The 19 Worst Decisions You Can Make in Cleveland

While living in Cleveland is a brilliant decision, no one is immune to these terrible life choices. Thankfully, we're here to help you avoid these tragic mistakes before anything gets too out of hand.

While living in Cleveland is a brilliant decision, no one is immune to these terrible life choices. Thankfully, we're here to help you avoid these tragic mistakes before anything gets too out of hand.

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Caring About the Browns More Than the Indians or Cavaliers 
The Cavaliers have gone to four straight Finals, winning it all in 2016. The Indians have gone to the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 1998 and 1999 and are built around superstars in their prime like Francisco Lindor, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Jose Ramirez. And yet, the putrid Browns, with just one win in the last two years and just two winning seasons since 1999, still get top billing in town in most people’s minds. They’ve done absolutely nothing to deserve that. 
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Caring About the Browns More Than the Indians or Cavaliers


The Cavaliers have gone to four straight Finals, winning it all in 2016. The Indians have gone to the postseason in back-to-back years for the first time since 1998 and 1999 and are built around superstars in their prime like Francisco Lindor, Corey Kluber, Carlos Carrasco and Jose Ramirez. And yet, the putrid Browns, with just one win in the last two years and just two winning seasons since 1999, still get top billing in town in most people’s minds. They’ve done absolutely nothing to deserve that.

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Speeding Through the Linndale Speed Trap 
The infamous speed trap on I-71 in Linndale, a small village in Cuyahoga County, is so well known that it got it’s own episode on the renowned podcast This American Life in 2017. If you’ve driven through there, you’ve probably gotten a ticket, so be careful.
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Speeding Through the Linndale Speed Trap


The infamous speed trap on I-71 in Linndale, a small village in Cuyahoga County, is so well known that it got it’s own episode on the renowned podcast This American Life in 2017. If you’ve driven through there, you’ve probably gotten a ticket, so be careful.

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Plan to Travel During Winter (Or Spring) Without Giving Yourself Extra Time
Need to be in New York City in the morning in the winter? Fly the day before. Need to get to Columbus by noon? Leave at 7 a.m. As good weather is never a sure thing, never assume things are going to be on time.
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Plan to Travel During Winter (Or Spring) Without Giving Yourself Extra Time


Need to be in New York City in the morning in the winter? Fly the day before. Need to get to Columbus by noon? Leave at 7 a.m. As good weather is never a sure thing, never assume things are going to be on time.

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Driving Too Fast on Dead Man’s Curve
The 90-degree turn on I-90 near Downtown is the most dangerous driving area in town. Speed bumps and other warnings are there to slow drivers down, but some still ignore the warnings. According to ODOT, the crash rate is two to three times other areas of the freeway, despite the warnings to slow down.
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Driving Too Fast on Dead Man’s Curve


The 90-degree turn on I-90 near Downtown is the most dangerous driving area in town. Speed bumps and other warnings are there to slow drivers down, but some still ignore the warnings. According to ODOT, the crash rate is two to three times other areas of the freeway, despite the warnings to slow down.

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Make a Bet That Results in the Loser Swimming in Lake Erie During the Winter
If you’re dumb enough to make a bet that ends with the loser swimming in Lake Erie in the middle of winter, you probably deserve it. Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer famously said that he’d jump in Lake Erie if the Indians made it past the first round of the 2016 Postseason and jumped in when the Tribe made the World Series.
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Make a Bet That Results in the Loser Swimming in Lake Erie During the Winter


If you’re dumb enough to make a bet that ends with the loser swimming in Lake Erie in the middle of winter, you probably deserve it. Paul Hoynes of the Plain Dealer famously said that he’d jump in Lake Erie if the Indians made it past the first round of the 2016 Postseason and jumped in when the Tribe made the World Series.

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Sleep On Getting Tickets to Important Cultural Events 
Did you miss out on seeing the Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art or "Hamilton" at Playhouse Square or any major show at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse? Well, there's still time for you to get tickets to everything coming up this year. We believe in you. 
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Sleep On Getting Tickets to Important Cultural Events


Did you miss out on seeing the Infinity Mirrors exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art or "Hamilton" at Playhouse Square or any major show at Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse? Well, there's still time for you to get tickets to everything coming up this year. We believe in you.

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Admit To Someone That You’ve Never Been To The West Side Market 
Admitting that you’ve never been to our pride and joy, the West Side Market, can cause you to lose your Cleveland card and possibly result in eviction from the city. 
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Admit To Someone That You’ve Never Been To The West Side Market


Admitting that you’ve never been to our pride and joy, the West Side Market, can cause you to lose your Cleveland card and possibly result in eviction from the city.

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Forget to Wear Deodorant to A Summer Afternoon Tribe Game
As much as we dread our winters, summer can be just as uncomfortable. And you don’t want to be that person who skips out on deodorant on a 90-degree Indians game only to stink up your whole section.
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Forget to Wear Deodorant to A Summer Afternoon Tribe Game


As much as we dread our winters, summer can be just as uncomfortable. And you don’t want to be that person who skips out on deodorant on a 90-degree Indians game only to stink up your whole section.

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 Forget About the Air Show
If you’ve ever been downtown during the summer and hear an ear-piercing boom, don’t worry, we’re not under attack. That’s just the air show. But if you forget about it, it can really scare the crap out of you.
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Forget About the Air Show


If you’ve ever been downtown during the summer and hear an ear-piercing boom, don’t worry, we’re not under attack. That’s just the air show. But if you forget about it, it can really scare the crap out of you.

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Drive in a Winter Storm Without Snow Tires or Four-Wheel Drive
If you live in Cleveland, especially on the east side of town where it tends to snow a lot more, snow tires or four-wheel drive are a must to get around in a winter storm. Otherwise, you better have AAA, or a super helpful father, to come and rescue you from whatever ditch you've landed. 
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Drive in a Winter Storm Without Snow Tires or Four-Wheel Drive


If you live in Cleveland, especially on the east side of town where it tends to snow a lot more, snow tires or four-wheel drive are a must to get around in a winter storm. Otherwise, you better have AAA, or a super helpful father, to come and rescue you from whatever ditch you've landed.

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