The Cleveland Browns began play in 1946 as an original member of the All-American Football Conference. They would join the National Football League in 1950. The Browns were practically unbeatable during their short run in the AAFC winning the league championship in every year during their four-year tenure. The Browns also won four pre-merger NFL Championships during the 50’s and 60’s but haven’t one as much as a conference title in the interceding 50 plus years. The team got the name ‘Browns’ for a fairly pedestrian reason–the original owner left the team nickname up to his head coach, Paul Brown. The name he chose wasn’t especially imaginative but did ‘have a ring to it’.
There is an interesting footnote to the Cleveland professional football lineage–the current team isn’t *technically* the same team that first played in 1946. In 1995, team ownership made the decision to move the team to Baltimore, Maryland. The city had lost the Colts to Indianapolis nearly a decade earlier and were anxious to see an NFL team return to ‘Charm City’. Not surprisingly, the prospective move did not evoke an enthusiastic response from the City of Cleveland and the team’s fan base. After a testy exchange of recriminations and under the specter of a lengthy court battle, the parties involved reached a surprisingly reasonable compromise.
The team, players and coaches got the approval to move to Baltimore where they began play as a new franchise under the new ‘Ravens’ nickname. The entire history of the Browns would remain in Cleveland along with the nickname and other identifying characteristics. The NFL also had a part to play in resolving the impasse and declared the team ‘suspended’ while promising Cleveland a ‘replacement’ franchise as soon as possible. The league awarded the city an expansion franchise in 1998 and the team was back on the gridiron the following year. The resuscitated Browns’ franchise hasn’t had much success since rejoining the league with only two winning seasons and one playoff appearance.
The Browns’ fans are famously loyal, to the point where many NFL experts consider them the most fiercely devoted supporters in pro football. A research study tried to measure ‘NFL fan loyalty’ a few years ago using quantifiable metrics such as weather, winning percentage, attendance, etc. The resulting data validated the loyalty of the Browns’ fans citing among other things a routinely sold out stadium to watch a losing team. The loyalty of Cleveland’s football fans doesn’t explain why they adopted a dog as the ‘unofficial’ team mascot at some point in the late 20th century. One theory suggests that the name began when the Browns’ defense started referring to themselves collectively as ‘The Dogs’. Several of the defensive players would growl at each other and at the fans to generate enthusiasm. The end zone fans most frequently involved in the doggy shenanigans came to be known as the ‘Dawg Pound’. Regardless of how the conceit originated, the team would adopt and promote the canine iconography.
Loyal fans make for loyal viewers and that the TV networks that broadcast NFL games know it. The Browns are on national broadcasts all the time. Fans who want to watch Browns game online don’t have it as easy. The TV networks provide minimal live game streaming. It’s much easier to listen to Browns live radio stream. Three Cleveland radio stations serve as network flagship broadcasters and provide a live stream of game action on their websites.
The best way to enjoy the action is to watch Cleveland Browns online free. There is a multitude of Wiziwig, Stream2U, SportsStream.TV and others. These sites change web addresses now and then, and new sites come online all the time. It’s a good idea to do a Google search to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information on live sports streams.
Once you find a Cleveland Browns live stream you’ll be watching the game in a matter of minutes. You’ll have the option to pick from a variety of streaming speeds to find one that works best with your Internet connection. You can also choose to stream the action to your computer, a smartphone/tablet or even your television using a Roku Player or similar device. No matter how you like to watch there’s no better way to watch Cleveland Browns football all season long!