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Browns line the walls at team facilities with inspirational misquotes

Mike Lombardi, Joe Banner, Jimmy Haslam AP

As George Washington once said, 75 percent of the inspirational quotes you find on the Internet are misattributed or made up. It turns out that the same is true for the inspirational quotes found on the walls of the Cleveland Browns’ team facilities.

Deadspin has posted several images of quotes prominently displayed at the Browns’ headquarters, and some research indicates that the majority of those quotes were not actually spoken by the speaker they’re attributed to.

Among the famous figures who have quotes misattributed to them on the walls of the Browns’ facilities are Ralph Waldo Emerson, Thomas Jefferson, Mother Teresa, Gary Player, Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Paine, Red Auerbach, Nelson Mandela and even Willy Wonka, whose words in the novel Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator are misquoted on the wall of the Browns’ facilities.

The quote attributed to Auerbach is particularly interesting: Deadspin finds that the quote has been published before, in interviews with Browns G.M. Mike Lombardi, who had a favorite Auerbach quote that he liked to repeat — but which there’s no record of Auerbach actually saying. It seems that Lombardi once heard someone else attribute the quote to Auerbach and liked it so much that he figured it just sounded like something a great winner like Auerbach would say.

In the immortal words of Knute Rockne, some quotes are too good to check.

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45 Responses to “Browns line the walls at team facilities with inspirational misquotes”
  1. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Oct 29, 2013 4:12 PM

    “Insanity is doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results.”

    -Me

  2. beelicker says: Oct 29, 2013 4:15 PM

    Through extensive internet researches I have discovered that none other than the Immortal HL Mencken can be attributed to for ALL QUOTES anywhere/anytime!

  3. grabgrabgrab says: Oct 29, 2013 4:15 PM

    George Washington knew what the internet was?

  4. getyourownname says: Oct 29, 2013 4:16 PM

    Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl harbor?

  5. assuredmutualdestruction says: Oct 29, 2013 4:16 PM

    The entire history of the browns is a misquote.

  6. getyourownname says: Oct 29, 2013 4:17 PM

    But – when your team is looking to Willie Wonka for football inspiration, you know you are doomed.

  7. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 29, 2013 4:19 PM

    Dang. The team can’t even get that right.

  8. platt22 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:21 PM

    didn’t know george washington got his quotes from the internet?

  9. mogogo1 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:21 PM

    In related news, it was also discovered that the Lombardi Trophy prominently displayed across from the inspirational quotes was, in fact, a fake.

  10. blackandbluedivision says: Oct 29, 2013 4:22 PM

    Google gone wrong.

  11. tvguy22 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:24 PM

    “Cleveland Forever.”

    ~ Art Modell

  12. dvic13 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:25 PM

    Al Gore was taking credit for inventing the internet, when apparently it was around 200 years before he was even born.

  13. beelicker says: Oct 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    @getyourownname says: when your team is looking to Willie Wonka for football inspiration, you know you are doomed.

    Willy Wonka also ran a “chocolate factory” & which pretty much quite euphemistically & succinctly (quite the deliciously difficult daily double, I might add) sums up the historical “if it’s brown flush it down” sentiments to a T(P)!

  14. 07vrod says: Oct 29, 2013 4:26 PM

    Some people are wise
    Some people are otherwise… ;-)

  15. beelicker says: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    @tvguy22

    Art #### is also a 4-letter word

  16. fumblenuts says: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    Invention, my dear friends, is 93% perspiration, 6% electricity, 4% evaporation, and 2% butterscotch ripple.

    Willy Wonka.

  17. klumpofbrownsadness says: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    I wonder if this one is on the wall in the receivers room:

    “No matter where you go, there you are.” – somebody in one of the Mad Max movies.

    It sure would describe some of the lousy route running over the past several seasons.

  18. delions00 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM

    If you don’t do anything else today, click that link and read the comments section. I’m rolling and tearing up right now. Hilarious.

  19. pfm4pres says: Oct 29, 2013 4:32 PM

    “The Browns are, have been, and always will be a horrible team in the NFL”.

    -Everyone that doesn’t play for the Browns (although I do take them to the Super Bowl every day, sometimes twice)

  20. countduku says: Oct 29, 2013 4:33 PM

    “We love you forever Lebron” ——cleveland fans

  21. bensstinkyfingers says: Oct 29, 2013 4:34 PM

    I attest that some of the most inspirational quotes I have found, have been located inside the stalls of public restrooms. Ironically, that is the only place where countless “players’ have taken the browns to the superbowl. Unfortunately ! Go Browns!

  22. cadan24 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:35 PM

    Only Lombardi trophy coming to Cleveland anytime soon is the Pop Warner one on Mike’s Desk

  23. fumblenuts says: Oct 29, 2013 4:38 PM

    Oompa Loompa doo-pa-dee do, I’ve got another puzzle for you.

