To be perpetually stabbed in the back by our heroes, to face continuous reminders of the seemingly endless string of painful losses in the most heartbreaking manner possible on the biggest stages, to having our most beloved franchise torn away from us only to watch it win the Super Bowl in another city just a few years later…..and through it all we have the resiliency to get back up and to do it all over again. We move on to the next hero who we will put our hopes in, and ultimately, probably be let down by again. It’s who we are and it’s what we do.
So no, we don’t deserve this. No, we don’t revel in this latest devastation. But we will get back up from this and we will persevere as Cleveland sports fans. LeBron James took a lot from us last night, but I ask that we not let him take away our passion. That passions is ours and is what makes us who we are.
And I know, I just know, that people are going to take delight in our misery and others will call us classless and will take Dan Gilbert to task for his letter (again, we’ll get to this later as well), but I’m sorry, unless you’ve been a lifelong Cleveland sports fan, you cannot possibly fathom what this is like.
Just read the whole thing. It sucks to be a Cleveland fan right now. It really, really sucks.