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Cleveland Browns ‘Perfect Season’ parade draws 3,000 people in bitter cold temperatures

 

They even crowned a queen.

Fans of the Cleveland Browns found humor (?), maybe solace in attending and participating in the Cleveland Browns Perfect Season Parade. The Browns went 0-16 this season — a dismal performance at a franchise that’s routinely underperformed.

Mother Nature had some fun with Cleveland, too. The air temperature was forecasted to be 0 degrees when the parade kicked off. The wind chill was forecasted to be -16. Put them together and what do you get? 0-16.

A Cleveland.com reporter using Facebook Live said there was a group of people protesting the parade.

People decorated floats to march in the parade that circled the stadium the Browns play in.

At one point in the Cleveland.com broadcast, fans could be heard chanting “0…16.”

The parade was sponsored by FarmersOnly.com and Excedrin (yes, the headache medicine).

It should be noted that the parade organizers wanted fans to bring nonperishable items for the local food bank.

The Browns organization released a statement apologizing to fans: “We greatly appreciate the passion of all our fans and we apologize to them for not making 2017 an enjoyable season. 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.”

Better luck next year, Cleveland?

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“You have the right to free speech … unless I don’t like what you’re saying”

The great thing about the United States is that we all don’t have to be united under one belief.

We’re free to choose who to pray to (if anybody), we’re free to choose our favorite sports teams and we’re free to have our own political beliefs. We’re free to be free.

We have the right to be free and express our beliefs how we choose.

It says so in the Constitution, right there under under the Bill of Rights. It’s Amendment I — most commonly referred to as the “First Amendment.”

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

The government doesn’t dictate how, or if, we pray.

The government doesn’t tell us not to support something.

The government doesn’t limit newspapers or websites or even stop protests (yes, there are certain ordinances in place depending on your municipality).

Simply put: You. Are. Free. To. Speak. Your. Mind.

So why do some folks want to keep others from doing that? Specifically, this post was written out of frustrations I have with a friend of mine — Ginny Montanez. She’s the writer behind That’s Church, the popular Pittsburgh-focused blog.

In a post Monday, Montanez asked Pittsburgh Steelers player Rashard Mendenhall to “delete your Twitter account.”

Why did Montanez, who is afforded the same rights as Mendenhall, ask him to do this? She apparently doesn’t agree with what he is saying on his Twitter account.

Mendenhall has come under fire for comments he has made about women and about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.

Montanez is free to disagree with Mendenhall’s comments, but asking him to remove his Twitter account simply because she does not agree with his opinions goes against everything the United States was founded on.

On my personal Facebook profile, a discussion waged on about the issue (last count, there were 46 comments on this one shared link).

Some of the comments suggested I was out of line or that I shouldn’t share my opinion. But what many folks who shared their comments fail to realize is that (1) I did not say whether I agree or disagree with Mendenhall’s remarks and (2) I was simply defending his right to post whatever it is he wants.

You, me and anybody that’s a citizen of this country has the right to speak. And, people have the right not to listen. But what we can’t do is expect somebody to stop giving their opinion simply because we don’t agree.

I’ll defend anybody’s right to free speech. I don’t care if their view and mine are completely opposite of one another. What matters is that they are free to share their thought.

Great debates allow us to find new respect for one’s views, and, possibly, to change our own views.

When this discussion comes up, I always reference the Westboro Baptist Church, who are known for protesting funerals of soldiers who have been killed. The group often carries signs that say, “God hates fags.”

Their decision to protest funerals of solders seems to be unpopular among many individuals and other groups. But, like it or not, they are given that right under the United States’ Constitution. Their protests are peaceful (to my knowledge). They literally stand on a corner holding signs.

So they are legally within their right to do so. As are the folks who gather at another corner to protest the Westboro group.

When I defend their right, people automatically assume I support their beliefs and begin attacking me. It always puzzles me.

But, it comes back to one point — some people fundamentally don’t truly believe EVERYBODY has the right to free speech.

