An Open Plea To The Cleveland Browns


I don’t write here anymore.  I’ve made about 3 posts this year.  But there’s a topic that desperately needs to be addressed.  It’s not which QB is going to lead us to a mediocre season this year, it’s not if Romeo is on the hot-seat, or if Brady likes women…no, the thing i’m most concerned about is the Brown’s socks.  The socks, and the uniforms that they are a part of have sunk to a disgraceful low.  (What follows will be a complete rip-off of the sublime Uni-Watch Blog form, only because i’m not that creative)

I’ve mentioned this on this site before, and I’m certainly not the only one who has commented on the issue.  However, the Browns apparently haven’t gotten the message.  THIS UNIFORM looks hideous.  I say that the uniform looks hideous only because the disgusting solid-colored socks ruin the whole thing.  It’s all I can look at.  And it’s frankly driving me crazy.  Any human with retinas can see that this look is much more pleasing to the eye than this look.  But why the change at all?

For those of you who don’t follow things of this nature so closely, here’s a brief review: 

First 55 years of existence:  The Browns wear striped socks almost exclusively.

Next 5 years (2002-now):  The Browns mix in, or wear exclusively solid colored socks.

This disturbing trend began as far as I can tell in the 2003 season.  However, at that time it was simply sprinkled in with the other uniform tinkerings that were park of the Butch Davis era.  Then, in the offseason prior to the 2006 season Randy Lerner made a comment about the Browns “returning” to their uniforms of the championship days.  They then rolled out modified uni’s that included a gray face mask, black shoes, and the dreaded solid socks. 

The problem with this?  AT NO POINT IN THE BROWNS HISTORY DID THEY EVER WEAR THIS UNIFORM!  Check for yourself.  Google it.  You won’t see Jim Freaking Brown ever wearing a uniform that had black shoes and sold brown socks (nor will you ever see any human with this hideous combination)!   Want more proof?  Check out this random google image search of various Browns Hall of Famers:

Otto Graham

Lou Groza

Dante Lavelli

Paul Warfield

Gene Hickerson

Marion Motley

You see the trend?  Orange and Brown?  Check. Grey facemask?  Sure. Black shoes?  Yes.  Solid Brown socks?  An complete and total UNCHECK!

 Memo to the Browns:  For the love of Eric Metcalf (who wore striped socks), don’t screw with the uniforms.  The Browns uniform is a study in the simple and understated.  No logo, nothing flashy, and that’s why we love the way it looks.  There was no reason to tinker in the first place, but now you’ve gone and created a frankenstein of a costume for our beloved team to wear.  And you’ve done so in the name of getting “back to” what the uni’s looked like?!?!

Please come to your senses and return the socks ot their natural state this year.  You did it for the first pre-season game.  Of course, you dashed my hopes in the second.  You’ve taken so much of what was Cleveland out of the “Cleveland Browns”, charged us for the right to purchase tickets, lie to us about injuries, lose twice a year to the Steelers, have given us losing season after losing season, and overall have given us 8 years of football that couldn’t be more fundamentally opposite to what Cleveland Browns Football is all about. 

Can’t we at least have the striped socks?


7 Responses to An Open Plea To The Cleveland Browns

  1. Good point. I say bring back the orange jerseys. Last Year the retro trend went into retrograde when they trotted out the throwback version uniforms with numerals on the helmets (pah). The Browns’ helmet logo is the tricolor stripe. With the decimated duds, the Browns had their most horrifying loss of the year to the Bengals at Cleveland Browns Stadium. Casey Coleman passed away following the game which was desparately sad.

    The Browns rebounded the following week with their victory over the Chiefs (can I say “we own the Chiefs?”)

    Go Browns– we’ll get the Steelers taken care of Game One this year.

    MinorPhaserBurns–secret weapon for CLEVELAND

  2. Smossdaddy says:

    I am not completely insane. I recently sent a letter to Randy Lerner expressing EXACTLY the same sentiments. The solid brown socks with the “all whites” are a putrid look. Imagine the Yankees wearing white shoes. Same thing. I do hope Lerner comes to his senses.

  3. Jack Randolph says:

    …besides, the stripes unique, the plain, brown socks look like every other team. The Skins have done this as wll. The Niners no longer have the triple-white stripes on their socks. Parity, indeed!

  4. Jim Burgum says:

    I admire your passion, but for my part, I don’t mind the socks nearly so much as that the tv #’s were moved from the sleeves to the shoulders; why doesn’t anyone except me seem to care? When we’ve returned to the thinner stripes down the side of the pants, and moved the tv #’s back to the sleeves, I’ll worry about the socks.

  5. I began watching the Browns in 1959 as a child. Their uniforms have always been the BEST in the NFL. Bar none. Part of the reason is they Don’t have a logo on the helmet. Next their team colors are SWELL.

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