Wednesday, April 8, 2009

You Must be a Cleveland Sports Fan If... have spent decades in misery rooting for teams that, when they were bad, they were really really bad, and when they were good, they always come up just short.

After all, who can forget Cleveland Brown's running back Earnest Byner's fumble in the 1988 AFC Championship Game against the Denver Broncos. Heck, I'm not even from Ohio or a Cleveland sports fan but that game is burned in my memory. Down 38-31, Byner fumbled with 1:12 to go in the game on the Denver 3 yard line as the Browns were ready to tie. Instead, the fumble allowed the Broncos to eliminate the Browns for the second consecutive year (1987 was the year Elway engineered "The Drive" against Cleveland--perhaps the most amazing comeback drive in NFL history).

Why am I rehashing old war stories from Cleveland's sports past? On April 15, 2009, Cleveland Plain Dealer Columnist Terry Pluto will address a luncheon crowd at the Akron Press Club in The University of Akron's Martin Center. His topic: "The Pain and Suffering of a Cleveland Sports Fan." A lot to talk about. For more details, see the Akron Press Club website.

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