Today, Easter Sunday, is a day of hope for Christians. Passover is a celebration of hope from the past and for the future for Israelites. For most every kid this weekend is the hope for candy, prizes and the excitement of the hunt. The hope that comes from the slight moment before opening the plastic egg, hoping that their favorite candy is inside. Some families have eggs with special prizes listed on paper inside. Hopefully for most of you today can be a day of hope.
For Cleveland sports fans hope has been the driving force to their fandom. Even this site, with the negatively titled Factory of Sadness, is driven by the idea of hope. It is that hope that has allowed fans to come back game after game, year after year. The hope that this time will be different. This team will be different. That the karma of The Shot, The Fumble, The Drive and The Decision will someday balance out with The Championship.
It is in this vein that we bring you a few reasons for hope in our Cleveland sports world:
- The Fans: Our fans don’t give up, they show up, they cheer, they call into radio shows and write blogs.
- Cyclical: All things in sports are cyclical and the Browns, Indians and Cavs (at different levels) have had their down time, so the up turn for the teams is bound to come.
- Talent: The Cavs have Kyrie Irving, Dion Waiters and a ton of youth. The Browns have Josh Gordon, Jordan Cameron, Joe Haden and a bevvy of other talented players along with 2 first round picks. The Indians have Jason Kipnis, Michael Brantley and Carlos Santana along with a bunch of young pitching arms.
- The City: The city of Cleveland has a level of passion that cannot be faked, created or hoped for. The city is blue collar, hard working and full of heart. When a team embraces a player and a player the city the bond is amazing. That passion should draw the right type of players as the teams start to win.
- The Owners: Dan Gilbert is the dedicated passionate one. Larry Dolan has been around the longest. Jimmy Haslam is the new blood who has big plans for the team. While they may never go deep into the check books Cleveland has dedicated ownership.
- Local Writers/Bloggers: Will try to list all the great sites: Waiting For Next Year, Fear the Sword, Dawg Pound Daily, Stepien Rules, Right Down Euclid, Wahoo’s on First, Dawgs By Nature, Fox Sports Ohio and others I may have missed bring passionate, caring coverage of our Cleveland Sports. (Let me know all the sites I missed, because I know I did)
What is your hope? What keeps you coming back year after year? What keeps you turning on or go to the games?