I don’t care what anybody says. The Cleveland Browns are a national treasure. Statistically speaking, they’re the worst team to ever compete in the NFL and have had only two winning seasons since 1999.
Just go and ruminate on that for a second. I have a hard time talking about the Browns without it bringing a smile to my face.
Before you feel bad for Cleveland, think about how they squandered their chances by passing up Carson Wentz. Think about how Hue Jackson blamed the Browns’ terribleness entirely on DeShone Kizer because he went to a bar two nights before a game. Think about LeBron’s wild vino nights. Think about the Cavs. Think about the Indians. Cleveland has plenty of other professional franchises to be proud of. The Browns are just a little extra treat we can all get behind as a country.
And at least one Clevelander is on board with celebrating the Browns’ badness. In November, when the Browns were flirting with the worst record in the NFL, Cleveland fan Chris McNeil suggested hosting a “Perfect Season Parade (0-16)” if the Browns got a perfect goose egg in their 2017 season.
And after that incredible drop by Corey Coleman on December 31 and a Browns tweet to confirm it was indeed all over, McNeil ramped up his fundraising.
— Cleveland Browns (@Browns) December 31, 2017
According to his GoFundMe page, McNeil has raised over $12,000 for the parade — nearly $3,000 over his goal.
The Perfect Season Parade will be held this Friday, Jan. 6 and will kick off at noon at the Browns’ FirstEnergy Stadium. All leftover funds will benefit the Cleveland Food Bank, according to the Parade’s official website. Shirts will also be available for any interested fans.
What better way to celebrate a perfect season?