I’ve been having an ongoing discussion with National Football Authority’s Daniel Wolf this season about Cleveland’s choice of uniforms. I am the self-proclaimed site Uni-Nerd. I wear the badge with pride actually. Whether discussing my favorite non-Cleveland uniforms, or reviewing the best jersey numbers in Cleveland sports or just giving my opinion on sports fashion here and there, I love to talk about the laundry.
So this year, the Browns decided that they will wear the all whites at home. They did this for two reasons, according to Wolf’s piece here–
“The team is honoring Paul Brown, and his team’s, by bringing back the white-on-white uniforms for all home games this season,” said Gulkis. Fans have seen the Browns wear their brown jerseys with white pants at home, in seasons past, but they are going with the old-school look this year.
“We listen to our fans and they wanted white-on-white at home,” said Gulkis.
Now, I’m all for honoring the past with uniforms- to an extent of course. I wonder sometimes if some fans even know that the team is not named after the color, nor the great running back, but a former coach Paul Brown. It is also interesting that the team honors him by removing as much brown from the uniforms as possible.
The problem, and one that we saw coming on opening weekend, was that if the Browns choose to wear all white at home, they may just wear them all the time this season.
Home teams get to choose whether they wear white or their colors. The majority of the league goes with colored jerseys at home, with the most notable exception being the Cowboys, who wear the whites in Dallas regularly. Sometimes warm weather teams like the Dolphins will choose to wear white in the early part of the season to try and stay cooler. Chances are, that none of the teams left on the Browns road schedule will opt to wear white. Arizona, Cincinnati, Pittsburgh and Baltimore have all worn colored tops every home game this season.
So the Browns may be ‘brownless’ all season long.
So what you say?
I’m sure there are those who could care less about what combination of uniforms the Browns wear. Like every other fan out there, I would probably not care a lick if they were winning regularly. (Probably.) The fact is, they aren’t winning. They are for the most part a bit like the bland uniforms they are sporting all season- plain and uninspiring.
How about a little variety? How about some orange pants with those white tops? Now that was a look. Why not wear the Brown tops again for the remaining three home games? I’m sure Paul Brown won’t be dishonored.
I’ll say it. The all white look was great for a game or two at home as a novelty, but it is BORING for an entire season.
Ok, carry on arguing about Peyton Hillis, Shurmur, McCoy and handing off to fullbacks.