Originally written on The Victory Formation  |  Last updated 11/15/14

I’m not from Cleveland, have never been there. I’ve flown over it, and have driven around it. I did have a hemorrhoid once though.

The writer Scott Raab was on a local morning sports radio show this morning—look up The Score 670′s website, click on shows and podcasts, look for Mully and Hanley (I’m tired of trying to link the podcast) — and it was a great listen. I am not familiar with his writing, but he is a freelancer who writes for Esquire and has a new book out named The ***** of Cleveland, about LeBron and his departure from the city that is weighed down by The Drive, The Fumble, The Shot and most recently, The Decision. Raab is a character in his own right, a former addict, and a guy with a Cleveland background dating to his childhood. He was 12 when the city last had a champion.

Here’s his Wikipedia bio:

Raab is a self-professed ‘fat Jew from Cleveland, a great deli town’ who has mentioned on several occasions his anti-haute cuisine disposition. Although not a food writer by trade, he has written frequently about the Cleveland food scene, and may be the biggest pundit of Slyman’s Deli’s award-winning corned-beef sandwich, which he has mentioned in more than one article appearing in Esquire. He is a re-married divorcé, who currently lives in New Jersey with his wife and son. An avid fan of the Cleveland Indians, Raab has a tattoo of Chief Wahoo on his forearm, which he had done in a Dallas tattoo parlor during a 1994 interview with NBA player Dennis Rodman..

A good egg it seems. He came at the book from the angle of being pissed off at and hurt from LeBron’s actions in 2010, and elation at his struggles in the NBA Finals. One of his lines from the interview was ‘if you haven’t wished for an injury to a player, you’re not a fan.’ He was banned from Miami Arena last season at one point. He puts that **** on his resumay.

If you know someone who’s been hurt, or is from Cleveland….if you are from Cleveland, or are a fan of one of its teams, this book (really not that new, came out in the fall) is for you. There are exceprts all over the Internet, but I can’t seem to make links work today, so go fish.

I have this Christmas album.

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