Browns fans from all over have gathered at FirstEnergy Stadium today to celebrate the total ineptitude of the Browns organization.
It was a "perfect" season for the 0-16 Cleveland Browns and on Saturday, die-hard fans braved frigid temperatures to express their frustration with the winless season.
"We don't deserve this. Protesting what is going on in the front office". "We'd do better to support our athletes". "We certainly hear them and understand their frustration". The light-hearted event had, in the weeks before as the losses mounted and the record solidified, been the subject of a weird amount of opprobrium, seemingly becoming, depending on which side your opinion rested, a flashpoint referendum of sorts on fandom and city pride.
But can't we all just get along?
The Browns have suited up 28 starting quarterbacks since they resumed play in 1999. "But how are you going to be pissed at the fans?" Another carried by a fan dressed as a bishop said: "Deliver us from Jimmy and Dee".
Zac Huber was one of the out of towners who came out Saturday. They call it a parade, but it's more of a protest. The fans spend a lot of time and money on the team. Past year the team defeated the San Diego Chargers to avoid a winless season.
This fall, as the Browns lost and lost again, McNeil's accidental idea was resurrected.
Kenneth Chrulski, a 19-year-old Vermillion native, was critical of Browns ownership, citing the "poor management" since the team's return as well as "the lack of consistency in coaching from year to year".
The Browns won all four of their preseason games before losing all 16 regular season games.
"We care. Everyone thinks that the people down here are not true fans, it's actually the opposite", parade participant Tony Timoteo told ESPN.
One fan wore a Santa Claus suit with the words "Sad Santa" across the back shoulder and large "0-16" below it. This is a clear message to those people (the Haslams) inside the building.
Cleveland police conservatively estimated the crowd at 3,200, and reported no major incidents or arrests. After expenses, the remaining $14,000 will be donated to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, organizers said.