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More Heartbreak in Cleveland

Posted on: June 1, 2009 12:47 pm
After the Cavs loss this weekend, I can't help but think about what I also think about after every sports season since I can never.  Is Cleveland Cursed?  As a life-long Cleveland Sports fan, I'm beginning to think that God hates Cleveland.  I can't believe that in almost 50 years not one of the major sports franchises has won a championship.  While the defeat against Orlando wasn't heartbreaking, it just took the wind out of my sails.  Its like every time a team from Cleveland makes a run, I start to get excited about it.  "Maybe this will be the team, maybe this will be the year."  But it always ends the same.  Cleveland never wins the last game of the season.

I'm not going to cheer for any other teams, but each year with more disappointment, I start to pay less and less attention to Cleveland sports.  Give it 10 more years and I probably won't even watch anymore.    Life would probably be less depressing (and less expensive) if I didn't.
Category: NBA

Since: Jan 22, 2009
Posted on: June 5, 2009 8:21 am

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

To make a couple of additional comments:

The whole reason you play sports is to win.  Okay, professionals play sports to make money, but even they'd rather win then lose.  The city of Cleveland has had some pretty good teams in the past 25 years (part of my life I can remember).  From the Browns of the 80's, the Cavs of the early 90's, the Indians in the late 90's, and in recent years the Cavs with LeBron.  But it always comes down to they don't win championships.  Whether its The Fumble, the Drive, Jose Mesa in the 9th, Jordan over Elow, or whatever else - teams from Cleveland always lose when it counts.

I know its just sports, but after this years sports (Browns 4-12, Indians off to an awful start, Cavs disappointment) I asked myself, "Is it even worth watching?"  I really got into the Cavs team this year.  They were great.  Only 2 losses at home all season, tough on the road, players other than LeBron scoring.  All the talk about "ONE GOAL" and  "BRING A CHAMPIONSHIP TO CLEVELAND."  So I got into it.  I watched a lot of games this year - more than normal.  Every playoff game. (that doesn't sound like much, but I travel a lot for work.  so I'd scout out a local bar and beg them to put the game on or listen to it on the internet or ask my buddy for text message score updates.) 

Did I think they were a shoe-in for the championship?  No.  But I  thought they would get to the finals.  Then if they lost to the Lakers (who are by far the best team in the West) I could handle it.  Instead they got white-washed by the Magic.  A team that probably will get swept by the Lakers.  They looked horrible in the series and if LeBron missed that 3 pt shot with 1 second left, they would have gotten SWEPT.

Now in general, I'm a football first guy.  I've always been a Browns fan...sadly probably always will be.  Its probably because the Indians were so horrible when I was young and I wasn't much into basketball as a kid either.  I was really bummed when they left Cleveland and was really excited when they came back.  But what a disappointment that has been.  1 playoff apperance in 10 years.  2-18 against the Steelers - that not even a rivalry anymore.  2 winning season.  I starting to hate my Sundays.  Its not going to be any better next year.  Its constant rebuilding in cleveland.  and its going to happen again.  3-4 years with Mangini and he'll be out for the next moron to come in and start "rebuilding" all over again.  What a joke.

Don't worry, I'm not going to jump out a window or anything, but for the next few weeks I won't be watching any sports.

Since: Apr 13, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 2:43 pm

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

The SI curse strikes again...Joe Posnanski wrote an article about how the city of Cleveland rocks or something along those lines that made the front cover of Sports Illustrated. Sorry, but you just screwed your team, Joe.

Since: Apr 1, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 1:09 pm

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

I agree that over the years they have had some bad luck, but I think you are focusing too much on winning the ultimate prize. A city should be happy if their teams can win on a regular basis and make the playoffs. Yes, it would be incredible to win it all, but really, as soon as the next season starts, its history. I can understand why the players want to have at least one championship, but I think its overrated for the fans. Its not like the people in the city did anything to make it happen. The players and coaches make the results. I want my teams to have a winning record and make the playoffs. Teams that are respected by players and fans of other teams.  As a fan I would be happy if my team could accomplish this most of the time. If my favorite team does not "win it all", I am still a fan and should still enjoy the games.  

Since: Feb 11, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2009 12:52 pm

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

BET against them everytime and your make good money....Indians vs Boston....Ohio State Bowl games...Cavs playoffs...and Browns(yike) leave them alone.Money mouth 

Since: Mar 4, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 12:26 pm

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

patfan007, the last Cleveland team to win a championship was the 1964 Cleveland Browns, led by a running back by the name of Jim Brown.  They technically won the NFL Championship, which was prior to the NFL/AFL merger and the creation of the Super Bowl.  Also, the Browns went to 3 AFC Championship games and it was Earnest Byner who fumbled.

Cleveland sports fans are used to dealing with the heartbreak of our sports team failing to win the big game.  Regardless of the sport, our teams always seem to come up short.  And every year, Clevelanders still come out and support our teams like no other city in the nation.  This is Cleveland, where "Wait 'til next year" should be our citiy's motto.

Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: June 2, 2009 10:52 am

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

Actually golfers rely on their caddies- they just take all the credit. And the reason the Cavs even GOT to the EC finals was because Lebron takes over in the 4th. They stuck with what got them there. They just couldn't defend the 3 point shot. And their rebounding was horrible. They let the Magic get way too many offiensive rebounds. That's not #23's fault. That's the rest of the crew. #23 did his part. I'm not a big LeBron fan, but I give credit where it's due. Other than a few lazy passes that resulted in turnovers, he carried that team.

Since: May 30, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 10:51 am

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

who cares go reds

Since: Jan 2, 2008
Posted on: June 2, 2009 10:25 am

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

when and who was the last team to win a championship in cleveland? i been on this planet since 1970 and cannot remember cleveland winning anything. browns to afc championship game 2 times, i remember kevin macks fumble in denver and elway engineering "the drive" in the mistake on the lake with the painted mud!!!

Since: May 31, 2009
Posted on: June 2, 2009 8:37 am

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

#23 certainly believes that there's no "I" in Team, but there IS an "M" and an "E".

everybody argues that he needs the support of a big man but what good will that do if he doesn't even share the rock in the fourth period? 

Since: Aug 26, 2006
Posted on: June 1, 2009 11:49 pm

More Heartbreak in Cleveland

Its good to hear a class act from Boston every once in a while instead of the blowhards who usually make it on these boards.  Much respect.  The bad blood between Cleveland and Boston thing has really picked up in recent years with Bellicheck going to the Pats, the 07 ALCS, and the 08 East Semis.  There is even a guy on ESPN 850 in Cleveland who goes by the nickname "The Bostonian" and is constantly stirring the pot on the North Coast.  If only there were more people like you and on both sides, sports would be a whole lot more fun.

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