Friday, November 30, 2007

The Cleveland Collection

Last week, Sports Illustrated released a commemorative issue chronicling the history of Cleveland sports and celebrating the loyalty of this nation's longest-suffering fans.

(Sorry, Philadelphia fans, Cubs fans, Celtics fans -- you might complain louder, but subject of which fans have suffered the longest is not up for debate.)

Anyway, if you should happen to obtain a copy of "The Cleveland Collection," do me a little favor and open up to the contents page. Look all the way down at the bottom in the magazine credits, over to the far right, next to Frank Deford.

Yep. That "Erik Cassano" is this Erik Cassano.

Rich Swerbinsky, editor-in-chief of, was tabbed by SI to work as a consultant through the issue. Through him, I had a chance to write some content for this special Cleveland issue. I didn't get a byline, but for a young writer such as myself to be listed in the credits of an issue of Sports-freaking-Illustrated -- particularly a Sports-freaking-Illustrated that fans around this area will keep in their collections for years -- is quite enough.

It's a line on the ol' resume if nothing else.

So, I fully encourage anyone and everyone to go to their local bookstore or go online and buy a copy. Even if you couldn't care less that my name is in the credits, it's still a fascinating look at Cleveland sports history.


dirtywax said...

Congrads. This is one of the best Cleveland sports blogs out there.

I picked up the issue last week, but have not had a chance to read it.

I'm looking forward to it.

mmcfly8888 said...

is the THE current issue of sports illustrated or some kind of side issue?

Erik said...


Thanks very much. I think you'll enjoy reading it.


This is a special issue apart from the regular issue. It's circulating only in the Cleveland area. I think it's retailing for $6.99

mmcfly8888 said...

ah that's what i thought...
i go to school at miami (oh) and have been having a hard time finding it down here. i will get my parents to pick me up a copy...

Joel said...

Nice work, pal. When you get a gig there as a writer, bring me on as your personal copy editor.

Hornless Rhino said...


Congratulations. That's a tremendous accomplishment.

Hornless Rhino said...

Sorry, I meant to write Erik, not "Eric." My head isn't in the game of late (which probably explains why it took me almost two weeks to find this post). When you're as old as I am, you'll understand.

Erik said...


Don't worry about misspelling my name. That happens to me so often, I couldn't possibly keep track.

I only get picky about my name spelling on official documents and bylines. Other than that, I don't get too worked up about it.

Anyway, thanks for the congrats.

joe said...

where can i get a copy of this?