History UsefulNotes / Cleveland

5th Nov '17 4:38:07 AM DesertDragon
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5th Nov '17 4:27:56 AM DesertDragon
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prettier areas, to remind people that yes, parts of Cleveland are halfway nice.]]



Known in some circles as "The Mistake By The Lake" (i.e., Erie) or "The/Tha Land", Cleveland is the largest urban area in UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}. Located on the state's northeastern coast, it's often considered a WretchedHive and a PlaceWorseThanDeath, and the source of a [[http://youtu.be/L_DEp1lz0CM?t=32s steaming joke]] that's been going for years. Recent polls and news articles only reinforce this image, as it was once rated the [[http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/11/americas-most-miserable-cities-business-beltway-miserable-cities.html most miserable city in America]]. It was also the original {{Trope Namer|s}} for AliensInCleveland, as the city is considered by many the image of mundane mediocrity (at best).

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Known in some circles as "The Mistake By The Lake" (i.e., Erie) or "The/Tha Land", Cleveland is one of the three largest urban area cities in UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}.UsefulNotes/{{Ohio}}, along with Columbus and Cincinnati (all three cities have claims of being the largest, depending on how you measure). Located on the state's northeastern coast, it's often considered a WretchedHive and a PlaceWorseThanDeath, and the source of a [[http://youtu.be/L_DEp1lz0CM?t=32s steaming joke]] that's been going for years. Recent polls and news articles only reinforce this image, as it was once rated the [[http://www.forbes.com/2010/02/11/americas-most-miserable-cities-business-beltway-miserable-cities.html most miserable city in America]]. It was also the original {{Trope Namer|s}} for AliensInCleveland, as the city is considered by many the image of mundane mediocrity (at best).
29th Oct '17 12:29:06 PM SeptimusHeap
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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' takes place in Cleveland, according to [[http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/File:Borealis_plans_01.png information]] in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: Episode Two''. Later retconned, ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' takes place in a salt mine in the state of Michigan, though both settings could have been used.

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* ''VideoGame/{{Portal}}'' takes place in Cleveland, according to [[http://half-life.wikia.com/wiki/File:Borealis_plans_01.png information]] in ''VideoGame/{{Half-Life 2}}: ''VideoGame/HalfLife2: Episode Two''. Later retconned, ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'' takes place in a salt mine in the state of Michigan, though both settings could have been used.
8th Oct '17 6:25:33 PM nombretomado
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* The {{Infocom}} game ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'' includes a small area of Cleveland, where it is compared (unfavorably) to the slime pits of Venus and sandstorms of Mars.

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* The {{Infocom}} Creator/{{Infocom}} game ''VideoGame/LeatherGoddessesOfPhobos'' includes a small area of Cleveland, where it is compared (unfavorably) to the slime pits of Venus and sandstorms of Mars.
10th Aug '17 9:37:03 PM DeepRed
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* Comedian JackHanrahan was originally from Cleveland, and according to [[https://clevelandmagazine.com/in-the-cle/the-read/articles/the-man-who-made-cleveland-a-national-joke this Cleveland Magazine article]] from 1976, he was responsible for codifying many of the [[SelfDeprecation jokes about his hometown]].
24th Jul '17 6:46:31 AM KYCubbie
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Cleveland's professional sports teams generally go through extended periods of crappy performance with losing streaks of several games on end, interrupted with periods where they steamroll through everyone in their way. Supporting its football team, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRBDMMVctu8 Browns]] [[note]]Before you ask what a "Brown" is, the team was named after its first owner, Paul Brown, former Ohio State University coach and a highly respected figure in Ohio athletics. It wasn't even his idea and he was against it at first, but later went along with it. For an animal mascot, dogs have long been popular due to the city's first pro football team, the Bulldogs.[[/note]], tends to be [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} a lesson in masochism]]. The city has had a rivalry with UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} for decades. Also, never, ''ever'' say anything nice about the UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} [[BerserkButton Ravens]][[note]]The original Browns team moved to Baltimore through some shady dealing on owner Art Modell's part, then went on to achieve UsefulNotes/SuperBowl success that Clevelanders believe should be theirs. The new Browns debuted in 1999 and have not fared nearly as well.[[/note]]. Its baseball and basketball teams -- the Indians and Cavaliers, respectively -- are fairly solid, although the Indians have currently gone for over sixty years without a World Series title, longer than any other Major League Baseball team that hasn't been [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} cursed by a goat-owning bartender]]... at least until 2016, when they inherited the title of longest drought ''by losing to the Cubs!'' Meanwhile the Cavs (founded in 1970) never even made it to the NBA Finals until 2007. When it looked like the latter were poised to finally win a championship in the late [=2000s=], they ended up losing star player [=LeBron=] James (from nearby Akron, some 40 miles [64 kilometers] to the south) to the UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} Heat in 2010, with whom he won two titles... before he chose to return to the Cavs in 2014, leading them to their very first NBA title in 2016 (in which they became the first team to ever rally from a 31 hole in the Finals) and ending a 52-year championship drought which had affected ''all'' of Cleveland's pro sports teams ever since the Browns won a title in 1964 (two years ''before'' the Super Bowl even ''existed''). On the other sports, hockey is only represented through the second-tier American Hockey League (the NHL only had a Cleveland team for two years), where ten Cleveland teams won the Calder Cup, most recently the Lake Erie Monsters in 2016 - just 8 days before the Cavs' title;[[note]]The Monsters, farm team of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, are owned by the same guy as the Cavaliers and the teams share an arena![[/note]] and while Cleveland won some indoor soccer tournaments, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Cleveland the town's only team]] is in the fourth tier (Usefulnotes/MajorLeagueSoccer is in Ohio, but in capital Columbus).

