Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) - Browns fans have spoken out all week about the giveaway that was to happen at the stadium tomorrow – a white inflatable flag, meant to counter the Steelers “Terrible Towel” that many of the Pittsburgh fans will bring with them to the game.
Turns out, their voices, along with the mocking by the media and others has paid off.
The team has announced they will NOT be handing out the inflatable flags after all, as team spokesman Neil Gulkis sent out a statement notifying the media and fans of the news.
“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. 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.”
“Some didn’t perceive it that way,” is a light way of putting it.
From the first picture that was released showing the Browns mascot holding one of the flags, to the moment the statement was sent out, the Browns were teased and mocked by many that the white on the flags represented surrender to their rivals in the Steelers.
Pittsburgh hasn’t exactly had issues with the Browns over the past 20 years, topping them in 31 of 36 meetings. Now that “flag gate” is over, the Browns can hopefully put their focus in the important thing, that is beating their rivals on the field, and not with marketing ideas.