Can we just agree that Cleveland sports fans are defensive? It’s OK, mostly, and it only gets to embarrassing levels some of the time, but can we at least agree that Cleveland sports fans are a bit on the defensive and/or sensitive side? That’s what I’m coming to realize in my continued talks with Scott Raab every Monday. It also came up when I talked about soccer with Tom Reed yesterday. I think there’s a tendency to lash out among Cleveland fans and it might be time to recognize it and do something about it.
There are lots of reasons that we are defensive. First of all, it’s hard not to be cranky when you haven’t sniffed a playoff game since LeBron left town, Cliff Lee and C.C. Sabathia were still on the Tribe roster, and Kelly Holcomb was tossing the ball all over Heinz Field. It’s hard when ESPN has “The Montage” ready to go at all times. To them, it’s just a relevant video snippet even if to us it’s like a video reminder of a death in the family. So, I’m not saying that the feelings aren’t without merit. It’s what we do with those feelings that I want to discuss. [Read more...]