If you’re not a Cleveland Browns fan, you may not understand the jubilation over the team’s 20 to 17 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Christmas Eve 2016. No, the team isn’t headed for the Super Bowl, but they are no longer winless for this NFL season.
The parade that was planned to tongue-in-cheek “celebrate” the Browns winless season that was planned for Jan. 7, 2017 has been canceled, to the dismay of some and the delight of others, most notably Cleveland talk show host, Tony Rizzo, who had threatened to run over parade participants with his car.
The good news is, besides one hash mark in the win column for the Browns, all the funds donated for the parade will now go instead to the Cleveland Food Bank. Chris McNeil, who was the brains behind the parade the celebrate the potential perfect 0-16 season tweeted that so far, more than $5,000 will be going to the food bank.
It was only days ago, Dec. 13, 2016, to be exact, that marked a year since the Browns had won their last game in Week 14 of the 2015-2016 NFL season when Johnny Manziel was yet the quarterback. This year’s team needed until Week 16 of the season to pull out their first win. With only one more game in the season after this week, it was beginning to look as if the Perfect Season 0-16 parade might be a necessity.
Instead, the Browns kept their chances of winning the Christmas Eve game alive by blocking a field goal kick by the Chargers and then the Chargers blowing a game-tying field goal as the clock ran out on the game with the Browns winning 20-17.
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