April 16, 2014

Photo: Are the Browns rolling out an elf mascot?

So, this image hit the Cleveland Browns’ Facebook page and Instagram feed this afternoon. At first glance, it looks like the hand (paw?) of Chomps. But the striped arms? You be the judge.

  • Collin Jones

    That’s definitely Brownie. Guessing the little bits of brown you see off to the left are some tufts of hair and the back of his cap.

  • Adam Bertoni

    My minor pet peeve (very minor) is when people refer to the Brownie as an Elf.

  • nj0

    Doug Flutie?

  • enjoymoreradio

    I’m all for bringing back the Brownie. I’ve long advocated for using the Brownie more visibly, especially as a logo for media graphics packages or perhaps the 50-yard line. It’s awkward to have the helmet itself (which should always stay plain orange) as the official logo of the team.

  • humboldt

    I approve of your pedantry ;). Elves were traditionally considered to be quite large mythical creatures, but become conflated w/ fairies in the Elizabethean era. Brownies were small, more hobgoblin-ish creatures that lived in small nooks and crevices within peoples’ homes and aided in domestic chores.

    All that is to say, I approve of them developing the Brownie more prominently, but only as long as it is tastefully done and not overly goofy or cartoonish. The picture above worries me a bit.

  • Eric G

    Chomps in a referee shirt?

  • Kildawg

    Bring back Brownie!!! and the orange pants as well!!!

  • Big Z

    Gotta go bulldog.

  • Gunner

    i credit all of our loosing seasons to the departure of our orange pants and jersey

  • Gunner

    We have not been good in awhile but how could you not love the browns and every part of the old school mascot

  • Foghorn Leghorn

    that hand creeps me out.

  • Grif_E

    I have doubts in the ability of anyone to design and fabricate a good looking Brownie suit. However, if Brownie is going to be reintroduced he very likely could be on a slow and subtle introduction trajectory, so we may not even know for a little while.

  • FearTheRoo

    Everyone wants the orange pants back

  • woofersus

    The edge of the face is visible, and it’s clearly brown and furry. It’s a dog.

    I know some people are nostalgic for Brownie and maybe it’s because I’m not old enough to really remember, but I don’t get it. Football mascots should be tough, right? What’s tough about a mischievous/naughty looking elf? I feel like there would be definite mocking coming from the outside on that sort of thing.

  • humboldt

    The emblem was pretty damn formidable in the ’50s and ’60s when the franchise was winning championships and the Brownie was wearing the crown (see my avatar) ;)

  • Kildawg

    There’s even an account on Twitter that clamors for the return of the orange pants: WeWantOrangeCLE

  • woofersus

    I believe that any team dominating the way the Browns did at the time would be formidable, but I still don’t get the emblem.

  • humboldt

    That’s true; a winning franchise/program infuses its mascot with a certain gravitas, regardless of the inherent “toughness” of the emblem/mascot. For instance, are Buckeyes and/or Brutus the Buckeye especially intimidating? Definitely not, but the continued dominance of the program has imbued the buckeye, an inedible nut, with a certain cultural resonance.

    I was obviously not alive when the Browns were a dynasty in the mid-20th century. But I imagine the Brownie was similarly an emblem that conveyed continued dominance, while also cleverly invoking anglo-saxon mythology and serving as a double-entendre for our innovative coach and founder. It had a lot going for it.

    Even today, the Brownie is a key part of the iconography of our franchise and – even though Art Modell phased it out for decades because he didn’t like it (prob reminded him of the bonehead decision to impetuously fire Paul Brown) – the franchise would be wise to return it to prominence, especially during an otherwise wayward and unrooted era of expansion incompetence.

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  • Webster

    Yup. “An old friend returns” definitely points to Brownie.

  • TSR3000

    I hate the orange pants. We exist.

  • RGB

    It’s an exaggerated caricature and offensive to all Brownies.
    Therefore, just like Chief Wahoo it must be abandoned in order to maintain optimum political correctness.

  • Chuckles

    I had the pleasure of attending a meeting with my local Browns Backer Group with Alec Scheiner, and 2 other front office members. One of the questions asked of us was “Do you guys want more Brownie the Elf?” Unanimously it was a resounding yes. And I suggested orange pants to which most agreed as an homage to the kardiac kids.

  • AkronPoppy

    Lobster boy

  • alexb

    terrible, absolutely terrible. The entire marketing staff in Parma should be fired on the spot. To the contemptible people that responded yes to them when they asked if the Brownie should come back, shame on you!! We’re finally building an AFC North team that’s nasty from front to back, at least on defense. And that’s what wins in the AFC North. Now you want to slap an effete fairy on these guys helmets? No self respecting NFL player should ever suffer the indignity of such a thing, and no self respecting fan of a supposedly self respecting franchise should ever validate such a marketing decision by purchasing any merchandise with that perfectly contemptible little cnt prominently displayed on the sleeve. I was contemplating purchasing a browns 99 jersey….uh uh, not with that thing on the sleeve no way.