Grantland’s Andrew Sharp may have just made himself a Clevelander for life.
The do-it-all staff editor, who proclaims his affinity for the Washington Wizards and writes about all sorts of usually whimsical topics at Grantland, paid a visit to Cleveland this week. He said he received an out-of-the-blue invite from a college friend with one ticket to both Wednesday’s Indians game and Thursday’s Browns game. So he did it.
Copied below are two highlights from Sharp’s fantastic article titled “A Field Trip to Believeland“, which is making the rounds among Cleveland fans. Please do give it a full read. It’s an incredibly accurate description of what our shared WaitingForNextYear mentality is all about.
After the end of Wednesday’s Indians loss…
We left the stadium looking forward to some good ol’ fashioned sports fan belligerence in the streets, but instead it was pretty much dead silent. No anger — not even depression, really. At this point Cleveland fans are familiar enough with the stages of grief that I think they just skip right to acceptance.
About how Cleveland fans stay upbeat…
Losing sucks, but most people in this city have a pretty good sense of humor about it. They can complain about everything, but then laugh about it. And win or lose, sports still give everyone a great excuse to get excited about something, ditch work early, show up, and throw a gigantic party.
And man, the final paragraph just gives me goosebumps for being so proud of being a Cleveland fan. Kudos, Andrew Sharp, you’ve won over our hearts.