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Rich's love for Cleveland and Ohio sports was instilled in him at an early age by his father.  He was brought up with the Browns, Tribe, Cavs, and Buckeyes.  He was taught to despise the Steelers, Yankees, Michigan, and Elway.  Throughout Rich's thirty years on this earth he has experienced untold amounts of sports pain and suffering.  Being a Clevelander and Cleveland fan is not for the meek of heart as you often have to root for teams that are "Good enough to lose the big game."  Through this sports pain a very passionate and opinionated sports fan was formed.  Rich has been looking for a home to share his thoughts on the Cleveland sports scene and he has found that home at  Rich is looking forward to sharing his thoughts, opinions, and sports emotions with all of the readers out there.  Rich believes there are very few feelings in the world better than experiencing your team winning with a walk-off home run or game winning shot.  Especially when you are there in person and you can feel it about to happen.  Everyone in that stadium believes together.  Rich lives for searching out those moments and wants to share those thoughts through his writing.
Rich is married to @CLEFoodGoddess on twitter, has a Siberian Husky named Lexi, and lives on the west side of Cleveland.
Rich is a five time participant of the World Championship of Fantasy Football held annually in Las Vegas.
Rich is the host of "This City", "Fast Break", and "Fantasy Focus" on  You can listen to Rich's takes on the city of Cleveland including topics outside of sports on This City from 9-11 PM ET every Tuesday.  You can also catch Rich's takes on the Cleveland Cavaliers on Fast Break from 9-11 on Wednesday nights.
Rich can be reached @BurnRiverSports on twitter and  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it on email.

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Rich Swerbinsky is the editor-in-chief for and President of, LLC. Tired of a lack of alternatives for Cleveland sports news, talk, and opinion ... he created this website, bringing it to the web on February 1, 2006.

Swerb has been a maniacal fan of the Browns, Cavs, Indians, and Buckeyes since about the age of four, and has always loved to express himself in words. He wrote for a number of different publications and websites before creating The Cleveland Fan, and now pours everything he has into this site, which has continued to grow and thrive since inception.

Swerb's other loves in life are movies, golfing, reading, fantasy sports, cooking, craft beers, his wife Hallie, his six and a half year old son Nicholas and his three and a half year old daughter Chloe. Nicholas is already a proud and passionate Cleveland sports fan at a very young age, just as his father was.By day, Swerb manages the residential lending division for First Federal of Lakewood on the west side of Cleveland and maintains a personal blog at

Swerb loves to hear feedback on his columns, as well as his websites, as he is always looking for ways to improve them. He can be contacted by clicking on the link below.


Adam Burke, 26, is a lifelong Clevelander who spends nearly every night of his summer watching Tribe games and nearly every night of his winter watching whatever hockey game is on TV.

Amazingly, Adam has a phenomenal woman to whom he is engaged who actually puts up with his love of sports and gambling. Adam has since converted Jennifer into a diehard Indians fan and a fan of hockey, despite her southern upbringing.

For TheClevelandFan, Adam writes his weekly View from the Porch column, as well as Indians game recaps, series previews, and assorted other Indians columns. In the fall, he will also contribute a betting column for football weekends.

Al has been an Indians fan since birth, and has followed prospects since his dad took him to see Jim Thome and Reggie Jefferson play for the Canton-Akron Indians.  He grew up in Aurora Ohio, and walked on the football and baseball team at Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA where he was one of the top Division II scout team tight ends in the country and a solid bullpen catcher with an advanced approach.  Al currently makes his home in Fairfax, VA where he gets to see the Aeros and K-Tribe several times a year.  In addition to loving the Indians, he is a die-hard Browns, Buckeyes and Cavs fan, and makes several trips home to Ohio to tailgate and drink Christmas Ale.

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