|I snapped this pic during the Browns v. Giants Monday night game.|
The cool mornings, the sound of grown adults barking in the distance. Ahhh...
I'm especially looking forward to this season - new owner, new staff, new coach, new year my friends, a new year.
Cleveland is a special place during football season, with a fan base like no other.
|I met this guy at the Browns v. Brett Favre fueled Jets preseason game. His girlfriend laughed when I asked to take his picture for my blog.|
Browns football has been bringing the city together for generations. Win or lose, on Sundays, we are all doing the same thing...watching our team, sitting on the edge of a bar stool or couch cushion, praying for the catch.
|Scotty's Brewhouse in Indianapolis set this up for me.|
People have asked me how I came to be Cleveland Chick. The answer is easy enough. It is because that was my name in Indianapolis. I was/am so well known that when I walk into certain establishments, there are whispers of "There is that Cleveland chick, put the Cleveland game on."
When I lived in Indianapolis, I worked part-time as a bartender at Colts games. My uniform was a ref shirt, but on my way out, I always had on my Browns hat, scarf and gloves. Each game, I had to walk by the opposing locker room, deep inside of Lucas Oil Stadium during the fourth quarter. All of the media types would be lined up in the hallway, waiting and watching a scratchy old tv, for the game to end. After one game, on my way to check out, I had one of the NFL Network guys throw a serious smack line to me about the Browns. "Seriously? You are a Browns fan? Meh." My response? I stopped in my tracks, looked him dead in the eye and with the deepest, loudest voice I could muster, the chant we all know and love tumbled out of my mouth, " HERE WE GO BROWNIES HERE WE GO WOOF WOOF!"
Next Colts home game, I walked down that same hallway, passing the same media types, but this time I was greeted with "Hey Cleveland, looks like your boys are up" Every game, every season from then on out, all I had to do was say "What's the score?" and I always got the Browns score. There was never another question about what game I was talking about or about my fandom.
It has been awhile since we all had Browns on the brain, so here are a few clues you can use check if you are a real Browns fan:
|Scene from the Dawg Pound.|
You have never worked on a farm or a construction site, but you own or are considering buying Carhartts for the tailgating and game season.
|Waiting for the Muni lot to open. Yawwn.|
You have a hard time getting your hiney to work on time but you can get up before the sun to make it to the Muni lot before it opens.
|Playing a little keg bowling with the Browns Bunch kids.|
You have Browns gear in all sorts of sizes to make it from preseason to the regular season. You have different jerseys for the light breezy preseason to the brrr chilltastic regular season, since you will have to wear your jersey over a thermal shirt, turtle neck and hoodie.
|My little Bernie taking a nap before the game.|
|This was taken at one of the Boneyards.|
|Preach on sister.|
|I sing this song to my cat, Bernie, every morning.|
________________________________________________________________The Browns are as excited as the fans this year with a fan engagement campaign to Paint the Town Browns! They want to thank the fans for their lifelong, dedicated support and to show the rest of the country why the home-field advantage lives in Cleveland! Leading up to the opening game, the Browns will have a week-long series of events and giveaways!
Each day, there will be a new activity posted on Paint The Town Browns. Check the site daily for awesome events and tell the world how awesome we are with the hashtag #WeAreCleveland.
In addition to all this fun, I am giving away a pair of Browns tickets to the Browns v. Jaguars game on December 1.
There are a couple of ways to enter, so make sure you leave a separate comment for each method of entry. I let a computer do the winner picking so if you don't comment, you lose an entry. You can also tweet daily. But again, the computer does the picking so make sure you come back and leave a comment.
1. Leave a comment telling me what is your favorite Browns memory.
2. Tweet the following: "I want to win a pair of #Browns tix from @Browns & @clevelandchick! http://tinyurl.com/ocr8mxb #WeAreCleveland #Woof"
3. Follow the Browns on the Twitter.
4. Like the Browns on the Facebook.
5. Follow the Browns on the Instagram.
6. Follow @clevelandchick on the Twitter.
You have until Saturday, September 7 at noon to enter. Remember, you can tweet once per day. Let's face it, if you tweet more than that, people will want to hurt both of us.
Disclaimer: The Browns asked me to help promote the spirit week and gave me a pair of tickets to giveaway in return for some swaggage. The words are my own, because do you really think that the Browns would condone me barking at the NFL Network?