CLEVELAND — An opinionated article in the October 2013 issue of GQ Magazine has fired up Cleveland sports fans, lumping all of Cleveland’s professional sports teams together and calling them the worst sports franchises of all time.
GQ contributing writer Rob Tannenbaum says Cleveland fans have endured a combined 152 seasons of futility and questions whether fans of the teams on his list of the ’20 Worst Sports Franchises of All Time’ have considered rooting for someone else.
The column enraged some Cleveland fans who lashed out at Tannenbaum on social media.
Many believe the magazine is simply taking shots so that the city’s large and very devoted fan base might buy magazines.
“It’s very biased, opinionated, there’s no facts to support that,” said Morgan Hummel, who grew up in Columbus cheering for the Cleveland Indians and the Cleveland Browns.
“It’s harsh, pretty harsh to lump everybody up there together,” said Steve Ulery, an Indians fan.
Fans here do, however, admit having been frustrated by the underwhelming performance of the Browns in particular since their return to the league in 1999.
“Cleveland has struggled for a long time. The only team I could think of that really did good is the Indians, so there’s nothing I could really say,” said Tye Graves of Akron.
“I know we have had some losing seasons, probably more than a lot of cities, but our fan base is still always out there, every game, probably the most passionate out there,” said Ryan Ream, a Browns fan.
“I’m from Cleveland and if I was going to root for somebody else, that just means I’m a bandwagon fan, a frontrunner, and I have no respect for those people, that’s for sure,” said Mike Menyes, a Cleveland sports fan.
The article reminds Cleveland fans of some all to familiar disappointments over the decades, including the drive, the fumble, the move and the loss of LeBron James.
It does not acknowledge that the Browns, although disappointing in recent years, do have four championships from the 50s, that the Indians were among the most dominant major league teams in the 90s and that the Cavaliers were among the NBA’s best through the early 2000s, appearing in the 2007 NBA Finals.
Tannenbaum admits being a fan of the New York Mets and the New York Jets, both of which he placed on his own list of ‘The Worst Sports Franchises of All Time’ at #12 and #6 respectively.