CLEVELAND (AP) Come to Cleveland, where the economy is based on LeBron James, the streets are filled with drifters and broken-down homes can be had for the price of a VCR. A comedian’s sarcastic YouTube music videos trashing Cleveland have so unnerved tourism officials that they asked residents to fire back with videos of their own showing the city is not really the “Mistake on the Lake.” The winner of the contest sponsored by the city’s travel promotion agency, Positively Cleveland, will be announced Thursday. Entries had to cost $2 or less to produce; be 2 minutes long, tops; and highlight favorite spots and the “unexpected side of the area about which tourists may not be aware.” The winner gets a Cleveland travel package, including a stay in a downtown hotel, dinner and passes to attractions…

And I’m guessing that second prize is two nights stay. These two videos are far and away my favorites that we’ve had on the Stool in recent memory. I’ve actually been waiting for an excuse to post them again, possibly once the Cavs got eliminated from the playoffs. But then along comes the the actual Cleveland tourism board and serves me up an excuse on a silver platter. Because nothing says “We’re a run down, 5th rate city” faster than saying “We’re NOT a run down, 5th rate city.” It’s an indisputable truth of life that any city that has to sponsor urban pride events like Positively Cleveland is not a city to be proud of. And when Samantha Fryberger (nice name) says there’s no hard feelings, you know for a fact there are hard feelings. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said The louder he talked of his honor, the faster we counted our spoons.” But in Cleveland’s defense, at least they’re not Detriot.