Frosty feelings: Browns fans protest 0-16 season with parade

first_imgOSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Julius Erving released from hospital Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Scottie Thompson also worthy of Finals MVP, thinks Cone This was a day for fans to express frustration at their football team, and most of the anger was aimed at the Haslams, who bought the team in 2012 but have been unable to produce the winner they’ve promised.One fan held a sign that read: “Jimmy and Dee Go Jump in the Lake.” Another carried by a fan dressed as a bishop said: “Deliver us from Jimmy and Dee.”The biting cold may have deterred some fans from attending, but it did nothing to curb Cleveland’s creativity or sarcasm.Prompted by a fan with a bullhorn, one group of marchers chanted, “What do we want? Watchable football. When do we want it? Now.” There were floats, a few of them with obscene themes, fans wearing paper bags on their heads, and a Big Bird wearing Johnny Manziel’s jersey. A band played John Mellencamp’s “Hurts So Good,” a song that underscores the pain and passion Browns fans feel for a team whose glory days are long gone.For Chris McNeil, the day was a triumph for Cleveland.A season-ticket holder, McNeil became the event’s unintended organizer — and a pariah to some — when his sarcastic post on Twitter last season that the winless Browns “deserve a parade” spawned a revolt by some Cleveland fans.McNeil endured severe backlash by fans who felt he was only embarrassing a city that has taken its share of shots over the years.“No fights, no violence,” he said as the parade unfolded. “I didn’t have to wear a flak jacket, none of that would reflect badly upon us. I don’t think anybody’s looking at this thing and going, ‘look at these idiot Clevelanders who are celebrating 0-16’. I don’t think that’s the message. This is a clear message to those people (the Haslams) inside the building. That’s who we were looking for.”For obvious reasons, none of Cleveland’s players attended the event.However, defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah posted a message on Twitter critical of anyone who went. MOST READ Thousands of disgruntled Cleveland fans, some of them calling for owners Dee and Jimmy Haslam to sell the franchise or jump in Lake Erie, paraded once around the team’s stadium in frigid conditions Saturday following a historic 0-16 season.It was a protest and it was a party as fans showed their outrage and creativity following a season many would gladly forget.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkDespite wind chills below zero, fans lined the street around FirstEnergy Stadium, which has been dubbed the “Factory of Sadness” in recent years, to cheer as 80 vehicles, a rock band on a flatbed truck and a group carrying 28 tombstones to represent the team’s 28 starting quarterbacks since 1999, took a “no victory” lap.Cleveland police conservatively estimated the crowd at 3,200, and reported no major incidents or arrests. 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If they got crap like we did, they would be doing the same thing.”That was the overriding sentiment among the frosted faithful who gathered on the sidewalks just feet away from a statue honoring legendary Browns running back Jim Brown.ADVERTISEMENT Redemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie Thompson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina LATEST STORIES Judy Ann’s 1st project for 2020 is giving her a ‘stomachache’ Cleveland Browns fans hold up gravestones with names of Browns quarterbacks during the “Perfect Season” parade, Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, in Cleveland. The Browns became the second team in NFL history to lose 16 games in a season. In joining the 2008 Detroit Lions in a shameful loser’s club, the Browns have found a new low in what has been nearly two decades of disgrace since returning as an expansion franchise in 1999. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)CLEVELAND — Chanting through chattering teeth, Browns fans finally felt victorious.Maybe the winless season wasn’t a total loss.ADVERTISEMENT “That parade is a joke,” he wrote. “Don’t call yourself a true browns fan if you go to that thing! Going 0-16 was embarrassing enough as a player. That is like adding fuel to the fire and it is completely wrong!”McNeil’s only goal was to give Browns fans a voice. He felt he had done just that.“This stuff matters in this town,” said McNeil, who is donating nearly $15,000 raised for the event to the Cleveland Food Bank. “That’s why I care about this stuff. I almost get choked up when I think about it, because people don’t realize that. You go to other markets, and people enjoy their teams and I get that. But there’s a connection here where it’s like family. And to see something like the Browns be bad, it’s easy for me to make jokes, it’s either you do that or you cry.“But then you look at something like this and you say, ‘Man, we had this. In the ’80s, this is when you’d leave a ballgame. I remember that. As a kid I’d be sitting in the backseat people honking, people yelling. You’d see that all the time after wins. To get that, we have to create this parade. It just says so much about the character of this city, the character of the people here.“This is all positive and fun.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View commentslast_img read more

When MS Dhoni asked Hardik Pandya to behave on his India debut

first_imgHardik Pandya revisited the words of Mahendra Singh Dhoni during his international debut in Australia, which has impacted and shaped up his short career and has showed him the way to be on a cricketing field.Pandya shared that Dhoni reprimanded him after he got over-excited upon getting his first international wicket. Pandya had got for 21 runs in his first international over and getting Chris Lynn out fired him to the extent of getting an ICC Code of Conduct warning on his debut.”It was nightmare, giving 21 runs in my first international over. First time in my life I was blank, I didn’t know what to do. But Mahi bhai being a legend said ‘aaja doosra over daal’ (come, bowl another over). I went for 6 runs in the first ball and it was like 1.1 overs and I went for 28 runs. But after that I gave only 7-8 runs in two overs and took two wickets. He (Dhoni) didn’t say anything but I still remember in the post-match press conference, he said ‘I knew that after the first over, he will be a better bowler for sure’.””After getting Lynn out, I still remember I got over-excited. Mahi bhai then said ‘you are doing this thing for the last time because you will get banned plus the team will lose a player. So we don’t want that’. I was like ‘ya sorry’. I might be the first player to get ICC Code of Conduct warning in the first international game. I just thought after that ‘for a couple of slangs, I won’t lose money, it’s my hard earned money,” Pandya told Gaurav Kapur at Breakfast with Champions.advertisementEarlier in the year, Pandya scored his maiden Test hundred in just 86 deliveries against Sri Lanka at Pallekele. With the century, he became the quickest Indian to score a century batting at No.8 in the longest format.Pandya shared that he could not sleep the night before he scored that hundred. He said he was under extreme anxiety till the time he stepped on the field next morning.”I was not able to sleep the previous night till 3. My anxiety level was very high because I had previously got out to the same bowler and I was furious then. I usually don’t think much when I get out but if I lose my wicket in a certain way, I think a lot.”That morning everyone noticed that I wasn’t talking to anyone and only warming up. It was like in 10 minutes, I asked 5-6 times about the start of play and as soon as the umpire signalled, I went out and it was only then that I calmed down. I remember all the fielders were at the boundary only and I was like, ‘bro, I am going all guns blazing’,” Pandya told.Pandya revealed that the hairstyle he currently spots is actually given to him by India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who cleaned half his hair when the all-rounder has asked Dhawan to just remove some of his hair.”I asked Shikhar to remove a bit of my hair but he removed it all. I was like it’s alright. I am pretty confident that I can carry it so it’s okay.”last_img read more