Browns fans go forward with 0-16 parade

AP

The Browns have given their fans nothing to celebrate since rejoining the league in 1999. So Browns fans are celebrating whatever they can, including the second 0-16 season in NFL history.

They went forward with a parade on Saturday, despite the best efforts of defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah to persuade them not to celebrate the team’s misery.

“That parade is a joke don’t call yourself a true Browns fan if you go to that thing!” Ogbah said on Twitter. “Going 0-16 was embarrassing enough as a player. That is like adding fuel to the fire and it is completely wrong!”

Right or wrong, fans are within their rights to make their displeasure known. Far more effective than showing up for a parade would be not showing up for games, not watching or listening to games on TV or radio, not following the team via newspapers or the Internet, and otherwise shutting down the Factory of Sadness until the team gives them a reason to turn the lights back on.

It’s actually amazing that Browns fans mustered the will to proceed with a parade. Gaslighted by 18 years of football that has produced a single one-and-done playoff season (in 2002) and a 4-44 record over the last three years, 1-31 over the last two, and perfection (sort of) in 2017, it would be very easy for them to simply glaze over and wait for prosperity that may never come — especially without making major changes to the way business is currently being done.

The common thread for the last five years has been ownership, with the Haslams succeeding team re-founder Al Lerner and his son, Randy. Coaches, General Managers, executive Vice Presidents, and CEOs can be fired, but no one can fire ownership. The only way to simulate that would be to choke off the supply of money and/or to loudly agitate for what seems to be most needed right now by the Browns: A sale of the franchise.

44 responses to “Browns fans go forward with 0-16 parade

  1. Ogbah should be quiet. The Browns don’t deserve to play in front of a single fan given how much ownership has proven they don’t care about their customers. I really do feel bad for Browns fans as they deserve way better.

  2. The Haslams’ are Randy Lerner 2.0. Not firing Hue Jackson after 1-31 shows how dysfunctional this organization really is.

  3. I promised to fly in from Australia if Sashi & Kizerceptor were the co-Grand Marshall’s and Kenny Britt the MC.

    Didn’t happen so I’ll go shark hunting!

  4. .
    It all depends on how you define success. Yes, the Browns were 0-16. However, they were 60 million under the cap and that goes directly into Haslam’s pocket. He had a banner year.
    .

  5. I get it Browns fan. To enjoy the NFL you might as well celebrate the only thing your squad is good at….losing. All the players that are talking about you..forget about them. Tell them to give you something else to celebrate.

    Hang in there… the rest of the league feels your pain.

  6. Good for them.
    And by the way, are we to expect the “sell the team” and/or “fire the coach” angle with every story? It’s getting predictable.

  7. Everyone says that Browns fans don’t deserve all of this losing, but they absolutely do. The Browns fanbase ran Brian Hoyer out of town for Johnny Manziel and ran Mike Pettine out of town for Hue Jackson. Despite their loyalty, they are absolutely one of the dumbest, most impatient fan bases in all of football.

  8. 60 million under the cap, the dumbest GM hire/front office setup this side of the Bengals (sorry but Marvin Lewis does it mirrors and last change guys) and the owner keeps living the billionaire lifestyle. He could care less. Rare to get one that does care, in the real world, although there are quite a few in the NFL.

    I honestly think Haslam bought the Browns to fuel his ego (no pun intended). Financially,He knew it’s a no lose situation. In fact, if he were to sell today (preferably to someone who grew up a Brown’s fan) he’d make a ton of money.

    A new GM may help but this is 1999 all over again. The Browns are like that expansion team with a whole lot of early picks (deja vu 1999).

    Now they have to roll the dice on a QB group that has more red flags than any group I can recall. Oh yeah, 1999 had a similar QB group.

  9. Let’s not forget, the Browns had a lot of players protesting against our great country. Instead of hating on the country and planning out their protests, they should have been watching a bit more film.

  10. “That parade is a joke don’t call yourself a true Browns fan if you go to that thing!” Ogbah said on Twitter.

    I feel the same way. Only it pertains to questioning players patriotism during the national anthem.

  11. If the players don’t want the fans protesting with a parade, maybe win at least one game. I understand ownership and the front office didn’t give them the best players. But, the guys on the field are still technically professional players and should have been able to win at least one game, if nothing else, against the Steelers backups.

  12. screamingyellowzonkers says:
    January 6, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    Did Cleveland west have their parade yet?
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    Yes, they did. I can’t believe you missed it. They paraded from Burger King to the McStadium, where they hung their treasured Division Championship Banner from the highest not-yet-collapsed glass panel. Be sure to salute it as you blow your plastic horn.

  13. I don’t see it as wrong AT ALL.
    Cleveland fans have had to endure the factory of sadness for far longer than Ogbah has been a Brown.
    In that regard, Ogbah has no clue what it’s been like.

