Cleveland Browns Stadium during the last seven seasons, despite a combined record of 36 wins and 76 losses over that span.
I say all that to say this.
The Cleveland Browns are “America’s Team”. The facts are the facts