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Browns scrap white flag promotion

Carlton Mitchell AP

It sounded like a story from The Onion: The Browns said this week that they would hand out white flags for the fans at Cleveland Browns Stadium to wave during Sunday’s game against the Steelers.

Now the team has scrapped the idea.

In a statement released by a team spokesman, the Browns said on Saturday that they were no longer going to ask their fans to wave the white flag.

“After further and careful consideration, we felt it was in the best interests of everyone involved that we not have a giveaway item at tomorrow’s game,” the statement said. “It is something that was intended to be fun for our fans and that they could rally around, and we regret that some didn’t perceive it that way. We want to thank all of our fans for their tremendous support and we look forward to seeing them out in force at the stadium tomorrow.”

It’s surprising that the Browns didn’t anticipate that some fans would perceive waving white flags as a symbol of surrender. It’s fine that the Browns wanted to counter all the Terrible Towels that Steelers fans would be waving, but white flags aren’t exactly the kind of look you want if you’re trying to convince fans that you haven’t given up on the season. The Browns were wise to scrap this idea.

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53 Responses to “Browns scrap white flag promotion”
  1. blackngold4life says: Nov 24, 2012 5:13 PM

    they’ll be more Terrible Towels then Browns fans

  2. mogogo1 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:14 PM

    Wouldn’t you just love to have been a fly on the wall in the meeting where this got the green light? Did somebody first suggest brown or orange and get overruled by a higher up? Did nobody mention that “waving a white flag” carries meaning they didn’t want to convey?

  3. 69finfan says: Nov 24, 2012 5:16 PM

    Novel idea; how about brown towels?

  4. huskersrock1 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:18 PM

    Obviously someone didn’t listen to the intern when s/he quietly suggested this is a bad idea.

  5. ttommytom says: Nov 24, 2012 5:18 PM

    You can’t make this stuff up.

    The genius who had this idea, please step forward…

  6. millertime30 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:18 PM

    I don’t think the connection between waving a white flag and surrendering is a new discovery or anything.

  7. jakec4 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:19 PM

    One of these days the Browns will get something right.

  8. bh83 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:21 PM

    They should at least still have the option of distributing them to players.

  9. jackblackshairyback says: Nov 24, 2012 5:21 PM

    “It sounded like a story from The Onion”….that was my first thought too.

    In my opinion, the Browns’ marketing department payroll needs to be trimmed.

  10. endzone says: Nov 24, 2012 5:24 PM

    No wonder Mike Homlgrem says he’s okay with being shown the exit door with that kind of brain trust to work with.

  11. raiderkilla0 says: Nov 24, 2012 5:25 PM

    I think Rex Ryan and the Jets could have used those white flags in the first quarter Thursday night!

  12. Just a Fan says: Nov 24, 2012 5:33 PM

    Don’t they wave them this time of year already?

  13. thehumanfly says: Nov 24, 2012 5:35 PM

    2nd to 3rd tier NFL city at this point.

  14. fumblenuts says: Nov 24, 2012 5:57 PM

    I doubt the Browns will make it easy for QB Charlie Batch.

  15. ravensdominate says: Nov 24, 2012 6:03 PM

    Terrible towels are pretty…… Terrible. No one should try and emulate the trashy Steeler faithful. Hope the Browns crush them.

  16. bathroomben7 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:06 PM

    The white flag should’ve been raised on this franchise 10 years ago

  17. akshunj says: Nov 24, 2012 6:09 PM

    I heard some French tourists pointed this out to ownership.

  18. davikes says: Nov 24, 2012 6:16 PM

    Perhaps Holmgren and the coach should waive the white flag.

  19. ndnut says: Nov 24, 2012 6:17 PM

    What would be wrong with orange towels like the Giants had in the MLB Postseason?

  20. nickster31 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:23 PM

    Jimmy Haslem mistake #1.

    I can understand the towel idea, trying to copy the Steelers, like hopefully he will do with his coaches and front office.

    BUT, waiving the white flag? Seriously?

  21. 3octaveFart says: Nov 24, 2012 6:26 PM

    Figures the Browns would come up with the idea to wave the international symbol for surrender…

  22. archetypeobscure says: Nov 24, 2012 6:33 PM

    The part that gets me is that it’s an inflatable flag. Can Browns fans not be trusted with real flags?

  23. ppdoc13 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:35 PM

    And people wonder why the organization hasn’t win anything in decades

  24. davikes says: Nov 24, 2012 6:38 PM

    I wonder what they are going to do with 30 or 40,000 white towels? New problem for the intern.

  25. richiesaurus310 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:39 PM

    Our helmets are orange, we’re called the browns, and our fans wave white flags…

  26. phillyphannn83 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:41 PM

    It’s not like other sports teams dont wave white towels, even in Pittsburgh. The Penguins and Penn State both wave white towels. How ’bout not bowing to the negative people out there and stick to your decision, even if it was the wrong color.

