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Paul Ryan visits Cleveland Browns practice but can’t tell his quarterbacks apart

Doug Farrar
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Paul Ryan with Browns tackle Joe Thomas, who Ryan didn't mistake for a quarterback. (AP)

It's been quite a week for the Cleveland Browns franchise. New Owner Jimmy Haslam was approved at the league meetings, current team president Mike Holmgren is on his way out as a former Philadelphia Eagles executive is on his way in, and a team that's been unexciting in the extreme over the last decade (for the most part) has received an unprecedented number of news blasts as a result.

[Related: New Browns owner's approach made Mike Holmgren's departure inevitable]

On Wednesday, the Browns got even more media attention when Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan and former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice visited practice as the team was preparing for its Sunday showdown against the Indianapolis Colts.

Rice, a longtime Browns fan who counts the great Jim Brown as one of her sports heroes, had no trouble identifying everybody on the field. Ryan, who's from Wisconsin, had a few issues when trying to discern the difference between quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Colt McCoy.

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Colt McCoy (#12) and Brandon Weeden (#3). Or is it the other way around? (AP)

Ryan talked about how he remembered Weeden playing well for Oklahoma State last year ... but he was pointing to McCoy, who attended Texas, when he did so.

"You always had your helmet on," he said to Weeden, in an attempt to explain himself.

Well, sir, that's why they have numbers on their jerseys.

To be fair, Ryan has had a few more important things on his mind lately, with the election and all. Bill Haslam, the new team owner's brother, is the governor of Tennessee, and a supporter of the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket. We're assuming Ryan got a free pass on that mistake.

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Um, we THINK that's Paul Ryan on the left. (AP/DirecTV)

Speaking of similarities, we'd just like to take this opportunity to point out the obvious physical similarities between Ryan and Andrew Siciliano of the NFL Network. Now, THERE's a mistaken identity that would be excusable.

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