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Browns to add weiner dog races this season

A judge inspects a long haired Dachshund during the first day of the Crufts Dog Show in Birmingham, central England Reuters

For years, the Browns have celebrated the Dawg Pound persona.

This year, they will officially go to the dogs.

As part of efforts to help modernize and personalize the fan experience, the Browns are rolling out a number of new initiatives, including bringing actual canines onto the field.

According to Will Burge of ESPNCleveland.com, there will be actual weiner dog races at Browns games this year.

The idea is apparently the brainchild of Kevin Griffin, the team’s new vice president of fan experience and marketing (and the nephew of Ohio State legend Archie Griffin). Griffin worked with the Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders, and apparently the dachsund dashes were a hit there.

That’s just one of the events they have in store, as they hope to modernize player introductions, and have other events to engage fans.

But weiner dogs, gang. If they can find a way to get Barkevious Mingo involved in this promotion, somebody needs to get a raise.

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  1. ken0west says: Jul 9, 2013 11:35 AM

    You know you are in trouble if you resort to Baseballs bag of tricks.

  2. trollhammer20 says: Jul 9, 2013 11:35 AM

    Factory of Cuteness.

  3. salutethis says: Jul 9, 2013 11:35 AM

    Go Weiner dogs! You rock!

  4. bucrightoff says: Jul 9, 2013 11:36 AM

    Milk bones for the dogs and the fans both!

  5. micknangold says: Jul 9, 2013 11:40 AM

    What about dog races modernizes the fan experience? They’ve had sideshows like this in stadiums as long as I can remember.

  6. MichaelWrites says: Jul 9, 2013 11:43 AM

    I wish I still had my weiner dog. Her father was a miniature dachshund, her mother was a full-sized doberman, and she looked like a weiner dog on steroids. She ran with the horses, somewhat diagonal but very fast.

  7. jgg1 says: Jul 9, 2013 11:44 AM

    This will make me want to go see a Browns Game!!! LoL!!!

  8. andydaltonlookslikejuniorfromproblemchild says: Jul 9, 2013 11:44 AM

    “Maybe the Mingo ate your baby”

  9. Kaz says: Jul 9, 2013 11:49 AM

    How about modernizing the experience by getting some wins. That’ll be the biggest boost to the fan who still attend.

  10. comatrip1 says: Jul 9, 2013 11:49 AM

    THIS is exactly what I needed to start going to games again. smart move NFL. Weiner Dog Races make me want to leave the warmth of my home and the HD of my TV.

  11. audient says: Jul 9, 2013 11:56 AM

    Better here than in Philly.

  12. rcali says: Jul 9, 2013 12:00 PM

    Michael ConVick is now looking to get traded to the Browns so he can electrocute the losing dog, after he slams it against the frozen ground.

  13. ruthlessburgher says: Jul 9, 2013 12:06 PM

    If only the Rooneys had thought of holding weiner dog races at football games, perhaps the Steelers would have a chance to be as good as the mighty Browns. Ha ha ha…

  14. brownoholic says: Jul 9, 2013 12:25 PM

    How soon til a dog gets hit w a bottle? Refs better not screw up….

  15. eustus says: Jul 9, 2013 12:26 PM

    Nothing will perk things up at the Factory of Sadness quite like the Weiner Dog Winternationals, brought to you by Miller Light.

  16. raiderapologist says: Jul 9, 2013 12:29 PM

    I entered my weiner dog in a weiner dog race. She sprinted ahead, then turned around and attacked the other weiner dogs. Nobody won.

  17. st1llerz1 says: Jul 9, 2013 12:40 PM

    Nothing quite says “fan engagement” and “modernization of player introductions” quite like a good old wiener dog race…

    The Mistake by the Lake is alive and continues to roll onward and downward…

    GO STEELERS!

  18. buddybowl69 says: Jul 9, 2013 12:45 PM

    What the heck is a ‘weiner’ dog? A dog that whines?

    Now it would be interesting if they held wiener dog races. That would be funny. Who wants to see a bunch of whiners? Might as well go see a Steeler game for that.

  19. latchbeam says: Jul 9, 2013 12:47 PM

    SUPER BOWL!!!

  20. clebrowntown says: Jul 9, 2013 12:50 PM

    So will fans be trying to kick weiner dog field goals?
    If so, I’ll definitely buy club seats if I can kick a few times.

  21. granadafan says: Jul 9, 2013 12:52 PM

    “raiderapologist says: Jul 9, 2013 12:29 PM
    I entered my weiner dog in a weiner dog race. She sprinted ahead, then turned around and attacked the other weiner dogs. Nobody won.”
    ==============================================

    Why are we not surprised that this dog is owned by a Raiders fan?

  22. pascalswager42 says: Jul 9, 2013 12:58 PM

    Gang indeed

  23. clebrowntown says: Jul 9, 2013 1:00 PM

    Actually…punting the weiner dogs works better.
    They don’t stay on the tee for field goals

  24. denverdude7 says: Jul 9, 2013 1:18 PM

    Browns to add weiner dog races this season
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    Unfortunately the weiner dogs will be featured heavily on the Browns 2013 highlight videos too.

    Mostly because they will probably score more touchdowns than Cleveland’s offense.

  25. tsizzlesucks says: Jul 9, 2013 1:24 PM

    Does anyone care what the Browns do? Why don’t they put this much effort into winning a few games? Have they even been to a SB yet, except as a guest?

  26. brownsfanincali says: Jul 9, 2013 1:32 PM

    Just effin stupid… Winning some games for a change would be the best way to enhance the fan experience.

