Today the Cleveland Browns introduced a new, live-action mascot. He is “Brownie, the Elf.”
A little elf has been a part of the Browns for as long as I can remember. He’s usually pictured holding a football, wearing elfin shoes and an elfin hat and a self-satisfied smile on his face. I’ve always like the little pointy-eared elf. For a time, years ago, there was an effort to put the elf on the Browns helmets, but they decided to stick with the classic, plain orange helmets instead.
When the Browns came back into the NFL, and marketing requirements dictated that they have a mascot, they surprisingly did not go with the elf. Instead, picking up on the “Dawgs” persona first developed during the ’80s, they introduced a large, upright dog wearing a uniform. His name is “Chomps.” I think Chomps sucks. He’s a generic, fuzzy mascot that could be the mascot for virtually any major or minor league team.
So, I was happy when I saw “Brownie, the Elf” today. And, not coincidentally, the Browns actually played like a football team today. It was a pleasure to sit in a cheering stadium and watch the Browns grind down the Cincinnati Bengals on a 90-yard drive in the fourth quarter to put the game away. It’s one of the best games the Browns have played against a quality opponent in years. Even the presence of Chomps didn’t ruin the day.
I’m giving the credit for today’s win to the team, of course, but also to Brownie, the Elf. The more the Browns get back to their roots, the better off they will be.