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The chronicles of a Cleveland sports fan

December 15, 2017

Life as a Cleveland sports fan is quite miserable at times. I have become accustomed to having my heart ripped out of my chest year after year. Being a Cleveland sports fan is a true testament to one’s loyalty, and I will always support my teams regardless of their record.

As a diehard Cleveland fan, I just wonder exactly how we always end up on the losing side in almost every sport year after year. The Browns are one of the most dysfunctional organizations in all of sports and can’t get anything right. We are blessed to have LeBron James and that the Indians will be a playoff contender for many years to come.

The joy of watching your sports city win a championship is one of the most satisfying feelings in the world. I have endured countless heartbreaking moments over the course of time and as a Cleveland sports fan, it makes winning that much better.

The Browns have not made the playoffs since 2002, and the Indians have choked in the playoffs at the worst possible times the past two seasons. Being a Cleveland sports fan is about more than just winning; it’s about being optimistic and supporting my home state.

The loyalty finally paid off when LeBron was finally able to bring a title to Northeast Ohio back in 2016 and that was by far the most elated I have ever been. LeBron fulfilled his promise to the ‘City of Champions’ and there is virtually nothing left for him to accomplish.

Fans of other sports cities probably wonder why we continue to love our teams even though they rarely ever win. The Browns appear as if they will never be good, but as long as LeBron is in the city, we will have hope. When the day comes around that all Cleveland sports are on the winning side, I will be by their side just like I have been all along.

I am not old enough to remember The Drive, The Fumble and The Shot, but I have seen the replays and have heard first-hand accounts from fellow family members of the saddest moments. My earliest sports memory is the Indians 2007 debacle against the Red Sox. The Indians devastatingly blew a 3-1 lead in the ALCS, according to the New York Times. Living through so many hardships makes me appreciate winning a lot more, and I don’t take it for granted, unlike fair weather sports fans.

I will never forget the day the Cavaliers beat the Warriors in Game 7 and that was definitely one of the happiest days of my life. It was one of those once-in-a-lifetime events where I remember exactly where I was at the time. LeBron will go down as the greatest athlete ever, and his future in Cleveland hinges upon defeating Golden State this year.

The Browns stadium is often referred to as “the factory of sadness,” and many fans have clothing or apparel representing their sorrows as a Cleveland sports fan. The Browns will continue to struggle until they can figure out how to properly scout draft prospects and get decent coaches. The Indians will be a serious title contender for the next several years, and the Cavs will be great for as long as LeBron is in town.

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