Organizer of Browns’ Perfect Season Parade ‘didn’t expect’ it to happen
The disgruntled Cleveland Browns fan behind a parade “celebrating” the team’s 0-16 season not only did not expect it to happen; and not surprisingly, he did not want it to occur, either.
Chris McNeil, the organizer of the parade, which will actually take place this coming Saturday outside FirstEnergy Stadium, spoke of the disappointment that the “Perfect Season Parade” brings.
“First of all, I didn’t expect it to take place,” McNeil told ESPN. “I expected the Browns to win a game. Second of all, I didn’t want it to happen. I wanted them to win a game.”
The Browns became only the second team in NFL history to post an 0-16 season after a Week 17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. McNeil touted the parade as a “shot across the bow to ownership and to the front office” to alert them the team’s fans have had it with dysfunctional ineptitude.
A fundraising goal of $10,000 for costs associated in putting on the parade was reached in November after Excedrin donated a whopping $7,683 to McNeil’s campaign due to the headaches suffered by Browns fans due to an “especially painful” season.
McNeil has since indicated remaining funds beyond parade expenses will go to charity. In the end, nearly $50,000 was donated to the food bank, McNeil says.
The Browns actually issued a statement on the parade, admitting they did not want it to happen, either, but accept how it was spawned by all the losing.
“We greatly appreciate the passion of all our fans and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an enjoyable season,” the team said in a statement. “We certainly hear them and understand their frustration. Obviously, we want the same thing as our fans; winning results. We are committed to doing everything we can to improve and build them the type of team they most certainly deserve.”
The parade will start Saturday at noon. Fans will walk counterclockwise in a circle around the team’s stadium to make a zero, representing the 0-16 campaign. Some 5,800 people have indicated on the parade’s Facebook page they will attend the event, despite frigid temperatures being forecast for Saturday.