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TBS trolls Cleveland Indians with burning river photoshop (pic)

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TBS and sister network TNT enjoy spicing up the coverage during the studio portions of their respective MLB and NBA broadcasts with Photoshop-based skullduggery.

The wisenheimers were back at it again this week when TBS pulled a huge — and dated — troll job on the ALCS-bound Cleveland Indians by putting together a Photoshop poking fun at the infamous Cuyahoga River fire in 1969.

The trolling in question involved the TBS crew heading to Cleveland for Game 1 of the ALCS on Friday when the Indians will host the Toronto Blue Jays. The graphic features the studio crew photoshopped into an image of a burning — or exploding — river.

For those not up on the history behind the reference, here’s a primer (via Wikipedia):

At least 13 fires have been reported on the Cuyahoga River, the first occurring in 1868. The largest river fire in 1952 caused over $1 million in damage to boats, a bridge, and a riverfront office building. On June 22, 1969, a river fire captured the attention of Time magazine, which described the Cuyahoga as the river that “oozes rather than flows” and in which a person “does not drown but decays.”

Suffice to say, the response from Clevelanders on social media hasn’t been kind. After all, dredging up decades-upon-decades-old mentions of a rivers starting on fire is a weak way to burn a city, right?

[Cleveland.com]