The River

Welcome to the River.  If you come across this page and have never heard of a River Burning before, this site isn’t for you.  If you want to find out what TBR is all about, first read the FAQ page.  This page is more of an explanation of what the “Burning River” moniker is all about.

     So what does the name “The Burning River” Mean?  Other than the actual event, basically it’s the state of affairs.  As I allude to in the FAQ, the Burning River is the best way to summarize sports in Cleveland.  There’s probably nothing more embarrising that you could tell someone about where you’re other than “Our River caught on fire once.”  Same can be said for the sports in Cleveland.  I don’t think have to re-hash all the heartbreakers and incredible strings of bad luck/karma/jinx that we have had to endure.  Those can all be thought of as Burning River events; events that generally bring shame/embarrasment/heartbreak to our city.  Nothing ever seems to go right for us, and I sort of wrapped that sentiment up in one phrase–”The Burning River”. 


3 Responses to The River

  1. Phea Duch says:


    I was wondering if you would like to include your site on It’s a new site that is aggregating all the sports news from various sports blog. The site is still in alpha mode so it hasn’t been promoted to the public, but it should be a very good resource for sports enthusiasts when it gets going.

    You can register here:

    And view the rest of the site here:

    Phea Duch

  2. James says:

    You make it almost palatable to be a Lions fan. Almost.

  3. Hi,
    My name is Lindsay and I work for We are small sports merchandise company located in Hoboken, been in business for about three years and we are attempting to compete with the big boys. As an avid football fan, I read your blog and was wondering if you would mind putting a link to our site ( on the Links section of your page. It would be a big help to us and would help some of the search engines find our site. Please let us know if you would mind doing so and we would be happy to provide a link to your blog on our site. Thanks!

    Lindsay Jacob
    Big Fly Sports

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