If you've ever lived here, you know CLE is in our DNA. We love and support our city no matter what.
1. We hated Lebron. We forgave Lebron. We love Lebron.
Seriously, that’s all there is to it. We don’t need to explain it any further.
2. We're suckers for a good comeback.
We know how we're perceived. We’ve heard “mistake on the lake” and every other joke in the book. The Browns break our hearts every year and we've adopted the “maybe next year” mantra to cope.
But still, we never give up. When we were down 3-1 in the NBA championships, we defied all odds to win the first championship in Cavs franchise history; talk about a Cinderella story.
3. There's no city more loyal...
We have no problem defending ourselves and standing up for our city. Because while we make fun of Cleveland better than anyone, that does not give outsiders a free pass to do the same.
We root for our teams whether we're at the Q, the Jake, (yes, the Jake), the Factory of Sadness, or a local sports bar with other fans.
We know how to rally. I mean, look at the Championship parade after the Cavs won the NBA finals (no, we will never stop referencing that).
4. Because Cleveland pride is in our blood.
We probably have more Cleveland t-shirts and apparel than anything else. They're proudly worn and displayed basically all the time. We have no shame in representing the 216, it shows people who we are.
5. It's never too cold for a cookout...
Whether it's sunny or snowing, there's always time for some kielbasa. Chances are good you know someone who sprung for a deep fryer just to make their own Polish Boys.
6. But if we run out of charcoal, there's always corned beef.
Seriously, every Clevelander loves it and debates over which place makes it best can get pretty heated.
7. We don't mind needing to reroute on the fly...
Do you know how much construction we have to reroute away from on the daily or how many different seasons we can potentially come across in the same day? We have to be able to improvise; it’s a survival skill.
8. Because it's worth it to live in a city with boundless potential.
Culture, health care, the arts, restaurants, parks; people who've never been here can’t understand how truly amazing Cleveland is.
From the Cleveland Museum of Art to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, West Side Market, Tower City, the Warehouse District, the Cleveland Clinic, Coventry, and Little Italy, our list of awesome spots is endless.
9. When we’re out of state, we form an instant bond with anyone else from Cleveland.
We’ve yelled “O-H” across a crowded room to someone before. And, of course, we've gotten the automatic “I-O’” in response and an exchange of smiles in solidarity.
10. Because we've all worked hard for everything we have...
Though we were a leader in industry early on, we've experienced our fair share of setbacks. I mean, the Cuyahoga River actually caught fire.
But, because of this, Clevelanders know what it really means to struggle but we always work to rise above bad circumstances.
11. And at the end of the day, we're proud of where we come from.
We defend our city with everything we have. Clevelanders are scrappy. We don’t need approval or even understanding from other cities; everything we really need is right here.
Because it’s always going to be Cleveland against the world, and we’re okay with that.
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