Keep drinkin’ that Kool-Aid

The front office staff of the Pittsburgh Pirates would like to thank the 39,000-plus fools who attended Thursday’s home opener. Your continued support will allow the Pirates to keep offering bad baseball in Pittsburgh.

Here we are, entering our 19th consecutive year of bad professional baseball on Pittsburgh’s North Side.

The embarrassing on-field performances shouldn’t solely be based on the players. The team members who have made up the roster over that time have done exactly what they’ve been hired to do — play baseball.

We’ve read the stories detailing profits made by front office staff at the Pirates. We’ve painstakingly watched 18 years of bad baseball.

And still, people continue to show up on opening day — and throughout the season. But why?

Many of the comments I heard today centered around this: “It was a great day spent with friends.”

Oh yeah? So you paid at least $20 to get into a ballpark, at least $7 for each beer and about $6 for nachos just to have a good time with friends? Call me crazy, but there are cheaper (and more entertaining ways) to spend time with friends.

But let’s look even deeper at this issue. Those who continue to be complacent are not able to see beyond their statement of it being a nice day with friends. They refuse to accept reality.

If these people truly enjoyed baseball the way they claim to, they’d divert their money and efforts to other forms of sporting entertainment. For instance, the Washington Wild Things have offered excellent, victorious seasons surpassing that of the Pirates. The Altoona Curve, Erie SeaWolves and Mahoning Valley Scrappers also offer great, competitive baseball — things you don’t get from the Pirates.

Yes, PNC Park offers a great view of the city, but think about how much more fun you’d be having if the team actually was good. Now THAT would be a lot of fun — to go to a game, cheer for a great team and leave knowing you saw a competitive team, to cheer for winners and get to see playoffs and experience that playoff atmosphere that you so often get with the Steelers and Penguins.

I love baseball. It was the only sport I truly enjoyed playing growing up. It is the only sport I truly enjoy watching in person in a stadium. Working for a baseball team was one of the most rewarding jobs I ever had. And I love the underdog — being from Pittsburgh makes me love underdogs.

But the Pirates are no underdogs. To be an underdog, you have to be competitive.

Supporting the Pirates is like supporting an alcoholic. You know it’s not going to end well, but you keep doing it.

There is a myriad of Pittsburghers, like myself, who love the Penguins, Steelers and Pirates. But as a Pittsburgher who loves sports and loves black and gold. Sometimes, the best love is tough love.

Why it’s ‘Steelers Nation’

I root for the Steelers, not just one of them.

There are many Steelers fans across this nation and world, not just one fan. That great group of Steelers fans are known as Steelers Nation.

But it seems some of those fans need a grammar lesson. Over the last few weeks, there has been much debate on some blogs and throughout Twitter about whether we are known as Steelers Nation or Steeler Nation.

Let’s take a look at some facts:

  • The Steelers organization officially is known as the “Steelers.”
  • The Steelers organization officially recognizes its fans as “Steelers Nation.”

Let’s take a look at grammar:

  • The names of sports teams are treated as plurals. For example, it’s the New York Yankees, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

What does all of this mean? Any use of the word “Steeler” is incorrect. Period.

This isn’t my opinion. This is a fact. It is grammatically incorrect to call anybody or group of people a “Steeler.”

Ben Roethlisberger is the Steelers quarterback (note: Steelers is not possessive). Steelers coach Mike Tomlin came to Pittsburgh from the Vikings. My friend in Houston watches games at a Steelers bar.

This isn’t a matter of what you think is right. This is a matter of what is correct.

Yes, I heard the Rooneys and Tomlin say “Steeler Nation.” Doesn’t mean it’s correct. Doesn’t mean I dislike any of them for saying it.

I realize many folks do not understand how grammar works. I don’t get science. But the use of grammar and the English language are things I’ve spent a lot of time studying — not to mention I get paid to know it.

My next quest: Getting people to type “Super Bowl” and not “Superbowl.”

Wouldn’t you rather be a nation of many than a nation of one?