City wins a championship and doesn’t burn down

Admit it: If there’s one city you thought would pick up on the odd, recent “tradition” of turning cars over and setting fires after winning a championship, you figured, “Cleveland.” Me too.

But when you’ve had almost 60 years to think about how to celebrate a sports championship, and watching other cities behave like common criminals, maybe Clevelanders will steer the world of sports fandom in a new direction.

This is the money quote from this morning’s Cleveland Plain Dealer after last night’s game 7 Cleveland Cavaliers win over the Golden State Warriors in the National Basketball Association playoffs:

Ciaccia said there were no reports of overturned vehicles or fires. A report that a fire truck was stolen was false, although fans did crowd on top of a ladder truck downtown.

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Tony Dejak | AP Tony Dejak | AP Tony Dejak | AP Cleveland Cavaliers fans celebrate in the street after the Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors to win the NBA Championship on June 19, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The victory brings the first professional sports championship to the city of Cleveland since 1964. Angelo Merendino | Getty Images

It must be nice.