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Letters From a Cleveland Fan: An Open Letter to Saints Fans

Dear Saints Fans,

Wow… just… wow.

How you guys holding up?  That was pretty traumatic what you just went through on Saturday.  Hell, it was traumatic for me.  I live in New Orleans, I root for the Saints, I’m one of you (the football fan part, not the “South shall rise again” part).  Believe me, I can relate.  Being from Cleveland I’ve been through my fair share of sports heartache what with “Red Right 88″ and “The Drive” and “The Fumble”… and “The Shot”… and “1995″… and “Game 7″… and “The Choke”… and this is just depressing.  I need to stop.

What I’m trying to say is that having been through this before, I can tell you that everything is going to be ok.  It’s not the end of the world.  Granted, you took normal sports heartache and completely raised the stakes to a level even Cleveland hasn’t necessarily seen.  You just endured “The Drive x2″ and snatched defeat from the jaws of victory twice in the same game to a team you should have beaten.  After all, you were the superior team.  That’s brutal.  No one should have to endure that… ever!  But, that’s sports and that’s why we watch them.  Am I right?

However, unlike myself and the rest of Cleveland sports fans, there is a glimmer of hope for you guys.  This wasn’t your one shot completely out of nowhere.  You won’t have to endure years or even decades of losing before you get another chance at glory.  The Saints are still a good football team and there’s no reason not to think next year won’t be another great season for you guys.  They should totally be in contention to go to the Super Bowl next season… a Super Bowl that will be played in your own stadium. 

The Saints could be the first team to ever play a Super Bowl in their home stadium.  Think of the party you could throw for that.  It would be epic… Quite possibly the greatest party to ever be thrown in the history of mankind.  See, now you’re excited.

This team is going to be motivated and hungry next season to make amends for what just happened.  They’re going to want to get back to the Super Bowl for the exact same reason you want them to be there; to throw the best damn party ever.  If you don’t think this won’t have a positive effect on this team, you’re crazy.

Get ready Who Dat Nation… 2012-13 might be the real season of dreams… and hangovers.

Sincerely,

A Cleveland Fan (Who happens to live in New Orleans)

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Wordless Wednesday

Today on the Really Big Show and Rizzo’s afternoon show they talked about Cleveland sports heartache.  This all stemmed from the Steve Bartman 30 for 30 documentary that aired last night.  It was really interesting hearing everyone relive their stories about the ghosts of Cleveland sports past.  Anyways, here’s a few photos from moments in time that help define who we are as Clevelanders.

Red Right 88

The Drive

The Fumble

 

Bernie Kosar...King of Cleveland

 

Colt McCoy... Heir to the thrown?

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The Decision… A Final and Different Thought

The following post was originally submitted to a contest for what Cleveland sports mean to me on www.clevelandreboot.com for a chance to get the post published and for a chance to win a t-shirt.  I won the shirt and became a regular contributor.  This is what started it all.

So we’ve learned “The Decision.”  The world is still rotating on its axis.  The sun still rises in the east and sets in the west.  And yes… Cleveland is still standing.  In fact one could make a case that the city is standing stronger and more

I still can't get over this crap.

unified than at any other time, especially in recent memory.  Everyone, and I mean just about everyone has made a case for why Lebron leaving has been a disaster the likes of which the city may never recover.  While yes it would be easy to agree with these kinds of statements, is that necessarily the case?  Maybe everyone is looking at this from the wrong angle.  Maybe Lebron leaving is a blessing in disguise.

Losing the best basketball player in the NBA is a blow that not many teams and cities could withstand.  Throw in the fact that this player was also on a career path to put himself in conversation for “greatest of all time” status and it becomes even that much more difficult to come to terms with.  But this is Cleveland.  We know about heartbreak.  We know what it takes to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and attempt to climb back to the top.  “The Decision” and its aftermath is only another chapter in the story that helps define where we’ve been, not where we are headed. Continue reading

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