April 20, 2024

Having been a lifelong Cleveland Browns fan like many of you I’ve had my share of fun, angry, sad and happy times following my favorite team. Long ago, during one happy and jolly time of my youth, the Browns had a really good team in 1980. The team was known as the “Kardiac Kids” because they were seemingly always involved in games that went right down to the wire and they were able to win many games that way. They made it a habit and eventually made the playoffs. Unfortunately, that season ended brutally on a bone-chilling day in January of 1981 when they lost to the Oakland Raiders in the AFC Divisional Playoff Game. The Browns heroic quarterback, Brian Sipe made an ill-fainted attempt to throw a pass to former Browns great tight end Ozzie Newsome. The pass was intercepted in the closing seconds. It was devastating. I cried. I was 11 years old.

The joy though of that Christmas season was kept alive by a fun parody song called the “12 Days of a Cleveland Browns Christmas. “ The origins of the song started back in Texas that year with a songwriter named Mack Hayes. He originally made a Houston Oilers version and then he and his songwriting buddies made versions for various teams around the NFL. The Cleveland version caught fire and became one that Browns fans loved. The original version is at the end of this article so read to the end.

With that let’s have our own 12 Days of Christmas for these current Cleveland Browns. What started as a promising Browns season has turned out to be anything close to that. Hope you enjoy this jingle!

On the first day of Christmas, Jimmy Haslam gave to me what should have been a Stefanski Super Bowl team…on the second of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me Chase McLaughlin missing kicks on what should have been a Stefanski Super Bowl team…on the third day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me injured Baker Mayfield passing, Chase McLaughlin missing kicks on what should have been a Stefanski Super Bowl team…on the fourth day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me Garrett attacking through double teams, injured Baker Mayfield passing, Chase McLaughlin missing kicks on what should have been a Stefanski Super Bowl team…on the fifth day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me both Chubb and Hunt moves (when not injured), Garrett attacking through double teams, injured Baker Mayfield passing, Chase McLaughlin missing kicks on what should have been a Stefanski Super Bowl team…on the sixth day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me Landry dropping passes, both Chubb and Hunt moves, Garrett attacking….on the seventh day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me Ward intercepting, Landry dropping passes, both Chubb and Hunt moves, Garrett attacking….on the eighth day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me the overhyped Browns losing, Ward intercepting, both Chubb and Hunt moves, Garrett attacking…on the ninth day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me Bitonio playing everywhere on the line, the overhyped Browns losing, Ward intercepting, Landry dropping passes…on the tenth day of Christmas, Jimmy Haslam gave to me Wyatt Teller pancaking opponents, Bitonio playing everywhere on the line, the overhyped Browns losing…on the eleventh day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me Donovan Peoples Jones leaping, Wyatt Teller pancaking opponents, Bitonio playing everywhere…on the twelfth day of Christmas Jimmy Haslam gave to me the Browns missing the playoffs, Donovan Peoples Jones leaping, Wyatt Teller pancaking opponents, Bitonio playing everywhere on the line, the overhyped Browns losing, Ward intercepting, Landry dropping passes, both Chubb and Hunt moves, Garrett attacking through double teams, injured Baker Mayfield passing, Chase McLaughlin missing kicks, on what should have been a Stefanski Super Bowl team.

Well, I hope you enjoyed singing that little jingle on this Christmas holiday! Maybe it’ll give our Browns a little Christmas miracle in helping beat the Green Bay Packers!

Here’s the original jingle from 1980:

 

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