The Browns have never had a victory parade in Cleveland, and honestly, it's hard to imagine that EVER happening. But on Saturday, thousands of Browns fans had a parade to honor the team's 'perfect' 0-16 season
It wasn't a straight up protest . . . but it WAS a parade, with make-shift floats and marchers with creative signs. The route went around the stadium, in the shape of a giant zero.
There was a van painted in Browns colors that said, quote, "Hell has to freeze over at some point, right?" Other signs from fans were: 'Participation Trophy.' "$10 million for 20 catches," for the receiver Kenny Britt signed last season and "Perfection in the wrong direction."
There was also a woman sitting on a vehicle wearing a sash that read '0-16,' and there were Detroit Lions fans, welcoming Browns fans to the club. The Lions are the only other team to have gone 0-16 in a season.
Police estimate that between 2,500 and 3,200 people showed up . . . and they braved frigid temperatures to be there, which is also SOOO Cleveland.
On the bright side, the fan who organized the parade, Chris McNeil set up a GoFundMe page to cover the expenses of the parade fees and security . . . and leftover money gets donated plus at least four vans full of food were collected to donate, along with more than $15,000
A few Browns players took offense to the parade . . . but LeBron James was amused. He said he "got a kick out of it.
The team issued this statement on Saturday: Quote, "We greatly appreciate the passion of all our fans and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an enjoyable season. We certainly hear them and understand their frustration
"Obviously, we want the same thing as our fans . . . winning results. We're committed to doing everything we can to improve and build them the type of team they most certainly deserve."