16 episodes

For 20 seasons the Cleveland Browns were the worst franchise in the NFL. Botched drafts, terrible performances, inept management—a lot of planets have to align for a team to be that bad for that long. What exactly were the machinations in this factory of sadness? Host Andre Knott (@DreKnott) takes you inside the unbelievable, and often hilarious, story of how the Browns stayed bad while a city and fanbase loved them anyways.

Brownstown Blue Wire

    • Sports
    • 4.8 • 246 Ratings

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For 20 seasons the Cleveland Browns were the worst franchise in the NFL. Botched drafts, terrible performances, inept management—a lot of planets have to align for a team to be that bad for that long. What exactly were the machinations in this factory of sadness? Host Andre Knott (@DreKnott) takes you inside the unbelievable, and often hilarious, story of how the Browns stayed bad while a city and fanbase loved them anyways.

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    Rock Bottom

    Rock Bottom

    0-16. A Loser's Parade. A coach jumping into Lake Erie. In 2017 the Cleveland Browns winless season capped off the worst two-season record in NFL history. In a league designed for parity, how did this once-proud franchise end up so bad for so long? Most stories are told from beginning to end, but the story of the Browns' 20 years of football has to start here: Rock Bottom.

    Get Ready for Brownstown Live!
    Calling all Browns fans! In honor of Brownstown, Blue Wire is hosting a party by Browns fans FOR browns fans. Join host @AndreKnott and guests Josh Cribbs, Zak Jackson and go inside the unbelievable, and often hilarious, story of how the Browns stayed bad while a city and fanbase loved them anyways.

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    • 17 min
    Art Modell vs. Cleveland

    Art Modell vs. Cleveland

    In 1995, the Browns were a storied NFL franchise until owner Art Modell tore the team away from Cleveland and moved them to Baltimore. Then Browns fans mounted a righteous legal attack on Modell, Baltimore and the NFL. Could the fans get back at the man who pissed off an entire city and save their team? 

    Get Ready for Brownstown Live!
    Calling all Browns fans! In honor of Brownstown, Blue Wire is hosting a party by Browns fans FOR browns fans. Join host @AndreKnott and guests Josh Cribbs, Zak Jackson and go inside the unbelievable, and often hilarious, story of how the Browns stayed bad while a city and fanbase loved them anyways.

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    • 18 min
    Starting Off On The Wrong Foot

    Starting Off On The Wrong Foot

    When the Browns returned as an expansion franchise in 1999, it was immediately clear that this wasn't the same team that had left for Baltimore. With zero infrastructure and the worst expansion draft in NFL history, the '99 Brown paved a way for misery and heartbreak for decades to come.

    Get Ready for Brownstown Live!
    Calling all Browns fans! In honor of Brownstown, Blue Wire is hosting a party by Browns fans FOR browns fans. Join host @AndreKnott and guests Josh Cribbs, Zak Jackson and go inside the unbelievable, and often hilarious, story of how the Browns stayed bad while a city and fanbase loved them anyways.

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    • 17 min
    Bottlegate & Butch Davis

    Bottlegate & Butch Davis

    In 2001, Head Coach Butch Davis brings a new attitude and a whole bunch of drama to the team. Tim Couch was supposed to be the Browns QB of the future...until his body and coach decided against it. And that was before fans started throwing beer bottles at the refs during the infamous "Bottlegate."

    Get Ready for Brownstown Live!
    Calling all Browns fans! In honor of Brownstown, Blue Wire is hosting a party by Browns fans FOR browns fans. Join host @AndreKnott and guests Josh Cribbs, Zak Jackson and go inside the unbelievable, and often hilarious, story of how the Browns stayed bad while a city and fanbase loved them anyways.

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    • 16 min
    Rudd's Helmet, The Playoffs & Bad Luck

    Rudd's Helmet, The Playoffs & Bad Luck

    2002 was a rollercoaster. First the Browns lose their opener when a player tosses his helmet. Then their owner dies. Finally their young quarterback pilots the team to their first playoff appearance...only to break his leg in the last regular season game. Break out the sage because the bad luck is everywhere in this episode.

    Get Ready for Brownstown Live!
    Calling all Browns fans! In honor of Brownstown, Blue Wire is hosting a party by Browns fans FOR browns fans. Join host @AndreKnott and guests Josh Cribbs, Zak Jackson and go inside the unbelievable, and often hilarious, story of how the Browns stayed bad while a city and fanbase loved them anyways.

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    • 22 min
    Belichick's Disciples

    Belichick's Disciples

    In 2005, new owner Randy Lerner was looking for a new front office to save the team. Bill Belichick was unavailable, so they went with the next best thing. Romeo Crennel and GM Phil Savage had a plan and Super Bowl rings to back it up. But could the Belichick protégés bring their success to Cleveland?

    Get Ready for Brownstown Live!
    Calling all Browns fans! In honor of Brownstown, Blue Wire is hosting a party by Browns fans FOR browns fans. Join host @AndreKnott and guests Josh Cribbs, Zak Jackson and go inside the unbelievable, and often hilarious, story of how the Browns stayed bad while a city and fanbase loved them anyways.

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    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
246 Ratings

246 Ratings

Dylan S Hughes ,

It hurts so good.

Fantastic series.

jeffreydmiller ,

Excellent!

Thanks Andre! Go Browns!

Domenic29 ,

Love this Browns podcast!!

Great job!! I absolutely love this podcast any Browns fan of any age needs to listen to this very educational and sad yet fun time, as I listen to the turmoil over the last 20 years! Great work to all involved! Go Browns!!!

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