So the Indians are one and done in the playoffs. If tradition holds, the Browns will follow suit with a poor performance tonight.
I’ve been and Indians fan all my life and a Browns fan since ’84 (a Steeler fan before that). I am (admittedly) a fair-weather fan of the Cavs since I don’t care as much about basketball. I casually follow the Pittsburgh Penguins in the NHL, since I don’t get to see many of their games.
What has that given me in my almost 42 years on this Earth?
- Four Super Bowl titles from the Steelers in the 70’s
- Three Stanley Cups for the Penguins.
And you wonder why I have a hard time saying ANYTHING to Pittsburgh fans about a poor season.
I lived in Pittsburgh for two years while I went to school there. What was the comparison between the two cities?
- Indians, 100 losses both years. Pirates, NLCS both years.
- Browns, 4-12 seasons. Steelers, AFC Championship games.
- Cavs, fighting for draft picks. Penguins, two Stanley Cups.
And outside of the Penguins (because the Blue Jackets weren’t even in existence yet) I remained a Browns and Indians fan while surrounded by all of that winning. Granted, I did come back home just in time for the Jacobs Field era to start (and the Browns move). I also convinced myself that it was okay to root for the Pirates since they are a National League team!
What’s the point? Like Mike Polk once said “There is an honor and a dignity in the futility” of being a Cleveland fan. If I stayed a Cleveland fan after being in Pittsburgh those years, I am not going anywhere. Say what you want about me and my teams (and you will) but the one thing you can not call me is a fair-weathered Browns or Indians fan…. BECAUSE IT HAS BEEN RAINING AND SNOWING IN THOSE STADIUMS FOR DECADES!