  27. brohamma says: Nov 24, 2012 6:48 PM

    They should hand out orange paperbags. Not those cheap ones either.. the fans will want to use them for the next decade so make sure they are sturdy.

  28. adevine74 says: Nov 24, 2012 6:50 PM

    I wipe my big behind with towels I take from stool fans

  29. djaehne says: Nov 24, 2012 6:55 PM

    What was that last promo, you know, where the Browns packed there bags and moved to Baltimore. How did that work out?

  30. rlong20 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    let’s go browns need ya to put the Steelers away

  31. hatershavesadlives says: Nov 24, 2012 7:00 PM

    Why not just call them white towels? People wave them in hockey all the time, and there is no stigma of waving the white flag for surrender.

  32. dybzinski10 says: Nov 24, 2012 7:09 PM

    Or the orange flags they usually give away. I mean I got like three of them… and somebody thought this was a BETTER idea?

    Get that resume ready… with Haslam there’s a new sheriff in town

  33. canetic says: Nov 24, 2012 7:29 PM

    Pittsburgh should hand out white flags to Browns fans.

  34. plumbstl says: Nov 24, 2012 7:32 PM

    This must have come from the teams president grandson lol

  35. spideysdog says: Nov 24, 2012 7:54 PM

    I think the more pertinent question is whether they will follow through with the “brown paper bag” giveaway scheduled for next week! :)

  36. brownstain says: Nov 24, 2012 8:01 PM

    It’s that lovely time of year when Bowns fans everywhere can stop planning their Sunday around the Browns’ game and watch some good movies and read some books.

  37. harrisonhits2 says: Nov 24, 2012 8:58 PM

    I hate the whole concept of the towels simply because with the hundreds of dollars it costs now to go to a game including parking, eating and drinking the last thing I would want is rows of people waving crap so I can’t see what’s happening on the field.

  38. 49erstim says: Nov 24, 2012 9:39 PM

    as an experiment I asked my youngest son (8yrs) what the white flag meant….he knew! for shame Browns organization! lol

  39. denverscott says: Nov 24, 2012 9:40 PM

    How about a white towel with a brown skid mark across the middle?

  40. getyourownname says: Nov 24, 2012 10:08 PM

    Yes, it was a brain-dead idea, but considering the Steeler problems, don’t count the Brownies out just yet.

  41. millertime27 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:11 PM

    At least they aren’t emulating those godawful bumble bee uniforms the steelers wore last week.

  42. jeremyb91 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:23 PM

    Hopefully they’ll get shipped to a 3rd world country and actually be used for what they were made for, to surrender now that they have 73,200 white flags to get rid of.

  43. cbass59 says: Nov 24, 2012 10:38 PM

    The browns have beat the Steelers 6 times since Cowher took over in 1992.

    Think about that.

  44. scoobaj says: Nov 24, 2012 11:07 PM

    Marketing guy: Hey boss, how bout we give every fan a white towel to wave? Owner: Son, you can go home for the day, thank you…. Subconciously, the browns know they will lose.

  45. csilojohnson says: Nov 24, 2012 11:14 PM

    Hilarious. I bet theyre proud of the six figure investment on the schmuck who had that idea

  46. tinbender2000 says: Nov 25, 2012 12:45 AM

    I’ve come back and read this all day at least 7-8 times convinced is WAS an Onion piece that somehow slipped in. Now that it seems for real I must say while funny as hell this has to be the stupidest promotion idea I’ve ever heard of! I feel sorry for Mr. Haslam. $1,050,000,000.00 and this batch of yahoos is what you get?

  47. Nevis says: Nov 25, 2012 2:21 AM

    Orange I would get…but white?

  48. descendency says: Nov 25, 2012 2:28 AM

    It’s OK. Browns fans already have their own white flags. They’ve been waving them quite a bit for the last decade.

  49. ampatsisahypocrite says: Nov 25, 2012 2:36 AM

    I’d make a joke about how the Browns actually have been waving the white flag for years, but really… the team and town do a fine enough job of making jokes of themselves without any outside help.

  50. clayton43 says: Nov 25, 2012 3:33 AM

    I think it is funny how teams/ organizations spend how much money per year on marketing and such and it seems like they always end TRYING to counter the terrible towel in some way.. I have a hard time believing that after all these years, teams in sports cant come up with thier own thing… seems like teams and the SPORTS ITSELF ie baseball, have to give out free towels for playoffs ect … I cant understand why teams cant possibly find their own thing..

  51. hjworton46 says: Nov 25, 2012 4:08 AM

    Somewhere those white towels exist still. They’ll appear on eBay eventually for us collectors of tat.

  52. craigsconcept says: Nov 25, 2012 6:22 AM

    Here’s an idea- Orange it out: Orange flags, Orange Jerseys. I think Brown would be to dark to really notice very well. I loved the orange jerseys why don’t they ever wear them?

  53. ironcity6pak says: Nov 25, 2012 8:55 AM

    Give them tiny sticks with tiny white flags.

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