God Hates Cleveland
It's been 60 years since the Cleveland Indians won the World Series, a championship drought that's surpassed only by the lovably pathetic Cubs of Chicago. And after the Indians' horrifying collapse in the ALCS -- blowing a 3-1 advantage to the formerly cursed Boston Red Sox -- there's only one possible explanation: God hates Cleveland.
This fact was brought to my attention by my uncle Gary during a game-time pique this weekend. But it's not an exaggeration. There's actual scientific evidence to prove the Almighty's disdain for the Forest City.
Back in 2004, on the occasion of the BoSox breaking the Curse of the Bambino, the New York Times conducted a statistical survey of sports losing, bringing to it the gravitas only the Times can muster. The story, by the Times' David Leonhardt, considered not just losses or years without a championship, but fans' pain, as measured by coming close without winning a championship. (Hello, '86, '87 and '89 Browns, and '95 and '97 Indians.)
The Times' conclusion: Cleveland is the official Capital of Sports Heartbreak.
That, it seems, is the one thing fans can truly count on.