  24. ivanpavlov0000 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:39 PM

    And when you’re trying to inspire people, truth really isn’t that important! They just have to believe in the message.

    How much of what we teach kids about history, US and world, is really how things happened? (or did schools stop teaching history because of budget cuts?)

  25. channer81 says: Oct 29, 2013 4:46 PM

    ” Was it over when the German’s bombed pearl harbor!!! ”

    -Bluto

  26. bubbahotepp says: Oct 29, 2013 4:48 PM

    What else would you expect from the Browns?

  27. beelicker says: Oct 29, 2013 4:53 PM

    Fat, drunk & stupid is no way to go through life, son … unless you’re one of the 99% that we exploit from on their back$$$”:

    any one of the 1% giving advice to one of their own issue by mi$$$appropriating the immortal quote of Dean Wormer

  28. seanpbeck says: Oct 29, 2013 4:55 PM

    The only “misquotes” that should be up in the Browns’ facility today are Josh Cribbs’ asinine remarks about his former teammates. Talk about motivation.

  29. cowpiesnotcowboys says: Oct 29, 2013 5:05 PM

    “If it’s yellow, let it mellow, if it’s the Browns, flush it down.”
    — attributed to CowpiesNotCowboys, 2013

  30. drewzducks says: Oct 29, 2013 5:06 PM

    You mean “straight cash homey” wasn’t from Mother Teresa ?

  31. dc49er says: Oct 29, 2013 5:07 PM

    “”You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. -Wayne Gretzky” -Michael Scott ” -Me

  32. realitypolice says: Oct 29, 2013 5:13 PM

    I hope the people calling out the George Washington internet thing are being sarcastic.

    If not, that joke flew so far over your head it’s like you’re a Vikings wide reciever with Josh Freeman in the game.

  33. tharoostah says: Oct 29, 2013 5:16 PM

    “I never heard anybody say I’m going to Cleveland on vacation. What’s so good about Cleveland?”

    “Cleveland Sucks”

    -Joakim Noah

  34. 49erstim says: Oct 29, 2013 5:25 PM

    @ realitypolice….. thank you for that, Sir. You win today’s comment section! Lol. Well played.

  35. kwjsb says: Oct 29, 2013 5:34 PM

    If it’s on the internet it has to be true ….
    “Browns to trade Gordon by the deadline”

    Bonjour

  36. tinbender2000 says: Oct 29, 2013 5:35 PM

    “We’ll give you money back on fuel rebates”

  37. bengalskuta82 says: Oct 29, 2013 5:35 PM

    Cleveland? Yawn! Zzzzzzzz!

  38. slugbaitspace says: Oct 29, 2013 5:50 PM

    klumpofbrownsadness says:
    Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM
    I wonder if this one is on the wall in the receivers room:

    “No matter where you go, there you are.” – somebody in one of the Mad Max movies.
    ———-
    You mean Buckaroo Banzai from the movie Buckaroo Banzai Across the Eighth Dimension.

    There were no philosophers in the Mad Max franchise that I recall.

  39. arrruserious says: Oct 29, 2013 6:23 PM

    “60% of the time , it works every time”

    -Brian Fantana

  40. koolaidsgonebad says: Oct 29, 2013 7:11 PM

    What is this high school getting ready for homecoming? Well at least they are spending time on something constructive. I guess they can’t get much worse….. And this organization really pulled the wool over Indy’s eyes with the Trent trade??? Who is the bigger fool?

  41. junglerat524 says: Oct 29, 2013 7:27 PM

    I thought the Browns moved to Baltimore? Did they get a team again? I know they were trying for one a few years back.

  42. rationalitybias says: Oct 29, 2013 7:35 PM

    Why would anyone read The Great Glass Elevator?

    Most misquoted phrase? “Let them eat cake”

  43. orlandodawg says: Oct 29, 2013 7:43 PM

    “There are known knowns; there are things we know that we know.
    There are known unknowns; that is to say, there are things that we now know we don’t know.
    But there are also unknown unknowns – there are things we do not know we don’t know”.

    Donald Rumsfiled in 2002 going Nostradamus when he predicted the Browns 2013 QB situation.

  44. oldblue1 says: Oct 29, 2013 8:07 PM

    delions00 says:
    Oct 29, 2013 4:28 PM
    If you don’t do anything else today, click that link and read the comments section. I’m rolling and tearing up right now. Hilarious.

    Lmfao dude you were right first time I laughed all day !
    Thanks

  45. istateyourname says: Oct 29, 2013 10:22 PM

    No harm, no foul. These are football players they’re trying to entertain with pictures on the wall. Most of them probably know there’s letters up there, and the quarterbacks can recognize some words, but a full sentence? Forget it…

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