  27. brownsfanincali says: Jul 9, 2013 1:35 PM

    This sounds like the brain fart of an intern rather than someone who actually gets paid for PR work.

  28. tacowrecker says: Jul 9, 2013 1:44 PM

    *yawn* Really? How about becoming a relevant team again? Win games, make the playoffs etc. and the people will come. This circus sideshow crap is ridiculous

  29. ColtsWinColtsWin!! says: Jul 9, 2013 1:46 PM

    And yet, this is the best thing to come to Cleveland in years!

  30. sdchicken says: Jul 9, 2013 2:05 PM

    If Richardson can’t stay healthy, maybe they can get one of the fast weiner dogs to run between the tackles.

  31. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 9, 2013 2:13 PM

    Seattle has opted to go with midgets racing against Russell Wilson and John Schneider.

  32. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 9, 2013 2:15 PM

    Kev is trying to put a little mustard on the halftime entertainment.

  33. godofwine330 says: Jul 9, 2013 2:23 PM

    Bark-evious Mingo.

    Get it?

    weiner dog races? Man, that is so the reason why it would rather get out of my bark-o-lounger and watch the games at the stadium. Not.

    The main reason fans watch games at home vs in the stadium is the teams have priced us out. Between tickets in decent seats (where you can see players that don’t look like ants), parking, and food/drinks you are looking at $400-500 for one afternoon. It’s too much. If you want us out of our seats you are going to have to come much better than weiner dogs.

  34. ravensbob says: Jul 9, 2013 2:27 PM

    This team should really move. What a loser town.

  35. thegreatgabbert says: Jul 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    No one knows quite what they were bred for. Although the theory that they are too short to pee on your leg has some support.

  36. acosltl says: Jul 9, 2013 2:29 PM

    What’s the over-under on home wins for the highest-favored weiner dog?

    I bet it’s higher than the actual football team.

  37. caseyinkc says: Jul 9, 2013 2:46 PM

    Maybe they’ll send six wiener dogs to that guy’s funeral to be his pallbearers… yeah that’d definitely be another let down.

  38. chillyball says: Jul 9, 2013 2:50 PM

    Yes!

  39. brownoholic says: Jul 9, 2013 2:58 PM

    Win games, make the playoffs etc. and the people will come.

    —————————————————————-

    Like 80% of the problem is WE ALWAYS COME.

    Everybody parlayed their love & devotion of the stolen team into this crap replacement franchise. And even worse gave the 3 owners tons of money.

    I follow & support em but won’t give em dime one til they produce 2 winning seasons in a row….

  40. tacowrecker says: Jul 9, 2013 3:54 PM

    Like 80% of the problem is WE ALWAYS COME.

    ———————————————————-

    I agree with that statement. Still though, I believe if they want to figure out a way to make more money, winning football games and making the playoffs is the best way to do it. You said it yourself, you ain’t spending a dime til they win consistently. Fans come to games, spend money on team merchandise etc. to see the team win, not watch puppies race, clowns do cartwheels or people drive motorcycles through flaming hoops. That’s circus crap.

  41. audient says: Jul 9, 2013 4:31 PM

    It is all part of the game day experience. So, because the team has posted several losing seasons in a row, they shouldn’t pay any attention to anything else until they have a winning season? You can’t be serious.

    Why did they clean these restrooms? That’s effort they should make cleaning up the roster and winning games! Yeah right. Because the janitor does that, and he ought to be on the field calling plays.

    Now, if Coach Chud were organizing these dog races, that would be different. I don’t see that here. It’s the “new vice president of fan experience and marketing” – who I imagine does not have input in the roster, coaching, playbook, or any of those matters that directly lead to winning or losing football games, nor should he.

  42. granadafan says: Jul 9, 2013 4:32 PM

    You know what the fans are NOT calling for? Weiner dog races, wifi, voyeuristic locker room cameras, NFL redzone during games, etc.

    You know what the fans are ACTUALLY calling for? Lower prices for tickets, concessions, and parking.

    Maybe the NFL should listen to their customers for once.

  43. tacowrecker says: Jul 9, 2013 5:34 PM

    @granadafan: I totally agree

  44. ragingyinzer says: Jul 9, 2013 5:39 PM

    Better idea: allow wagering on the dog races. All winners get Flying J discount fuel cards.

  45. theimmaculatedeception says: Jul 9, 2013 5:58 PM

    Is this part of the “wheels will keep turning if/when Haslam is incarcerated” plan? What a bizarre franchise. Owner is getting ready for the trial of his life, Browns pall bearers letting a deceased fan down one more time now wiener dog matches.

    Modell is laughing posthumously

  46. bensstinkyfingers says: Jul 9, 2013 7:18 PM

    If the browns know what’s best for , they better make sure all the weiner dogs are male and over the age of 25 (in dog years) when Big Ben comes to town. That guy will mount anything young and female.

  47. chewingonlightbulbs says: Jul 10, 2013 11:59 AM

    I think the comment about fans not wanting wifi is naive. I’ve been to many Browns games where I wished I could be watching NFL Ticket on my phone instead.

  48. gallogj says: Jul 10, 2013 4:05 PM

    Ughh…..Beavis….he…said…Weiner….uhh…he..he…he.

  49. oldcracker says: Jul 10, 2013 10:10 PM

    WTF?

    Haslam should go to jail just for that IDEA!

  50. thefox61 says: Jul 11, 2013 1:26 AM

    Go Dogs, Go!

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