My parents are big Browns backers here in Cincinnati and when they heard about Browns Backers weekend in Cleveland, they made me sign up and dragged me along with them.
The weekend included watching Training camp on Friday evening, stadium tour on Saturday and a Brown vs White scrimmage game on Sunday.
We arrived in Cleveland mid-day friday and it was beautiful weather for an outside practice. After dropping our stuff off at my grandma's house, we heard for Berea, which is where the camp facility is. The camp is actually near Baldwin-Wallace college, which is where they make you park.
Here are a couple of pictures from the front of the facility (they make you go into the back to get to the field).
Off to the side of this picture is a nice, new indoor training facility which they use when it rains during the camps, making it then not open to the public. They refused to let us taken even one pic inside it when we popped our heads in.
Now for some pics from training camp. There were 2-tier bleachers on each side, about 8 sets per side and they were mostly filled, too.
This guy was dancing to some of the more inappropriate music that was being played during the camp between warm-ups.
Bar none, this guy was THE most popular of the camp. Women adore him and about 90% of the jerseys at the game and practice were his. Try to get his autograph? Be mauled by tons of screaming fans, pushed and shoved and stepped on.
I'm not a sports fan, but I could tell this guy isn't the best player or quarterback, but without the helmet, I gotta admit, he's quite cute
Warm-ups and being taped by a trainer:
The way the camp was run was very organized. Warm-ups were first then split into groups for various exercises and agility courses. Then put into groups for mock-games. They moved to a different spot about every 15 minutes when the horn sounded. If they failed to get something right or missed a catch, they had to run a lap.
Lined up, waiting for instructions:
In the middle of camp, they did have a 5 minute break, and according to some of the fans around us, that is what it was like all the time under Romeo, every man for himself, not at all organized.
Brady Quinn signing autographs for kids at the end of practice:
After being mauled, we did manage to get Brady's autograph, Jamal Lewis, Phil Dawson and one other person whose autograph we can't read.
Next up, the stadium tour!