Much has been made about the Browns fan base that has been brutally subjected to this attempt at the game of football through 2009. PSL’s lock you in, and the up front costs force most fans to try and get at least something for their money.
And while I’m a bit surprised that something like this hasn’t gone down sooner, I applaud the efforts of two season ticket holders.
Mike Randall of Massillon and Tony Schafer of Sandusky, aka ”Dawg Pound Mike” and ”Mobile Dawg,” want the team they’ve worshipped for a lifetime to kick off on Monday Night Football on Nov. 16 against the Baltimore Ravens in an empty stadium.
Not empty for the entire game — just at kickoff, to voice their displeasure over the state of a team that offers them no hope. The Browns are 1-6 and have lost 12 of their past 13 games.
The two men hope to delay at least half the crowd from sitting down before the 8:30 p.m. start.
Most of you may know Randall as the guy who dressed up in a french fry costume as an homage to Charlie Frye. Randall has reportedly met Randy Lerner in person, and like most others that have done the same, claims that no one wants to win more than he.
I’m not sure how much more of “we need to do things better” Browns fans can deal with. And while the thoughts of Randall and Schafer will likely make the rounds well before the mid-November game, it also gives the stadium workers plenty of time to thwart their efforts.
I can’t wait to see if these two men can get thousands of fans to listen, but after the horrid performance that we have all been given through the season thus far, let’s just hope that most of them are at least willing to listen.
Update: Given the quickness in which this story circulated, Browns owner Randy Lerner commented on the protest via email.
”On the grounds of frustration and irritation with performance, then that’s the medicine I [we] are going to take, and I accept that. [...]
It’s been way too long since the Browns have had anything to feel good about or invest in, and it’s clear that the doubt and negativity are taking on a life of their own.
What I can say is that we, and I, have remained open to new and fresh ideas and thinking and people with passion for the Browns and football experience getting involved and with hope and luck and support, making a difference. We won’t become entrenched or stubborn and despite my allergy to be more conspicuous, I do remain eager to seek help and guidance from any and all corners.”
Fans Organizing a Brown-Out [Ohio.com]