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Like the Cleveland Browns’ season.


Despite temperatures forecast in the single digits http://www.cardinalsauthorizedshops.com/authentic-zach-allen-jersey , thousands of disillusioned fans are expected to attend a parade on Saturday to commemorate – and protest – the historically inept 0-16 season.

Nothing like some floats and frostbite.

The ”Perfect Season Parade” organizer Chris McNeil’s tongue-in-cheek tweet more than a year ago spawned a small uprising within Cleveland’s passionate fan base. He’s spent the past few days finalizing preparation for the parade. There will be a bus, RVs, an ambulance and hearse – to symbolically bury the season.

Fans will make a counter-clockwise ”no victory” lap around FirstEnergy Stadium to form a zero to match the team’s win total.

”There’s no turning back now,” said McNeil, who has been condemned and praised leading up to the parade.

A season-ticket holder, McNeil never wanted the parade to happen. The Browns, though, turned an intended joke into reality by becoming the second team in NFL history to lose 16 games in a season. In joining the 2008 Detroit Lions, Cleveland’s team has found a new low in nearly two decades of disgrace since returning as an expansion franchise in 1999.

The Browns were stumbling toward a 1-15 record in 2016 under first-year coach Hue Jackson. McNeil, who like other fans was basking in the aftermath of the Cavaliers winning the NBA title to end the city’s 52-year championship drought, posted a sarcastic message on Twitter about the Browns: ”This team deserves a parade.”

The sentiment created a stir on social media. Soon McNeil, better known as (at)Reflog-18 on Twitter, was obtaining a permit from the city to hold a parade. But it was canceled when the Browns finally won on Christmas Eve after 14 straight losses.

McNeil gave money raised to hold the event to the Cleveland Food Bank, a gift that reached nearly $50,000 after Browns owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam doubled the donation.

McNeil never considered the possibility of another parade Gary Jennings Jr. Jersey , but when the Browns lost in Pittsburgh last Sunday, it became official.

He’s organized on the fly, hiring security, taking out insurance and renting portable bathrooms. McNeil set up a GoFundMe account to help cover expenses. Excedrin donated nearly $8,000, saying Browns fans didn’t need another headache after what they’ve endured.

As of Friday morning, the event’s Facebook page says 6,300 people have committed to attend and 20,000 more are interested.

McNeil knows of fans flying from California. Area hotels have informed him that guests intend to attend the parade despite a weather forecast better suited for penguins and polar bears.

In recent weeks, McNeil has sensed the tone change from sarcastic to serious. Browns fans are demanding better.

”Some people are saying they want to turn this thing around,” he said. ”Others say they want to fire Hue Jackson or change ownership. Others just want to go down there and have a cathartic experience.”

The Browns haven’t impeded McNeil and understand this comes with the territory after going 1-31 in two years.

”We greatly appreciate the passion of all our fans and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an enjoyable season,” the Browns 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.”

McNeil is criticized by some who feel he’s mocking the Browns and only bringing more embarrassment to Cleveland, whose image was scarred for years by the city’s sports failures.

He argues his goal was to give fans a voice to reach the Haslams.

”People know we have been wronged by this organization and we deserve better and they know while it’s a tongue-in-cheek thing by calling it a parade, it really is a protest Phil Haynes Jersey ,” he said. ”We’re not out here saying we’re happy about 0-16. When I think of embarrassment, I think of a team that has won one game in two years.”

BALTIMORE (AP)There is little margin for error at this point in the season for the Detroit Lions, who face a team Sunday that thrives on its opponent’s miscues. The Baltimore Ravens (6-5) lead the NFL with 18 interceptions and 26 takeaways. They have three shutouts, and last Monday forced Houston quarterback Tom Savage into three turnovers in a 23-16 victory . Detroit quarterback Matthew Stafford has thrown six interceptions and lost six fumbles this season. If the Lions (6-5) are to stay in the playoff hunt, Stafford must protect the football. ”They rally to the ball,” Stafford said of the Ravens. ”The ball gets tipped in the air, and it doesn’t seem to hit the ground much when they’re playing. So, they’re doing a nice job of turning it over. They get after the passer. They stop the run. They’re tough against the pass. I mean they’re just a really, really solid defense.” Led by 35-year-old Terrell Suggs , the Ravens own the league’s seventh-ranked defense. Suggs has 9 + of Baltimore’s 30 sacks, including a pivotal strip-sack in the fourth quarter against Houston. Lions coach Jim Caldwell was the Ravens’ offensive coordinator when Baltimore won the Super Bowl in 2012. Suggs was a member of that team, and to Caldwell, it seems as if the outside linebacker hasn’t lost a step. ”He’s one of those guys where he’s taken great care of his body,” Caldwell said. ”He’s diligent about everything that he does in that regard, and besides that he’s just an unusual cat physically. He’s a big Ugo Amadi Jersey , powerful man that can still run.” As it stands now, the Ravens are the No. 6 seed in the AFC playoff picture. Detroit took a step back in the NFC with its Thanksgiving loss to Minnesota, which ended a three-game winning streak. ”You get to this time of year, and all of the expectations and pressures are ramped up. That’s what makes it fun,” said Stafford, who intends to make his 108th consecutive start despite twisting his ankle against the Vikings. Baltimore safety Eric Weddle said: ”This is a huge game for them and us. It is going to be a playoff atmosphere. It is win or go home.” Some things to know about the first meeting between the Lions and Ravens since 2013: BUSINESS TRIP: Though he spent two memorable years as a Ravens assistant coach, Caldwell dismissed the notion that his return to Baltimore will be a nostalgic experience. Been there, done that. ”We had a preseason game there last year,” Caldwell said. ”I have been back, so I have had a chance to kind of go through it, seeing a lot of different people and those kinds of things.” NO OFFENSE: The Ravens are in playoff position and striving for a third straight win despite carrying the league’s 32nd-ranked passing game. Joe Flacco (nine TD passes, 11 INTs) has yet to have a 300-yard game. The way Flacco sees it, his job description has changed because the defense is playing so well. ”You do what you have to do to win football games, especially in the second half when we get up on teams and our defense is turning the ball over,” he said. ”You get to a point in the game where it is like Dwayne Haskins Jersey , `All right, we have this game won unless we do something crazy.”’ COMING FROM BEHIND: The Lions have been outscored 73-30 in the first quarter this year. Last week marked the first time the Ravens won a game after falling behind. Clearly, getting off to a fast start is important. ”Sometimes you get in a little bit of a rut . You got to battle your way out,” Caldwell said. ”We’ve just got to find a way to get ourselves where we’re consistently good.” RUN OFF: Detroit has gone 63 straight games without a 100-yard rusher. The last time it happened was on Thanksgiving 2013, when Reggie Bush hit triple digits. ”If you win football games you hear less about all that kind of stuff, if you lose football games you hear more about it,” Stafford said. ”Everybody on our team is fighting tooth and nail to make every play a huge success, whether it’s a run or a pass.” SHORT WEEK: The Ravens will be playing for the second time in seven days, while Detroit hasn’t seen action since Thanksgiving. ”They get a little more rest, and that’s the nice thing about a Thursday game,” Baltimore coach John Harbaugh said. ”I’m sure that’ll help them to some degree.” —
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