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Sure to produce lots of screams (or at least groans) by recalling the funny, frustrating and downright weird trades, injuries, collapses and other misfortunes that have stalked Cleveland’s pro sports franchises for what feels like ages. (Steve Fogarty The Chronicle-Telegram 20051206)

Funny and intelligent . . . In just a few pages, Long captures the mood of Browns fans and even non-fans when Modell turned his back on Cleveland . . . a well-written book with Cleveland sports history thrown in with a bit of humor . . . It’s all there, and more, in this gem of a book. No kidding, it’s interesting and fun reading even if you don’t know a football from a basketball. (Sandra Fahning Medina County Gazette 20060114)

[This book] can serve as an athletic exorcism for a city in dire need of banishing sports demons . . . [it’s] really about bonehead front office moves, strokes of tragedy and just sheer bad luck . . . Long presents the subject matter in a breezy, fun way. (Jim Vickers Cleveland Magazine 20051205)

Covers the gamut of Cleveland sports woes, from bad trades, bad draft picks, bad timing and just plain bad luck that seems to have plagued this area for decades. (April Helms Maple Heights Press 20051215)

Recalls to readers’ minds 114 seasons of less-than-stellar sports incidents . . . Fun to read in this book format . . . much more enjoyable than when they first hit our consciousness in the newspaper or via the airwaves. (Lynette Filips Old Brooklyn News 20051201)

About the Author

Tim Long, a native Clevelander, became infected at an early age with serious cases of Indians Fever and Browns Blues—and learned quickly that rooting for Cleveland teams is not for the faint of heart. He went on to become a Cleveland sports memorabilia collector and a serious student of Cleveland sports. He is a graduate of St. Edward High School, John Carroll University, and Cleveland State Graduate School of Business.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Gray & Company, Publishers; 1 edition (November 14, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598510185
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598510188
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,678,653 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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this has some great anecdotal stories for those of us who grew up with the misery that accompanies being a cleveland sports fan but, by no means, is it good literature. it's entertaining, if not somewhat confounding because of the memories that it dredges up, if you want some light bathroom reading.
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CURSES IS A COLLECTION OF FACTS AND ARTICLES THAT ARE ABOUT THE BAD LUCK AND BREAKS THAT HAVE BEFALLEN ALL THE MAJOR CLEVELAND SPORTS TEAMS OVER THE YEARS. THE LAST MAJOR CHAMPIONSHIP WAS 1964 FOR THE BROWNS. THE INDIANS LAST WORLD SERIES WIN WAS 1948 AND THE CAVS ARE NONE EVER. THE DEATH OF ERNIE DAVIS, CAREER SHORTENED INJURY TO HERB SCORE, JOSE MESA CHOKE, ALL THESE ARE IN THIS BOOK. IF YOU FOLLOWED CLEVELAND SPORTS FOR MANY YEARS, THIS IS A MUST READ. AS OF THIS DATE THE ONLY HOPE FOR CLEVELAND IS THE CAVS WHO ARE HAVING A VERY STRONG SEASON AND WILL BE IN THE PLAYOFFS. THE BROWNS SEEM TO TO BE IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION WITH HIRING OF MIKE HOLMGREN. THE INDIANS ARE IN A YOUTH AND CHEAP STAGE RIGHT NOW AND HOPE IS FOR 2 YEARS OR MORE. EVEN OUR MINOR LEAGUE HOCKEY IS BARREN. THE LAST CHAMPIONSHIP WAS 1964 BY THE BARONS. MANY OTHER CITIES HAVE SUFFERED ALSO BUT CLEVELAND IS A NIGHTMARE FOR SPORTS FANS. I ENJOYED THIS BOOK AND RECOMMEND IT AS A NICE EASY FAST READ WITH ALOT OF GOOD FACTS AND STORIES.
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Like the other reviewer said, this is good for light bathroom reading, but there's absolutely nothing in here that a Cleveland sports fan wouldn't already know. I suppose the younger you are, the better it might be, because you weren't around for a lot of the stuff. But Long is definitely "short" (har har) on details. This is mostly just a collection of news items.

(Also, the title is a bit misleading, in my opinion. It doesn't explain "Why Cleveland Sports Fans Deserve to Be Miserable." It explains why they are miserable, but the way it's worded makes it sound like the book will be a narrative that attmepts to justify the statement that Cleveland did something to bring this on itself. Nothing in here about that, just unrelated anecdotes that start and stop as if Long had just clipped them from newspaper columns.)

Nothing particularly wrong with Curses. It's just unspectacular all around.
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I don't believe in curses but something has been going on in Cleveland sports for most of my life and it hasn't been good. Finally someone has put the crazy, absurd and disappointing down on paper and I think it's great. I was too young to remember Herb Score and my family talks about Rocky Colavito like he was a saint. I remember I cried as a little kid when Brian Sipe's pass ended up as "Red Right 88". But there's other neat stuff in this book that's funny and not so well known that helps us Cleveland sports fans deal with our plight. Curses! is a fun and easy book that's a must for every Clevelander, sports fan or not.
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