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Saturday, July 10, 2010

Lebron leaves Cleveland and we're titled "The beautiful losers of American Sports"


Good luck Lebron! He's gone and now it's time for us to move on. I don't particularly like how he left but he did it the way he wanted. Cleveland is not a dying breed and we'll survive without him just as we did before him. 

Now let's talk about Mr. Patrick Hruby and his Page 2 letter titled "Open letter to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert" found at http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=hruby/100709_dan_gilbert_open_letter&sportCat=nba. He so eloquently called us Clevelanders the "Beautiful losers of American sports" and if we didn't live in Cleveland he'd envy us. Here's what else he had to say:

What does it mean to be a Beautiful Loser? It means you're the Chicago Cubs, in municipal form. It means you're akin to Michael Jackson in the video for "Thriller." Not like other guys. Not like the rest of us. Oh, sure: the rest of us win. Occasionally. More than once every 40-plus years. Usually by accident. 

But mostly, we lose.

We lose games. Lose seasons. Lose entire franchises to cities with more giltz, glamour and generous public stadium financing arrangements. 


NOW LET ME TELL YOU WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A TRUE CLEVELAND FAN.

Loyal to your sports team and athletes. Win or lose we're right beside them never quitting on them. Knowing that it takes talent, drive and love of the game to sometimes get things done. We don't give up because we're down. 

WE GO HARDER. GET LOUDER. STAND STRONGER. 

Why? Because people like Patrick help motivate us and keep us going. So when you call us beautiful losers it's okay because through losing come some of the best most appreciative winners. 

Then Mr. Patrick wants to use the joke that two things you'll never see in Cleveland is a victory parade or the sky. Not sure what era you're in Patrick but when I get up I see the sky every morning. While Cleveland may be prone to loss in sports more than others we are not alone standing with us are cities such as Seattle, Buffalo, San Diego and Oakland. 

But know this these athletes that go and get their championship rings have for the most part got their start and training right here on Cleveland soil. So while we may not hold a ring they have a root right here at home. We may not have all the glitz and glamor of Florida but it's still home to us.