At halftime of a 17-6 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, the Browns brought out a youth football team dressed in Browns uniforms and had them play a quick game. Their opponents? Area mascots.
The Browns used the game to introduce Brownie the Elf to the public. After halftime was finished, Brownie ran back down the tunnel- and really hasn’t been seen since.
FirstEnergy Stadium has hosted three more Browns games since that day, and while Chomps, the drumline and DJ Ryan Wolf have all been on the field doing their thing, there has been no sign of Brownie.
“Brownie is currently making a limited number of public appearances” said a team spokesman, “We are evaluating how fans respond and will then determine whether or not Brownie will regularly attend our games, community appearances and other events based on what is best for our fans.”
Interesting. So the team isn’t sure if Brownie will be a regular part of the gameday experience.
You have to say this about the new regime, they are consistent. Whether you are a first round draft pick from last season or a new mascot, no job is safe.
It seems a bit strange though. Why have a mascot made if you aren’t sure it will make the cut?
According to our team spokesman, it was part of the plan from the beginning. They wanted to see if the Brownie worked as a mascot and take the temperature of the fans. Feedback is important to the team, especially given the history and tradition that Brownie the Elf represents.
Then again, maybe taking your time and doing a little research eliminates this kind of mistake.