A Winning Idea Born From Losing, Much Losing

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By Zach Fenell

via kickstarter.com

A coloring book commemorating Cleveland sports’ frequent and unrelenting heartbreaks over the years seems insane, but upon closer inspection creator Scott O’Brien appears brilliant. O’Brien attracted attention recently by putting his in-progress coloring book aptly titled Why is Daddy Sad on Sunday? on Kickstarter seeking funding.

O’Brien explains on the Kickstarter page “It’s also about sharing the history with our children so they can appreciate why we cheer the way do, and more often, hang our heads in disbelief.”

He describes the project “The coloring book will be roughly 55 pages long, with 25 black & white illustrations depicting scenes of notable Cleveland sports failures, such as: The Shot, The Fumble, The Drive and The Decision.” Additionally, each illustration will feature a corresponding explanation for the depicted event.

To say his fellow Cleveland sports fans like the idea proves a significant understatement. O’Brien set his campaign goal at $2,000 to cover projected publication costs. As of today, this Scott O’Brien’s Kickstarter campaign sits at $16,733 raised, over eight times the original goal!

O’Brien’s project, I imagine, could send non-Cleveland sports enthusiasts into great bewilderment. Why do you want a coloring book commemorating your heartbreaks? Why do you want to pass along to the next generation a sports legacy filled with losing?

Clevelanders are proud

Honestly, I’m unsure logical answers exist to those questions. Rather our reasons extend to an emotional level. No matter how much defeat the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers, or Cleveland Indians suffer, we remain proud to call them our teams. We feel a loyalty to our hometown which transcends winning or losing.

Personally, I’m a huge Cleveland Indians fan. I’m the rare Cleveland fan whose allegiance is to the Tribe first and the Browns second. In fact, towards the end of a self-produced YouTube video (I’ll share it in a future post) I say “Adversity is the best set up man for success. When the Cleveland Indians can once again call themselves World Series champions, and it will happen, the celebration in this city will be off the charts.”

Filling in your own basketball/football imagery for “set up man” and respective championship for “World Series” you could say the same for the Cavaliers and especially the Browns.

Bottom line: Scott O’Brien’s coloring book Why is Daddy Sad on Sundays? doesn’t really celebrate a losing culture but instead brilliantly pays homage to our resilient dedication.

Zach Fenell writes about all things Cleveland for Brilliant or Insane (a blog with strong ties to the Rock and Roll City). Learn more about Zach on our Team page. Follow him on Twitter here.

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Zachary Fenell

Zach is a native Clevelander and full-time writer. He is the author of the inspiring, Off Balanced, called "tremendous" and "a rare book" by critics. Zach identifies writing as both "a career and his life's calling." To see more from Zach, check out his blog, Off Balanced, where he is "putting the 'cerebral' in cerebral palsy."
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