In a day in sports age where it is commonplace to make fun of any mid-to-small market town simply because it is not New York/Boston/Los Angeles/Chicago, WFNY reader MoBot passes along something that should make your day.
Most of you may know that Peter King was in living color last week for the first day of Browns camp. The official site caught him for an interview, so head there if you’re intrigued. But what is even better are the things that King had to say in his most recent column.
The other night I dined with Cleveland GM Phil Savage on the outdoor patio of the Moosehead Café, a pleasant tavern with Moosehead Beer (God, how long has it been since I had a Moosehead?). The cafe is on the border of Westlake and Bay Village on the west side of Cleveland, and we were at the table on a cool, breezy, clear night for a couple of hours. [...]
The bill came: $36.08.
I thought: Isn’t traveling wonderful? When you live in a megalopolis, you get used to paying double that for less. [...]
I hadn’t seen the Lake communities on the west side of Cleveland since my post-college days, when the family considered moving to northeast Ohio. Beautiful. The parks, the homes on the lake, the green space … Anyone who rips Cleveland has never been to the west side of town.
Wow. Thanks, Peter. Like him or not, at least King visited the area before speaking his opinion. Charles Barkley was here for last year’s NBA Finals. And while he didn’t have the best of things to say about downtown, at least he was here when he said them. Others have either never been here at all, or simply sat in Hopkins Airport for a few hours, but still feel the need to speak poorly of this town and our teams.
Cold weather. The river catching on fire. Homeless. No championships. Tim Couch. Art Modell. Ricky Davis, own backboard. The Shot. Maurice Clarrett. John Elway. LeBron travels. Brady Quinn wears pink shirts. No lucrative, large television deal. Dolans. Lerners. Carl Monday. Luckeyes. Earnest Byner. Joe Carter’s MVP with the Blue Jays. Baltimore Ravens win the Super Bowl…
Did I miss anything? Perhaps we should have Peter King reach out to Michael Silver as someone who has actually been in this city. “You know, Cleveland.”