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Cleveland's professional sports teams generally go through extended periods of crappy performance with losing streaks of several games on end, interrupted with periods where they steamroll through everyone in their way. Supporting its football team, the [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tRBDMMVctu8 Browns]] [[note]]Before you ask what a "Brown" is, the team was named after its first owner, Paul Brown, former Ohio State University coach and a highly respected figure in Ohio athletics. It wasn't even his idea and he was against it at first, but later went along with it. For an animal mascot, dogs have long been popular due to the city's first pro football team, the Bulldogs.[[/note]], tends to be [[ButtMonkey/{{Sports}} a lesson in masochism]]. The city has had a rivalry with UsefulNotes/{{Pittsburgh}} for decades. Also, never, ''ever'' say anything nice about the UsefulNotes/{{Baltimore}} [[BerserkButton Ravens]][[note]]The original Browns team moved to Baltimore through some shady dealing on owner Art Modell's part, then went on to achieve UsefulNotes/SuperBowl success that Clevelanders believe should be theirs. The new Browns debuted in 1999 and have not fared nearly as well.[[/note]]. Its baseball and basketball teams -- the Indians and Cavaliers, respectively -- are fairly solid, although the Indians have currently gone for over sixty years without a World Series title, longer than any other Major League Baseball team that hasn't been [[UsefulNotes/{{Chicago}} cursed by a goat-owning bartender]]... at least until 2016, when they inherited the title of longest drought ''by losing to the Cubs!'' Meanwhile the Cavs (founded in 1970) never even made it to the NBA Finals until 2007. When it looked like the latter were poised to finally win a championship in the late [=2000s=], they ended up losing star player [=LeBron=] James UsefulNotes/LeBronJames (from nearby Akron, some 40 miles [64 kilometers] to the south) to the UsefulNotes/{{Miami}} Heat in 2010, with whom he won two titles... before he chose to return to the Cavs in 2014, leading them to their very first NBA title in 2016 (in which they became the first team to ever rally from a 31 hole in the Finals) and ending a 52-year championship drought which had affected ''all'' of Cleveland's pro sports teams ever since the Browns won a title in 1964 (two years ''before'' the Super Bowl even ''existed''). ''existed'', and also before [=LeBron's=] ''mother'' was born). On the other sports, hockey is only represented through the second-tier American Hockey League (the NHL only had a Cleveland team for two years), where ten Cleveland teams won the Calder Cup, most recently the Lake Erie Monsters (since renamed the Cleveland Monsters) in 2016 - just 8 days before the Cavs' title;[[note]]The Monsters, farm team of the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets, are owned by the same guy as the Cavaliers and the teams share an arena![[/note]] and while Cleveland won some indoor soccer tournaments, [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/AFC_Cleveland the town's only team]] is in the fourth tier (Usefulnotes/MajorLeagueSoccer is in Ohio, but in the state's capital of Columbus).



** Siegel and Schuster originally wanted Superman's adventures to be set in Cleveland before ExecutiveMeddling vetoed that idea. We can only speculate how this would have affected Cleveland's image in the public consciousness]]

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** Siegel and Schuster originally wanted Superman's adventures to be set in Cleveland before ExecutiveMeddling vetoed that idea. We can only speculate how this would have affected Cleveland's image in the public consciousness]]consciousness...
8th Jul '17 4:04:01 PM nombretomado
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* In ''SkinHorse'', the transgenic convention takes place in Cleveland.

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* In ''SkinHorse'', ''Webcomic/SkinHorse'', the transgenic convention takes place in Cleveland.
1st Jul '17 9:27:52 AM DeepRed
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-->-- '''Yakov Smirnoff'''

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18th Jun '17 10:44:49 AM nombretomado
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* Wrestling/DolphZiggler (born there, according to ThatOtherWiki) was once acknoweldged during a show in Cleveland.

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* Wrestling/DolphZiggler (born there, according to ThatOtherWiki) Wiki/ThatOtherWiki) was once acknoweldged during a show in Cleveland.
29th May '17 2:41:06 AM DeepRed
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* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' (whose one-time theme song is the former TropeNamer, used in full irony here. The original version of the song was recorded by IanHunter in the late 1970s, who got tired of Cleveland being America's national ButtMonkey.)

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* ''Series/TheDrewCareyShow'' (whose one-time theme song is the former TropeNamer, used in full irony here. The original version of the song was recorded by IanHunter [[Music/MottTheHoople Ian Hunter]] in the late 1970s, who got tired of Cleveland being America's national ButtMonkey.)
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