The Browns hit a brand new low in dropping this season, however that did not cease followers from making the very best of it.
Browns fan Chris McNeil pursued and obtained permission from the Metropolis of Cleveland in November to have a parade exterior FirstEnergy Stadium if the staff completed the season winless. The staff truly did and McNeil instructed ESPN he could not imagine the parade will now occur Saturday.
“To start with, I did not count on it to happen,” McNeil mentioned. “I anticipated the Browns to win a recreation. Second of all, I did not need it to occur. I needed them to win a recreation.”
The parade is anticipated to start out at midday Saturday the place followers will stroll counterclockwise in a circle round FirstEnergy Stadium. They will do that to type a zero that represents the Browns Zero-16 season, which is the second time this has occurred in NFL historical past.
McNeil mentioned the purpose of the parade is to be a “shot throughout the bow to possession and to the entrance workplace” that followers are sick and uninterested in dropping.
Nevertheless, the parade can even be performing some good as all cash, above the prices to have the occasion, will go to the Cleveland Meals Financial institution. The fan has arrange a GoFundMe account to assist pay for the bills of the occasion, together with bogs and safety.
McNeil has raised $12,559 on the web page to date. The corporate that makes Excedrin donated $eight,000 as a result of Browns followers have loads of complications, in accordance with ESPN.
The Browns do not need to see a parade like this occur exterior their stadium, however they perceive it is part of ending an NFL season with no single win. The staff launched an announcement to ESPN apologizing for not creating an “satisfying” season.
“We significantly admire the fervour of all our followers and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an satisfying season,” the staff mentioned within the assertion. “We definitely hear them and perceive their frustration. Clearly, we wish the identical factor as our followers: profitable outcomes. We’re dedicated to doing all the pieces we will to enhance and construct them the kind of staff they most definitely deserve.”
McNeil virtually had the parade after the 2016 season, however the Browns have been in a position to choose up a late season win. The staff has only one win the final two years.
The fan believes this parade will give followers a method to protest what’s been occurring with the franchise and may function a approach for long-suffering supporters to specific themselves.
“The very last thing I need to do is embarrass town,” McNeil mentioned. “As we get nearer to the weekend perhaps it can have extra of a optimistic spin when it comes to the cathartic half, and fewer of the negativity that has bred beneath the floor. We simply need to see the Browns win.”