I think this is the subjectivity traderumor is driving at. I know you'll argue semantics here, but it's how we each spin it, and calling Carson Palmer an All-Pro and Cueto our "ACE" (which sounds like the lights out #1 many on here said he wasn't) shows how you're choosing to tell the story to yourself. I'm not as familiar with other cities' fanbases, but off the top of my head, Cleveland has had innumerable football meltdowns, lost the best basketball player maybe ever (who so happened to have grown up nearby), and Mesa'd at least one playoff appearance.
Cincinnati certainly does have an unfortunate recent history, but to paint it as some historic period of misfortune seems hyperbolic.
2005 and 2006 beg to differ.
The Browns have had some tough ones. They seem to rival the Bengals in terms of historical badness.
Cleveland doesn't have anything close to Kenyon Martin though, because they don't really have a school up there like Cincinnati.
Jose Mesa... Roy Halladay. Johnny Cueto and 7 pitches.
Cleveland still seems to come up short.
I must disagree. In terms of ripping out a cities heart and inflicting trauma, the "Decision" trumps Cueto and Palmer.
And I don't even follow the NBA. Go to Anytown USA and ask them to compare. They'll say "Johnny who?".
Though certainly all events listed were stomach punches to fans of said teams.
So did all-pro and pro-bowler get mixed up? I think that's what happened.
Cleveland sports fans would laugh their collective arses off at Cincinnati sports fans complaining about bad luck. First of all, they haven't won a championship of any sort since the 50's. Then in more recent years, you have "The Fumble" and "The Drive" both against the Broncos preventing the Browns from going to Super Bowls in back-to-back years, Jose Mesa blowing a save that would have won the 1997 World Series (an error from former Red Tony Fernandez played a big role in the Tribe blowing the Series too), the Browns NOT EXISTING for three years because their owner moved their team to Baltimore, the Browns then becoming overall the worst team in the NFL since re-launching, LeBron dumping the Cavs on national TV, on and on and on. Just thinking about the bad luck that Cleveland has experienced makes me feel so much better about the luck Cincinnati has had.
And if you even mention the Cincinnati Royals ditching us ... I'll be forced to bring up UC winning back-to-back college basketball national titles in 1961 and '62. But as an Ohio State fan, I really don't want to have to bring that up, OK.
I know this was more about recent history. But the Bengals have made the playoffs back-to-back years. The Reds have won the NL Central title two out of the last three years and are one of the favorites in all of MLB this season. Also, it's "only" been 23 years since the Reds have won a World Series. I know to a fan that seems like ages, but with 30 teams in MLB, theoretically a team should only win a championship every 30 years. Just pointing out that people across the country would think it was foolish of Cincinnati sports fans to complain about bad luck. Yes, we've had more than our fair share, but there are cities that easily trump us. Cleveland being numero uno, of course.
Last edited by Blitz Dorsey; 03-04-2013 at 03:28 AM.
I will give you that some cities have had worse teams across the board over the last 25 years (though there can't be that many given the Bengals and their 3 playoff appearances to go with the Reds 3), but worse luck? I am just not seeing it, especially when looking at the last 25 years or so.
for you Browns fans, there is Red Right 88, Jim Brown quitting at the zenith of his career, and Mike Phipp's 5 INTs in a 14-13 playoff loss to the 17-0 Dolphins.
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I love the hijacking of this thread -- I think its fair to say that the recent sports histories of both Cleveland and Cincinnati stink for a number of reasons, it's like comparing death by cancer and death by heart attack. No one would pick either and I think it is fair enough to say that both cities would prefer the recent sports history of Boston.
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