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Am I A Bad Fan?

2013_09_bad_fanAs the calendar has turned from spring to summer to fall, the Cleveland Indians have taken fans on an exciting and amazingly unpredictable journey, one that has the team right in the heart of the playoff race with a little more than a week to play in the regular season.

The Tribe’s unexpected success has brought with it a season-long debate over the team’s attendance at Progressive Field. Media members and bloggers have taken to lecturing fans about their responsibilities to support the team in person. In recent days, the debate has expanded to include speculation on the long-term viability of having a Major League Baseball team in Cleveland.

As we have followed the up and downs of the Indians this season we have struggled to quiet the little voice in our head that keeps asking a question that we are reluctant to answer:

Am I a bad fan?

We look for answers in our latest column at The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by The Plain Dealer)

How bad are things right now in Cleveland sports?

dejected-browns-youth-2012-apjpg-672b447b99a751acHow bad is it right now to be a Cleveland sports fan?

It’s bad, obviously, as to paraphrase one of Coughlin’s Laws, “everything in Cleveland sports ends badly, otherwise it wouldn’t be Cleveland.”

But just how bad is it compared to other historically bad times in Cleveland sports? (And, yes, we get that comparing poor eras is a very Cleveland thing to do.)

In a town where we know a lot about losing, it’s hard to think that right now is as bad as it has ever been, especially when you consider that the late 1970s through early 1980s seemed to be just as bad, if not worse, than the current streak we are witnessing from the Big 3 teams in town.

So how do the two eras compare?

To find out, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by The Plain Dealer)

Apparently everything in Cleveland sports is now a “thing”

cavs wacky draft partyThings are never really normal in the Cleveland sports world, but lately it seems like it’s even more abnormal than usual around here.

Apparently it is no longer enough to watch the games and then discuss (or write) about what happened on the field – it seems that now everything must be turned into a thing.

From debates over why fans are not going to see the first place (for now) Cleveland Indians play – the Tribe is still in last place in the majors in attendance even though Miami draws like 25 fans a game – to an unnatural infatuation with the Cleveland Browns third-string quarterback (did you hear that Brian Hoyer is from Cleveland?), arguments and hurt feelings have become the norm.

We just never thought the Cavs winning the NBA Draft lottery would turn into one of those things.

To find out what we’re talking about, head over to The Cleveland Fan.

(Photo by Getty Images)

Three is a magic number

birthday-cupcakeToday marks the three-year anniversary of the launch of our site.

Through almost 900 posts (and seemingly almost as many Browns quarterbacks), we’ve seen four coaches fired (Manny Acta, Mike Brown, Eric Mangini and Pat Shurmur), one franchise be sold (the Browns) and, naturally, no championships.

We’ve also made new friends and met plenty of interesting people through our shared passion for Cleveland sports.

If you’ve been with us from the start, thank you.

If you’re new to the site, either because of our partnership with The Cleveland Fan or because of some other reason, welcome. Have a look around and we hope you come back.

We’re not sure what the upcoming year has in store, but it’s Cleveland so there’s no doubt it will be interesting.

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