  14. Browns need to trade # 1 and #4 overall picks away for 147 # 5 picks and a pic of the homeless guy who said Johnny Football was the pick. Why would the Browns fire a coach who is 1 – 31 ? That is almost Browns perfection!

  15. I’d take Randy Lerner over this guy any day of the week: at least he was genuinely trying to field a winner and had no desire for personal control. He kept trying to find a football guy to run things but made the wrong choices -Mangini, Holmgren. Haslam has a big ego and wants his hands in things and thus we have a coach and GM both reporting directly to him. Had he handed authority over the coach to to Dorsey, Browns fans would have given him credit but he wouldn’t do that.

  16. As a lifelong Browns fan, and 7yr Season ticket holder, I look it at this way…

    The parade was a way to celebrate rock bottom. The team can literally get no worse than 0-16. That is what is being celebrated…the knowledge that we have seen the worst as fans and survived. Now it is up to the organization to take the steps neccessary to move forward.

  17. County taxpayers still pay on the factory of sadness; the rent paid by thefranchise, please note, is not indexed to team broadcast revenue. Franchise has not produced a championship calibre team since 1966. Parade? How about pillories for club executives? The bracing Cleveland air may motivate them to make better decisions.

  18. “Right or wrong, fans are within their rights to make their displeasure known. Far more effective than showing up for a parade would be not showing up for games, not watching or listening to games on TV or radio, not following the team via newspapers or the Internet, and otherwise shutting down the Factory of Sadness until the team gives them a reason to turn the lights back on.”

    Yeah or a good way to lose the franchise to another city….

  19. I totally disagree with a comment above about Randy Lerner. Randy was NOT trying to field a winner. Randy didn’t care at all. He was in England instead of being in the stadium. I am grateful that Al Lerner brought the team back, but I’d take Jimmy over Randy any day. This has got to be eating Jimmy up.

    I don’t agree with keeping Hue, but I respect the attempt at some sort of continuity. Constantly blowing it up hasn’t worked either. We don’t know what was happening behind closed doors, but suppose Hue lobbied for Wentz, Watson, and Garroppolo…he’d be in a position to say “I told you so.” No?

    This HAS to be rock bottom for the Browns. Hue gets another year, and I am at peace with it, as long as he brings in an OC. Rack up some divisional wins and develop that youth, or c-ya.

  20. A few things…
    There is something worse than 0-16. It’s 0-17+. The idea that it can’t get worse is the same faulty premise we’ve been operating from since ‘99. At the bottom up is not the only option. You can always go sideways!

    Randy and Haslam are the same thing. Heirs to their daddy’s fortunes who themselves simply don’t know how to assemble and run world class organizations. It won’t get better in Cleveland until he sells. We might benefit from some dumb luck here and there but so far even that has eluded is conspicuously.

    Lastly… “Everyone says that Browns fans don’t deserve all of this losing, but they absolutely do. The Browns fanbase ran Brian Hoyer out of town for Johnny Manziel and ran Mike Pettine out of town for Hue Jackson. Despite their loyalty, they are absolutely one of the dumbest, most impatient fan bases in all of football.” WHHHHHAAAAAT???
    Since when the fans have a say in any hiring/firing? And almost everyone I knew over the age of 15 HATED the Manziel pick. In fact the mantra among all Browns fans I knew was “give the guy a chance”. Meaning, they weren’t naturally inclined to. You know nothing dude.

  21. The Browns have been a bad team for quite a while but they have at least sprinkled a few wins here and there. The Browns storied history now includes two 17 game losing streaks. Hue Jackson had 14 of the losses in that first streak and all 17 and counting on their current streak. How the owner can say that man deserves to be the coach next year is mind-boggling. I get the argument to buck the trend and opt for stability but of all the coaches Haslam has had Hue Jackson is the one that deserved to be fired after two years. I hate that some fans held a parade mocking the 0-16 season but I kind of understand. Right now, Haslam has the opportunity to fix this but he isn’t. Give Dorsey a fair shot and let him decide who his coach will be. Keeping Hue and then firing him if/when they continue to lose only delays the turnaround and potentially wastes all these shiny draft picks and potential free agent signings with all that cap room. It is hard to be that clueless without having people question motives.

  22. Don’t like it? Play better and win.
    The way the team celebrated last year’s one win it’s like they almost wanted to give themselves a parade.
    Way to go Brown’s. Since your money and support hasn’t made a change, maybe mockery will. Respect.

  23. Being a Browns fan must be confusing. Keep in mind some people are talking about the Browns owner as if he hordes coaches for not firing Hue Jackson when this is the same guy that practically fired 2 coaches during their introductory press conferences before they even coached a game. I mean what was the last Browns coaches name before Hue? Seriously I mean that, is he even in the NFL anymore? Was he a make a wish hire? Hue didn’t exactly take over for Vince Lombardi.

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