New Uniforms Same Old Browns

The Cleveland Browns could use a shift in fortune. No NFL franchise has can hold a candle to the avalanche of bad breaks that this organization has suffered. Need examples? There are too many. Sorry Browns fans, you may want to avert your eyes.

They haven’t won a championship since 1964, BEFORE the Super Bowl Era

-       They’ve been close three times to Super Bowl appearances, but…

-        In 1986, Broncos quarterback John Elway led Denver on a 98 yard touchdown drive – known in Cleveland as “The Drive” - to tie the Browns with 34 seconds to play. Cleveland would lose in overtime.

-         In 1987, the Browns were trailing 38 – 31 (again, to the Broncos) late and were about to tie the game. But with 1:12 to play, Cleveland running back Ernest Byner fumbled JUST before crossing the goalline (for what would have been a game tying touchdown) , and the Broncos recovered. Once again, the Browns came up short.

-         In 1989, the Browns drew the Broncos in the AFC Championship. Again. And lost. Again. This time, 37-21.

-         In 1995, Browns owner Art Modell announced the franchise would move to Baltimore the following season. Cleveland was without a football team from 1996-1999.

-        Cleveland got a new franchise – the Browns – in 1999. But they’ve been one with little success since their re-birth, with just 2 winning seasons and 1 playoff appearance.

-        This past season wasn’t much different. After a 7-4 start, the Browns collapsed down the stretch with 5 losses to close out the year.

-          And this off-season has continued the trend. Their best player – wide receiver Josh Gordon (who was suspended most of last season - will be suspended the entirety of this coming season for substance abuse. Last year’s first round draft pick Johnny Manziel has been in rehab for much of the summer for the same reasons. And General Manager Ray Farmer has been suspended the first four games of the year for texting the coaching staff during games.

Yes, a long and depressing list. So if you want to make your fans forget the pain, why not rebrand yourselves?
  
Guess what. That’s EXACTLY what the Browns did this offseason. And in dramatic fashion!
 
 
Cleveland Browns new helmet 
 
 
Photo courtesy of sportslogos.net
 
BAM! That’s how you shake things up! Brown facemasks baby! Sarcasm aside, they’ve at least changed their uniforms:
 
  
(Photo courtesy of the Cleveland Browns)
 
Unfortunately a new helmet and uniform won't help Browns fans forget the pain. We know one way to dim the pain is to present an awesome Ohio logo that is sure to bring a chuckle. Ladies and Gentleman, AwesomeSportsLogos.com presents the Akron Rubbers!

 

Akron is the fifth largest city in Ohio and is also known as the Rubber Capital of the world, or “Rubber City”. At one point in the early 1920’s, Goodyear, Firestone and General Tire each had their headquarters in Akron and that’s how they got their anointed nickname. Goodyear is still based in the city. We love the name and the history that surrounds our awesome Akron Rubbers sports logo.
 
We love you Cleveland, time to get it done on the field and give some of the best sports fans in the country what they deserve more than a helmet and uniform change. Give them a winner!
 
Thanks for reading,
 
Paul Gallant
Awesome Sports Logos Columnist