Browns fan planning parade if team goes 0-16

From ESPN - December 7, 2017

For the second straight year, a Cleveland Browns fan is arranging a parade for fans should the team finish the season winless.

Chris McNeil, who says he has had Browns season tickets in his family for at least 30 years, raised his required goal of $10,000 this week, when headache medication brand Excedrin contributed the final $7,683.

McNeil was all ready to have the parade last year, but then the Browns won on Christmas Eve. The Browns matched the $10,000 McNeil had raised, and a few more donations brought the total to $50,000, which was given to the Cleveland Food Bank.

Last week, with the Browns sitting at 0-11, McNeil met with all the necessary parties in Cleveland to pull off the parade in the event the team finishes 0-16. Some of the largest costs for the parade, which would be held on Jan. 6, include security and insurance that meets the city's requirements.

"Everything has been so negative around the Browns, this would just be a way to have some fun and it's obviously a shot across the bow to the Browns owner," McNeil said. "It's not celebrating losing. It's just a way of saying, we are fans and these are not our Browns."

For their part, the Browns have somewhat cooperated. The plan for the parade is to make a loop -- or as McNeil says, a "0" -- around FirstEnergy Stadium, where the team plays its games. In order to use the side of the street that the stadium is on, McNeil said he had to get the Browns' permission.


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