It’s a good time to be a Cleveland sports fan.
Well, it’s not an acutely painful time to be a Cleveland sports fan – which is what passes for optimism.
And Scott O’Brien was so giddy after a certain Northeast Ohio native returned to Cleveland from Florida, he started working on a sequel to his children’s coloring book, “Why Is Daddy Sad On Sunday,” about the trials and tribulations of being a Cleveland sports fan.
“Maybe out of exuberance over LeBron, I decided to do something on the great moments in Cleveland sports,” O’Brien
As with the first book (which included “The Decision,” LeBron’s hourlong special on ESPN in 2010 announcing his plans to “take his talents to South Beach), O’Brien, a South Euclid native now living in the Los Angeles area, has taken to Kickstarter to crowdsource funds for this coloring book, “Why Is Daddy Happy on Sunday?” For the first book, O’Brien set the rather modest goal of $2,000, but thanks to positive local and national media coverage, he was able to raise more than $24,000 for the project.
Once again, his goal is $2,000, with a deadline of Sept. 10, and like with the first book, anyone who donates $25 or more will get a copy of the book. As is always the case, if full funding is not met, none of the money is disbursed, but O’Brien feels optimistic about the funding – and about Cleveland sports in general.
“Hope springs eternal in Cleveland, but this time it feels different,” he says on his Kickstarter page. “This book is about celebrating the Cleveland sports triumphs of the past in anticipation of our bright future.”
He plans to have a total of 25 illustrations – eight each from the Browns, Indians and Cavs, and probably one more. For the Indians, he plans to include the championships in 1920 and 1948, the 1954 pennant, something representing the 1995 season, and something reminiscent of Bob Feller.
“Right now seemed like a good time to do it,” he said. “There seems to be a lot of optimism.”
O’Brien is currently working on the art for the book, and estimates having it ready for delivery by November – right after the Indians’ World Series victory, the start of a championship Cavs season and a Browns playoff run.
Well, maybe not. But it should be ready in time for Christmas.