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TBS trolls Cleveland Indians with burning river photoshop (pic)


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?