Our Uniform:Codified


There is no doubt that the direction this team is heading in on the field has caused a lot of debate among the fan base. Opinions abound about the state of the offense, defense, coaching staff and quarterbacks. But, outside of the performance of this year’s Browns team, one other controversial topic has swirled among the most avid fans.

Blogs and comment boards are full of discussion about their uniforms, especially in relation to the continual use of the “brown” pants. You would be surprised to find how seriously people take this issue, and rightly so.

That being the case, I decided that while the team battles the flu and sundry car accidents, I would weigh in on the state of the Browns attire. This may seem superfluous, but in the end it just makes sense that if you are going to do something, look good doing it! Also, with Brady Quinn stating that he likes the brown pants, it’s time for a fan to set the record straight on this topic. Maybe bring some much needed sense to this debate.

First and foremost, there is no uniform combination that signifies the Cleveland franchise more so than the brown jersey top and white pants. Much like the Cowboys wear white on silver, the first choice for the Browns team should always be this combination. Nothing signifies football, autumn and the struggle on the gridiron like when the team dawns that uniform. Few images are as iconic as some of our best players wearing this uniform choice with the snow falling over them, while they led us to victory in a time long ago. One important note; Brown socks and shoes with orange tips should always accompany this look.

Next, white on white is the best choice. This may seem boring, but it is a classic look. I have also thought it would be great for night games at home to include a “white out” where every fan comes to the stadium in their white jerseys while the team goes with this look. Under the lights, this would be awesome. Throw in brown socks and dark colored shoes and you have a winner. The only other uniform variant that should be considered with the white top is the orange pants. That combo takes us back; a nostalgic and solid look for sure. But, with regard to white on white, there is certainly strength in such simplicity.

Finally, if the team is going to throw on a uniform combination to get their fans pumped and provide some spice, they should solely turn to the brown jersey top with orange pants. This look is penultimate. I might be giving too much away here, but am I the only one who gets goose bumps when they bust these out? This look though should only be used on special occasions. Nothing rallies the fans like this color combo! As a matter of fact, when this team gets turned around this choice should be typical for Thursday’s, Sunday nights and MNF. Not sure how I feel about the team wearing this during a Super Bowl, but I long for the day when I can form an opinion about that.

In the end, these are the choices I would make if I were in charge. I would encourage the base to debate this, but as I sit here and think about it, I don’t know what there is to debate. These choices are the right ones to make. Like I said if this team is going to do something, might as well look good doing it. In the end, it’s just time to retire the “brown” pants.

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4 Responses to “Our Uniform:Codified”

  1. Denolakes says:

    The following story illustrates why I think they desire to wear the brown pants:
    While dressing before a major battle during the Napoleanic wars, a British field commander instructed his aide to bring him his red jacket. “Why?” asked another commander. “You’ll be easier to see.”
    “That may be true,” replied the commander, “but if I get shot, my troops won’t be able to see the blood.”
    His companion reflected on this for a moment, then called to his aide. “I’m getting ready for this battle,” he asserted, “bring me my brown pants.”

  2. JagRoar says:

    The late Al Lerner said he wanted everything about the Browns to remain the same. I’m offended that Randy Lerner has trashed the storied Browns uniform with those butt ugly brown pants and the solid brown socks. The team should wear the same uniform that all the great Browns like Jimmy Brown, Otto Graham, Bernie Kosar etc wore!

    If Randy Boy wanted solid color pants then he should have brought back the orange pants…

  3. MarkV says:

    The brown tops and orange bottoms are all I remember growing up. That is not the “penultimate” as you describe above. It used to be the norm. To only see that on “special” occasions (which never seem to come) has been one of the great disappointments of the last 10 years. The team returned, our name returned, our colors did not.

  4. ButchGavlen says:

    Just win, it will be good.

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