Browns star unleashes brutal message to fans attending 0-16 parade
Disgruntled Clevelanders gathered at FirstEnergy Stadium on Cleveland’s lakefront Saturday to “celebrate” the team going 0-16 on the season.
And for defensive end Emmanuel Ogbah, who in a two-year professional career has celebrated exactly one win, it was enough to make him go on Twitter and bash the people involved:
That parade is a joke 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!
— Emmanuel Ogbah (@EmanOgbah) January 6, 2018
News flash, Emmanuel: If you don’t want fans to engage in the ultimate Bronx cheer, try winning a football game. Just one. You’ve got 16 tries, after all.
More than 2,500 Browns fans showed up in the bitter cold (10 degrees with a wind chill of 9 below zero) to commemorate just the second 0-16 season in NFL history.
Ogbah was injured Nov. 19, breaking his foot after recording 29 tackles and four sacks as part of Cleveland’s pass rush, and in defense of the Browns’ defense, they were 14th in the NFL in yards allowed.
Sure, they were second-worst in points allowed, mostly because it’s kind of hard to give up yards when the other team keeps taking over a short field; they can only go so many yards before they score a touchdown, after all.
But still, 14th in something. That’s not totally horrid!
Oh, who are we kidding. The average score of a Browns game this season was 26-15 in favor of the other team. The offense was 24th in yards gained even as Cleveland was dead last in points, because of the Newtonian Third Law principle of for every action (bad guys score on a short field) there is an equal and opposite reaction (your offense has such atrocious field position from all those kickoff touchbacks that you can gain plenty of yards before the defense even starts paying attention late in a blowout).
So the Browns forfeited the right to complain about their fans, who pay perfectly good United States dollars to attend those games, protesting the shoddy product put on the field by owner Jimmy Haslam and the team’s brain trust.
Haslam’s son-in-law, J.W. Johnson, took to Twitter to say “If your [sic] a real fan protest this stupid parade!”
Johnson has since made his Twitter account private, thanks in no small part to massive fan backlash.
These are the very fans who are going to be the ones with the right to cheer if the Browns ever turn their franchise around; they’ll be the ones saying “where were you when we went 0-16” if Cleveland ever wins a Super Bowl.
It’s the right of all long-suffering teams, really. Ask any Patriots fan who watched every game of the 1-15 season in 1990 what they think of the kind of bandwagoners who can’t name any player from before Tom Brady showed up.
Oh, and this isn’t just fans selfishly saying “hey, look at me” and letting toxic negativity rule the day.
After all, the event has raised over $14,000 for the Cleveland Food Bank, which gets the sponsorship and donation money left over after the parade is paid for:
Perfect Season Parade Fundraising
Parade fund: 15k
Direct Farmers Only donation: 8k
Parade costs: 9K
Donation to @CleFoodBank is approx. 14K!!
Still accepting donations: https://t.co/5z8AwyM8EL
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) January 6, 2018
There are approximately 1,500 to 2,000 homeless people in Cleveland, including homeless families; $14,000 worth of food will do wonders for them this winter.
So make some wine with those sour grapes, Emmanuel Ogbah and J.W. Johnson. At least some good came of your futility, from the very “true fans” who are the only people left willing to watch your wretched joke of a team.
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